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Steam Packet Thurwell Bowl

Visitor Darrell Wilbur will have been delighted with his victory in the Steam Packet sponsored Thurwell Competition at Nobles, as his 21-19 final victory over Janet Monk saw him sail away with a voucher for a car and 2 passengers.

In a close match Wilbur just had enough to get over the line against a spirited Monk. In the semi finals Wilbur eliminated Joyce Ogden 21-17 whilst Monk put out Stefan Kelly 21-11 at the same stage.

Fallers at the quarter final stage were Glynn Hargraves, Derek Allen, Margaret Tasker and Bod Boland.

Thanks go to NoblesPark for running the competition and the Steam Packet for their much appreciated sponsorship.

Wilfred Quayle Mixed Doubles

Neil Withers & Hannah Drewitt won the final event of the Festival Weekend with victory in the Wilfred Quayle Mixed Doubles at Castletown Bowling Club on Sunday.

They didn’t have things their own way though and tasted victory by the narrowest of margins as they beat Trevor Quayle & Lyn Bolton 21-20 in a fantastic final.

In the semi finals our victors beat Alan Moore & Hilary Kermode 21-10 whilst our runners up knocked out Derek Lewney & Heike Perry 21-12.

Fallers at the quarter finals stage were Jenny Moore & James Tears, Joy Stephens & Dave Quayle, Joyce Ogden & Mike Hargraves and Chris Price & Dido Kelly.

Thanks must go to Castletown for a tremendously well presented playing surface and the smooth running of the competition.

Maddrell’s Double Cream

On Sunday Ballaugh Bowling Club held the Maddrell’s Double Cream Mixed pairs. With 45 pairs, 10 up on 2014, is was always going to be a long day and so it proved with the last bowl stopping just after 9.20pm.

The eventual winners were Matthew and Alison Keggen, who obviously like the Ballaugh green as just over a month ago won the Spar Mixed pairs on the green. In the final they defeated Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly and Christine Price 21-11.

In the semi finals Alison & Matthew overcome Harry & Joyce Kelly while Paula Firth and Jordan Cain lost out to Dido & Chris. Losing quarter finalists were Katy & Tim Williams, Amanda Lawler & Neil Withers, Sid & Casey Bolton, Roger & Maureen Payne.

At the conclusion Chairman, Jenny Maddrell thanked Richard Faragher & Paul Bradford for running the competition, and the lady members of the club for running the kitchen and keeping everyone fed.

There was also an item of lost property found with a ring being found in the ladies toilets. To claim it please contact Paul Bradford on 482349.

The next competition is the Keenan 4s Mens Doubles on Saturday 5th September 2015 commencing 1pm. Entries to Richard Faragher on 497867 by Thursday 3rd September

Report by Richard Faragher

Derek Killey Memorial

The Derek Killey memorial mixed pairs played at Onchan raised £445.52 for the Isle of Man Stroke Foundation.

Onchan Club would like to thank all players and supporters who contributed so generously. And to Mrs Eileen Killey for providing the prizes to the winners John and Fiona Kennish and to the runners up Matthew and Alison Keggen.

Report by Marilyn Ellison

Northern Lights Shine at Douglas

It was a Ramsey double at the Villa Marina on Saturday as South Ramsey’s John Kennish and Mooragh Park’s Janet Monk won the respective men’s and ladies Paddy Power sponsored Douglas Town cups.

Both players were at the top of their game all day on a tricky playing surface. Kennish found top gear and was on fire in the latter rounds. He put in an extremely impressive final performance defeating long-time rival Colin Kelly 21-13 in a top quality final.

His best performance was in the round before as he was simply unplayable against defending champion David Bradford, winning 21-7 to book his final berth. Kelly was also in good form in the semi-finals fighting off the spirited challenge of Steve Parker.

Parker can be extremely pleased with his days’ work eliminating a couple of Island players en route to the semis. If he can translate his end of season open form into his league performances next term it won’t be long before he is turning a few heads.

Monk was equally as impressive in the ladies competition as she saw off the challenge of plucky home greener Paula Garrett 21-15 in a top quality final. Garrett and Monk are the only two names on this trophy, and it was first blood to Monk to get etched into the annals of history as a double winner.

Garrett would have hoped to have gone all the way but she can take heart from a series of great wins over top quality opposition including an impressive semi-final victory over Margaret Tasker. Monk had to overcome an unknown force in the shape of Fon Edwards in the same round to make it to the final.

Edwards impressed all day. She is relatively new to the game and if she continues to improve at her current rate it will not be long at all before she has her own name engraved on one of the more coveted trophies.

Douglas would like to thank Paddy Power for their continued support and sponsorship. They have formed a formidable partnership not only with Douglas Bowling Club but with Isle of Man Bowls in general and their continued efforts are definitely propelling our sport in the right direction.

Junior Manx Championship

Stefan Kelly was too hot to handle for the opposition as he won this year’s Junior Manx Championships at Ballaugh.

Kelly, the red hot favourite for the competition, was in imperious form all day and looked unbeatable from the off. That said he had to work for his title with a 21-15 victory over a battling Sam Stannard-Duke 21-15.

Stefan is one of the best prospects of recent years and I am sure it will not be too long before he adds a senior open, or even a Manx Championship to his collection. Sam is also showing fine form and with time on his side I am sure he will win a Junior Championships before graduating to the senior ranks.

All of the competitors who took part played exceptionally well on a tricky, well prepared Ballaugh green. I would like to thank Ballaugh for hosting the competition and its days like this that show our sport is in a good bill of health.

Ramsey Town Cups

North Ramsey Bowling Club hosted a men’s singles and a ladies’ singles played in tandem at Moorage Park on Saturday 11 July.  There was an amazing entry of 64 men and 34 Ladies sharing the green at one point utilising eight jacks.

The men’s competition, was sponsored by the Ramsey Commissioner’s who are celebrating their 150 years while the ladies’ was sponsored by the IOM bank who are also celebrating their sesquicentenary. The Commissioners and dignitaries gathered before play began and got things under way by doing the toss for the first two games.

Men’s Result

Isle of Man Captain Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly, who has seen a new lease of life since the national teams inclusion in the senior county championships, turned back the years to win the coveted trophy.

Kelly is still a force to be reckoned with and was at the top of his game this weekend with a 21-11 final win over Ramsey homester Geoff Porter. Porter had a red letter day himself by making it to the final taking some great scalps along the way.

In the Semi-finals Kelly overcame the spirited challenge of Dave Faragher 21-15 whilst our runner up eliminated stable mate Rob Monk 21-11.

Fallers at the quarter final stage were Tony Smart, Phil Kelly, David Thomas and Bernie Durcan.

North Ramsey should be praised for the effort and innovation they have put into this now rejuvenated competition. Players vote with their feet and the evidence that their hard work is paying dividends is the number and the quality of bowlers that they attracted. Keep up the good work.

Ladies Result

Quarter-finals: Jenny Maddrell 21, Alison Keggen 20; Paula Garrett 21, Lil Smith 12; Jenny Moore 21, Gill Morgan 10; Mavis Franks 21, Casey Bolton 15

Semi-finals: Paula Garrett 21, Jenny Maddrell 10; Jenny Moore 21, Mavis Franks 18

In the final Paula won the first two ends before Jenny took control, allowing Paula just three more singles during the game, running out a 21-11 winner.

The presentation was made by club competition secretary, Mike Skelly, who thanked those who had entered, those who had helped during the afternoon and particularly the sponsors, Ramsey Commissioners and the Isle of Man Bank.

Spar Mixed Doubles

On Sunday Ballaugh Bowling club held the spar Mixed Pairs. With an entry of 44 pairs it was always going to be a long day but the weather kept fair and there was good bowling.

The final saw the husband and wife duo of Matthew and Alison Keggen in their first final against defending champions Trevor Quayle & Lyn Bolton. The Keggen’s raced into a 13-5 lead before a great bowl from Trevor under pressure got them on the score-sheet and with the block they had a run taking them into a 15-13 lead. Matthew & Alison regained the jack on a tight measure and with the jack back ran out to win 21-15 and their first mixed doubles.

The losing semi finalists were Ann Gale and John Breen and Elaine Moore and Stefan Kelly. At the conclusion Club Vice President John Keenan presented the prizes and thanked our sponsors spar for their continuing support, Richard Faragher & Paul Bradford for running the competition and the ladies of the Club for keeping us all fed and watered.

Kennish is the King of Crown

John Kennish became the first Manx Man ever to win back to back main festival titles, as he added the coveted June title to the one he won last September, and his two previous September wins.

What makes this achievement even more breathtaking is that he was handicapped from his previous victory and giving the field a three point start in most games he played.

It’s hard to put into words how amazing this feat is, especially with arguably the strongest line up in recent memory out to stop him.

If truth be known it was a workman like performance from the South Ramsey man for most of the week, finding crucial bowls when he needed them and doing enough to keep him in the competition ahead of Friday’s finals day.

Friday was a different story however, with him moving through the gears and finding his absolute best. His 21-20 quarter final victory over three time’s winner Ian Nicholson (Victoria) must be a contender for game of the tournament. Kennish led like a champion and Nicholson was determined not to let him have it his own way striking him off on no fewer than six occasions, before he managed to edge home.

He ramped it up another notch in Semis taking out one of the pre tournament favourites John Bailey (Conwy BC) 21-11 to move to within touching distance of his first June title.

In the final he played another Welshman Leighton Roberts, a stable mate of Bailey’s, and was simply mesmerising and in control from the start as he notched up another 21-11 victory to end his wait for the prestigious June crown.

Let’s not take anything away from Roberts though he was brilliant all week ending the challenge of all that stood in his way, before falling at the final hurdle. In the Semi-Finals he ended the challenge of Port St Mary’s Ewan Cooil, who himself had a tremendous week, 21-12 after knocking out Ryan Prosser (KVG) in the quarters.

In the ladies main event Tracy Wraight (Kirkham Cons) surpassed all expectation with a simply brilliant day in the sun, and rain, to lift the trophy. In the final she was on top of her game as she saw off the challenge of last years winner Alexi Lunn-Gadd 21-13.

Mooragh Park’s Janet Monk was picked up the trophy for furthest Manx woman in the competition with another great showing, losing out 21-16 to Lunn-Gadd in the semi-finals. Lets also spend a moment to congratulate the evergreen Lillian Slinger, Janet;s mum, on yet another finals day appearance as she made it to the quarter finals.

There was more local success the day before with South Ramsey’s Jenny Moore, Kennish’s niece, keeping it in the family as she was on fire to take the ladies tourism title with a 21-15 victory over visitor Veronica Lyons. Jenny picked up some great scalps along the way and was in imperious form throughout. She was joined in the last eight by teammate Lyn Bolton who narrowly lost out 21-17 to Jackie Owne (Whitfield BC).

Bookies favourite Callum Wraight from Shropshire took the men’s tourism title to set up another family affair, with his mum taking the main title the following day. In the final he beat Chris Kelly (Thongsbridge) 21-14 after getting the right side of a 21-20 after a ding dong battle with Owen Jackson (Kirkam Cons) the previous round. Onchan man Kevin Quirk was the only local to make it to the latter stages going out 21-11 to Jackson in the quarters.

The open double as always proved one of the most popular competitions of the week with entries selling out within minutes of opening. This year’s winners were Warwick & Worcester pairing Jon Palmer & Gareth Herbert who were victorious with a 11-7 win over Gaz Lalley & James Wilcox (Crossgates).

All of the other doubles competitions also proved as popular as ever with Ryan Prosser & Tom Prichard (KGV) winning 11-7 against Harry Hargreaves (Rishton) & Stuart Garrett (Douglas). The mixed doubles were won by Grahem Moore & Alexus Lunn-Gadd who saw off the challenge of Vinnie O’Donnell & Veronica Lyons 9-5.

Matthew Keggen (Onchan) put in a great performance in the consolation competition getting to the semi finals before losing out to Jon Marshall (Callow BC) 21-18. The competition was won by Nigel Hughes (Wirral) who beat Marshall 21-18.

Thanks as always got to Steve Moore and his team who did a great job in organising the best festival in the bowls calendar. Thanks must also go to the Department of Economic Development and Manx Telecom for their continued support of the competition. There really was an electrifying buzz of anticipation and excitement all week and with numbers fifty up on last year, and the reach of the Island lengthening it seems these tournaments are set to flourish in coming year.

When all is said and done there were plenty of other great performance, some of which I couldn’t mention, from both visitors and locals alike but all of the plaudits surely belong to John Kennish, who was quite simply brilliant. It is almost impossible for me to quantify quite how hard it must have been to win off a handicap and how strong the line was this year. If he wasn’t before he must now be regarded as the greatest Manx Bowler of all time. What ever era or what ever school of thought you belong to you must now take your hat off and applaud John Kennish – the King of Manx Crown.

June Festival Winner 2015

South Ramsey Super 16

If John Kennish didn’t have enough on his plate winning the Festival he also found time to arrange the Super 16, which was a sublime finale to a brilliant festival week.

In its inaugural running sixteen of the UK’s top bowlers lined up at South Ramsey bowling club to play for £500 in an invitation competition, which was an exhibition and master class of crown green bowling.

The final was contested between two former festival winners with Matthew Gilmore ending the run of Andy Farmer with a 21-14 win.

Gilmore was on fire all night and nobody really got close to knocking him out. In the Semi-Finals he eliminated another former festival champion Robbie Fitzpatrick 21-15 after getting out 21-12 against Shropshire’s Ben Harris in the quarters.

Farmer was in brilliant form himself and ended the challenge of tourism winner Callum Wraight 21-15 in the semis after stopping Richie Goddard 21-13 the round before.

Other fallers at the quarter finals stage were Wayne (the Beast) Ditchfield and one of the true characters of the game Barry Booth.

Prise must go to Kennish and South Ramsey for running the competition which is a fantastic addition to the festival calendar, and long may it continue. There are too many people to thank but I must thank Everest and the DED for their support of the competition and of course green keeper George Brew for an immaculate playing surface.

South Ramsey Super 16 2015 Winner