There were two top of the table clashes this week in division one with third placed Peel A hosting second placed Marown A in the Sunset City, with the home team recording an outstanding 8-2 home win, backing up my early season prediction that the Peel men had the firepower to damage the top teams. Home team captain Stevie Kelly recorded a 21-5 win over Phil Kelly. Tommy McMeiken continued his fine start to the season with a 21-13 win over Matthew Keggen, with Frank Watson and Gary Smith also winning to the same score over Neil Withers and Dean Kipling. Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly and Jerome Surridge were pushed a lot harder and both won 21-18 over John Gelling and Paul Kelly respectively. For the visitors, captain Paul Dunn led by example to beat Tom Kelly 21-4, with Colin Kelly the other winner 21-13 over David Proctor. This result helped Peel leapfrog Marown to sit in second place one point ahead of the Crosby outfit.
Top of the table South Ramsey A took on Onchan A at home recording a 7-3 win with the result being a fair reflection of the game. Dido Kelly was on form recording a fine 21-5 win over Rob Monk. Glynn Hargraves also won to single figures over Steve Crampton. John Kennish, David Bradford and Peter Collister defeated Matthew Quirk, Phil Kerruish and Mark Kelly respectively. For the visitors Kevin Quirk looks to be playing his way back into form with a 21-11 win over Stefan Kelly, whilst Jordan Cain and Peter Slinger also won for the Onchan men. This result helped the champions extend their lead to nine points.
Douglas A welcomed South Ramsey B to the Villa, however they weren’t so welcoming on the green recording a 10-0 win over South Ramsey B. Stuart Garrett and Shaun Seal both won to single figures, whilst for the visitors Austin Hart continues to challenge in his games this time losing out 18-21 to Ian Moore, with Tony Dugdale losing out by the same score to Mervin Sayle. James Teare couldn’t quite get over the line as he lost out 20-21 to Gary Conwell who ensured the visitors headed home without any points. Douglas sit one point behind fourth placed Onchan A.
Marown B continued their climb up the table by inflicting an 8-2 defeat on rivals Port Erin A. Juan Killip won to single figures, Marown captain Harry Barton won along with Peter Kelly, James Kelly and John Kelly. Arnie Withers was pushed hard before getting over the line 21-19 against Steve Durcan. For the visitors Bernie Durcan beat Brian Kelly 21-9, with Peter Addison the other Port Erin winner defeating Bobby Thorne.
North Ramsey A took on Port St Mary A at Mooragh Park with the visitors missing star man Ewan Cooil who has recently suffered a broken hand. The home team came away with a solid 8-2 win. Steve Walmsley and John Cannan both won to single figures, whilst Geoff Porter, Tony Smart and Steve Parker had fairly comfortable wins. Ray Skelly had to work harder for his 21-19 win over Thomas Keggen. For the visitors Wayne Roberts replied with a 21-10 win over Gary Merrill, whilst Trevor Quayle maintained his winning start to the season with a 21-15 victory over Allan Callow.
Rounding off the first division games Castletown A welcomed Douglas B with the home team recording an 8-2 win. Peter Oates and Jordan Drewett won to single figures, backed up by David Quayle, Dean Kinley, Ian Watson and Mike Hargraves. For the visitors Graham Moore won 21-7 over George Peach, whilst captain Andy Cannell got over the line 21-18 against Jeff Kinley.
In division two Noble’s continued their quest for promotion with an 8-2 home win over Peel C. The two winners for the visitors were Kevin Mort and Jeff Wilson with Robert Middleton just missing out on snatching an extra point for his team losing 20-21 to David Quayle. Winners for Noble’s were Bod Boland, Glenn Boland, Tommy Collister and David Pease.
Second placed Castletown B came away from Onchan Park with a hard earned 6-4 win over Onchan B who sit in third place. Derek Lewney and Mark Saunders had comfortable wins, whilst Dave Faragher edged his game 21-19 against Les McLellan. Ross Moore got pushed even further getting over the line 21-20 against Bernie McPhee. For Onchan the winners were Mike Alexander, Edward Carlyle, Mike Thomas and Colin Spence.
Peel B will have been pleased to come away from Ballaugh A with a 6-4 win to extend the gap to three points between the two teams.
The biggest win in division two this week went to Port St Mary B who won 9-1 at home against Noble’s B with four of the Port St Mary players winning to single figures and the visitors scoring just 88 chalks overall. The lone winner for the visitors was Stewart Cubbon who beat Peter Collins 21-13.
Port Erin B performed well to beat visitors Finch Hill A 6-4 at Breagle Glen with Alan Crebbin, Harry Minor and Ken Horsley all winning to single figures. For the visitors Tony Epifani won to single figures, whilst Peter Hughes got over the line 21-20 against Ed Benson.
Port St Mary C faced North Ramsey B at home and eased their relegation worries with a 9-1 victory which helped them jump from bottom to fourth from bottom with an eight point gap on the bottom two teams.
In division three Marown C remain top despite a shock 7-3 defeat away to Douglas C. Keith Fearnley won to single figures, whilst Andy Foster and Mike Cain were both pushed a lot harder winning 21-18 against Walter McCarthy and Stephen Rundle. For the visitors Carey Dewhirst had a 21-6 win, Steve Wilson won comfortably and Darren Kerruish battled well to win 21-18.
In another shock result Ballaugh B lost 8-2 at home to Castletown C despite the southerners giving away a game being a man short. This result helped Castletown go two points ahead of Ballaugh B who occupy fourth place, with Ballaugh having a game in hand on the three teams above them, which they will look to use to go top.
Ballaugh C currently sit in third place thanks to a 7-3 away win against Onchan C. The visitors will have been pleased with this result, but would have been hoping for two more points with Peter Corlett and Alan Kelly losing out to 18-21 and 19-21 to David Clucas and Mike Kelly.
South Ramsey C had the biggest win of the week with a 10-0 home win over Douglas D who had to give two walkovers, whilst the Home team had three players winning to single figures.
Peel D went level on points with South Ramsey D thanks to a 7-3 home win over the Northerners. For the home team William Lyall won to single figures, whilst Brian Lindsay was pushed all the way to defeat Franz Ten Donkelaar 21-20. Winners for the visitors were Richard Davies, Matthew Corkill and Ian Moore.
The 2018 Manx Championship takes place over the weekend of Saturday 19th May, with the Port St Mary green in superb condition, this promises to be a great weekend of bowls. The competition is traditionally played down to the last 16 on the Saturday, then played down to the winner on the Sunday.
Massive favourites to add another Manx Championship to their trophy cabinets given their previous success are the top three ranked players on the Island. John Kennish (South Ramsey) will be looking for title number 11, Colin Kelly (Marown) has five wins to his name, and David Bradford (South Ramsey) who will be keen to add to his 2015 win.
Glynn Hargraves (South Ramsey) will be hoping for his third title on his former home green following his successive wins in 2012 and 2013, whilst Neil Withers (Marown) will be looking to add to his 2009 success on Marown. Kevin Quirk will be hoping to find some form to pick up his third title.
Ewan Cooil is another who has a Manx Championship success under his belt over ‘recent’ history, whose sole victory came on his home green in 2001 the last time the Championship was held on Port St Mary in what was a nail biting final. Looking to emulate their team mate will be Trevor Quayle and Paul Skelly with Quayle losing out in the 2015 final and Skelly having reaching the semi-finals previously.
Whilst there has been only eight different winners over the past 20 years, there are players who will be looking for their first championship win, with Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly (Peel) having won a number of open competitions on Port St Mary over the years. Barney has started the season in good form reaching the final of two singles opens. Namesake Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly has also started the season in superb form and if the green is running well on the day then he could well add his name to the famous trophy.
That said it may well be a name not already mentioned that is crowned Manx Champion, with a few capable of beating anyone on their day. What I can guarantee is a few shocks along the way.
Entries close on Thursday 17th May at 12pm. Remember you’ve got to be in it to win it.
In division one Port Erin A took on Peel A at Breagle Glen on bank holiday Monday with the hosts earning their second win of the season over high flying Peel 6-4. For the Home team Derek Allen, Seamus Whelan and Steve Durcan won whilst Harry Minor took full advantage of his promotion to the A Team to defeat Jerome Surridge 21-20. For the visitors Gary Smith and Stevie Kelly had comfortable wins whilst Tommy McMeiken held on to his 100% record with a 21-17 win over David Cain and Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly got over the line 21-19 against Bernie Durcan.
Port St Mary A took on nearest rivals Onchan A, managed to close the gap following a 7-3 home win. Bernard Thackrah made his second appearance for the A team and overcame Phil Kerruish 21-18, whilst another unbeaten man captain Trevor Quayle inflicted a first league defeat of the season over Matthew Quirk 21-20. Rob Cooil had a good 21-13 win over Kevin Quirk, whilst the other two winners were Ewan Cooil and Paul Skelly both to single figures. For the visitors Jordan Cain and Rob Monk returned the favour with single figure wins and Mike Thomas performed well to beat Wayne Roberts 21-19.
North Ramsey A took on Douglas A in their first home league game of the season and just scraped over the line with a 6-4 win, taking the aggregate by a solitary chalk (143-142). For the home team Jimmy Moffatt, Steve Parker, Steve Walmsley and Allan Callow all won, with Gary Merrill losing out 19-21 against Merv Sayle and Geoff Porter losing 20-21 against Ian Moore. Andy Kennish and Keith Rise were the other winners for the visitors.
South Ramsey B also recorded a 6-4 home win over Marown B, this was their first victory of the season, but they would have been hoping it could have been more with Austin Hart just missing on his first league win of the season 20-21 against Steve Bridson, however this should give the top flights youngest player some encouragement to build on for the rest of the season. Steven Waters also lost out 19-21 to John Kelly. The home team winners were Sid Bolton, Tony Dugdale, along with Ben Dugdale and James Teare who both won to single figures. The other winners for the visitors were captain Harry Barton and Peter Kelly.
Marown A returned to winning ways with a 10-0 home win over Castletown A with three of their players Neil Withers, Matthew Keggen and Dean Kipling all winning to single figures. The result helped lift the Crosby men back into second place five points ahead of Peel A and five points behind South Ramsey A.
South Ramsey A took on Douglas B at the Villa Marina, they also matched Marown’s result with a 10-0 win to build on last week’s win over Marown. Peter Collister, John Kennish and Dido Kelly all won to single figures, whilst David Bradford had to battle to overcome Douglas captain Andy Cannell 21-18. Alan Moore got over the line 21-19 after being a few behind against Graham Moore, visiting captain Glynn Hargraves also had a game on his hands at 13-13 with Gordon Wynne-Smythe before running out to win 21-13.
In division two Noble’s A continued their strong start to the season and came away from their short visit to take on Onchan B with a 7-3 win. David Pease kept up his 100% record, backed up by Steve Cook, Glenn Boland and Tommy Collister. Kevin Firth won to single figures. For the home team the winners were Mike Alexander, Peter Karran and Edward Carlyle.
Castletown B kept up the pressure on Noble’s A by matching their result defeating North Ramsey B 7-3. However this may be seen as points dropped against a side second from bottom. Dave Faragher maintained his winning run, whilst Mark Saunders had a superb 21-1 win, with Derek Lewney, Alan Phair and Ross Moore also winning. For the visitors Bryan Corner, Brian Colquitt and Lee Christian all had comfortable wins.
Result of the week came from Port St Mary B who came away from Finch Hill A with a superb 8-2 victory, despite having to give a game away as they were a player short. For the home team Billy Long was the Finch Hill man who got the walkover and Paul Dougherty beat Ray Maddrell 21-15.
Noble’s B beat Port St Mary C 6-4, unfortunately Port St Mary gave away three games due to being short of players. It is only a few years ago that the club had a D Team playing in the league. Being short on players didn’t affect the teams efforts, as Derek Cain who has recently took up the game will have been delighted to record his first ever league win defeating Stephen Hampson 21-17. The other winners for the visitors were Ken Karran, Colin Leece and Mike Ware.
Peel B recorded a good 9-1 home win over bottom of the table Port Erin B with Michael Kavanagh and Mike Ashmole having two massive wins to 21-1 and 21-2 respectively. Sparing the visitors blushes was Ben Mowle who beat Peter Greenlees 21-16.
Peel C hosted Ballaugh A on Tuesday evening with the home team losing out 3-7 and losing out on the aggregate by just nine chalks. For Peel Robert Middleton inflicted a first league defeat of the season over John ‘Shirt’ Keenan, with Jeff Wilson and Kevin Mort also winning. For the visiting team Richard Fisher and Gordie Moore had to work hard for their victories to 21-18 and 21-20 respectively.
In division three Marown C took on Peel D at Crosby winning 8-2 to stay top. The home team had Carey Dewhirst, Darren Kerruish and Walter McCarthy recording big wins. The two winners for Peel were John Lightfoot and Bert Quayle.
Ballaugh B came away from their visit to Finch Hill B with a 7-3 win to keep the pressure up at the top, whilst Castletown C hosted Onchan C at The Crofts recording a 7-3 win with five of their players winning to single figures. For Onchan Brian Woodall had a single figure victory, whilst Bernard Galka and Mike Kelly worked hard to record wins to 21-18 and 21-20 to ensure a heavier defeat was avoided.
In the bottom of the table battle South Ramsey D visited Douglas D and came away with an outstanding 9-1 win with Ryan Surridge picking up his first league victory taking a 21-8 win, whilst Ryan Hargraves got the better of James Teare 21-18 to also pick up his first league win of the season. For the visitors Richard Davies and Franz Ten Donkelaar otherwise known as ‘Fonzie’ both had single figure wins.
Ballaugh C hosted Douglas C with the Home team picking up a 7-3 home win. In what was a good week for new and young players Patrick Grant held his nerve to win 21-20 over William Cowley. Peter Corlett and Maurice O’Reilly both won to single figures. The winners for the visiting team were captain Andy Foster, Keith Fearnley and Mike Cain.
Marown Bowling Club held the Henry Kissack Memorial Trophy on Saturday with a good entry of 40 taking part.
The winner was South Ramsey’s John Kennish who continued his fine form ahead of the Manx Championship to be held at Port St Mary on the weekend of 19th May. Kennish was superb throughout with no player scoring more than 13 against him. The final had Kennish taking on Peel favourite Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly who reached his second final of the season. Kennish made a quick start taking a 14-6 lead before Kelly responded with four singles in a row. Kennish got back in to go 16-10 up and played a good lead bowl only for Barney to play one next to the block. Kennish changed his peg and played Barney’s bowl out cleanly to make two and go 18-10 ahead. From there Kennish managed to see the game out taking a 21-11 win.
Losing semi finalists were Jordan Cain (Onchan) who lost out 12-21 after leading 12-8 over Kennish, along with Nathan Hamilton (Port St Mary) who did well to reach his first singles semi final before losing out 16-21 to Kelly.
Falling at the quarter final stage were home greeners Harry Barton and Dean Kipling, Mike Hargraves (Castletown) and Glynn Hargraves (South Ramsey).
At the conclusion of play Marown competition secretary Phil Kelly thanked everyone who took part, those who helped throughout the day and the ladies for the refreshments. The presentation was made by club stalwart Ian Kissack who thanked Phil for running the competition.
In division one South Ramsey A took on league leaders Marown A with the reigning champions using their home advantage on a tricky green to record a tremendous 9-1 win over the Crosby men, who I cannot recall ever suffering such a heavy defeat in my 25 years of league bowls. For the Home team John Kennish defeated Paul Kelly 21-11, with David Bradford, Glynn Hargraves and Peter Collister not far behind winning to 12, 14 and 15 over John Gelling, Paul Dunn and Neil Withers respectively. In the second half of the match Dido Kelly and Chas Grills won to single figures over Matthew Keggen and Phil Kelly, whilst Stefan Kelly defeated Dean Kipling 21-15. Marown’s only winner was Colin Kelly who performed well to hold off Alan Moore winning 21-18. The Marown men can take comfort from South Ramsey suffering a 9-1 defeat at Crosby in 2016, however South Ramsey still went on to take the title that season, Marown will be looking to repeat this result later in the season to square things up.
Peel A took full advantage of the top of the table clash to leapfrog Marown A recording a 10-0 win in the sunset city over South Ramsey B with David Proctor, Jerome Surridge, Tom Kelly and Dave Kelly all winning to single figures. Tony Dugdale was the highest scorer for the visitors, however Frank Watson managed to win 21-17.
Marown B finally got their season up and running with a 7-3 home win over visitors North Ramsey A with Harry Barton, Peter Kelly, Steve Bridson, Brian Kelly and Juan Killip winning for the Home team. The winners for North Ramsey were Steve Walmsley, Gary Merrill and Allan Callow.
Douglas A took on Port St Mary A with the Villa men winning 6-4. For the Home team Andy Kennish, Merv Sayle, Keith Rise and Jimmy Sansom all won, whilst for the visitors Ewan Cooil, Trevor Quayle, Steve Franks and Wayne Roberts were the winners. Wayne’s 21-20 victory was all the more impressive given he was 6-20 down before recording 15 consecutive points to run out on his opponent. This goes to show that a game is never over and is one of the biggest comebacks I can recall.
Onchan A had a good 9-1 win over Douglas B, just missing out on a whitewash with Pat O’Donohue winning 21-18 over Steve Crampton. For the home team Matthew Quirk, Phil Kerruish and Rob Monk all won to single figures, whilst Mark Kelly had to work hard to hold off Andy Cannell to record a 21-18 win.
Port Erin A made the short trip to the ancient capital of Mann to take on Castletown A, coming away with a 3-7 defeat. For the visitors Dave McCabe, Peter Addision and Bernie Durcan won, whilst for the home team Ian Watson, Mike Hargraves, George Peach, Peter Oates and Jeff Kinley all won.
In division two Nobles A stunned high flying Castletown B to record an 8-2 home win to overtake the Castletown men at the top. For the visitors the winners were Dave Faragher and George Foy, whilst the home team winners were Reginald Temporaza, Bod Boland, Glenn Boland, Steve Cook, Tommy Collister and Dave Pease.
Ballaugh A recorded an 8-2 home win over Onchan B with Peter Wallis and Bernie McPhee the only winners for the visitors.
Bottom of the table Port Erin B will have had their spirits lifted considerably following a 7-3 home win over Peel C to close the gap on the teams above them, whilst Port St Mary B had a good 8-2 home win over Peel B. Finch Hill A also had an 8-2 win away to Port St Mary C. Nobles B won 7-3 at home to North Ramsey B.
In division three Marown C stayed top following their 8-2 away win over South Ramsey D with Jamie Joughin and Walter McCarthy winning to single figures. The winners for the home team were Ian Moore and Richie Davies.
Ballaugh B kept up the pressure on Marown C with an 8-2 home win over South Ramsey C. For the Home team Philip Quayle and Percy Faragher won to single figures, with Paul Routledge and David Corkill the winners for the visitors. The Ballaugh men have a game in hand on Marown C and will be looking to return to the top of the table once Marown take their turn to sit out later on in the season.
Ballaugh C came away from their short journey along the West coast to take on Peel D with a 7-3 victory taking the extra two points by only three chalks with Steve Tate losing out 20-21 and junior Ryan Tate losing out 19-21.
Castletown C came away from the Villa with a 6-4 win over Douglas C, whilst Onchan C had a 7-3 home win over Finch Hill B, however only eight chalks separated the teams.
The Cringle Pairs mens doubles event took place at Castletown on Saturday and from a field of 17 pairs it resulted in a win for the South Ramsey pairing of James Teare and Alan Moore who beat the very impressive Port St Mary duo of Tim Williams and Tom Collins 21-14 in the final.
Losers in the the semi finals were Frank Watson (Peel Sunset) and Kevin Firth (Nobles) along with the home pair of Ian Watson and Juan Kermode.
This is an annual charity event and the club is extremely grateful to the players and spectators for helping to raise money for the worthwhile cause, to Shoprite for their donations to the raffle but in the main to Mr Noel Cringle OBE, whose family continue to sponsor this event and has done for many years.
During the presentation it was announced that a total approaching £200 had been raised and once again it would be donated to the Manx Blind Welfare Society.
In division one on Monday evening Peel A made the trip East to take on Douglas A at the Villa and came away with a 7-3 win. The overall result was a lot closer than the score line suggests as Peel took the two points for the aggregate thanks to edging the chalks by five. For the visitors Gary Smith and Ste Kelly had comfortable wins, whilst the other three wins for Peel were a lot closer with David Proctor and Tommy McMeiken winning 21-19 and Jerome Surridge winning 21-20 over Shaun Seal. For the home team captain Andy Kennish won to single figures, whilst Stuart Garrett held of Frank Watson to record a 21-19 win and Merv Sayle beat Peel man Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly 21-17.
South Ramsey A took on their B Team on another evening of swirling winds up the North of the Island and the A team recorded an 8-2 win. For the A team Peter Collister, Dido Kelly and Glynn Hargraves all won to single figures. For the B team James Teare performed well to beat Chas Grills 21-14 with the other winner being stand-in captain Tony Dugdale who just got over the line 21-20 thanks to securing a double on the last end. Steven Waters just missed out on the result of the week losing out 19-21 to John Kennish after leading for a large part of the game. The B team will feel confident having now played last season’s top three in their first four games.
Marown A extended their lead at the top to five points courtesy of a 10-0 over Douglas B but didn’t have it all their own way with Paul Kelly beating Mark Corrin 21-19 whilst Dean Kipling had his first real test of the season using all experience to get over the line 21-20 against Andy Cannell. Marown recorded this win despite missing three of their regular starters.
Port Erin A took on Onchan A at Breagle Glen and whilst losing out 8-2 they did record two good wins with Peter Addison beating visiting captain Peter Slinger 21-17 and Dave McCabe who defeated Kevin Quirk 21-14.
North Ramsey A made the journey South to take on Castletown A with the home team recording a 7-3 win they had to work for the victory with captain Ian Watson winning 21-19 and David Quayle winning 21-18. For the visitors the winners were Allan Callow, John Cannan and Steve Parker who all recorded strong wins, however these wins were not quite big enough to take the aggregate losing out by just 3 chalks.
Marown B hosted Port St Mary A with the visitors putting out their strongest line up of the season resulting in a 7-3 win for the visitors. For the Home team Juan Killip, Arnie Withers and Bobby Thorne won, whilst Trevor Quayle, Paul Skelly, Rob Cooil and Nathan Hamilton won convincingly with Ewan Cooil having to work harder to beat Steve Bridson 21-19.
In the first double set of league fixtures on Wednesday the game of the night on paper was Marown A against Onchan A at Crosby with the Home team winning 7-3 with Peter Slinger going close before losing out 20-21 to Dean Kipling and Steve Crampton losing out 18-21 to Matthew Keggen. For the visitors Kevin Quirk will have been relieved to get over the line 21-20 against Peter Kelly, whilst Matthew Quirk beat Marown captain Paul Dunn 21-18, and Phil Kerruish won to single figures.
In the other fixtures Peel A, Douglas A and Port St Mary A all recorded 6-4 home wins over North Ramsey A, Marown B and Douglas B respectively however all three visiting teams will have been pleased to come away with four points each. Castletown A came away from their trip North from South Ramsey B with a 6-4 win, whilst reigning champions South Ramsey A had the longest trip of the night to take on Port Erin A and came away with a strong 9-1 win.
In division two Castletown B had another fine week with a 9-1 win over Ballaugh A and a 10-0 win over Nobles B to strengthen their grip at the top. Nobles A had a good week themselves thanks to a 10-0 away win against bottom of the table Port Erin B with Reginald Temporaza continuing his good start to the season in only his second year since taking the game up with a 21-2 win. Nobles A followed this up with an 8-2 home win over Ballaugh A, who may struggle to get back up to division one unless their away form improves considerably.
Not far behind the top two of Castletown B and Nobles A are Onchan B who recorded two 8-2 wins with an away win against Port St Mary B and a home win against Port Erin B.
In division three Ballaugh B are in second place but have a game in hand over Marown C and they faced bottom of the table Douglas D at home and came away with a good 9-1 win. Marown C kept the pressure on with two good 7-3 away wins to Ballaugh C and Douglas D who despite giving away two games took three points off the visitors.
South Ramsey D recorded their first win of the season with a 6-4 home win over Castletown C with the night leagues youngest player nine year old Ryan Hargraves fighting back from 15-20 down to 19-20 and having two good bowls either side of the jack until his opponent Castletown’s Rob Sayle played off his bowl and sat alongside the jack to claim a 21-20 victory. In their other game South Ramsey D made the short journey to take on Ballaugh C, but were sent home with a solitary point following a 9-1 loss with Ian Moore the only winner following a 21-9 win. Ryan Hargraves came closest to adding a second game, however he lost 20-21 after being 20-15 up but was unable to get over the line against Bert Quayle.
Peel D visited Castletown C but lost out 3-7 with young Ryan Tate winning his first game of the season courtesy of a 21-20 victory over Clifford Clague who has recently took up the game after spending a lot of time last season watching his Grandson Sam play bowls around the Islands bowling greens.
The Association Singles was held on Saturday afternoon at Douglas Bowling Club on a superb surface.
The winner was David Bradford (South Ramsey) who defeated Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly in the final to 21-12.
Losing out at the semi final stage were Stefan Kelly (South Ramsey) and Edward Carlyle (Onchan).
Losers at the quarter final stage were South Ramsey’s John Kennish, Glynn Hargraves, Wayne Roberts (Port St Mary) and Walter McCarthy (Marown).
The presentation was made by competition secretary Matthew Keggen who thanked Douglas for hosting the competition, providing the refreshments and for preparing a superb green.
In division one South Ramsey B travelled to Onchan A and were delighted to come away with a 4-6 loss, drawing on games. For the visitors Ben Dugdale had an excellent 21-10 win over Kevin Quirk, with Tony Dugdale also winning 21-14. James Teare performed well to beat Rob Monk 21-18, whilst Sid Bolton just got past Steve Crampton 21-20 to ensure the Ramsey men left with their spirits lifted.
Marown A had the pleasure of a trip down South to take on Port St Mary A. The two winners for the home team were Trevor Quayle who beat Phil Kelly 21-14 and Rob Cooil who beat John Gelling 21-11. Wayne Roberts nearly added an extra win for the home team but fell at the last hurdle 20-21 to Matthew Keggen who had to dig in after being behind the entire game. For the visitors Dean Kipling, Neil Withers and Colin Kelly all won to single figures.
Peel A made the short trip to take on Marown B and will have been pleased to come away with an 8-2 victory thanks to winning three close games. Tommy McMeiken and Gary Smith won 21-18, defeating Arnie Withers and Harry Barton respectively, whilst David Proctor beat Juan Killip 21-19. Ste Kelly and Tom Kelly both won to single figures. For the home team Brian ‘Boothy’ Kelly beat Jerome Surridge 21-11 and Steve Bridson had a strong 21-9 win over Frank Watson.
North Ramsey A didn’t have far to travel to take on South Ramsey A and came away with one winner, bettering their Rayner Shield result from the first week of the season. For the visitors Allan Callow prevented the whitewash with a comfortable 21-12 win over Alan Moore. For the home team Dido Kelly and John Kennish won to single figures, with Chas Grills manging to hold off John Cannan to win 21-18 in difficult conditions.
Douglas A played their first home league fixture of the season on what is without doubt the most improved and best surface on the island at present thanks to the hard work that the club has put in over the past year. The ‘Villa’ men only just missed out on a maximum with Castletown’s George Peach edging his game 21-20 against Gary Conwell. Green Keeper Ian Moore, Mervin Sayle & Keith Rise all won to single figures. Mike Hargraves was next closest to adding a second win for Castletown, however Jimmy Sansom won 21-18.
Port Erin A had a good result at home with a 9-1 win over fellow strugglers Douglas B, who lost three games to single figures, will feel slightly unfortunate not to take at least one more game with Graham Moore, Gordon Wynne-Smythe and Pat O’Donohue losing out to 19,18 and 17 respectively. Andy Cannell was the only winner for the visitors with an excellent 21-6 win over Dave McCabe.
Rearranged fixtures also took place this week with Port St Mary A defeating local rivals Port Erin A 8-2, the winners for the visitors were Dave McCabe beating Wayne Roberts 21-17 and Seamus Whelan who defeated Rob Cooil 21-20.
In the other rearranged fixture Peel A took on Castletown A with Peel using their home advantage to record a 10-0 win. For the home team Frank Watson, Tommy McMeiken & Gary Smith all won to single figures, whilst coming closest to winning for the visitors were Jordan Drewett, Jeff Kinley and Mike Hargraves who scored 20, 19 and 17 respectively.
In division two Castletown B are top of the table and they continued their strong start to the season with an 8-2 home win over Finch Hill A. Hot on their heels are Onchan B only two points behind, who had a 9-1 home win over Port St Mary C. Noble’s B kept the pressure on the top two with a 9-1 home win over Port St Mary B. At the other end of the table Port Erin B are finding life tough as they made the trek to Ballaugh whose A Team were in uncompromising mood and the trip would have been a long one home following a 9-1 loss.
In division three Ballaugh B extended their lead at the top to two points thanks to an 8-2 home win over Onchan C. Marown C sit in second place and will have been pleased to come away from Castletown with a 6-4 win against third placed Castletown C after drawing 4-4 on games but taking the aggregate on chalks. At the other end of the table Peel D sit only a point behind Douglas D.
Yet another superb display of bowling by South Ramsey’s John Kennish ensured a third consecutive Cain Cup victory at Castletown on Sunday.
Having beaten the impressive Wayne Roberts (Port St Mary) in the semi final 21-9 he then ran out from 10-10 to beat Onchan’s Phil Kerruish in the final to ensure the Cup, which was presented by the home club’s President Ron Williams, would remain in his already bulging trophy cabinet.
Kerruish’s path to the final was a little more difficult because after Matthew Keggen (Marown) had lost out 21-17 in the quarter final, he only just managed to beat Kennish’s clubmate Glynn Hargraves to 21-20 in an epic semi final tussle.
The other quarter finalists from a total of 36 players who entered this non-handicap, 21up event were David Bradford (South Ramsey) plus two home players, Mike Hargraves and David Faragher.