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.
In week 17 of the Ellan Vannin Fuels sponsored league, South Ramsey A strengthened their position at the top of the division with a 10-0 home win over Castletown B, five of the league leaders side recorded single figure wins, David Bradford was pushed all the way by Alan Phair but came off on the right side 21-20.
Second placed Marown inflicted a 10-0 defeat on South Ramsey B to maintain their challenge which is all they can do, while waiting for the champions to falter. Port St Mary A hosted Peel A the fourth and fifth placed sides, the home side had much the better of the clash, the sides were evenly matched but the green was extremely tricky on the night and favoured the home side who used green knowledge to their full advantage and record an 8-2 win.
At the Villa Douglas A were the home side against the B and delivered an 8-2 return ,a fair result for the A team, but one that sends the B near the bottom of the division. Castletown A and North Ramsey both recorded 9-1 wins to keep them both comfortably mid table
Division Two leaders Marown B were away at Douglas C and came away with a comfortable 7-3 win, but second placed Onchan B went one better winning 8-2 away against Port Erin B this result brings them within one point of the leaders this sets up week 19 nicely when the two meet each other.
Noble’s B had a solid 8-2 away win over Onchan C to keep the pressure on the top two, peel B were 7-3 home winners over North Ramsey B this included three single figure winners and great 21-3 win for Alec Taylor. Finch Hill A had a good home win 8-2 over Port St Mary B, Port St Mary C travelled to Noble’s B and came away with a fine 6-4 win
The division leaders Peel C were at home to struggling Douglas D and had an emphatic 10-0 win underlining the strength in depth at Peel. Ballaugh B did their C team a favour by defeating Castletown C 6-4 while Ballaugh C were recording a good away 8-2 win against Noble’s C, to push them up to third level on points with second placed Castletown C but with a crucial game in hand.
In week 15 of the Ellan Vannin Fuels sponsored league, South Ramsey visited the Sunset City last Monday evening and were asked a few serious questions by Darren Young’s progressive Peel A, David Bradford stole the show and played superbly to defeat the Peel captain 21-3 but throughout the evening the champions were definitely not having it all their own way.
In the first four games South Ramsey suffered two loses with David Proctor beating Glynn Hargraves 21-18 and Frank Watson coming off 21-15 against Chas Grills, not really an early birthday present for Chas who celebrated his 70th birthday the following day, with two wins each at the half-way stage the game was in the balance, but in the second half the away side had the better of things but most games were closely fought, Peel A managed one more point Barney Kelly defeating John kennish 21-20 with a devastating final bowl, a high quality match and a fair result.
Marown A were on their free week which gave Onchan A the chance to put pressure on the second placed team, Onchan did exactly that with a 10-0 win away against Port Erin A, the win puts Onchan A back up to second place but relegated Port Erin to the bottom of the league at the close of the evenings play.
. Port St Mary A had a 10-0 home win over Ballaugh A with Trevor Quayle still remaining unbeaten this season, the result moves Port St Mary back up to fourth spot.
Castletown B inflicted a 6-4 defeat on Douglas A, a great performance which included a 21-9 win for Dave Faragher over Merv Sayle. Douglas B held Castletown A to a 5-5 draw winning five of the eight games but losing out on the aggregate by three points. South Ramsey B enjoyed a 7-3 home win over their local rival North Ramsey A giving them temporary bragging rights.
Leaders Marown B were at home to Port Erin B and had a solid 6-4 win which leaves them two points clear at the top, second placed Onchan B suffered a 6-4 home defeat to Noble’s A.
Finch Hill A beat Port St Mary C 7-3 which a included 21-5 for Billy Long and a 21-6 win for Arthur Halsall. Noble’s B had a 8-2 win over Douglas c and now are just three points of second place, Port St Mary B had a good home win over Peel 8-2 and Onchan C defeated North Ramsey B 7-3 with Brian Woodall recording a 21-4 win.
The division leaders Peel C were away to South Ramsey D came away with a great 9-1 win with Paul Baker and Jeff Wilson winning to single figures they are now seven points clear with the club benefiting from the effort put in to encouraging new players to the game.
Peel D also had a fine victory defeating Marown C 7-3. Ballaugh C hosted South Ramsey C and enjoyed 6-4 win and leaves them looking in a good third spot. Castletown C had much the better of home game against Nobles C winning 8-2 and a 36 points aggregate margin, Ballaugh B travelled to Douglas D and left with seven points for their efforts.
South Ramsey A tightened their grip last week on retaining champions status in the Isle of Man crown green bowls league. In week 14 of the Ellan Vannin Fuels sponsored league, Monday evening saw them romp to a 10-0 victory over Ballaugh A with a (168-84) aggregate scoreline telling the story, they increased their lead at the top by another point on the chasing teams.
Marown A had an impressive 9-1 win away against Port Erin A to keep them in second place, Seamus Whelan was only winner of the night for the home side. Onchan A hosted Douglas B and matched Marown with a 9-1 win, they are now on top form but as good as they may be playing still lost ground on the champions elect.
North Ramsey A were at home to Port St Mary A and secured a 6-4 win by taking the aggregate (155-132). Peel A were the vistors to Douglas A and were looking to bounce back after last weeks disappointment, both teams had regular players missing but a 7-3 win for Peel A puts them back on track and allowed them to leapfrog Port St Mary back into fourth place.
Castletown A and B faced each other in the Town derby, it was A team that came out on top with a 7-3 win and keeps them a respectable seventh place in the league.
Division two leaders Onchan B were away at Finch Hill A and came away with a 6-4 win, second place Marown B were away to Noble’s B and secured a 7-3 victory this puts them level Onchan B at the top on 92 points.
Peel B had a storming 10-0 win at home over Port St Mary C and are now in fourth place, Port Erin B had an identical 10-0 win over Douglas C and are now one point behind Peel B in Fifth. North Ramsey B versus Noble’s B was a very close affair, it ended 5-5 with Nobles B taking the aggregate (134-135). Port St Mary B had a good 9-1 win over Onchan C.
Peel C had a 10-0 home win over Finch Hill B and puts them six points clear at the top. Douglas D hosted Castletown C and suffered an 8-2 defeat, Marown C won by the same margin at home to Ballaugh C and means the two teams are level on 73 points second and third respectively. South Ramsey had a 6-4 home win over Noble’s C and Ballaugh B had a solid 8-2 win over South Ramsey D.
Onchan showed last week how they are ready to mount a serious on the two sides above them in men’s crown green bowling league. In week 13 of the Ellan Vannin Fuels-sponsored league, they turned out a very strong team at Castletown B on Monday night when they came away with a 10-0 victory. In doing so they closed the gap on the leading two Division One sides by a single point.
The whitewash included an impressive 21-3 win for Mike Thomas and identical 21-9 score lines for Robert Monk, Jordan Cain and Matthew Quirk.
The problem for the chasing teams is that reigning champions South Ramsey A don’t look like they are about give any ground away to the teams below them. Last week they took on local rivals North Ramsey A at the Mooragh and handed out a clinical 9-1 beating, Steve Walmsey won 21-13 for the North but that was there only joy of the night as they were firmly put in their place.
Second placed team Marown A took on Douglas B at the Villa and ended the night with nine points which included impressive 21-3 and 21-4 wins for Bob Clarke and Paul Dunn respectively.
Peel A were held 5-5 by Castletown A over in the Sunset City, a good result for the visitors but the home side were left feeling they should have done better after losing ground on the teams above them.
South Ramsey B entertained Port St Mary A but could only manage two winners on the night as the away side powered to an 8-2 win with Trevor Quayle maintaining his unbeaten run. Ballaugh A were at home to Douglas A with the Villa men having much the better of the evening with a solid 8-2 win .
In Division Two league leaders Onchan B were at home to Peel B and ended the night with 7-3 win, but second placed Marown B had an impressive 9-1 win over Finch Hill A closing the gap to One point on the leaders.
Noble’s B in third place looking to close in on the top two teams had a 8-2 home win over Port Erin B to keep up their challenge. In the remaining games Post St Mary C had a good 8-2 win over Onchan C, Port St Mary B defeated North Ramsey B 7-3 at the Mooragh.
Lying at the bottom of Division Two Douglas C suffered a crushing 10-0 home defeat at the hands of Noble’s A which sets them three points adrift at the foot of the table.
Division Three fixtures saw Peel D take on Peel C in what turned out to be a well supported and fiercely competitive game, it resulted in 5-5 draw with Peel D down 3-5 on games but winning the aggregate but the five points keep Peel C level with Ballaugh C at the top of the table. At the wrong end of the table Finch Hill B and Douglas D both suffered heavy defeats.
On what turned out to be a glorious Tynwald Day at Marown, the R & A Grimshaw pairs was won by young duo of Jordan Cain and Matthew Quirk from Onchan, they beat fellow Onchan player Phil Kerruish and his partner from Douglas Paul Kelly 21-14.
In the semi-final Jordan and Matthew beat Alan Moore and Nathan Cooil again 21-14, with Kevin Quirk and Peter Slinger just losing out in the other closely fought semi-final 21-18.
The losing quarter-finalists were Jodan Drewitt and Dean Kinley, John Kennish and Glynn Hargraves, Bernie McPhee and Steve Crampton and Bod & Glenn Boland
An excellent entry of 33 pairs entered the competition and the trophy was presented by the hard working greenkeeper at Marown, Arnie Withers.
After a week off for the festival which also marked the halfway stage of the seasons fixtures usual business was resumed in the Ellan Vannin Fuels sponsored Mens league.
As far as South Ramsey A were concerned it was positively usual business resumed, as they hosted Douglas A and handed out a 10-0 defeat to the visitors, the charge once again led by John Kennish with a 21-4 defeat of Mike Cain, it is hard to look beyond South Ramsey when forecasting champions at this stage of the season, but as we all know bowls can be unpredictable at times.
Marown are the closest challengers and made no mistake in keeping the points gap down to 11, as they also had a 10-0 victory at home against Ballaugh A, Colin Kelly led the way with a 21-1 demolition of Bob Unsworth the win also included single figure victories for Paul Dunn, Neil Withers, Matthew Keggen and Phil Kelly showing they are still formidable opponents and will close the gap should the leaders falter.
Onchan were lying in fourth spot before making the trip to Mooragh Park for this week’s fixture and would have been looking to secure enough points to overtake Peel A who are on their free week. Onchan came away with a 7-3 victory which was enough to move them up to third, Matthew Quirk was top performer for the visitors with a 21-8 defeat of Garry Merrill but it was a creditable performance by the home side to secure 3 points which included a 21-19 victory for Tony Smart over Kevin Quirk and Steve Walmsey losing by one chalk.
Port St Mary A were at home to Castletown A and secured a 7-3 win, Trevor Quayle once again led the way for the home team with a 21-7 victory over Dave Hollingworth to maintain his impressive run of form, Derek Lewney turned in a great performance for the town with a 21-7 defeat of Juan Hargraves.
Port Erin A were the visitors against Castletown B and both are involved in a battle for points at the foot of the table, the match ended 6-4 to the visitors, Ron Williams 21-20 victory over David McCabe provided a vital point for Town that left both teams on 32 points at the end of the evening 6 points above bottom placed Douglas B, who in turn had a creditable 6-4 victory over South Ramsey B, again the importance of these points cannot be understated as they attempt to cling onto the teams above them.
On the day his daughter, Shelley, won the Ladies Championship the virtually unstoppable John Kennish added Castletown’s Cain Cup to his tally of six open victories already this summer, a tally that also includes the Manx Championship.
Playing a mixture of short and long lengths throughout the day the South Ramsey stalwart triumphed 21-9 over Marown’s Phil Kelly in the final having previously seen off teammate David Bradford in the semis while ‘Rambo’ Kelly had seen off Tom Kelly (Peel) in the other last four game.
From an impressive field of 37 entrants, with all games 21-up off scratch, the losers in the last eight were Peter Collins (Port St Mary), Glynn Hargraves (South Ramsey), Bernie Durcan from Port Erin and also Ian Watson from the home club.
The Castletown club also decided to hold some spot-prize competitions and the winners here were Dylan Marsh and Glenn Boland who shared the best Junior prize, John Ruscoe whose name was drawn out from all those players who lost in their first game while Durcan doubled up by taking the best over-60 prize. Kennish was also a double winner as he, not surprisingly, also won the best break prize – quite apt really for a man who is also the Island’s snooker champion.
At the end of the day the home chairman Hilary Kermode combined with club treasurer Linda Richman, who did a sterling job throughout in running the event, and between them they presented all the prizes.
With TT week over all three divisions featured this week in the Ellan Vannin Fuels sponsored Mens League before another week off for the June Bowling Festival.
Tie of the round on paper was Onchan A vs Port St Mary A. Port St Mary had two of their strongest players missing and Onchan eased to a 7-3 win beating the southerners by 39 chalks. Matthew Quirk and Jordan Cain both won to single figures and Trevor Quayle maintained his 100% record. Stand-in and stand-out performer was Steve Franks who beat Phil Kerruish 21-18.
Title favourites and defending champions South Ramsey A picked up a comfortable 8-2 win on the road at Castletown A. Dave Hollingworth beat Stefan Kelly and Peter Oates came from 18-12 down against Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly running out 21-18 to salvage some points for the Balley Chashtal men.
Marown A remain second after their visit to Mooragh Park to play North Ramsey A winning both halves of the match 3-1 to take the aggregate and an 8-2 win back to Crosby. The final match score doesn’t reflect a couple of the games with both Neil Withers and Colin Kelly lying game down before winning 21-19 and 21-20 respectively. Geoff Porter and Tony Smart picked up wins for the home side.
Peel Sunset A bounced straight back from losing last week to defeat Port Erin A 9-1. There were big wins for Peel in most of the games but Seamus Whelan 20 and Steve Durcan 19 came close to snatching some precious points. Peel remain third but sit out the next round of matches and will wait to see where they are at the half way stage.
Douglas A went over the mountain to face South Ramsey B and despite winning 7-3 will feel they missed out on a 9-1 win having lost two games 21-20 with Ben Dugdale and Sid Bolton sneaking over the line against former home greeners Gary Conwell and Andy Kennish.
Douglas B remain at the foot of the table but clawed a couple of points back by beating relegation rivals Castletown B 6-4
In Division Two Onchan B still lead the way at the top at the after a 7-3 away win at North Ramsey B.
Nobles B faced up against their A team and incredibly won 8-2 to keep themselves in third position and challenging for promotion.
Port St Mary C were hoping to create a similar derby upset against their B team but it wasn’t to ‘B’ as they went down 7-3 and by a large 44 chalk margin. Port St Mary B finally close to within a point of the C team in the league and will be hoping to kick on after a poor first half of the season.
Finch Hill A have struggled making their home green a fortress this season, but will be happier following a 7-3 win over promoted side Port Erin B.
The gap now at the bottom of Division Two is over 20 points with both Douglas C and Onchan C well off the pace. Douglas C went down 9-1 away to Peel B whilst Onchan C lost 8-2 home to Marown B. Both will be staring down the barrels of relegation in September without a massive turnaround.
A similar gap exists at the bottom of Division 3 with both Finch Hill B and Douglas D over 20 points behind their nearest rivals. Douglas D lost 9-1 at home to Peel D and South Ramsey D beat Finch Hill B 7-3
Another club derby took place this week with Ballaugh B taking on their C team who sit 20 points ahead of them in the league. The match must have been a thriller with the two sides playing out a true draw 4-4 on games and 136-136 on the chalks. Youngster Patrick Grant continued his impressive form beating Dicky Watson 21-20 in a game which was the difference between a 5-5 draw and a 7-3 loss.
With Ballaugh C drawing Peel C leapfrogged into top spot with a crushing 9-1 165-108 victory over Nobles C. Marown C who started the season well, have slipped off the pace in their last couple of games and lost at home to Castletown C 8-2
With a week off for festival the league will return on the 26th June for round 13 and will complete the first half of the season. No matter what results are thrown up South Ramsey A will be top of the League going into the second half of the season and are favourites to retain their title. Marown A and Onchan A will fight all the way for top spot and Peel A, Douglas A and Port St Mary A will not give up their own pursuit easily of a top three finish.
The week of the 26th also sees the Quarter Finals of the Rayner Shield and Plate. Tie of the round in the shield sees Port St Mary A making the trip away to South Ramsey A who have not lost a home match since July 2015. On that night it was Port St Mary A who defeated them 7-3 picking up the aggregate by a single chalk.
In the Plate Port St Mary B have setup a southern derby against Port Erin B and the sole remaining Division One team Ballaugh A are away to Onchan C.
With it being T.T. week only the first division fixtures were played on Tuesday evening, in windy conditions following the heavy rain earlier in the day, the bowling green’s held up well.
Peel A made the short journey to Crosby to face Marown A, with Peel looking to consolidate second place in the league, as they are due to sit out a fixture shortly they would have been looking to take advantage of Marown having two of their regulars away on holiday. Despite this Marown were able to use their home advantage with a convincing 9-1 win over the Peel men, with captain Darren Young being the only winner, and Tom Kelly coming the closest to picking up another point for his team before losing out 21-18 to Mark Moorley.
Onchan A had a 9-1 win over Ballaugh A, with Rob Monk winning 21-1 & in doing so took home an £80 kitty that has been building up all season due to the way the team kitty works. The lone winner for the visitors was Barry McDonald with a 21-19 win.
South Ramsey A had the unenviable task of playing their B Team, with the B Team hoping to get the bragging rights over the A Team, however despite a 9-1 victory for the A Team it was not as comfortable a score line as it would appear with Chas Grills managing to get home 21-20 over James Teare, whilst Alan Moore also edged his game 21-19 over Sid Bolton. George Brew was able to spare the B Teams blushes with his own 21-20 win over Stefan Kelly.
Port Erin A will have their spirits lifted considerably, following the visit of Douglas B, with the fourth 9-1 victory of the evening, which helped lift them above Castletown B by a point and out of the bottom two. Shaun Seal was the only winner for Douglas B winning 21-19 over Bernie Durcan to prevent a whitewash for the visitors.
In a high scoring game Castletown A will have been disappointed to lose out 6-4 at home to North Ramsey A, by just five chalks, this was not helped by missing two of their first team players on the night.
Finally in the closest game of the night Douglas A hosted Port St Mary A, with the match finishing in a true draw, being level 4-4 on games and each team scoring 134 chalks, to each take an aggregate point. Trevor Quayle managed to hold onto his place at the top of the individual merit following a 21-19 victory, whilst Gary Conwell returned to winning ways and Ewan Cooil had a good 21-13 win over Stuart Garrett. Paul Skelly won 21-4 over Andy Kennish.