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Avant Amenity Mixed Doubles

On Saturday 14th April the Avant Amenity sponsored Mixed Doubles was held by Douglas Bowling Club on a superb bowling surface at the ‘Villa’.

The sunshine arrived just in time for the start and ensured a bright afternoon and great bowls from all taking part in what proved to be a great days bowls for competitors and spectators.

With twenty nine pairs taking part there were some very competitive matches from the onset and as we arrived at the Semi Final Stage we had Alison Keggen and Brian Kelly drawn to play Lyn Bolton and Trevor Quayle and Jenny Moore and James Teare to play Kim Hargraves and Alan Moore.

In the first of these Semi Finals we saw the pairing of Alison Keggen and Brian Kelly not quite maintaining their brilliant early afternoon form and eventually losing out 21-9 to the ever consistent Lyn Bolton and Trevor Quayle.

The second Semi Final was a much closer affair with Jenny Moore and James Teare being severely tested by Kim Hargraves and Alan Moore before eventually winning 21-19.

The Final started with Lyn and Trevor looking as if they would take the honours but Jenny and James although looking down at times were certainly not out and a dramatic last couple of ends saw Jenny and James run out 21-18 winners.

The prizes were presented by Mike Atherton of Sponsors Avant Amenity and in his winners speech James thanked the Sponsor and commented on the good condition of the Douglas Bowling Club Green.


Kennish ‘Cains’ the Opposition

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.

Peel Sunset A and Castletown A Set The Pace

Tuesday 10th April saw the third series of Over 60’s Games again troubled by very heavy rain which again led to some postponements.

Castletown B hosted Ballaugh B and the home side took a 7-1 victory with Bobby Clayton being the only winner for the Ballaugh squad with a good 21-14 win over Mark Saunders.

Douglas A welcomed Onchan A to the Villa with a slightly delayed start time which had been agreed to allow one corner of the Green to drain after some severely heavy rain. It proved to be quite a battle with some very close games but Onchan A eventually ran out 6-2 winners with Douglas A actually gaining the most chalks which goes to show how close the Match was.

Castletown A got permission from the Fairies to cross the Fairy Bridge to travel to Nobles Park A and the Southerners proved to be too strong for the Nobles A side with a 6-2 win. Stewart Cubbon and Kevin Firth were the two winners for the home side.

Peel Sunset A played North Ramsey B in the West of the Island and it was the home side who ran out 6-2 winners but once more it was a shame to see that the Northerners were unable to field a full team.

Port Erin hosted Douglas B in the scenic South of the Island and it was a close match which ended in a 4-4 draw.

Marown travelled from the Central Valley to the South to play Port St Mary B in a match that produced some close games but it was the Marown side that were 7-1 winners with Andy Sykes being the only winner for the Port St Mary Team as he beat Arnie Withers 21-18.

North Ramsey made a worthwhile trip to Douglas to take a 5-3 win from Nobles B although this Nobles side is proving to be a tough one to beat and certainly gave the North Ramsey side a good game.

Onchan B had a good home win over Peel Sunset B with a 6-2 win with only John Lightfoot and Phillip Clarke getting the required 21 chalks for the Westerners.

South Ramsey beat Peel Sunset C  6-2 with Lesley Halsall and Michael Callin getting the Peel wins in this one.

Game 4

Castletown A still look a formidable team and on this occasion they beat Onchan B 6-2 with Gary Lee and Peter Wallis picking up the wins for the men from Onchan.

Port Erin hosted North Ramsey B and despite the Northerners being three players short on the day they still managed a 4-4 draw.

Onchan A took a 7-1 victory in their match against Finch Hill A with the one Finch Hill win going to Arthur Halsall 21-17.

Douglas A went just up the hill to play Nobles B in what proved a tough match with the Douglas A side taking a 5-3 win and it was nice to see old campaigner Roy Williams playing his first game for some time and coming away with a 21-12 win over Peter Woods.

Port St Mary A hosted North Ramsey A and a strong performance from the Northerners saw them take a 6-2 win with only Ron Maycox and Doug McFarlane picking up wins for the home side.

Port St Mary B meanwhile travelled to the Villa to play Douglas B and here it was the Southerners who took a 6-2 win with the home team winners being Bob Banning and Tony Creer.

At Crosby there was a very tight match between Marown and Nobles A and in a match where there were three 21-20 scores the Marown side managed to take the honours 5-3.

Finally Peel Sunset B battled out a 4-4 draw with South Ramsey and Peel Sunset A tok a 7-1 win from Ballaugh B with Ray Parry being the only winner for the Ballaugh side.

So after the first four matches of the Season Peel Sunset A lead the League from Castletown A but with both being on 8 points. It is however early days yet and I am sure that there will be many twists and turns and changes before the end of the Season.





Marown Continue Impressive Start

Marown A took on Port Erin A at Crosby on Monday evening, with the home team crushing their opponents 10-0. Four of the home team won to single figures, with the back four being pushed harder with scores of 18, 17 and 16. Seamus Whelan came closest to taking a point for his team before losing out 20-21 to John Gelling. Marown have certainly started the season with the bit between their teeth, but tougher tests are surely to come.

South Ramsey A played their first home fixture of the season taking on Douglas A who will recall they were beaten 10-0 last season in this fixture. It looked like luck was not on the home teams side with Douglas taking three points off the champions with Jimmy Sansom scraping home 21-20 after having a big lead against Peter Collister, and Keith Rise defeating captain Glynn Hargraves, with Keith himself leading for most of the game before going 17-20 down before picking up a double and two singles to also get over the line 21-20. Shaun Seal turned in the performance of the night to beat David Bradford 21-10.

Peel A started their season off with a defeat on games at home to Port St Mary A but managed to take the two point aggregate thanks to winning on chalks. Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly won to single figures, whilst his son Ste Kelly also had a strong win. For the away team Nathan Hamilton made his debut for Port St Mary defeating Tom Kelly 21-16. Captain Trevor Quayle just managed to hold off Jerome Surridge to win 21-20, Thomas Keggen also came through a close game to defeat Frank Watson 21-19.

Onchan A got their season up and running with an 8-2 win over North Ramsey A, with Jimmy Moffatt beating Adrian Skinner 21-14 and Steve Walmsley defeated Steve Crampton 21-18. The home team had Peter Slinger, Matthew Quirk and Jordan Cain winning to single figures, whilst Kevin Quirk managed to hold off Tony Smart to win 21-20.

Douglas B had a tight 7-3 win over South Ramsey B, managing to edge the chalks by one point despite South Ramsey’s Tony Dugdale winning 21-0, James Teare winning 21-7 and Sid Bolton winning 21-13. For the home team they had a 21-9 winner, with the other four winning in double figures.

Castletown A first game of the season resulted in a 8-2 home win over Marown B, with their ‘old guard’ of Mike Hargraves, George Peach and Peter Oates all winning to single figures, whilst Juan Kermode just got over the line against Marown Captain Harry Barton. Jordan Drewett won 21-13 against Arnie Withers, with home captain Ian Watson winning 21-14 against Brian Kelly. For the visitors Juan Killip had a resounding 21-5 win, with Steve Bridson their other winner.

In division two Castletown B extended their lead at the top to three points courtesy of a 9-1 win away to Port Erin who were only able to field five players. The lone winner for the home team was Ben Mowle who beat Alan Phair 21-20, whilst Ken Horsley and Ed Benson both lost out 17-21.

Peel B will have been pleased to come away from their visit to Douglas taking on Finch Hill A with an 8-2 victory with three close games. Harry Kelly got over the line 21-19 for the visitors, whilst for the home team Dave Jones won 21-20 and Paul Dougherty won 21-19. On another night Peel could have won 10-0.

Onchan B continued their good start to the season with a 7-3 home win over North Ramsey B, whilst Noble’s A came away from Port St Mary C with a 6-4 win thanks to gaining the two points for the win on chalks. Peel C lost 3-7 away to Noble’s B.

In division three Marown C, Ballaugh B & Castletown C are all tied on 15 points with each team having matching 7-3 wins on the night. Marown C won at home to Finch Hill B with Dan Smith just losing out 20-21 to Bryan Masterson. Ballaugh B had Dicky Watson losing out 20-21, but will have been pleased to have Philip Quayle winning another close game 21-19. The chalks were close with Douglas C only losing out by six chalks. For Castletown C the chalks were even closer with only four chalks separating the sides. Castletown C managed to take the win on chalks despite losing two games to single figures, thanks to winning five games and having a single figure winner themselves.

Onchan C sit just three points behind the top three teams thanks to a 9-1 home win over Douglas D, with Norman Kneen sparing the visitors blushes winning to single figures in his game.

South Ramsey D took on South Ramsey C with a 4-4 draw on games, however the C Team displayed their superiority winning on chalks thanks to having Toby Hart and Tony Marler winning to single figures.

Ladies Night League Returns

The Ladies Crown Green Bowling Night League returned this week and welcomed a new team into the competition with Castletown B making it 13 teams in the league. The odd number does mean one team sits out each week and last years and seven times champions Port StMary were the first to sit out.

Newcomers Castletown B had a tough start losing 89-185 (1-8) to Nobles with Tracey Moore beating Joyce Ogden 21-17 to ensure there was no full house on the card. Sheila Preston also came close losing 21-18 to Lisa Boland.

Last years runners up South Ramsey faced Ballaugh at home and with six players winning to single figures underlined their title credentials winning 173-68 (8-1). The only winner for Ballaugh was former South Ramsey player Gill Dixon winning 21-5.

Castletown haven’t been outside of the top 3 since 2012 and made a good start beating Douglas away 153-120 (5-4). Paula Garrett, Hilary Kermode, Sue Peach and Anne Oates all won to single figures on the night.

Onchan who have finished bottom the last two seasons welcomed Port Erin to Onchan Park. Onchan have introduced a lot of new bowlers over the last two seasons and their improvement was shown by picking up their first win since June 2016 winning the match 150-142 (6-3).

Peel picked up a fine away win at Crosby beating Marown 165-144 (5-4) with Heather Horsburgh and Cath Parker winning to single figures for the away side.

The tightest match of the night came down south as Purt Le Moirrey faced Mooragh Park. The match finished with Mooragh Park winning by a single chalk 150-149 and 6-3 on games. Cath Parker edged her game against Linda Dawson 21-20 which looks crucial on paper.

Next week is a double week with matches on Wednesday and Friday. On Wednesday tie of the night sees Peel Sunset host South Ramsey whilst on Friday Nobles welcome Castletown A.

Champions Port St Mary will kick off their campaign with matches against Purt Le Moirrey and Ballaugh.

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.

Champions Port St Mary off to a flyer

The Trend sponsored Ladies Over 60s Bowling League returned this week with reigning champions Port St Mary A making a blistering start by beating Ballaugh 126-56 (6-0). Port St Mary A have won the league the last four seasons and on this early performance they will be hard to stop again this season.

Second placed team last year Peel Sunset will be looking to push Port St Mary and underlined their title credentials with a strong showing down south beating Port Erin 110-66 (5-1) with Jacqui Elliott winning 21-5 to prevent a whitewash.

Castletown faced Douglas at home and edged the match 114-101 with both teams winning three games each.

Villa were home to Nobles and unfortunately were one player short as they went down 40-114 (1-5) with home player Pat Kelly winning to save their blushes.

Mooragh Park A are playing their home matches in April at South Ramsey and first up were league newcomers Mooragh Park B. The A team won 126-48 (6-0) and whilst that is not the start the B team will have wanted I can only see these ladies improving as the season progresses and it is great to see another club being able to field a second team.

Port St Mary B faced the other new team in the League South Ramsey who return to the over 60s league for the first time since 2007. Port came out on top winning 101-85 (4-2) with good individual performances from Edwina Reid, Pauline Whorrall and Elaine Moore who all won to single figures in the match.

Marown who have been the most improved team over the last few seasons beat Onchan 111-98 (5-1) with Margret Scarffe the best winner for the home side 21-7 whilst Marilyn Ellison won 21-6 for the away side to prevent a full house.

Looking ahead to next week sees a double week with a Northern derby between South Ramsey and Mooragh Park A. Port St Mary face Villa at home and a tough away encounter at Marown later in the week.

Weather disrupts the start of the Over 60’s Men’s Season.

GAME ONE, The talking point of the opening day of the 2018 Over 60’s Men’s Crown Green Bowling Season was undoubtedly the weather with heavy rain causing a lot of cancellations.

Those games that were played however failed to provide any surprises with all going to form and we start with Castletown B who had a good 6-2 win over Douglas B at Castletown. The highlight of this match was a great battle between Castletown’s Terry Jackson and Tony Creer with the latter man taking the win 20-21.

In  a match at the Villa where the Home Green was running superbly well despite all the rain Douglas A took a 7-1 win over Ballaugh B in a match played in great spirit and in warm sunshine which we hope will continue for the Season.

Onchan B hosted Port St Mary A at Onchan Park and here it was the visitors who came away with a 5-3 win despite a spirited effort from the Onchan side who had Gary Lee and Kelvin McNicholl showing good early season form.

Last Season’s League Champions Castletown A travelled just down the road to Port Erin and immediately posted ‘a statement of intent’ as they came away with a convincing 6-2 win with perhaps the performance of the day being the 21-7 win by Derek Allen over Mike Hargraves.

South Ramsey who have gained some new players this season had a 5-3 win over Nobles B in a match that saw some very close games.

Nobles A hosted Peel Sunset C and this resulted in an easy 8-0 win for the men from Nobles Park.

Because of the weather the Ballaugh A match against Onchan A took place on Friday 6th April and this was a tough battle which ended with a 4-4 scoreline.

GAME TWO. The second fixtures of the new season started in much better weather with the players enjoying bright sunshine .

Castletown A continued their good opening form with a 7-1 home win over Port St Mary B with the only winner for the Port St Mary side being Brian Lowe who beat Derek Lewney 21-19. The Castletown B side also had success with a 5-3 victory over North Ramsey B in a strange match where the North Ramsey side actually won one more game than Castletown B but then had to give away three walkovers because of a shortage of players for the Ramsey side.

Douglas B hosted Peel Sunset A and it was the Westerners who showed that they will be a force to reckon with this season as they came away with a 7-1 win. Bob Banning was the only winner for Douglas B with a fine performance in his 21-9 defeat of Alec Taylor.

Marown played Port Erin at Crosby and showed fine form in a 5-3 defeat of Port Erin and I feel that the Marown Team could well be in the mix for the League Title this time.

Ballaugh A, a team that I think could cause a few surprises this season travelled into Douglas to play Nobles Park B and returned home with a 5-3 victory after a playing a good Nobles B team.

Onchan A hosted North Ramsey A in what promised to be a very close match and although the home side ran out 6-2 winners the scoreline could be regarded as being a little deceptive as their were some very close games which could have gone either way.

Peel Sunset B lost 3-5 to Nobles A in the Sunset City despite a very spirited effort and some close games and the Peel Sunset C side went down 7-1 to Onchan B with Eddie McAvoy being the only winner for the Westerners.

South Ramsey had one of the longest treks in Manx Bowls as they travelled to play Port St Mary A and it was the Port St Mary side that won 6-2 with Robert Callister being the only winners for the Northerners.

So after the opening week of the 2018 Season there have been no great shocks and although some Teams have only played one match the League Table does not give a true picture but of those who have played two we still have four unbeaten with those being, Castletown A, Nobles A, Castletown B and Port St Mary A.

Teare, Leece & Boland do the Treble

An entry of 14 teams competed for the Port St Mary Jubilee Cup mixed triples, sponsored by CTH Insurance.

After a damp start the sun came out and the green became very nice to play on. The first round matches were played to 21 off 3, allowing everyone to get a good run on the green. All other rounds were played to 21 off 6.

Making it through to the semi-finals were Tim Williams, Katy Williams and Jayne Kneen who took on Rebecca Teare, Debbie Leece and Glenn Boland, with the latter winning a close match 21-17. The other semi-final saw Janet Monk, Rob Monk and Jordan Cain win 21-13 after a slow start against Ray Watterson, Robbie Cooil and Ange Maddrell-Reeve.

In the final Rebecca, Debbie and Glenn got of to a good start winning the first three ends. Janet, Rob and Jordan fought back well to take the lead. The score got to 20-18 to Janet, Rob and Jordan, but Rebecca, Debbie and Glenn scored three on the last end to win the match.

Club President Robbie Cooil presented the Jubilee Cup to the winners on behalf of CTH Insurance, thanking them for their continued sponsorship. Robbie also thanked the Port St Mary Ladies for their usual excellent catering and the green keeper for the excellent playing surface.

Thank you to everyone who competed and came to watch.

World Club Championships

South Ramsey competed in the World Club Championships at Fox Lane, Leyland for the second time on Sunday April 8th but were unable to find a way to defeat their opponents Holme (Cumbria)

The team did fare better than last year losing out by a 5-3 scoreline with the three winners being Peter Collister who just got over the line 21-20, Jenny Moore who played well to earn a 21-14 victory proving once again that she can mix it with the men and Stefan Kelly who had a good 21-10 victory over Liam Baxter who has won the Cumbria merit.

Overall the team lost out by 22 chalks.

Holme 5 (149) South Ramsey 3 (127): Daniel Varcoe 21, David Bradford 13; Mark Ashburn 21, Glynn Hargraves 16; Tom Baxter 20, Peter Collister 21; Robert Grisedale 14, Jenny Moore 21; Stephen Ashburn 21, Alan Moore 12; Callum Baxter 21, Chas Grills 8; David Grisedale 21, James Teare 15; Liam Baxter 10, Stefan Kelly 21