Monthly Archives: May 2019

Peel Edge It Over Port St Mary

In Ellan Vannin Fuels division one Peel A made the journey south to take on Port St Mary A securing a good 4-6 away win on the night. Winning big for the visitors were the experienced Andy Kennish and Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly with both men winning to single figures over Tim Williams and Glenn Hargraves respectively. Tom Kelly recorded a good 21-10 win over Dave McCabe whilst the ‘Admiral’ David Proctor performed brilliantly and will have been buoyed to see off home ‘captain’ Trevor Quayle 21-16. For the home team Juan Hargraves proved he has lost none of his natural ability dusting off his bowls for only the third time all season to defeat Stevie Kelly 21-19. Rob Cooil beat Peter Greenlees 21-11, with Wayne Roberts & Paul Russell seeing off Tommy McMeiken & Jerome Surridge respectively with both Peel men having been in good form so far this season.

Castletown A also slipped to a 4-6 home loss against Marown B with the visitors taking the two points for the aggregate thanks to Juan Killip’s 21-5 victory over David Quayle. Also winning for the Crosby men were the three Kelly’s – Peter, John and Brian. The four winners for the town men were Ian Watson, Peter Oates, Nathan Hamilton and Jordan Drewett.

Douglas A hosted Noble’s A at the Villa with the home team edging the match 6-4 (120-116) in a low scoring affair. Three single figures wins from Merv Sayle, Ian Moore and Keith Rise were the difference to the visitors two single figure wins from Glenn Boland & Tommy Collister.

Marown A edged another point away from the chasing pack with a good 9-1 home win over Castletown B who had star man Bob Clark missing. The sole winner for the visitors was Alan Phair who beat Darren Kerruish 21-8. For the home team Paul Dunn, Paul Kelly & Dean Kipling all recorded single figure wins.

Third placed Onchan A made the journey north to Mooragh Park to take on North Ramsey A with the visitors recording a 3-7 away win on the night. Home captain Allan Callow recorded a good 21-15 win over Kevin Quirk, Gary Merrill beat Frank Watson 21-17 whilst John Cannan beat the in form Jordan Cain 21-20. Winners for the away team were Peter Slinger, Rob Monk and Phil Kerruish, with Steve Parker and Matthew Quirk both winning to single figures.

South Ramsey A took on their B team, with the higher ranked team winning 8-2 to remain in second place. For the B team Austin Hart recorded a fine 21-17 win over the experienced Peter Collister, whilst Steven Waters performed well to beat Alan Moore 21-18. The winners for the A team were comfortable with Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly winning 21-2 over George Brew.

In division two top of the table Ballaugh A took on their B team who occupy bottom place in the table. The A team were in no mood to help out their club mates crushing them 10-0 on the night.

Second placed Onchan B kept up their quest for promotion following their 9-1 home win over North Ramsey B, whilst fourth placed Peel B went level on points with third placed Port St Mary B. The Peel men defeating the Port outfit 8-2 on the night. The two winners for Port St Mary were Tom Collins and Thomas Keggen.

Marown C recorded their first away league win of the season, winning 4-6 away to Peel C. Port Erin A could only draw 5-5 at home to Port St Mary C, they did win five games however their cause was not helped by having to give two walkovers to the opposition. This was disappointing as their lower ranked B team had put out a full team the night before.

Just four matches took place in division three with Finch Hill B recording a strong 9-1 win over Peel D. Junior player Ryan Tate prevented the whitewash with his 21-18 win over Guy Smith.

Douglas C drew 5-5 with visitors Onchan C. The Villa men had only three winners, however they won the two points for the aggregate on the night. It could well have been a 8-2 victory for the home side with James Teare and John Ferguson just losing out 20-21 to Denis Maxwell and Ken Clarke respectively, whilst Greg Brew lost 19-21 to Allan Kennaugh.

Noble’s B hosted their C team with the B team winning 7-3, winning for the lower ranked C team were Noel Ash, Jeff Crellin and Michael Cooper.

Castletown C won a tough home fixture 6-4 against Port Erin B with big single figure wins from John Matheson, Juan Drinkwater and Philip Smith enough to help secure the aggregate.

Bolton & Quayle Win Port St Mary Cup

A total of 22 Pairs competed in this years Isle of Man Farmers sponsored Port St Mary Cup mixed doubles.

In the first quarter final, last years winners Paula and Stuart Garrettat 20-14 up against Lyn Bolton and Trevor Quayle looked like they would reach the semi-final again, however Lyn and Trevor went on a good run to win the match 21-20. The second quarter final Jenny Moore and James Teare beat Alec and Philippa Taylor 21-9. Jenny and James were in control of this match, only allowing Alec and Phillipa four single points. In quarter final number three, Wayne Roberts and Sue Gawne were in control and built up a 15-6 lead and lying two on the next end until Matthew played a great bowl to take the jack through and made a four. Matthew and Alison went on to win 21-17. Glynn Hargraves and Elaine Moore were up against Kim Hargraves and Stefan Kelly in the last quarter final. This was always going to be a ‘friendly’ game. The bragging rights going to Kim and Stefan this time winning a close match 21-18. 

The first semi-final, Trevor Quayle and Lyn Bolton took on Jenny Moore and James Teare. Trevor and Lyn took charge of this match winning 21-12. The second semi-final was a bit closer with Kim Hargraves and Stefan Kelly winning a hard fought match against Matthew and Alison Keggen 21-16.

The final between Lyn Bolton and Trevor Quayle against Kim Hargraves and Stefan Kelly was a tight match early on. After 10 ends Lyn and Trevor were leading 11-10, this included two dead ends in which Stefan fired the jack off to keep them in the match. Lyn and Trevor then scored a single, four two’s and a single to win 21-10.

The presentation was made by Mike Caley of Isle of man Farmers. Lyn and Trevor thanked Mike for their continued sponsorship, the ladies for their catering, Ray Watterson for the excellent green and everyone who helped to run the competition.

Lawler and Cain Take Haldane Fisher Trophy

The 2019 Haldane Fisher Mixed Doubles took place at Douglas Bowling Club at the Villa on Sunday 26th May with some great bowls played on a green that was running well despite some overnight rain.

When the competition reached the quarter final stage we saw Amanda Lawler and Jordan Cain beat Elaine Moore and Glynn Hargraves 21-14, while Mike Hargraves and Fiona Kennish were beaten 11-21 by Lil Smith and Edward Carlyle. Wayne Roberts and Mavis Franks lost 12-21 to Rebecca Teare and Paul Skelly, while in the remaining quarter final a great battle was eventually won by Trevor Quayle and Lyn Bolton who beat Clare Cooper and Lee Dawson 21-20.

The semi-finals turned out to be just as exciting as the preceding games and in an epic battle we saw Amanda Lawler and Jordan Cain beat Lil Smith and Edward Carlyle 21-20 and Trevor Quayle and Lyn Bolton beat Rebecca Teare and Paul Skelly 21-16.

The final had an evenly matched start with Quayle and Bolton leading 13-11 but then Lawler and Cain put on the pressure to win 21-15.

At the presentation Jordan thanked Haldane Fisher the event sponsors and Douglas Bowling Club for hosting the event and gave special thanks to the greenkeeper for providing a superb playing surface.

Marown End Ballaugh’s Home Form

The Ladies Night League played round 10 last week before the two-week break for the TT Races.

Ballaugh slipped to their first home defeat of the season in their match against Marown. Marown took control of the tie with three wins to single figures from Philippa Taylor 21-2 over Brenda Bowyer, Rosie Winckle 21-9 against Elaine Fenton and Margaret Scarffe 21-9 against Michelle Cubbon. Helen Withers had a great away win defeating Barbara Graham 21-14, Shirley Whelan beat Voirrey Oates 21-15, Celia Joughin won 21-18 over Alison Millard and Lil Smith came through a close game with Gill Dixon 21-19. Ballaugh picked up two wins, Pat Mason 21-10 against Elaine Dewhurst and Cath Harvey beat Pat Withers 21-4 and remains undefeated in the league. Result 128-161 (2-7).

South Ramsey welcomed neighbours Mooragh Park with the home side playing well to win by 33 chalks. Elaine Moore, Lyn Bolton, Kim Hargraves and Jenny Moore all won to single figures for the home team with Gill Morgan and Ann Gale also winning. Mooragh picked up wins from Janet Monk, Caroline Parker and Ellie Cowell with Aalish Haworth just missing out losing her game 21-20. The match finished 160-127 (6-3).

Peel Sunset won by 59 chalks against Port St Mary B with the home ladies picking up seven winners from the nine games. Shirley Corrin, Joyce Kelly, Mary Moffatt and Pat Robertson won to single figures and Louise Horsfall, Cath Parker and Lynda Wilson were Peel’s other winners. PSM’s two wins came from Dot Mylchreest and Lesley Coker with Edwina Reid just losing her game 21-20. Result 170-111 (7-2).

Nobles bounced back from their heavy defeat last week by producing a perfect home performance beating Port Erin 189-114 (9-0). Jan West and Jayne Smith top-scored for Nobles with both ladies winning 21-9. Jean Thackrah came closest for Port Erin just losing her game 21-20 against Paula Firth.

Port St Mary A turned in a solid 175-92 (8-1) victory over Onchan. Dee Lewis prevented the whitewash for Onchan winning her game 21-7.

Castletown A faced off against their B team and will have been pleased to avoid any slip-ups against their club mates winning the match and only dropping eight chalks. Joy Stephens was the only winner for the B team with the match ending 181-92 (8-1).

As the teams enter the two-week break South Ramsey remain top of the league but have played an extra game than their title rivals. The top five by team average are Castletown (172), Nobles (168), Port St Mary (164), South Ramsey (161), Peel Sunset (151).

The individual merit has three ladies who remain undefeated having played all available games. Jayne Kneen (Port St Mary A), Cath Harvey (Ballaugh) and Elaine Moore (South Ramsey).

The title race and merit are sure to take another twist when play returns on Friday 14th June as South Ramsey face Castletown A, Port St Mary A face a tough away game at Marown and Nobles play Ballaugh.

Shannon Crowned Junior Manx Champion

14 year old Shannon McMullan realised an ambition watched on by her proud parents and younger sisters by winning the Ellan Vannin Fuels Junior Manx Championship for the first time.

A product of the Manx Youth Games which was in only its second year in 2014, Shannon first took up the game at the tender age of nine. Today was also a proud day for her team mates, some of who were her MYG coaches. Shannon is now a regular fixture in the Ladies night league team at Mooragh Park, who are finally starting to reap the rewards of the hours of effort they have put in to coaching their junior players. Shannon has put a great amount of time and effort into her bowls and her improvement over the past year is clear for everyone to see.

Shannon certainly did it the hard way seeing off the up and coming Patrick Grant (Ballaugh) in her first round game recovering from a 17-19 deficit to pick up four singles to take a 21-19 win.

In the quarter finals Shannon was up against 2017 winner Marown B team captain Harry Barton with this year’s competition being the last time Barton was eligible to enter. Shannon took a 14-3 lead before Barton started to chip away at the lead, however the deficit proved too big with Shannon winning 21-14.

In the semi-finals home greener Austin Hart was up against Victoria Johnson (Mooragh Park) with Hart performing well to book his spot in the final with a 21-8 win. In the second semi-final Shannon was up against the current champion Glenn Boland (Noble’s) with Shannon starting well taking the lead 11-4. Boland hit back to edge ahead 12-11, with Shannon once again going on a good run to go 18-15 ahead then 20-17 only for Boland to score two to lie just one point behind with the score at 20-19 to Shannon. Boland played along the edge of the green putting up a lead six inches away from the jack, with Shannon’s first bowl just 18 inches away Boland couldn’t quite get a second counting bowl in. With her last bowl Shannon played a great bowl under pressure to trail the jack to take a fantastic 21-19 victory to reach the final.

In the final Shannon started strongly taking a 7-2 lead over 16 year old Austin, then extended the lead further still to 16-8. Shannon kept her composure well and her level of concentration was beyond her years, which helped to see the game out with a 21-12 win to take the title in what was a stunning performance.

The presentation was made by Association press officer Glynn Hargraves who thanked all the juniors for taking part, Association Secretary Alan Moore for running the competition, South Ramsey for providing the refreshments and putting on a BBQ with meat provided by Ballakelly Farm. It was also commented on that it was great to see the winner was someone who prior to 2014 had no family link to crown green bowls, which really demonstrated the great work done by those involved when crown green bowls became part of the Manx Youth Games for the first time in 2013.

Both Shannon and Austin will go on to represent the IOM at Netherfield BC, Kendal, Cumbria on Saturday 17th August.

Top Teams Clash – Marown Extend Lead

It was another good week for Marown A in Ellan Vannin Fuels division one with the Crosby men making the short journey to take on Onchan A at the Park. The visitors put in a good performance to take a 3-7 away win, will perhaps have been a little disappointed to not come away with a 9-1 win. The match was closer than the result suggested with only 13 chalks separating the two teams (143-156)

Manx Champion Colin Kelly continued his good form to see off Rob Monk 21-13, whilst Paul Kelly won 21-17 against Jordan Cain with Cain recovering from a 12-18 deficit before Kelly got over the line. Marown captain Paul Dunn recovered from a slow start falling behind 1-6 before going on a good run to lead 13-6 against Kevin Quirk. Quirk got back to just one behind at 15-16, only for Dunn to run out with a 21-15 win. Frank Watson was the only winner for the home team in the first half to get home 21-20 against Dean Kipling. Watson recovered from a 2-10 deficit to go 17-15 ahead, then fell behind again at 19-20 to then pick up two vital points on the last two ends.

With the Onchan men trailing the match at the half way point things looked bleak with captain Peter Slinger missing, Mark Kelly stepped in on the night and performed brilliantly to see off Neil Withers with a 21-17 win, which was secured by leading a front toucher on the jack from corner to corner on the last end to record a memorable win. Also winning for the home team was Phil Kerruish fresh from his weekend exertions to see his beloved Manchester City lift the F.A. Cup, seeing off Matthew Keggen 21-14. Phil Kelly would have been pleased to win 21-16 against Matthew Quirk, with Quirk only winning nine ends throughout the game, but seven of those ends picking up a double. John Gelling got over the line 21-19 against Steve Parker, with Parker fighting back from 13-20 behind to 19-20 only for Gelling to get the all-important single for game.

This result sees the Marown men sit four points clear after eight games, having now faced the top four away from home, this puts them in a superb position.

Second placed South Ramsey A headed to the Sunset city to take on Peel A for what looked to be a fascinating encounter. The teams shared the spoils on the night with a 5-5 result, with Peel winning 5-3 on games, however South Ramsey took the aggregate by just six chalks (138-144).

For the visitors Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly put in arguably the best performance of anyone on the night with his 21-7 win over Gary Smith. Hitting back for Peel were Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly who beat James Teare 21-17, with Teare battling well against an experienced opponent after falling 9-14 behind. Tommy McMeiken led 9-1 to win 21-15 against Chas Grills, whilst Stevie Kelly led 14-4 against Stefan Kelly only for Stefan to pick up three successive doubles to drag himself back into the game at 10-14. Stevie pulled away once again to go 19-13 ahead, with Stefan hitting back once again to be just three points behind at 16-19 and with a good lead up Stevie was slightly fortunate to knock Stefan’s bowl out with his first bowl. Stevie got over the line 21-16.

At the halfway stage Peel led 3-1 on games and only had a one chalk advantage on the aggregate. South Ramsey would have fancied their chances to turn the match around. Alan Moore started the comeback seeing off David Proctor 21-10, whilst visiting captain Glynn Hargraves had to work hard for his 21-16 win against Tom Kelly with neither player able to build a lead over the other. The comeback was stopped in its tracks with Jerome Surridge defeating Peter Collister 21-13. The last match left on the green between David Bradford and Andy Kennish had all eyes on them with Bradford recovering from a 3-10 deficit to build a 20-15 lead and was lying game only for Kennish to play a good last bowl to get in. Kennish dug deep using all his experience to fight back and sneak over the line with a vital 21-20 win to ensure the match ended in a draw.

In the remaining matches North Ramsey A defeated local rivals South Ramsey B 8-2, with Douglas A & Port St Mary A matching that result with away wins over Castletown B & Marown B respectively, whilst Castletown A won 3-7 away to Noble’s A.

North Ramsey A hosted local rivals South Ramsey B at Mooragh Park with the home team winning 8-2. Winning to single figures for the home team were Geoff Porter and Tony Smart beating George Brew and Ian Moore respectively. The two winners for the visitors were Steven Waters who beat Steven Walmsley 21-17, whilst the ever reliable Tony Dugdale made it seven wins from eight games with his 21-15 win over Bryan Corner.

Marown B had a tough night at home to Port St Mary A with the Crosby men losing 2-8 with four games just losing out. Father and son Peter and John Kelly lost out 18-21 and 19-21 to Wayne Roberts and Bernard Thackrah respectively, whilst Juan Killip lost 20-21 to Dan McCabe with Harry Barton also suffering the same fate losing out to Trevor Quayle. The two winners for Marown were another father and son duo with Brian Kelly winning 21-14 against Rob Cooil, with son James winning 21-18 against Tim Williams.

Castletown B welcomed Douglas A to the Crofts with the visitors taking the spoils with an 2-8 away win. Winning for the home team were Ron Williams winning 21-4 over Gary Conwell, whilst Bob Clark continued his strong return to night league bowls with a hard fought 21-17 win over Merv Sayle. For the visitors Stuart Garrett made it seven wins from eight with his 21-11 win over Mark Saunders, whilst Shaun Seal just got over the line with a 21-20 victory over Nathan Cooil.

Noble’s A would have been hoping for a home win over Castletown A, however the town men came away with a 3-7 away win. Winning for the visitors were Juan Kermode, Aaron Richardson and Ian Watson with Nathan Hamilton and Sam Clague digging deep to both win 21-19 over Steve Cook and Steve Hall respectively. The three home team winners were Reginald Temporaza, Glenn Boland and Tommy Collister.

In division two Ballaugh A hit a bump in the road in their quest for promotion with a 3-7 home loss to Peel Sunset B, which could have been worse had Michael Kavanagh not lost 20-21 to Barry McDonald.

The result allowed Port St Mary B the opportunity to close the gap to eight points, thanks to a good 9-1 home win over Peel C with Jimmy Corlett just saving the whitewash with his 21-20 victory over Thomas Keggen.

Marown C pulled off a great 7-3 home win over Finch Hill A and look to have no worries over staying at this level having been promoted from division three last season. With another couple of years experience under their belt l can see the Crosby men pushing for promotion to the first division which would be a remarkable feat with having so many players who are all new to the game coming through together.

Port Erin A were the only away winners in division two with a 3-7 away win over Douglas A at the Villa. North Ramsey B hosted Ballaugh B at Mooragh Park with the home team winning 7-3, whilst Port St Mary C probably shocked themselves with their 7-3 win over a strong Onchan B team. William Cain picked up his first league win in only his sixth ever game with a 21-18 victory over Peter Wallis, whilst his father Derek Cain who himself only started league bowls last year wasn’t to be out done winning 21-11 over Bernard Galka.

In division three league leaders South Ramsey C took their turn to sit out a round of fixtures giving the teams below them the chance to close the gap.

Second place Ballaugh C could only struggle to a 5-5 home draw with Castletown C with the home team winning only three games, but picking up the two points for the aggregate (132-123) thanks to their three winners all recording single figure wins.

Peel D were the only home winners in division three winning 6-4 at home against Douglas C with junior Ryan Tate winning 21-12 over Michael Knowles.

Onchan C went home happy with their 3-7 away win over South Ramsey D, whilst Noble’s B visit to Breagle Glen resulted in a 3-7 win over Port Erin B. Finch Hill B gained the most on the teams around them with their 2-8 away win over Noble’s C.

Port St Mary Take The Wind Out Of Nobles Sail

Another double week of Ladies League Bowls has given the league a shake-up with Castletown benefiting from their rivals dropping points.

Castletown visited Onchan who won the match dropping only 13 chalks. Marie Ashurst was Castletown’s top scorer beating Joanne Kelly 21-9 with wins also coming from Anne Oates, Kim Foy, Hannah Drewett, Ann Hollingworth and Kath Kinley. Onchan picked up three wins from Caroline Corlett, Dee Lewis and Libby Andrade with the final score 140-176 (3-6).

Port St Mary A made the short trip to play Port Erin at Breagle Glen. Port Erin picked up four wins from Caroline Whitehead, Jean Thackrah, Jacqui Elliott and Lynda Cadamy who won 21-3. Despite losing four games, PSM won the match comfortably by 30 chalks helped by wins to single figures from Jayne Kneen, Ann Maddrell and Chris Price. Mavis Franks and Margaret Tasker also won for PSM with the match ending 123-153 (4-5).

Marown had a home tie against Mooragh Park and won by 59 chalks. Joyce Ogden, Margaret Scarffe and Lil Smith all won to single figures for Marown. Shannon McMullan and Helen Martin won for Mooragh with the final score 175-116 (7-2).

Port St Mary B collected their second win of the season beating Ballaugh by 17 chalks. A tight match saw PSM pick up five wins including Dot Mylchreest and Brenda Hawkard who won to single figures. Gill Dixon top-scored for Ballaugh 21-9 with the away side slipping to defeat 165-148 (5-4).

Rounding up the final matches from Wednesday. South Ramsey produced a solid home performance to beat Douglas 187-87 (8-1) and Castletown B lost at home to Peel Sunset 107-183 (1-8).

Friday saw Nobles, who sat out on Wednesday, return to action away against champions Port St Mary A. PSM showed their quality with a fine performance winning seven games from players Ann Maddrell, Jayne Kneen, Trish Bull, Mavis Franks, Kellie Maddrell-Reeve, Margaret Tasker and Chris Price. Rebecca Teare and Clare Cooper won for Nobles with Jayne Smith just losing 21-20. Result 165-127 (7-2).

Peel Sunset narrowly defeated Mooragh Park by eight chalks. Winners for the home side were Heather Horsburgh, Mona Kerruish, Mary Moffatt, Cath Parker and Lynda Wilson. Helen Martin, Vicky Lloyd-West, Janet Monk and Caroline Parker collected wins for the away side but just lost the match 151-143 (5-4).

Onchan against Marown produced a low-scoring match with the teams separated by only two chalks. Home side Onchan won four games including two single figure wins from Maureen Payne and Sue Gawne. Marown crucially won five games with three wins to single figures from Lil Smith, Philippa Taylor and Rosie Winckle. The final score ended 139-141 (4-5).

Port Erin fell to a second defeat of the week losing at home to South Ramsey. Port Erin restricted South Ramseys overall tally picking up four wins including Caroline Whitehead who won 21-6. Kim Hargraves, Jenny Moore and Lyn Bolton all won to single figures as South came through to win 135-156 (4-5).

The final two matches on Friday saw two whitewashes. Castletown A defeated Douglas 189-96 (9-0) and Ballaugh beat Castletown B 189-75 (9-0).

After round nine South Ramsey sit on top of the league, however, have played a game more than Castletown A who is second. With the teams uneven on matches played, the overall average may show a truer picture of the league. Castletown A leads the averages with 171 followed by Nobles 165, Port St Mary A 163 and South Ramsey 161. There is a long way to go and these four teams will undoubtedly continue to swap positions as they race for the title.

Individually, only two players remain undefeated who have played in all available matches; Elaine Moore (South Ramsey) and Cath Harvey (Ballaugh).

Next week is the final set of matches before the two-week break for the TT Races.

Capital International Cup Win For Moore & Hargraves

Port Erin was the venue on Sunday for the Capital International Cup with 32 pairs entering the competition at Breagle Glen.

The winners after a close final in an all South Ramsey affair were the pairing of Elaine Moore & Glynn Hargraves who defeated Jenny Moore & James Teare 21-18. The latter pair started the strongest taking a 10-6 lead before Moore & Hargraves turned the game round to take a 17-11 lead, then went to 19-15. Moore & Teare picked up a two and a single on the next two ends to bring the score back to 18-19. Moore & Hargraves played two good bowls on the last end to take the win.

Losing out at the semi-final stage to the winners were another South Ramsey pairing, Fiona Kennish & Steven Waters who clawed back from trailing 11-19 to eventually lose 16-21. Also losing out at the semi-final stage to Moore & Teare were the Noble’s/Marown partnership of Alison Keggen & Neil Withers (21-12).

The presentation was made by Janet Shilling who ran the competition, thanked the sponsors Capital International for their continued support and the club members for their assistance throughout the day.

Gladys Cowell ladies’ over 60s’ singles

The threatened drizzle held off and the weather stayed fair when twenty-four ladies, of a certain age, gathered at Peel to contest the Gladys Cowell over 60s’ singles.

Some close games in the preliminary round saw Mary Alderson come through 21-18 against Cath Parker while Shirley Corrin just lost out 19-21 to Margaret Tasker.

The first round saw Lynda Wilson win three ends in a row from 17-19 down to get past Celia Joughin 21-19 and Margaret Scarffe losing out 18-21 to Ann Gale. Sue Collier started like a greyhound against Pat Robertson, sprinting to a 13-6 lead after four ends, but Pat showed steely determination to get back to 20-21.

In the first of the quarter-finals, Shirley Whelan got off to a better start than her opponent, Tricia Bull, leading 13-8 after the seventh end, from which point the Port St Mary player matched her, but was unable to make inroads into her five point lead.

In the second, Lynda Wilson had a tough struggle with Ann Gale in a to-and-fro game which had Ann leading 18-17 before a pair of twos gave Lynda the game.

In the bottom half of the draw last year’s winner, Elaine Moore, had the better of home-greener Mary Moffatt, 21-9, while Margaret Tasker had a little more to do, coming through 21-15 against Sue Collier.

Quarter-finals: Shirley Whelan 21, Tricia Bull 16; Lynda Wilson 21, Ann Gale 18; Elaine Moore 21; Mary Moffatt 9; Margaret Tasker 21, Sue Collier 15

By the time they reached the semi-finals, neither Lynda nor Elaine were in the frame of mind to show their opponents any mercy, with Elaine progressing to the final with a 21-9 win over Margaret. After being evenly matched over the first half of the game, Shirley being 11-10 up after seven ends, Lynda got the bit between her teeth to romp home 21-14.

In the final, Elaine’s greater experience told with an excellent display of bowling to which Lynda was unable to find an answer. Congratulations go to both players for their standard of bowls throughout the afternoon, and well done to Lynda on reaching her first final.

Peel’s competition secretary, Heather Horsburgh, thanked all those who had taken part and the members of the Peel club who had helped in any way with the smooth running of the afternoon.

Thanks must also go to Gladys Cowell’s family for their continued support for the event.

Nobles End Marown’s Unbeaten Start

With Castletown A sitting out they would have watched with interest as their title rivals Port St Mary A and South Ramsey faced each other and Nobles faced a tricky away match, against the only remaining undefeated team, Marown.

Port St Mary A used their home advantage to full effect to defeat South Ramsey by 14 chalks, despite losing five of the nine games. Title contenders South Ramsey picked up wins from Moira Anderson who won comfortably 21-5 against Lorna Brady-Glover, Fiona Kennish 21-13 against Wendy Kennaugh, Jenny Moore 21-14 against Mavis Franks, Lyn Bolton 21-12 against Kellie Maddrell-Reeve and Elaine Moore who won 21-19 against last years overall merit winner Chris Price. Port St Mary A turned the match around thanks to three wins to single figures, Jayne Kneen won 21-8 against Gill Morgan, Trish Bull 21-3 against Jill Quayle and Margaret Tasker who won 21-6 against Kim Hargraves. Ann Maddrell was Port St Mary’s final winner beating Ann Gale 21-11. The final score 147-133 (4-5).

Nobles remain top of the Ladies league after winning their tricky away match against Marown by 39 chalks, inflicting Marown’s first defeat of the season. Nobles got off to a flying start with Debbie Leece winning 21-9 against Pat Withers, Alison Keggen 21-6 against Rosie Winckle and Rebecca Teare defeating Philippa Taylor 21-4. Marown picked up two wins in the first half with Ceila Joughin winning 21-16 against Lin Ruscoe and Shirley Whelan who won 21-16 against Jan West. Marown’s fightback continued with Joyce Ogden winning 21-10 against Viv Cook and Lil Smith beat Jayne Smith 21-19. Clare Cooper sealed the match for Nobles with a 21-9 win over Margaret Scarffe and Sylvia Kennaugh won 21-15 over Elaine Dewhurst to give a final score of 127-166 (4-5).

Mooragh Park had a home tie against Castletown B. Helen Martin and Janet Monk both won to single figures to establish a lead for the home side with wins also coming from Shannon McMullan, Aalish Haworth, Ellie Cowell, Rosemary Quirk and Vicky Lloyd-West. Rita Callister and Pauline Worrall won for the southerners with Mooragh winning overall 180-118 (7-2).

Douglas was defeated at home by Ballaugh, with the home side, unfortunately, having to concede a walk over. Ballaugh’s winners were Elaine Fenton, Pat Mason, Christine Macdonald, Brenda Bowyer, Barbara Graham, Gill Dixon and Cath Harvey, who hung on to her 100 percent record edging a close match 21-19 against Shantelle Thorpe. Pat Kelly and Patsy Rush won for Douglas with the match ending 113-162 (2-7)

Port Erin and Peel turned out to be another tight match ending 5-4 on games. Port Erin managed to win the match by 33 chalks with two single figure wins from home players Voirrey Curphy and Jacqui Elliott. Caroline Whitehead, Lynda Cadamy and Carol Kaye also won for Port Erin. Peel’s winners on the night were Louise Horsfall, Heather Horsburgh, Mary Moffatt and Lynda Wilson. Final score 164-131 (5-4).
The final match on Friday saw a solid home performance from Onchan who whitewashed Castletown B 189-124 (9-0).

Next week is a double set of matches with Port St Mary A making the short trip to Port Erin on Wednesday before their top of the table clash at home against Nobles. South Ramsey face a home match against Douglas before travelling south to play Port Erin. Castletown A goes away to Onchan on Wednesday before a home tie against Douglas.