Monthly Archives: August 2015
Tuesday 11 August
Flo Kelly saved Onchan A’s blushes against top scorers Peel Sunset, on Tuesday 11 August in the Trend sponsored over 60’s league, as her win denied the westerners a full house. There were some close ties at Port St Mary B where three of the six games went all the way. For the home side Pauline Worrall reached 20 against Sylvia Shelbourne .as did Sandi Lowe against Voirrey Curphey. In reply Carol Kaye lost out 20-21 to Roma Ware. Douglas won 4-2 when they travelled to Onchan B, the two winners for the home side being Joyce Gardiner and Wendy McDowell, While Villa also won 4-2 against Ballaugh with a win to single figures for each side. Breagle took two games of Port St Mary A courtesy of Suzanne Ali and Gwen Tuck whose win to single figures helped to keep the league leaders down to 100 points. Marown fought out a draw on games with Nobles, but a win to single figures by Pat Robertson gave the visitors the advantage on points. After the longest journey of the morning, Mooragh Park went down 4-2 on games to Castletown, although
Thursday 13 August
It was a strange morning in the Trend sponsored over 60’s league on Thursday 13 August, with six of the seven matches ending 5-1 on games. Marown were the top scorers, their fly in the ointment being Edwina Reid who won her game to prevent Port St Mary B being white-washed. Chris Holland almost gave them a second game reaching 19 against Mary Black. Ann Hollingworth spoiled the party for Douglas who won 5 games, 4 of them to single figures. Ann also won to single figures in denying them a maximum. Lilian Slinger’s second 21-2 of the week denied Peel Sunset a full house, while at Ballaugh Gwen Tuck spared Breagle’s blushes as she won her game to single figures. After Tuesday’s result Onchan A got back on track, their only problem being Muriel Cain who won her game for Villa, while Onchan B fought well to get a respectable score despite Wendy McDowell being their lone winner, Joyce Gardiner almost added a second game reaching 19 against Sylvia Shelbourne. Port St Mary A won 4-2 on games with Val Macfarlane winning to single figures, the two winners for Nobles being Lin Ruscoe, edging out Wendy Kennaugh 21-19 and Sylvia Kennaugh who won to single figures.
Thursday 13 August
Rearranged match from Friday 7 August .
South Ramsey’s rearranged match against Marown took place on Thursday 13 August and although finishing a close 5-4 on games in the home side’s favour, winning four of those games to low single figures gave South Ramsey a win by a large margin on points, with all their players reaching double figures. Lil Smith and Lauren Groen had a tough battle with Lil coming through 21-20, while Jill Quayle reached 19 against Mary Alderson.
Friday 14 August
The penultimate match in the C Tarleton Hodgson and Son Ltd sponsored ladies’ league season took place on Friday 14 August, when South Ramsey were in imperious form winning 8 games, three of them to single figures, Wendy McDowell being the lone winner for the home side. It was a rare result at Purt le Moirrey, where the two sides recorded a draw on points despite the home side winning 6-3 on games. The three winners for Mooragh Park won to single figures, as did Tracy Moore for Purt Le Moirrey. Vicky Lloyd West had a good result reaching 19 against Roma Ware. Port St Mary travelled to Ballaugh, winning 5-4 on games. The home side fought well to keep the points deficit down to 10, the feature match seeing Ellie Faragher just lose out 20-21 to Katy Williams. At Port Erin the home side won 5-4 with a 15 point advantage, while Douglas had the advantage over Nobles 6-3, Sylvia Kennaugh coming closest to adding another game for the visitors reaching 19 against Wendy Cowin. Castletown had the better of their match against Marown, 5-4, with two wins to single figures – they also lost two games to single figures keeping their points total down.
Onchan A have done it, they have retained the Isle of Man Bank Men’s division one title with a game to spare after another couple of superb results.
A 9-1 win at Catletown A followed by a 10-0 home win over North Ramsey A really did reiterate how dominant this fantastic team is.
After losing out in the title race two years ago, and battling to win it back last year I was yet to be convinced that this team had the desire and hunger to remain on top but their devastating form has proved me wrong.
Whilst I genuinely believe the three of four teams below them in the league have enough in their arsenal to defeat them on any given day I don’t believe that anyone has the strength in depth to challenge them over a full season, especially an extended one like this year.
Bowls, however, is a fickle sport and if one player was to leave or if other top five teams were to strengthen it could be a very different story but if things remain the same the ending could be the same for quite a few years to come.
Marown A have all but secured second place with a gutsy performance in the one game they had last week. They travelled to and inform Douglas A, who were fresh off the back of a 10-0 win over Port Erin A, and at 3-0 down looked like they were down for the count. This wasn’t the case though and they showed great resolve to win all of the remaining games and take a 7-3 victory as the only team to beat the Villa men on their own patch all season.
Third place Port St Mary A also only had one game last week and impressed with a 10-0 maximum win over Peel A to keep on track for a good third place finish.
South Ramsey A are the only team who could take third place of Port and two 9-1 wins have left them needing to overturn two point deficit in two games.
It is far from all done and dusted in the race for the division two title with South Ramsey B leapfrogging Douglas B into top spot and they are now two points ahead of their closest rivals with two games to go.
South pulled off probably the biggest result of the season from any division to go top at they white washed North Ramsey B 10-0 on their own turf. To put this into perspective North hadn’t dropped a single point at home until last week, in fact their worst result was a 7-3 win, so for South to go their with the pressure on and leave with a maximum is absolutely incredible.
Douglas B also picked up a win beating Castletown 7-3 at the crofts. Whilst it is advantage South the men from the Villa will fight it out to the end and any slip from their rivals will open the door and I am sure they are more than capable of stepping in. This title battle is going to the wire and we will have to wait with anticipation as we watch the tale unfold.
It is a similar story in Division 3 with two teams locked in battle as they fight it out for the silverware. Onchan C top the tree on 132 points with Peel C just behind on 131.
With two games to go it really is anyone’s guess who will be crowned champions on Thursday evening. Onchan C on paper have a slightly easier finish to the season, but with both their games away from home won’t be taking anything for granted and if Peel can turn in a good home win on Tuesday who knows where the destiny of division three lies.
Onchan Bowling Club hosted the any combination doubles Commissioners Cup on Sunday with 24 pairs making the most of the immaculate weather and immaculate green.
Home greeners Jordan Cain and Matthew Quirk were on the top of their game to claim the title thanks to a 21-12 final win over Andy Kennish and James Teare of South Ramsey.
Losing out in the semi-finals were Derek Allen & Mavis Franks (Port Erin) and Debbie & Paul Leece (Nobles).
Praise must go to Onchan Commissioners for the work they have done on the green over the past twelve months to restore it to its former glory, and in my mind the best playing surface on the Island this year.
Wednesday 5 August
Despite the wet weather the matches in the C Tarleton Hodgson and Son Ltd sponsored ladies league on Wednesday 5 August were all played. Top scorers of the night were Castletown, winning 6-3, two of the wins to single figures. The match-up between Ann Gale and Anne Oates was closer, the visiting player coming through 21-19. The Peel players had problems with the wet conditions at Douglas, with three players losing to single figures and only three winners, Sue Jones, Philippa Taylor, to single figures, and Joyce Kelly who edged out Paula Garrett 21-20. It was a low scoring match at Marown, the home side winning four games, two of them to single figures courtesy of Celia Joughin and lil Smith, while three of Mooragh Park’s wins were also to single figures, while things were close at Port Erin where South Ramsey won 6-3 on games. Mavis Franks’ win to single figures together with Carol Kaye’s 20 against Casey Bolton kept the points difference down to 6 points. At Port St Mary Jayne Kneen won to single figures,as did Rebecca Teare for their visitors the rest of the games being hotly contested, but a 6-3 win on games gave the home side a clear win on chalks. Purt le Moirrey were another team who won 6-3 on games in a relatively low scoring match with both teams winning two games to single figures.
Friday 7 August
Jan Osborne saved Douglas’ blushes on Friday 7 August, denying Port St Mary a full house as the home side won 8 games, four of them to single figures. Castletown had three wins to single figures as they came through 7-2 against Port Erin whose two winners were Lynda Cadamy and Carol Kaye. Ballaugh put up a strong performance at Peel, winning 7 games with Pat Mason winning to single figures, while the two winners for the home side were Mary Moffatt, to single figures, and Joyce Kelly. Despite losing 4-5 on games Purt le Moirrey, with Chris Price winning to single figures, and Debra Cooper reaching 19 against Flo Price, the visitors finished with a 10 point advantage. The Mooragh Park match against Onchan was rearranged and played on Tuesday 4 August. Onchan were unfortunately a player short, and won just two games thanks to Ann Rooney and Jo Smith while Libby Andrade almost added a third game reaching 19 against Kim Hargraves.
There was a disappointing entry of 25 for the W.A.Roberts ladies’ singles, sponsored by Celtic Associates Ltd., played at Port St Mary on Wednesday 12 August. The entry may well have been affected by the men’s Ismay Cup final which was taking place at the same time.
A fast running green and fine weather enabled some enjoyable bowling.
Quarter-finals: Jayne Kneen 21, Roma Ware 6; Paula Firth 21, Mary Alderson 17; Ann Maddrell 21, Lil Smith 14; Mavis Franks 21, Win Collister 18
Semi-finals: Jayne Kneen 21, Paula Firth 17; Ann Maddrell 21, Mavis Franks 20
In the final Ann took the first two ends before Jayne won 9 of the next 10 to lead 18-9.Ann then staged a come-back making the score 15-19 after winning 5 of the next 6 ends, Jayne took the next end to reach all-but. The next two ends went Ann’s way before Jayne was able to win the game 21-18.
Lady President, Ann Maddrell, thanked everyone who had helped to make a successful afternoon, Sean and Gill for organising the competition, the green-keeper Ray, and the ladies doing the refreshments in the kitchen. She also thanked Celtic Associates Ltd. for their continued sponsorship before introducing Iain Wood to make the presentations. Iain said how much he enjoyed the event and promised continued sponsorship for next year.
There was a disappointing entry of 24 for the IOM Merit, for the Barbara Lee trophy, held at Port Erin on Sunday 9 August. However the weather stayed fair ensuring an enjoyable afternoon for bowling.
Quarter-finals: Debbie Leece 21, Elaine Moore 19; Lyn Bolton 21, Caroline Whitehead 11; Mary Alderson 21, Phil Dobson 13; Paula Firth 21, Lynda Cadamy 13
Semi-finals: Lyn Bolton 21, Debbie Leece 7; Paula Firth 21, Mary Alderson 12
Lyn had been gaining momentum throughout the afternoon and Paula could not stay with her in the final, although she did show some resistance when Lyn reached 20-4, winning the next three ends, but it was too little too late as Lyn ran out the 21-8 winner.
The presentation was made by Association president, Pat Robertson, who congratulated the players and thanked Port Erin for the use of their facilities. She also thanked all those who had helped in any way with the smooth running of the afternoon, in particular the two gentlemen who had a very busy afternoon manning the measures.
Youth held sway at the Mooragh Park on Saturday when 18 year old Casey Bolton and her young partner, visiting bowler Gavin Radcliffe, triumphed over a field of 24 pairs to win the Keith and Helen Surridge Memorial Rosebowl. The two of them had to do things the hard way, triumphing 21 – 13 over Janet and Robert Monk in the quarter final before edging a tight semi final 21 – 17 against Jenny Moore and James Teare.
In the final they faced Paula and Stuart Garrett who also had a fight in the semis before coming through 21 – 17 against Jayne Kneen and Andy Kennish. Bolton and Radcliffe edged ahead in the final and despite a late wobble that saw them concede a four and a two to the Douglas pair they ran out winners 21 – 19. The other losing quarter finalists were Alec and Philippa Taylor, Lyn Bolton and Trevor Quayle and Brenda Bowyer and Bobby Clayton.
A consolation competition for first game losers run alongside the main event proved popular and was won by North Ramsey pairing of Mary Kinrade and Brian Colquitt.
This competition has been kindly sponsored by the Surridge family since 1993 and at the end of a good day’s bowling in excellent weather the prizes were presented by North Ramsey competition secretary Mike Skelly. A raffle during the day raised £145 for Hospice Care.
Report by John Cannon
Onchan A have retained the Division One Title following a 10-0 home victory over North Ramsey A putting them clear of nearest rivals Marown with 2 game rounds remaining.
Men's Division 1 (2017) :: League Table
(Sponsored by Ellan Vannin Fuels)
|1||South Ramsey A||24||22||0||2||150||42||3772||2509||44||194|
|4||Port St Mary A||24||15||1||8||119||73||3461||2969||31||150|
|6||Peel Sunset A||24||15||1||8||116||76||3469||3161||29||145|
|7||North Ramsey A||24||12||1||11||87||105||3257||3393||24||111|
|9||South Ramsey B||24||7||0||17||71||121||3034||3488||15||86|
|10||Port Erin A||24||5||0||19||59||133||2839||3638||10||69|
North Ramsey A defeated Port St Mary A 7-2 to lift the Ismay Cup for the 2nd time following their maiden win in 2008. Following this victory North Ramsey will now turn their attention back to the league where they sit 3 points clear of Castletown and will be hoping to run out Champions and complete an impressive League-Ismay double.