News: Winter League

Parkers make move up table

Parkers are up into the top six after the latest weekend in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowls League; they climbed three places after two good scores on Sunday afternoon.

Neither day had great weather for bowling, but Saturday’s gang certainly had the worst of it with constant rain all through the session.

Third placed Outsiders were in action and dropped three less chalks than Seven-Up who occupy fourth position; the margin between the pair is now seven points.

Outsiders opened with a 114 to 99 point victory over Bowl Rollers, whereas Seven-Up temporarily held the advantage with a score of 123 against Erin Porters.

The two sides then swapped opponents and almost did the same with the results, however Outsiders took their winning tally to 125, while Seven-Up recorded 113 in a three-all in games against Rollers.

Further down the table, this left Porters in sixth on a reduced average of 105.8, Rollers also slightly lower on 105.4, Govags next on 104.6 and just behind were Parkers, who were scheduled to play 24-hours later, on 104.1.

Results for Saturday, January 13: Bowl Rollers 99 (2), Outsiders 114 (4); Erin Porters 89 (2), Seven-Up 123 (4); Outsiders 125 (5), Erin Porters 94 (1); Seven-Up 113 (3), Bowl Rollers 108 (3).

An injury to Kiera Corlett (whilst playing doubles for Castletown Corkers with her mother Mary) midway through the game on Sunday; meant that the pair had to retire, ahead of them going to hospital.

May we all wish Kiera a speedy recovery and hope to see her back playing soon.

The action continued in what was the first three-team session of the season and I am sure Parkers would not have wanted to benefit on the points front this way, but they went on to record a 123 to 85 victory.

Cannons also struggled in the difficult conditions in a fixture that saw Parkers notch up another good score and in the process jump up three places into sixth on an average of 106.4.

The unfortunate incident earlier in the afternoon had a bearing on the final encounter when the two Castletown outfits went head to head.

Cannons took full advantage of their opponents being two players short and notched up their third success with a 111 to 68 scoreline, swapping places in the table with their stablemates.

Results for Sunday, November 14: Parkers 123 (5), Castletown Corkers 85 (1); Castletown Cannons 91 (1), Parkers 122 (5); Castletown Corkers 68 (1), Castletown Cannons 111 (5).

Wednesday’s round robin had an entry of 48 players, which was split into three groups of triples, with the closest outcome being in the black jack section, settled after a roll-up in favour of Philippa Taylor, Carol Kaye and Lynda Cadamy. Just missing out were Terry Bates, Rita Callister and Pauline Worrall.

Topping the yellow gang were Trevor Barker, Shirley Whelan and Joy Stephens, with second going to Derek Clarke, Mark Kelly and Kevin Firth.

Finally in the red jack section, Alan Moore, David Clucas and Elaine McElroy were triumphant, ahead of Bernard Thackrah, Sheila Preston and Clyde Quine.

Leaders are High Flyers

Four more maximums over the latest weekend in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowls League took the season’s tally to 20, with no less than seven of those going to runaway leaders, Jacks Off.

They racked up another two with a second faultless afternoon on Sunday, while just 24 hours earlier their nearest challengers, Mooragh Lakers, dropped 27 points in their third defeat of the campaign.

Now on an increased average of 122.5, over six ahead of Lakers, Jacks Off are well on their way to wrestling the championship shield away from their closest rivals and current holders, who will have to improve if they are to hold onto second spot.

The two days began with Louie’s Angels coming out on top by four chalks in a fairly low scoring encounter against Mooragh Lakers; this while Castletown Corkers notched up only their second success with victory over basement side Bits n Bobs.

Bits were unfortunately the first team this season not to have a full team, whereas the two Castletown outfits are making great use of the rule where players can compete for more than one side for up to five times before the individual is tied to any particular one – Corkers are now up to 21 different names, whereas Cannons are close behind on 17.

On the green, Angels and Lakers both recorded maximum scores in their final outings as they overcame Bits n Bobs and Corkers, who, over the session improved their average slightly to stay above their stablemates who were due to play the following day.

Results for Saturday, January 6: Louie’s Angels 103 (3), Mooragh Lakers 99 (3); Castletown Corkers 109 (4), Bits n Bobs 81 (2); Mooragh Lakers 126 (6), Castletown Corkers 77 (0); Bits n Bobs 56 (0), Louie’s Angels 126 (6).

Sunday’s quartet arrived to a slightly frozen green, which did not stop two of the teams taking advantage – Jacks off with those maximum scores and Govags who racked up a pair of good wins and as a result moved up a position in the standings.

Whilst Jacks Off eased passed an out of sorts Parkers outfit, the westerners dropped just four chalks in a five games to one victory over Castletown Cannons.

Cannons next had the arduous task of taking on Jacks Off and with a total of just 73 they slipped further behind Corkers on an average of 88.9, whilst their stablemates are on 90.5.

Jacks Off meanwhile are on course to set more records, they are already on course to beat the best average over a season of 119.4 they set in 2015 and are currently are on a total of 73 games for, with just 11 against.

The final clash of the session saw Govags beat Parkers by a margin of eight points and now lead them in the table by seven and in turn are now just 15 behind seventh placed Bowl Rollers.

Results for Sunday, January 7: Parkers 76 (0), Jacks Off 126 (6); Castletown Cannons 91 (1), Govags 122 (5); Jacks Off 126 (6), Castletown Cannons 73 (0); Govags 104 (4), Parkers 96 (2).

The first round robin of the New Year attracted an entry of 28 and the winners of the two groups were Sefton Dent, partnered by Peter Kelly and the duo of Janet Monk and Tricia Bull.

Jacks Off are a mean machine

Another year of league fixtures was brought to a close in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling Club with a set of fixtures involving three of the leading four teams.

Delayed due to snow some three weeks earlier, the afternoon saw eight time champions Jacks Off drop just six chalks as they completed 2017 in dramatic fashion.

First into the fray were leaders Jacks Off against fourth placed Outsiders and even though the latter took two games, they went down by a 28 point margin in a 120-92 scoreline.

Also in this clash one of the remaining individual unbeaten records was halted, with the 21-13 defeat of Stuey Garrett (Outsiders) at the hands of Alan Moore.

Third placed Seven-Up were also in action, they were pushed hard by Govags in an encounter that ended three-all on games and the title challengers dropped 13 points in the process.

The westerners went one better in their next outing, after another share of the games; they beat opponents Outsiders by the closest of margins in a 104-105 result.

Finally the sides in first and third positions went head to head and I don’t think for one moment that anybody could have predicted the outcome as Jacks Off swept aside Seven-Up to record the season’s 16th maximum score to leave their rivals trailing with a total of just 78.

Results for Saturday, December 30: Jacks Off 120 (4), Outsiders 92 (2); Govags 96 (3), Seven-Up 113 (3); Outsiders 104 (3), Govags 105 (3); Seven-Up 78 (0), Jacks Off 126 (6).

The top four sides have now played 12 apiece and the leaders have an impressive margin of 58 points over second placed Mooragh Lakers.

New third position team Outsiders have a slender margin of just four points over Seven-Up, but are in turn now 45 adrift of Lakers. Waiting in the wings are Louie’s Angels in fifth.

As mentioned earlier the leader of the individual merit lost a game, so this leaves Stefan Kelly (Jacks Off) at the top with his unbeaten run intact after 12 wins.

In second spot is Rob Monk (Lakers), just ahead of Matthew Keggen (Jacks Off), with Stuey Garrett now down in fourth. Making up the top six are Brian Kelly (Lakers) and Glynn Hargraves (Jacks Off).

Leading three for the ladies trophy, in this order, are Janet Monk (Lakers), Marg Tasker (Angels) and Jenny Moore (Lakers), while top junior is Austin Hart (Jacks Off).

A gang of 25 took part in a midweek round robin with the pairing of Ken Karran and Alec Taylor being hailed as winners along with the trio of Stefan Kelly, Alan Moore and Lyn Bolton.

Just missing out were Jenny Moore and Kevin Firth in the doubles and Derek Allen, Derek Cadamy and Lil Smith in the triples.

Another session was held on New Year’s Eve with just 17 braving the elements, the victors being Glynn Hargraves, Steve Parker and Ken Karran, along with the duo of James Teare and Peter Kelly.

Pre-Christmas round-up

Two round robins brought the pre-Christmas programme to a finish in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling Club and at the second event the tombola winning numbers were announced.

A smaller than usual gang of 31 attended the midweek session on Wednesday, December 20 which was separated into two groups.

Emerging as winners in the triples were Peter Kelly, Derek Allen and Sefton Dent, with the runners-up spot going to Derek Cadamy, Erwin Gelling and Doug Allan.

This while the pairing of Steve Parker and Nigel Thomas won the black jack set ahead of Elaine Moore and Ken Karran.

Saturday’s session was played as doubles with the winners being Marg Tasker and Alan Moore, along with Bryan Corner and Lynda Cadamy.

Second positions went to Glynn Hargraves and Ken Karran; also Kim Hargraves and Caroline Whitehead, whilst in third were Stefan Kelly and Sefton Dent, and Derek Allen and Alec Taylor.

This Saturday, December 30 a set of fixtures postponed due to snow on December 9 will be held and will involve three of the leading four teams.

A New Year’s Eve round robin will complete the 2017 activities the following day.

Jacks Off march on

League leaders and former champions Jacks Off increased their advantage at the head of the pack on Saturday in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League when they dropped just three chalks in a session that included the season’s 15th maximum.

Along with Govags, they kicked off the weekend with a score of 123; Jacks Off defeating Louie’s Angels to 98, whilst the westerners left opponents Castletown Corkers trailing on 68.

Jacks Off then racked up maximum win number five to push their average points up to 121.7, whereas Corkers saw theirs slip to 90.14.

The final outcome of the afternoon saw Angels record a five games to one success against Govags and maintain fifth spot in the table.

Results for Saturday, December 16: Louie’s Angels 98 (2), Jacks Off (123 (4); Castletown Corkers 68 (1), Govags 123 (5); Jacks Off 126 (6), Castletown Corkers 71 (0); Govags 81 (1), Louie’s Angels 115 (5).

Bowl Rollers were the only team to win both fixtures in the Sunday session, first up they were successful in a close tussle with Parkers, which was decided by just four chalks and a share of the games.

This while Erin Porters finished only two points short of their first full house, at the expense of a Castletown Cannons outfit, which is chasing down their stablemates.

Next up Parkers moved within touching distance of Erin Porters with a 19 point winning margin, the two sides are on 107.9 and 107.1 in the table as they head for the festive break.

Lastly Bowl Rollers emerged successful against Cannons, who remain behind their stablemates on an average of 90.08, but managed to close the gap by 40 points. Rollers meanwhile occupy eighth position behind Parkers.

Results for Sunday, December 17: Parkers 115 (3), Bowl Rollers 119 (3); Castletown Cannons 95 (1), Erin Porters 124 (5); Erin Porters 97 (2), Parkers 116 (4); Bowl Rollers 113 (5), Castletown Cannons 84 (1).

White out causes wipe out

The weather put paid to any bowls being played over the weekend in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League with a covering of snow on Nobles No. 3 putting the action on hold.

The set of fixtures due to be played have now been rescheduled for Saturday 30 December, while ahead of this the Christmas tombola and round robin will be held on Saturday 23.

There is nothing planned by the club for Christmas Eve, whereas the usual midweek round robin will take place on Wednesday 27 December and another session on New Year’s Eve (Sunday 31).

Following are the league positions and top 20 players in the merit table to date.

League: 1. Jacks Off, played 8, average points 121; 2. Mooragh Lakers, 12, 117.1; 3. Seven-Up, 10, 116.5; 4. Outsiders, 10, 116.4; 5. Louie’s Angels, 12, 112.3; 6. Erin Porters, 12, 107.4; 7. Parkers, 10, 105.4; 8. Govags, 8, 104.1; 9. Bowl Rollers, 12, 103.9; 10. Castletown Corkers, 12, 93.6; 11. Castletown Cannons, 10, 90.2; 12. Bits n Bobs, 12, 79.4.

In the merit standings, there are now just two undefeated players, with Stuart Garrett (Outsiders) having played two more games than Stefan Kelly (Jacks Off).

The leaders in the battle for honours on the ladies front are separated by 0.2 of a point, with Alison Keggen (Louie’s Angels) on 19.5, followed closely by Janet Monk (Mooragh Lakers) 19.4 and Jenny Moore (Lakers), along with Tricia Bull (Angels) on 19.3.

Merit table (averages based on amount of games played by team): 1. Stuart Garrett played 10, average 21; 2. Stefan Kelly 8, 21; 3. Frank Watson (Outsiders) 10, 20.9; 4. Robert Monk (Mooragh Lakers) 12, 20.6; 5. Brian Kelly (Lakers) 12, 20.1; 6. Steve Crampton (Seven-Up) 10, 20.0; 7. Matthew Keggen (Jacks Off) 8, 20; 8. Glynn Hargraves (Jacks Off) 8, 19.6; 9. Dougie Allan (Govags) 8, 19.6; 10. Alison Keggen 12, 19.5; 11. Janet Monk 12, 19.4; 12. Wayne Roberts (Erin Porters) 12, 19.3; 13. Jenny Moore 12, 19.3; 14. Tricia Bull 12, 19.3; 15. Margaret Tasker (Angels) 12, 19.1; 16. Rebecca Teare (Angels) 12, 19; 17. Tracy Moore (Castletown Corkers) 12, 18.7; 18. James Teare (Lakers) 12, 18.5; 19. Austin Hart (Jacks Off) 7, 18.4; 20. Mavis Franks (Erin Porters) 12, 18.3.

Action packed weekend

The three teams hunting down leaders Jacks Off were in action on Sunday in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League taking part in a repeat set of fixtures played just over a month ago.

This while just 24 hours earlier, Louie’s Angels, the side occupying fifth spot had a perfect afternoon and recorded maximum points.

First up they defeated an understrength Parkers team, who unfortunately for them, had four of their regular players unavailable.

Also on the green were the Castletown gangs and it was Cannons who were victorious over Corkers by a margin of just four chalks to slightly close the gap on their opponents.

The two winners then went head to head, but Cannons could not halt the Angels, who finally showed their true potential.

Corkers also had to call upon some players to make up their team and it was one of them, Bernard Thackrah, who prevented a whitewash against Parkers.

Results for Saturday, December 2: Parkers 90 (0), Louie’s Angels 126 (6); Castletown Cannons 104 (3), Castletown Corkers 100 (3); Louie’s Angels 126 (6), Castletown Cannons 93 (0); Castletown Corkers 86 (1), Parkers 118 (5).

Sunday’s attendees had the best of the weather over the two days and it was champions Mooragh Lakers who had the best of the afternoon with wins over the two sides above and below them in the table.

When the three clashed back in October, it was Outsiders who amassed the most points from the session with 250, followed by Seven-Up on 231 and Lakers on 206.

Things were a little different this time with Lakers improving their tally by 23, whereas Outsiders scored 24 less and Seven-Up saw their total slip by 20.

Lakers began the session with a 12 chalk victory over Outsiders in a fixture that saw the losing team win by four games to two, but miss out after two heavy individual defeats.

Seven-Up meanwhile dropped six crucial points against bottom outfit Bits n Bobs, for whom Anne Keane and Geoff Mayles won their doubles game.

Lakers followed their opening success with a fairly comfortable victory over Seven-Up, a result that saw the two swap places in the table, with the winners up into second.

The final outcome of the weekend saw Outsiders notch up the campaign’s 14th maximum score when they beat Bits n Bobs and now sit in fourth position, by just 0.1 of a point on average.

Results for Sunday, December 3: Outsiders 100 (4), Mooragh Lakers 112 (2); Seven-Up 120 (5), Bits n Bobs 77 (1); Mooragh Lakers 117 (4), Seven-Up 91 (2); Bits n Bobs 66 (0), Outsiders 126 (6).

A measure went missing from the green on Sunday, so if anyone who was there could check their coats and bags and return if found it would be much appreciated.

An entry of 48 braved the cold weather and took part in the midweek round robin, with three sets of triples being the order of the day.

Topping the groups were Andy Sykes, Mavis Franks and John Lightfoot; Sheila Preston, Maureen Payne and Peter Hughes; along with Lynda Cadamy, Derek Cadamy and Sue Gawne.

Runners-up being Mike Ware, Hazel Hughes and Jean Thackrah; Steve Parker, Frances Radcliffe and Peter Kelly; also Steve Moore, Shirley Whelan and Rita Callister.

Weather permitting a round robin will take place this Sunday (December 10), due to it being a free day on the league fixture front.

Rollers back on track

There was just one set of fixtures over the weekend in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League and it was Bowl Rollers who came away with the best haul of points, dropping just six from their possible total.

First up they took on Louie’s Angels and with just one win of their last six outings they were aiming to get back on track.

A total of 124 were just what they needed from a clash that had four losers on 20, two for each team, in a nine point winning gap.

Erin Porters also won their opener by the same margin, after they were pushed all the way by Castletown Corkers, who are three places behind them in the table.

Next up Porters couldn’t carry their winning form forward when Angels defeated them to stretch the advantage between the pair who occupy fifth and sixth positions.

Last fixture saw Rollers keep their good form going when they dropped just four chalks against Corkers who matched their 101 total from earlier.

All four sides improved their averages, however there were no positional changes in the league table.

Results for Saturday, November 25: Louie’s Angels 115 (2), Bowl Rollers 124 (4); Castletown Corkers 101 (3), Erin Porters 110 (3); Erin Porters 94 (2), Louie’s Angels 112 (4); Bowl Rollers 122 (4), Castletown Corkers 101 (2).

Just four players remain unbeaten at this stage of the season and at the head of the quartet with the least points against is Philippa Taylor (Seven-Up).

Next come Stefan Kelly (Jacks Off), Steve Crampton (Seven-Up) and Stuart Garrett (Outsiders); with Frank Watson (Outsiders), Rob Monk (Mooragh Lakers) and Matthew Keggen (Jacks Off) close behind all with an average of 20 points or more.

No midweek round robin due to the weather, whereas a session on Sunday saw 25 compete in two groups.

Emerging as winners of the triples were Lil Smith, Marg Tasker and Tricia Bull, with second spot occupied by Stefan Kelly, Ed Carlyle and Derek Allen.

The doubles jacks gang was settled in the final game when Alan Moore and Lynda Wilson won ahead of Steve Moore and Lynda Cadamy.

Perfect session for Jacks Off

Eight-time champions Jacks Off had the perfect afternoon on Saturday in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League with two maximums to extend their lead at the head of the table.

They began the session with a very slender advantage, but left with that margin stretched to 1.8 points on average as they sit on 968, with second-placed Seven-Up on 954, both setting a high standard at the top.

Bowl Rollers were the first opponents, but they could not stop the rampant Jacks Off; putting up the best fight were the pairing of Sylvia Kennaugh and Terry Bates who fell short on 20.

Fifth placed Erin Porters were next for the leaders and they were left with a total of 82, way below their average. Just failing to take a win for the southerners was Derek Allen who reached 19.

The Porters had earlier won a close battle with Govags, a fixture that finished three-all on games and with a seven point winning margin.

Last clash of the day saw the closest outcome, after another three-all Govags took the victory by just three chalks over Bowl Rollers who were just one place behind in the standings.

Results for Saturday, November 18: Jacks Off 126 (6), Bowl Rollers 80 (0); Govags 108 (3), Erin Porters 115 (3); Erin Porters 82 (0), Jacks Off 126 (6); Bowl Rollers 109 (3), Govags 112 (3).

No pressure on current champions and fourth placed Mooragh Lakers on Sunday then – not half, as their challenge was to stay in touch with the top two.

They began with a tough encounter against Parkers, which finished all-square on games and just one point between them in favour of Lakers.

Also in action were the bottom two teams Castletown Cannons and Bits n Bobs, with the Cannons coming out on top to register their first success, both sides recording their best scores to date.

The last two fixtures of the weekend went to form, first to finish were Cannons and Lakers, with George Peach closest to a win for the southerners when Lakers recorded their third and the campaign’s 11th maximum.

Shortly after Parkers just missed out on a full-house when Andy Morgan (Bits n Bobs) scraped home by the narrowest of margins to deny them, they did however do enough during the day to jump up two positions in the table and are now hot on the heels of Erin Porters.

Results for Sunday, November 19: Mooragh Lakers 118 (3), Parkers 117 (3); Bits n Bobs 104 (3), Castletown Cannons 112 (3); Castletown Cannons 81 (0), Mooragh Lakers 126 (6); Parkers 125 (5), Bits n Bobs 84 (1).

Could I urge that all captains please double check the result cards, there have been a number of mistakes in the totals over recent weeks. We can only presume the individual scores are correct and the totals are not – we have no way of checking the players results.

The Wednesday afternoon gang of 49 battled it out in three groups, with the winners in the black group being Hazel Hughes, Pauline Worrall and Carol Kaye, just missing out were Mark Kelly, Janet Monk and Elaine Moore.

Also played as triples the yellow jacks saw Steve Parker, Mavis Franks and Alan Phair emerge as winners ahead of Marg Tasker, Kevin Firth and Maureen Quiliiam.

The remaining section was won by the pairing of Dougie Allan and Rita Callister, with second spot going to Vicky Lloyd-West and Alan Moore.

Averages drop for most

The average points gap between first and fourth was halved over the latest weekend in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League after all but one of the teams taking part saw their average drop.

League leaders and multiple title winners Jacks Off along with current champs Mooragh Lakers went head to head in the opening battle on Saturday and it was Jacks Off who came out on top in a 3-3 draw on games, which saw them triumph by just two points.

Bottom side Bits n Bobs were also in action, but could not prevent opponents Govags from notching up a comfortable victory.

The Bits then had to face the earlier victors Jacks Off and will have been quite pleased to have won one game, thanks to Geoff Mayles who made it two wins in the session to deny both opponents a full-house.

Unfortunately Govags couldn’t do the same as Mooragh Lakers swept to their second maximum win of the campaign and in the process maintained their average of 116.5, whereas Jacks Off saw theirs slip to 119.3, which put them into second spot overnight.

Results for Saturday, November 11: Mooragh Lakers 107 (3), Jacks Off 109 (3); Bits n Bobs 86 (1), Govags 113 (5); Jacks Off 119 (5), Bits n Bobs 65 (1); Govags 79 (0), Mooragh Lakers 126 (6).

Sunday’s group also had two of the leading four outfits competing and they both won twice against the same opposition in a session that saw overnight leaders Seven-Up slip back behind Jacks Off by the slender margin of 0.1 of a point on average.

They began with a five games to one victory over Castletown Corkers in a contest that saw Tracey Moore emerge as the sole winner for her team.

Also in action were third placed Outsiders, but even though they were successful in both outings, they slipped further behind the leading two and in turn closer to fourth-placed Lakers.

Louie’s Angels were first to offer a challenge and this battle finished with both teams recording three figure points totals; Corkers were next up, but they fell short again and remain in the bottom three.

The final clash of the day saw Seven-Up defeat Louie’s Angels and even though they won by 11 points, that margin could have been much closer, as a disagreement on the cards saw two players go back onto the green, restarting from 15-across, which after a further four ends, finished 21-15.

Maybe a lesson to be learned here, because one marker had the game finished at 21-20, whilst the other had 20-across, which in the end saw the losing player and team involved miss out on five chalks, which can prove difficult to get at the best of times.

Results for Sunday, November 12: Castletown Corkers 90 (1), Seven-Up 120 (5); Louie’s Angels 100 (2), Outsiders 112 (4); Outsiders 116 (4), Castletown Corkers 92 (2); Seven-Up 117 (4), Louie’s Angels 106 (2).

Once again the midweek gathering had a very good entry with 54 players battling in groups of triples.

The black jacks were decided after a roll-up, which went in favour of Jean Thackrah, Carol Kaye and Brian Masterson, with Lynda Wilson, Sue Gawne and Shirley Whelan just missing out.

In the red group, a one point difference gave victory to Joy Stephens, Trevor Barker and Gordon Corrin, with second going to Mavis Franks, David Clucas and Derek Allen.

Whilst in the other gang the victors had a two point margin, when the threesome of Derek Clarke, Kevin Firth and Doug Allan sneaked home ahead of Edward Carlyle, Greg Brew and Mark Kelly.