Monthly Archives: August 2016

South Ramsey Close In On History

With only a few weeks left of the Ellan Vannin Fuels Crown Green Bowls Leagues South Ramsey A have one hand on winning their first League Trophy and end 19 years of dominance of Marown A and Onchan A.

With Marown sitting out the Wednesday games they needed to better South’s score on Monday however they faced Nobles A who are fighting for their lives to stay in the top flight. Marown came away with a 7-3 win but crucially South Ramsey won 9-1 home to Ballaugh. Wednesday South Ramsey turned in their fourth 10-0 of the season moving them 11 points clear with three games to go.

At the other end Ballaugh A, Finch Hill A and Nobles A are fighting to remain in the 1st Division. Finch Hill have played an extra game than the other two teams and have tough games against Port St Mary A and Douglas A to come. Nobles and Ballaugh face off in what could be a relegation showdown this week.

In Division Two Peel Sunset A are still comfortable at the top of the League despite losing 7-3 to Marown B who are rallying to take 2nd place from Castletown B

Division Three remains tight as only 3 points separate Port Erin B and Douglas C at the summit of the table with two games to go.

Port St Mary Ladies Retain League

Port St Mary have retained the Ladies League for a third successive season and win their 6th title overall.

South Ramsey may have ended Port St Mary’s undefeated season by beating them 139-161 on Friday night but it wasn’t enough to affect the final outcome of the league.

Castletown beat Port Erin 161-141 in their final game and will hope their 163 point cushion ahead of South Ramsey is enough to hold onto second place with South Ramsey still to play Nobles in a re-arranged game this week

(Photo 2015 Jean Kelly)

W. A. Roberts ladies’ singles

There was a field of 34 for the W.A.Roberts ladies’ singles played at Port St Mary on Wednesday 10 May. The event was sponsored once again by Celtic Associates, represented by Iain Wood who showed how his bowls has progressed since last year by delivering the first wood of the afternoon.

Despite the miserable wet weather the players produced some superb bowling throughout the afternoon, with some close matches and surprise results particularly in the early rounds.

Quarter-finals: Janet Monk 21, Hannah Drewett 14; Philippa Taylor 21, Caroline Parker 18; Margaret Tasker 21, Alison Keggen 10; Val Macfarlane 21, Mavis Franks 16.

Semi-finals: Janet Monk 21, Philippa Taylor 10; Val Macfarlane 21,Margaret Tasker 15.

Janet seemed to become more consistent as the afternoon progressed and Val found herself up against it in the final. Janet played very few loose woods, and although Val did not play badly her good woods were usually removed by her opponent. It was a final of high quality with Janet just having that all important edge.

Kath Looney thanked everyone for coming and those who stayed to the end. Thanks also went to Celtic Associates for their continued sponsorship of the event, and to everyone who contributed to the smooth running of the afternoon. She then introduced Iain Wood to make the presentations. Iain had been impressed by the standard of bowling and stated that Celtic Associates would be pleased to continue to sponsor the event next year.

Flo Doan ladies’ doubles

21 pairs entered the Flo Doan ladies’ doubles played at Peel on Saturday 30 July, where the green was running well and the weather stayed fair until the latter stages at which point it became a little cooler. There was some excellent bowling on view throughout, with most players enjoying their games.

Semi-finals: Jenny Moore and Elaine Moore 21, Ann Hollingworth and Heike Perry 19; Helen Martin and Janet Monk 21, Jean Thackrah and Mavis Franks 7.

Helen and Janet made the better start in the final, leading 12-7 after five ends, but Elaine and Jenny won the next 5 ends, which included a 2 and a 3, to nudge ahead 15-12. The Mooragh pair scored a 3 followed by a single to give them a one point lead, but this was the end of their resistance as the pair from South Ramsey had another run of five ends to take the match 21-16.

The presentation was made by club president, Heather Horsburgh, who thanked everyone who had entered, those who had stayed to the end, and everyone who had contributed to the smooth running of the afternoon.

Elaine thanked the Peel club, particularly the green keeper for the beautiful condition of the green.

Ladies’ IOM Merit

There was an entry of 26 players for the IOM merit, for the Barbara Lee Trophy, played at South Ramsey on Sunday & August. The competition should have been played at Peel but was transferred to South Ramsey because of parking problems caused by the Peel Carnival.

The afternoon started windy and became windier as the competition progressed although the rain stayed away until the final stages. The conditions together with a very fast green meant that bowling was not easy, but some players did manage to control at least one of their two woods !

Quarter-finals: Margaret Tasker 21, Chris Price 14; Janet Monk 21, Shelley Kennish 10; Elaine Moore 21, Tricia Bull 16; Jenny Moore 21, Fiona Kennish 10

Semi-finals: Janet Monk 21, Margaret Tasker 9; Elaine Moore 21, Jenny Moore 9

The rain came in for the final and the wind seemed even stronger, making conditions very unpleasant, although the wet green seemed to make the green a little more manageable.

Elaine had the better of the early exchanges taking a 7-2 lead after 6 ends before Janet took the next 6 ends and a 9-7 advantage. Things were level pegging up to 19 across, but Elaine made two singles to take the title 21-19.

The presentations were made by Association president, Rosie Winckle, who thanked the South Ramsey club for the use of their green and their members for their help both on the green and in the kitchen. Thanks also went to Heathr for running the sheet.

Peel A and Castletown A in Ismay Final. Onchan B and Port Erin in Mini Cup Final

This week the semi finals of both the Ismay and Mini Cups took place with Peel A just winning at home to Onchan A, Peels Ray Hardman beating Mike Alexander, while teammate John Lightfoot lost out to Onchan’s Peter Karran in to 21-20 games the match going to Peel 5-4 at Castletown a local derby took place with the A team proving stronger than the B team, with Bootsie Cooil and Terry Jackson being the only B team winners on the day giving a 7-2 victory for Castletown A, to set up a final encounter with Peel A. In the Mini Cup Onchan B used home advantage to beat Port St Mary B 7-2, while Port Erin travelled to Nobles B and came away with a 6-3 win to set up a final against Onchan B which is scheduled to take place a Finch Hill on Wednesday 10th August. The venue of the Ismay will be announced next week.
League Leaders Port St Mary 49 points played both Nobles teams at Nobles this week and came away with both points against their B team after a 5-3 win, however they dropped a point against Nobles A in a closely fought match. This allowed Castletown to narrow the gap at the top to four points, after having two very tough games themselves, just being both Peel A and Marown A by 5 -3 Nobles A remain in third place six points behind Castletown after beating PSM B 6-2. Peel A hang onto fourth place after losing to both Castletown A at home and Onchan A away 5-3, allowing Onchan A to move to just one point behind Peel A . Marown and North Ramsey A and South Ramsey are locked together on 33 points with Marown beating Douglas B before going down to Town A. North Ramsey A had good wins against Onchan B and a very close 5-3 win at PSM B with Tony Smart just beating Archie Collister 21-20 to ensure the points went North. South Ramsey beat Peel C before sharing the points with Douglas A, this point moves Douglas to within a point of the three teams above them. Castletown B put their exit from the Ismay behind them with two good home wins against Peel B and Finch Hill to move to 28 points, on 27 points is Ballaugh who lost to Finch Hill before beating Peel B, Finch Hill are on 25 points and Peel B are on 23 points, with Port Erin on 21 points with a game in hand, Then come a big gap with Nobles B on 15 points, Onchan B on 14, Port St Mary B on 8, 7 for North Ramsey B who had a good win over Onchan B to move up two places, also on 7 points are Peel C with Douglas B who called their game off due to the weather on Thursday against Port Erin which will be played next week, at present holding up the league with 6 points,
The Merit has a new leader with Geoff Porter of North Ramsey having played 26 for 23 wins also on 23 wins are Castletown Pair Peter Oates and Ron Williams, on 22 wins come Peter Graham of Ballaugh and Chris Oates of PSM, on 21 wins are Ray Watterson (PSM), Mike Hargraves (Castletown), Dave Foulis (Ballaugh), Jimmy Moffatt (North Ramsey), Dave Foulis (Ballaugh), Dave Faragher (Castletown), Chas Grills (South Ramsey) and Peter Kelly (Marown), making 12 players separated by 2 wins to do battle for the Merit Trophy.

C Tarleton Hodgson Ladies’ League Friday 5 August

There were just four matches played on Friday 5 August as ladies’ wanted to watch their men’s teams in the Rayner Cup final. Unfortunately the match at Port St Mary went ahead, the league leaders being in devastating form and taking all nine games against a hapless Peel Sunset. The westerners fought well to all reach double figures and despite not winning a game reached a respectable score. Ballaugh were in charge against Castletown in a relatively low scoring match, winning 5-4 on games with Ann Gale and Jenny Maddrell winning to single figures, as did Hannah Drewett for the visitors. Port Erin fell just short of the 180 points on their travels to play Mooragh Park, winning 7 games, three to single figures. The two winners for the home side were Helen Martin and Janet Monk while Purt le Moirrey’s visit to Marown was worthwhile as they won 5-4 on games and had a sizeable points difference.

Tarleton Hodgson Ladies’ League Wednesday 3 August

Castletown came back fighting after last week’s match against Port St Mary, in the C Tarleton Hodgson sponsored ladies’ league on Wednesday 3 August, being the night’s top scorers against Mooragh Park, who put up a creditable performance, with three wins and a 20 from Gill Morgan against Anne Oates. League leaders, Port St Mary, won 6 games, two to single figures, and had a 20 from Margaret Tasker against Jackie Elliott. Port Erin’s other two winners were a ruthless Carol Kaye and Mavis Franks. Onchan were unfortunately able to field only six players, and with the home winning four games to single figures it would be fair to say it was not Onchan’s night. However good wins by Rita Callan and Maureen Payne kept the home sides total in check. With Purt le Moirrey winning 5 games and Nobles 4, and a 20 from Sonja Lees against Brenda Hawkard, things could not have been much closer in this high scoring game, which the home side took by 4 points. Although the scores were lower at Marown the match was also tight, with Peel ending 5 points ahead despite winning just three games. Ballaugh won four games to single figures to give them a big points lead despite just winning 5-4 on games.

C Tarleton Hodgson sponsored ladies’ league Friday 22 July

Castletown have reduced the gap between themselves and league leaders Port St Mary to under 100 points after scoring a maximum against Marown in the C Tarleton Hodgson sponsored ladies’ league on Friday 22 July. With four players recording single figures, Rosie Winckle’s 16 against Kath Kinley was the best score for the visitors. Port St Mary travelled to Ballaugh to record a 7-2 win on games. The two winners for the home side were Ellie Faragher and Christine Mac Donald, while Voirrey Oates just lost out 20-21 to Win Collister. Peel also had a 7-2 win against an Onchan side who were unfortunately two players short, but had two winners in Rita Callan and Libby Andrade. Mooragh Park are improving each week, and managed a 6-3 win against Douglas and a 20 by Maureen Wright against Sue Caley, while South Ramsey had a comfortable win at Purt le Moirrey. Things were much closer at Port Erin, where the home side had six wins, but with Kim Hargraves and Jayne Smith winning to single figures, together with a 19 and a 20, the visitors were just 2 points down at the end of the match.