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Festivals Help Required

The festivals organisers are always seeking help around the greens during the events, as stewards, measurers and referees seem to be dwindling in numbers, but at present they are also seeking someone to take over the role of organising those helpers.

David Higgins has been doing this job, extremely well, for 15 years, but has decided it is time to find a ‘new man’ for the task. A period for which thanks are expressed to David, not only for all his organising, but also doing duties.

So if you feel you would like to take over the position, please contact either David or Steve Moore the Events Manager. David has said that he will guide the person through the procedure, so if you are up to the challenge, please get in touch.

There is remuneration and expenses will be covered by the organisers. Contact numbers are – Steve on 472952, email: or if you wish to speak to David his is available on 344229.

Please remember, we cannot hold these festivals without this help.

Port St Mary Ladies Champions Again

Port St Mary Ladies have won the league for a seventh time and the last four consecutive years. They complete the double having beaten Nobles in the final of the Jean Kelly Memorial Knockout competition earlier in the season.

Taking a 61 point advantage over South Ramsey into the last game of the season Port St Mary were ruthless in defeating Onchan 189-67 to top the table by 85 points

Ann Maddrell has won the Ladies Merit on points against following her 21-1 victory in the final match of the season. Mary Moffatt who was leading the ladies merit going into the final match won 21-18 but Ann’s larger victory means she takes the merit.

Castletown A take the ‘Ismay Cup’.

On Wednesday 16th August Castletown A and North Ramsey A met at the ‘Villa’ to play the 2017 Men’s over 60’s Ismay Cup Final.

It was North Ramsey A who took the early lead with a strong performance from John Cannan giving him a 21-1 win over Jimmy Young.

Games 2,3 and 4 however saw a spirited comeback from Castletown A with Peter Oates beating Tony Smart 21-9, Ron Williams beating Brian Colquitt 21-13 and Mike Hargraves despatching Ray Skelly 21-9 making the score 3-1 to the Southerners.

Steve Gill chalked up a win for North defeating George Peach 21-18 however, Mike Skelly battled lost out to George Foy 21-17 leaving the Northerners needing to win all the remaining games to lift the Cu.

Geoff Porter dug deep to take a 21-20 victory from Dave Faragher and it looked possible but a competent show from Colin Holland to beat George Monk 21-13 gave the Match to Castletown A.

In the last remaining game Jimmy Moffat of North Ramsey beat Derek Lewney 21-20 to give an overall score of 5-4 to Castletown A.

Many thanks to the Host Club, Douglas Bowling Club for all their help, especially Malcolm Black and Paula Garrett for their excellent measuring and to John Ryder, Jeff Wilson and Ken Karran from the Over 60’s League for their help.

Marown C open their account

The final of the Ron Williams sponsored Rayner Plate competition took place at Finch Hill on Friday evening, between Marown C from the third division and Port Erin B from the second, with the latter having to give their opponents a 16 point handicap advantage.

Things didn’t go well from the start for the southern outfit after they lost two of the opening games, John Kelly beat Derek Allen and Carey Dewhirst defeated Bob Kay, so just 18 to add to their start of 52, thus giving the Crosby outfit a 40 point margin on a tally of 110.

Port Erin took the third game when Ken Horsley got the better off Steven Rundle, before Walter McCarthy extended the division three team’s advantage by a further 18 with victory over Ben Mowle.

The next result was the closest of the night and again it went in favour of Marown, when Gary Weightman won an all-but game against Chris Dent to make it 4-1 and a lead of 53 with just three games to complete.

Port Erin were victorious in two of them, when Ed Benson beat John Kelly and Derek Cadamy won to 18 against Conor Keenan, but another good win for Marown – a 21-7 success for Stuey Clague against Alan Crebbin, saw the division three outfit cruise home with a margin of 57 and a total of 220, Port Erin trailing on 163.

So the Marown C side have won their first trophy and follow in the footsteps of their A team who won the Rayner Shield just seven days earlier.

The presentation was made by Ron Williams the sponsor, who was welcomed on to the green by Steve Moore on behalf of the competition committee. Ron thanked all those who helped and Finch Hill for an excellent playing surface, he then introduced the Marown C captain Steve Rundle, who offered his commiserations to Port Erin B and reiterated all the thanks; before congratulating his team.

Marown Win Record Equalling Rayner Shield

The Canada Life International Rayner Shield final was held at Douglas Bowling Club on Friday evening, between South Ramsey A and Marown A in a match which was billed as ‘Thriller at the Villa’, with the current top two teams on the Island going head to head it certainly lived up to its billing. The green was in superb condition, especially considering the weather we have had this week.

First off the green for South Ramsey was John Kennish, who stormed to a 21-6 win over Dean Kipling with the score not really reflecting the game. Hitting straight back for Marown was Colin Kelly who had a resounding 21-5 win over Chas Grills. The third game off was David Bradford, who after being 14-5 up Ian Kissack managed to pull the score back to 14-10 down, before Bradford seen the game out 21-10. Next off was Glynn Hargraves who defeated Matthew Keggen 21-6 to give the Ramsey men a 3-1 lead at the half way point with a 25 advantage on chalks, it looked like the Shield would be heading North for a third consecutive year.

Marown had other ideas and hit back in the second half of the match, knowing unless they had a couple of big wins they would need to win the match 5-3 on games, as the chalks heavily favoured South Ramsey.

Fifth game off was Phil ‘Rambo’ Kelly v Alan Moore, who pulled out a superb bowl when 13-7 down with Moore lying two. From there Rambo came back from 17-12 and 19-14 down to see the game out 21-19 to give the Crosby men some hope. With the tension building around the green the next game off was John Gelling v Dido Kelly, with Gelling having a commanding 14-5 lead Kelly got himself back into the game with a good run to level the scores at 18-18, with Kelly lying two good bowls Gelling played a superb bowl to win the end and take a further two singles to win 21-18. In the penultimate game and one of three key games in the second half with the games being so finely balanced, it was Paul Dunn v Stefan Kelly, with Dunn behind all game at 13-7 and 17-13. With the score at 18-15 to Kelly, who had two bowls inside 18 inches Dunn played a superb bowl to win the end, and then finished the game on a longer length mark to see the game out with a vital 21-18 win. This left Marown needing only one more chalk to secure a great comeback and a famous victory with Neil Withers being 20-9 up over Peter Collister, Withers quickly took a 21-11 victory to secure the Rayner Shield for the Crosby men.

The presentation was made by Adrian Skinner on behalf of the competition committee, who thanked the sponsors for their continued support all those who helped and Douglas for preparing an excellent playing surface, he then introduced Marown captain Neil Withers, who offered his commiserations to South Ramsey and congratulated his team for their efforts on what was a great comeback.

Marown’s win sees them draw level with outright leaders Onchan on 15 Shield victories.

Charity Is The Real Winner

South Ramsey Bowling Club hosted the Kennish Cup mixed doubles competition on Sunday afternoon with 27 pairs taking part, with the Kennish family running the competition in favour of local charity Hospice Isle of Man. In what must surely be a record for an open competition on the Isle of Man £1,200 was raised for this worthy cause.

The eventual winners were last years winners Gill Dixon and Dido Kelly defeating club mates Jenny Moore and James Teare 21-6 in the final, with the score not reflecting the standard of play.

Gill and Dido got through their semi-final with a comfortable victory over the Southern duo of Tracy Moore and Wayne Roberts. In the other semi-final Jenny and James ended the challenge of club mates Elaine Moore and Glynn Hargraves.

Losing out at the quarter-final stage were Lyn Bolton and Trevor Quayle (South Ramsey/Port St Mary) Bethany Kennish and Steven Waters (South Ramsey), Lorraine and James Moore (South Ramsey), Diana White and David Thomson (North Ramsey).

At the conclusion of play the presentation was made by Elaine Moore on behalf of the Kennish family and Alan Moore, who thanked everyone for their generous donations, the Ladies for the excellent refreshments, and everyone who helped throughout the day.

Anyone who would still like to donate please contact Chas Grills or Alan Moore.

Ballapaws Ladies’ Doubles

There was an entry of 19 pairs for the ladies’ doubles at Peel on Saturday 29 July, sponsored by Ballapaws boarding kennels.
The fine weather added to the occasion, and with the green running well, but not too fast, it was an afternoon of good bowls played in friendly fashion.
Quarter-finals: Lyn Bolton and Paula Garrett 21, Elaine Moore and Gill Dixon 15; Ann Hollingworth and Heike Perry 21, Debbie Leece and Alison Keggen 15; Sue Jones and Joyce Kelly 21, Ange Maddrell-Reeve and Jan West 16; Lynda Cadamy and Philippa Taylor 21, Margaret Tasker and Tricia Bull 13.
The semi-finals were well-fought and perhaps a little closer than the scores might suggest.
Semi-finals: Lyn Bolton and Paula Garrett 21, Ann Hollingworth and Heike Perry 14; Lynda Cadamy and Philippa Taylor 21, Sue Jones and Joyce Kelly 15.
The final started in cagey fashion with honours shared over the first ten ends, at which point the scores were level at 12-12. However at this point Lyn and Paula refused to let Philippa and Lynda have another turn of the jack, coming through to win 21-12.
Club president, Heather Horsburgh, thanked all those who had entered, and those who had helped with the smooth running of the afternoon, before introducing Chris Owen, of Ballapaws Boarding Kennels, who had generously sponsored the event and provided the new trophy, to present the prizes.

Jordan Cup

This years Jordan Cup was played as a doubles in a round-robin format with a draw for partners.

This elicited an entry of thirty-two, making sixteen pairs who were then split into four groups. Each group was played as a round-robin with games being played to nine ends, the four group winners progressing to the semi-finals.

Group A: Lin Ruscoe and Lynda Cadamy were the clear winners on 38 points, the other three pairs all tying on 20 points.
Group B: Lyn Bolton and Kellie Maddrell-Reeve won with 27 points, while Joyce Kelly and Sue Caley were second on 21 points.
Group C: Winners were Paula Garrett and Lynda Wilson on 28 points, runners-up Vicky Lloyd-West and Paula Firth with 25 points.
Group D: Chris Price and Rita Callister progressed with 26 points ahead of Debbie Leece and Lil Smith on 22.

The semi-finals were also played to nine ends and saw Lin Ruscoe and Lynda Cadamy overcome Paula Garrett and Lynda Wilson 8-4, while, cementing her recent reputation as a doubles player, Rita Callister accompanied by Chris Price saw off Lyn Bolton and Kellie Maddrell-Reeve 9-3.

The final, played to eleven ends, started with two singles from Lin and Lynda, followed by a two from Chris and Rita , making the score level at 2-2 after three ends. From that point Lin and Lynda were always ahead, without getting away from their opponents, the score after ten ends being 8-6 in their favour, leaving Chris and Rita a chance to come through. However a three gave Lin and Lynda a final winning score of 11-6.

Joyce Ogden, who had run the sheet throughout the afternoon thanked all those who had entered and those who had helped ,both round the green and in the kitchen, to make the afternoon a success.

She then introduced Club Chairman, Clare Cooper, to make the presentation.

Onchan Commissioners’ Ladies’ Doubles

There was an entry of thirteen pairs for the Onchan Commissioner’s ladies’ doubles played on Wednesday 19 July. The competition started in cloudy conditions with the rain biding its time till the start of the semi-finals when a short heavy shower was followed by fine drizzle for the remainder of the afternoon.
Quarter-finals: Margaret Tasker and Tricia Bull 21, Elaine Dewhirst and Lil Smith 15; Lin Ruscoe and Paula Firth 21, Barbara Young and Joy Stephens 12; Elaine and Jenny Moore 21, Linda Dobinson and Ann Hollingworth 7; Lyn Bolton and Philippa Taylor 21, Josie Harding and Flo Price 14.
In the first semi-final, although both pairs played some good woods, Margaret and Tricia had the edge, winning 21-13, while it was a similar story in the other where Lyn and Philippa were unable to reproduce their form from earlier rounds, Elaine and Jenny progressing to the final with a score of 21-14.
In the final Jenny and Elaine made the better start with two 2’s taking them to 10-6 after two ends, when Tricia and Margaret got three singles to close the gap to 9-10. From that point, despite some good bowls from the Port St Mary pair, the pair from South Ramsey had the upper hand, allowing the southerners to record just one more single, coming through to win 21-10.
Libby Andrade thanked all those who had entered and all the Onchan Girls who had helped in any way with the smooth running of the afternoon, before introducing Anthony Allen, Chairman of the Onchan Commissioners, to present the prizes