Monthly Archives: April 2019

Ellan Vannin Fuels Continue Sponsorship

The IOM Crown Green Bowling Association (IOMCCGBA) is pleased to announce continued support from Ellan Vannin Fuels (EVF) for the third consecutive year.  With a key focus on the development of the sport, Andy Sweetman, Commercial Sales & Marketing Manager at EVF, has been instrumental in helping create additional community events including three island wide junior events which will follow on from the Manx Youth Games. Additionally we will be adding the first EVF Fun day where there will be an open invite to all including those wanting to try bowls for the first time.

The IOMCCGBA has focused their most recent development plan around ‘inclusivity’, with club members aged from 5 up to over 100 it’s a sport that can appeal to the majority of the population. The sponsorship from EVF has already enabled the purchase of some key equipment which will help support people with disabilities to be able to continue playing or help others start out in bowls. Over the coming months we’ll be looking at other ways to offer people the chance to have fun playing bowls.

EVF will continue to be the main sponsor for the Men’s three leagues, which are as strongly supported as ever with new teams coming into the set up such a Noble’s C this season. EVF will continue to support the ever popular Mixed Team Championship, which bring the best players from across the leagues head to head in a knockout competition. Finally and the flagship event the Ellan Vannin Fuels Junior Championship will see the under 18’s take up the challenge later in the season.

Nev Gets The Job ‘Dunn’

The Noble’s Cup was held on Sunday with an entry of 22 pairs, with the men playing on Noble’s One with the green running well despite the recent heavy downpours.

The eventual winners were Marown duo Paul Dunn & Neil ‘Nev’ Withers, who went one better than the day before having lost in the final at Castletown, seeing off the strong challenge of Onchan pair Jordan Cain & Matthew Quirk 21-18. Neither pairing were able to get more than two points ahead of the other throughout the entire game. On the last end Cain & Quirk were lying three for game at 18-20, however Withers played a great last bowl to just sneak past the Onchan pairs two nearest bowls to take the all important point for game to win 21-18.

Losing out at the semi-final stage were two South Ramsey pairings, with David Bradford & Glynn Hargraves who were well beaten 8-21 by the Marown pair, whilst Alan Moore & Stefan Kelly couldn’t quite get over the line letting a good lead slip to lose out 20-21 to the Onchan pairing.

Losing quarter finalists were home greeners Reginald Temporaza & Steve Cook, Brian Kelly (Marown) & Stevie Kelly (Peel), Peel pair Mike Ashmole & Peter Greenlees along with Port St Mary men Wayne Roberts & Trevor Quayle.

The presentation was made by Clare Cooper, who thanked everyone who took part and the club members for assisting throughout the day. During his speech Neil Withers remarked on the good condition of the green.

Young Guns See off Marown Duo

Wow, crown green bowlers are hardy. 17 pairs braved storm Hannah on Saturday for the Cringle Fours held at Castletown. Between the entry fees, raffle money and donations £200 was made for Manx Blind Welfare Society. Despite the horrendous weather there was a great atmosphere on and around the green. The green was running really well and considering the amount of rain that had fallen no puddles developed.

Losing semi-finalists were Wayne Roberts (Port St Mary) and Lee Dawson (South Ramsey) who went out to Marown pair Neil Withers & Paul Dunn. Also losing out in the semi-final were another Marown pairing Colin Kelly & Juan Killip who had a close game against the eventual winners Sam Clague (Castletown) and Glenn Boland (Noble’s).

The young pairing of Clague & Boland would have been outside favourites to overcome the experienced Marown pairing of Dunn & Withers, however they stormed into a 15-8 lead, and then led 18-12 only for the Marown men to pull the score back to 16-18 before the young pair dug deep to take a well deserved 21-17 win. Both pairs won eight ends in the final, with the difference being that the winners scored a three and four early in the game, whilst the opposition were limited to scoring no more than two throughout the game.

The presentation was done by Phil Taubman, club Chairman, who thanked Noel Cringle, the sponsor of the competition, and Shoprite for their voucher. Sam and Glenn accepted the trophy, thanked everyone and congratulated the amount raised for the charity. It was great seeing the young pair win, especially Sam who is coming back after been very poorly.

Ballaugh Cause Upset For Early Favourites

Title contenders Castletown A suffered a shock defeat away to Ballaugh losing a close game by three chalks. Ballaugh have strengthened this season with the return of some experienced bowlers and won six games including Cath Harvey’s 21-8 win over Barbara Young, Elaine Fenton beating Amanda Lawler 21-17 and Barbara Graham winning a tight game 21-18 against Kath Kinley. Gill Dixon, Pat Mason and Brenda Bowyer also won for the home side. A big 21-3 win from Kim Foy and good wins from Ann Oates and Hannah Drewett helped to close the gap on chalks but the home side took the win from the early league leaders 156-153 (6-3).

Marown took on Peel Sunset and it was Marown who comfortably picked up their first win at home to Peel since 2011. The winners for Peel were Lynda Wilson, Joyce Kelly and Pat Robertson. Joyce Ogden and Rosie Winkle picked up single figure wins for Marown followed by good wins from Pat Withers, Shirley Whelan, Mary Alderson and Philippa Taylor. The result was 169-126 (6-3).

Champions Port St Mary welcomed Mooragh Park to their well running green and It was Port St Mary who picked up a high score from the up and coming team. The one win for Mooragh came from Janet Monk who beat Mavis Franks 21-12. Shannon McMullan played well but it was the experienced and previous Merit winner Ann Maddrell who crossed the line winning 21-19. Wendy Kennaugh and Caroline Parker battled hard and their game finished 21-18 to Wendy. Single figure wins from Jayne Kneen, Trish Bull, Chris Price and Lorna Brady-Glover restricted Mooragh’s final score with the match ending 180-102 (8-1).

South Ramsey continued their successful start to the season, remaining the only team undefeated, beating newcomers Castletown B. Mother and daughter Elaine and Jenny Moore remain two of the seven women with 100% records after the first four opening games. Sonya Mercer and Joy Stephens came the closest to a win for Castletown B but the Ramsey side proved to strong on the night. The match finished 79-189 (0-9).

Port St Mary B travelled the short distance to Port Erin. Port Erin’s Voirrey Curphey remains undefeated after beating Chris Holland in a close battle 21-19. There were some tight games on the night with home player Jean Thackrah beating Brenda Hawkard 21-19 and Port St Marys Wyn Collister defeating Linda Dawson 21-19. Caroline Whitehead, Lynda Cadamy and Carol Kaye won to single figures to extended Port Erin’s winning margin with the result ending 179-128 (7-2).

Nobles took on Douglas with the home side winning 8-1 on games. Wendy Cowin won for the away side beating Sonja Lees 21-11. The game of the night went to Clare Cooper and Paula Garrett who were locked in a nip and tuck battle until the last two ends with Clare taking the win 21-18. The match finished 179-83 (8-1).

This week sees the preliminary rounds of the Jean Kelly which includes club derbies between Port St Mary A vs B and Castletown A vs B. Unfortunately, Douglas have had to withdraw from the Jean Kelly giving South Ramsey a bye to the Quarter Finals.

Round five of fixtures for the night league continues on Friday and this week also sees the start of the Club Team Championship and Mixed Team Championship competitions.

All to Play For

We are now just two weeks into the 2019 season and Peel Sunset lead the way at the top of the league but following closely behind are Port St Mary A and South Ramsey and with less than 40 chalks separating the top three it is all to play for.

On Tuesday Port Erin A and Onchan A won all six games, on their home greens against Douglas A and Mooragh Park B. However Mooragh Park A enjoyed a better result at home to visiting team Ballaugh who unfortunately had to give a game away. Vicky Lloyd West, Julie Reilly, Ann Chapman and Maureen Lacey all won their games with a final score of 122-69 (5-1).

South Ramsey had another very close match this time at home against Nobles. Both teams won 3 of their games but the visitors lost out by 2 chalks. 94-92 (3-3).

In the other matches on Tuesday Port St Mary A won against Castletown 109-86 (4-2)

Peel Sunset won against Port St Mary B 122-92 (4-2) and Marown won against Port Erin B 122-90 (4-2).

Thursdays fixtures were played in lovely sunshine and produced another thrilling match when South Ramsey visited Castletown. The home side lost 91-102 (2-4).

Marown had another good win when visiting side Mooragh Park A made the short journey to Crosby. Mary Alderson, Philippa Taylor, Shirley Whelan, Celia Joughin and Margaret Scarffe all won their games with the final score 117-79 (5-1).

Port Erin B also had a good win against Douglas B with Joyce Ogden, Gwen Tuck, Steph Swift and Kay Primrose-Smith all winning their games. Unfortunately Douglas B were a player short . Final score was 124-56(5-1).

Port St Mary had a home derby with B playing A. Some very good players on both sides produced some good games. The B side secured 2 wins against 4 for the A side. 74-109.

The remaining matches were very close and each side won 3 games. Nobles against Port Erin A 102-95,and Douglas A against Ballaugh 103-87. Peel Sunset made the journey to Ramsey to play Mooragh Park B. The visitors won but Mooraghs Maureen Hamilton won her game for the home side giving a final score of 62-125 (1-5).

Elaine Moore had another good win, this time against Joy Stephen’s, and earlier in the week Elaine had more success in her game for South Ramsey in the match against Nobles when she won by 19 chalks. Both of these wins have secured her position at the top of the merit table but with just 5 matches played a lot can change as many top lady players settle into their games.

Austin’s Hart Breakers

South Ramsey Bowling Club hosted the IPS Administration Jim Senior 4’s on another fine day with a fair entry of 14 teams (56) on Easter Sunday.

The competition was played as two doubles, with the team with the most chalks progressing to the next round.

In the early rounds the home pairing of Judy Kelly & Ryan Hargraves gave Caroline Parker & Janet Monk (Mooragh Park) a scare performing brilliantly to go 20-13 ahead, before cruelly losing out 20-21. In the second game Steve Kelly & Gillian Jopson lost out 11-21 to Shannon McMullan & Helen Martin allowing the Mooragh Park Ladies to progress into the next round.

The shock of the early rounds was undoubtedly the south team who put out last year’s winners to turn the tie around with Margaret Tasker & Caroline Whitehead losing out 16-21 to Alan Kelly & Stefan Kelly, only for their team mates Derek Allen & Bernard Thackrah to record a stunning 21-10 win over Jordan Cain & Dido Kelly.

Also worthy of a mention was the comeback of the mix and match team. Edward Carlyle & Dave McCabe were well beaten 11-21 by Paul Routledge & James Evans leaving team mates Steven Waters & Allan Callow a huge mountain to climb needing to win 21-10 or better against home greeners Tony Hart & Anthony Kelly to progress into the next round. Waters & Callow did just that winning 21-10 to win the tie 32-31.

The winning team on the day were home greeners Austin Hart, James Teare, Alan Moore & Glynn Hargraves who defeated club mates Kim Hargraves, Jenny Moore, Fiona Kennish & Elaine Moore in the final (42-27).

Losing out at the semi-final stage to the eventual winners were the husband and wife pairings of Derek & Lynda Cadamy, who were teamed up with Alec & Philippa Taylor. The Cadamy’s lost out to 9-21 to Hargraves & Moore, whilst the Taylor’s lost out 12-21 to Hart & Teare.

Also falling at the semi-final stage was the south team made up of Derek Allen, Bernard Thackrah, Margaret Tasker and Caroline Whitehead who just lost out to the South Ramsey Ladies team in a finely balanced tie. Elaine Moore & Fiona Kennish got over the line 21-18 against Allen & Thackrah, whilst Jenny Moore & Kim Hargraves lost out 19-21 to Tasker & Whitehead but in doing so the South Ramsey team scored enough to book their place in the final (40-39).

The presentation was made by South Ramsey Chairman Steve Moore who thanked IPS Administration for their continued sponsorship, those who had helped prepare the green, the club members for assisting throughout the day, the ladies for providing an excellent selection of refreshments and all the new players who participated.

Moore Wins Pearl Kaighin Memorial Trophy

On Saturday the Ballaugh Bowling Club hosted the Pearl Kaighin Ladies singles and what a good day of bowls. With it being Easter the entry was down to of 24 the competition was still good

Bowing out in the quarter finals were Mary Alderson, Madison McMullin, Paula Firth and Mavis Franks. Losing semi-finalists were Lin Ruscoe and Shirley Corrin which left the final an all South Ramsey affair between Fiona Kennish and Jenny Moore. At the 13th end it was 14 across but Jenny moved ahead in singles to give the finals core 21-15.

The presentations were made by Bernie Kaighin who thanked the Club members for organising such a wonderful event thanks especially to the ladies in the kitchen and to Richard Faragher for running the competition together with the measurers and markers. In her speech Jenny thanked everyone involved with running the event.

Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly Wins Association Singles

Onchan Bowling Club was the host venue for the seasons first Association singles competition which attracted an entry of 52 to play on a fantastic surface which was running well on a fine day.

At the conclusion Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly was the winner, defeating home greener Rob Monk convincingly 21-8 in the final with Monk not hitting the same form he had in previous rounds.

Losing out at the semi final stage were Colin Kelly (Marown) to Monk who performed well to end the Marown mans challenge 21-16. In the other semi-final Barney ended the good run of Reginald Temporaza (Noble’s) with a 21-14 win to book his spot in the final.

Losing out at the quarter final stages were home greener Kevin Quirk to Colin Kelly 18-21, Marown man Juan Killip lost 10-21 to Monk, Nathan Hamilton (Castletown) who lost 18-21 to Temporaza in a close encounter, whilst South Ramsey’s Stefan Kelly lost 14-21 to Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly.

The presentation was made by Association Competition Secretary Matthew Keggen who thanked Onchan for hosting the competition, their club members for assisting throughout the day and the ladies for providing a good selection of refreshments. The excellent condition of the green was also mentioned along with the improvements made during the winter, most notably the new floodlights along with the sponsor boards placed around the corners of the green.

North Ramsey Stun Port St Mary

North Ramsey A made the long journey to the south of the island in Ellan Vannin Fuels division one to take on Port St Mary A, with the visitors pulling off a shock 3-7 win over their rivals to record one of their best wins in recent history. For the visitors Steve Walmsley got off to a good start defeating Dave McCabe 21-9, with captain Allan Callow & John Cannan beating Dan McCabe & Bernard Thackrah respectively. Gary Merrill pulled off a stunning 21-17 win to inflict a first home league loss since August 2017 on Trevor Quayle. Geoff Porter also recorded an equally good win to see off Paul Skelly in a close game 21-19. Hitting back for Port St Mary were Wayne Roberts, Rob Cooil and Tim Williams who all won fairly comfortably, but couldn’t manage to stop the visitors from taking the aggregate two points having lost out by six chalks (138-144).

Marown B had a tough night in their home fixture against Douglas A with the experienced Arnie Withers the only winner (21-12) against Gary Conwell, whilst Peter Kelly lost out 18-21 to Ian Moore.

Marown A remain top of the league after their visit to the Crofts to take on Castletown A, coming away with a respectable 2-8 win. The two winners for Castletown were Captain Ian Watson who beat Matthew Keggen 21-16, backed up by the experienced Juan Kermode who had a fine win over former team mate Paul Kelly 21-10. For the Crosby men John Gelling won 21-4 against Dean Kinley, whilst Neil Withers and Phil Kelly had to work hard to record their wins over Nathan Hamilton & Jordan Drewett respectively.

Onchan A occupy second place, they closed the gap on the league leaders by a point following a fairly straightforward 1-9 away win over South Ramsey B. The lone winner for the home team was Steven Waters with a 21-13 win over Frank Watson. Tony Dugdale came closest to taking a second win off the visitors before losing out 19-21 to Matthew Quirk.

South Ramsey A climbed up to third place following their 1-9 away win against Noble’s A, with Reginald Temporaza continuing to perform well in his debut season in the top division recording a 21-15 win over Alan Moore. The visitors won four games to single figures, whilst James Teare was pushed hard by Steve Cook before getting over the line to win 21-18 to maintain his 100% record.

Peel A sit in fourth place following their 8-2 home win over Castletown B. Ste Kelly and Andy Kennish both won to single figures for Peel, whilst for Castletown Ross Moore won 21-16 against David Proctor, with Bob Clark maintaining his 100% start to the season following his 21-16 win over Gary Smith. Clark is one of just nine players to have won their first four games in division one.

In division two Ballaugh A took a massive stride forward in their quest to return to division one recording a 10-0 home win over league leaders Port St Mary B. Thomas Keggen came closest to snatching a point for the visitors, however Edgar Cowin just got over the line to win 21-20. The result meant Ballaugh A leapfrogged Port St Mary to go top on 30 points, whilst the Port men fell to fourth spot.

Finch Hill A sit in second place level on points with Ballaugh A following a good 2-8 away win against Port St Mary C. The Finch Hill men have started the season strongly with four of their players having 100% records.

Douglas B are in third place following a good 9-1 home win over Ballaugh B, who had John Kneen to thank for sparing the whitewash with a good 21-11 win over Rob Matthews.

In division three this week league leaders South Ramsey C had another solid performance with an 8-2 home win over Ballaugh C to jump up to 33 points after four games played.

Noble’s B sit in second place on 23 points following their 2-8 away win against Peel D, with Ballaugh C sat in third place on the same number of points.

Moore & Hargraves win Avant Amenity Mixed Doubles

Saturday 13th April saw the staging of the Avant Amenity Mixed Doubles played on what many described as a superb playing surface on Douglas Bowling Club Green at the Villa Marina.

The conditions however could be described as challenging with a very strong and cold wind coming off the sea and the green running quickly for so early in the season.

With an entry of 31 pairs we saw some good early games and at the quarter final stage we saw Voirrey Curphey and Lee Dawson beat Derek Allen and Margaret Tasker 21-20, Stefan Kelly and Kim Hargraves beat Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly and Chris Price 21-20, Glynn Hargraves and Elaine Moore beat Lyn Bolton and Trevor Quayle 21-15 and Matthew and Alison Keggen took a 21-17 victory from Stuart and Paula Garrett.

The semi-finals then saw the Hargraves/Moore pairing win a very tough battle against Matthew and Alison Keggen to take the honours 21-20, whilst Stefan Kelly and Kim Hargraves defeated Voirrey Curphey and Lee Dawson 21-10.

The final was played in bitterly cold conditions, but with the green still running well it was Glynn Hargraves and Elaine Moore who put on a show of great bowls to take the win 21-9 from Kim Hargraves and Stefan Kelly.

At the presentation which was performed by Mike Atherton of Avant Amenity, Glynn thanked the sponsor and Douglas Bowling Club for staging the competition and remarked on the great condition of the green.