Monthly Archives: July 2018
In Ellan Vannin Fuels sponsored division one Marown A suffered their third defeat of the season losing 6-4 away to Onchan A. In the first half of the match the two captains played each other with Peter Slinger beating Paul Dunn 21-18. Kevin Quirk performed brilliantly to beat Matthew Keggen 21-3, with Colin Kelly recording the biggest win for the visitors winning 21-9 against Adrian Skinner, whilst Dean Kipling was not far behind seeing off Phil Kerruish 21-12.
In the second half of the match Jordan Cain beat Peter Kelly 21-10, with Matthew Quirk also winning 21-18 against Paul Kelly. For Marown Phil Kelly won fairly comfortably 21-15 against Rob Monk, with Neil Withers holding off the challenge of Mark Kelly to win 21-17.
Onchan took the two points for the aggregate thanks in part to Kevin Quirk’s huge win, whilst Mark Kelly getting to 17 against Neil Withers should also be noted.
Crucially all of Marown’s defeats this season have been away to the top four, with the Champions South Ramsey still having to play three games away from home to the top four in the final six fixtures of the season the league is far from over. Marown host South Ramsey in their next league fixture.
South Ramsey A took full advantage of Marown’s slip up by winning 10-0 at home to Port Erin A extending their lead to 16 points. The win wasn’t quite as straightforward as the score suggests with Bernie Durcan pushing John Kennish all the way before losing out 20-21 and David Cain fighting back from 9-16 down again Chas Grills to 17-18 with Cain lying one on with Grills playing a good last bowl to get back in and see the game out. Winning big for the home team were Peter Collister, Alan Moore and Stefan Kelly.
Peel A came away from Mooragh Park with a good 7-3 win over North Ramsey A. Winning for the home team Allan Callow had a comfortable 21-10 win against David Proctor, whilst Gary Merrill beat Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly 21-19, with Steve Walmsley also winning to the same score against Frank Watson. For the visitors Tommy McMeiken and Jerome Surridge both won to single figures, whilst the three other winners for Peel Gary Smith, Tom Kelly and Stevie Kelly were all comfortable.
Marown B continue to pick up points to help their cause, but will have been disappointed not to take two points for the aggregate losing out by a solitary chalk (145-146) following a 3-7 home loss to Douglas A. Captain Harry Barton led the way for Marown with a 21-10 win over Gary Conwell, with Arnie Withers beating Willie Cowley 21-14 and James Kelly recording a 21-17 win over the experienced Ian Moore. For the visitors Mervin Sayle and Andy Kennish both won 21-15 against Alan Kennaugh and Juan Killip respectively, whilst winning three close games were Stuart Garrett, Jimmy Sansom and Shaun Seal.
South Ramsey B look to pull themselves away from the danger zone with a 4-6 away loss to Castletown A. For the visitors 15 year old Austin Hart recorded his first ever division one win beating Dean Kinley 21-12. Hopefully Hart can now use this win to kick on, as he has been knocking on the door all season scoring 17 or more in eight league games to show he can compete. Austin also found himself a bit richer with a couple of his club mates stumping up the cash as reward for his first win! The other winners for South Ramsey were Steven Waters who beat Ian Watson 21-10, Tony Dugdale who beat Jordan Drewett 21-13 and James Teare who held on to win 21-20 against David Quayle. For the home team Mike Hargraves just got over the line 21-20 against Christian Caley, Jeff Kinley beat Steve Moore 21-5. Peter Oates won 21-10 against Martin Caley with George Peach seeing off Ben Dugdale 21-16.
Douglas B hosted Port St Mary A taking three games off the visitors, losing out 3-7. For Douglas Andy Cannell won 21-11 against Steve Franks, Bob Callow beat Thomas Keggen 21-12 and Gordon Wynne-Smythe doing enough to beat Rob Cooil 21-18. For Port St Mary Trevor Quayle won to single figures, with Steve Hall, Paul Skelly and Dan McCabe also winning, whilst Wayne Roberts was pushed by Mark Corrin before getting over the line to win 21-17.
In division two league leaders Noble’s A had a tough looking away trip to face Ballaugh A, with the home team losing the advantage of a tricky home green following three consecutive days of rain. Winning for the visitors were Tommy Collister, Kevin Firth, Glenn Boland, David Pease with Reginald Temporaza defeating Peter Graham 21-4. For the home team Richard Fisher, John Maddrell and John Keenan were the winners.
Second placed Castletown B pulled two points back on the league leaders following their 9-1 away win against Noble’s B. The lone winner for the home team was John Singleton who beat Mark Saunders 21-14. For the visitors Ross Moore, Derek Lewney and Aaron Richardson all won to single figures against Juan Qualtrough, Stewart Cubbon and Peter Woods respectively.
Onchan B travelled south to take on bottom of the table Port Erin B coming away with a 7-3 win. For Onchan Mike Thomas recorded the biggest win of the night winning 21-8 against Ben Mowle, whilst Edward Carlyle and David Inch both won 21-18. The home team winners were Harry Minor, Christopher Dent and Ken Horsley who beat Paul Bailey 21-20.
Peel B sent Port St Mary B home with the tail between their legs with a 9-1 defeat. The sole winner for the visitors was Bernard Thackrah who was the only Port St Mary player to make it into double figures beating Dougie Allan 21-16. Alec Taylor & David Smith both won 21-2, Ray Shooter and Michael Kavanagh won 21-5, whilst Gordon Corrin and Harry Kelly both won 21-8.
Port St Mary B slipped up at home to Peel C winning just 6-4. Brian Corrin and Tom Collins both lost 20-21 to Peter Kelly and Jimmy Corlett, with the other two Peel winners being Bob Berry and Jeff Wilson. Winning for the home team were Peter Collins, Ray Maddrell, Tim Williams and Derek Kneen.
Finch Hill A made the journey north to take on North Ramsey B and came away with a 6-4 win taking the aggregate by just eight chalks with three of the Finch Hill losers scoring 17 or above to help take the win. Winning for the visitors were Tony Epifani, Arthur Halsall, Paul Dougherty and Billy Long. For North Ramsey Brian Colquitt, Alex Yates, John Breen and Paul Cannon won.
With Ballaugh B taking their turn to sit out in division three it gave the teams below them the opportunity to close the gap with Marown C doing just that with a 9-1 home win over Douglas D. Five of the home team won to single figures. Picking up the only win for the visitors was David Boylan who beat Steve Wilson 21-16. Marown have now jumped ahead of Castletown C to sit just one point behind Ballaugh B.
Castletown C slipped up away to Peel D losing 3-7. Brian Lindsey recorded the biggest win for the home team whilst Bert Quayle inflicted a second consecutive defeat on Juan Drinkwater with Quayle winning 21-14. Winning for the visitors were Sam Clague who beat Leslie Halsall 21-18 in a close game, John Kinley picking up where he left off last week beating Adam Kelly 21-12 and Philip Smith who won 21-13 against Owen Crompton 21-13.
Douglas C hosted near neighbours Finch Hill B with the match ending in a true draw 4-4 and the chalks tied at 123 each. Winning for the home team were Andy Foster, Mike Cain, Keith Fearnley and Thomas Rougvie who beat Stephen Oates 21-2. For Finch Hill Eric Stanley had his work cut out to beat Davy Stewart 21-19, whilst Kevin Anderson was the biggest win 21-7 against John Ferguson, Sam Stannard maintained his chase for the third division merit beating Les Quayle 21-13 with Paddy Murphy being awarded a walkover.
South Ramsey D won 8-2 at home to Ballaugh C, however third division merit leader Ian Moore lost his 100% record just losing out 20-21 to Trevor Jones. The other winner for Ballaugh was Patrick Grant who beat Ryan Surridge 21-11. Ryan Hargraves returned to winning ways with a 21-17 win over Phil Faragher, with Jay Moore winning to the same score against Alan Kelly. Peter Morgan beat Bert Quayle 21-19 and Franz ten Donkelaar held on to beat Peter Corlett 21-20.
Onchan C lost 4-6 at home to South Ramsey C with Mike Kelly winning 21-8 against Robert Snape. For South Ramsey Tony Hart beat Paul Clinton 21-7 with the northern men winning the aggregate by just 5 chalks.
A new format is being trialled this season in the Men’s Association with the introduction of the Club Team Championship. This consists of a team of 11 players with 5 singles games played 21 up off scratch and three doubles games played 21 up off three, with a random draw as who plays singles and doubles. There are eight clubs left in the competition after a preliminary round, split into two groups of four with home and away fixtures.
In Group A Marown sit top after two games on four points following an away win against Peel by 11 points, with the home team taking three good wins in the singles. Marown won their three doubles games and the two singles games to ensure they took the victory.
In the other fixture in Group A Port St Mary brushed aside Finch Hill with ease winning by 70 points (160-90) to sit in second place.
In Group B South Ramsey sit top following a tough away fixture to Douglas at the Villa, winning by just seven points. South Ramsey won four of the five singles games, and one of the doubles games being the game that secured the win for the visitors with Austin Hart playing a brilliant bowl to turn two down into three up to win the vital chalks that his team needed.
In the other fixture in the group second placed Onchan beat North Ramsey by 73 points to win 162-75.
This week’s fixtures in Group A see Finch Hill host Peel, whilst second placed Port St Mary visit Marown. In Group B Onchan have a tough looking away game to South Ramsey, whilst North Ramsey will be hopeful of securing their first points of the competition at home Douglas.
For more information on the competition visit https://www.iombowls.com/mens/club-team-championship/groups/
On Saturday 28th July the Nobles Cup was held by Nobles Bowling Club with the competition attracting an entry of 24 pairs.
The competition started under damp conditions which worsened during the afternoon but despite this there was a high standard of bowling during the afternoon.
Losing in the Quarter finals were Matthew Quirk & Jordan Cain, Arnie Withers & Gary Weightman, Matthew Keggen & Thomas Keggen, Paul Quirk & Michael Kavanagh
First to book their place in the final was Alan Moore and Austin Hart (both South Ramsey) who won comfortably 21-7 against the Peel Sunset pairing of Dave Smith and Mike Ashmole.
During the second semi-final the conditions changed with the steady rain turning torrential. Peel Sunset’s Stevie Kelly and David Proctor managed to come through the game after a close battle 21-18 against Glynn Hargraves and Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly (both South Ramsey)
As the final got underway the green started to flood adding to the already tricky bowling conditions. Players were being forced to ‘cob’ their bowls, throwing them at waist height to jump the puddles. Stevie and David mastered the conditions the best running out to win 21-16 in the final.
The presentation was made by John Ruscoe on behalf of Nobles and thanked the members of the club who had assisted all day in running the competition as well as the ladies who provided excellent refreshments
Match of the week certainly didn’t disappoint in the Ladies Night League with South Ramsey facing Castletown in a clash of the teams occupying the top two spots.
South Ramsey defeated Castletown earlier in the season away to their rivals which sparked Castletown on their current run of 11 straight wins. Castletown extended that run with a fine away performance beating South Ramsey 138-157 (3-6) – it was South Ramsey’s first defeat at home since June 2016 showing how much of a fortress it has been for them. Elaine Moore and Jenny More won to single figures for the home side with Fiona Kennish also winning. Castletown won six games with Hilary Kermode top scoring 21-3 with Heike Perry, Kim Foy, Hannah Drewitt, Amanda Lawler and Tracy Moore all winning.
Port St Mary are still a game behind but turned in their third full house of the season and clawed further chalks back with a 189-73 (9-0) win over Peel Sunset, who were a player short on the night.
Nobles also closed the gap on the top two beating Port Erin 177-81 (8-1). Jayne Smith, Debbie Leece, Alison Keggen, Lin Ruscoe, Paula Firth and Clare Cooper all won to single figures with wins also for Sylvia Kennuagh and Rebecca Teare. Port Erin did prevent a whitewash with Lynda Cadamy defeating Joyce Ogden 21-9.
In a result you don’t see very often a team lost 6-3 on games but managed to win on chalks. In a very tight encounter Onchan pulled off a two point victory over Ballaugh 151-149 (3-6). Despite Jayne Teare winning to single figures Onchan scored well in their other five losses and with Libby Andrade, Jo Smith and Dee Lewis all winning to single figures it gave Onchan the narrow advantage on the night.
Mooragh Park also managed a chalks victory despite losing 5-4 on games. Helen Martin won 21-1 and Janet Monk 21-4 to give Mooragh a big enough cushion on the night to take the win. Shannon McMullan and Vicky Lloyd-West were also winners for the home side.
In the final match on Friday Castletown B were beaten at home by Purt Le Moirrey 93-180 (1-8) with Rachel Palmer winning for the home side to prevent a full house. Chris Holland, Brenda Hawkard, Mavis Franks, Roma Ware and Debrah Cooper all won to single figures for the away team.
After round 17 Champions Port St Mary, having played a game less, have closed the gap at the top to 110 points. Castletown lead the way holding a 23 point advantage over South Ramsey and Nobles sit 72 points behind South Ramsey.
Port St Mary continue to lead the way at the top of the Trend Sponsored Ladies Over 60s Bowling League following another two fine performances. On Tuesday they defeated Onchan at home with a full house 126-55 (6-0). On Thursday Port St Mary won away to Nobles 71-117 (1-5). In a repeat of the Jean Kelly Final, Sylvia Kennuagh played Trish Bull with Sylvia winning this time on home turf to prevent a whitewash. Nobles nearly picked up another win however Rita Callister held on to beat Paula Firth 21-20.
Peel Sunset also picked up two victories beating Mooragh Park at home 115-66 (4-2). Mary Moffatt, Lynda Wilson and Pat Robertson all won for Peel. Janet Monk defeated Joyce Kelly 21-18 with Vicky Lloyd-West also winning for the away team. On Thursday Peel travelled to Ballaugh and returned with a fine 69-118 (1-5) victory. Mary Moffatt and Joyce Kelly top scored for Peel with Maureen Trustham winning for Ballaugh to secure them game on the day. Peel now trail Port St Mary by 133 chalks and with Port St Mary sitting out next Tuesday will look to close the gap as much as possible.
Marown stay third picking up two wins this week. Tuesday away to South Ramsey they collected a 10 point victory 88-98 (2-4). Both teams picked up big victories keeping the overall match score down with Elaine Moore top scoring for the home side 21-6. Thursday saw Marown take on Douglas at Crosby. The home team managed a 115-85 (4-2) victory with Mary Alderson and Philippa Taylor winning to single figures.
In a local derby on Tuesday Douglas took on Villa. Earlier in the season Villa managed to beat their fellow home-greeners but on this occasion they proved too strong. Douglas won five games taking an overall 118-75 (5-1) victory. Patsy Rush and Brenda Williams top scored for Douglas whilst Muriel Cain prevent a whitewash winning 21-13 in her game.
Port Erin were another team that collected two wins this week. Tuesday saw them beat Ballaugh at home 105-82 (3-3), with Ballaugh only able to field five players. Sylvia Shelbourne won 21-8 against Maureen Trustham to top score for the home team. Port Erin then travelled to Villa on Thursday and recorded their fourth win on the bounce with the final score 100-112 (2-4). Home player Muriel Cain top scored in the match winning 21-9 against Jean Thackrah. Voirrey Curphey, Jacqui Elliott, Carole Kaye and Sylvia Shelbourne all won for the away side.
Castletown have finished in the top three for the last two seasons but are struggling down in seventh this year. Tuesday saw them have a tight game with Port St Mary B in which they edged the game by six chalks winning 116-110 (4-2). On Thursday they had an even tighter match away to Mooragh Park A winning by three chalks with both teams winning three games on the day. Mooragh had to concede a game and despite this pushed Castletown all the way with Janet Monk top scoring to win 21-6. The match finished 93-96 (3-3)
Breagle travelled north to face Mooragh Park B and both teams played short resulting in only five games on the day. Breagle won 49-87 (1-4). Steph Swift, Kay Primrose-Smith, Susan Inch and Joyce Henry won for Breagle with Maureen Hamilton the sole winner for the home team. Breagle suffered defeat on Thursday at home to South Ramsey 70-106 (2-4). Finally Mooragh Park B also lost their Thursday match away to Onchan 126-28 (6-0).
All eyes will be on Peel Sunset next week to see how much they can close the gap on Tuesday when Port St Mary sit out before their tricky away game at Marown. Following their sit out Port St Mary A will face Mooragh Park B.
Marown B travelled south to take on Port St Mary A and came away with a draw that will help their fight to remain in the top flight. Marown took five games off the home team with Brian Kelly, Juan Killip, Arnie Withers and Peter Kelly all taking good wins against Robbie Cooil, Steve Franks and Wayne Roberts and Steve Hall respectively. John Kelly just managed to get over the line 21-20 against Dan McCabe. All the home team wins were to single figures which helped secure the two points for the aggregate with Thomas Keggen, Paul Skelly and Trevor Quayle doing the business for Port St Mary. Quayle is now the outright leader in the division one merit with 15 wins from 15 games.
North Ramsey A continue their run of home games recording a 6-4 win over Castletown A. Winning for the home team were Steve Parker who was pushed hard by Dean Kinley before winning 21-18, Gary Merrill who beat Mike Hargraves 21-11, with Allan Callow and Tony Smart both winning to single figures. Responding for the visitors were Peter Oates, Ian Watson, George Peach and David Quayle.
Douglas B are running out of games to catch the teams above them, losing 1-9 at home to Marown A on a heavy Villa green following the recent rainfall. Douglas captain Andy Cannell had a good 21-12 win over Dean Kipling. Geoff Mayles performed well against Paul Dunn after trailing 1-13, he went on to lead 15-13, before Dunn got back in and managed to see the game out winning 21-19. In another close game Grahem Moore led 20-17 against Paul Kelly, with Kelly just managing to stumble over the line to win 21-20. Winning to single figures for Marown were Neil Withers and Colin Kelly.
Second from bottom Port Erin A were beaten 10-0 away from home against Onchan A with the score not reflecting the games. Peter Slinger beat Bernie Durcan 21-20, Kevin Quirk and Mark Kelly both won 21-19 against Steve Durcan and Peter Addison respectively, whilst Jordan Cain was pushed hard by Dave McCabe with Cain 20-18 up, McCabe had two six inch bowls with Cain bowling in to get over the line 21-18.
South Ramsey B faced their A Team on a blustery night in the north of the Island with the A Team recording a strong 9-1 win on a tricky green. Sparing the blushes for the B Team James Teare performed well to beat Tony Dugdale 21-6. The A Team recorded four big wins from Glynn Hargraves, Dido Kelly, David Bradford and Peter Collister.
Peel A had a tough looking home fixture against Douglas A, however they brushed the visiting team aside with relative ease winning 9-1 with three single figures from Gary Smith, Dave Kelly and Frank Watson. Jerome Surridge was pushed hard by Mervin Sayle before winning 21-19. The lone winner for Douglas was Ian Moore who beat David Proctor 21-13.
In division two Ballaugh A damaged Castletown B in their chase to close the gap on Noble’s with a 5-5 home draw. Despite winning just three games Castletown picked up the aggregate two points by just four chalks to secure the draw with Ron Williams winning 21-4, Dave Faragher recording a strong 21-11 win against John Keenan and Derek Lewney also doing well to beat Peter Graham 21-12. Just losing out were Ross Moore 19-21 to Richard Fisher and Peter Curtis 20-21 to Bob Unsworth. Winners for the home team were Barry McDonald, Edgar Cowin and John Maddrell.
Noble’s A kept up their pursuit of top flight bowls next season with a 9-1 home win over strugglers Port Erin B with Harry Minor winning 21-20 for the visitors. Captain Kevin Firth and David Pease both showed no mercy recording 21-3 wins. Paul Leece was tested by Ken Horsley with Leece winning 21-18.
Finch Hill A hosted Noble’s B with the home team running out 8-2 winners. For the visitors Terry Bates beat Arthur Halsall 21-10 with Juan Qualtrough beating Gerald Woodsworth to the same score, whilst Les Brookes lost out 19-21 to Paul Dougherty. For Finch Hill Billy Long and Tony Epifani both won to single figures.
Port St Mary C travelled to Peel on Tuesday evening coming away with a hard fought 8-2 win. Newcomer Derek Cain won his second league game since taking the game up, beating Ian Pendlebury 21-17, whilst Tom Wilson just got over the line 21-20 against Jimmy Corlett. The other four wins for Port St Mary were fairly comfortable. For Peel Ray Shooter playing against his former club beat Ashley Qualtrough 21-15, with Philip Clarke beating Louis Callister 21-6.
Peel B travelled north to take on North Ramsey B at Mooragh Park, whilst they lost 6-2 Dougie Allan won 21-2 against Paul Cannon and Mike Ashmole beat Rheuben Thomas 21-12. For the home team Bryan Corner recorded the biggest win beating Paul Quirk 21-8, with Barry Teare doing well to hold off Harry Kelly to win 21-19.
Onchan B hosted Port St Mary B at Onchan Park with the home team taking the spoils with an 8-2 win. For Onchan Colin Spence won 21-8 against Dave Saxon, with Bernie McPhee not far behind winning 21-10 against Tom Collins with Neil Dunwell beating Peter Collins 21-17. The winners for Port St Mary were Ray Watterson who beat Roger Payne 21-8 and Mike Ware who beat Mike Alexander 21-12.
In division three Douglas D halted high flying Ballaugh B in their chase for promotion with their best result of the season taking four games off the visitors to record a 4-6 loss. For the Villa men Michael Knowles had a fantastic 21-6 win over David Hewitt, Greg Brew and Peter Wilcox both recorded their second win of the season, with Gavin Brew winning his first league game of the season. For Ballaugh three of their wins were to single figures with John Looney, John Bolton and Mike Buckeridge. John Kneen was their other winner beating Brenton Hanson 21-13.
Castletown C recorded a 6-4 home win over South Ramsey D despite giving another game away due to being a player short. For the visitors merit leader Ian Moore was the lucky man to benefit from the walkover, which was just as well as he had forgotten to bring his bowls! Matthew Corkill recorded the result of the week beating James Drinkwater 21-19 who was himself up at the top of the merit table prior to this fixture. Also winning for South Ramsey were Richard Davies who beat John Matheson 21-17 and Jay Moore winning 21-16 against Clifford Clague. For Castletown Juan Drinkwater won 21-13, Philip Smith beat Ryan Surridge, whilst John Kinley and Sam Clague both won to single figures.
Marown C now sit just one point behind Castletown C thanks to an 8-2 home win over Ballaugh C, helped by Walter McCarthy and Kevin Kelly both winning 21-20. Jamie Joughin made light work of his game winning 21-8 against Bert Quayle. For the visitors Brian Lace held on to beat Darren Kerruish 21-18, whilst Paul Bradford beat Carey Dewhirst 21-15.
South Ramsey C aren’t out of the chase for promotion just yet sitting just six points behind second placed Castletown. They recorded a 7-3 home win over Douglas C with no close games for either team. Paul Routledge beat Davey Stewart 21-8, whilst Tony Hart beat Keith Fearnley 21-6. For Douglas Mike Cain inflicted just a third league defeat of the season on Toby Hart with Cain winning 21-6.
Finch Hill B made the most of home advantage winning 8-2 at home to Peel D with three single figures wins from captain Pat Maher, Kevin Anderson and Kevin Stannard. For Peel John Lightfoot beat Brian Murphy 21-18, with Brian Lindsey winning 21-15 against Frank Christian.
Peel Bowling Club held the Peel Town Cup on Saturday with a healthy entry of 44 players keen to get their hands on the prestigious trophy it was Marown man Paul Dunn who won it, winning his first open competition in style.
Losing out at the quarter final stage were Sid Bolton (South Ramsey), Harry Minor (Port Erin), Colin Kelly (Marown) and Wayne Roberts (Port St Mary).
Falling at the semi-final stage was Glynn Hargraves (South Ramsey) who was well beaten by home greener Stevie Kelly, who was the quickest out of the blocks with Kelly winning comfortably 21-13. Also losing out was multi time Peel Town Cup winner Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly to Paul Dunn, with Dunn performing well to see the game out 21-18. This put an end to the home crowds hopes of an all Peel final between father and son.
The final was sure to be entertaining, with both players knowing a new name would be on the trophy and that one of them would be winning their first open. Kelly started well, picking up the first few ends to take a 11-6 lead before Dunn got in to go on a good run turning the score from a five point deficit into a five point lead to go 16-11 up playing a lengthy mark over the crown, constantly altering the length slightly. Kelly got back in to take the next few ends to pull the score back to 14-16. Dunn showed a determined attitude throughout the final, with his composure helping to see the game out winning deservedly 21-15 to finally break his duck in open competitions.
The presentation was made by Peel President Dougie Allan, who thanked everyone who had entered, all the Peel members who had helped in any way throughout the day. It was also noted that £320 was paid out in prize money, in part thanks to an anonymous sponsor on the day which helped contribute to a good prize fund.
The ever consistent League Leaders Castletown A travelled to play North Ramsey A in the Mooragh Park and at the end of the afternoon must have wished that they had taken them on at Crazy Golf rather than Crown Green Bowls as the Northerners won 7-1 inflicting the first defeat of the season on the long time League Leaders.
The Castletown B side suffered a similar 7-1 defeat but this time at home to Port St Mary A with Billy Jones being the only winner for Castletown B.
Peel Sunset A kept up their title hopes with a 7-1 home win over Nobles B with the only Nobles winner being Brian Atherton who beat Dougie Allan to 18. The Peel Sunset C side meanwhile lost 7-1 at Finch Hill A with their only winner being Leslie Halsall. The Peel Sunset B side travelled to the Villa Marina to play Douglas A and it was the Douglas side that took the result with a 5-3 win.
The Marown lads travelled along the T.T. Course to play Ballaugh A and with a very creditable performance they beat the home side 6-2 with John Keenan and Peter Graham being the only winners for Ballaugh A. Ballaugh B also suffered a 6-2 loss at Nobles Park where they were beaten by Nobles A with the Ballaugh winners being Ray Parry and Paul Bradford.
Onchan A travelled to Port Erin and they came away with a 7-1 victory with the only Port Erin winner being Derek Allen who beat Peter Karran to 11. Onchan B also had a successful day in the Park as they beat North Ramsey B 6-2 with the Ramsey sides winners being John Breen and Gary Lenton.
Finally on Tuesday the 17th July South Ramsey hosted Douglas B and the was the Ramsey side that took the win 5-3.
So on the second batch of matches of the week Castletown A hosted South Ramsey and this was a 5-3 win for the home team while Castletown B suffered a 6-2 loss to Onchan A with their only winners being Dave Ali and Brian Redman.
With the Peel Sunset A having a day off the Peel Sunset B side hosted Ballaugh A and it was the visitors who took a 7-1 win with the only Peel winner being Jeff Wilson who beat Gordie Moore to 12. Peel Sunset C travelled to the Mooragh Park where they suffered an 8-0 defeat at the hands of North Ramsey A who appeared to be coming through with a late challenge for the League Title although they may well have left this too late.
Ballaugh B had a 6-2 home win over Port Erin with the ‘Port’s’ winners being Derek Cadamy and again the consistent Derek Allen.
Douglas A travelled to play Port St Mary A in what could have been a tricky fixture and the Douglas side took a 6-2 victory with Ray Watterson and Milton Cubbon being the winners for the Southerners. Douglas B however suffered an 8-0 defeat by Nobles A back at the Villa.
Marown ran out 5-3 winners in a close match against Onchan B at Crosby with the feature of this being two games which went 21-20 and finally Nobles B lost 6-2 to Finch Hill A at Nobles Park with the Nobles Winners being Brian Atherton and Brian Cain.
So after Game 27 of 42 games we have Castletown A leading with 46 points from 26 games followed by Peel Sunset A with 44 points from 25 games and in third place Marown with 43 points from 26 games.
The Men’s 2018 Over 60’s Championships Finals Day took place on Wednesday 18th July on North Ramsey Green at the Mooragh Park with six of the sixteen competitors taking part belonging to the North Ramsey Club.
At the Quarter Final stage we saw some close games with Geoff Porter beating Norman Racliffe 21-19 and Stuart Garrett taking a 21-16 win from Bernie Mc Phee. Ray Skelly pipped Roger Thomas 21-19 in another close match and Steve Parker had a 21-17 win against the consistent Peter Oates.
So as we came to the Semi Finals we still had three North Ramsey Players looking for a chance to play in the Final but Stuey Garrett returning to the Town of his childhood had other ideas as he edged past Geoff Porter to take a 21-19 win.
In the second Semi-Final Ray Skelly took on Clubmate Steve Parker and it was Steve who eventually ran out the 21-18 winner.
The Final then saw the home Green knowledge of Steve Parker matched against the experience and big game temperament of Stuart Garrett and it was the latter man who took the win 21-10.
So after a good afternoons bowling the 2018 Men’s Over 60’s Champion is Stuart Garrett with Steve Parker the Runner up.
The final of the Rayner Plate was won by Noble’s A following a brilliant comeback to win 185-175, winning by just 10 points in a thrilling final against third division side South Ramsey D. The handicaps were set with Noble’s A on +40 and South Ramsey D on +76, giving the Ramsey men a start of 36. The rain throughout the day had taken the electric pace out of the Villa green, unfortunately the green became quite heavy despite the puddles managing to clear before play took place.
Things were looking good for the D Team with Richard Davies turning in a stunning performance to see off the ever improving Glenn Boland to win 21-7 extending the lead to 50 points. Next off for South Ramsey was third division merit leader Ian Moore, turning in a fine performance to see off the experienced Dave Pease to record a fine 21-12 win to extend the lead to 59 points. Noble’s responded as expected with Reginald Temporaza and David Quayle both performing well to both win 21-9 against Franz ten Donkelaar and Martin Caley respectively. At the halfway stage Noble’s had clawed just one point back, however they had a good back four to go on with it all to do.
First game off in the second half was the wily Tommy Collister, who took a 15-1 lead against Matthew Corkill, with Corkill doing well to dig in playing some excellent bowls before eventually losing 13-21. Next game off was between the two captains with Kevin Firth leading the way for his Noble’s team with a strong 21-9 win against James Moore. This pulled the deficit for Noble’s back to just 15 points. Mark ‘Postie’ Quinn was the next game off against 10 year old Ryan Hargraves who was competing in his first major final, giving a good account of himself throughout the game for the way he played and conducted himself throughout the game. Young Ryan started in style with a six inch bowl and a two foot bowl with Quinn bowling a good second to save one. From there Quinn played well, with Ryan chipping in with the odd point. At lying game down Ryan hit a great strike to take the jack off the green, which had the crowd cheering. Quinn finished the game off next end beating a good bowl, which Ryan just missed when playing up for Quinn to record a 21-7 win. This reduced the deficit to just one point with the last game on the green it was another experienced Noble’s player John Ruscoe needing to win his game against Jay Moore to secure the victory and a great comeback for Noble’s. Ruscoe wasted no time in doing this with an assured 21-10 win.
This South Ramsey team can take great pride in their performance in their first major final against a team that are looking favourites to be playing first division bowls next season, and they have players who can only improve in the future. All credit to the Noble’s players who performed brilliantly to turn around a huge deficit to record their first Rayner Plate win. Before Noble’s Park and Noble’s Mixed merged a few years ago to create Noble’s, Noble’s Mixed A won the Rayner Plate in 2006.
The presentation was made by Association Chairman Neil Withers who congratulated both teams on their performance, Douglas for the use of the green and the refreshments, Steve Moore for running the sheet and the supporters who turned up for what was an entertaining final, with good support for both teams around the green.