News: Winter League

Defeat for merit leader

The Outdoor Winter Bowling Club, sponsored by Manx Petroleum, swung back into action last weekend after a brief Christmas break and saw defeat for the leader in the chase for the individual merit title.

Proceedings opened on Saturday when bottom side Bits n Bobs took on Erin Porters, a side looking to move into the top six and things went pretty much to form with the southerners dropping just eight points.

Also kicking off with a win were Louie’s Angels, who improved their average slightly with a four games to two victory over Bowl Rollers.

The two successful sides then doubled up when they swapped opponents – Porters getting the better of Rollers and Angels notching up the campaign’s 16thmaximum against a Bits side with only nine individual wins to their name.

Results for Saturday, January 5: Bits n Bobs 85 (2), Erin Porters 118 (4); Bowl Rollers 102 (2), Louie’s Angels 116 (4); Erin Porters 116 (3), Bowl Rollers 106 (3); Louie’s Angels 126 (6), Bits n Bobs 71 (0).

Sunday’s games had the top three competing, however next to bottom Castletown Corkers were not there just to make the numbers up and had a huge impact on events.

This was a repeat set of fixtures from October last year when both Corkers and third-placed Seven-Up had to take on the top two outfits and consequently left with two defeats apiece.

The overall outcomes were the same this time round, but the ‘big three’ left with less points, whilst Corkers improved their tally by 20, which helped them move closer to their stablemates.

Leaders Outsiders scored five less than in October, whereas Mooragh Lakers (second) were down 16 and Seven-Up minus 11, which ultimately saw them drop a position in the standings behind A-Team.

The afternoon also saw six of the leading 18 players in the individual merit lose a game each, with the biggest casualty of the session being overall leader Rob Monk (Lakers) who scored just nine points in a loss to Nathan Hamilton (Corkers).

This all leaves Helen Martin (Lakers) top of the merit contenders, just ahead of Mike Alexander (Outsiders) and Rebecca Teare (Angels).

In the league, Outsiders now have a 21 point margin over Lakers, with A-Team in third on average above Seven-Up, who themselves now have Louie’s Angels close behind in fifth.

Results for Sunday, January 6: Seven-Up 107 (2), Outsiders 122 (4); Castletown Corkers 88 (2), Mooragh Lakers 107 (4); Outsiders 115 (4), Castletown Corkers 94 (2); Mooragh Lakers 121 (5), Seven-Up 95 (1).

A gang of 38 welcomed in the new year at the first round robin of 2019 and had to be split into three groups, making for a very busy afternoon on the green.

The black jack triples winners were Steve Crampton, Jeff Wilson and Derek Clarke, with second going to Sefton Dent, Alan Moore and Tricia Bull.

Topping the red triples were Kevin Firth, Peter Karran and Ken Karran, ahead of Alec Taylor, Marg Tasker and Mark Kelly.

The pairing of Stefan Kelly and Sue Gawne won their section and beat Elaine Moore and Rita Callister into second spot.

2018 draws to a close

The final two days of action for 2018 in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter League bowling club saw the first ever J&M Lee doubles competition and a set of fixtures delayed from the weekend before.

This new event has been set up in memory of the club’s chairman, Jack Lee, who along with wife Margaret, died earlier this year; Jack having taken up the position back in 2008.

It was decided to have a competition in support of an organisation that Jack himself was involved in and with that in mind the amount raised, somewhere in the region of £250, will be donated to the Peel branch of the RNLI.

Emerging from the two groups of seven pairs, the finalists in the event were Allan Kennaugh and Alison Keggen, along with Elaine Moore and partner Brian Kelly.

The players battled it out in a contest where all duos took part in games of five ends, with double points scored on the penultimate end.

Just missing out in the groups stage were Caroline Whitehead and Derek Clarke in the black jacks and Rita Callister and Derek Allen in the yellow gang.

Third places went to Terry Bates and Eddie Carlyle; and Margy Tasker with playing partner Bernie McPhee.

The winners of the two sections then went head to head and after three ends Moore and Kelly held a slender lead at 3-2, however in the ‘power’ end a two doubled up to four meant that Kennaugh and Keggen just had to prevent their opponents from scoring a three or better in the final end to secure victory.

After the first seven woods played the leaders were lying on for one and with an almost impossible task Kelly had no alternative but to try and kill the end, he hit the jack, but it remained on the green to give him and Moore one point, which in turn saw Kennaugh and Keggen triumph 6-4.

Members of the Lee family attended the green during the afternoon and some of them stayed to witness the conclusion of the group stages and the final.

The leading two sides in the league table were participating in re-arranged games on Sunday and although they both recorded the expected maximums against bottom team Bits n Bobs, it was a tougher afternoon when they took on Bowl Rollers.

First up Rollers had to take on second placed Mooragh Lakers and whilst they fought hard and took 25 points from their opponents they lost by just three chalks.

Next up were leaders Outsiders, and they battled to the end only to go down by two points in a fixture where they had two losers on 19 and just missed out 107 to 105.

This all leaves Outsiders top of the table with a 12 point lead over Lakers, but they are both drawn closer to the two directly behind; Seven-Up a further three back and then another 18 points to A-Team, so a total of only 33 chalks between the leading four.

Results for Sunday, December 23: Bits n Bobs 52 (0), Outsiders 126 (6); Bowl Rollers 98 (2), Mooragh Lakers 101 (4); Outsiders 107 (4), Bowl Rollers 105 (2); Mooragh Lakers 126 (6), Bits n Bobs 75 (0).

The Wednesday round robin gang of 29 avoided the worst of the weather and were split into two groups, with the runaway victors in the doubles being Lil Smith and Tricia Bull, with second going to Brian Corner and Derek Clarke.

Topping the triples were Allan Kennaugh, Steve Parker and Kevin Firth, just ahead of Erwin Gelling, Janet Monk and Sue Gawne.

The next scheduled round robins will take place on Sunday, December 30 and Wednesday, January 2.

Seven-Up close in on top two

Seven-Up closed the gaps to the two teams above them in the only session played over the weekend in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowls League and in turn also opened the gap to fourth-placed A-Team.

Saturday’s fixtures fell victim to the weather to become the first delayed games of the season; they will now be played on Sunday, December 23.

The afternoon started with Seven-Up needing two maximum scores to draw level on average with second-placed Mooragh Lakers and they were half way there after the first outing against opponents Castletown Cannons.

Also competing were Parkers who are currently sixth in the table; however they were beaten 118 to 102 by next to bottom-placed Castletown Corkers who recorded only their third win to date.

Parkers next had the task of trying to halt a Seven-Up outfit who are in a good reign of form and they managed to take two games and 13 points from the challengers to prevent them from completing the double maximum challenge.

The battle between the two Castletown sides brought the session to an end, with Cannons completing the double over Corkers having also beaten them earlier in the campaign.

They are now separated by just 0.7 of a point with the victors holding a slender lead over their stablemates near the foot of the table.

Results for Sunday, December 16: Seven-Up 126 (6), Castletown Cannons 81 (0); Castletown Corkers 118 (3), Parkers 102 (3); Parkers 95 (2), Seven-Up 113 (4); Castletown Cannons 117 (5), Castletown Corkers 96 (1).

The midweek round robin attracted an entry of 29, which was split into two groups with the winners being Steph Swift and Brian Corner in the doubles and the trio of Lil Smith, Derek Clarke and Jean Thackrah.

Taking second spots were Kevin Firth and Terry Bates; Allan Kennaugh, Andy Sykes and Mark Kelly.

The J&M Lee memorial doubles competition will be held this Saturday with a 1pm prompt start. A change of plan will see pairings selected prior to kick-off. The format will be run as a round robin and all proceeds from the event, which will include the tombola, will be donated to the RNLI.

As mentioned earlier the postponed fixtures from last Saturday will be played this Sunday, with the next scheduled event being a round robin on Sunday, December 30. In the meantime may I take this opportunity to wish all members a very Merry Christmas.

Top three in action

It was another weekend with just one set of fixtures in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowls League, but what a session it turned out to be with the top three all in action.

At the end of the day, the table had new leaders and the last unbeaten runs were broken – both on the team front and in the individual standings.

Second-placed Outsiders began the afternoon with a comfortable win against Govags, dropping just four chalks in their quest to close down the nine-point margin to the top.

This while the last two unbeaten teams went head-to-head with third-placed A-Team emerging triumphant over leaders Mooragh Lakers by five games to one.

The victors not only ended Lakers winning start, but also the last remaining unbeaten individual, Rob Monk, lost 21-19 to Alan Moore.

Lakers then recovered well and recorded their first maximum of the campaign, as they attempted to gain back that top spot, against opponents Govags.

But it was not to be as Outsiders produced the result of the session and overcame the A-Team to inflict their first defeat and in turn take over at the head of the table by six points.

Results for Saturday, December 8: Outsiders 122 (5), Govags 83 (1); Mooragh Lakers 97 (1), A-Team 114 (5); Govags 74 (0), Mooragh Lakers 126 (6); A-Team 103 (3), Outsiders 116 (3).

A-Team slipped to fourth as a consequence of this tough afternoon, but they have played five out of the eight clashes against sides in the top five and have an average of 109.6 from those battles.

Also with five under their belt are Louie’s Angels, however they are yet to win against the quartet above them and have an average of 96.8, whereas after four of the fixtures Seven-Up sit on 108.5.

Topping the list, but having only played three apiece, are Outsiders on 117.6 and Mooragh Lakers on 111.3, so it is all to play for in the second half.

One thing that has emerged from this first spell of contests is how well the rule allowing members to move amongst sides, up to and including five games, is working – no team has yet to concede a game due to being short of players.

No less than 16 different individuals have competed for more than one side and three of them have turned out for three or more teams; most of them are now tied to a particular gang, but there are still members available to perhaps fill a space.

A gang of 24, which was split into two groups, enjoyed a round robin session on Sunday, with the midweek outing not taking place due to the poor weather once again.

Played as doubles the winners in the yellow jacks were Derek Allen and Steve Crampton, with second spot going to Sam Clague and Tricia Bull.

In the other gang, it was the pairing of father and son, Steve and Alan Moore who came out on top ahead of Margy Tasker and Mark Kelly, who took the position and avoided a roll-up due to another pair having left for home.

There is just one weekend of league fixtures remaining before the festive break and the schedule during that period will be the J&M Lee memorial doubles competition on Saturday, December 22.

Following this round robins will be held on Sunday, December 30 and Wednesday, January 2; however there will be nothing held on Sunday 23, Wednesday 26 and Saturday, December 29.

Entries for the doubles competition will close this Sunday at approximately 2pm to allow the pairings to be drawn and format to be finalised.

Seven-Up hit form

Fourth-placed Seven-Up were the highest scorers over the weekend in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowls League and have closed the gap on the leading three, helped by notching up another maximum.

They did this on a murky Saturday afternoon at the expense of basement side Bits n Bobs and therefore took their full-house tally to two and the overall total so far to 14. Unfortunately for Bits n Bobs six of those have been against them.

Two other sides from the bottom half of the table fought out the closest contest of the sessions with the victory going to Castletown Corkers by a single point against Bowl Rollers, even though they lost 4-2 on games.

Corkers next doubled their winning tally for the afternoon and the season, with a successful outcome in their fixture with Bits n Bobs.

The final encounter saw Seven-Up surprisingly drop five points when they took on Bowl Rollers, however their total from the two fixtures took them within touching distance of the top three.

Results for Saturday, December 1: Seven-Up 126 (6), Bits n Bobs 69 (0); Castletown Corkers 107 (2), Bowl Rollers 106 (4); Bits n Bobs 100 (1), Castletown Corkers 117 (5); Bowl Rollers 87 (1), Seven-Up 121 (5).

Sunday saw a set of fixtures repeated from a couple of months ago and there were some interesting points differences at the end compared to the first time they met.

Erin Porters took a giant step to close the gap on seventh-placed opponents Govags, beating them convincingly by a margin of 35 points.

This while A-Team (third) and Louie’s Angels (fifth) fought out a low scoring battle that saw them drop 58 chalks between them, although A-Team did emerge as victors to keep their unbeaten run going.

Porters couldn’t match their opposition in the next outing, however they ended the day on plus 11 points, whereas A-Team were down 17 on the scores recorded back in October.

As for the other two sides, Angels were comfortable winners over Govags, but both left with much lower totals also – Govags down 33 and Angels 25 less.

This all left A-Team on an average of 117.4, with Seven-Up close behind on 117, but slipping further adrift of the leading four are Angels on 112.1.

Results for Sunday, December 2: Govags 86 (1), Erin Porters 121 (5); A-Team 104 (4), Louie’s Angels 90 (2); Erin Porters 100 (2), A-Team 117 (4); Louie’s Angels 121 (5), Govags 93 (1).

Entries close soon for the J&M Lee memorial drawn doubles competition, which will take place on Saturday, December 22. All proceeds from the day and the tombola draw that is now available will be donated to the RNLI.

Prizes for this event from members will be very much appreciated.

There are just one set of fixtures this coming weekend, so a round robin session will take place on Sunday with the usual 1pm prompt start.

Perfect Parkers

Just one set of fixtures took place over the weekend in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowls League and it was a perfect afternoon for Parkers in a session that saw all participants improve their averages.

The opening fixture on the card saw Castletown Cannons record a second victory of the campaign and just miss out on a maximum against opponents Bits n Bobs.

The Cannons last recorded this achievement back in December 2013, when the total points was 90, rather than the 126 at present.

Next up seventh placed Parkers kept the good form of the previous weekend going and brushed aside Bowl Rollers to win by a margin of 50 points and notch up their first full-house.

They then took the league maximums total to 13 with a comfortable victory over bottom side Bits n Bobs and in the process crept up behind Govags in the table.

Bowl Rollers have had a slow start by their standards, however they got fired up in the final encounter to defeat Cannons by enough chalks to remain above their challengers in the standings.

Both teams are now separated by an average of just one point – Rollers on 96.5 and Cannons on 95.5.

Results for Saturday, November 24: Bits n Bobs 81 (1), Castletown Cannons 125 (5); Bowl Rollers 76 (0), Parkers 126 (6); Parkers 126 (6), Bits n Bobs 83 (0); Castletown Cannons 99 (2), Bowl Rollers 118 (4).

Two round robins took place either side of the league games and in the midweek session the trio of Cliff Clague, Marg Tasker and Peter Karran took the honours ahead of Jean Thackrah, David Clucas and Trevor Barker.

Doubles was the order of the day in the other gang and it was Derek Allen and Patricia Lenton who topped the scoring in front of Bernard Galka and Mark Kelly.

Sunday’s group saw Steve Parker and Tricia Bull as clear winners in the doubles, with second spot going to Derek Allen and Sue Gawne.

Whilst in the other gang the trio of Jenny Moore, Mavis Franks and Marg Tasker took the spoils ahead of Steve Moore, Bernard Thackrah and Stefan Kelly.

Weather permitting the next weekend round robin will take place on Sunday, December 10.

Lakers are new leaders

There is a new team at the top of the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowls League after the latest two days of action and with a change of fourth and fifth positions, it is definitely game on for the title come next March.

Most of the teams competing have players in their ranks that can cause an upset on their day and this was certainly the case on Saturday and resulted in the first loss of the season for early leaders Outsiders.

All went to plan for the top two in their opening encounters, Outsiders dropped only four chalks whilst defeating Castletown Cannons and second placed Mooragh Lakers just eight in a victory over Parkers.

Lakers carried on their good form and just missed out on a full house in their clash with the Cannons; whereas Outsiders slipped to their first defeat at the hands of Parkers who recorded some great individual results to take a memorable victory.

This all left Mooragh Lakers top on an average of 120.2, whilst Outsiders slipped to 119.1, the same as third placed A-Team, who had the weekend off.

Results for Saturday, November 17: Outsiders 122 (5), Castletown Cannons 95 (1); Mooragh Lakers 118 (4), Parkers 98 (2); Parkers 108 (3), Outsiders 104 (3); Castletown Cannons 99 (1), Mooragh Lakers 124 (5).

The second day’s outcomes were pretty much as expected; however the margins in two of the results were perhaps not.

Just three places separated the sides in the opener, when fifth placed Seven-Up were ruthless in a 126 to 69 points defeat of Erin Porters – their first maximum to date.

Having lost both fixtures last time out, Louie’s Angels needed a win to get their challenge back on track and they were pushed all the way by Castletown Corkers, who have yet to record a victory.

Porters then recovered from their earlier set back to notch up a four games to two success over Corkers, who couldn’t quite hit the 100 points mark, but did improve their overall average.

Seven-Up had lost the previous three clashes with teams above them in the table, but this time they clearly had other ideas and beat rivals Louie’s Angels by a comfortable margin of 30 chalks and swap positions with them in the standings.

Results for Sunday, November 18: Erin Porters 69 (0), Seven-Up 126 (6); Louie’s Angels 117 (4), Castletown Corkers 105 (2); Castletown Corkers 95 (2), Erin Porters 108 (4); Seven-Up 120 (4), Louie’s Angels 90 (2).

Once again one of the groups taking part in the midweek round robin had to be settled by a roll-up and taking the honours were Peter Kelly, Derek Allen and Sue Gawne.

Just missing out were the trio of Bernard Galka, Ray Watterson and Pauline Whorral.

There were clear winners in the yellow jack gang with the victors being Jean Thackrah, Kevin Firth and Janet Monk, with second going to Maureen Hamilton, Steph Swift and Caroline Corlett.

Entries are now being taken for the J&M Lee doubles, this is a new competition introduced in memory of the Club’s former president, Jack Lee, who passed away earlier this year. Sadly his wife Margy died a short while afterwards.

The competition, which will be held on Saturday 22 December, will be run as a drawn doubles, with the format yet to be decided. In the meantime raffle tickets are on sale and prizes would be much appreciated. All proceeds will go to the RNLI.

Weather plays its part

The weather played a major part in proceedings over weekend in the the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League, especially on Saturday with defeats for second placed Louie’s Angels, along with losses for previously unbeaten players.

Heavy rain prior to and during the first session made for tricky conditions, although the playing surface did not show any signs of waterlogging.

First up were Erin Porters taking on Outsiders and the result was close, with just nine points between the two, which went in favour of the leaders to keep their unbeaten run going.

Also in action were the second and third placed sides, however this success went the way of the lower placed outfit after Mooragh Lakers beat Louie’s Angels by a good margin of 20 chalks.

Things didn’t get any easier for the Angels as they next had to take on Outsiders and they could only manage one win in a 121-93 defeat and as a consequence they slipped down the standings into fourth position.

Lakers then matched that winning total when they played Erin Porters and in doing so moved into second spot and closed the gap to the leaders by four down to just seven.

This session saw four players lose their unbeaten starts and along with individuals not taking part for one reason or another, there are only three members to have won all games to date.

Results for Saturday, November 10: Erin Porters 103 (2), Outsiders 112 (4); Louie’s Angels 96 (2), Mooragh Lakers 116 (4); Outsiders 121 (5), Louie’s Angels 93 (1); Mooragh Lakers 121 (5), Erin Porters 87 (1).

Things were much better weather-wise for Sunday afternoon’s participants and two teams left with a maximum apiece and a brace of wins.

Govags were in ruthless form in the opener when they recorded their first full-house of the season at the expense of bottom team Bits n Bobs.

Bowl Rollers were also fired up after notching up two wins last time out and they pushed the A-Team all the way, recording a three-all draw on games, but lost out on points.

Next up Govags and Rollers fought out the closest fixture of the weekend with another draw on games and the westerners triumphant by only four chalks to improve their average to 112.8.

Finally in a rather one-sided clash, the A-Team notched up their third and the league’s tenth maximum score, the unfortunate losers once again were Bits n Bobs.

Results for Sunday, November 11: Bits n Bobs 72 (0), Govags 126 (6); Bowl Rollers 84 (3), A-Team 108 (3); Govags 110 (3), Bowl Rollers 106 (3); A-Team 126 (6), Bits n Bobs 66 (0).

Two groups of six triples competed in the latest midweek round robin, with the closest outcome being in the yellow jack gang with the top three being decided by a roll-up.

Three trios finished on the same total and eventually taking the honours were the threesome of Steve Parker, Rita Callister and Gill Jopson, who edged out Ray Watterson, Trevor Barker and Tricia Bull. Just missing out in third were Sefton Dent, Kevin Firth and Peter Karran.

The other group was a little bit more open with the team of David Clucas, Bryan Corner and Bernie McPhee winning ahead of Doug Allan, Judy Kelly and Steve Crampton.

Outsiders hold slender advantage

Outsiders remain as early leaders of the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League after the latest two weekends, however the margin has been reduced to an average of just half a point.

Teams occupying places in the lower half of the table competed in the first of three sessions to catch up with and recording two wins apiece were Parkers and Bowl Rollers, the first of the campaign for the Rollers.

This took place during an afternoon where sides played their opponents twice, with Parkers inflicting two defeats on Castletown Cannons, the first by a margin of 15 and in the second they increased the gap to 22.

Bowl Rollers meanwhile went agonisingly close to maximum scores in both encounters with basement side Bits n Bobs, dropping only five chalks along the way.

Results for Saturday, October 27: Castletown Cannons 103 (2), Parkers 118 (4); Bits n Bobs 86 (1), Bowl Rollers 124 (5); Parkers 116 (3), Castletown Cannons 94 (3); Bowl Rollers 123 (5), Bits n Bobs 83 (1).

Three of the leading five took part in the following days action, with two of them leaving happier than the other and as a result the title contenders group could well have been reduced to four.

First up were leaders Outsiders against fifth placed Seven-Up and the outcome saw the table toppers notch up an important victory by a margin of 11 points.

Currently third are Mooragh Lakers and they began with a score of 123 against Castletown Corkers, before recording an impressive win over Seven-Up, dropping just five chalks and increasing their average to 120.8.

Corkers may well have won a game in their opener, but could not prevent Outsiders from notching up a third maximum to date and keep their noses in front of second placed Louie’s Angels.

Results for Sunday, October 28: Outsiders 116 (4), Seven-Up 105 (2); Mooragh Lakers 123 (5), Castletown Corkers 86 (1); Castletown Corkers 76 (0), Outsiders 126 (6); Seven-Up 108 (2), Mooragh Lakers 121 (4).

Just one group of fixtures were scheduled last weekend and it was up to third placed A-Team to match the challengers as they endeavour to hang onto their crown.

They dropped just four points whilst defeating Parkers, before they racked up their second maximum of the season at the expense of Castletown Cannons to become the first team to win their opening six fixtures.

Govags also beat the southern outfit, but then went down by a margin of 20 points against Parkers and now have them breathing down their necks, with less than a point separating the pair on average.

Results for Sunday, November 4: Govags 118 (5), Castletown Cannons 105 (1); A-Team 122 (5), Parkers 93 (1); Parkers 112 (3), Govags 92 (3); Castletown Cannons 76 (0), A-Team 126 (6).

Two midweek round robins attracted good entries; the first had 53, which was divided into three gangs.

The yellow triples winners were Gill Malpass, Kevin Firth and Jenny Moore/James Teare, the latter two sharing the games. Also victorious in their groups were the threesome of Bob Berry, Mike Kelly and Jo Smith, along with the pairing of Janet Monk and Steve Parker.

A slightly smaller entry of 42 took part in last week’s gathering, with the successful gangs being Sefton Dent and Bernie McPhee (doubles); Mark Kelly, Steve Parker and Carol Kaye (yellow triples); and Alan Phair, Doug Allan and Jeff Wilson (black triples).

Cannons fire up

There were no major surprises in the final results over the latest weekend of play in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League with the top five sides in the table opening the gap over their rivals.

The biggest benefactors on the average points front were Castletown Cannons, they may well have lost their first fixture, but will have been pleased to take one game from opponents Seven-Up.

They followed this with a comprehensive victory over stablemates Castletown Corkers and the 115 chalks scored saw them climb above their rivals and also pushed non-playing Bowl Rollers into the bottom two.

Parkers were the fourth team competing and they began with a fives games to one success against Corkers, but then came unstuck against Seven-Up who are pushing hard to remain in contention with the four teams above them.

Results for Saturday, October 20: Castletown Cannons 82 (1), Seven-Up 122 (5); Parkers 113 (5), Castletown Corkers 90 (1); Seven-Up 123 (5), Parkers 82 (1); Castletown Corkers 84 (2), Castletown Cannons 115 (4).

Sunday’s participants were all occupying positions in the top seven in the table, two of them still unbeaten heading into this third weekend.

Opening the session were Erin Porters and Govags and they fought out a contest that was decided by the close margin of just four points in favour of the Porters.

Undefeated Louie’s Angels and A-Team then went head to head in a fixture that was probably the best so far this season, with the lowest losing players reaching 17.

The A-Team came out of top by just five points in a 120 to 115 result, but I’m sure the victors will have been more than happy to take their second victory against top-flight opposition having beaten Seven-Up the previous weekend.

Following this the two victors faced up to one another, with Porters Wayne Roberts preventing a maximum and putting last week’s newspaper headline on hold for a little while longer!

The final encounter saw Angels get back to winning ways with victory over Govags and this time it was Bryan Corner who prevented a whitewash, inflicting defeat on another of the former league merit winners.

Results for Sunday, October 21: Erin Porters 112 (4), Govags 108 (2); Louie’s Angels 115 (2), A-Team 120 (4); A-Team 118 (5), Erin Porters 98 (1); Govags 104 (1), Louie’s Angels 121 (5).

Having been in action just the one weekend, Outsiders lead the way on an average of 126, followed by Angels on 123; Mooragh Lakers 119.5; A-Team 117.8 and Seven-Up on 116. I think the battle for league honours come next March will be between this five, with the remainder battling for sixth place downwards.

Last week’s round robin session had the biggest entry to date, with 52 players being split into two groups of triples and one doubles.

Topping the yellow jack gang were Ray Watterson, Brian Lindsay and Tricia Bull, with second being taken by Ken Karran, Sue Gawne and Andy Sykes.

The other triples group had a close outcome with Derek Allen, Bernard Galka and Trevor Barker taking the honours, just one point ahead of Cliff Clague, Sefton Dent and Joy Stephens.

Finally in the doubles, Margaret Tasker and Mark Kelly teamed up to win ahead of Lil Smith and Derek Clarke.