Monthly Archives: December 2017
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.