Monthly Archives: June 2016

Lilian Slinger

It is with great sadness that my family wish to announce the death of our beloved mum, Lilian Slinger.

She will be remembered always for being the most loving mum, grandma and great grandma who had a tremendous generosity of heart and zest for life.

Among the many friends she had in her bowling career the word “legend” has been mentioned many times and some of her major achievements are recorded below.

1994 winner Spring festival Pontins
1995 winner Yorkshire Bank “Golden lady”
1996 winner Spring festival Pontins
1996 winner Illumination Classic Pontins
1999 winner Ladies Fleetwood festival
2000 winner Illumination classic Pontins
2000 winner Isle of Man ladies Manx Championship
2001 winner Isle of Man June Festival
2012 winner Isle of Man ladies Manx Championship (at the age of 78)

1996 runner up Ladies Talbot
1996 runner up Yorkshire Bank Golden Lady
1998 runner up BCGBA Individual Merit “All England”
2010 runner up Isle of Man September Festival

2003 winner BCGLBA Dorothy Piearce pairs with Janet Monk

In addition she qualified to play in the Bass Masters in 1996 at the Raikes Hotel Blackpool.

She represented her county North Lancs and Fylde for a few years before moving to the Isle of Man in 1999 to be with her family. She then went on to represent the Isle of Man at county level.

Since 2003 she had been a loyal member of North Ramsey bowling club, holding position of captain for the over 60’s ladies team for many years.

She was still bowling up to last September having got to the last 16 of the IOM bowls festival knocking out one of the favourites, only then going out against the eventual winner.

She found out in November that she had incurable cancer and faced this knowledge with tremendous bravery and courage. She always remained positive throughout and retained her unique sense of humour.

She truly was a remarkable woman, a great champion, but above all totally devoted to her family.

Post received from Janet Monk

Ladies’ Veteran’s County Championship

Shrewsbury is still recovering from its invasion by a party of sixteen ladies from the island, there for the Veteran’s County Championship on Tuesday 14 June. Having arrived on the Monday, the team of eight, plus reserve then played on the Tuesday. After the pleasant weather to which we were beginning to get accustomed to on the Isle of Man, Tuesday turned out to be a bit of a shocker.

Sixteen counties played in groups of four on a round -robin basis, the Isle of Man meeting North Midlands first and going down 89-104, before getting the better of Merseyside 104-98. Half way through the second match the rain and thunder came although the lightning passed either side of the bowls complex, allowing the event to continue. The final match against Lancashire, a team containing several of our Festival regulars, who will be here next week, was played in miserable conditions with the green starting to become water-logged, but dogged determination from the Manx girls meant that although they did not win the score of 101-106 shows the closeness of the contest. Congratulations go to all the team for their efforts, especially Anne Oatea and Margaret Tasker who won all three of their matches. Over all the team scored 294 for and had 308 against, and as an extra boost to their confidence the team they beat, Merseyside, went through to the final where they lost to Cheshire (another team with familiar faces we shall be seeing next week).

Threesomes Cup

Port St Mary welcomed a good field of 21 teams to their green for the annual men’s threesomes competition once again kindly sponsored by Colas I.O.M Ltd, the weather started out fair but a couple of showers during the course of the afternoon put a slight dampener on things but helped to take the sting out of the fast and tricky green.

The eventual winners were the team of Jordan Cain, Bob Clarke and Matthew Quirk (Onchan/Douglas) who seemed to run through the competition with consummate ease, in the semi-finals they ended the chances of a home victory by beating the team of Wayne Roberts, Pete Collins and Tom Collins (P.S.M) by a score of 21-10 and following this up with the victory in the final against the Marown trio of Walter McCarthey, Tom Kelly and Colin Kelly by a score of 21-15 which was as close as anyone got to the winners all day.

Walter, Tom and Colin had maybe played their final in the round before where they overcame the challenge of John Kennish, Alan Moore and Glynn Hargraves from South Ramsey 21-20 in an exciting encounter which was decided on a measure, it was even more of a feat when you consider that Walter is in his first season of playing the sport after only taking it up a few months ago so well done to him.

At the end of play club president Ken Karran thanked everyone who had helped in the running of the competition and preparation of the green and also a big thanks to the ladies section of the club who once again worked tirelessly to keep everyone fed and watered throughout the day, he then introduced Ian Dunbar who was appearing on behalf of the sponsors (Colas I.O.M Ltd) to hand out the prizes and the trophy to the victors.

Isle of Man vs Derbyshire Teams Announced

The final match for the Isle of Man County Team against Derbyshire will take place Sunday 3rd July

The home leg will take place at Castletown whilst the away leg at Belvedere Bowling Club

Home Team (Venue: Castletown Bowling Club)

Name Club # Name Club
Trevor Quayle Port St Mary 1 Jon Guess Burbage
Dean Kipling Marown 2 Richard Peach Burbage
Phil Kerruish Onchan 3 Matt Kelly-Wally Belvedere
Peter Collister South Ramsey 4 Paul Stretton Belvedere
Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly South Ramsey 5 Lee Davis Old Whittington
Ewan Cooil Port St Mary 6 Chris Adams Burbage
Kevin Quirk Onchan 7 Scott Palmer Dronfield Woodhouse
John Kennish South Ramsey 8 John Dewey Belvedere
David Bradford South Ramsey 9 Paul Hawker Whaley Bridge
Aaron Clark Douglas 10 Steve Barber Chaple Park
Paul Dunn Marown 11 Ed Furniss Rowditch
Glynn Hargraves South Ramsey 12 Andy Spragg Old Whittington

Away Team (Venue: Belvedere Bowling Club)

Name Club # Name Club
Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly Douglas 1 Dave May Stretton Anglesey
Neil Withers Marown 2 Dan Petcher Netherseal
Jordan Cain Onchan 3 Conor Chamberlin Stretton Anglesey
Matthew Keggen Onchan 4 Darren Carter Stretton Anglesey
Rob Monk North Ramsey 5 Neil Worthington Stretton Anglesey
Matthew Quirk Onchan 6 Jason Angusish Stretton Anglesey
John Gelling Marown 7 Adam Hartley Alvaston & Boulton
Colin Kelly Marown 8 Brian Smith Stretton Anglesey
Peter Slinger Onchan 9 Andy Thompson Swadlincote Catholics
Paul Skelly Port St Mary 10 Mick Grattan Marehay
Paul Kelly Douglas 11 Ian Brown Stretton Anglesey
Phil Kelly Marown 12 Paul Chamberlin Stretton Anglesey

IOM vs North Lancs & Fylde Report

The Paddy Power sponsored Isle of Man senior men’s team faced off against and extremely strong North Lancs & Fylde team on Mad Sunday and won the home leg at Port St Mary, however they lost out overall.

This is becoming a familiar story for the Manx Men as this is their third consecutive home victory, however they are yet to pick up an overall win.

With the team taking part in the competition for only the second year we should be delighted with these performances as the team really is taking on the best that the sport has to offer, however it is testament to how far we have come that this result is still tinged with a bit of disappointed as we had hoped for more.

They are really flying the flag for the Isle of Man proudly and there was nothing but praise from their counterparts from across the water who could only applaud everything about the local effort from the hospitality shown by Port St Mary, the organisation on the day right through to some brilliant performance both home and away.

The Port St Mary green is an absolute testament to the club and thanks go to the green keepers for the preparation of it. It was quite simply frightening! This was by far the fastest green that the Island team has used to date in the Crosfield Cup, and overall the home side handled it well with five out of twelve winners, but taking the leg victory on points.

There were some real positives to take out of the day and first county wins for Matthew Keggen and Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly were definitely amongst them. The former picked up the Gellings man of the match award for an Isle of Man player as a result of his battling 21-17 win over Tommy King.

Colin Kelly, Peter Collister and John Kennish all showed their class and put in superb displays to add to the Islands tally of wins and ensure the points victory.

Visitor Sam Patterson picked up the Endsleigh Man of the Match award for his 21-15 win over David Bradford.

Take nothing away though from those that didn’t win, we place too much emphasis on winning individual games when the code in the Crosfield cup is all about points, and every point scored by every player went towards this win. To put in in its simplest terms if the losing players had all scored one less point we would have lost the match. This was a real team effort.

Away from home was a slightly different story and there were real lessons learned about both the class of the opposition and the importance of a strong home side on a difficult green. This is a learning curve though and every day is a school day and the team will be much stronger after this match.

Two real highlights though were the performances of Jordan Cain and Trevor Quayle. Cain picked up the overall Endsleigh Man of the Match award for his superb 21-16 win over North Lancs Captain Dave Watters, whilst Quayle was magnificent winning the Gellings award for his 21-13 win over the incomparable Mike Leach.

There were other good performances too and despite falling short of the overall win the Manx Men can be very proud of what they are achieving in this competition.

If they take heart from anything it should be Cumbria’s victory this weekend over reigning champions Warwick and Worcester. Not long ago Cumbria were considered an easy match and questionably the weakest team in the competition and yesterday they beat unquestionably the strongest county in the sport. Our day will come.

South Ramsey Top Ellan Vannin Division One

South Ramsey A top Ellan Vannin fuels Men’s league division one after a magnificent maximum result in the derby against their talented B team.

The 10-0 result sees the South first string lead Marown A by four points with just one more game to go before we enter the second half of the season they have a home draw against Port Erin A this week and will be hoping for another maximum to extent their lead at the top.

Marown A went down 6-4 away at third placed Onchan A. It was never going to be easy for the Crosby men travelling to the champion’s lair however they will be disappointed to not have sealed the win. They have the tricky task of entertaining South Ramsey B this week and will need to be on their game to win big.

This result could be the turning point for the champions as they look to reel in the top two. They will need to start doing it with every bowl though and can’t afford any slip ups as they are already twelve points off the pace. They have a tough test away at Castletown A and will need to be firing on all cylinders to leave with the big win they desperately need.

Town A could be a wounded animal looking to strike back after they suffered a surprise 7-3 defeat away at Douglas B last week. The villa second string rest this week and are already at the half way stage and will be delighted to have 53 points on the board already.

Port St Mary A picked up a good 8-2 win over Port Erin A to cement their position in fourth place. They have a difficult home draw this week against sixth place North Ramsey A and will do well to win. North have had a solid start to the season and narrowly lost out last week 4-6 to fifth placed Douglas A after drawing on games.

Douglas haven’t really delivered this season. They have a star studded line up but are yet to all perform on the same night. Apart from a great 8-2 win over Port St Mary A their results have been disappointing and they will be hoping to rectify this tonight when they take on Finch Hill A.

Finch are just above the relegation zone and will be hoping to keep things this way although bottom side Nobles A put in a barnstorming performance to beat them 7-3 last time out and drag them into the relegation dogfight.

Nobles A have a massive fixture this week as they take on second bottom team Ballaugh A at home. If they can replicate their performance from last week and Finch struggle at the Villa they may not only move of the bottom but could find themselves in the safety zone for the first time this season.

Second division leaders Peel A put in another strong performance as they beat Port St Mary C 9-1 in the Sunset City to move eight points clear at the top. Castletown B picked up their own 9-1 over Onchan B to keep the pressure on in second place.

Peel B also secured a 9-1 win over their C team to move into third only 2 points behind Castltown. These three teams now have a gap building between them and the chasing pack and if they continue to perform this well it will be a three horse race for the two promotion places.

Douglas C are doing their utmost to win Division Three and remain out in front thanks to a very impressive 8-2 win away at South Ramsey C last time out. They have the tough task of taking on new boys Marown C this week and another win will do their championship credentials no harm at all.

Ramsey Town Cup

There was an entry of 24 ladies for the competition, played at Noble’s 2 on Saturday 11 June and hosted by Mooragh Park, for the Ramsey Town Cup.

The weather was dull but warm and humid at the start with the sun breaking out for the later stages. The lack of play during the TT period was felt by some players who took some time to get going on a relatively heavy green that speeded up during the afternoon, but there were some interesting and very close games in evidence, with every match going to double figures. Indeed two of the quarter-finals ended at 21-20.

The mellifluous tones of Mike Skelly on the microphone added an extra dimension to the proceedings.

Quarter-finals: Lyn Bolton 21, Jenny Moore 15; Debbie Leece 21, Rosemary Quirk 20; Alison Keggen 21, Payne 20; Helen Martin 21, Lil Smith 18..

Semi-finals: Debbie Leece 21, Lyn Bolton 19; Helen Martin 21, Alison Keggen 17.

In the final Helen got off to flier reaching 15 before Debbie got hold of the jack . From then the match took on a different perspective with Debbie having the better of the next period of play – however she had left herself too much to do, and despite the fight back, Helen came through to win 21-15.

Helen Martin thanked all those who had entered and commented on the standard of bowling before introducing Mike Skelly, Chair of North Ramsey, to make the presentations. He also thanked those who helped during the event and commented on the close and exciting games.

R H Green Fours

Saturday saw the welcome return of the above competition, kindly sponsored by Newsbeat, and a quality field of 16 pairs took to the green in what turned out to be better than expected weather conditions.

A number of Island players were entered and made quick work of their first round matches, particularly the pairings of Dave Bradford and Glynn Hargraves, and Bob Clark and Jordan Cain who both won 21-5. In the other first round matches, last minute entrants Peter Hughes and Peter Partington were unlucky to lose 20-21 to Ian Kissack and Mike Hargraves; similarly Grahem Moore and Les Warburton lost 21-19 to Neil Withers and Paul Dunn who struggled to get over the line as they took 4 ends to get the final point.

In the quarter finals, Dave Bradford and Glynn Hargraves took on Neil Withers and Paul Dunn in what was expected to be a close match. In the early stages this was the case but from the sixth end it was Withers and Dunn who found their length and with the help of 2 and 3 point ends they quickly raced to a 21-10 victory. Arthur Halsall and Tony Epifani came good against Kevin Mort and John Lightfoot with a 21-15 win and a similar scoreline took Bob Clark and Jordan Cain past Ian Kissack and Mike Hargraves. The last quarter final match between Derek Allen and Dave McCabe, and James Teare and Alan Moore was much closer with the scores level at 16 each after 14 ends but it was Teare and Moore who made the better finish to win 21-18.

The semi finals saw Arthur Halsall and Tony Epifani on home ground get off to a good start but they couldn’t match the 2 and 3 pointers thrown at them by Neil Withers and Paul Dunn who eventually romped home 21-9. The second semi final was similar as James Teare and Alan Moore won the first four ends to lead 11-5 against Bob Clark and Jordan Cain but once again it was the 2 and 3 point ends that helped Clark and Cain win 21-17.

On the basis of their earlier performances the final was eagerly awaited but it took Neil Withers and Paul Dunn 6 ends to get off the mark and with Bob Clark and Jordan Cain playing some exquisite bowls and scoring a 3 and a couple of 4’s the match was all over in 10 ends with Cain and Jordan running out worthy winners by 21 points to 8.

The prize presentation was made by Peter Partington, Chairman of Finch Hill Bowling Club and Ken Kinrade, Competition Secretary with the losing semi finalists receiving £20 Newsbeat vouchers, the losing finalists £50 Newsbeat vouchers and the winners £100 Newsbeat vouchers and the R H Green Cup.

Special thanks go to our generous sponsors Newsbeat, to Merve Sayle for preparation of the green and to Lyn Kinrade and Hazel Hughes who kept everyone fed and watered throughout the afternoon and to all those who helped make this a very successful competition.

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