Douglas bowling club hosted the Haldane Fisher sponsored mixed doubles competition on Sunday with 32 pairs taking part.
In a competition heavily involving South Ramsey players in the latter stages, the eventual winners were Jenny Moore and James Teare, who clinched their first mixed doubles title together, defeating club mates Elaine Moore and Glynn Hargraves in an entertaining final, with Jenny leading well at the front and James playing some great bowls at the back throughout the game. The final was nip and tuck early on with Moore and Teare eventually building up a 16-12 lead, before the score was pulled back to 17-16, with Moore and Hargraves lying one to potentially level things up. Teare played a great bowl to rest his opponents out for two and make the score 19-16. Next end Moore and Teare got the two chalks needed to secure a 21-16 win and they were understandably delighted when they finished the game off, with Hargraves going through the same gap twice. I am sure this will be the first of many for the pair, who have been close a number of times to picking up their first win together.
Jenny and James got through their semi-final with a comfortable victory over home greeners Muriel Cain and Andy Cannell. In the other semi-final Elaine Moore and Glynn Hargraves ended the challenge of club mates Kim Hargraves and Stefan Kelly.
Losing out at the quarter-final stage were Maureen and David Lacey, Margaret Tasker and Ken Karran, Alison Keggen and Wayne Roberts, along with Maureen Payne and Sid Bolton.
At the conclusion of play the presentation was made by President Kay McKiernan and Norman Kneen, who thanked the sponsors for their continued support, everyone who helped through the day, commenting on the standard of play in an entertaining final.
Port Erin hosted their mixed doubles competition on Sunday with 34 pairs taking part.
The eventual winners were the South Ramsey duo of Shelley Kennish and Sid Bolton beating Alison Keggen (Nobles) and Neil Withers (Marown) 21-15.
Kennish and Bolton got through their semi-final with a 21-17 victory over home greeners Mavis Franks and Bernard Thackrah. In the other semi final Keggen and Withers ended the challenge of Caroline and Steve Parker winning 21-19.
Losing out at the quarter-final stage were Lyn Bolton and Trevor Quayle, Shirley and Gordon Corrin, Voirrey Curphey and Seamus Whelan, Phil Dobson and Chris Dent.
At the conclusion of play the presentation was made by the sponsor Darren Ward of Capital International, who expressed his delight at the varied age range playing bowls.
Following the postponement of the Team Fours at South Ramsey, Peel took the opportunity to use the free date to host a mixed pairs on their green on Sunday with 33 pairs taking part at short notice.
Losing quarter-finalists were Alison Keggen and Neil Withers, Paula and Stuart Garrett, Joyce Ogden and Mike Hargraves, Gill Dixon and Glynn Hargraves.
The first semi-final had home greeners Shirley and Gordon Corrin up against Lyn Bolton (South Ramsey) and Trevor Quayle (Port St Mary) with the latter wasting no time easing to a 21-8 victory.
In the other semi-final the Husband and Wife pairing of Joyce and Harry Kelly were 20-13 up against fellow home-greeners Mary Moffatt and Dougie Allan, but were unable to get the all important last chalk to lose out 20-21.
The final started with Quayle and Bolton taking their time to get into the game, having been sat off for over 30 minutes going 6-12 down, before kicking into gear to go 16-12 up. Moffatt and Allan levelled at 16-16 to then give away three points on the next end. Bolton and Quayle then managed to get the two points needed to become the first winners of the Lancaster Cup winning 21-18.
The presentation was made by David Lancaster’s family with thanks given to all those who helped make a success of the competition.
North Ramsey held their first open of the season on Good Friday, the Ken Parker Trophy having recently returned to Mooragh Park following a seasons break from the green due to extensive work carried out over the past year.
The competition was played as an any combination doubles and attracted an entry of 34 pairs, with the field having a strong northern based look about it.
Losing quarter finalists were Chris Price and Wayne Roberts (Port St Mary), Jenny Moore and James Teare (South Ramsey), along with homegreeners Caroline Parker and Adam Yates, Geoff Porter and Brian Colquitt.
The first semi final had homegreeners Helen Martin and Allan Callow up against Alan Moore and Stefan Kelly (South Ramsey), with the latter storming to a 21-8 victory.
In the other semi final mother and son pairing Janet and Robert Monk had their work cut out to beat southerners Dave McCabe and Derek Allen (Port Erin) with the Monk’s booking their place in the final with a 21-18 win.
The final started with the Monk’s taking the first few ends, before Moore and Kelly then won a few ends to close the gap. From there the Monk’s took control of the game, using all their knowledge and experience of the green to take a comfortable win 21-13.
The presentation was made by Caroline Parker on behalf of the Parker family with thanks expressed to all those who helped make a success of the competition.
The following day Douglas held their first mixed doubles competition of the season with an entry of 31 pairs taking part.
The Monk’s once again paired up to storm to their second victory in two days. Douglas seems to have become a favourite for the Monk’s, having had a number of victories on the Villa green over the past few years.
Losing out in the final were the Port St Mary pair of Margaret Tasker and Ken Karran, who did well to shake off the strong challenge of Amanda Lawler and Jordan Cain in the semi final. Chris Price and Dido Kelly also dipped out at the semi final stage.
Losing quarter finalists were homegreeners Jimmy Samson and Pauline Cowley, Jenny Moore and James Teare (South Ramsey, the Husband and Wife pairings of Caroline and Steve Parker, along with Philippa and Alec Taylor.
At the conclusion of play the presentation was made by club chairman Norman Kneen, who thanked the club for running the competition.
Jenny Moore is believed to be the first woman to win a mixed singles bowling tournament in the Isle of Man for a number of years.
The South Ramsey player lit up the first open of the season at Marown Bowling Club last week following extensive work on & around the green by club members over the winter.
Some of this work involved ‘filling in the corner’ and more importantly the introduction of new floodlights, which will no doubt help our competition secretary with arranging fixtures!
An excellent entry of 98 meant that the event was held over 5 evenings with 4 qualifying nights, playing down to 4 each night. Finals night had some familiar faces, with Jenny Moore being the only Lady to qualify for the last 16.
The losing quarter finalists were Matthew Quirk, Adrian Skinner, (Onchan) Steven Waters (South Ramsey) & Mervin Sayle (Douglas)
The first semi final had John Kennish lined up against his niece Jenny Moore, with the latter getting over the line to win 21-20. In the other semi final Dido Kelly played home greener Colin Kelly in another tight game with Kelly taking the victory 21-19.
In the final Jenny was always in control of the game with a comfortable 21-13 win over her club mate,
The final was streamed live on Facebook.
With this victory Jenny has shown that she is more than capable of competing with the men.
Various prizes were handed out at the presentation ranging from biggest break, best 2nd & 3rd division players, to best junior and best lady.
Thanks go to all who helped make a success of the competition.
Onchan Bowling Club hosted the any combination doubles Commissioners Cup on Sunday with 24 pairs making the most of the immaculate weather and immaculate green.
Home greeners Jordan Cain and Matthew Quirk were on the top of their game to claim the title thanks to a 21-12 final win over Andy Kennish and James Teare of South Ramsey.
Losing out in the semi-finals were Derek Allen & Mavis Franks (Port Erin) and Debbie & Paul Leece (Nobles).
Praise must go to Onchan Commissioners for the work they have done on the green over the past twelve months to restore it to its former glory, and in my mind the best playing surface on the Island this year.
Youth held sway at the Mooragh Park on Saturday when 18 year old Casey Bolton and her young partner, visiting bowler Gavin Radcliffe, triumphed over a field of 24 pairs to win the Keith and Helen Surridge Memorial Rosebowl. The two of them had to do things the hard way, triumphing 21 – 13 over Janet and Robert Monk in the quarter final before edging a tight semi final 21 – 17 against Jenny Moore and James Teare.
In the final they faced Paula and Stuart Garrett who also had a fight in the semis before coming through 21 – 17 against Jayne Kneen and Andy Kennish. Bolton and Radcliffe edged ahead in the final and despite a late wobble that saw them concede a four and a two to the Douglas pair they ran out winners 21 – 19. The other losing quarter finalists were Alec and Philippa Taylor, Lyn Bolton and Trevor Quayle and Brenda Bowyer and Bobby Clayton.
A consolation competition for first game losers run alongside the main event proved popular and was won by North Ramsey pairing of Mary Kinrade and Brian Colquitt.
This competition has been kindly sponsored by the Surridge family since 1993 and at the end of a good day’s bowling in excellent weather the prizes were presented by North Ramsey competition secretary Mike Skelly. A raffle during the day raised £145 for Hospice Care.
Report by John Cannon