Yearly Archives: 2018
Last weekend saw the start of the 18th season of outdoor winter bowls when the Manx Petroleum sponsored league kicked into action with three maximum wins recorded over both days.
The opening two fixtures had 5-1 victories on games, with Sonya Mercer preventing a whitewash for her team Castletown Cannons against southern rivals Erin Porters.
This while Mike Thomas (Parkers) held his nerve against opponent Thomas Keggen (Louie’s Angels) to win 21-19 and record the only win for his side.
Parkers next took on Erin Porters and recovered well from their earlier disappointment to notch up their opening victory by just eight points in a close encounter that ended three-all on games.
Having missed out by two chalks in the first outing, Louie’s Angels aimed to improve and this they did with the campaign’s maiden maximum win, achieved with comfortable ease against Castletown Cannons.
Results for Saturday, October 6: Castletown Cannons 82 (1), Erin Porters 116 (5); Parkers 83 (1), Louie’s Angels 124 (5); Erin Porters 105 (3), Parkers 113 (3); Louie’s Angels 126 (6), Castletown Cannons 71 (0).
Sunday saw a new look Outsiders square up against Bits n Bobs, who themselves had three newcomers in the team and it was the experienced outfit who came out on top, winning all six games.
Also taking part were last season’s runners-up, Mooragh Lakers, another squad with some new faces in the line-up and they went within one game of a perfect start against opponents Bowl Rollers.
Unfortunately for Rollers the afternoon didn’t get any better and they ended up on the wrong side of a six games to nil encounter with Outsiders.
Last up were Bits n Bobs and Mooragh Lakers and with the away side cruising through the first four games, things looked good for the former champions.
However in the final two games off the green Geoff Mayles and Franz ten Donkelaar both sneaked home with 21-19 wins against Janet Monk and Harry Barton.
Results for Sunday, October 7: Outsiders 126 (6), Bits n Bobs 64 (0); Mooragh Lakers 117 (5), Bowl Rollers 83 (1); Bowl Rollers 69 (0), Outsiders 126 (6); Bits n Bobs 80 (2), Mooragh Lakers 122 (4).
The club’s opening round robin session took place on the Wednesday prior to the league games and an entry of 38 was split into two groups from which the winners were Jeff Wilson, Lynda Wilson and Derek Clarke in the triples and the pairing of David Clucas and Mike Kelly.
All members are reminded that entries close for the round robin sessions at 1pm prompt and anyone arriving after that time will be denied entry.
For sides competing at weekends there are a number of club members available who are not allocated to a team, details of which will be held by the secretary should any captain require extra players.
Marown Bowling Club held the Juan Kelly Cup last week with the competition in its second year being played under the excellent floodlights it was like playing in daylight.
The format was 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 end shootout would take place to decide the winner.
The competition in this format improved on last years entry of 40 pairs, with 42 pairs entering. Again there were 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.
On Sunday evening 16 pairs played their qualifying night, with 26 pairs competing on the Monday evening this proved to be the most popular night to play.
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 father and son pairing of Bernie Durcan and Steve Durcan (+7), who mastered the green, defeating the home duo of Phil Kelly and Paul Kelly (+2) in the final to a 30-8 score line with the Marown men conceding the game with three ends still to play with the lead having become unassailable. The Durcan’s were helped massively by counting a four on end 10, which was a power end to score a huge eight points at a vital moment in the game, however this shouldn’t take away from their brilliant performance in the final to keep the Marown men down to single figures scoring just six points on their own green.
The Durcan’s were superb throughout the whole competition, taking out some good pairings along the way, and they don’t come any tougher than the South Ramsey pairing of John Kennish and David Bradford ending their challenge with a 21-17 win on Monday evening in the final qualifying game with Kennish and Bradford needing a big score on the power end to progress but just missing out.
Losing out in the semi-finals were Marown C Team captain Stephen Rundle and Celia Joughin (+10) who were beaten 16-21 to the runners up, Losing out to the Durcan’s in the semi-finals were the father and daughter pairing of Arnie Withers and Helen Withers (+9) who just needed to make another counting bowl on the final end to secure a spot in the final, however they just missed out agonisingly 23-24.
Losing quarter finalists were two South Ramsey pairings, Jenny Moore and James Teare (+6), along with Alan Moore and Glynn Hargraves (+3), Peel duo Tommy McMeiken and David Proctor (+6), along with the Noble’s pairing of Alison Keggen and Debbie Leece (+10).
At the conclusion of play the presentation was made by Neil Withers, who thanked Juan Kelly for once again sponsoring the competition, the Ladies for the refreshments, the players for entering, and all those who stayed to support.
The final of the inaugural Club Team Championship was held on Friday evening under the floodlights at Noble’s Park in front of a good crowd. Marown reached the final after sailing through their group games, whilst Onchan came through a tough group, sealing their place in the final after seeing off South Ramsey with a convincing win in their final group game. Marown started the final as favourites, and with the format being five singles games and three doubles games the draw would be crucial to Onchan’s hopes of pulling off an upset.
First off for Marown was Matthew Keggen winning 21-12 against Colin Spence, with Spence staging a mini-comeback after being 4-16 down before losing out. The first doubles game off was Paul Kelly and Neil Withers who were up against Kevin Quirk and Peter Slinger with the Marown men seeing off the Onchan pair 21-14 in a high quality game. Third game off was another doubles game with Harry Barton and John Kelly performing well to beat Mark Kelly and Edward Carlyle 21-10. The last game off from the first half of the match was another Marown win with Brian Kelly beating Bernie McPhee 21-18, which was the closest game of the night. At the halfway stage, the chalks were 84-54 with Marown holding a 30 point lead.
Fifth game off on the night was Peter Kelly who helped increase Marown’s lead to an unassailable 44 chalks thanks to a 21-7 win over Mike Alexander. Onchan replied with the biggest doubles win of the night with Jordan Cain and Rob Monk playing the short lengths well to seal a 21-8 victory against the experienced pairing of Phil Kelly and John Gelling. With the match now secured with Marown having scored enough chalks in the two games left on the green, Onchan then recorded their second win of the night with Matthew Quirk holding off a strong challenge from Juan Killip to record a 21-17 win. The last match of the night was between Colin Kelly and Neil Dunwell with Kelly recovering from 2-8 down to eventually win 21-15. Marown won by 33 chalks (151-118) winning 6-2 on games.
The presentation was made by Association Press Officer Glynn Hargraves who congratulated Marown on a deserved win, whilst also thanking Noble’s Bowling Club for hosting the final and providing refreshments. Marown’s Neil Withers then accepted the winners shield and also congratulated his team and thanked their supporters. With his Association hat on Withers then gave a bit of background to emphasise why the competition was introduced, with the idea of increasing involvement from across the teams within a club and also to help create a better atmosphere around the green.
Port St Mary captain Trevor Quayle sealed the individual merit trophy in Ellan Vannin Fuels division one with a near perfect season winning 21 out of 22 games, losing his only game of the season away to the league champions South Ramsey. This success will go some way towards making up for the heartbreak Quayle suffered in 2017 when he missed out on the individual merit to Marown’s Colin Kelly, with Quayle having led the merit for the entire season he lost only his second game that season again at South Ramsey, which ultimately cost him the individual merit trophy.
Onchan A took on Peel at Onchan Park on Monday evening with only three points separating the teams third spot was still achievable for the visitors. Both teams were missing key players notably Phil Kerruish for Onchan and Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly for Peel. The home side showed their dominance on the night with a 9-1 win with Kevin Quirk and son Matthew both winning 21-8 against David Smith and Peel captain Stevie Kelly respectively. Mark Kelly and Rob Monk both won 21-10 with Jordan Cain recording a good 21-13 win over Tommy McMeiken. Adrian Skinner was pushed hard by Tom Kelly with Skinner winning 21-18. Saving the whitewash for Peel was Gary Smith who beat Edward Carlyle 21-20.
Marown A took on Douglas A at Crosby with the Villa men rather disappointingly only managing to field seven players. Marown recorded a 9-1 win with Colin Kelly beating Shaun Seal 21-4. Despite the result the Douglas men scored well in four of their losses with Gary Conwell losing 17-21 to Neil Withers, Keith Rise reached 18 against Peter Kelly, Ian Moore lost out 19-21 to Gary Weightman who stepped in from the C team to record a fine win, whilst Jimmy Sansom fell at the final hurdle losing 20-21 to Phil Kelly. It was also good to see John Gelling make his first league appearance for over two months winning 21-14 against Mervin Sayle. Visiting captain Andy Kennish recorded the win for Douglas with a 21-15 victory over Paul Kelly.
Champions South Ramsey recorded their 21st win of the 22 game season with a 8-2 home win over Castletown A. Missing for the home team were John Kennish and Peter Collister which gave the northerners the opportunity to give some experience to two of their up and coming players. 15 year old Austin Hart lost 6-21 to Jeff Kinley, whilst 10 year old Ryan Hargraves playing in the same team as his Dad and making his first appearance in the top flight lost 7-21 to Castletown captain Ian Watson. Hitting back for South Ramsey were David Bradford with a 21-9 win over David Quayle, captain Glynn Hargraves beat Peter Oates 21-10. Stefan Kelly recorded a 21-3 win over Clifford Clague. Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly beat Jordan Drewett, whilst Alan Moore recovered from a poor start to beat Juan Kermode 21-19 and Chas Grills just got over the line 21-20 against Dean Kinley.
North Ramsey A travelled back north on a high despite giving a game away thanks to a 2-8 away win against Port Erin A recording only their second away win of the season. John Cannan and Tony Smart both won their games 21-20 against Christopher Dent and David Cain respectively.
Marown B also finished their season positively with a 3-7 away win against bottom of the table Douglas B. The Crosby outfit will be looking to push on next season and improve on this year’s finish.
South Ramsey B travelled to Port St Mary A safe in the knowledge that their top flight status was secure coming away with a 3-7 loss. Winning for the visitors were James Teare to single figures over Thomas Keggen, Steven Waters won a close game 21-18 against Steve Franks and Tony Dugdale won 21-12 against Dan McCabe. For the home team Wayne Roberts, Paul Skelly and Rob Cooil all came in with 21-7 wins over Sid Bolton, Steve Moore and Martin Caley respectively, with captain Trevor Quayle winning comfortably 21-10, whilst Steve Hall won 21-18 against George Brew.
On Wednesday evening Port St Mary A hosted North Ramsey A in a rearranged game, with the home team winning 6-4. North Ramsey will have been pleased with their weeks work away from home with wins from John Cannan, Geoff Porter, Ray Skelly and Steve Parker. For the home team captain Trevor Quayle had a comfortable 21-8 win which was enough to seal the individual merit. Also winning were Dan McCabe, Steve Hall and Wayne Roberts with the southerners taking the aggregate winning by 13 chalks on the night.
Marown C were crowned champions of Ellan Vannin Fuels division three in their winner takes all game at home to Ballaugh B with a superb 9-1 win in front of a 60 plus crowd to gain promotion to division two in style.
Leading the way for the Crosby men was captain Stephen Rundle who dug in and kept his composure to see his game out 21-19 against John Kneen. The Marown men’s nerves would have been helped further winning three games 21-16 with Darren Kerruish, Dan Smith and Kevin Kelly beating Tony Quine, Phil Quayle and Fred Waggett respectively.
Jamie Joughin beat John Looney 21-5, with Karl Parker winning 21-9 against Percy Faragher. Steve Wilson had a fairly comfortable 21-14 win against Dickie Watson. John Bolton spared the whitewash for Ballaugh with a 21-14 win over Carey Dewhirst.
This is a great achievement for the team and indeed the whole club, who have introduced new players into the game, with this continuing this season with Kevin Kelly and Karl Parker taking the game up recently with both players contributing to the overall success of the team.
Castletown C finished in third spot, but may have been left wondering what might been having finished just 10 points off the top, with their cause not helped by having to give 15 walkovers to the opposition during the season, which will have cost them extra points on individual wins and the aggregate with having to give 21 chalks away before the match has started.
Peel D hosted Douglas C recording a 7-3 home win, with young Ryan Tate turning in a good performance to win 21-8 against James King, with Dad Steve Tate not to be outdone winning 21-6 against Les Quayle.
Onchan C travelled north over the mountain to take on South Ramsey D to record a good 2-8 away win. Home winners were Ian Moore who has secured the individual merit in division three following a fine season winning 18 games from 20 played, whilst younger brother Jay Moore beat Erwin Gelling 21-15. The home team performed well despite the defeat with Steve Kelly losing 17-21 to Kelvin McNicholl, skipper James Moore, Matthew Corkill and Richard Davies all losing 19-21 to David Clucas, Graham Atkinson and Brian Kelly respectively, whilst Franz ten Donkelaar just lost 20-21 to Denis Maxwell.
Finch Hill B were another team to end the season on a high with a 0-10 away win against bottom of the pile Douglas D who were forced to give three walkovers to the Finch Hill men.
Noble’s A sealed their place in division one for the 2019 season with a 6-4 away win against Finch Hill A, which was enough on the night to seal the title by six points. This concludes a successful season for the Noble’s men following their Rayner Plate victory earlier in the season. Long time leader in the merit chase Dave Pease suffered a 19-21 defeat to Tony Epifani.
Castletown B finished second in the table suffering a disastrous 3-7 home loss to Peel C, who managed to do the double over the southerners with these two results ultimately costing Castletown the league.
Port St Mary C took the bragging rights over their B Team with a 6-4 win, taking the aggregate by just five chalks to upset the higher ranked team.
Port Erin B hosted North Ramsey B with both teams missing a player the score ended 4-5 to the northerners. The visitors just missed out on an extra three points with Barry Teare and Gary Lenton losing out 19-21, whilst Alex Yates lost 20-21 to Alan Crebbin.
Ballaugh A put their away day woes to one side to brush aside Noble’s B with a resounding 1-9 win. John Keenan sealed the individual merit trophy in division two with a 21-15 win, capitalizing on the loss of Dave Pease.
Fourth placed Peel B hosted third placed Onchan B with the westerners unable to overtake Onchan they could have drawn level with them if they were to secure a maximum 10-0 win. The Peel men did manage to secure a good 7-3 win to end the season just three points behind Onchan, which also allowed them to finish three points ahead of Ballaugh A.
Sunday saw a quality field of 54 entered for the inaugural running of drawn doubles competition Douglas Borough Corporation Challenge Cup at Finch Hill. With showers in the morning and further showers and a cold breeze in the early stages of the competition playing conditions were challenging to say the least, although the green was in excellent condition albeit a little slow.
With this drawn format there is less chance of two top players being paired together but even so there were indications from an early stage which would be the most competitive pairings. In the first round Alison Keggen & Lyn Bolton dispensed with Libby Andrade & Caroline Corlett 21-7 while Eddie Carlyle & Rebecca Teare came through 21-15 against Shirley Corrin and Reg Temporaza. Bryan Masterton & Sue Gawne overcame Paul Quirk & Frank Christian 21-11 while Nathan Hamilton & Bernie McPhee came through 21-16 against Kevin Firth & Derek Allen. Stefan Kelly & Sid Bolton had a reasonably comfortable win against Sylvia Kennaugh & Brian Lindsay.
In the second round Rebecca Teare and & Eddie Carlyle continued their winning ways with a 21-16 win over Sam Clague & Steve Waters. Harry Minor & Glynn Hargraves started their campaign with a 21-15 win over Brian Masterton and Sue Gawne. Steve Parker & Austin Hart came from behind to beat Helen Murphy & Gordon Corrin 21-19 and so did Nathan Hamilton & Bernie McPhee with two four pointers in the final two ends against Mike Ashmole & Lynda Clarke. Sam Stannard Duke & Gary Lenton cruised past Hazel Hughes & Terry Bates 21-13 while John Harris & Jenny Moore picked up three points in the last two ends to beat Walter McCarthy & Alan Moore 21-18. Closest match of the day was between Alison Keggen with Lyn Bolton and Frank Watson with our youngest player Ryan Hargraves but with a three pointer on the final end it was the ladies who came through 21-20. Stefan Kelly & Sid Bolton were finding their length and went into a 19-8 lead against Peter Venables and home favourite Paddy Murphy before running out winners 21-13.
In the quarter finals Rebecca Teare & Eddie Carlyle cruised to a 21-12 victory over Steve Parker & Austin Hart whilst in the same part of the draw Stefan Kelly & Sid Bolton scored consistently to beat Sam Stannard Duke and Gary Lenton 21-13. In the bottom half of the draw it was John Harris & Jenny Moore who took the honours against Nathan Hamilton and Bernie McPhee 21-12 while Harry Minor & Glynn Hargraves did just enough to hold off Alison Keggen & Lyn Bolton 21-18.
In the first semi-final Stefan Kelly and Sid Bolton scored strongly and only losing three ends ran out 21-11 winners against Rebecca Teare & Eddie Carlyle. Despite getting off to a good start with a four pointer on the first end John Harris & Jenny Moore could not hold off Harry Minor & Glynn Hargraves who took the game 21-16.
In the final, Stefan Kelly & Sid Bolton continued their strong scoring and in just eleven ends they beat Harry Minor & Glynn Hargraves 21-9.
The prize presentation was made by Deputy Mayor of Douglas, Mr. Ian Clague with the losing semi-finalists each receiving £15, the runners up receiving £40 and the winners £60 and the Douglas Borough Corporation Challenge Cup. Special thanks go to Douglas Corporation for supplying the new Challenge Cup, to Greeba for keeping everyone fed and watered throughout the afternoon, to Peter Hughes and Sefton Dent for stewarding and to all those who helped make this the most successful open competition of the year at Finch Hill.
The last Mixed Doubles competition of the season The Kennish Cup was held on Saturday with the competition postponed at the end of July due to poor weather. The competition still managed to attract 24 pairs.
The winners were the home pairing of Elaine Moore & Glynn Hargraves who beat Chris Price (Port St Mary) & Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly 21-19 in the final. The game was close throughout with both pairs taking some good counting bowls off their opponents throughout with neither pair able to break away from the other until the last few ends. With the score standing at 15-14 to Moore & Hargraves they conceded a four and a single to fall 15-19 behind. From there Moore & Hargraves dug deep to take three consecutive singles and counting with three good bowls on the final end to secure the title with a 21-19 win.
Losing semi-finalists were the two home pairings of Fiona Kennish and Steven Waters to the eventual winners (8-21), whilst Kim Hargraves and Stefan Kelly lost out 10-21 to the runners up.
Losing out at the quarter final stage were new bowlers Sue and Geoff Collier (South Ramsey) who only took the game up in June, Lil Smith (Marown) and Edward Carlyle (Onchan), Caroline and Steve Parker along with Janet Monk and Rob Monk (all North Ramsey).
The presentation was made by competition secretary John Kennish on behalf of the Kennish family who sponsored the competition, with thanks given to everyone who had helped with the running of the competition, the ladies for once again putting on a fantastic selection of refreshments throughout the afternoon, and the green keepers for preparing the green.
Port St Mary have retained the Ladies League for the fifth consecutive year, and eighth overall.
Tonight they faced Nobles, and despite losing 145-127, scored the required points to become champions once more.
Castletown finish second after a hard fought season in which they pushed Port St Mary all the way and finished only 31 chalks behind.
The battle for third continues to next week when South Ramsey will look to topple Nobles 140 chalk lead.
Chris Price has won the individual merit finishing on 503 chalks with team mates Jayne Kneen (497) and Val Macfarlane (487) currently sitting second and third respectively. Jenny Moore is the only player who can take second position depending on her final game next week.
The tie of the week at the top of Ellan Vannin Fuels division one was between third placed Peel A & champions South Ramsey A in the Sunset City with the Northerners having already secured the title the previous week. The champions came away with a respectable 6-4 win on a tough night in extremely windy conditions. Winning for Peel were captain Ste Kelly 21-20 against Peter Collister, Tommy McMeiken won to single figures against Alan Moore, David Proctor beat Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly 21-17 and Frank Watson who inflicted a second league defeat of the season on South Ramsey skipper Glynn Hargraves 21-19. Winning for the visitors were John Kennish to single figures against Gary Smith, David Bradford 21-11 against Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly, Stefan Kelly 21-18 against Tom Kelly and Chas Grills who defeated Jerome Surridge 21-17. With six close games the result could have been a lot different for both teams on another night.
South Ramsey B having had a tough start to the season confirmed their place in division one for another year with a fine 7-3 win over Port Erin A who would have had a long journey home having been relegated as a result of losing the game. Winning for South Ramsey were Ben Dugdale, Tony Dugdale, James Teare, Sid Bolton and George Brew. The three winners for Port Erin were David Cain, Bernie Durcan and David McCabe with McCabe set to leave Port Erin to continue playing first division bowls next season.
Douglas A took on their B Team with the lower ranked team having been relegated some time ago there was little to play for, however this did not prevent the B team from taking two games off the A team with Andy Cannell and Gordon Wynne-Smythe the two winners. Winning for the A team were Andy Kennish, Keith Rise, Jimmy Sansom, Shaun Seal, and Gary Conwell whilst Roy Williams stepped in and was fortunate enough to receive a walk over.
Castletown A had a good 7-3 home win over Port St Mary A with visiting captain Trevor Quayle back to winning ways, with Quayle set to secure the individual merit title providing that he can win his last two league games with both of them being at home. Nearest rival is John Kennish who has recorded 20 wins from 20 games with Kennish due to miss the last league match of the season, having missed a game earlier in the season, it is in Quayle’s hands.
Marown A had a good 8-2 home win against North Ramsey A with the usual suspects winning for the Crosby men, whilst Steve Wilson stepped up to the A team just losing out 20-21 to Allan Callow. The other winner for North Ramsey was Steve Walmsley who had a comfortable 21-14 win over Matthew Keggen.
Marown B took on Onchan A at Crosby on Tuesday evening with the visitors taking an 8-2 win. Winning to single figures for Onchan were Matthew Quirk, Peter Slinger and Rob Monk. Winning for the home team were Rob Corkill, who beat Mark Kelly 21-16 and Brian Kelly who beat Steve Crampton 21-10. There was a first league appearance of the season from Mark Moorley who lost out 13-21 to Jordan Cain.
In division two the title is still up for grabs for which team will be crowned champions with Noble’s A dropping two points in their 8-2 win against their B Team. Recording big wins to single figures for the A Team were Glenn Boland, Tommy Collister and John Ruscoe. The two winners for the B team were Stewart Cubbon who beat David Quayle 21-10 and Les Brookes who beat Mark Quinn 21-15.
Castletown B capitalised on the Noble’s result with a 9-1 win away to Port St Mary C to close the gap to just three points. The last league fixture of the season sees Castletown B with what looks like a fairly straightforward home game against Peel C, whilst Noble’s A have what could be a tricky away game against Finch Hill A. The two teams have matched each other blow for blow throughout the season and should Castletown manage to pull three points or more back on Noble’s Castletown would be crowned champions with a better games for record.
In the individual merit battle four players are tied on 18 wins each which David Pease (Noble’s A) can secure providing he wins his last game of the season. Hot on the heels of the Noble’s man are John Keenan (Ballaugh A), Dave Faragher and Ron Williams (both Castletown B) who only trail on points dropped having suffered heavier defeats than Pease.
In division three Ballaugh B took advantage of league leaders Marown C taking their turn to sit out with a 9-1 win at home to South Ramsey D with Ian Moore suffering a second league defeat of the season losing out 18-21 to Tony Quine. John Kneen crept over the line 21-20 against Matthew Corkill with a fine bowl on the last end to help secure a further point for the home team. Preventing the whitewash and sparing the blushes of the visitors was Geoff Collier who made his debut in the night league and performed brilliantly to win 21-13 against Mike Buckeridge.
The final match of the season to settle the title in division three is between Marown C and Ballaugh B at Crosby with the visitors sitting just one point behind the Marown men only a win will do for Ballaugh against the league leaders it promises to be a huge match for both teams which I am sure the clubs members will support. Marown will go into the match as favourites having won all their home fixtures throughout the season.
In the rest of the matches South Ramsey C won 7-3 at home to Ballaugh C, Castletown C lost 3-7 away to Finch Hill B, Onchan C won 6-4 at home to Peel D in a close match winning the aggregate by nine chalks (143-132) whilst Douglas C and Douglas D were missing five players from both teams with the C Team winning 7-1, and with their B team missing a player in division one it may well be a case of Douglas dropping a team next year to fill all of their teams each week.