A bumper entry of 25 junior bowlers from all over the island entered the Ellan Vannin Fuels Junior Manx Championship on Saturday, it was 17 year old Glenn Boland who made the most of his final opportunity to win the Ellan Vannin Fuels Junior Manx Championship. This was a fantastic entry, that could have been a lot higher if some of the younger bowlers who attend the club sessions had also entered.
In what must be a first in the Junior Championship there were more girls entered to play than boys, which was fantastic to see, with some great bowls played by all the juniors. The experience gained from playing in these competitions will help the younger bowlers, however it was the older Juniors who progressed to the latter stages.
Losing out at the quarter final stage were Victoria Johnson (Mooragh Park), who lost 16-21 to Grace Gawne (Onchan), Austin Hart (South Ramsey) who battled brilliantly pushing Glenn Boland (Noble’s) all the way before losing out 20-21, Aalish Howarth (Mooragh Park) who lost 19-21 to Toby Hart (South Ramsey), whilst last year’s winner Shannon McMullan (Mooragh Park) lost out to younger sister Madison McMullan (Mooragh Park) 16-21.
In the semi-finals Glenn Boland was up against Grace Gawne with the latter performing brilliantly, taking a 17-16 lead against the more experienced player, before eventually losing out 17-21. In the second semi-final Madison McMullan was up against Toby Hart with Madison starting well taking a 14-5 lead. Toby hit back with five doubles in the next six ends to level the match at 15-15. The unflappable Madison kept her composure well to take two singles and two doubles to take a fantastic 21-15 victory to reach the final.
In the final it was close over the first 11 ends with neither player able to build a lead. In the second half of the game Glenn got into his stride scoring several doubles, which ultimately proved to be the difference with Glenn scoring nine doubles to Madison’s three doubles during the course of the match. Glenn ran out to deservedly win 21-13 to take the Junior Manx Championship title, following his first win in 2018.
The presentation was made by Association competition committee member Mark Kneen, who thanked all the juniors for taking part, Douglas Bowling Club for providing the refreshments and measurers and the team who had prepared the green for the early start. A special mention was also given to the Mooragh Park girls who had performed really well.
Following the success of the Junior Championship on Saturday Onchan Bowling Club hosted the Derek Killey Memorial with 44 pairs entering on a good green with great weather throughout the afternoon. Some pairings turned up late due to the Junior event overrunning, however all pairings managed to make it without being scratched from the competition.
Losing out at the quarter final stage were Kim Hargraves & Stefan Kelly (South Ramsey) who were unlucky to lose 18-21 to club mates Elaine Moore & Glynn Hargraves. The Castletown/Marown duo of Hannah Drewett & Neil Withers made a rare appearance together before losing out to South Ramsey pair Jenny Moore & James Teare 17-21. A new pairing of Caroline Whitehead (Port Erin) & home greener Mark Kelly lost out 16-21 to Marown pair Helen Withers & Karl Parker, whilst another South Ramsey pair Fiona Kennish & Steven Waters ended the challenge of Sylvia Kennaugh & Terry Bates (Noble’s) 21-12.
Losing out in the semi-finals were Helen Withers & Karl Parker 12-21 to Fiona Kennish & Steven Waters, with the second semi-final a lot closer with Jenny Moore & James Teare recovering from a 12-19 deficit with Teare putting up good lead bowls and Moore performing brilliantly at the back to win some crucial points every end to run out with a 21-19 victory over Elaine Moore & Glynn Hargraves.
Moore & Teare started the final strongly taking a 15-7 lead, with Kennish & Waters not doing a lot if anything wrong in the early stages, however a switch round with Waters going to the front seemed to do the trick with Waters & Kennish digging in to pull the score back to 15-18, however Moore & Teare then took the next three ends scoring singles to take a hard earned 21-15 victory.
The presentation was made by Mike Thomas, who thanked the Onchan club members for organising and running the competition, everyone for entering, also to those who had stayed to watch the final. It was then announced that the fantastic sum of £850 had been raised for the Manx Kidney Patients Association, with a special thanks to the finalists who handed back their prize money to add to the total figure raised for the nominated charity.
Monday evening saw the quarter finals of the Rayner Shield take place with the tie of the week undoubtedly being the match at Onchan Park between Onchan A & South Ramsey A. The home team took control of the match in the first half with Reginald Temporaza winning 21-14 against Alan Moore, Kevin Quirk recovered from a 3-9 deficit to win 21-17 against Glynn Hargraves, whilst Jordan Cain fought back from trailing 16-19 to run out with a 21-19 win over James Teare. Keeping the visitors in the match was Steven Waters who claimed a 21-12 win over Steve Parker to ensure South Ramsey were still in the tie trailing 3-1 on games and by just four chalks (75-71) at the halfway stage.
In the second half South Ramsey fought back to turn the match around with David Bradford turning on the style to win 21-6 against Peter Slinger, whilst Austin Hart performed well to beat Mark Kelly 21-12. Matthew Quirk against Dido Kelly was the game of the night, with Quirk getting over the line 21-19. Stefan Kelly recovered from a dreadful start against Phil Kerruish (0-7) to run out with a fine 21-11 victory to seal the win for South Ramsey with the games ending 4-4 on the night, South Ramsey won by 28 chalks (125-153) to progress to the semi-finals.
If Onchan versus South Ramsey was a good match, then Marown A at home to North Ramsey A was the complete opposite, with the Crosby men crushing the Mooragh Park men 8-0 (168 -74) with just two of the visitor bowlers reaching double figures.
Peel A had the visit of Finch Hill A, with the home team winning 6-2 on the night. The two winners for Finch Hill were Paul Dougherty who beat Tommy McMeiken 21-17, whilst Pat Maher beat Peter Greenlees 21-14. Winning big for the home team were Tom Kelly who won 21-3 against Peter Hughes, whilst Ste Kelly beat Paddy Murphy 21-9.
The last quarter final tie was between Douglas A & Marown B at the Villa with the home team winning 6-2. On another night it could have been a different result with Peter Kelly losing out 20-21 to Andy Cannell, whilst Brian Kelly & Bobby Thorne lost 17-21 to Jimmy Sansom and Shaun Seal respectively.
In the Rayner Plate there was another good matchup between Peel B (+20) who had the visit of Port St Mary A (+10). Despite Tim Williams suffering a 7-21 loss to Paul Quirk the southern outfit were able to cancel this out with Trevor Quayle taking a 21-6 victory over Gordon Corrin, whilst good wins from Will Cain & Paul Russell also helped the team to take the win by just three chalks (149-152).
Ballaugh A (+22) made light work of Peel C (+48) winning 8-0 on games taking the win by 54 chalks (190-136). Castletown B (+32) are emerging as the team to beat in the Rayner Plate this season seeing off last season’s Rayner Plate Winners Marown C (+40) claiming a home victory by 69 chalks (195-126). Ballaugh B (+60) hosted Onchan B (+38) with the match ending 4-4 on games it was the home team who progressed to the next round with an 18 chalk victory (200-182).
The 3R’S Accountancy and Book Keeping sponsored Douglas Town Cup saw a great turnout for an event which featured both ladies and men’s competitions.
With the men’s event starting at the earlier time of 11:00 on Sunday morning we saw some great battles in the early stages, which led to the quarter finals where Glynn Hargraves (South Ramsey) beat Sam Clague (Castletown) 21-13, Paul Dunn (Marown) took a 21-10 win from Willy Cowley (Douglas), Matthew Quirk (Onchan) beat Alec Taylor (Peel) 21-10 and an epic battle between Andy Kennish (Peel) and Dave McCabe (Finch Hill) saw Kennish just edge home 21-20.
The semi-finals saw a great match between 2019 finalists Paul Dunn and Glynn Hargraves with the latter winning 21-19, whilst Matthew Quirk outplayed a tiring Andy Kennish to win 21-16.
The final saw Hargraves start well building up a 11-4 lead. Quirk managed to pull the score back to 10-12, before Hargraves went on another run to lead 20-10. Quirk battled well to score a further five points before Hargraves secured the point needed to take a 21-15 victory to retain the Douglas Town Cup.
The Ladies event also had a good turnout. At the quarter final stage Amanda Lawler (Castletown) lost out 10-21 to Debbie Leece (Noble’s), Lynda Cadamy (Port Erin) was beaten 15-21 by Paula Garrett (Noble’s), Trish Bull (Port St Mary) defeated Tina Hampson (Onchan) 21-16, whilst Margie Tasker (Port St Mary) ended the challenge of Sue Gawne (Onchan).
In the semi-finals team mates Debbie Leece & Paula Garrett met up, whilst Trish Bull (Port St Mary) took on team mate Margaret Tasker. Debbie Leece and Paula Garrett had a great battle with Paula just taking a 21-18 win and Margie Tasker beat her old friend Trish Bull to earn a place in the final.
Once again we had a great final with Paula Garrett not leading quite as well as her opponent so it was Margie Tasker who took the 2020 Douglas Town Cup Ladies title with a 21-16 victory.
Many thanks must go to everyone who worked so hard to make this such a successful and friendly event and special thanks must go to Rob Matthews and his 3R’s company for their continued sponsorship. Rob not only sponsored the event but he played in it as well as selling raffle tickets and marking score cards all day.
Saturday saw a quality field of 31 pairs entered for the R & A Grimshaw pairs hosted by Marown Bowling Club. This competition is traditionally held on Tynwald Day, however due to COVID-19 it was hosted later this year. Handicaps ranged from +4 to +9, so a good start was vital for those on a low handicap.
Losing out at the quarter final stage were Peel men Peter Greenlees & Brian Lindsay 16-21 to South Ramsey’s Alan Moore & Stefan Kelly, Phil Kerruish & Glynn Hargraves (Onchan/South Ramsey) 20-21 to Dean Kinley & Sam Clague (Castletown). Home greeners Paul Dunn & Neil Withers ended the challenge of Glenn Boland & Nathan Cooil (Castletown) with a 21-10 win, whilst another home pairing of Matthew Keggen & Paul Kelly edged out Jay Waters (Marown) & father Steven Waters (South Ramsey) 21-19 to reach the semi-finals.
The two semi-finals could not have been any different with Alan Moore & Stefan Kelly making no mistake with a 21-6 win over Dean Kinley & Sam Clague, with the Castletown pair failing to score a point. The other semi-final was keenly contested early on with Keggen leading well in the corners and Paul Kelly playing some good through bowls when needed to ensure they took their place in the final with a 21-14 victory over Paul Dunn & Neil Withers.
The final started with home greeners Matthew Keggen & Paul Kelly hoping to go one better than last year with Paul making his third consecutive appearance in the final, whilst Alan Moore & Stefan Kelly were looking to take their first win as a pair. Alan & Stefan took a single on the first end, before Matthew & Paul took the next five ends with the Marown men scoring two singles and a three doubles in the corners to lead 12-6. Alan & Stefan started to work their way back into the game with four consecutive singles to trail by two at 10-12. Matthew & Paul scored a two to lead 14-10. From there Alan played some good lead bowls, with Stefan hitting some great strikes to turn the game around, taking five of the next seven ends with two singles and three doubles of their own to lead 18-16. Matthew & Paul responded with a double to level the game up at 18-18 after 19 ends, however the South Ramsey men had enough left in the tank taking a single followed by another double to run out with a 21-18 victory.
The presentation was made by competition secretary Philip Kelly, who thanked everyone for entering and assisting throughout the day. Upon being presented with the trophy Alan Moore thanked his partner for the day Stefan, Marown for hosting the competition, the ladies for providing the refreshments throughout the day, commented on the good condition of the green, and that it was great to see the new clubhouse being built.
The Rayner Plate got underway last week with one preliminary round match to be played between South Ramsey B (+30) hosted Marown C (+40) with the visitors taking the win by 23 chalks with two single figures winners from Jamie Joughin & Stephen Rundle being the difference on the night.
Onchan B (+38) hosted Finch Hill B (+52) with the Onchan men easily overturning the 14 chalk deficit to win by 41 chalks (197-156). Peel B (+20) who would have been competing in division one this season were too strong for home team Noble’s A (+18) taking the win by 33 chalks (135-168). Port St Mary A (+10) overturned a 24 chalk deficit against local rivals Port Erin A (+34) to crush them with an 8-0 win on games and winning by 51 chalks (178-127). Ballaugh A (+22) also whitewashed Peel D (+76), yet the match ended up fairly close with the Ballaugh men taking the win by 19 chalks (190-171).
The following evening (Tuesday) had South Ramsey C (+50) hosting Peel C (+48) with the Peel men claiming a comfortable win by 39 chalks (171-210). The closest match of the week was between Ballaugh B (+60) and Castletown A (+12) who despite winning 7-1 on the night lost the match by just nine chalks (178-169) with the 48 chalk deficit proving too much to pull back on the night. Castletown B (+32) made the short journey south to take on Port St Mary B (+42) with the town men taking a good victory by 22 chalks to progress to the next round. A new signing was also in their ranks with Glenn Boland surprisingly turning out for Castletown.
The final match of the last 16 was held on Friday evening with Marown C (+40) at home to Douglas B (+44). The Crosby men made no mistake with a 28 chalk victory (194-166) to progress to the next round, as they look to retain the title they won in style last season.
The mixed team group stages continued with six fixtures taking place. Port Mary A made sure it was a worthwhile trip to take on South Ramsey B, with the visitors crushing their opponents winning by 131 chalks (58-189), with only three of the home team reaching double figures. Travelling to the opposite end of the island on the same evening South Ramsey C took on Port Erin A with the home team winning by 50 chalks (175-125), however the C Team did manage to claim four wins on the night with Steve Kelly performing well to beat the experienced David Cain 21-19. Captain Tony Hart won 21-15 against Jacqui Elliott, whilst son Austin Hart got home 21-18 against Voirrey Curphey, a score matched by Kim Hargraves against Harry Minor. Megan Hargraves made her competitive debut at the tender age of 9 for South Ramsey, losing out 8-21 to Seamus Whelan. Port Erin have recently taking over the maintenance of their green, it is great to see the condition of the green moving in the right direction.
Castletown A look to have strengthened their mixed team this year, they hosted Finch Hill at the Crofts with the home team winning by 35 chalks (164-129), however the Finch men did manage to get four winners on the night losing 5-4 on games. Onchan A made no mistake in their away tie taking on Marown B claiming the win by 75 chalks (114-189) with no home team winners, however highest Marown scorer was Celia Joughin who lost out 17-21 against Maureen Payne, whilst Helen Withers did well to score 16 against Reginald Temporaza.
Nobles who generally perform well in the mixed competition claimed a home win over Peel by 32 chalks (172-140) with Debbie Leece winning 21-5 over Sue Jones, whilst for the visitors Dougie Allan performed well to defeat Glenn Boland 21-16. Marown A visited Mooragh Park, they made no mistake winning by 92 chalks (93-185) over North Ramsey. Lone winner for the home team was Lee Christian who beat Lil Smith 21-17, whilst Paul Cannon agonisingly lost out 20-21 to Joyce Ogden.
South Ramsey hosted the Jim Kernan any combination doubles on Sunday with an excellent entry of 47 pairs taking part. The green was in superb condition, with the weather being ideal apart from a short shower early in the afternoon.
The quarter finals were well contested with the Marown pairing of Colin Kelly & Juan Killip holding off the strong challenge of Debbie Leece & Clare Cooper (Noble’s) with a 21-18 win, Jordan Cain & Glynn Hargraves (Onchan/South Ramsey) just lost out 20-21 to Port St Mary pair of Trevor Quayle & Wayne Roberts, Lynda & Derek Cadamy (Port Erin) battled well before losing out 19-21 to Phil Kerruish & Ian Moore (Onchan/Douglas), whilst the Marown pairing of Darren Kerruish & Walter McCarthy were defeated 18-21 by Glenn Boland & Nathan Cooil (Noble’s/Castletown).
Whilst the quarter finals were well contested both semi-finals were more straightforward with Kelly & Killip claiming their place in the final with a 21-9 win over Quayle & Roberts. The second semi-final seen Kerruish & Moore take a 21-13 win over Boland & Cooil to reach the final.
The final which was live streamed on Facebook, started with Kerruish & Moore taking a single on the first end, to then concede the next four ends with a three, a double and a single to trail 6-13 to Kelly & Killip. Kerruish & Moore switched over with Kerruish going to the back. The switch worked almost immediately thanks to taking four consecutive ends with a four and three singles to level the match at 13-13. Kelly & Killip responded with their own run of four ends scoring three singles and a double to take the lead 17-13. Kerruish and Moore stepped up a couple of gears to run out with a double, two singles and two more doubles to win 21-17 to claim the trophy and £160 first prize. Kelly & Killip were able to console themselves with £100 for their efforts.
At the conclusion of the competition the presentation was made by South Ramsey Chairman Steve Moore, who thanked George Brew for sponsoring the competition, the club members who helped with the running of the competition and the Ladies for the excellent refreshments provided throughout the day. George Brew then presented the prizes with over £400 paid out. Spot prizes were also awarded to furthest Junior (Glenn Boland), furthest Lady and furthest Over 60’s Lady (Both Lynda Cadamy) and furthest Over 60’s man (Phil Kerruish).
The Rayner Shield continued last week with the first round being played to decide which teams reached the quarter final stage.
The biggest shock of the week had to be division two team Finch Hill A seeing off Post St Mary A with a fine 5-3 home victory to progress to the next round. Home winners were Paul Dougherty, Dave McCabe and Pat Maher, whilst Tony Epifani got home 21-18 against Paul Russell, with Kevin Anderson holding his nerve to record the biggest shock of the night with a fine victory to the same score over Paul Skelly.
Marown B proved they are a force to reckoned with after their visit to Noble’s A, taking a 5-3 victory. Winning big to single figures for the Crosby men were Harry Barton & Peter Kelly.
North Ramsey A made sure it was a long journey home for Port St Mary B, with a 5-3 home win at Mooragh Park. Allan Callow, Gary Merrill & Ray Skelly all won to single figures against Peter Collins, Steve Stringer & Ray Maddrell respectively. Winning for the Port men were Rod Swift, Derek Kneen and Tom Collins.
Peel A hosted Castletown A, with the home team claiming an assured 6-2 victory. Preventing the whitewash on the night were Dean Kinley who held off Gary Smith to win 21-18, whilst Jordan Drewett claimed a fine 21-19 win over Andy Kennish.
South Ramsey B hosted Marown A, with the visitors enjoying the fine surface to take a 2-6 away victory on the night. Home team winners were Tony Hart, who beat Arnie Withers 21-14, whilst Chas Grills proved he still has what it takes with a 21-15 victory over Paul Kelly. James Moore performed well against Marown captain Paul Dunn before losing out 16-21.
On Tuesday night Peel C hosted Onchan A, with the visitors making no mistake with a 1-7 away win. Phillip Clarke put in a fantastic performance to see off Jordan Cain with a 21-17 win to prevent the whitewash.
South Ramsey A took on Finch Hill B at home with the Ramsey men claiming a 7-1 victory. Kevin Stannard was the only Finch winner on the night defeating Ryan Hargraves 21-16, with Stannard playing some great bowls towards the end of the game to swing the game. Austin Hart claimed his first win for the A Team with a 21-12 win over John Harris, as did Steven Waters with a 21-9 victory over Chris Duggan.
Completing the first round fixtures on Thursday evening Douglas A made the trip West to take on Peel D, with the Villa men making no mistake taking an 0-8 victory. Only two of the Peel men made it into double figures, with Leslie Halsall losing out 10-21 to Andy Cannell, whilst Steve Tate lost 14-21 to Shaun Seal. Mark Kneen having now returned to the island, has rejoined Douglas took an assured 21-5 victory over Ian Gray.
The mixed team group stages started on Wednesday evening with Marown A winning by 85 chalks (188-103), whilst North Ramsey lost out to Noble’s by 52 chalks (114-166). Castletown A made no mistake against Marown B winning by 52 chalks (171-119).
It was also great to see Finch Hill playing in the mixed team competition having gained enough ladies to field a team this year, they performed brilliantly before losing out by just 18 chalks (145-163) to Onchan A in the closest match of the night. Douglas A hosted Port St Mary A, with the home team losing out by 27 chalks (134-161) to the current holders of the mixed title.
South Ramsey became the first club to field a C Team in the mixed competition, giving an opportunity to three juniors and a further three relatively new bowlers to gain some experience. The A Team shown no mercy to the C Team winning by 88 chalks (189-101). Highest scores on the night for the C Team were James Moore who lost out 15-21 to Stefan Kelly, whilst Kim Hargraves lost out to Husband Glynn to the same score.
Saturday saw a quality field of 29 pairs of all ages entered for the MannMade Men’s Doubles at Noble’s Number Two green, whilst the Ladies competed on Number One green, with the weather holding out for the duration of the competition.
Losing out at the quarter final stage were Evan Leece & Glenn Boland (Noble’s), with Evan playing in one of his first competitions winning two games and playing some great bowls before losing out to the Marown pairing of Matthew Keggen & Paul Kelly. The Castletown duo of Sam Clague & Nathan Hamilton lost out to Finch Hill’s Dave McCabe & Zain Abideen, with Zain fairly new to the game and is getting himself around the open competitions to gain experience. Marown pair Paul Dunn & Neil Withers lost out to Onchan duo Jordan Cain & Matthew Quirk, whilst Alan Moore & Ryan Hargraves (South Ramsey) ended the challenge of Colin Kelly & Juan Killip (Marown).
Losing out in the semi-finals were Dave McCabe & Zain Abideen 13-21 to Jordan Cain & Matthew Quirk, whilst Alan Moore & Ryan Hargraves lost out to Matthew Keggen & Paul Kelly 15-21, despite a strong start on the first end with 12-year-old Ryan trailing the jack to count for three. Young Ryan is showing that his game is definitely moving in the right direction and will be one to watch in the future.
With both finalists off a handicap of +3 it was nip and tuck in the early stages. Both finalists went with the tactic of playing a long length, however neither pair were able to get away from the other with the scores finally balanced at 11-11 after 10 ends. From there Cain and Quirk took control over the next three ends scoring a single, a four, which was then compounded by a three to jump into a 19-11 lead. Both teams played some good bowls during what was an entertaining final, however Cain & Quirk then took a single to lead 20-11, before conceding one on the next end. On the last end the Onchan pair took a single to take a 21-12 victory to claim a deserved victory.
The presentation was made by Alison Keggen, Competition Secretary for Noble’s, who thanked everyone for entering and assisting throughout the day. Tina Hampson from sponsors MannMade Group was then introduced to present the prizes.
Special thanks must go to sponsors MannMade Group, to everyone who helped make the competition a success.
On Sunday Ballaugh Bowling Club hosted the Spar Mixed Pairs. There were 37 pairs entered and the weather was perfect for some really good play.
Bowing out in the quarter finals were Paula Firth & Sid Bolton (Noble’s/South Ramsey), Joyce Ogden & Wayne Roberts (Marown/Port St Mary), Sylvia Kennaugh & Terry Bates (Noble’s) and Madison McMullan & Lee Christian (North Ramsey).
Losing semi-finalists were all South Ramsey pairings with Kim Hargraves & Stefan Kelly losing out 11-21 to Jenny Moore & James Teare, whilst Elaine Moore & Glynn Hargraves just lost out 20-21 to Gill Dixon & Alan Moore.
The final was between Gill Dixon & Alan Moore and last year’s winners, Jenny Moore & James Teare. Gill & Alan had a four on the sixth end which proved to be the difference and came out winners 21-16.
The presentations were made by Jonathon Kermode of Mannin Retail (Spar) who was introduced by Competition Secretary, Richard Faragher who thanked the members for organising the event, thanks especially to the ladies in the kitchen. Gill Dixon in her speech thanked the Spar, the Sponsors, Ballaugh members for organising the competition especially Richard Faragher for running the competition together with the measurers and markers.