Monthly Archives: May 2015
Onchan A can rest next week safe in the knowledge that they will still be in top spot, despite missing a game.
It is their turn to sit out and a strong 9-1 win at home over Castletown B has seen them move nineteen points clear of nearest rivals Marown A. Onchan’s early season has been very impressive indeed and even if Marown record a maximum they will still have a very commanding nine point lead, which I think will be a big enough cushion to see them push on and retain their title.
Marown A had to work extremely hard for their 8-2 win at Finch Hill A over a side that have definitely turned a few heads and are exceeding expectations in the top flight. The Crosby outfit can’t afford anymore slip ups if they want to snatch the title away from Onchan and will need to start chipping away at the deficit week by week. Matching results will not be enough for them and they will need to start bettering the champion’s results and start now.
Third placed Douglas had another solid performance beating Port Erin A 8-2 away from home. They have started the season well but realistically could see themselves slipping down to fifth place come the turn as they still need to miss a game.
Fourth place Port St Mary A have momentum swinging their way at the minute and a 9-1 win over Peel A in the sunset city sees them march on. They will be gunning for third spot, and if they can get things right will have Marown in their sights and looking at second.
South Ramsey A are next and the team that finished third last term and hoped to push on from this will be hoping to kick on from an impressive 9-1 win over Nobles in the park. They are not out of the race for second and one thing is for sure they will fight to the last bowl of the season and nobody should ever bet against them causing an upset.
North Ramsey will be glad to be back to winning ways after a tricky run of fixtures with an 8-2 showing against Ballaugh A at the Mooragh. They have the all Ramsey derby next time out and will hope to cause a few surprises.
Douglas B are looking like the cream of the crop in Division Two and their very impressive 10-0 demolition of Casteltown C cements this status.
They have a seven point buffer over nearest rivals South Ramsey B and will be hoping to build on this in coming weeks. It has been a very good start to the season for Andy Cannell’s charges and their strength in depth has been the key to their success so far.
South B had to scrap for every point in the local derby over North and showed good fighting qualities to come out with a hard fought 6-4 win.
It was a similar story at Port St Mary where the B team had to use all of the weapons in their arsenal to just eclipse their C team 6-4 by just ten points.
Onchan C still look like the team to beat in Division Three and have managed to stay on top thanks to a 6-4 win away at North Ramsey C.
There was an entry of 21 pairs for the ladies’ doubles played at Noble’s on Sunday 24 May. It was a good afternoon with nice weather and some excellent bowling, the atmosphere being enhanced by the large number of men playing their doubles on the other green.
Semi-finals: Clare Cooper and Sonja Lees 21, Ann Gale and Jenny Maddrell 15; Janet Monk and Lilian Slinger 21, Jenny Moore and Shelley Kennish 13.
In the final Clare and Sonja kept Janet and Lilian in their sights in the early stages, being within striking distance at 12-14, at which point the Ramsey pair took charge coming through to win 21-12.
The presentation was made by John Ruscoe, chairman of Noble’s bowling club, who thanked everyone who had helped in any way with the smooth running of the afternoon.
May Bank Holiday Monday a good entry of 35 pairs turned out at Port St Mary for the annual mixed pairs competition kindly sponsored once again by I.O.M farmers Ltd, after a good days bowling in fine but mainly overcast conditions the final came down to a tussle between two North Ramsey pairs in the form of Steve Parker and Lillian Slinger coming up against mother and son pairing of Janet and Robert Monk with the latter pair coming out on top of a good quality game 21-18.
Losing out in the two semi finals were the pairings of Trevor Quayle and Lyn Bolton (Port St Mary/South Ramsey) and last years winners Stuart and Paula Garrett (Douglas).
Falling at the quarter final stage were Alec and Philippa Taylor (Peel), Jordan Cain and Paula Firth (Onchan/Nobles), Glynn and Kim Hargraves (Onchan/North Ramsey) and Ray and Ann Maddrell (Port St Mary). At the conclusion of play Port St Mary Ladies President Ann Maddrell introduced Michael Atherton from the sponsors to present the prizes.
Report by Ewan Cooil
It was double success for Colin Kelly this weekend as he teamed up with Neil Withers to win the men’s doubles at Nobles Bowling Club, just 24 hours after he lifted the association cup on the same green.
Both men were relentless in their quest for victory and slipped into gear from the off, moving through them every game they played, and by the time they reached the final they were in overdrive and too hot to handle for Ian Moore and Stuart Garrett as they came home 21-9 winners.
The runners up had a great day out too and the Douglas pairing should be very happy with their efforts. In the semi final they knocked out Tom Kelly and Michael Collister, whilst Withers and Kelly eliminated John Kennish and James Teare.
Nobles Park ran the competition, which was held in conjunction with the ladies doubles on the other green, superbly and an entry of 33 pairs shows that things are definitely on the up for Manx bowls.
Colin Kelly was at the top of his game at Nobles on Saturday as he lifted the coveted Association Cup which he last won two decades ago in 1995.
Kelly seemed to thrive in a new format which saw both greens used, with players alternating between games and had the measure of both almost instantly.
In the final he overcame the colourful ‘green machine’ Jordan Cain 21-14. It was all change in the final with Kelly playing Cain’s preferred short round pegs and the runner up heading for the champion’s usual choice of full corners.
Jordan played well all day and had some exceptional results but just didn’t have enough in the tank as he struggled to get on terms with Colin.
Both players had excellent results in the semi-finals with Cain, the only player in the last four not to have won a festival on the same green, taking Neil Withers a part 21-6. Our eventual champion will also be very pleased with his work as he dispatched long time adversary John Kennish 21-17.
Losing out in the quarter finals were Kevin Quirk, Ray Maddrell, Stevie Kelly and Rob Monk.
Matthew Keggen and the competition committee should be praised for the new format which worked tremendously well. The recent changes have seen an increase in entries and if we continue in this vein I am sure the sport will flourish for years to come.
The Men’s Rayner Shield/Plate Quarter Final draws and Ladies Jean Kelly Semi Final draws have been made and are available using the links below.
Please note if Port St Mary B advance to the Quarter Finals of the Plate the current date shown (18th June) will need to be altered due to fixture clashes.
Peel Sunset B provided the shock result of the week travelling to 2nd Place Douglas A they come away with a superb 5-3 victory to put a dent in the home teams title aspirations, this goes to back up the thought that on their day most teams can pull off surprise results, Douglas bad week continued as they had to visit Castletown A and went down 6-2 to leave them in 5th position having played 14 for 18 points, With leaders North Ramsey A having a superb win at tough to beat at home Onchan A before having a superb 7-1 win over another title contender Peel Sunset A THE Northerners sit looking down on everyone having played 13 games for 23 points, Two points in arrears of North Ramsey A on 21 points come Castletown B who used home advantage to beat South Ramsey 5-3 in a very close game before beating Douglas B to get maximum points this week, One point behind come Castletown A who still have the important game in hand on their B team. Castletown A had a very close 4-4- draw at Ballaugh with four games going to all but across, but vitally 3 of those games went to the home side, before as already mentioned they beat Douglas A at the Crofts On 18 points level with Douglas come Port St Mary A, but they have only played 12 but their rearranged game against North Ramsey B should off been played on Friday so the result will be in next week which should move them up the table. Port however suffered a hiccup on Tuesday going down 5-3 on their visit to Marown before getting back on track with 8-0 whitewash over visitors Nobles B. Peel Sunset A hold 6th place on 17 points after whitewashing Douglas B they suffered at leaders North Ramsey A on the Thursday. Marown had a superb week with two home fixtures they had wins over PSM And Ballaugh to climb to 7th place on 16 points with the all-important, game in hand on 6th place Peel. South Ramsey occupy 8th place on 15 points after losing out on their trip south to Castletown B they had a good 8-0 win over Port Erin. With Nobles A, Peel Sunset B both on 14 points. Peel B after beating Douglas A away were brought down to earth by next to bottom North Ramsey B who travelled west and came away with a point, which again proves any team can get points from each other. At Present Stuart Garrett of Douglas A leads the Merit having played and won 14 games, next come George Peach played 14 won 13 and Brian Redman played 14 won 12 both from Castletown B, closely followed by Geoff Porter (North Ramsey A) played 13 won 12, then on 11 wins are Tony Carroon (Peel B), Harry Kelly (Peel A), Peter Kelly (Marown), Dave Foulis (Ballaugh) Ron Maycox (PSM A) and Mike Hargraves (Castletown A)
Lynne Mansley was the hero for Douglas on Friday 22 May, her win denying Port St Mary a full house. The visitors won eight games, four of them to single figures leaving Douglas just short of a three figure total.Castletown put in a strong performance at Port Erin winning 7 games, three to single figures. The two winners for Port Erin were Carol Kaye and Mavis Franks who edged out Marie Ashurst 21-19.Onchan were a player short against Mooragh Park who won 6-3 on games, the match-up of the night being Vicky Lloyd-West’s 21-20 win over Joyce Gardiner. Ballaugh also won 6-3 on games against Peel Sunset, but the visitors fought well to end up level on points, Rose Corfield reaching !9 against Peggy Griffin and Joyce Kelly 20 against Christine MacDonald. Purt le Moirrey struggled against Noble’s but had three winners in Chris Price, Edwina Reid and Pauline Worrall while Roma Ware reached 19 against Julie Macleod. South Ramsey were another team with a 6-3 games advantage, the three winners for Marown being Pat Withers, Mary Alderson and Rosie Winckle, to single figures. Lil Smith nearly added a fourth game, reaching 19 against Jill Quayle.
There were two maximums in the Trend sponsored over 60’s ladies’ league on Tuesday 19 May. Onchan A had a fruitful journey south where Ann Hollingworth came closest to giving Castletown a game, reaching 18 against Dee Lewis. Port St Mary A also had a full house at Villa with Margaret Taskr and Tricia Bull winning to single figures. Villa put up some spirited resistance with Muriel Cain reaching 19 against Kath Looney and Brenda Williams taking Rita Callister all the way before going down 20-21. Douglas could only field 5 players but the five fought well with Elaine Vincent reaching 20 against Chris Holland and Jo Oldam registering the same score against Dot Mylchreest. Jan Osborne went one better, winning her game and spoiling the party for the home side. Peel Sunset were also unable to field a full team at Ballaugh, while Mary Alderson was the fly in the ointment for Port Erin, denying them a full house. Noble’s had the better of Breagle, 4-2 on games and at Onchan B the home side had the advantage in a low scoring match that was drawn on games.
In the match postponed from 5 May Onchan had the better of Marown 4-2 on games, three of those games being to single figures. The two winners for the visiting team were Celia Joughin, in the closest game of the morning against Flo Kelly, and Shirley Whelan.