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Can anyone catch Castletown A.

As we came to Tueday 3rd July the long term League Leaders Castletown A continued to shine as brightly as the sun as they defeated Port Erin 7-1 with Derek Allen being Port Erin’s only winner defeating Ron Williams to 12.
Second placed Peel Sunset A travelled to Crosby to play Marown who are proving difficult to beat on their home Green and this was again the story as Marown took a 5-3 home win denting the League Championship hopes of the Westerners.
Douglas A travelled to play Ballaugh B on a quick and tricky Green and after the first four games the Ballaugh men led 3-1 but the men from the Villa fought back to take the last four games and a 5-3 victory despite a very creditable performance from the Ballaugh Team.
Douglas B hosted Castletown B and this ended 7-1 to Castletown B with the only winner for Douglas B being Les Quayle who beat Kevan Osborne 21-8.
At Nobles Park the Nobles B side were beaten 6-2 by South Ramsey with Brian Cain and Terry Bates picking up the wins for the Nobles men.
In a sunny Mooragh Park and on a Green improving rapidly in condition every day the North Ramsey B side beat Finch Hill A 5-3 and back in the East at Onchan Park Onchan A had a great 6-2 win over Ballaugh A with only Barry McDonald and Peter Graham managing wins for the Ballaugh A Team.
Port St Mary A hosted Onchan B 7-1 with Moore Kelly taking the Onchan sides only win and finally Port St Mary B lost 5-3 to Peel Sunset B.
With Thursday being Tynwald Day the matches were carried forward to Friday and Castletown A hosted Nobles Park A who on their day are capable of beating anyone. It proved to be a close match but in the end Castletown A ran out 5-3 winners to maintain their lead over the chasing teams.
Castletown B travelled to play an ever improving Ballaugh B in a match that had some very close games before ending 4-4.
At the ‘Villa’ Douglas B proved themselves to be Team of the Day as despite being two players short they beat Port Erin 5-3 to lift themselves off the bottom of the League.
Port St Mary had a home game to Ballaugh A and in a match that saw three games end 21-20 it was the Southerners who eventually ran out 5-3 winners.
Port St Mary B travelled to Marown where they found the home team too strong on a tricky Green and it was the Marown men who took a 7-1 win.
At Onchan Park Onchan A were on good form as they beat Douglas A 6-2 while the Onchan B side were not so lucky in the Sunset City as they went down 5-3 to Peel Sunset B.
And finally Nobles B were unable to get enough players to field a team against North Ramsey A at the Mooragh Park and therefore this is awarded as an 8-0 win for North Ramsey who were willing to rearrange the fixture.
So after another week of the Tower Insurance Over 60’s League we have Castletown A still leading with 43 points from 23 games followed by Peel Sunset A with 38 points from 22 games and in third spot are Marown with 37 points from 23 games.

Kennish and Bradford Retain Title

The Lancaster Cup was held at Peel on Saturday, with 22 pairs entered, this competition replacing the Kermeen Quayle Fours.

It was the South Ramsey duo of John Kennish and David Bradford who mastered the green, seeing off the Port Erin pair of Dave McCabe and Derek Cadamy with a convincing 21-7 win in the final to win the Peel men’s pairs two years running.

Losing out 9-21 in the semi-finals to the winners were the Douglas combination of Stuart Garrett and Ian Moore, whilst another South Ramsey pair Dido Kelly and Steven Waters never had sight of the jack losing 6-21.

Falling at the quarter final stage were Karl Parker (Marown) and Paul Quirk (Peel), Marown pair Walter McCarthy, along with South Ramsey men Glynn Hargraves and Stefan Kelly and father and son combination of Peter and Tom Collins (Port St Mary).

The presentation was made by Peel President Dougie Allan, who thanked the sponsor, Phil Parker for running the competition, all the club members who had helped throughout the day. Dougie then introduced the sponsor David Lancaster to present the prizes.

Marown Retain Rayner Shield

Marown A retained the Rayner Shield on Friday evening at Noble’s Park, winning it for the 16th time and in doing so sit one win ahead of their opponents on the night Onchan A.

News had filtered through during the week that as well as Marown missing their captain Paul Dunn due to pre-booked holidays that Onchan were in a similar predicament with Peter Slinger also away.

It was always my opinion (and many others) that if Onchan were to win they would need to win on games, with the win on chalks possibly being beyond Onchan and so it proved with the games ending 4-4 and Marown easing to the win courtesy of winning by 30 chalks (150-120).

First off for Marown was Paul Kelly with a win over Rob Monk, with Monk leading 8-6 Kelly then scored six two’s and three singles to see the game out 21-11. Next off was the ever reliable Colin Kelly, who played the long lengths well against Kevin Quirk, going 20-5 up with Quirk picking up a further five points before Kelly managed to finish the game off to take a 21-10 win. Hitting back for Onchan Matthew Quirk just got over the line 21-20 against Neil Withers, with Quirk going 11-5 then 13-7 up before Withers fought back to take the lead 19-16, with Quirk getting back in at a vital time with Withers lying two for game. From there Withers scored one more to Quirk’s five. Phil Kerruish took on Bob Clark who had stepped in for their captain, which is a luxury for Marown to be able to bring in a player of Clark’s quality any time throughout the season. There were no signs of rustiness from Clark who performed well and despite being 11-16 down Clark dug in to get back to 19-20, before Kerruish got the one point he needed to take Onchan’s second win of the night 21-19. At the halfway stage it was 2-2 with Marown leading by 18 chalks (81-63).

In the second half Phil Kelly started well first end lying two good bowls either side of the jack with his opponent Jordan Cain trailing the jack to make two. From there Cain performed brilliantly scoring nine two’s and three singles to put Onchan right back in it winning 21-7 to lead 3-2 on games and reduce the deficit on chalks to just four. Dean Kipling squandered the chance to win to single figures over Mark Kelly with his second bowl, only needing to stay on the green within 6 yards for game. Kipling sent his second bowl off, which gave Kelly the chance to take two more points before losing out 10-21. Stepping in for the Onchan captain was Phil Watterson who performed well despite losing 5-21, keeping John Gelling down to scoring singles with his first ten points and having several good bowls that didn’t count. This sealed the win for Marown as they were now 4-3 ahead on games and 31 chalks ahead with only one game left on the green. The final game on the green was between Onchan’s Mike Thomas and Matthew Keggen with the game being close throughout. In the latter stages of the game Keggen took a 20-18 lead and was lying one for game with Thomas responding by playing out the counting bowl. Thomas then played into the heavy corner playing two bowls just over two foot away which caught Keggen out as he played two short bowls, which sealed a second 21-20 win of the night for Onchan and salvaged some pride.

The presentation was made by Steve Moore, who thanked everyone who helped, John Ruscoe for refereeing, Noble’s for the use of the green, also for providing the measurers and refreshments to the players and spectators. The Rayner Shield was then presented to Marown captain for the night Neil Withers.

1. Matthew Quirk 21-20 Neil Withers
2. Phil Kerruish 21-19 Bob Clark
3. Kevin Quirk 10-21 Colin Kelly
4. Rob Monk 11-21 Paul Kelly
5. Mark Kelly 10-21 Dean Kipling
6. Jordan Cain 21-7 Phil Kelly
7. Mike Thomas 21-20 Matthew Keggen
8. Phil Watterson 5-21 John Gelling

Jean Kelly Victory For Underdogs Nobles

The Jean Kelly Memorial Competition Final was contested on Thursday 12th July at Onchan Bowling Club.

In a repeat of last year’s final current holders Port St Mary took on Nobles, with Nobles starting with a 10 point chalk handicap.  In their only league meeting this season Port St Mary won by 85 chalks and went into the final favourites to win their fifth title.

The first game off was a win for Nobles with Debbie Leece defeating Katy Williams 21-11.  Port St Mary responded quickly with Trish Bull beating Sylvia Kennuagh.  Sylvia battled back from 14-6 down to 15-15 before losing 21-17.  Third game off was another Nobles win with Rebecca Teare beating Ann Maddrell, their game was level 10-10 after 11 ends before Rebecca managed to pull away and won the game 21-15.  Port St Mary then won the final two games of the first half.  Jayne Kneen (PSM) held a 12-3 lead over Lin Ruscoe before Lin won six ends without reply to move 13-12 up.  Jayne regained the block and closed out the game 21-16.  Val Macfarlane (PSM) defeated Paula Firth in another game which was finely poised before a breakaway.  After 19 ends Val led 13-12 before making the decisive breakaway winning six ends to lead 20-12, Paula managed to win one more end before Val closed out the game 21-13.  After five games Nobles led by nine chalks.

The first game in the second half proved to be the crucial turning point in the match with Clare Cooper playing Margaret Tasker.  Clare got off to a flying start moving 7-1 up after six ends before an 11 point break took her from 8-4 to 19-4.  Margaret picked up a couple more points before Clare closed the game out 21-7 increasing Nobles lead to 23 points.

Next off was Jayne Smith who defeated Wendy Kennuagh from 11-14 down to run out winning 21-14, further increasing Nobles lead to 30 points.

Port St Mary claimed their fourth and final win with Chris Price defeating Alison Keggen.  After early lead by Alison, Chris found her length and built a 14-7 lead after 17 ends.  Alison battled hard but Chris proved too strong. The game finished 21-16.

The final game of the night was between Kellie Maddrell-Reeve (PSM) and Jan West.  Kellie started off well building a 7-4 lead before Jan managed to get on a run to move 13-8 ahead.  Kellie battled and moved within a point trailing 16-15 after 28 ends.  Jan wrestled back control of the jack and ran out 21-15 winner.

Nobles claimed an overall 31 chalk victory 177-146 winning 5-4 on games.  It is Nobles first victory in the Jean Kelly since Nobles Mixed and Nobles Park merged in 2015.  Nobles Park and Mixed previously won in 2001 and 2012 respectively.

Heather Horsburgh introduced Moore Kelly who conducted the presentation on behalf of his family.

Thanks were paid to Onchan Bowling Club for hosting the final, to the commissioners for providing an excellent playing surface and to Moore Kelly and family for providing a lovely buffet and prizes for the winners and runners up.

The Jean Kelly Memorial Competition Final was contested on Thursday 12th July at Onchan Bowling Club.

In a repeat of last year’s final current holders Port St Mary took on Nobles, with Nobles starting with a 10 point chalk handicap.  In their only league meeting this season Port St Mary won by 85 chalks and went into the final favourites to win their fifth title.

The first game off was a win for Nobles with Debbie Leece defeating Katy Williams 21-11.  Port St Mary responded quickly with Trish Bull beating Sylvia Kennuagh.  Sylvia battled back from 14-6 down to 15-15 before losing 21-17.  Third game off was another Nobles win with Rebecca Teare beating Ann Maddrell, their game was level 10-10 after 11 ends before Rebecca managed to pull away and won the game 21-15.  Port St Mary then won the final two games of the first half.  Jayne Kneen (PSM) held a 12-3 lead over Lin Ruscoe before Lin won six ends without reply to move 13-12 up.  Jayne regained the block and closed out the game 21-16.  Val Macfarlane (PSM) defeated Paula Firth in another game which was finely poised before a breakaway.  After 19 ends Val led 13-12 before making the decisive breakaway winning six ends to lead 20-12, Paula managed to win one more end before Val closed out the game 21-13.  After five games Nobles led by nine chalks.

The first game in the second half proved to be the crucial turning point in the match with Clare Cooper playing Margaret Tasker.  Clare got off to a flying start moving 7-1 up after six ends before an 11 point break took her from 8-4 to 19-4.  Margaret picked up a couple more points before Clare closed the game out 21-7 increasing Nobles lead to 23 points.

Next off was Jayne Smith who defeated Wendy Kennuagh from 11-14 down to run out winning 21-14, further increasing Nobles lead to 30 points.

Port St Mary claimed their fourth and final win with Chris Price defeating Alison Keggen.  After early lead by Alison, Chris found her length and built a 14-7 lead after 17 ends.  Alison battled hard but Chris proved too strong. The game finished 21-16.

The final game of the night was between Kellie Maddrell-Reeve (PSM) and Jan West.  Kellie started off well building a 7-4 lead before Jan managed to get on a run to move 13-8 ahead.  Kellie battled and moved within a point trailing 16-15 after 28 ends.  Jan wrestled back control of the jack and ran out 21-15 winner.

Nobles claimed an overall 31 chalk victory 177-146 winning 5-4 on games.  It is Nobles first victory in the Jean Kelly since Nobles Mixed and Nobles Park merged in 2015.  Nobles Park and Mixed previously won in 2001 and 2012 respectively.

Heather Horsburgh introduced Moore Kelly who conducted the presentation on behalf of his family.

Thanks were paid to Onchan Bowling Club for hosting the final, to the commissioners for providing an excellent playing surface and to Moore Kelly and family for providing a lovely buffet and prizes for the winners and runners up.

Runners Up

Photos courtesy of Moore Kelly

Marown Suffer Setback

In division one second placed Marown A suffered a setback in their bid to close the gap on the leaders despite winning 7-3 with their visit to Breagle Glen to take on Port Erin A on a green that is still heavy despite the fine weather that we are experiencing. Winning for the home team were Dave McCabe who beat Matthew Keggen 21-11, Derek Allen who held on to win 21-19 against John Gelling, and Ken Horsley who stepped up from the B Team to record a memorable 21-18 win over five time Manx Champion Colin Kelly. Responding for the visitors Bob Clark, Neil Withers and Phil Kelly all won to single figures, whilst Dean Kipling and Paul Kelly had comfortable wins over Steve Durcan and Derek Cadamy.

Champions South Ramsey A made the trip to the capital to take on Douglas A turning in a good team performance to win 9-1, which exteneded their lead to 11 points over Marown. The green despite not having been cut for almost a month due to the hot and dry conditions was still tricky. The lone winner for the home team was Stuart Garrett who beat Stefan Kelly 21-17. Garrett held a 10-3 lead, before Kelly chipped away at the lead to pull the score back to 16-16. Garrett kicked backed into gear to see the game out. Next closest for Douglas was captain Andy Kennish who fought well against David Bradford. In the second half of the game neither player managed to lead well to their own jack to put together a run of ends, which led to a close game throughout. Bradford got over the line 21-18. Winning to single figures were captain Glynn Hargraves and Peter Collister. Also winning were John Kennish, Alan Moore, Dido Kelly and James Teare against Keith Rise, Jimmy Sansom, Ian Moore and Gary Conwell respectively.

With the A Teams taking on each other at the Villa the B Teams faced off at South Ramsey, with the home team beating Douglas 8-2. Winning for the visitors were Grahem Moore who beat Austin Hart 21-20, whilst Mark Corrin beat Christian Caley 21-8. Tony Dugdale had a fine 21-6 win over Douglas captain Andy Cannell, with Steven Waters also winning to single figures against Gordon Wynne-Smythe. Home captain Ben Dugdale beat Pat O’Donohue 21-12. In what could be decisive at the end of the season the home team won three close games with Steve Moore beating Ray Osborne 21-19, along with Roger Thomas and Chris Penketh both stepping in to beat Geoff Mayles and Bob Callow 21-20.

Peel A came away from their visit south to take on Port St Mary A with a 6-4 win, with three single figure wins from Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly, Ste Kelly and Tommy McMeiken enough to secure the two points for the aggregate. David Proctor was the other Peel winner beating Thomas Keggen 21-19. For the home team Ewan Cooil won a close match 21-20 against Frank Watson, Derek Kneen stepped in to beat Tom Kelly 21-17, with Tim Williams also filling in to beat Jerome Surridge 21-16. Port St Mary captain Trevor Quayle led the way with a 21-10 win over Gary Smith.

North Ramsey A hosted Onchan A, with the visitors taking the spoils 7-3. Visiting captain Peter Slinger and nephew Rob Monk led the way, with both players winning to single figures. Kevin Quirk beat Steve Parker 21-14, whilst Matthew Quirk had a tougher time beating Jimmy Moffatt 21-18. Edward Carlyle stepped up from the B Team to beat Ray Skelly 21-15. For the home team Allan Callow was the standout performer winning 21-4, with Gary Merrill beating Adrian Skinner 21-13. North Ramsey captain Tony Smart performed well winning 21-13 to inflict only a second league defeat of the season on Jordan Cain.

Marown B bounced back from last week’s whitewash to defeat visitors Castletown A 6-4 in a high scoring contest and in doing so leap frogged them in the process to sit one point ahead of Castletown. Winners for the home team were the less experienced pair of Bobby Thorne and James Kelly, who continue to perform well, whilst seasoned campaigners Arnie Withers and Peter Kelly also won. The team has a good mix of youth and experience which bodes well for bringing on their younger players. Sixteen year old Sam Clague made the most of his opportunity to play for the A Team, which proved to be a good choice with Clague showing recently that he plays a fast green well defeating Marown Over 60’s captain Steve Bridson 21-19. Ian Watson beat Juan Killip 21-19, Derek Lewney won 21-13 against Brian Kelly and David Quayle beat John Kelly 21-14.

In division two Noble’s A maintained their six point lead at the top with a 10-0 home win over Port St Mary C, with Steve Cook, Tommy Collister and merit leader David Pease all winning to single figures. For Port St Mary Colin Leece came closest to grabbing a point losing 19-21 against Glenn Boland.

Matching Noble’s blow for blow, are Castletown B who also recorded a 10-0 home win over Port Erin B to keep the pressure on. Winning to single figures for the home team were George Foy, Peter Curtis, Ron Williams and Aaron Richardson. The top two are pulling away from the teams below them with Castletown B now 12 points ahead of third placed Onchan B.

Onchan B travelled to Mooragh Park to take on North Ramsey B coming away with a 7-3 win. Mike Alexander won 21-6, with Peter Wallis and Bernie McPhee both winning 21-17 and Mike Thomas beating Bryan Corner 21-19. Onchan just missed out on an extra point with Colin Spencer losing 20-21 against John Breen. For the home team Barry Teare beat Roger Payne 21-13 and Alex Yates won 21-12 against Paul Bailey.

Fourth placed Peel B hosted Finch Hill A with the home team winning 8-2. Winning comfortably for Peel were David Smith, Gordon Corrin, Harry Kelly and Paul Quirk. Winners for the visitors were Paul Dougherty who beat Dougie Allan 21-16, whilst Arthur Halsall beat Mike Ashmole 21-17.

Port St Mary B travelled north to take on Ballaugh A and disappointingly gave a walkover due to being a player short despite their C team fielding a full team in their fixture. The visitors lost 7-3 with the winners being Paul Russell, Dave Saxon and Brian Corrin. Winners for Ballaugh were John Keenan, Peter Graham, Richard Fisher and Steve Grant.

Peel C hosted Noble’s B on Tuesday evening with the home team winning 8-2. Two games went to the wire with each team taking a 21-20 win. Peel’s 20-20 winner was Ian Pendlebury against Juan Qualtrough, for Noble’s John Singleton beat Paul Baker. Martyn Hobson was the other winner for Noble’s beating Jimmy Corlett 21-16. For the home team Jeff Wilson won 21-5 against Stewart Cubbon, with Peter Kelly beating Les Brookes 21-8.

In division three Onchan C were this week’s biggest winners with a 9-1 away win against Douglas D. Recording big wins for the visitors were Derek Anscomb, Erwin Gelling and Brian Woodall. Sparing the whitewash for the home team was the ever reliable Roy Williams who beat Dennis Maxwell 21-6.

Upset of the week was at South Ramsey with the C team and D team taking each other on, with the D team recording a memorable 7-3 win over the C team. For the C Team David Corkill won 21-16 against James Moore, whilst Tony Hart beat Ryan Surridge 21-7, with son Toby Hart winning 21-6 against Ryan Hargraves. Hitting back for the D team Richard Davies won 21-0, with undefeated merit leader Ian Moore winning 21-3, and Franz Ten Donkelaar won 21-9. Jay Moore and Matthew Corkill beat Tony Marler and Anthony Kelly respectively.

Ballaugh B continue to set the pace at the top of the table, with a 7-3 home win over Douglas C. Mike Buckeridge inflicted a second defeat of the season on Mike Cain winning 21-20, with John Kneen recording the second 21-0 win of the night, with Philip Quayle winning 21-4 against Les Quayle. For Douglas captain Andy Foster beat Percy Faragher 21-11, William Cowley beat John Bolton 21-10 and Keith Fearnley beat Paul Cubbon 21-15.

Castletown C hosted Ballaugh C, also recorded a 7-3 home win to remain in second place despite giving another walkover to the opposing team. For Castletown Juan Drinkwater won 21-6, Clifford Clague will no doubt be feeling confident with a second consecutive league win, with John Matheson, Philip Smith and John Kinley also winning. For Ballaugh Charlie Howland beat James Drinkwater 21-9 and Phil Faragher got over the line 21-19 against Byron Mercer.

Marown C continue their poor run of form, having lost four of their last five league games, with a 6-4 away loss to Finch Hill B, which could have been worse had Dan Smith lost his game with Frank Christian with Smith edging it 21-20. Stephen Rundle had a fine 21-6 win over Stephen Oates, with Steve Wilson beating Kevin ‘Chico’ Anderson 21-13. For Finch Hill Kevin Stannard won 21-7, with son Sam not far behind beating Walter McCarthy 21-10. Newcomer Guy Smith recorded his second league win of the season beating Karl Parker 21-12, with captain Pat Maher beating Steve Gregg 21-10.

Garrett’s Enjoy a ‘Spar’ Day

Ballaugh Bowling Club hosted the Spar Mixed Pairs on Sunday with 33 pairs taking part. Once again the weather was fine, with the green being extremely tricky.

Losing out at the quarter final stage were the home pair of Jane Teare and Maurice O’Reilly, Alison Keggen (Nobles) and Neil Withers (Marown), father & daughter John and Bethany Kennish (South Ramsey) along with Jenny Moore & James Teare (South Ramsey).

In the semi-finals Douglas pair Paula Garrett and Stuart Garrett had a tough time facing the South Ramsey duo of Elaine Moore & Glynn Hargraves, with the game being close in the early stages, before the Garrett’s built up a four point lead to go 17-13 ahead. Moore and Hargraves worked their way back into the game to sit just one chalk behind at 19-20. Stuart played a great bowl on the last end, which forced Hargraves to strike and just missing secured a 21-20 win for the Douglas duo. In the second semi-final another South Ramsey pair Fiona Kennish and Steven Waters had a comfortable win over Philippa Taylor (Marown) and Alec Taylor (Peel) to book their place in the final.

In the final the Garrett’s got off to a good start against Kennish and Waters, never taking their foot off the throttle to secure a resounding 21-8 win.

At the conclusion of play Debbie Jones of Spar was introduced by Club Chairman Phil Faragher, who thanked the sponsors for their continued support, the ladies of the club for providing the catering, along with Richard Faragher and Trevor Jones for assisting with running the competition.

Bradford Wins Ramsey Town Cup

The Ramsey Town Cup was played for on Saturday in perfect weather conditions in the picturesque surroundings of Ramsey’s Mooragh Park, hosted by North Ramsey Bowling Club.

Despite a clash with the World Cup quarter final, a healthy entry of 44 men (including a good number of Island champions and Island representative players) played for the clubs premier prize on a green that despite early season worries was running well and drew favourable comments from a lot of those taking part.

Losing out at the quarter final stage were home greener Allan Callow, Kevin Quirk (Onchan), Edward Trustham (Ballaugh) and Port St Mary’s Nathan Hamilton.

The first semi-final was between two South Ramsey players John Kennish and David Bradford with the honours going to David 21-17. The second semi-final involved another South Ramsey bowler, Alan Moore and Port Erin’s Dave McCabe. Alan had a very healthy lead only to be pegged back by Dave and at 20-20 Alan produced a superb lead bowling full corners to edge the game and go in to the final.

The final, contested by the two South Ramsey players was a fairly evenly contested affair with both men producing some excellent bowls that kept the good number of spectators totally engrossed. At 19-17 up Alan was looking favourite, but one bad lead let David in for two to go 19-19. With a perfect lead and a good second in the very next end, it was victory for David 21-19.

North Ramsey Bowling Club would like to thank all those that took part and anybody that helped out in any way to make the day the success it was.

Moore & Garrett Triumph

Marown hosted the popular Tynwald Day R & A Grimshaw Trophy with 34 pairs taking part, four of which were father and son combinations. With the recent dry spell the green was extremely quick and along with the wind affecting the bowls it made for tricky conditions for the players. There were plenty of shocks in the early rounds, with some of the favourite pairings taking an early bath.

At the end of a long day it was the Douglas pairing of Ian Moore & Stuart Garrett, who beat the Marown duo of Brian Kelly and Harry Barton 21-15. The final started with the green starting to lose a bit of pace with the shade extending over the green. Barton and Kelly made a good start taking a 10-7 lead, before Moore & Garrett took the next five ends with two singles, followed by two two’s and a three to jump ahead 16-10. Barton and Kelly fought their way back into the game taking the next three ends with a single, a two and another single to pull the score back to 14-16. Moore & Garrett then stepped up a gear to see the game out winning three of the next four ends to secure the win and the trophy.

Losing out in the semi-finals to the winners were the competitions oldest pairing, with the evergreen duo of Ian Kissack (Marown) and Mike Hargraves (Castletown) losing 15-21. The other losing semi-finalists were Matthew Keggen (Marown) and Rob Monk (Onchan)

In the quarter finals there were two close games with Edward Carlyle (Onchan) and Dave McCabe losing 20-21, with father and son pairing Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly and Adam Kelly (both Peel) also losing to the same score. Also falling at the quarter finals were the Marown pair of Dean Kipling and Juan Killip, along with Neil Withers and Paul Dunn.

At the conclusion of the competition the presentation was made by competition secretary Philip Kelly, who thanked everyone who had helped with the running of the competition and the Marown Ladies for the refreshments provided throughout the day.

Port St Mary Ladies Lead At Halfway Stage

As we reach the halfway stage in the C Tarlton Hodgson Ladies Bowling League only five points now separate the top three with Port St Mary leading the way on 2049 followed by South Ramsey 2046 and Castletown 2044.  Nobles are in fourth position, and although they have drifted 89 points back from the leaders, they will still mount a challenge for the top spots.

Onto the results and we start with the most in form team at present Castletown.  They were averaging just over 185 coming into the week and showed no signs of slowing down after another strong home performance where despite losing four games they still managed over 170 chalks.  Two of their losses were 21-20 with Peel players Heather Horsburgh and Lynda Wilson just getting over the line.  The returning Kath Kinley won 21-8 for the home side with Tracey Moore, Amanda Lawler and Heike Perry also winning to single figures.  For Peel, Mary Moffatt top scored beating Sue Peach 21-9.  Final match score 173-132 (5-4).

Port St Mary travelled the short distance to rivals Port Erin.  Port St Mary had the better results on the night with Chris Price, Jayne Kneen, Kellie Maddrell-Reeve and Margret Tasker all winning to single figures.  Port Erin did pick up three wins with Lynda Cadamy and Voirrey Curphey winning to single figures and Jenny Cain beating Katy Williams 21-19.  The result finished 122-156 (3-6).

Purt Le Moirrey welcomed South Ramsey with the away side triumphing with a fine 136-173 (4-5) victory.  Kim Hargraves top scored for the away side beating Chris Holland 21-4 whilst Jenny Moore also won to single figures beating Debra Cooper 21-8.  Elaine Moore retained her 100% record notching up another win beating Dot Mylchreast 21-11.

Nobles bounced back from their result last week beating Onchan 171-108 (7-2).  Nobles picked up some big wins as Clare Cooper won 21-1, Jayne Smith 21-4, Alison Keggen and Debbie Leece both winning 21-6.  Onchan did pick up two wins from Jo Smith and Sue Gawne, with Dee Lewis unlucky to add a third losing 21-20 to Lin Ruscoe.

Douglas faced Castletown B with both teams containing players who are in their first and second year of bowling.  Douglas got the upper hand in all but one game winning 180-94 (8-1).  Rebekah Kelly won her first game of the season with Shantelle Thorpe also winning her second game of the season.  Castletown’s Elaine McElroy prevented a whitewash winning her game 21-12.

In the final game on Friday Ballaugh were narrowly defeated at home to Marown 134-153 (4-5).  Lil Smith and Elaine Dewhurst put in fine away performances to win 21-2 and 21-6 respectively with wins also for Rosie Winckle, Pat Withers and Mary Alderson.  Ballaugh’s winners were Brenda Bowyer, Elaine Fenton, Gill Dixon and Pat Mason who won 21-6 in her game.

With half the season now gone the league has taken shape and the current top four will swap and change places and fight until the league concludes in September.

Individually Elaine Moore is the only player to have won all 12 games; although a mention to Top Lady winner Hannah Drewett who has only played 11 games but has a 100% record.  Elaine is chased by team-mate Lyn Bolton who with Port St Mary’s Chris Price is only one chalk behind.

Looking ahead Port St Mary sit out giving the chasers free reign to pull ahead, at least temporarily.  Nobles entertain Castletown B, South Ramsey go to Ballaugh and Castletown with a home tie to Douglas.

Top Two Extend Gap

Marown A took on South Ramsey B in the Ellan Vannin Fuels sponsored division one at Crosby on Monday evening with the home team recording a strong 9-1 win, with Sid Bolton beating Marown captain Paul Dunn 21-17 for the visitors. Next closest to snatching another point was Austin Hart, who performed brilliantly going 16-3 and 17-6 up on Matthew Keggen, before Keggen got hold of the jack using his extra experience to claw his way back into the game to eventually win 21-18. Hart has found first division bowls a steep learning curve, however he can take plenty of encouragement from his scores in the top division, at 15 years old he is the youngest player in the division. This season will no doubt stand him in good stead in the future. Tony Dugdale also came close before losing out 17-21 to Dean Kipling. For Marown Paul Kelly, Colin Kelly and Phil Kelly all won to single figures, whilst John Gelling and Neil Withers had fairly comfortable wins.

South Ramsey A recorded their third 10-0 win of the season and only their first maximum at home over Marown B. Last season the champions recorded five maximums and three 9-1 wins at home. This season’s home form has been somewhat patchy, whilst still winning all their matches. Dido Kelly, Glynn Hargraves and John Kennish all won to single figures, with Juan Killip coming closest to taking a point for the visitors before losing out 17-21 to Chas Grills. Rob Corkill stepped in to help out the visitors after a 24 year absence from bowls.

Onchan A recorded a 7-3 away win over Douglas A. Home team captain Andy Kennish once again led the way for his team, recording a 21-9 win over Matthew Quirk. Kennish has recorded some good results this season, no doubt helped by the extra games playing in the Over 60’s league, in which he is currently undefeated after 20 games. His night league record is 9 wins from 12 games. The two other winners for the Villa men were Mervin Sayle with a 21-16 win over Rob Monk, whilst Keith Rise held off Steve Crampton to record a 21-18 win. For the visitors Jordan Cain was pushed hardest taking a 21-17 win over Stuart Garrett, whilst the biggest win for the visitors was Mark Kelly who beat Gary Conwell 21-8. Kelly is only in his second season of league bowls and the time being put in on the green is obviously paying off. The experienced trio of Kevin Quirk, Peter Slinger and Phil Kerruish beat Ian Moore, Jimmy Sansom and Shaun Seal respectively.

North Ramsey A continue to use their home advantage well, this time seeing off Douglas B with an 8-2 win, however they did lose two games 21-20 with Andy Cannell and Gordon Wynne-Smythe both holding on to beat Tony Smart and Allan Callow respectively. Geoff Porter and Gary Merrill both won to single figures, whilst Steve Walmsley was pushed hard by Pat O’Donohue before winning 21-19.

Port Erin A will have been disappointed to lose 8-2 at home to Port St Mary A with recent open winner Trevor Quayle just getting over the line 21-20 against Dave McCabe, whilst Steve Franks did enough to beat Derek Cadamy 21-17. Peter Addison had a close game beating Dan McCabe 21-19, whilst David Cain had a comfortable 21-11 win over Rob Cooil. Wayne Roberts had a good 21-8 win over Bernie Durcan, with Paul Skelly, Thomas Keggen and Ewan Cooil also winning for the visitors.

Castletown A had a good home win over Peel A, winning three close games in the process. George Peach beat David Smith 21-20, whilst David Quayle inflicted a third successive defeat on early season merit leader Tommy McMeiken 21-19, with Dean Kinley winning to the same score against David Proctor. Jordan Drewett made home advantage count beating Tom Kelly 21-12, whilst Peter Oates won 21-15 against Gary Smith. For the visitors Dave ’Barney’ Kelly won 21-15 against Ian Watson, son Stevie did enough to beat Mike Hargraves 21-18, with Frank Watson beating Jeff Kinley 21-17.

In division two Castletown B took on Peel B in the sunset city and will have been pleased to take away a 7-3 win on a difficult green in a high scoring match. Winners for Peel were Mike Ashmole, Harry Kelly and Paul Quirk. Responding for the visitors were Ross Moore, Ron Williams, Alan Phair, Mark Saunders and Derek Lewney.

Port St Mary B recorded a maximum 10-0 home win over Port Erin B with Peter Collins, Ray Maddrell and Dave Saxon all winning comfortably. Ken Horsley recent runner up in the Port Erin Open was closing to grabbing a point before losing 19-21 to Derek Kneen.

Onchan B just missed out on a maximum by just three chalks with Mike Alexander losing 18-21 to Mark Kremor to record a 9-1 win over Noble’s B at Onchan Park. Mike Thomas and Neil Dunwell both recorded single figure wins.

League leaders Noble’s A made the trip north to take on North Ramsey B coming away with a 7-3 win to keep Castletown B at arm’s length. Glenn Boland was in good form winning 21-1. For the home team Rheuben Thomas held on to beat Tommy Collister 21-20, with Bryan Corner and Alex Yates winning fairly comfortably.

Ballaugh A made the journey south to take on Port St Mary C, with no signs of Ballaugh improving their away form with the home team performing well winning 7-3. Chris Oates won 21-1, whilst Nathan Hamilton beat Edgar Cowin 21-5. The winning trio for Ballaugh were Bob Unsworth, Peter Graham and John Keenan.

Peel C performed well to take a 7-3 win away to Finch Hill A. Ian Pendlebury just got over the line 21-20 for Peel, whilst Jeff Wilson won 21-8. Winners for Finch Hill were Arthur Halsall, Peter Hughes and Paul Dougherty.

In division 3 league leaders Ballaugh B made the short trip along the west coast to take on Peel D coming away with an assured 8-2 win to stretch their lead at the top to five points. For Ballaugh Philip Quayle won 21-3. John Bolton just missed out on securing another point for Ballaugh losing 20-21 against Leslie Halsall. Young Ryan Tate picked up his second league win of the season beating John Looney 21-16.

South Ramsey C hosted high flying Marown C with the home team winning 7-3 over the Crosby outfit to put a huge dent in their hopes of winning the league. Ian Moore stepped up from the D Team to beat Kevin Kelly by the closest of margins 21-20. Austin Hart’s younger brother Toby performed well beating Stephen Rundle 21-15. For Marown Darren Kerruish, Steve Gregg and Jamie Joughin were the winners.

Castletown C boosted their hopes for promotion with a 10-0 home win over bottom of the table Douglas D with the result helping them climb above Marown C into second place. For Douglas only Greg Brew managed to make it into double figures losing 12-21, with the visitors scoring just 47 chalks in total.

Finch Hill B checked in to a flying Ballaugh green to take on their C Team, with visiting teams finding it extremely tricky to play. Finch Hill will have been delighted to record a 6-4 away win. Newcomer Paddy Murphy continues to impress picking up his second successive league win beating Bert Quayle 21-7, whilst another new player Frank Christian picked up his first league win in just his fourth league game defeating Paul Bradford 21-15. Kevin Stannard and Sam Stannard were the other two winners for the visitors to help secure the aggregate by six chalks.

Douglas C happily rearranged their game with Onchan C to the Wednesday evening, to give them the opportunity to watch the England game on Tuesday night. Fittingly it would seem, in honour of the football the teams played a score draw with the match ending 5-5. Winning for the home team were Mike Cain, Tommy Rougvie, Andy Foster, Willie Cowley and John Ferguson. Keith Fearnley lost 20-21 against Brian Woodall, with Douglas forced to give two games away due to being short of players. Onchan edged the aggregate by just two chalks (127-125) to secure the draw.