Monthly Archives: May 2018
There was a bumper entry of 65 in this years Canada Life International sponsored Manx Championship held at Port St Mary on Saturday with the green running well and proving difficult to master.
The game of the first round on paper had 2017 champion John Kennish taking on Jordan Cain (Onchan). After a shaky start by both players Kennish pulled away to take a big lead to go 20-7 up before Cain replied with an eight point run to get back to 15-20 and was lying one until Kennish took out Cain’s counting bowl to win 21-15.
Home greener Paul Skelly had his work cut out to beat Jimmy Sansom 21-18 to book his place in the second round.
Peel man Gary Smith performed well to dispose of two South Ramsey players defeating Stefan Kelly 21-10 and Glynn Hargraves 21-16 to earn his place in the finals day.
Saturday’s theme seemed to be a tale of comebacks with Sam Clague (Castletown) holding a huge lead on Frank Watson (Peel) before letting it slip losing 21-19 to show the importance of having the jack on a tricky green.
Glenn Boland (Noble’s) was 11-2 down against Dave McCabe (Port Erin) then took 18 consecutive points to go 20-11 up. McCabe got two more points then Boland finished the game off taking a 21-13 victory.
In the second round Peel captain Stevie Kelly was 13-3, 14-7 and then 18-11 up on Onchan captain Peter Slinger who doesn’t know when he is beaten with Slinger just managing to earn his place in the last 16 with a 21-20 win.
Neil Withers (Marown) was 13-18 down to Stuart Garrett (Douglas) to then take four consecutive doubles to win 21-18. John Kennish was pushed even harder in his second game against Frank Watson with a similar story to the first game in that Kennish had a big lead of 17-8 before Watson started to claw his way back into the game. Kennish got over the line 21-17 in the end.
Dan McCabe (Port St Mary) had a fantastic 21-6 win over Tommy McMeiken (Peel). Home greener Wayne Roberts was another victim of letting a lead slip after going 20-16 up before losing out 20-21 to Rob Monk.
David Proctor performed well despite getting a walkover in the first round to beat Peel team mate Tom Kelly to win 21-9 to book his place in finals day.
Last 16 Line Up
Paul Skelly v Gary Smith
Peter Slinger v Neil Withers
Dan McCabe v John Kennish
Reginald Temporaza v David Bradford
David Proctor v Matthew Keggen
Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly v Rob Monk
Trevor Quayle v Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly
Colin Kelly v Paul Dunn
Paul Skelly got the action underway on Sunday in front of a good turnout for finals day and kept the home crowds dream of a home greener victory alive by ending the challenge of Gary Smith with a 21-13 win. Peter Slinger had to dig in once again to see off Neil Withers with a hard fought 21-18 victory. Port St Mary man Dan McCabe started well with John Kennish, then Kennish found his groove to book his quarter final spot with a 21-10 win. Noble’s Reg Temporaza’s challenge was ended by David Bradford (South Ramsey) who won comfortably 21-9.
In the second half of games Matthew Keggen (Marown) also had a comfortable win over David Proctor, whilst Onchan’s Rob Monk performed brilliantly to end the challenge of Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly for another year also winning 21-9. Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly played as well as anyone to see off Port St Mary captain Trevor Quayle with a 21-13 win. In the final game it was two Marown team mates pitted against each other with Colin Kelly holding off Paul Dunn with a 21-12 win.
In the first quarter final Paul Skelly got the applause of the home crowd with a 21-20 win over Peter Slinger after letting an 18-13 lead slip to book his place in the semi-final thanks to a good two to finish on the last end.
In the second quarter final it was another battle between team mates with John Kennish taking on his men’s doubles partner David Bradford with Bradford 13-3, 15-8 and 19-15 up with Kennish clawing his way back constantly throughout the game with Kennish getting over the line thanks to a double and four singles to win 21-19.
In the third quarter final Rob Monk took on Matthew Keggen with Monk taking a commanding 19-13 lead with Keggen chipping away at the lead to get back to 18-20 before Monk played a good first bowl to end Keggen’s hopes of a win on his former home green.
In the last quarter final Dido Kelly made a good start to go 11-4 up on Colin Kelly with Dido not sending his jack far enough which allowed Colin the opportunity to set the mark in the corners, which he took full advantage of, to then take a 14-13 lead. Dido responded with a double to re-take the lead 15-14. Colin then managed to see the game out taking a 21-15 win to book his place in the semi-final.
In the first semi-final John Kennish faced local favourite Paul Skelly with Kennish making a strong start going 15-3 up, before seeing the game out to win 21-13.
In the other semi-final Rob Monk started well taking a 7-2 lead with Colin Kelly responding with 12 consecutive points to take a 14-7 lead before Monk took a single and a double. Kelly responded with another run to book his place in the final with a 21-10 win.
The final started with a rematch from 2016 between the top two ranked players on the Island with Kennish making an assured start going 7-0 and then 16-3 up. Kelly started to work his way back into the game pulling the score back to 8-16 and then 11-17. Kennish then took three singles to stand just one point away from victory. Kelly scored two singles to hold Kennish off and then led a good lead before Kennish tapped the jack to lie one for game. Kelly played his last bowl and just missed taking out the counting bowl to hand Kennish his third successive Manx Championship and 11th in total to further etch his name into the history books.
Thanks must go to Port St Mary for the condition of the green, the excellent catering and club members who were on hand to help throughout the weekend.
Draw / Results
After the dreadful weather experienced for the league matches on Friday night, it was warm and sunny for the playing of the Gladys Cowell over 60’s ladies’ singles at Peel on Saturday 12 May.
A strong field of 30 produced some fine bowling on what is always considered a tricky green.
The quarter-finals were all close, with home greener Shirley Corrin at one point leading Elaine Moore 20-16, at which point the more experienced player dug deep to come through 21-20. Another battle saw Janet Monk appear to be in control, having the lead over Mary Moffatt from the tenth end onwards to reach 18-15, but Mary does not give in easily and clawed back to win the match 21-19.
Quarter-finals: Elaine Moore 21, Shirley Corrin 20; Lin Ruscoe 21, Margaret Tasker 17; Joyce Kelly 21, Ann Gale 15; Mary Moffatt 21, Janet Monk 19.
The first semi-final saw Elaine off to a flyer against Lin, reaching 16-8 after eight ends. Lin won seven of the next nine ends to close to 16-19,but could not hold off Elaine who came through to win 21-16.
The second semi-final saw team-mates Joyce and Mary facing each other in what proved to be an epic battle. Mary led 16-13 before Joyce won the next four ends to edge 17-16 in front, Mary was 20-19 up when Joyce’s two saw her through 21-20.
Semi-finals: Elaine Moore 21, Lin Ruscoe 16; Joyce Kelly 21, Mary Moffatt 20.
The final produced some excellent woods from two contrasting players, the scores being even for the first ten ends, at which point Joyce took a two point lead on the next two ends,. The match hinged on the next passage of play, with Elaine scoring seven on the next five ends to lead 19-15. Although Joyce scored two more points it was not enough and Elaine ran out the winner 21-17.
The presentation was made by Heather Horsburgh, who thanked Nigel Rawlinson for his continued sponsorship of the event and all the ladies’ from Peel Sunset who had helped in any way to make the afternoon a success.
There were two top of the table clashes this week in division one with third placed Peel A hosting second placed Marown A in the Sunset City, with the home team recording an outstanding 8-2 home win, backing up my early season prediction that the Peel men had the firepower to damage the top teams. Home team captain Stevie Kelly recorded a 21-5 win over Phil Kelly. Tommy McMeiken continued his fine start to the season with a 21-13 win over Matthew Keggen, with Frank Watson and Gary Smith also winning to the same score over Neil Withers and Dean Kipling. Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly and Jerome Surridge were pushed a lot harder and both won 21-18 over John Gelling and Paul Kelly respectively. For the visitors, captain Paul Dunn led by example to beat Tom Kelly 21-4, with Colin Kelly the other winner 21-13 over David Proctor. This result helped Peel leapfrog Marown to sit in second place one point ahead of the Crosby outfit.
Top of the table South Ramsey A took on Onchan A at home recording a 7-3 win with the result being a fair reflection of the game. Dido Kelly was on form recording a fine 21-5 win over Rob Monk. Glynn Hargraves also won to single figures over Steve Crampton. John Kennish, David Bradford and Peter Collister defeated Matthew Quirk, Phil Kerruish and Mark Kelly respectively. For the visitors Kevin Quirk looks to be playing his way back into form with a 21-11 win over Stefan Kelly, whilst Jordan Cain and Peter Slinger also won for the Onchan men. This result helped the champions extend their lead to nine points.
Douglas A welcomed South Ramsey B to the Villa, however they weren’t so welcoming on the green recording a 10-0 win over South Ramsey B. Stuart Garrett and Shaun Seal both won to single figures, whilst for the visitors Austin Hart continues to challenge in his games this time losing out 18-21 to Ian Moore, with Tony Dugdale losing out by the same score to Mervin Sayle. James Teare couldn’t quite get over the line as he lost out 20-21 to Gary Conwell who ensured the visitors headed home without any points. Douglas sit one point behind fourth placed Onchan A.
Marown B continued their climb up the table by inflicting an 8-2 defeat on rivals Port Erin A. Juan Killip won to single figures, Marown captain Harry Barton won along with Peter Kelly, James Kelly and John Kelly. Arnie Withers was pushed hard before getting over the line 21-19 against Steve Durcan. For the visitors Bernie Durcan beat Brian Kelly 21-9, with Peter Addison the other Port Erin winner defeating Bobby Thorne.
North Ramsey A took on Port St Mary A at Mooragh Park with the visitors missing star man Ewan Cooil who has recently suffered a broken hand. The home team came away with a solid 8-2 win. Steve Walmsley and John Cannan both won to single figures, whilst Geoff Porter, Tony Smart and Steve Parker had fairly comfortable wins. Ray Skelly had to work harder for his 21-19 win over Thomas Keggen. For the visitors Wayne Roberts replied with a 21-10 win over Gary Merrill, whilst Trevor Quayle maintained his winning start to the season with a 21-15 victory over Allan Callow.
Rounding off the first division games Castletown A welcomed Douglas B with the home team recording an 8-2 win. Peter Oates and Jordan Drewett won to single figures, backed up by David Quayle, Dean Kinley, Ian Watson and Mike Hargraves. For the visitors Graham Moore won 21-7 over George Peach, whilst captain Andy Cannell got over the line 21-18 against Jeff Kinley.
In division two Noble’s continued their quest for promotion with an 8-2 home win over Peel C. The two winners for the visitors were Kevin Mort and Jeff Wilson with Robert Middleton just missing out on snatching an extra point for his team losing 20-21 to David Quayle. Winners for Noble’s were Bod Boland, Glenn Boland, Tommy Collister and David Pease.
Second placed Castletown B came away from Onchan Park with a hard earned 6-4 win over Onchan B who sit in third place. Derek Lewney and Mark Saunders had comfortable wins, whilst Dave Faragher edged his game 21-19 against Les McLellan. Ross Moore got pushed even further getting over the line 21-20 against Bernie McPhee. For Onchan the winners were Mike Alexander, Edward Carlyle, Mike Thomas and Colin Spence.
Peel B will have been pleased to come away from Ballaugh A with a 6-4 win to extend the gap to three points between the two teams.
The biggest win in division two this week went to Port St Mary B who won 9-1 at home against Noble’s B with four of the Port St Mary players winning to single figures and the visitors scoring just 88 chalks overall. The lone winner for the visitors was Stewart Cubbon who beat Peter Collins 21-13.
Port Erin B performed well to beat visitors Finch Hill A 6-4 at Breagle Glen with Alan Crebbin, Harry Minor and Ken Horsley all winning to single figures. For the visitors Tony Epifani won to single figures, whilst Peter Hughes got over the line 21-20 against Ed Benson.
Port St Mary C faced North Ramsey B at home and eased their relegation worries with a 9-1 victory which helped them jump from bottom to fourth from bottom with an eight point gap on the bottom two teams.
In division three Marown C remain top despite a shock 7-3 defeat away to Douglas C. Keith Fearnley won to single figures, whilst Andy Foster and Mike Cain were both pushed a lot harder winning 21-18 against Walter McCarthy and Stephen Rundle. For the visitors Carey Dewhirst had a 21-6 win, Steve Wilson won comfortably and Darren Kerruish battled well to win 21-18.
In another shock result Ballaugh B lost 8-2 at home to Castletown C despite the southerners giving away a game being a man short. This result helped Castletown go two points ahead of Ballaugh B who occupy fourth place, with Ballaugh having a game in hand on the three teams above them, which they will look to use to go top.
Ballaugh C currently sit in third place thanks to a 7-3 away win against Onchan C. The visitors will have been pleased with this result, but would have been hoping for two more points with Peter Corlett and Alan Kelly losing out to 18-21 and 19-21 to David Clucas and Mike Kelly.
South Ramsey C had the biggest win of the week with a 10-0 home win over Douglas D who had to give two walkovers, whilst the Home team had three players winning to single figures.
Peel D went level on points with South Ramsey D thanks to a 7-3 home win over the Northerners. For the home team William Lyall won to single figures, whilst Brian Lindsay was pushed all the way to defeat Franz Ten Donkelaar 21-20. Winners for the visitors were Richard Davies, Matthew Corkill and Ian Moore.
League Leaders Nobles travelled to the Purt Le Moirrey green where the home side put in a tough performance winning five of the nine games. At one point Nobles were in trouble with Lin Ruscoe 17-5 down to Chris Holland, Paula Firth 16-6 down to Roma Ware and Clare Cooper 12-4 down to Pauline Worrall. Nobles fought back, for the all important chalks, but these Purt Le Moirrey ladies proved too strong. A big win for Rebecca Teare 21-3 helped the Nobles ladies eventually win the match 144-169 (5-4).
South Ramsey improved their 2017 home performance against Champions Port St Mary. This year the winning margin was 24 chalks compared to last years three chalk victory. Big wins on either side as home players Elaine Moore 21-4, Jill Quayle 21-4 and Jenny Moore 21-9. Port St Mary’s Ann Maddrell won 21-6 and Trish Bull 21-9 evened up the scorecard. South Ramsey’s Kim Hargraves was 18-7 down to Jayne Kneen before staging a great comeback to gain vital points for the team before falling at the last hurdle 21-20. The match finished 154-130 (5-4). Port St Mary will hope to overturn that result later in the season when the teams meet in August.
Mooragh Park played their first home game of the season against a strong Castletown outfit. Mooragh Park’s Vicky Lloyd-West was their standout performer preventing a whitewash winning 21-20 against Marie Ashurst. Amanda Lawler and Tracy Moore beat tough opponents Janet Monk and Helen Martin 12 and 16 respectivley. Caroline Parker and Ann Chapman just lost out 19 and 20 in their games with the final match score 128-188 (1-8).
Castletown B who are improving every week faced Peel Sunset at home. Newcomer Jo Robert beat last seasons merit runner up Mary Moffatt 21-15 and Barbara Young beat Cath Parker 21-16. Peel Sunset won five games overall including big wins from Shirley Corrin 21-4 and Lynda Wilson 21-7 giving Peel the victory 145-159 (4-5).
In the final matches played on Friday Ballaugh picked up their second win of the season defeating Douglas 164-135 (6-3). Marown proved too strong at home beating Onchan 181-109 (8-1) with Marilyn Ellison and Wendy McDowell both just losing 21-20.
Looking ahead to next week the Quarter Finals of the Jean Kelly take place on Thursday with Onchan (+45) vs Nobles (+15), Castletown A (scr) vs Mooragh Park (+25) and Purt Le Moirrey (+30) vs Peel Sunset (+25). Port St Mary (scr) vs Port Erin (+15) takes place on Tuesday 22nd May due to a green clash.
Friday sees a full set of night league fixtures with Castletown A sitting out this week.
The Trend Sponsored Ladies Over 60s Bowling League entered May with a rush of full houses as three teams turned in a maximum on Tuesday.
Port St Mary B put in a fine performance to win their match against Ballaugh 126-59 (6-0) with Dot Mylchreest, Port St Marys best lady, winning her game 21-5.
Mooragh Park B played their first game on home soil following the work that has been ongoing on their green. Port St Mary A were the visitors and won all six games with the final score 36-126.
Castletown were the final team to record a maximum on Tuesday defeating Villa. Anne Oates 21-2, Barbara Young 21-9 and Marie Ashhurst 21-9 were Castletown’s best winners as they won the match 126-59.
Peel Sunset put a stop to Marown’s unbeaten run defeating them by 11 chalks 108-97 (4-2). Philippa Taylor inflicted Joyce Kelly’s first defeat of the season with a 21-15 victory.
Douglas won the battle but lost the war in their match against Onchan. Douglas won four games including two 21-20 wins from Moire Tuner and Wendy Cowin with their other two wins 21-11 and 21-17. Onchan’s two winners proved to be the difference with Libby Andrade winning 21-8 and Lynda Clarke 21-6. Onchan won the match 98-110 (4-2).
South Ramsey lost at home to Nobles 84-107 (2-4). Elaine Moore and Ann Gale won for the home side. Lin Ruscoe was the best winner for Nobles beating Gillian Jopson 21-9.
In the final game from Tuesday Port Erin faced homegreen rivals Breagle. A strong showing from Port Erin gave them the victory 120-70 (4-2). For Breagle Gwen Tuck and Joyce Henry picked up individual wins.
On Thursday Port St Mary A welcomed South Ramsey and won four of the six games with two scores 21-7 and two 21-8. Elaine Moore beat Margaret Tasker 21-14 and Ann Gale maintained her unbeaten status in the league defeating Wyn Collister 21-12. Port St Mary A won the match 110-72 (6-0).
Peel Sunset closed the gap on rivals Port St Mary to seven points by whitewashing Breagle away form home 53-126 (0-6).
Marown bounced straight back from their defeat earlier in the week with a convincing 108-73 (4-2) win over Castletown. Philippa Taylor and Mary Alderson were in fine form winning their games 21-2, 21-3 respectively.
Port St Mary B made it two wins in the week with an away win against Villa. Margaret Corlett and Pat Kelly won for the home side but with Port St Mary B winning four games, including Mavis Franks 21-9 win, they were too strong and the match finished 91-115 (2-4)
Nobles were visited by Douglas. Paula Firth set the platform for Nobles winning her game 21-1. In the other five games there were good battles with Nobles just edging the games. Douglas player Jan Osborne her 100% record losing 21-20 to Lin Ruscoe.
Ballaugh were beaten at home by Mooragh Park A who won five out of the six games. Mooragh’s best winners were Janet Monk 21-4 and Julie Reilly 21-9 whilst Peggy Griffin made sure there was no whitewash beating Anne Kean 21-18. Final score and a win for Mooragh 84-123 (1-5)
In the final game Onchan put in another fine home performance to beat Port Erin 122-75 (5-1). Marilyn Ellison had the best score for Onchan winning 21-2 whilst Jacqui Elliott for Port Erin prevented a full house winning her game 21-17.
Next week Peel will look to further close the gap to Port St Mary with a home match against Onchan before a tricky away game to Nobles. Port St Mary A are away to Douglas A before playing local rivals Port Erin at home.
On Wednesday 9th May Onchan hosted their mid-week singles open with 22 ladies taking part.
The eventual winner was homegreener Maureen Payne who beat Port St Mary player Chris Price 21-18 in a nip and tuck final.
In the semi finals Maureen beat Trish Bull 21-20 and Chris beat Margaret Tasker 21-14.
Thursday 3rd October saw the Castletown A side maintain their run to win theTower Insurance Men’s Over 60’s League with a convincing 7-1 home win overBallaugh B with Paul Bradford being the only winner for the Ballaugh side. In the reverse fixture of this the Castletown B side travelled to Ballaugh and were on the receiving end of a similar 7-1 defeat with the only Castletown B winner being Dave Ali.
Marown maintained their good form with an 8-0 defeat of Nobles B while Nobles A defeated the Finch Hill team 7-1 at Nobles Park.
In the picturesque Mooragh Park the North Ramsey A Team beat Port St Mary B 7-1 with the consistent Brian Lowe being the only winner for Port St Mary B. Meanwhile in Port St Mary the North Ramsey B side were beaten 6-2 by the Southerners A Team with the only winners for the men from the Mooragh being Bryan Corner and David Lacey.
At the ‘Villa’ it was Douglas A who beat their own B Team 8-0 while in the sunny North of the Island it was South Ramsey who ran out 5-3 winners over the Port Erin team.
Peel Sunset A travelled to Onchan Park to play Onchan B and went cheerfully back to Peel with a 7-1 victory ‘under their belts’ with Roger Payne being the only winner for Onchan B. The Peel Sunset B Team hosted a strong Onchan A Team and it was the Onchan side that won 5-3.
So as we came to Game 11 on Tuesday 8th May the question was who would be the first to ‘slip up’, would it be League Leaders Castletown A or chasers Peel Sunset A?
Castletown A soon showed that they ‘were not for slipping up’ as they took an 8-0 victory over Nobles B and Peel Sunset A travelled to Ballaugh for a tricky fixture with the Ballaugh A side and it was the Ballaugh men who took the victory 5-3 therefore giving Castletown A a clear lead in the League.
In a tight match at Nobles Park the Nobles A side drew 4-4 with Castletown B while a little further down in Douglas Finch Hill ran out 6-2 winners over Port Erin.
In a an equally close match at the Mooragh Park, North Ramsey A and Douglas A fought out a close battle that resulted in a 4-4 draw while back in Douglas the North Ramsey B side won the match without losing a game.
Peel Sunset B took a 7-1 home win from Balaugh B with Bobby Clayton taking the only win for Ballaugh B while at Onchan Park the Onchan B Team were beaten 6-2 by their A Team.
And finally South Ramsey beat Port St Mary B Team 6-2 with Brian Lowe and Ashley Qualtrough being the winners for Port St Mary B.
So at the conclusion of play on 8th May we see Castletown A still in the lead having played 11 games for 22 points followed by Peel Sunset A with 18 points from 10 games and Marown with 16 points from 9 games and in fourth place Ballaugh A with 16 points from 11 games.
The 2018 Manx Championship takes place over the weekend of Saturday 19th May, with the Port St Mary green in superb condition, this promises to be a great weekend of bowls. The competition is traditionally played down to the last 16 on the Saturday, then played down to the winner on the Sunday.
Massive favourites to add another Manx Championship to their trophy cabinets given their previous success are the top three ranked players on the Island. John Kennish (South Ramsey) will be looking for title number 11, Colin Kelly (Marown) has five wins to his name, and David Bradford (South Ramsey) who will be keen to add to his 2015 win.
Glynn Hargraves (South Ramsey) will be hoping for his third title on his former home green following his successive wins in 2012 and 2013, whilst Neil Withers (Marown) will be looking to add to his 2009 success on Marown. Kevin Quirk will be hoping to find some form to pick up his third title.
Ewan Cooil is another who has a Manx Championship success under his belt over ‘recent’ history, whose sole victory came on his home green in 2001 the last time the Championship was held on Port St Mary in what was a nail biting final. Looking to emulate their team mate will be Trevor Quayle and Paul Skelly with Quayle losing out in the 2015 final and Skelly having reaching the semi-finals previously.
Whilst there has been only eight different winners over the past 20 years, there are players who will be looking for their first championship win, with Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly (Peel) having won a number of open competitions on Port St Mary over the years. Barney has started the season in good form reaching the final of two singles opens. Namesake Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly has also started the season in superb form and if the green is running well on the day then he could well add his name to the famous trophy.
That said it may well be a name not already mentioned that is crowned Manx Champion, with a few capable of beating anyone on their day. What I can guarantee is a few shocks along the way.
Entries close on Thursday 17th May at 12pm. Remember you’ve got to be in it to win it.
In division one Port Erin A took on Peel A at Breagle Glen on bank holiday Monday with the hosts earning their second win of the season over high flying Peel 6-4. For the Home team Derek Allen, Seamus Whelan and Steve Durcan won whilst Harry Minor took full advantage of his promotion to the A Team to defeat Jerome Surridge 21-20. For the visitors Gary Smith and Stevie Kelly had comfortable wins whilst Tommy McMeiken held on to his 100% record with a 21-17 win over David Cain and Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly got over the line 21-19 against Bernie Durcan.
Port St Mary A took on nearest rivals Onchan A, managed to close the gap following a 7-3 home win. Bernard Thackrah made his second appearance for the A team and overcame Phil Kerruish 21-18, whilst another unbeaten man captain Trevor Quayle inflicted a first league defeat of the season over Matthew Quirk 21-20. Rob Cooil had a good 21-13 win over Kevin Quirk, whilst the other two winners were Ewan Cooil and Paul Skelly both to single figures. For the visitors Jordan Cain and Rob Monk returned the favour with single figure wins and Mike Thomas performed well to beat Wayne Roberts 21-19.
North Ramsey A took on Douglas A in their first home league game of the season and just scraped over the line with a 6-4 win, taking the aggregate by a solitary chalk (143-142). For the home team Jimmy Moffatt, Steve Parker, Steve Walmsley and Allan Callow all won, with Gary Merrill losing out 19-21 against Merv Sayle and Geoff Porter losing 20-21 against Ian Moore. Andy Kennish and Keith Rise were the other winners for the visitors.
South Ramsey B also recorded a 6-4 home win over Marown B, this was their first victory of the season, but they would have been hoping it could have been more with Austin Hart just missing on his first league win of the season 20-21 against Steve Bridson, however this should give the top flights youngest player some encouragement to build on for the rest of the season. Steven Waters also lost out 19-21 to John Kelly. The home team winners were Sid Bolton, Tony Dugdale, along with Ben Dugdale and James Teare who both won to single figures. The other winners for the visitors were captain Harry Barton and Peter Kelly.
Marown A returned to winning ways with a 10-0 home win over Castletown A with three of their players Neil Withers, Matthew Keggen and Dean Kipling all winning to single figures. The result helped lift the Crosby men back into second place five points ahead of Peel A and five points behind South Ramsey A.
South Ramsey A took on Douglas B at the Villa Marina, they also matched Marown’s result with a 10-0 win to build on last week’s win over Marown. Peter Collister, John Kennish and Dido Kelly all won to single figures, whilst David Bradford had to battle to overcome Douglas captain Andy Cannell 21-18. Alan Moore got over the line 21-19 after being a few behind against Graham Moore, visiting captain Glynn Hargraves also had a game on his hands at 13-13 with Gordon Wynne-Smythe before running out to win 21-13.
In division two Noble’s A continued their strong start to the season and came away from their short visit to take on Onchan B with a 7-3 win. David Pease kept up his 100% record, backed up by Steve Cook, Glenn Boland and Tommy Collister. Kevin Firth won to single figures. For the home team the winners were Mike Alexander, Peter Karran and Edward Carlyle.
Castletown B kept up the pressure on Noble’s A by matching their result defeating North Ramsey B 7-3. However this may be seen as points dropped against a side second from bottom. Dave Faragher maintained his winning run, whilst Mark Saunders had a superb 21-1 win, with Derek Lewney, Alan Phair and Ross Moore also winning. For the visitors Bryan Corner, Brian Colquitt and Lee Christian all had comfortable wins.
Result of the week came from Port St Mary B who came away from Finch Hill A with a superb 8-2 victory, despite having to give a game away as they were a player short. For the home team Billy Long was the Finch Hill man who got the walkover and Paul Dougherty beat Ray Maddrell 21-15.
Noble’s B beat Port St Mary C 6-4, unfortunately Port St Mary gave away three games due to being short of players. It is only a few years ago that the club had a D Team playing in the league. Being short on players didn’t affect the teams efforts, as Derek Cain who has recently took up the game will have been delighted to record his first ever league win defeating Stephen Hampson 21-17. The other winners for the visitors were Ken Karran, Colin Leece and Mike Ware.
Peel B recorded a good 9-1 home win over bottom of the table Port Erin B with Michael Kavanagh and Mike Ashmole having two massive wins to 21-1 and 21-2 respectively. Sparing the visitors blushes was Ben Mowle who beat Peter Greenlees 21-16.
Peel C hosted Ballaugh A on Tuesday evening with the home team losing out 3-7 and losing out on the aggregate by just nine chalks. For Peel Robert Middleton inflicted a first league defeat of the season over John ‘Shirt’ Keenan, with Jeff Wilson and Kevin Mort also winning. For the visiting team Richard Fisher and Gordie Moore had to work hard for their victories to 21-18 and 21-20 respectively.
In division three Marown C took on Peel D at Crosby winning 8-2 to stay top. The home team had Carey Dewhirst, Darren Kerruish and Walter McCarthy recording big wins. The two winners for Peel were John Lightfoot and Bert Quayle.
Ballaugh B came away from their visit to Finch Hill B with a 7-3 win to keep the pressure up at the top, whilst Castletown C hosted Onchan C at The Crofts recording a 7-3 win with five of their players winning to single figures. For Onchan Brian Woodall had a single figure victory, whilst Bernard Galka and Mike Kelly worked hard to record wins to 21-18 and 21-20 to ensure a heavier defeat was avoided.
In the bottom of the table battle South Ramsey D visited Douglas D and came away with an outstanding 9-1 win with Ryan Surridge picking up his first league victory taking a 21-8 win, whilst Ryan Hargraves got the better of James Teare 21-18 to also pick up his first league win of the season. For the visitors Richard Davies and Franz Ten Donkelaar otherwise known as ‘Fonzie’ both had single figure wins.
Ballaugh C hosted Douglas C with the Home team picking up a 7-3 home win. In what was a good week for new and young players Patrick Grant held his nerve to win 21-20 over William Cowley. Peter Corlett and Maurice O’Reilly both won to single figures. The winners for the visiting team were captain Andy Foster, Keith Fearnley and Mike Cain.