News: Ladies General

BCGLBA Pairs Qualifier

The Dorothy Piearce Memorial pairs qualifier took place on Sunday at Finch Hill.  Nine pairs entered the competition with the hope to represent the Isle of Man in August at Warrington.

The eventual winners were Clare Cooper and Rebecca Leece (both Nobles) who beat Mary Alderson (Marown) and Lynda Cadamy (Port Erin) 21-17.  Losing in the semi finals were Jenny Moore & Fiona Kennish and Elaine Moore & Gill Dixon.

Microgaming Pairs

An entry of 19 pairs contested the Ladies Doubles sponsored by Microgaming Software Services on Saturday 16th June at Castletown Bowling Green.  The eventual winners were Jenny Moore and Fiona Kennish who beat Philippa Taylor and Joyce Ogden 21-15 in the final.  At one stage the final was nip and tuck and at 15-15 Jenny and Fiona scored a maximum 4 followed by a 2 and took the title.

Losing semi finalists were Kellie Maddrell-Reeve and Lorna Brady; Mary Alderson and Lynda Cadamy

Castletown would like to thank the sponsors for their continued support and all the players who entered.

Kennish & Moore Do The Double

Fiona Kennish and Jenny Moore won both Ladies Doubles held last weekend.  On Saturday Marown held the Greeba Cup which Fiona and Jenny won 21-16 against Lynda Cadamy & Mary Alderson.  Losing semi finalists were Alison Keggen & Debbie Leece, Trish Bull & Margaret Tasker.

On Sunday Port Erin hosted the Ladies Association IOM Pairs Competition.  In the final Fiona & Jenny defeated Elaine Moore & Gill Dixon 21-16.  Losing semi finalists were Alison Keggen & Debbie Leece, Carol Kaye & Voirrey Curphy

Gladys Cowell

After the dreadful weather experienced for the league matches on Friday night, it was warm and sunny for the playing of the Gladys Cowell over 60’s ladies’ singles at Peel on Saturday 12 May.
A strong field of 30 produced some fine bowling on what is always considered a tricky green.
The quarter-finals were all close, with home greener Shirley Corrin at one point leading Elaine Moore 20-16, at which point the more experienced player dug deep to come through 21-20. Another battle saw Janet Monk appear to be in control, having the lead over Mary Moffatt from the tenth end onwards to reach 18-15, but Mary does not give in easily and clawed back to win the match 21-19.

Quarter-finals: Elaine Moore 21, Shirley Corrin 20; Lin Ruscoe 21, Margaret Tasker 17; Joyce Kelly 21, Ann Gale 15; Mary Moffatt 21, Janet Monk 19.

The first semi-final saw Elaine off to a flyer against Lin, reaching 16-8 after eight ends. Lin won seven of the next nine ends to close to 16-19,but could not hold off Elaine who came through to win 21-16.

The second semi-final saw team-mates Joyce and Mary facing each other in what proved to be an epic battle. Mary led 16-13 before Joyce won the next four ends to edge 17-16 in front, Mary was 20-19 up when Joyce’s two saw her through 21-20.
Semi-finals: Elaine Moore 21, Lin Ruscoe 16; Joyce Kelly 21, Mary Moffatt 20.

The final produced some excellent woods from two contrasting players, the scores being even for the first ten ends, at which point Joyce took a two point lead on the next two ends,. The match hinged on the next passage of play, with Elaine scoring seven on the next five ends to lead 19-15. Although Joyce scored two more points it was not enough and Elaine ran out the winner 21-17.

The presentation was made by Heather Horsburgh, who thanked Nigel Rawlinson for his continued sponsorship of the event and all the ladies’ from Peel Sunset who had helped in any way to make the afternoon a success.

Onchan Open Singles

On Wednesday 9th May Onchan hosted their mid-week singles open with 22 ladies taking part.

The eventual winner was homegreener Maureen Payne who beat Port St Mary player Chris Price 21-18 in a nip and tuck final.

In the semi finals Maureen beat Trish Bull 21-20 and Chris beat Margaret Tasker 21-14.

Silvia Cashen

Port St Mary Bowling Club hosted the Silvia Cashen Ladies Open Doubles on Wednesday 2nd May.

There were 19 pairs entered in this charity event and a total of £357 was raised with monies donated to the Breast Cancer Unit at Nobles Hospital.

The eventual winners were Ange Maddrell Reeve and Chris Price, who beat Elaine Moore and Rita Callister 21-15, in the final.

Losing in the Quarter finals were Margaret Tasker & Trisha Bull, Jenny Moore & Kim Hargraves, Lin Ruscoe & Lil Smith, Mary Alderson & Lynda Cadamy.

In the semi final Chris and Ange beat Philippa Taylor and Joyce Ogden 21-16 and Elaine & Rita beat Ann Maddrell & Katy Williams 21-16.

At the conclusion of the final Ann Maddrell presented the trophy and Chris and Ange thanked everyone involved in running the competition and for the money raised.

Hannah Is Top Lady

Port St Mary Bowling Club hosted the annual Top Lady Bowling Competition with 32 ladies invited to play.

The first round saw some of the favourites fall with current Manx Champion Shelley Kennish losing 21-8 to Chris Price.  Last years winner Janet Monk lost to Marown player Rosie Winkle 21-12 and Jenny Moore despite a late fight back lost to home-greener Trish Bull 21-18.

Quarter finals saw Katy Williams defeat teammate Chris Price 21-17.  Jayne Kneen beat Peel Sunset’s Joyce Kelly 21-15.  Castletown bowler Hannah Drewett won 21-15 against last seasons overall merit winner Ann Maddrell and Debbie Leece beat Mary Moffatt 21-11.

The first semi final saw a clash of home greeners, also sisters, Jayne Kneen and Katy Williams.  After an early exchange of the jack Jayne built up a 11-5 lead.  Katy, despite picking up a couple of two’s couldn’t get ahead and Jayne won 21-13 to book her spot in the final.

The other semi final between Hannah Drewett and Debbie Leece was nip-tuck all the way and after 27 ends the score was 18-17 to Debbie.  Hannah dug in an won back to back twos and came out on top 21-18.

In the final, Hannah maintained a lead throughout and at the halfway stage led 12-7 before Jayne came back to trail 15-14.  Another surge from Hannah put her 19-14 up and within touching distance of the win.  Jayne used all her experience to close the gap but Hannah maintained her high standard of bowling and won her first Top Lady title 21-18.

Thanks go to the Association for running the competition and Port St Mary for hosting and providing an excellent playing surface.

British Merit Qualifier 2018

Lynda Cadamy (Port Erin) will represent the Isle of Man in the British Merit after winning the Qualifier at Finch Hill Bowling Club on Saturday 14th April.

In the final Lynda beat Marown bowler Lil Smith 21-10.  Losing in the semi finals were Debbie Leece (Nobles) and Caroline Whitehead (Port Erin)

Hands Trophy (Non-Winners)

Last seasons Non Winners trophy took place at Nobles on Saturday 7th April. It was great to see a field of 20 ladies supporting this competition as it was previously cancelled in previous years due to lack of entries.

All quarter finals were very close with Trish Bull losing 17, Caroline Whitehead 18, Mavis Franks 17 and Rosie Winkle 19.

In the semi-finals and the game of the day Lil Smith took on Debbie Leece. Both players were inseparable for the entire match with neither able make a break away. At 20-19 down Lil Smith brought the game level once again but lost out in the final end to Debbie 21-20.

The second semi-final was contested between Sylvia Kennuagh and Lynda Cadamy. At 10-8 down Lynda got hold of the Jack and moved into a 17-10 lead and the game finished 21-12 to Lynda.

In the Final Debbie set a standard high and went into a 18-6 lead, Lynda fought back towards the second half of the game but Debbie closed in and won the competition with a 21-12 victory.

Thanks go to Nobles for hosting the competition and to Heather and the association for running the competition.

Ladies Night League & Over 60s Season Preview

As we approach the start of the 2018 CTH Insurance Sponsored Ladies Night League and Trend sponsored Over 60s League it is fantastic that we welcome four new teams to bowls. Castletown B into the night league, South Ramsey and Mooragh Park B into the Over 60s League and Finch Hill who are entering the Mixed Team Competition. It is great to see Finch Hill returning with some lady bowlers having last competed in the over 60s league in 2012 and the night league over 10 years ago back in 2005.

Port St Mary dominated the 2017 season winning the Night League, Over 60s League and Jean Kelly with individual success for Ann Maddrell and Val Macfarlane topping the merits. Port St Mary have won the league for the last four years but South Ramsey are close on their tail, closing the gap to just 85 chalks – an average of around 4 points a game. Nobles Over 60s picked up the JMS Shield beating Marown.

The top four teams in the night league have been the same for the last three years and I can only see the battle getting closer. In the over 60s Peel Sunset pushed Port St Mary A all the way and I predict another close encounter this year. A mention to Marown who in 2015 finished bottom of the league and in 2017 finished 6th and will look to further improve in 2018. With a strong set of mentors in Castletown A I can only see their new B team sitting nicely in the league.

The first competition of the season is the re-arranged Non Winners from 2017. This is to be held at Nobles Bowling Club Saturday 7th April players can enter via the website or contact Debbie Leece ( or Heather Horsburgh (

Result Cards

From the start of the new season all night league match cards should be sent electronically as a photo to as soon as the match finishes. These no longer need to be posted to Heather but please keep hold for a couple of weeks in case of any queries.

Over 60s match cards where possible should be sent as electronic photo to However, if this isn’t possible they should be posted to Alison Keggen and rung through to 425242. Anyone at the match, other than the captain, can send this through.

Good luck to all for the 2018 season