There was a field of 28 for the ladies’ singles open played at Peel on Saturday 1st September. The competition had a new sponsor in Posh Paws of Peel, and the players enthusiasm was not dampened by the inclement drizzly weather. Despite the conditions and the problems Peel have been having with their green there was some fine bowling on display.
There were some very close games and in the first round visitor Christine Lawton, St. Judes, just lost out 20-21 to Lyn Bolton while Jean Thackrah came through against Celia Joughin by the same score.
In the second round Voirrey Curphey edged out Lil Smith 21-20 while another visitor. Pat Edwards, Winstanley, just lost out on the last end to Philippa Taylor.
The quarter-finals all went to double figures with Mary Moffatt, Caroline Whitehead, Philippa Taylor and Chris Price going through to the semis.
Quarter-finals: Mary Moffatt 21, Voirrey Curphey 14; Caroline Whitehead 21, Lyn Bolton 17; Philippa Taylor 21, Jean Thackrah 17; Chris Price 21, Joyce Kelly 16.
Philippa had a struggle in her semi-final as Chris was quickly off the blocks, leading 11-5 after four ends. The Marown player won three of the next four ends to close to 9-12, but from that point Chris was unstoppable coming through to win 21-9.
The other semi-final was a bit tighter, with Mary having slightly the better of the early exchanges, leading 11-8 after six ends. Caroline scored seven in the next four ends to take a 15-11 advantage which Mary closed down to 14-15. With just another 2 being scored by the home player, the Port Erin player progressed to the final 21-16.
Semi-finals: Chris Price 21, Philippa Taylor 9; Caroline Whitehead 21, Mary Moffatt 16.
The final was a close affair with scores being level at 8-8,11-11 and 13-13. At that point Chris had a run of six ends taking the score to18-13. Caroline was not finished and fought to the end but could not overcome Chris’s mid-game advantage, eventually losing out 21-16.
The Presentation was made by Heather Horsburgh, who thanked Liz Shergold, of Posh Paws of Peel, for sponsoring the event. She also thanked the members of the Peel club for their help during the afternoon, and special mention was made of green keeper, Eddie Phillips, who was thanked for his efforts to overcome the difficulties of the green, and also for selling the raffle tickets !
Peel Bowling Club hosted the popular pre-festival competition the Davisons Autumn Shield on Sunday. The competition attracted 96 entries which made for a long day, with start times given out to those taking part.
Losing out at the quarter final stage were Bob Wyatt (Packhorse BC), Brian Furber (Pavilions) Tom Kelly (Peel) and Dido Kelly (South Ramsey).
In the semi-finals Neil Wright (Kirkham) ended the challenge of Neil Ridgen (New Longton) with a 21-15, whilst Wayne Ditchfield (Kirkham) booked his place in the final with a 21-12 win over Steve McCall (Kirkham).
In the final club mates Wright and Ditchfield took to the green with both players knowing each other’s game well it was always going to be a close final, however Ditchfield did enough to take a 21-18 win and his third success in this competition.
The presentation was made by Ian Davison, who once again sponsored the competition. There was over £750 paid out in prize money with the winner receiving £300. Thanks were also given to everyone who had helped with the running of the competition.
On Saturday the Keenan Fours Mens Doubles Trophy was played at Ballaugh. The weather held fine with the odd show of brightness. There were 27 pairs taking part including two bowlers on the Island for the festival.
Losing out in the quarter finals were visitors Bob Wyatt and Wayne Greenwood, locals Edward Carlyle and Kevin Firth, Adrian Skinner and Sam Clague along with Harry Minor and Alan Crebbin.
The semi-finals were Mike Skelly & Bernard Thackrah versus Ian Kissack & Mike Hargraves which went to Skelly and Thackrah 21-17. The second semi-final was even closer with Glynn Hargraves and Alan Moore beating fellow South Ramsey players Steve Waters and James Teare 21-19.
On to the final where Hargraves and Moore beat Skelly and Thackrah 21-10. Both teams had played consistently well during the afternoon.
At the conclusion John Keenan presented the prizes and thanked everyone for supporting the competition, the Ballaugh club members for their hard work in running the event especially Richard Faragher and Trevor Jones running the competition hut, Voirrey Oates and the ladies for keeping everyone fed and watered and congratulated Glynn and Alan on their win.
On Sunday the Maddrell’s Mixed Doubles was played at Ballaugh. The mornings rain necessitated a Green Keepers inspection but he was happy for the competition to be played and by mid afternoon we almost got blue skies. With 26 entries and two pairs that pulled out it made for an easier day for all the Ballaugh team and with some very good games played during the day it made for some absorbing bowls.
The losing quarter finalists were Clare Cooper (Noble’s) and Lee Dawson (South Ramsey), Kim Hargraves and Stefan Kelly (South Ramsey), another South Ramsey pair Lyn Bolton and Alan Moore along with Katy and Tim Williams (Port St Mary).
Losing out in the semi-finals were Noble’s pair Debbie & Paul Leece and Rebecca Teare (Noble’s) & Thomas Keggen (Port St Mary).
So we came to the final and an all South Ramsey one with Jenny Moore and James Teare versus Elaine Moore and Glynn Hargraves another corker, nip and tuck up to 16-16 with both taking a four before Jenny Moore and James Teare reached 21 in one’s. The final result being 21-16 to Jenny and James.
The prizes were presented by Jenny Maddrell who thanked everyone for supporting the competition, the Ballaugh Club members for their hard work in running the event especially Richard Faragher and Trevor Jones running the competition hut and the ladies for keeping everyone fed and watered and also congratulated Jenny and James on their win.
Last week in the Ladies League we start with the hotly anticipated top of the table clash between Port St Mary and South Ramsey. The re-arranged fixture took place on Thursday and Castletown A would have been keeping a close eye on events to see how their lead over the two teams would be effected. Earlier in the season South Ramsey defeated Port St Mary 154-130 (5-4) and on paper this was to be another close affair.
Katy Williams got Port St Mary off and running with a 21-8 win over Bethany Kennish. The other four matches from the first half were shared with both sides winning two. Ann Maddrell suffered a rare home defeat as Lyn Bolton just had the edge in their game to win 21-20 and South Ramsey’s second win came from a 21-18 win over Kellie Maddrell-Reeve. Port St Mary responded with Val Macfarlane beating Jill Quayle 21-19 and Wendy Kennuagh who had an excellent result beating Jenny Moore 21-15. Port St Mary took a lead of 17 chalks into the second half.
The second half Port St Mary dominated winning all four games. Trish Bull defeated Fiona Kennish 21-14, Margaret Tasker beat Sue Collier 21-13, Chris Price beat Kim Hargraves 21-5 before Jayne Kneen became only the second person to beat Elaine Moore in the league this year with a fine 21-12 win.
The final score was 185-123 (7-2) with the home team winning by an impressive 57 chalks and extend their winning run to 13 matches. Thursdays result also took them 83 points clear of Castletown A and with only five games remaining, Port St Mary look to have taken control of the league.
On Friday the bad weather returned postponing four of the six fixtures.
Castletown A vs Purt Le Moirrey was one of the fixtures which was able to be played and allowed Castletown to temporarily return to the top of the league following their third full house of the season. The match ended 189-79 (9-0). Five players won to single figures with Kim Foy beating Roma Ware 21-4, Kath Kinley beat Debra Cooper, Heike Perry beat Linda Dawson 21-4, Tracy Moore beat Pauline Worrall 21-7 and Marie Ashurst won 21-3 against Chris Holland. In the remaining matches Ann Hollingworth beat Dot Mylchreest 21-11, Hanna Drewett won 21-12 against Brenda Hawkard, Anne Oates beat Mavis Franks 21-19 and merit leader Amanda Lawler won 21-19 against Edwina Reid.
The only other match to take place was Peel Sunset against Port Erin with the home side winning the match by 26 chalks. Peel won six games with Heather Horsburgh beating Jean Thackrah 21-10, Sue Jones won 21-17 against Jenny Cain, Joyce Kelly won 21-11 against Lynda Cadamy, Mary Moffatt won 21-4 against Voirrey Curphey, Cath Parker beat Susan Inch 21-17 and Lynda Wilson won 21-5 against Phil Dobson. Port Erin’s three winners were Caroline Whitehead winning 21-7 against Shirley Corrin, Jacqui Elliott beat Pat Robertson 21-8 and Carol Kaye beat Gill Clarke 21-8. The final score was 153-127 (6-3).
After this weeks matches Castletown A may sit top of the league but are only 106 points ahead of Port St Mary who have a game in hand and average over 172 points per game this year. South have played the same amount of games as Castletown and trail them by 54 points.
As we enter MGP fortnight there are a number of rearranged matches before a full set of fixtures at the end of race week.
There was an entry of 34 pairs for the Derek Killey Memorial held on Sunday at Onchan Bowling Club.
The eventual winners were the South Ramsey/Port St Mary duo of Lyn Bolton and Trevor Quayle who beat the South Ramsey pair of Jenny Moore and James Teare 21-7 in the final which was played under the floodlights.
Losing semi-finalists were the home pairing of Sue Gawne and Rob Cowley, along with another South Ramsey pair Kim Hargraves and Stefan Kelly.
The presentation was made by Kevin Quirk who thanked Eileen Killey for the continued sponsorship of the competition held in memory of her late husband Derek Killey who was a popular member of the bowls community. Thanks were also given to the club members who had helped officiate and provide refreshments throughout the day. Libby Andrade was then introduced to present the prizes with the finalists generously handing back their prize money to add to the total amount of over £500 raised for Alzheimer’s IOM.
The JMS Veterans Shield Final took place on Thursday 16th August at Finch Hill Bowling Club with Peel Sunset facing Port St Mary B. Port St Mary B will start with a 20 point handicap.
Peel Sunset compete in their third JMS final having won the competition once in 2014. Port St Mary B will take part in their first final.
Peel Sunset made inroads into the handicap winning the first three games as Pat Robertson beat Chris Holland 21-11, Joyce Kelly beat Pauline Worrall 21-6 and Cath Parker defeated Edwina Reid 21-11. Peel after these three games had wiped out their handicap deficit and built a strong lead of 15 chalks.
In the back three games Port St Mary faired better winning two of the three games as Mavis Franks beat Lynda Wilson 21-10 and Brenda Hawkard just held on to defeat Heather Horsburgh 21-20. These wins could only reduce the gap to three points, and with Mary Moffatt dominating her game and winning 21-11 against Roma Ware the victory for Peel Sunset was sealed with an overall 11 chalk win 114-103 (4-3).
Thanks go to Finch Hill for hosting the final and to Janet Latham for her continued sponsorship of the competition.
It was only the second double week of the season in Ellan Vannin Fuels division one this week with the positions at the top and bottom becoming a lot clearer.
Champions South Ramsey A had a good week starting with a 10-0 win at home to bottom of the table Douglas B. For the visitors Pat O’Donohue lost 16-21 against John Kennish, whilst Grahem Moore was 9-1 up on Glynn Hargraves before losing 15-21.
On Wednesday evening South Ramsey A had a much tougher fixture away to Onchan A on a wet night, despite this the Onchan green played well with the rain mostly holding off for the duration of the match with some good comebacks from both teams. For Onchan Phil Kerruish was first off winning 21-15 after being 7-10 down to go 20-10 up, with Grills taking five singles to get back to 15-20 before Kerruish got in to finish the game. Stefan Kelly replied for South Ramsey after taking a 10-4 lead against Steve Crampton with Crampton getting back to 17-18 before Kelly finished with a single and a double to win 21-17. Glynn Hargraves was next off for the visitors recovering from 5-9 down against Kevin Quirk to take a 19-12 lead. Quirk picked up five points over the next four ends to pull the score back to 17-19 and was lying one before Hargraves got back in to finish the game with two singles to win 21-17. Perhaps one of the best comebacks of the night was the game between Peter Slinger and Dido Kelly with Slinger taking a 15-5 lead only for Kelly to take 14 points without reply to go 19-15 up. Slinger then staged his own mini comeback to take the next four ends scoring six points to run out winning 21-19. Kelly would have been disappointed at playing a poor end at 19-15 up and then having opportunities on the next two ends to get back in. The match could not have been any closer at the halfway stage at 2-2 and the chalks tied at 76 each.
In the second half Rob Monk helped Onchan’s cause performing well to win 21-6 against Peter Collister. John Kennish responded with a 21-12 win over Jordan Cain, with Cain doing well to reach 12 after being 2-13 down in a game which had several tight ends. David Bradford was another who dug in for his team to pull off a good comeback against Matthew Quirk who performed well despite eventually losing out. Quirk was 14-6 up before Bradford ‘edged’ his way back into the game playing the edge along the shelter side of the green to take the lead 18-16. Quirk replied with three singles to retake the lead at 19-18 with Bradford getting back in playing a good bowl to level up the score 19-19. Bradford then played two good length bowls on the last end to take a double to secure a 21-19 victory with his experience seeing him through a tough game. This left Alan Moore needing to win 21-16 or better against Mark Kelly to secure the aggregate for the visitors, with Moore doing just that winning 21-11 to secure the aggregate by just six chalks (145-139). South Ramsey came away with a 7-3 win knowing they had been in a tough game against an Onchan team that performed well despite the loss.
Marown picked up two wins during the week, however slipped three points further back on the league leaders South Ramsey. On Monday night the Crosby men won 7-3 away to Castletown A with Peter Oates, Juan Kermode and Jordan Drewett beating Peter Kelly, Matthew Keggen and Phil Kelly respectively.
On Wednesday evening Marown had a tough looking home fixture against Peel A, however they still managed to take a 7-3 win with Paul Dunn and Colin Kelly winning 21-8 against David Proctor and Frank Watson respectively. Dean Kipling won comfortably 21-11 against Mick Kavanagh, whilst Peter Kelly did well to beat Peel captain Stevie Kelly 21-18, with Paul Kelly beating Tom Kelly to the same score. Winning for Peel were Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly who beat Neil Withers 21-16, with Tommy McMeiken beating Matthew Keggen to the same score and Jerome Surridge defeating Phil Kelly 21-17.
South Ramsey B will have been pleased with their weeks work despite losing 8-2 away to Marown B they managed to beat Douglas A 6-4 at home. The result on another night could have ended up 9-1 to the Ramsey men with Sid Bolton, Steven Waters and George Brew all losing 19-21 to Jimmy Sansom, Gary Conwell and Shaun Seal respectively. Austin Hart recorded his second league win of the season defeating Ian Moore 21-13, with good wins from Tony Dugdale, Ben Dugdale and James Teare.
Port Erin A now need a minor miracle to stay up having picked up five points following an 2-8 away loss to Peel A and a 3-7 home defeat against Marown B. The Breagle Glen team are 13 points from safety with three games to play, one of which is away to the team closest to them South Ramsey B.
Douglas B picked up just one point this week and are certainties to be relegated to the second division.
In division two it was very much a case of as you were at the top with both Noble’s A and Castletown B taking 14 points each with both teams picking up the points with differing results.
Noble’s A won both of their fixtures 7-3 starting the week with a home win over Onchan B that could have been 9-1 with Glenn Boland losing 19-21 to Mike Alexander and Mark Quinn also missing out 18-21 to Colin Spence. Noble’s ended their week with a good away win against Peel C, with David Quayle, David Pease and Tommy Collister all winning close games.
Castletown B started their week with a 6-4 win taking the aggregate by just six chalks. Alan Phair missed out on winning an extra point for the visitors losing 20-21 to Brian Colquitt. In their second fixture of the week Castletown beat Onchan B 8-2 bettering the result that Noble’s had recorded against the same opposition on Monday evening.
At the other end of the table Port St Mary C look to be safe on 73 points having picked up 12 points during the week helped by a 9-1 home win over the side closest to them Noble’s B. Things don’t look so good for Port Erin B who are firmly rooted to the bottom of the table on 50 points and facing a return to division three, with Noble’s B looking likely to suffer the same fate, currently sitting 22 points from safety with just three games to play.
In division three Marown C continue to set the pace at the top of division three following two good 7-3 wins, away to Peel D and at home to Douglas C.
Castletown C are hot on their heels, sitting just three points behind Marown despite giving a number of walkovers throughout the season. It was great to see Nathan Cooil back playing league bowls with Cooil showing he has still got it with two single figure wins, winning 21-2 and 21-9.
Another three points back on Castletown are Ballaugh B who have a game in hand on the two teams above them, which they could well use to return to the top of the league if they record a big win.
Two of the junior players performed well this week with Peel D player Ryan Tate winning both of his games, with Ryan Hargraves doing the same for South Ramsey D. Both players have improved this year, as shown in their improvement not just in winning games, but their overall scores.
The week started with two re-arranged matches as Douglas took on Ballaugh and Nobles facing Purt Le Moirrey.
Douglas beat Ballaugh 166-122 (7-2) with Harley Garrett, Maureen Wilcox and Shantelle Thorpe all performing well winning to single figures. Ballaughs winners came from Gill Dixon and Elaine Fenton.
Nobles put in a strong home performance to beat Purt Le Moirrey 181-137 (8-1). Joyce Ogden top scored on the night beating Linda Dawson 21-9. Purt Le Moirrey pushed Nobles in a couple of games with Rita Callister just losing 21-19 to Alison Keggen and Mavis Franks losing 21-19 to Jan West. Purt Le Moirrey did avoid a whitewash with Roma Ware beating Rebecca Teare 21-13.
On Friday 10th August Port St Mary took on league leaders Castletown, with Castletown looking to extend their 115 chalk advantage. Port St Mary have a game in hand and would look to close the gap before their catch up game next week.
The game was finely balanced with both sides evenly matched and with a stand out performance from Ann Maddrell who won 21-1 against Sue Peach made sure that the home side won the match, ending Castletown’s impressive 14-win streak, and clawed vital points back on their rivals. Port St Mary’s other wins came from Val Macfarlane 21-15 against Kim Foy, Katy Williams 21-14 against Heike Perry, Trish Bull 21-19 against Anne Oates and Chris Price who beat Hannah Drewett 21-16. Castletown’s winners were merit leader Amanda Lawler who beat Wendy Kennuagh 21-12, Ann Hollingworth 21-12 against Kellie Maddrell-Reeve, Kath Kinley 21-18 against Jayne Kneen and Tracy Moore who beat Margaret Tasker 21-15.
With the match ending with a 13 chalk with for Port St Mary, 162-149 (5-4), they close the gap to 102 points and will look ahead to their fixtures next week when they have another crunch tie against South Ramsey. With the game against South Ramsey their catch up game Port St Mary will then look to pick up vital points against Onchan on Friday.
South Ramsey go back to the top of the summit following their 79-186 (1-8) victory over Castletown B. Jenny Moore, Fiona Kennish, Lauren Groen, Elaine Moore and Lyn Bolton all won comfortably to single figures. Castletown avoided a whitewash with Joy Stephens holding off Sue Collier to win 21-18. The result places South Ramsey 109 points ahead of Port St Mary with their match to come on Thursday 16th August.
Port Erin collected their first full house of the season defeating Ballaugh 189-96 (9-0). Di Benson, Caroline Whitehead, Voirrey Curphey and Lynda Cadamy all won to single figures in the match.
Douglas nearly pulled off a great win at home to Marown but fell four chalks short losing 155-159 (4-5). Paula Garrett won 21-8 against Ceila Joughin backed up by Muriel Cain, Maureen Wilcox and Sue Caley. Marown managed to get over the line 21-20 in two of their games with Rosie Winckle defeating Helen Murphy and Philippa Taylor beating Wendy Cowin. Marown players Mary Alderson, Lil Smith and Margaret Scarffe were the other winners giving Marown the edge on the night.
Mooragh Park travelled to Onchan and returned North with a five chalk victory with the away side also winning five of the nine games. Janet Monk, Vicky Lloyd-West, Julie Reilly, Madison McMullan and Helen Martin, who won 21-4, won for Mooragh Park. Onchan players Dee Lewis, Libby Andrade, Marylin Ellison and Sue Gawne won but were unable to prevent the team from losing 152-157 (4-5).
Looking ahead to next week Port St Mary vs South Ramsey could be a pivotal point in the season for one of the sides. South then sit out on Friday, their match against Douglas re-arranged to a later date due to players representing the island in a competition on the mainland.
Onchan produced a fine home performance on Tuesday to shock Peel Sunset and restrict them to under 90 chalks for the first time this season. Peel have been within sight of their first Over 60s title but Onchan pulled off an 11 chalk victory which could prove costly in the title race. In a low scoring game both teams won games to single figures with Lynda Clarke and Libby Andrade winning 21-7 for Onchan. Peel’s Mary Moffatt won 21-8 and Joyce Kelly won 21-4 to cancel out Onchan’s win’s. Jean Quine held off Pat Robertson to win 21-19 but Maureen Payne proved the difference winning her game 21-12 against Lynda Wilson. The final score finished 96-87 (4-2).
Marown defeated Port St Mary B by a comfortable 22 chalks winning five of the six games. Mary Alderson, Philippa Taylor, Shirley Whelan, Celia Joughin and Margaret Scarffe all won for the home team. Mavis Franks made sure there was no whitewash with a 21-13 win over Mia Moore. The match finished 118-96 (5-1).
Nobles picked up their fourth win on the trot coming out on top by 11 chalks against Port Erin A. In a tight game Nobles won five of the six games but were pushed all the way in the games. Carol Kaye was Port Erin’s sole winner defeating Sylvia Kennuagh 21-16. Final score 121-110 (5-1).
Castletown travelled to Breagle and returned home with a strong 69-124 (1-5) victory. Breagle had to concede two games with Marie Ashurst, Barbara Young and Ann Hollingworth won for Castletown. Breagle avoided a whitewash through Kay Primrose-Smith who beat Joy Stephens 21-19.
In the final game on Tuesday South Ramsey collected their second full house of the season with their 52-126 (0-6) defeat away to Mooragh Park B.
Thursday 9th August saw a return to form for Peel Sunet with them beating Nobles 118-86 (5-1). Lynda Wilson won 21-9 and Joyce Kelly 21-4 to setup a big points victory for Peel with Nobles Sylvia Kennuagh preventing a full house by winning her game 21-13.
Port St Mary A made the short trip to Port Erin and despite drawing 3-3 on games returned home with a 15 chalk victory. Ann Maddrell won 21-1 for Port St Mary giving them the foundations for their win backed up by wins for Val Macfarlane 21-11 and Margaret Tasker 21-12. Port Erin wins came from Carol Kaye 21-9, Voirrey Curphey 21-11 and Jenny Cain 21-19. Final score 87-102 (3-3)
Port St Mary B took on Breagle and collected a fine full house victory 126-55 (6-0). Roma Ware and Pauline Worrall both top scored winning 21-7.
Castletown picked up their third win on the bounce beating Onchan by 19 chalks. Ann Hollingworth won 21-4 and Anne Oates won 21-5 to build a comfortable lead for the home side with the match finishing 110-91 (3-3).
Ballaugh suffered a 17 chalk defeat at home to Villa losing four of the six games. Muriel Cain, Mary Black, Pat Kelly and Pauline Cowley won for the away side. Ballaugh’s two wins came from Peggy Griffin and Brenda Bowyer. Final score 98-107 (2-4)
In the final match from Thursday Mooragh Park A produced a strong home performance to beat Marown by 17 chalks and winning five of the six games. Janet Monk defeated merit leader Philippa Taylor 21-9 with wins also for Vicky Lloyd-West, Julie Reilly, Ellie Cowell and Maureen Lacey. Celia Joughin claimed Marown’s only win and prevented a whitewash winning 21-3. The final score 108-91 (5-1).
Next week the crunch tie between Port St Mary A and Peel Sunset will define the league standings. Peel Sunset are 79 points ahead of their rivals but Port St Mary have a game in hand so Peel must look to extend their lead.