Yearly Archives: 2017

Outsiders suffer first defeat

There was a mixed bag of results over the latest two days in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League amongst which Parkers finally won – twice; and Outsiders lost for the first time, dropping some crucial points in the process.

Saturday had a set of re-arranged fixtures and it was a winning afternoon for Parkers who were occupying 10th spot in the table at the start of play; they began with a convincing victory over Bowl Rollers and dropped just four chalks. Shirley Whelan was the only winner for the Rollers.

Next up Parkers took on Erin Porters, who had also begun with a comfortable win when they played Castletown Cannons, this tussle ended 3-3 on games and with a 13-point margin, however it could have been a lot worse for the southerners as they trailed 8-17 in the final game, but fought back for a 21-19 success.

The Rollers got themselves back on track in their second encounter and dropped just one point against Cannons, for whom James Drinkwater sneaked home 21-20 to avoid a whitewash, whilst in their earlier defeat it was the pairing of Sheila Preston and Barbara Young who were victorious.

Results for Saturday, November 4: Bowl Rollers 89 (1), Parkers 122 (5); Erin Porters 115 (5), Castletown Cannons 89 (1); Parkers 114 (3), Erin Porters 101 (3); Castletown Cannons 77 (1), Bowl Rollers 125 (5).

 Two of the Saturday gang were back the following afternoon as things got back on schedule and Bowl Rollers started where they left off 24-hours previous, whilst Erin Porters fell just short of an opening win.

Both sides won three games against their top three opponents, Rollers inflicted a first defeat of the campaign on Outsiders and Porters went down by just nine points against Seven-Up.

The two contenders upped their games next time out, when they won 5-1; Seven-Up dropping just one chalk in a 40-point advantage victory over Rollers, while Outsiders ended the day down one place in third after beating Erin Porters.

Derek Allen was the sole winner for Porters and for Rollers it was Gordon Corrin.

Results for Sunday, November 5: Outsiders 100 (3), Bowl Rollers 105 (3); Seven-Up 116 (3), Erin Porters 107 (3); Erin Porters 105 (1), Outsiders 122 (5); Bowl Rollers 85 (1), Seven-Up 125 (5).

For the third midweek round robin on the trot, there was an entry of over 50 and once again triples were the order of the day.

Brian Kelly, Lil Smith and Mark Kelly topped the black jack section ahead of Eddie McAvoy, Derek Allen and Doug Allan.

Joy Stephens, Bernard Thackrah and Tricia Bull were the victors in the yellow group, with second going to Geoff Mayles, Lynda Wilson and Marg Tasker.

Finally the red jack winners were Roy Murphy, Kevin Firth and Derek Cadamy, with the runners-up being Christine Sims, Maureen Quilliam and Bryan Corner.

Jacks Off maintain early pace

Jacks Off were the only one of the leading four teams to take part in the latest two sessions held over the weekend in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League and they maintained their average to cling onto top spot.

The first afternoon was the once a year set of fixtures where the teams play their opponents twice and it was double winners Erin Porters and Louie’s Angels who left happiest.

First up Porters fell just two points short of a maximum, when they kept their good start going with a 124 to 88 victory, they were denied a full house by Celia Joughin (Bowl Rollers).

The two sides battled it out again later with the Rollers taking two games and reducing the points margin in the process, but could not stop their opponents from notching up another two wins, which sees them occupy fifth in the standings.

Angels and Castletown Corkers were the other two outfits in action and although Corkers took three games first time out, they lost by 17 points.

Both improved their point tallies next time, however it was Angels who triumphed once again by the margin of 122 to 100. Nathan Hamilton (Corkers) prevented Angels from recording another maximum.

Sunday’s gang had leaders Jacks Off competing along with three teams from the lower half of the table and they took full advantage, dropping just eight points along the way.

The opening encounter saw the eight-time champions take on a Parkers side who have yet to show their true potential and it took a good win by Paul Bailey to prevent them being whitewashed.

Govags meanwhile won a close tussle with Castletown Cannons, before they went on to inflict another defeat on Parkers. The highlight for the westerners being a comfortable victory for Lynda Wilson and Rob Middleton in the doubles.

The final outcome was a bit of a one-sided affair when Jacks Off notched up maximum points at the expense of Castletown Cannons, who themselves could only muster 65 points.

One thing evident over the sessions held so far; is that captains are utilising the option for members to compete up to six times for more than one team, rather than showing up for fixtures short of players.

Once again there was another great entry for the midweek round robin and the 57 attending were split into groups of triples.

Yellow jack winners were Chris Sims, Vicky Lloyd-West and Mark Kelly, with second place going to Doug Allan, Joan Murphy and Elaine McElroy.

Philippa Taylor, Derek Anscomb and Shirley Corrin won the black jack group ahead of Greg Brew, Derek Cadamy and Lil Smith.

While in the smaller red jack gang, Jean Thackrah, Joy Stephens and Tricia Bull triumphed, with second spot going to Carol Kaye, Bernard Thackrah and Sue Gawne.

This Saturday it is planned for the fixtures postponed from October 21 to take place and will involve Bowl Rollers, Parkers, Erin Porters and Castletown Cannons.

Outsiders storm into contention

The one day of action possible over the weekend in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League saw three teams capable of being crowned champions come next March, battle it out just hours after storm Brian had abated.

Not featured in our first report as being one of the favourites, Outsiders were the afternoon’s biggest benefactors, dropping just two points and one game, promoting their average up to 122 from the four fixtures they have played so far.

Although it is still early days, I firmly believe we can add this outfit to the list of title contenders, also remembering they have been champions in the past. Back in 2011 they were successful under the name New Found Glory, although the players have changed a little, with only four of the winning team still competing for Outsiders.

So what off two of the other contenders, with eight-time champs, Jacks Off not competing – Seven-Up slipped to third on 119 after they suffered their first defeat, but still came away from the session with a healthy tally of 231 points, which included a maximum.

Champions Mooragh Lakers were up against both Outsiders and Seven-Up, they struggled a little by their own standards, but will be reasonably content with one win, achieved from one of those occasions when they lost 4-2 on games, but were successful in the all-important battle for points, sneaking home by the closest of margins.

Also in action were basement side Bits n Bobs, they had three new winter league players on the scorecards and consequently slipped further behind in the standings after two 6-0 defeats.

As you’ve probably worked out for yourselves, Saturday’s fixtures fell foul of the weather and have been rescheduled for Saturday, November 4.

A fantastic entry of 51 was welcomed to the latest midweek round robin, which was held between the two storms that battered the Island.

From three sets of triples, the winners were Ken Karran, Helen Martin and Doug Allan; Steve Parker, Rita Callister and Shirley Whelan; Allan Kennaugh, Bryan Masterson and Peter Kelly.

Perhaps this is an opportune moment to remind all members that round robin entries close at 1pm prompt in order to get proceedings completed

Seven-Up set early pace

There were three maximums over the second weekend of play in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowls League and all 12 sides have now competed in their opening fixtures.

Saturday saw two of the big challengers join the fray with Seven-Up being the early pacesetters on an average of 122.5. Jacks Off occupy second on 122, Lakers third on 121 and Outsiders close behind on 119.

Seven-Up began their campaign with a maximum 126 against Castletown Cannons and followed up with a comfortable victory over Parkers.

Outsiders meanwhile also had a good win against Parkers, but surprisingly dropped three games against Cannons in a 116-107 scoreline.

Mooragh Lakers continued their defence of the title with two good wins on Sunday, firstly beating Louie’s Angels; then recording a full-house against Castletown Corkers.

Corkers had previously won by four games to two against Bits n Bobs, who themselves had a tough afternoon and lost their second outing 6-0 to Louie’s Angels.

Winter League Returns

The Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter League returned this weekend with eight of the twelve teams in action across the weekend.

Last years champions Mooragh Lakers start the season as favourites but I think they will be pushed all the way by Seven-Up and Jacks Off.

Seven-Up have finished second in the last four seasons just not finding enough in the tank to reach the top.

Jacks Off (last year Unstopabowls) will hunt a record ninth title having last won the league last back in 2016.

My prediction is for those teams to make up the top three but each team has the potential to be champions come March; it will be interesting to see how the season unfolds.

Onto the action and Saturday saw Erin Porters get their season off to a great start beating Bits n Bobs 119-81 and 5-1 on games. Mavis Franks and Alan Kennaugh won to single figures with Gill Morgan picking up Bits n Bobs sole win.

Champions Mooragh Lakers started their defence with a 117-94 (4-2) victory over Bowl Rollers. Result of the match was Alan Moore and Brian Kelly winning 21-7 against Shirley Whelan and Gordon Corrin in the doubles.

Bowl Rollers were ruthless in their second match claiming the first white-wash of the season defeating Bits n Bobs 126-81 (6-0) with Sylvia Kennaugh and Lil Smith winning to single figures.

Mooragh Lakers showed all the qualities of being current champions by defeating Erin Porters 123-99 (5-1). Wayne Roberts beat last years merit runner up Jenny Moore 21-18 to claim Porters only win.

On Sunday another four teams came to Nobles Park to square up. Jacks Off, Louies Angels, Castletown Corkers and Govags.

Govags in their first match defeated Corkers 111-93 (4-2). Kevan Osborne (Corkers) won to single figures and Pat Robertson (Govags) nearly pulled off a comeback against Nathan Hamilton just losing 21-19.

Jacks Off faced Louies Angels in their first match and won by a convincing 120-81 (5-1). Austin Hart and Steve Waters won 21-10 in the doubles game against Thomas Keggen and Trish Bull. The only win for Louies Angels came from their new captain Alison Keggen who made sure there was no whitewash on the cards defeating Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly 21-15.

Louies Angels quickly forgot about their opening loss by defeating Govags 123-92 (5-1). Margaret Tasker and Ken Karran winning 21-9 in the doubles; Peter Kelly picked up Govags only win beating Debbie Leece 21-18.

Jacks Off picked up another big win in their second match winning 124-81 (5-1) against Castletown Corkers. Alan Moore had the best singles score winning 21-10 against Kevan Osborne. Nathan Hamilton picked up his second win of the afternoon and prevented a whitewash winning 21-19.

Looking ahead to next weekend Outsides, Parkers, Seven-Up and Castletown Cannons all play their first set of matches on Saturday.

Sunday’s game of the day see’s Champions Mooragh Lakers play Louies Angels.

Juan Kelly Cup

Marown Bowling Club held an end of season Floodlit competition, hosting the inaugural Juan Kelly Cup, with the format being an any competition doubles, played over 15 ends with ends 5, 10 and 15 played as ‘power’ ends with the points scored counting double. The pairs were given a handicap based on their rankings in the Men’s and Ladies game. If scores were tied after 15 ends a one bowl shootout would take place, with a player from each team nominated to play the deciding end.

The competition in this format, attracted a bumper entry of 40 pairs, with some interesting pairings making use of the handicap system played over two qualifying nights, with four pairs qualifying from each night for the quarter finals.

The finals night was held on Wednesday evening, with a live re-draw taking place to determine who the pairings would play on the night.

The eventual winners were the pairing of David Proctor and Glenn Boland, who mastered the extremely wet conditions, defeating Bethany and John Kennish in the final to a 29-19 score line. Proctor and Boland were superb throughout the whole competition, winning all of their games to comfortable scores.

Losing out in the semi-finals were Clare Cooper and Rebecca Teare 20-22 to the runners up, along with Kim Hargraves and Stefan Kelly 19-27 to the winners.

Losing quarter finalists were Dave Pease and Steve Cook, Thomas Keggen and Dave McCabe, Jenny Moore and James Teare, Lil Smith and Maureen Payne.

At the conclusion of play the presentation was made by Phil Kelly, who thanked Juan Kelly for sponsoring the competition, the Ladies for the refreshments, the players for entering, and all those who stayed to support. Juan Kelly then presented the prizes. Spot prizes were also given for highest score in the first round, which also went to David Proctor and Glenn Boland, (37 points) with the biggest break being awarded to Fiona Kennish and Alan Moore (15 points) Credit must also be given to Marown for trying something different, with the excellent entry showing the support for the new format.

South Ramsey Retain Division One

South Ramsey A retained the Division One title by beating Port St Mary A 6-4. South have been a dominant force all season and fully deserve to win back to back trophies and will look forward to competing in the 2018 World Club Challenge and going for a hattrick of wins next season.

Marown A pushed hard in the second half of the season to chase down South Ramsey but despite their best efforts settle for second place finishing eight points behind the champions.

Onchan A had already guaranteed third position but Douglas A, Port St Mary A and Peel Sunset A were all fighting for fourth position.

Peel slipped to a 8-2 defeat away to Onchan A leaving them to finish sixth. Douglas A picked up a 8-2 win over North Ramsey A but crucially Port St Mary A picked up four points in their defeat at South Ramsey A pipping Douglas by a single point to claim fourth position.

Castletown B finish bottom following their 8-2 loss at Marown A but Ballaugh A, Douglas B or Port Erin A could still finish in the bottom two. Douglas B sat out Wednesday having already completed all their matches so were sweating on the results from their relegation rivals.

Port Erin A who with only a few games to go were rock bottom found good form in their final few matches finishing the season off by defeating South Ramsey B 7-3 and keeping them in the top flight.

That left Ballaugh A, they went to Castletown A knowing they needed three points to jump Douglas B and save their season. On the night they lost two games 21-18 and another 21-17 and could only manage two wins losing 8-2 on the night and leaving them with Castletown B at the bottom.

Colin Kelly collected the division one merit on the final day of the season with David Bradford finishing second and Trevor Quayle third.

Marown B had already confirmed themselves as Champions and finished the season with a 5-5 draw at Peel Sunset B. Onchan B finished seven points behind the men from Crosby with Nobles B third and a further 20 points back.

Nobles B have enjoyed much success this season incredibly finishing nine points ahead of their A team. In their final matches Nobles B went down 7-3 away to Port St Mary B and Nobles A defeated Port Erin B 9-1.

Douglas C finish bottom along with Onchan C.

The division two merit came right down to the wire and Steve Crampton finished top of the shop signing his season off with a 21-9 victory. Kerry ‘Bod’ Boland finished second.

Division three had a great finale with Ballaugh C leading the division by two points ahead of Peel Sunset C. With both teams having one hand on the trophy the fixture list happened to throw them together on the last night of the season.

Ballaugh travelled to Sunset City and the match was close, only separated by eight chalks but it was Peel who won 7-3 and took the third division trophy.

The division three merit was also just as close, Dave Smith led the way but three other people were waiting to pounce should he have lost. Away at Ballaugh B Dave won 21-7 and collected the merit in only his second season of league bowls.

So the curtain has fallen on another fantastic season of league bowls. We thank our Sponsors Ellan Vannin Fuels for their continued support along with all the people behind the scenes that help with the running of the league.

South Ramsey Stay On Course

In week 24 of the Ellan Vannin Fuels sponsored league, South Ramsey A were once again on top form and swept aside the challenge of Castletown A 9-1 and look like they are about to see out the season with the style they have shown throughout its duration.

Onchan A built on their great performance against South Ramsey A last week with a fine 7-3 victory away to Port St Mary A and are seeing out the season with the resilience that you would associate with them.

Second placed Marown A turned in a rock solid performance with 10-0 return over North Ramsey A, this leaves them twelve points behind impending champions but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that gap is much closer at the end of next season with talented young players such as Harry Barton coming through the ranks.

Below the top three the battle for fourth place is closer than any of these teams could have imagined, Peel Sunset A currently occupy fourth spot courtesy of a 7-3 home win over Port Erin A with the visitors turning in some creditable performances,
Douglas A and Port St Mary A are in fifth and six positions on level points and have a five point gap to make up on Peel A who sit out match 25, all will be resolved in the final round of matches on Wednesday night.

Division Two
Leaders Marown B were at home to Onchan C and repeated last week’s 9-1 score-line and have now opened up a ten point gap over second placed Onchan B, the latter had a sloid 7-3 home win over North Ramsey B but anything but a total disaster would see Marown B division 2 champions.

Division Three
Going in to the final round of matches in division three the division has a new leader, Ballaugh C now lead the division by two points thanks to a crushing 9-1 victory over their B team, the final match Peel Sunset C v Ballaugh C on Tuesday is the perfect climax to the season.

Getting the Job ‘Dunn’

South Ramsey held the Income Plus Group sponsored Jim Senior Fours on Sunday. There was a good entry of 10 teams of four taking part, with teams selecting their players to play a doubles game and two singles games to take on opposing teams, with teams rotating at least one player from the doubles matches in each round.

The eventual winners were the team named ‘Getting the Job Dunn’ which was made of Paul Dunn, Colin Kelly, Tom Kelly and Neil Withers, who defeated the South Ramsey team ‘The Chuckers’ in the final, with the team being made up of Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly, Stefan Kelly, Alan Moore and Steven Waters.

In the Doubles match Neil Withers and Tom Kelly defeated Steven Waters and Alan Moore 21-16, whilst in the singles Stefan Kelly beat Paul Dunn 21-12. In the other singles game Colin Kelly had a strong 21-8 win over Dido Kelly to ensure the team were in fact ‘Getting the Job Dunn’ to secure the title for his team.

Losing out in the semi-final to the runners were ‘The Teacaddies’ made up of Lynda & Derek Cadamy, and Philippa & Alec Taylor. Losing out in the other semi-final to the eventual winners were the North Ramsey team ‘Smarticus and the Gladiators’ made up of Tony Smart, Allan Callow, Steve Parker and Steve Walmsley.

The presentation was made by Chas Grills, who thanked the sponsors Income Plus Group, all those who entered the competition and braved the conditions, the Ladies for the refreshments and the club members who assisted throughout the afternoon.

Champion of Champions

The Champion of Champions was held at the Waterloo over the weekend with the Men’s event taking place on Saturday.

South Ramsey’s John Kennish qualified through winning the Manx Championship earlier this year, however Kennish lost out in his first game to Gareth Herbert 21-12.

The eventual winner was Michael Beer who defeated teammate Callum Wraight 21-11 to secure his first Champion of Champions title.

In the semi-final Wraight ended the challenge of hot favourite Greg Smith 21-20 in a fascinating game that will live long in the memory, whilst Beer defeated the newly crowned Autumn Waterloo winner Wayne Ditchfield 21-16 to book his place in the final.

On Sunday in the Ladies event there was more South Ramsey representation, with Shelley Kennish (Manx Championship winner) and Jenny Moore (September Pre Festival winner) who managed to get a late entry due to another player double qualifying for the event.

Kennish won her first game with a 21-19 victory over Lisa Kerford, whilst Moore won by an even closer score line of 21-20 over Jo Webster.

Kennish just lost out 21-18 to the experienced Gay Cooper in the second round, whilst Moore booked her place in the quarter finals courtesy of a strong 21-12 win over Kellie Hill.

In her quarter final game Moore had the tough challenge of facing Emily Kernick, but battled well to only just lose out 21-17.

Losing out in the semi-finals were Nicola Boulton and Emily Kernick.

The eventual winner was Lynsey Gorman who beat Angela Gaut 21-9 in the final.