Monthly Archives: July 2015

Ladies’ bowls Friday 17 July

Purt le Moirrey were top scorers in the C Tarleton Hodgson and Son sponsored ladies’ league on Friday 17 July, with five wins and two scores of 20 as Roma Ware and Pauline Worrall were just pipped by Jane Teare and Christine Macdonald respectively. Onchan won 6-3 against Port Erin but a win to single figures by Carol Kaye together with Jackie Elliott’s 20 against Marilyn Ellison kept the home team’s lead down to 12 points. South Ramsey had a 5 point advantage over Port St Mary despite losing 4-5 on games, while Castletown also won on points despite losing 4-5 on games to Peel Sunset. Nobles won 6-3 on games with Clare Cooper and Debbie Leece winning to single figures as did Rosie Winckle for Marown. The battle of the match saw Mary Black just lose out 20-21 to Julie Macleod. There was not much separating Mooragh Park and Douglas despite the home side winning 5-4 with two wins to single figures. Douglas also had a win to single figures but a feature of the match was the two games which went all the way, Julie Reilly coming through 21-20 against Harley Garrett and in reply Sue Caley pipping Rosemary Quirk by the same score

JMS Veteran’s Shield

Two games in the first round of the JMS Veterans’ Shield took place on Thursday 16 July, both being very close when the handicaps came into play. At Marown, Port St Mary A won six of the seven games, the lone winner for the home side being Mary Alderson. Battling performances by Shirley Whelan, reaching 19 against Margaret Tasker and Celia Joughin, just losing out 20-21 to Tricia Bull made things tense, with the score before handicap giving Port St Mary a comfortable win. However, adding in Marown’s 25 point handicap meant that the visitors came through by a mere two points.

In the second match things were closer on match play, Port Erin leading 4-3 on games. Jenny Maddrell won to single figures for Ballaugh, while Jackie Elliott and Peggy Griffin’s game could have gone either way, Jackie coming through 21-20. On straight points Ballaugh had a 121-115 advantage, but the handicap made it too close for comfort, Port Erin’s extra five points had Ballaugh winning by a single chalk.


Handicap 25, Handicap 0; Shirley Whelan 19, Margaret Tasker 21; Mary Alderson 21, Kath Looney 13; Margaret Scarffe 5, Val Macfarlane 21; Mary Black 15, Wendy Kennaugh 21; Celia Joughin 20, Tricia Bull 21; Maureen Quilliam 17, Wyn Collister 21; Bunty Corkhill 15, Rita Callister 21;


Handicap 25, Handicap 20; Carol Kaye 21, Ann Gale 14; Jean Thackrah 6, Jenny Maddrell 21; Mavis Franks 21, Jane Teare 10; Jacqui Elliott 21, Peggy Griffin 20; Sylvia Shelbourne 21, Mary Simmonds 14; Voirrey Curphey 13, Voirrey Oates 21; Audrey Gardner 12, Ellie Faragher 21;

Ladies’ Association Millennium Fours

There was a disappointing entry of nine groups for the Association Millennium Fours which took place at South Ramsey on Saturday 18 July.

A fast green and strong winds made conditions tricky, while rain later in the afternoon didn’t help.

In the first semi-final the Nobles’ team consisting of Clare Cooper, Paula Firth, Lin Ruscoe and Rebecca Teare had the better of the Moorage Park team, Mary Kinrade, Helen Martin, Janet Monk and Lilian Slinger, by 45 points to 15.

In the second semi-final the South Ramsey/ Douglas team of Casey Bolton, Lyn Bolton, Zoe Bolton and Paula Garrett beat the South Ramsey team of Bethany Kennish, Fiona Kennish, Shelley Kennish and Jenny Moore by 41 points to 30.

The final saw the combined South Ramsey and Douglas team in unbeatable form, winning all three games (two singles and a doubles ) to run our 45-22 winners.

The presentation was made by Association president, Pat Robertson who thanked South Ramsey for hosting the competition and everyone else involved in the smooth running of the afternoon.

Postponed matches in the ladies’ league

Match postponed from Friday 8 May

Muriel Cain saved Douglas from a whitewash, being their lone winner, to single figures, in the match postponed from 8 May. With Moira Anderson and Lyn Bolton also winning to single figures South Ramsey had a convincing points win.


Fiona Kennish 21, Harley Garrett 16; Nicola Kneale 9, Muriel Cain 21; Moira Anderson 21, Sue Caley 2; Gillian Dixon 21, Jan Osborne 15; Jenny Moore 21, Brenda Williams 16; Lyn Bolton 21, Joan Murphy 5; Jill Quayle 21, Kay McKiernan 11; Elaine Moore 21, Lynne Mansley 11; Casey Bolton 21, Pat Kelly 17.

Match postponed from Friday 10 July

The postponed match from Friday 10 July between Mooragh Park and Peel Sunset was played on Tuesday 21 July, the fist block surviving the wet conditions. Although Peel won 5-4 on games wins to single figures by Helen Martin, Janet Monk and Julie Reilly gave the home side the victory on points.


Helen Martin 21, Pat Robertson 0; Janet Monk 21, Joyce Kelly 9; Lilian Slinger 11, Heather Horsburgh 21; Kim Hargraves 19, Philippa Taylor 21; Rosemary Quirk 21, Cath Parker 15; Julie Reilly 21, Lynda Wilson 9; Vicky Lloyd West 10, Mary Moffatt 21; Caroline Parker 15, Jean Quine 21; Gillian Morgan 17, Sue Jones 21.

Ladies’ league Wednesday 15 July

Port St Mary showed little mercy against Mooragh Park in the C Tarleton Hodgson and Son Ltd sponsored ladies’ league on Wednesday !5 July, winning seven of the nine games, four of them to single figures. The two winners for the visitors were Lilian Slinger and Helen Martin. Castletown also won seven games, two to single figures, against Nobles whose two winners were Sonja Lees and Paula Firth. The other games were all closer, Port Erin winning 5-4 against Marown with three wins to single figures. Shirley Whelan also won to single figures for the visitors while the tussle between Lynda Cadamy and Lil Smith went Lil’s way 21-20.At Peel South Ramsey won 5-4 on games with Elaine Moore and Lyn Bolton winning to single figures, as did Heather Horsburgh for the home side, while there were only 8 points between the teams at Douglas where Chris Price and Tracy Moore won to single figures for the visitors as did Lynne Mansley for the home side. Brenda Williams lost 20-21 in a battle with Roma Ware. Onchan were unfortunately a player short when they travelled to Ballaugh. Despite losing 5-4 on games, a win to single figures by Marilyn Ellison together with Rita Callan’s 20 against Barbara Graham kept their deficit down to 13 points

Ladies’ over 60’s league Tuesday 14 July

Three teams reached the 120 point mark in the Trend sponsored over 60’s ladies’ league on Tuesday 14 July. Top scorers were Port St Mary A posting yet another maximum, this time at Marown. Mary Black came closest to preventing the full house reaching 20 against Kath Looney. Castletown won five games against Peel Sunset, with Jean Quine preventing a whitewash for the visitors, while in a high scoring game at Port Erin, Ballaugh won four games to reach 120 points. A feature of the match was the game between the two Voirreys, Voirrey Oates just pipping Voirrey Curphey 21-20.Lynne Mansley was the only winner for Douglas against Onchan A, Sue Caley almost giving them a second game as she reached 19 against Flo Kelly. At Nobles Lin Ruscoe won to single figures as did Lilian Slinger for Mooragh Park, whose other winner was Mary Kinrade. The other two matches were much closer, Onchan B just having a one chalk advantage over Villa, who were a player short. In the match between southern neighbours, Port St Mary B had a two point advantage against Breagle in a match that ended level on games.

Saturdays Bowls

With a free weekend in store 32 men made their way to Nobles Park to take part in an adhoc singles competition, containing a plate competiton, that was put together last minute.

Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly got to grips with the green the best and came out on top of a quality field with a 21-14 win over Colin Kelly.

Dido led extremely well to his trademark short marks, and coped well when asked questions in the corners, and didn’t put a foot wrong as he bowled his way to victory.

Colin had his game of the tournament the previous round as he eliminated June Festival Winner John Kennish 21-1. Dido was again in good form beating Steve Parker 21-8.

Parker should take confidence in his performance though, as he has shown he can mix it at the top level and a 21-16 quarter final win over Neil Withers will do his credentials no harm at all.

In the plate competition Matthew Keggen took victory with a 21-18 final win over the evergreen David Faragher.

Thanks go to Nobles for their hospitality in allowing us to run the competition.

Junior Manx Championship

Stefan Kelly was too hot to handle for the opposition as he won this year’s Junior Manx Championships at Ballaugh.

Kelly, the red hot favourite for the competition, was in imperious form all day and looked unbeatable from the off. That said he had to work for his title with a 21-15 victory over a battling Sam Stannard-Duke 21-15.

Stefan is one of the best prospects of recent years and I am sure it will not be too long before he adds a senior open, or even a Manx Championship to his collection. Sam is also showing fine form and with time on his side I am sure he will win a Junior Championships before graduating to the senior ranks.

All of the competitors who took part played exceptionally well on a tricky, well prepared Ballaugh green. I would like to thank Ballaugh for hosting the competition and its days like this that show our sport is in a good bill of health.

Onchan A Express Still On Track

The Onchan A Express is surely on track for another title after another ruthless maximum 10-0 win stokes the fire of their title bid.

This time it was Castletown B who had to feel the wrath of the defending champions, who have now pulled away at the top of the table with sixteen points now between them and second placed Marown A. Town B shouldn’t lose heart as they are definitely improving and still have a chance of remaining in division 1 nest term if they can string some positive results together.

Despite losing ground second placed Marown A will be delighted with their result in game of the week as they beat third placed South Ramsey A 8-2. The result was not as one sided as it seems, however, as a reverse of two 21-20 wins to the home side could have been the ending to a very different story.

Douglas A remain in fourth place but were made to fight for the win by Castletown A at the Villa with the homesters having just enough in the tank to come home 7-3.

Port St Mary A are on a charge and are on equal points with Douglas having played a game less. They had their own 10-0 maximum win over Ballaugh A to really put some steam behind their season. They are now only four points behind South and will hope to make use of their extra game to leapfrog the two teams above them.

The mid table battle saw North Ramsey just come out on top as they picked up a solid 6-4 win away at Finch Hill A.

Whilst not out of the relegation dogfight just yet Port Erin A find themselves in the relative safety of ninth place after a good 7-3 home win over Nobles A leaves their opponents flagging behind them.

It all change at the top of Division 2 after leaders Douglas B travelled to South Ramsey B. South were on the top of their game to not only topple their opponents 7-3 but to also relieve them of top spot as there are now two points ahead of the men form the Villa.

Port St Mary B had their own 7-3 win away at Onchan B to move on to level points with Douglas and keep themselves well in the hunt for glory. Its going to be a race to the finish with all of these teams perfectly positioned to take top spot.

North Ramsey B kept their season going with a great 9-1 win over Nobles B, however they are still eleven point adrift of third place and its going to be hard for them to make up ground on the leading three.

Division 3 leaders Onchan C had to work hard for their win over second placed Peel C, coming out on the right side of a 6-4 win. This leaves them eleven points ahead of the govags in the title race and hot favourites to taste glory at the end of the season.

Dreswick Cup

On Thursday 16th of July a good entry of 50 made their way to Port St Mary BC for the annual Dreswick Cup competition once again generously sponsored by Pat O’Meara and family of the Albert Hotel P.S.M. The day ran well in blustery but mostly dry conditions with the heavens only deciding to open as the final got underway, the player who handled the tricky conditions best at the end of the day was Port St Mary’s own Trevor Quayle who got the better of Marowns Neil Withers 21-15 in the final. At the semi final stage Trevor overcame a resurgent Dave Faragher (Castletown) who reached his second semi final of the week, while Neil got the better of the ever dangerous Dave “Dido” Kelly (South Ramsey). Fallers at quarter final stage were a couple of old campaigners in Ian kissack (Marown) and Dave “Barney” Kelly (Douglas) along with newer faces at this stage in the form of Stefan Kelly (South Ramsey) and Chris Oates of Port St Mary.

At the conclusion of play Roy Dixon president of the club gave his thanks to the sponsors as well as everyone else who had made the day a success especially the ladies of the club who once again but on a fantastic spread and also to Sean Lillee for running the sheet and the greenkeepers for supplying a tricky playing surface before presenting the prizes on behalf of the injured sponsor.