Monthly Archives: July 2020
The Ladies Jean Kelly competition really came down to a nail biter when Castletown A travelled to Marown last Friday, with both teams off of scratch, and both teams accumulating 155 points. Castletown A took the match due to winning on matches, 5–4. For the home team, two of the winners Helen Withers and Lil Smith defeated Kim Foy to 11 and Anne Oates to 9. Nice to see Stella Watterson back on the green after some time away from the game.
In the second quarter final Nobles took on Port Erin in the south of the island and managed to secure their place in the semi finals with a victory of 174-113. Port Erin players Lynda Cadamy and Caroline Whitehead used their home green knowledge to prevent Nobles from getting the full 189 chalks, beating Paula Garett and Sylvia Kennaugh respectively.
Onchan lost out to Douglas, despite getting full chalks for each game. With Douglas having a head start of 85 points, the team managed to gain enough points to win the match, finishing 189-214. Kay McKiernan lost just shy of 21, losing to 19 to Dee Lewis.
The final match of the quarter finals, Castletown B took on Port St Mary A, losing 121-186. Starting off a low handicap of 25, Castletown B had a lot to do to win the match, and even with Sonya Mercer defeating Jayne Kneen, and Joy Stephens defeating Port St Mary’s newest player Nicola Cain, it proved to be too much of a hurdle.
The draw for the semi final was done at Nobles on Saturday and are as follows:
- Port St Mary A (scratch) v Castletown A (+20)
- Nobles (scratch) v Douglas (+90)
In the Ladies Plate Competition starting this Friday 31st July, we see South Ramsey battling another 90-point handicap against Port Erin. Onchan host Castletown B, who have another high handicap of 60 points. Mooragh Park will take on Peel Sunset who have a 30-point handicap, and finally, Ballaugh play Marown, with the home team having a 30-point advantage.
South Ramsey hosted the Jim Kernan any combination doubles on Sunday with an excellent entry of 47 pairs taking part. The green was in superb condition, with the weather being ideal apart from a short shower early in the afternoon.
The quarter finals were well contested with the Marown pairing of Colin Kelly & Juan Killip holding off the strong challenge of Debbie Leece & Clare Cooper (Noble’s) with a 21-18 win, Jordan Cain & Glynn Hargraves (Onchan/South Ramsey) just lost out 20-21 to Port St Mary pair of Trevor Quayle & Wayne Roberts, Lynda & Derek Cadamy (Port Erin) battled well before losing out 19-21 to Phil Kerruish & Ian Moore (Onchan/Douglas), whilst the Marown pairing of Darren Kerruish & Walter McCarthy were defeated 18-21 by Glenn Boland & Nathan Cooil (Noble’s/Castletown).
Whilst the quarter finals were well contested both semi-finals were more straightforward with Kelly & Killip claiming their place in the final with a 21-9 win over Quayle & Roberts. The second semi-final seen Kerruish & Moore take a 21-13 win over Boland & Cooil to reach the final.
The final which was live streamed on Facebook, started with Kerruish & Moore taking a single on the first end, to then concede the next four ends with a three, a double and a single to trail 6-13 to Kelly & Killip. Kerruish & Moore switched over with Kerruish going to the back. The switch worked almost immediately thanks to taking four consecutive ends with a four and three singles to level the match at 13-13. Kelly & Killip responded with their own run of four ends scoring three singles and a double to take the lead 17-13. Kerruish and Moore stepped up a couple of gears to run out with a double, two singles and two more doubles to win 21-17 to claim the trophy and £160 first prize. Kelly & Killip were able to console themselves with £100 for their efforts.
At the conclusion of the competition the presentation was made by South Ramsey Chairman Steve Moore, who thanked George Brew for sponsoring the competition, the club members who helped with the running of the competition and the Ladies for the excellent refreshments provided throughout the day. George Brew then presented the prizes with over £400 paid out. Spot prizes were also awarded to furthest Junior (Glenn Boland), furthest Lady and furthest Over 60’s Lady (Both Lynda Cadamy) and furthest Over 60’s man (Phil Kerruish).
On Saturday 25th July at Nobles bowling Club, 34 Ladies entered the Jordan Cup which was kindly sponsored by Shoprite.
This competition is always greatly supported by the ladies bowling community due to its round-robin format. The players were drawn a partner and drawn into one of four groups.
After a fantastic afternoon bowling with some good bowling on display, the four group winners went through to the semi-finals.
In the first semi-final, Rebecca Teare/Sue Gawne faced Philippa Taylor/Sylvia Kennaugh with Philippa and Sylvia winning 7-5. In the other semi-final, Jan West/Rosie Winckle defeated Debbie Leece/Helen Withers 10-8.
A one-sided final saw Philippa and Sylvia run away with the victory to lift the trophy. Nobles would like to thank everyone for there support of their opens this year.
Two more teams played their opening matches in the over 60’s Team Championship on Tuesday 21st July.
In Group C Peel were at home to visitors Douglas who tried very hard to win points from the home team but home green advantage and accuracy won the day with 6 wins for Peel. Final score 126-49.
In Group D Castletown B headed to Marown with 3 brand new players. Ann Watkinson, Pat Rigby and Susan Kerruish were made most welcome by the hosts and all three played well and showed that they are future stars in the making. Very well done all three. The rest of the team kept Marown on their toes but in the end Marown won 6 games Final score 126-52.
In Group A Port St Mary A were at home to Onchan. The visitors certainly made the current champions dig deep for every point gained and each match was played to double figures. Caroline Corlett for Onchan managed the only win for the visitors leaving a final score of 122-83 (5-1).
South Ramsey made the journey to Breagle Glen to play Port Erin B and went home with a 1-5 win. Joyce Henry for Port Erin had a win against Judy Kelly 21-12 and Joan Ryder narrowly missed out to Helen Caley 19-12. Final score 77-117 (1-5).
In Group B Castletown A were at home again this week and it was Port St Mary B team that made the short journey to play them. The visitors went home with 2 wins . One from Chris Holland, who had a close match with Joy Stephens 19-21 and the other from Lesley Coker who is an experienced player and has recently qualified for our league. She won her game against Barbara Young 17-21. Final score 120-71 (4-2). Also in group B was the match between Mooragh Park and Ballaugh. Chris Sims, for the home team won her game against Brenda Bowyer for Ballaugh and Gill Malpass for Mooragh Park, had a nail biting finish against Carol Holt being “all but “ for 2 ends. Final score 72-111 (1-5).
The Rayner Shield continued last week with the first round being played to decide which teams reached the quarter final stage.
The biggest shock of the week had to be division two team Finch Hill A seeing off Post St Mary A with a fine 5-3 home victory to progress to the next round. Home winners were Paul Dougherty, Dave McCabe and Pat Maher, whilst Tony Epifani got home 21-18 against Paul Russell, with Kevin Anderson holding his nerve to record the biggest shock of the night with a fine victory to the same score over Paul Skelly.
Marown B proved they are a force to reckoned with after their visit to Noble’s A, taking a 5-3 victory. Winning big to single figures for the Crosby men were Harry Barton & Peter Kelly.
North Ramsey A made sure it was a long journey home for Port St Mary B, with a 5-3 home win at Mooragh Park. Allan Callow, Gary Merrill & Ray Skelly all won to single figures against Peter Collins, Steve Stringer & Ray Maddrell respectively. Winning for the Port men were Rod Swift, Derek Kneen and Tom Collins.
Peel A hosted Castletown A, with the home team claiming an assured 6-2 victory. Preventing the whitewash on the night were Dean Kinley who held off Gary Smith to win 21-18, whilst Jordan Drewett claimed a fine 21-19 win over Andy Kennish.
South Ramsey B hosted Marown A, with the visitors enjoying the fine surface to take a 2-6 away victory on the night. Home team winners were Tony Hart, who beat Arnie Withers 21-14, whilst Chas Grills proved he still has what it takes with a 21-15 victory over Paul Kelly. James Moore performed well against Marown captain Paul Dunn before losing out 16-21.
On Tuesday night Peel C hosted Onchan A, with the visitors making no mistake with a 1-7 away win. Phillip Clarke put in a fantastic performance to see off Jordan Cain with a 21-17 win to prevent the whitewash.
South Ramsey A took on Finch Hill B at home with the Ramsey men claiming a 7-1 victory. Kevin Stannard was the only Finch winner on the night defeating Ryan Hargraves 21-16, with Stannard playing some great bowls towards the end of the game to swing the game. Austin Hart claimed his first win for the A Team with a 21-12 win over John Harris, as did Steven Waters with a 21-9 victory over Chris Duggan.
Completing the first round fixtures on Thursday evening Douglas A made the trip West to take on Peel D, with the Villa men making no mistake taking an 0-8 victory. Only two of the Peel men made it into double figures, with Leslie Halsall losing out 10-21 to Andy Cannell, whilst Steve Tate lost 14-21 to Shaun Seal. Mark Kneen having now returned to the island, has rejoined Douglas took an assured 21-5 victory over Ian Gray.
The mixed team group stages started on Wednesday evening with Marown A winning by 85 chalks (188-103), whilst North Ramsey lost out to Noble’s by 52 chalks (114-166). Castletown A made no mistake against Marown B winning by 52 chalks (171-119).
It was also great to see Finch Hill playing in the mixed team competition having gained enough ladies to field a team this year, they performed brilliantly before losing out by just 18 chalks (145-163) to Onchan A in the closest match of the night. Douglas A hosted Port St Mary A, with the home team losing out by 27 chalks (134-161) to the current holders of the mixed title.
South Ramsey became the first club to field a C Team in the mixed competition, giving an opportunity to three juniors and a further three relatively new bowlers to gain some experience. The A Team shown no mercy to the C Team winning by 88 chalks (189-101). Highest scores on the night for the C Team were James Moore who lost out 15-21 to Stefan Kelly, whilst Kim Hargraves lost out to Husband Glynn to the same score.
Saturday saw a quality field of 29 pairs of all ages entered for the MannMade Men’s Doubles at Noble’s Number Two green, whilst the Ladies competed on Number One green, with the weather holding out for the duration of the competition.
Losing out at the quarter final stage were Evan Leece & Glenn Boland (Noble’s), with Evan playing in one of his first competitions winning two games and playing some great bowls before losing out to the Marown pairing of Matthew Keggen & Paul Kelly. The Castletown duo of Sam Clague & Nathan Hamilton lost out to Finch Hill’s Dave McCabe & Zain Abideen, with Zain fairly new to the game and is getting himself around the open competitions to gain experience. Marown pair Paul Dunn & Neil Withers lost out to Onchan duo Jordan Cain & Matthew Quirk, whilst Alan Moore & Ryan Hargraves (South Ramsey) ended the challenge of Colin Kelly & Juan Killip (Marown).
Losing out in the semi-finals were Dave McCabe & Zain Abideen 13-21 to Jordan Cain & Matthew Quirk, whilst Alan Moore & Ryan Hargraves lost out to Matthew Keggen & Paul Kelly 15-21, despite a strong start on the first end with 12-year-old Ryan trailing the jack to count for three. Young Ryan is showing that his game is definitely moving in the right direction and will be one to watch in the future.
With both finalists off a handicap of +3 it was nip and tuck in the early stages. Both finalists went with the tactic of playing a long length, however neither pair were able to get away from the other with the scores finally balanced at 11-11 after 10 ends. From there Cain and Quirk took control over the next three ends scoring a single, a four, which was then compounded by a three to jump into a 19-11 lead. Both teams played some good bowls during what was an entertaining final, however Cain & Quirk then took a single to lead 20-11, before conceding one on the next end. On the last end the Onchan pair took a single to take a 21-12 victory to claim a deserved victory.
The presentation was made by Alison Keggen, Competition Secretary for Noble’s, who thanked everyone for entering and assisting throughout the day. Tina Hampson from sponsors MannMade Group was then introduced to present the prizes.
Special thanks must go to sponsors MannMade Group, to everyone who helped make the competition a success.
The Jean Kelly Handicap Knockout competition started on Friday 17th July, with preliminary rounds being played across the island. With a new handicap system in place this year, it really is every point to play for, making for much more interesting matches, and a greater chance for an underdog to snatch the title.
Peel hosted the Onchan team, with the latter taking the win with a comfortable 192 -151 score. Interestingly, even without the 40 point handicap, Onchan would have taken the win by just one nail-biting point. There were a few close games, the longest of which took place between Peel’s captain Lynda Wilson, and Dee Lewis, with 30 ends, and Lewis running away with a 21-18 win.
Four-time winners of the Jean Kelly title Port St Mary defeated Ballaugh despite the 55 point handicap, with a very close score of 170-177, and seven games for Port St Mary. Two winners for Ballaugh were Christine MacDonald and Gill Dixon, beating Margaret Tasker and Jayne Kneen respectively. Newest member to Ballaugh Maria Holder, only having played twice before scored a very credible 10 against Katy Williams.
Mooragh Park travelled to Port Erin, only to lose out with a score of 179-144. Two games reached an incredible 33 ends, with Port Erin’s Lynda Cadamy beating Caroline Parker to 19, quite an achievement after being 12-1 down. North Ramsey’s Shannon McMullan, 2019 Junior Champion, had a lengthy game against Carol Kaye, finally beating her to the win with a 21-19 score.
Castletown B knocked last year’s winners South Ramsey out of the competition with a score of 201-189. Despite every Ramsey player winning their match, Castletown B managed to accumulate enough points to win the match. Two of the Castletown players came close to a win with some high double figure scores, with Sheila Preston getting to 20, and Sonya Mercer, who unfortunately tipped the jack to her opponent on the final end, racked up 18.
First round games will take place on Friday 24th July, with the following:
Port Erin (scratch) v Nobles (scratch)
Castletown B (+25) v Port St Mary (scratch)
Onchan (scratch) v Douglas (+85)
Marown (scratch) v Castletown A (scratch).
This year any teams losing out in the preliminary or first rounds are entered into the Ladies Plate Competition, which will take place on alternate dates to the Jean Kelly.
On Sunday Ballaugh Bowling Club hosted the Spar Mixed Pairs. There were 37 pairs entered and the weather was perfect for some really good play.
Bowing out in the quarter finals were Paula Firth & Sid Bolton (Noble’s/South Ramsey), Joyce Ogden & Wayne Roberts (Marown/Port St Mary), Sylvia Kennaugh & Terry Bates (Noble’s) and Madison McMullan & Lee Christian (North Ramsey).
Losing semi-finalists were all South Ramsey pairings with Kim Hargraves & Stefan Kelly losing out 11-21 to Jenny Moore & James Teare, whilst Elaine Moore & Glynn Hargraves just lost out 20-21 to Gill Dixon & Alan Moore.
The final was between Gill Dixon & Alan Moore and last year’s winners, Jenny Moore & James Teare. Gill & Alan had a four on the sixth end which proved to be the difference and came out winners 21-16.
The presentations were made by Jonathon Kermode of Mannin Retail (Spar) who was introduced by Competition Secretary, Richard Faragher who thanked the members for organising the event, thanks especially to the ladies in the kitchen. Gill Dixon in her speech thanked the Spar, the Sponsors, Ballaugh members for organising the competition especially Richard Faragher for running the competition together with the measurers and markers.
The Equiom any combination triples took place at Port St Mary bowling club on Saturday. With 81 bowlers from around the Island taking part and the sun shining, there was a great atmosphere around the green.
Losing out at the quarter final stage were the Marown trio of Paul Dunn, Phil Dunn and Neil Withers to club mates Colin Kelly, Karl Parker and Walter McCarthy 9-21. The youthful trio of Kevin Kelly, Tom Kelly and Tariq Taher were defeated by the home team of Chris Price, Kellie Maddrell and Jayne Kneen 17-21. Also losing out were Debbie Leece, Rebecca Teare and Alison Keggen (Noble’s) to Jordan Cain (Onchan), Bob Clark (Castletown) and Matthew Quirk (Onchan) 17-21. Home greeners Margie Tasker, Tricia Bull and Mavis Franks were defeated 11-21 by club mates Paul Skelly, Dan McCabe and Paul Russell.
In the first semi-final Chris Price, Kellie Maddrell, Jayne Kneen lost out to Colin Kelly, Karl Parker and Walter McCarthy. It was a close game all the way, but the guys scored seven points the last three ends to win 21-15. In the second semi-final, home greeners Paul Skelly, Dan McCabe and Paul Russell were up against Jordan Cain, Bob Clark and Matthew Quirk. With the scores tied at 18-18, Jordan, Bob and Matthew scored a three to reach the final.
With both finalists including previous winners of this trophy, a good final was expected and it didn’t disappoint. It was another close match at 15-14 before Jordan, Bob and Matthew won the last four ends to win 21-14.
The presentation was made by club captain Margie Tasker who thanked everyone at the club for putting on the event and to Equiom for their sponsorship. Margie then introduced Nina Moore of Equiom to make the presentations.
This week seen the start of the Rayner Shield competition with 9 preliminary round matches taking place to decided who progressed to the next round.
On Monday evening South Ramsey B started their campaign with a 7-1 home win over Douglas B, who gave a good account of themselves with Rob Matthews losing out 17-21 to Edward Carlyle, whilst Andy Foster, Bob Callow and Pat O’Donohue each scored 18 chalks before losing out. South Ramsey’s reward is a tough home fixture against league champions Marown A in the following round.
Marown A hosted Ballaugh A at Crosby, the visitors would have been competing in Division One this season, having been promoted as runners up in division two last season. The Ballaugh men performed admirably with Steve Grant beating Dean Kipling 21-11, whilst John Maddrell romped home with a 21-8 victory over Matthew Keggen. Paul Kelly didn’t have it all his own way either, with a 21-19 win over John Keenan, whilst Richard Hainge rose to the challenge against Colin Kelly before losing out 17-21, a score matched by Paul Cubbon against Neil Withers. Ballaugh can take confidence from this match, will look to take it into the league next season with their new look team.
In the closest match of the week Finch Hill B hosted Ballaugh B in a high scoring match it was the Finch men who after drawing 4-4 on games progressed to the next round taking the win on chalks (152-143).
Onchan A made light work of Peel B with an 8-0 home victory, their new signing Reginald Temporaza won 21-6 against Michael Kavanagh. Coming closest for Peel were Gordon Corrin who lost 19-21 to Kevin Quirk, whilst Harry Kelly lost out 18-21 to Frank Watson.
Completing Monday’s matches Marown B performed admirably to take a deserved 5-3 win on the night, whilst also winning by 6 chalks.
On Tuesday evening South Ramsey A won 6-2 at home to Onchan B, despite missing three of their regular league players on the night. Instead of taking the easy decision of turning to the tried and trusted the A Team gave opportunities to players with one eye on the future, bringing in Steven Waters, Austin Hart and Ryan Hargraves. After the first half of the match it was finely balanced with David Bradford winning 21-7 against Brian Woodall, this was immediately cancelled out by Mike Kelly who defeated Ryan Hargraves to the same score. Allan Kennaugh won 21-18 against Austin Hart, whilst Steven Waters had to dig deep to see off Colin Spence 21-19. In the second half of the match Alan Moore, Glynn Hargraves & James Teare all won to single figures, whilst Stefan Kelly recovered from a dreadful start (0-9) to win 21-16 against Mike Alexander.
Port St Mary A got their revenge on Marown C who defeated them in last year’s Rayner Plate final, with the home winners for the Crosby men Darren Kerruish, Kevin Kelly and Jamie Joughin seeing off Rob Cooil, Paul Russell and Will Cain respectively. The visitors had four winners to single figures with Wayne Roberts, Trevor Quayle, Paul Skelly and Dan McCabe showing no mercy to their opponents.
Castletown A made no mistake with a 7-1 home win over Port Erin A, with the town men having a good mixture of youth and experience in their top team. The sole winner for the Breagle Glen men was Bernie Durcan.
The final match of the week was between South Ramsey C and Peel Sunset A, with the Peel men enjoying their visit to play on a green in fantastic condition with an 8-0 win, with nobody enjoying it more than visiting captain Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly who had a runaway 21-3 victory, backed up by three of his teammates Tom Kelly, Alec Taylor and Tommy McMeiken also winning to single figures.
The first round of the Rayner Shield commences next week, along with the Mixed Team competition group stages.