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Reigning champions beaten at Onchan

With just one match to go before the semi-finals on Tuesday 25th August Port St Mary A in GROUP A are still in pole position despite their defeat this week at Onchan.

The match was played in near perfect conditions and both teams claimed 3 games but Onchan just had the edge on points in what must have been one of the closest matches so far this season. Final score 97-94 (3-3). Also in Group A are South Ramsey who played host to Port Erin B. Unfortunately the home side were a player short but of the remaining 5 players four won their games and Moira Anderson was just piped at the post by Joyce Henry. Final score 104-92 (4-2).

In GROUP B Castletown A are out in front and set to secure their place in the semi-finals. Currently they have a 54-point lead but still have Ballaugh to play. This week they played away at Port St Mary against their impressive B team and were held to a 3-3 result but a comfortable win on points. Final score 92-110 (3-3). At the other end of the Island Ballaugh were at home to Mooragh Park. In very hot conditions the visitors kept there cool and won 3 games but the home side were the final winners 115-95 (3-3).

In GROUP C Douglas were at home against the visitors from Peel. Unfortunately the home side were a player short and the visitors romped home winning all 6 games, however, Kay Mckiernan and Pat Kelly both played exceptionally well and made sure that the visitors didn’t have it all their own way. Douglas have now played all their matches in this mini league and next week’s match between Peel Sunset and Port Erin A will be a nail-biting match for both teams with only 4 points separating them at the top of Group C.

In GROUP D Marown have now played all of their matches and will be on pins next Tuesday as the results come in. Their match this week was at Castletown against their newly formed B team and the final score of 41-105 (1-5) might not be enough to decide the winner of this group. Finch Hill have still got Castletown B to play, at home, and are, at the moment trailing Marown by just 123 points so it really couldn’t be any closer.

Moore Wins IOM Merit

The Ladies Association IOM Merit took place at Castletown last Sunday, and it really was a beautiful day for bowling. With 28 ladies all hoping to take the IOM Merit title, it was South Ramsey player Jenny Moore who became overall winner. Playing outstanding all day, she won the majority of her games to single figures, it was only Nobles player Alison Keggen who managed to score 13 against her in the semi-finals. In the other semi-final Port St Mary’s Chris Price racked up 19 against South Ramsey player Elaine Moore.

The mother and daughter final then saw Jenny comfortably beat Elaine, with a final score of 21-9. The presentation was made by Ladies President Sue Gawne, who thanked the competition committee for another fantastic day.

Onchan To Take on Mooragh in Ladies Plate

Last Friday was the semi-final round of the Ladies Plate competition, and in the first semi-final, Onchan had a close game against Port Erin, with Onchan just scraping through by 10 points, even despite Port Erin having 5 winners. With both teams off of scratch, it really was every point to play for, and Dee Lewis of Onchan managed to defeat Susan Inch to 6, which helped the away team with the final score of Port Erin 154 Onchan 164.

In the second semi-final Marown travelled up to Mooragh Park, where they unfortunately lost their place in the final. Once again the junior girls at Mooragh did themselves proud, with Aalish Haworth beating Elaine Dewhirst to 9, and Victoria Johnson beating Mary Alderson to 10. Final score, was Marown 160 and Mooragh Park 203, after the 55-point handicap for Mooragh.

The final will be held at Peel Sunset Bowling Club on Friday 21st August, Onchan will have a handicap of 15, and Mooragh Park will be off scratch.

Wind and Rain cause delays

Some clubs had the difficult decision “Do we play or don’t we” on Tuesday August 4th .

Strong winds and the threat of heavy rain delayed some of the matches but most took a chance and carried on. One of those was the match between Port St Mary A and Port Erin B. The reigning champions have been in top form since the start of this mini league but dropped some points this week. Gwen Tuck proved a tough opponent for Trisha Bull and won her game 21-10. Final score Port St Mary A 115 Port Erin B 60 (5-1).

Also, in Group A are Onchan and South Ramsey. They decided to reschedule their match and played it in much improved conditions on Thursday which produced some great bowls. The home side played very well against the Ramsey team. Final score 104-90 (4-2).

In Group B Castletown A were nearly blown away when they played at Mooragh Park but thankfully the rain stayed away and the morning produced some good games. The Ramsey team tried hard against a strong Castletown team and managed to win one game thanks to Peggy Freeman. Final score 85-125 (1-5).

The other match in group B was between Ballaugh, at home to, Port St Mary B. Both teams needed maximum points to try to close the gap on Castletown and now with just 2 matches left every point will count in this group. The home side fielded a strong team and gained 3 wins from Peggy Griffin, Julie Reilly and Barbara Graham but the visitors also played very well with three wins . Final score 97-72 (3-3).

In Group C Douglas made the trip south to Port Erin to play the A team but were unfortunately a player short, this gave Port Erin a comfortable win and puts them in a strong position to challenge Peel Sunset to top this group. There match on Tuesday 18th August will undoubtedly be close and also the decider for this group. Final score at Port Erin was 126-63 (6-0).

In Group D the match between Marown and Finch Hill was crucial in deciding who would top their group and go through to the play offs. Both teams have just one more match to play and both against Castletown B.

In this week’s match Marown were at home and came out on top with a final score 122-102 (5-1) this leaves them just 20 points in the lead which might not be enough to prevent Finch Hill from pulling ahead.

Onchan take no prisoners in Ladies Plate

The quarter final round of the Ladies Plate competition took place last Friday, with 4 teams securing their places in the semi-finals comfortably.

The first winners were Port Erin, who took on last year’s Jean Kelly winners South Ramsey. With a 90 – point handicap they had quite the advantage. Two winners for Port Erin were Carol Kaye and Jacqui Elliot, keeping South Ramsey from getting a full house. New Port Erin player Alison Stockham played her first game in the north of the Island and scored a very credible 10 against Sue Collier. Final match score was 199 to Port Erin, and 177 to South Ramsey.

Onchan played Castletown B who had a 60 – point handicap, but Onchan took no prisoners, with every Onchan lady winning their game, and managing to keep their opponents to low scores to ensure their place in the semi-final. Final score was Onchan 189 – Castletown B 146.

Peel Sunset travelled to Mooragh Park, but despite a 30 point start they couldn’t overcome the strong home team. Great to see the junior girls who play at Mooragh Park with some great wins, Aalish Haworth beat Peel player Joyce Kelly to 13, Victoria Johnson battled Shirley Corrin to win to 19, and the two McMullan sisters, undoubtedly two players to watch in the future, won both of their games to 10. Final score Mooragh Park 172, Peel Sunset 145.

In the final match, Marown beat Ballaugh 174 – 159. Despite the home team Ballaugh having 3 winners, the Marown ladies proved their strength, especially Joyce Ogden and Elaine Dewhurst who both won their matches to single figures.

This Friday, 7th August, the semi-finals will take place. Port Erin (scratch) v Onchan (scratch), and Marown (scratch) v Mooragh Park (+55).

Half way point in Mini League

Group A leaders Port St Mary A are now 65 points clear of 2nd place South Ramsey having only dropped 5 points in 3 matches.

The ladies from Port St Mary travelled to South Ramsey this week and romped home with a 1-5 victory 75-125.

Onchan were hosts to Port Erin B securing a 5-1. The visitors played well with one win and 3 players into double figures. Final score 111-79.

Group B still shows Castletown A as leaders but with 2 away matches for them to play in the final 3 they will need every point to retain their lead. Ballaugh are hot on their heels with just 31 points separating the two after their match this week when Ballaugh won at home 106-95 (4-2).

Mooragh Park made the journey south to play Port St Mary B and were made most welcome. Although Port St Mary won the match 116-90 (4-2) the ladies from Ramsey put up a strong performance with wins from Pat Lenton and Peggy Freeman.

Of the three teams in Group C Peel Sunset and Port Erin A are only separated by 4 points so it was all to play for in their match this week. As predicted the match was very close with wins for each team, but the convincing wins by Lynda Cadamy and Jean Thackrah swung it for the home team. Final score 105-92 (3-3).

Another photo finish for the lead is in Group D where there is a race between Marown and Finch Hill with just 2 points separating them at the half way point.

With no match for Marown this week it was the turn of Castletown B to play Finch Hill. The newly formed B team of Castletown came up against tough opponents but they played well with Linda Dobinson winning her game 21-8. Final score 69-113 (1-5).

Next week, Tuesday 4th August, Marown play, at home, against Finch Hill! Now that will be a game to watch.

Jean Kelly continues to Semi Finals

The Ladies Jean Kelly competition really came down to a nail biter when Castletown A travelled to Marown last Friday, with both teams off of scratch, and both teams accumulating 155 points. Castletown A took the match due to winning on matches, 5–4. For the home team, two of the winners Helen Withers and Lil Smith defeated Kim Foy to 11 and Anne Oates to 9. Nice to see Stella Watterson back on the green after some time away from the game.

In the second quarter final Nobles took on Port Erin in the south of the island and managed to secure their place in the semi finals with a victory of 174-113. Port Erin players Lynda Cadamy and Caroline Whitehead used their home green knowledge to prevent Nobles from getting the full 189 chalks, beating Paula Garett and Sylvia Kennaugh respectively.

Onchan lost out to Douglas, despite getting full chalks for each game. With Douglas having a head start of 85 points, the team managed to gain enough points to win the match, finishing 189-214. Kay McKiernan lost just shy of 21, losing to 19 to Dee Lewis.

The final match of the quarter finals, Castletown B took on Port St Mary A, losing 121-186. Starting off a low handicap of 25, Castletown B had a lot to do to win the match, and even with Sonya Mercer defeating Jayne Kneen, and Joy Stephens defeating Port St Mary’s newest player Nicola Cain, it proved to be too much of a hurdle.

The draw for the semi final was done at Nobles on Saturday and are as follows:

  • Port St Mary A (scratch) v Castletown A (+20)
  • Nobles (scratch) v Douglas (+90)

In the Ladies Plate Competition starting this Friday 31st July, we see South Ramsey battling another 90-point handicap against Port Erin. Onchan host Castletown B, who have another high handicap of 60 points. Mooragh Park will take on Peel Sunset who have a 30-point handicap, and finally, Ballaugh play Marown, with the home team having a 30-point advantage.

Peel in Top Form in Ladies Over 60s

Two more teams played their opening matches in the over 60’s Team Championship on Tuesday 21st July.

In Group C Peel were at home to visitors Douglas who tried very hard to win points from the home team but home green advantage and accuracy won the day with 6 wins for Peel. Final score 126-49.

In Group D Castletown B headed to Marown with 3 brand new players. Ann Watkinson, Pat Rigby and Susan Kerruish were made most welcome by the hosts and all three played well and showed that they are future stars in the making. Very well done all three. The rest of the team kept Marown on their toes but in the end Marown won 6 games Final score 126-52.

In Group A Port St Mary A were at home to Onchan. The visitors certainly made the current champions dig deep for every point gained and each match was played to double figures. Caroline Corlett for Onchan managed the only win for the visitors leaving a final score of 122-83 (5-1).
South Ramsey made the journey to Breagle Glen to play Port Erin B and went home with a 1-5 win. Joyce Henry for Port Erin had a win against Judy Kelly 21-12 and Joan Ryder narrowly missed out to Helen Caley 19-12. Final score 77-117 (1-5).

In Group B Castletown A were at home again this week and it was Port St Mary B team that made the short journey to play them. The visitors went home with 2 wins . One from Chris Holland, who had a close match with Joy Stephens 19-21 and the other from Lesley Coker who is an experienced player and has recently qualified for our league. She won her game against Barbara Young 17-21. Final score 120-71 (4-2). Also in group B was the match between Mooragh Park and Ballaugh. Chris Sims, for the home team won her game against Brenda Bowyer for Ballaugh and Gill Malpass for Mooragh Park, had a nail biting finish against Carol Holt being “all but “ for 2 ends. Final score 72-111 (1-5).

Rayner Shield Continues – Mixed Commences

The Rayner Shield continued last week with the first round being played to decide which teams reached the quarter final stage.

The biggest shock of the week had to be division two team Finch Hill A seeing off Post St Mary A with a fine 5-3 home victory to progress to the next round. Home winners were Paul Dougherty, Dave McCabe and Pat Maher, whilst Tony Epifani got home 21-18 against Paul Russell, with Kevin Anderson holding his nerve to record the biggest shock of the night with a fine victory to the same score over Paul Skelly.

Marown B proved they are a force to reckoned with after their visit to Noble’s A, taking a 5-3 victory. Winning big to single figures for the Crosby men were Harry Barton & Peter Kelly.

North Ramsey A made sure it was a long journey home for Port St Mary B, with a 5-3 home win at Mooragh Park. Allan Callow, Gary Merrill & Ray Skelly all won to single figures against Peter Collins, Steve Stringer & Ray Maddrell respectively. Winning for the Port men were Rod Swift, Derek Kneen and Tom Collins.

Peel A hosted Castletown A, with the home team claiming an assured 6-2 victory. Preventing the whitewash on the night were Dean Kinley who held off Gary Smith to win 21-18, whilst Jordan Drewett claimed a fine 21-19 win over Andy Kennish.

South Ramsey B hosted Marown A, with the visitors enjoying the fine surface to take a 2-6 away victory on the night. Home team winners were Tony Hart, who beat Arnie Withers 21-14, whilst Chas Grills proved he still has what it takes with a 21-15 victory over Paul Kelly. James Moore performed well against Marown captain Paul Dunn before losing out 16-21.

On Tuesday night Peel C hosted Onchan A, with the visitors making no mistake with a 1-7 away win. Phillip Clarke put in a fantastic performance to see off Jordan Cain with a 21-17 win to prevent the whitewash.

South Ramsey A took on Finch Hill B at home with the Ramsey men claiming a 7-1 victory. Kevin Stannard was the only Finch winner on the night defeating Ryan Hargraves 21-16, with Stannard playing some great bowls towards the end of the game to swing the game. Austin Hart claimed his first win for the A Team with a 21-12 win over John Harris, as did Steven Waters with a 21-9 victory over Chris Duggan.

Completing the first round fixtures on Thursday evening Douglas A made the trip West to take on Peel D, with the Villa men making no mistake taking an 0-8 victory. Only two of the Peel men made it into double figures, with Leslie Halsall losing out 10-21 to Andy Cannell, whilst Steve Tate lost 14-21 to Shaun Seal. Mark Kneen having now returned to the island, has rejoined Douglas took an assured 21-5 victory over Ian Gray.

The mixed team group stages started on Wednesday evening with Marown A winning by 85 chalks (188-103), whilst North Ramsey lost out to Noble’s by 52 chalks (114-166). Castletown A made no mistake against Marown B winning by 52 chalks (171-119).

It was also great to see Finch Hill playing in the mixed team competition having gained enough ladies to field a team this year, they performed brilliantly before losing out by just 18 chalks (145-163) to Onchan A in the closest match of the night. Douglas A hosted Port St Mary A, with the home team losing out by 27 chalks (134-161) to the current holders of the mixed title.

South Ramsey became the first club to field a C Team in the mixed competition, giving an opportunity to three juniors and a further three relatively new bowlers to gain some experience. The A Team shown no mercy to the C Team winning by 88 chalks (189-101). Highest scores on the night for the C Team were James Moore who lost out 15-21 to Stefan Kelly, whilst Kim Hargraves lost out to Husband Glynn to the same score.

Every Point Counts in Jean Kelly Preliminary Round

The Jean Kelly Handicap Knockout competition started on Friday 17th July, with preliminary rounds being played across the island. With a new handicap system in place this year, it really is every point to play for, making for much more interesting matches, and a greater chance for an underdog to snatch the title.

Peel hosted the Onchan team, with the latter taking the win with a comfortable 192 -151 score. Interestingly, even without the 40 point handicap, Onchan would have taken the win by just one nail-biting point. There were a few close games, the longest of which took place between Peel’s captain Lynda Wilson, and Dee Lewis, with 30 ends, and Lewis running away with a 21-18 win.

Four-time winners of the Jean Kelly title Port St Mary defeated Ballaugh despite the 55 point handicap, with a very close score of 170-177, and seven games for Port St Mary. Two winners for Ballaugh were Christine MacDonald and Gill Dixon, beating Margaret Tasker and Jayne Kneen respectively. Newest member to Ballaugh Maria Holder, only having played twice before scored a very credible 10 against Katy Williams.

Mooragh Park travelled to Port Erin, only to lose out with a score of 179-144. Two games reached an incredible 33 ends, with Port Erin’s Lynda Cadamy beating Caroline Parker to 19, quite an achievement after being 12-1 down. North Ramsey’s Shannon McMullan, 2019 Junior Champion, had a lengthy game against Carol Kaye, finally beating her to the win with a 21-19 score.

Castletown B knocked last year’s winners South Ramsey out of the competition with a score of 201-189. Despite every Ramsey player winning their match, Castletown B managed to accumulate enough points to win the match. Two of the Castletown players came close to a win with some high double figure scores, with Sheila Preston getting to 20, and Sonya Mercer, who unfortunately tipped the jack to her opponent on the final end, racked up 18.

First round games will take place on Friday 24th July, with the following:

Port Erin (scratch) v Nobles (scratch)

Castletown B (+25) v Port St Mary (scratch)

Onchan (scratch) v Douglas (+85)

Marown (scratch) v Castletown A (scratch).

This year any teams losing out in the preliminary or first rounds are entered into the Ladies Plate Competition, which will take place on alternate dates to the Jean Kelly.