Yearly Archives: 2021

Outsiders hold onto second

Wednesday saw 31 members take to the green for the Round Robin, meaning a split into two groups. The doubles playing with black jacks and triples playing with yellow jacks. 10 members made up the doubles and the winning pair were Derek Allen and Terry Bates who scored 38 points, whilst the runners up Lil Smith and Margie Tasker scored 32. 21 members played in the triples and Willie Corkhill, Julian Rothera and Sue Kerruish scored 41 points leaving the runners up Steve Parker, Bryan Corner and Tricia Bull in second on 32.

I have been asked why I am not reporting the scores using the new system voted in at the AGM, so from now on I will report the results with the added 2 games to the winner.

Three teams were playing on Saturday the 20th, Outsiders, All But and Seven Up.

Outsiders who are currently second in the league took on All But who are third in the league for the first game and Outsiders took four wins, with All But securing two. Brian Colquitt was one of All Buts winners who kept Frank Watson to 19.

All But then took on Seven Up who are currently fourth in the league and unfortunately did not manage a win, but the closest game again involving Brian Colquitt, but this time he was kept to 18 by Andy Kennish. 

Seven Up next took on Outsiders and won two out of the six games, the closest being that of the doubles which was Paula Firth and Dougie Allan of Seven Up keeping Kevin Firth and Tony Dugdale to 18.

Outsiders 6 (113) All But 2 (84), All But 0 (84) Seven Up 8 (126), Seven Up 2 (94) Outsiders 6 (116).

Sunday the 21st saw fifth place WALOB take on current leaders Louie’s Angels, and win two games out of the six. The doubles Joyce Ogden and Sid Bolton took victory from Tricia Bull and Caroline Whitehead by one point, whilst Lyn Bolton held Rebecca Teare to 18.

Seventh place Bits n Bobs took on ninth place Castletown Cannons and a good battle commenced, each side winning three games, but Bits n Bobs took the match by one point. Franz ten Donkelaar held Sue Kerruish to 18, Sue Collier kept Peter Curtis to 19, but likewise the Cannons took two wins by close margins. Joy Stephens holding Sue McCourt to 18 and George Peach keeping Gill Morgan to 19.

Louie’s Angels then took on Bits n Bobs, and did not get a clean sweep; Bits n Bobs took two games from them the closest score being Sue McCourt keeping Tricia Bull to 18.

Cannons then took on WALOB and won two games, it was a real family affair. The best scoring games were when Sue Peach kept Toby Hart to 18, but Tony Hart held George Peach to 17.

WALOB 2 (91) Louie’s Angels 6 (122), Bits n Bobs 5 (111) Castletown Cannons 3 (110), Louie’s Angels 6 (114) Bits n Bobs 2 (95), Castletown Cannons 2 (92) WALOB 6 (114).

Angels continue good form

This week’s Pronto Plumbing sponsored winter league bowls got underway on Wednesday with the Round Robin attracting 32 members. The groups were split into triples and doubles, the black jacks group were doubles and the yellow triples.  The winners by nine points in the doubles were Derek Allen and David Clucas with 42, leaving Steve Parker and Brian Colquitt in second place on 33.  

The second group playing with yellow jacks was won with a 12 points margin by Alan Phair, Jane Lothian and Dougie Allan scoring 42, with Sid McKnight, Lil Smith and Terry Bates coming second with 30 points.

On Sunday the 14th of November, Mooragh Lakers took on Castletown Cannons and secured wins in all six games played. The games that were most closely fought were by Alan Phair who scored 18 against Brian Kelly and Barbara Young who also scored 18 against Janet Monk. Cannons second match was against Parkers and again the Cannons had all six games taken from them.

Louie’s Angels took on Parkers for their first match and won four out of the six games. The closest win for Angels was by Rebecca Teare who held Mike Alexander to 20, and the highest scoring game with a win for the Parkers was Neil Dunwell who kept Tricia Bull to 18.

The final match of the day was Lakers against Angels. The Angel’s managed to win five games but only dropped a point from the maximum 126 available. The closest scoring games were won by the Lakers doubles Alison Kearsley and Sue Gawne who took the win by one point from Tricia Bull and Caroline Whitehead. Margie Tasker for Angels beat Walter McCarthy to nineteen.

Castletown Cannons 0 (83) Mooragh Lakers 8 (126), Louie’s Angels 6 (122) Parkers 2 (108), Mooragh Lakers 1 (83) Louie’s Angels 7 (125), Parkers 8 (126) Castletown Cannons 0 (84).

Angels whitewash title contenders Seven Up

After the games having to be abandoned last Sunday, this week the winter league bowls got underway on Wednesday with the round robin attracting twenty-seven members. The groups were split into triples and the winners by one point in the black jacks group were Sid McKnight, Pauline Cowley and Paul Callister. The second group playing with yellow jacks was won by eight points by Margie Tasker, Bran Aspden and Derek Allen.

Saturday’s matches saw three teams battle it out. Seven Up took on Castletown Cannons and won five out of the six games played. The win by Cannons was by Alan Phair who beat Dougie Allan to eighteen. Cannons then took on Louie’s Angels and again won one game, this time it was Joy Stephens who held Caroline Whitehead to nineteen points, whilst the other close win was Margie Tasker for Angels keeping Barbara Young to eighteen. Then the final match of the day was Louie’s Angels taking on Seven Up. The Angel’s won all six games to achieve the maximum score of 126. The closest scoring games were won by Margie Tasker and Rebecca Teare, beating Mark Kelly to nineteen and Andy Kennish to eighteen respectively.

Seven Up 7 (123) Castletown Cannons 1 (84), Castletown Cannons 1 (80) Louie’s Angels 7 (124), Louie’s Angels 8 (126) Seven Up 0 (78).

Sunday saw Nobles Nutters taking on All But, and the Nutters taking two games with the closest being won by young Alex Hampson as he beat Lil Smith to eighteen. Castletown Corkers were playing Outsiders and had one win, David Faragher managed to hold Elaine Moore to twenty points. All But then took on Corkers and won five out of the six games, again a battle was fought between Willie Corkill and Sarah Morgan, with victory by three points going to Willie. Outsiders took five wins when playing the Nutters, with the doubles having the closest scoring game Elaine Moore and Frank Watson held Juan Qualtrough and Tina Hampson to nineteen.

Nobles Nutters 2 (93) All But 6 (108), Castletown Corkers 1 (77) Outsiders 7 (125), All But 7 (111) Castletown Corkers 1 (96), Outsiders 7 (122) Nobles Nutters 1 (77).

There are no fixtures on Saturday, 13th November, so there will be a round robin being held. Also, I need to mention that from now on all entries for the round robin sessions will close at 12.50.

Entries are now being taken at Nobles 3 green for the J&M Lee charity doubles, which will now take place one weekend later than originally planned, with the new dates being December 18 and 19. 

Wet weather disrupts schedule

This week’s Outdoor Winter Bowls League sponsored by Pronto Plumbing was somewhat shorter than expected. 

The weather meant that the usual midweek Round Robin did not take place.

Saturday 30th of October saw Outsiders, Bits n Bobs and All But battle it out for the second time this season, with Seven Up also playing.

Bits n Bobs took on Outsiders for their first game and didn’t manage to field a full team. Winning a game was a real struggle for Bits n Bobs, and the only player to come close was Sue Collier who scored nineteen points against Ben Dugdale, a deserved match win to Outsiders.

On the green at the same time were Seven Up playing All But. All But secured four wins leaving Seven Up taking two. The closest scoring game was when Lil Smith from All But held Philippa Taylor to seventeen points.

The second half of the afternoon saw Outsiders taking on Seven Up, and the number of games won by each team was three. Jenny Moore from Outsiders had the closest scoring game against Kevin Quirk, Jenny kept Kevin to eighteen. Seven Up took the match on points.

Bits n Bobs had a better game against All But, managing to win four games, although the points worked in All Buts favour to square the match. There were two close games, both seeing victory to Bits n Bobs, they were Celia Joughin scoring nineteen against Geoff Collier and Willie Corkill scoring seventeen against Gill Morgan.

Seven Up 2 (97) All But 6 (110), Bits n Bobs 0 (63) Outsiders 8 (126), Outsiders 3 (97) Seven Up 5 (106), All But 4 (102) Bits n Bobs 4 (96).

Sunday’s games were abandoned after about half an hour due to a number of heavy downpours making the green unplayable. The fixtures have been rescheduled for Saturday, December 11.

WALOB drop just two points

Week three got under way with the round robin on Wednesday with fewer entries than the previous two weeks. There were only twelve members who played as doubles and the winners were Margie Tasker and her partner Peter Corlett, and in second place was Doug Allan and Gillian Jopson.

On Saturday the 23rd of October WALOB took on Nobles Nutters and won four out of the six games, the closest score being Sid Bolton who held Jay Elliott to twenty. Bits n Bobs won five out of the six games against Castletown Corkers the closest being won by Franz ten Donkelaar who beat Lily Gawne to nineteen. The Nutters took on Bits n Bobs for the second game, with each team winning three games, unfortunately Bits n Bobs couldn’t take a second victory as they were pipped to the post by five points. The closest win was by Jane Lothian who was helping Bits n Bobs out, she managed to take the win from Mark Bradshaw who scored twenty. When Corkers took on WALOB they were unable to win a game meaning WALOB scored the maximum 126 available. The closest scoring game being won by Kim Hargraves who kept Davey Faragher to nineteen points.

WALOB 6 (113) Nobles Nutters 2 (97), Bits n Bobs 7 (116) Castletown Corkers 1 (70), Nobles Nutters 5 (106) Bits n Bobs 3 (101), Castletown Corkers 0 (66) WALOB 8 (126).

On Sunday the 24th Mooragh Lakers took on Castletown Cannons and won five out of the six games, leading to them taking the match, the closest game being taken by Janet Monk who kept George Peach to nineteen. Parkers took two games from Louie’s Angels, although the tightest game was won by Sid McKnight of the Parkers who took the win by one point from Tricia Bull. Louie’s Angels won their second match against the Lakers, again winning four games. Matthew Keggen beat Walter McCarthy to eighteen, whilst Janet Monk of the Lakers kept Margie Tasker to nineteen. The Cannons managed to win one game against Parkers although it was Jo Smith from the Parkers who had the closest fought battle but kept Joy Stephens to eighteen.

Mooragh Lakers 7 (117) Castletown Cannons 1 (91), Parkers 2 (95) Louie’s Angels 6 (119), Louie’s Angels 6 (117) Mooragh Lakers 2 (99), Castletown Cannons 1 (88) Parkers 7 (121). 

Angels set the early pace

The winners of the doubles group were Derek Allen and Brian Colquitt who took the win by five points from Trish Bull and Brian Aspen. The triples winners also by five points were Dougie Allan, Paul Callister and Janet Monk who beat Billy Blair, Margie Tasker and Peter Kelly.

Saturday the 16th October saw four teams battling it out. Nobles Nutters took on Mooragh Lakers and won three out of the six games. Terry Bates held Alison Kearsley to seventeen and Mark Bradshaw took the win leaving Walter McCarthy on twenty.  Parkers took on Seven Up and managed to secure a win for two of the games, one of which Mike Thomas held Philippa Taylor to twenty. Another close game was secured by Dougie Allan of Seven Up keeping Colin Spence to twenty. Sylvia Kennaugh of the Nobles Nutters during their second match against Seven Up prevented a six game victory by taking the only win for the Nutters against Eddie Carlisle who scored seventeen. The last game of the day was Mooragh Lakers against Parkers, again one game prevented Parkers from having a clean sweep. It was Sue Gawne and Tracy Moore who took the one and only win for Mooragh Lakers in the doubles game, they kept Peter Karran and Jo Smith to seventeen.

Nobles Nutters 3 (99) Mooragh Lakers 5 (109), Parkers 2 (98) Seven Up 6 (122), Seven Up 7 (123) Nobles Nutters 1 (82), Mooragh Lakers 1 (89) Parkers 7 (122).

Sunday again saw four teams battling it out on the green. Castletown Cannons took on the newly established team All But and secured two wins, one of the closest being George Peach who held Peter Kennaugh to twenty. All But also had two very close games meaning the win to them when Brian Colquitt beat Joy Stephens to twenty and Celia Joughin did the same to Alan Phair. 

It was all even when Louie’s Angels took on Outsiders, each winning three games but Angels took victory by scoring nine points overall more than Outsiders. Jenny Moore was the closest game, leaving Trevor Quayle to score twenty. All But won two of the six games against Louie’s Angels and had a really closely fought game of doubles, with All But being the victors when Brian Aspen and Peter Kennaugh kept victory from Trish Bull and Caroline Whitehead by a point. The final match of the day was Outsiders against Castletown Cannons which saw Outsiders taking all six games of the match.  

Castletown Cannons 2 (100) All But 6 (117), Louie’s Angels 5 (118) Outsiders 3 (109), All But 2 (80) Louie’s Angels 6 (120), Outsiders 8 (126) Castletown Cannons 0 (74).

Winter bowlers swing into action

Well, it’s that time of year again, after the last season being shortened due to Covid we are back to playing the Outdoor Winter League bowls which for the second-year running is kindly being sponsored by Pronto Plumbing.

The schedule began with a round Robin which took place on Wednesday the 6th of October. There were 24 members taking part, eleven ladies and thirteen men took to the green. The participants were split into two groups, six pairs in each, one using yellow and the other using black jacks.

The winners of the yellow jack group by eleven points were Joyce Ogden and Alan Phair scoring 45 points, who took victory from Elaine McElroy and Terry Bates (34). Elaine and Terry took second from Caroline Whitehead and Judith Moore (33) by one point.

The black jack group was won by Mark Kelly and Kevin Firth (scoring 41), who beat Peter Kelly and Bryan Corner to 34, with third place taking 28 by Brian Colquitt and Paul Callister.

Saturday the 9th saw the Castletown Cannons, Castletown Corkers, Louie’s Angels and the newly formed team Noble Nutters on the first league fixtures. 

Nobles Nutters 4 (107) Castletown Cannons 4 (114), Castletown Corkers 1 (67) Louie’s Angels 7 (125), Louie’s Angels 8 (126) Nobles Nutters 0 (64), Castletown Cannons 7 (118) Castletown Corkers 1 (96).

The following day saw Bits n Bobs, Outsiders compete with the newly formed All But and WALOB.

All But 2 (96) WALOB 6 (119), Outsiders 7 (120) Bits n Bobs 1 (90), Bits n Bobs 3 (93) All But 5 (113), WALOB 3 (103) Outsiders 5 (111).

Dunn & Withers Win Juan Kelly Cup

Marown Bowling Club hosted the Juan Kelly Cup last week with the competition now in its fifth year it had 48 pairs taking part. As is becoming the norm in these competitions there were some interesting pairings making use of the handicap system which was played over two qualifying nights (Tuesday and Wednesday), with four pairs qualifying each night, in order to qualify for the finals night on Thursday evening.

The format was any combination doubles, played over 15 ends with ends 5, 10 and 15 played as ‘power’ ends with the points scored counting double. The pairs were given a handicap based on their rankings in the Men’s and Ladies game. If scores were tied after 15 ends a one bowl shootout would take place to decide the winner.

Spot prizes were awarded on both qualifying nights to the pair with the highest break, we did get to see a one-bowl shoot on Wednesday evening between Douglas duo Nick Firth and John Ferguson who took on Peel pair Gordon Corrin and Dougie Allan with the score tied at 21-21 after 15 ends the Peel pair won the shootout to progress to the next round.

For finals night a re-draw took place to determine who the pairings would play on the night, with a good mixture of high and low handicaps still in the competition. The excellent floodlights came into good use for the duration of the competition.

Losing quarter finalists were South Ramsey’s James Teare and Jenny Moore (+2), who lost out heavily to Onchan pair Wil Penhallurick and Jamie Clague (+7) 13-24, while Reg Temporaza and Rob Monk (+2) looked to be going through to the next round against home greeners Phil Kelly and John Gelling (+1) only for a brilliant last bowl from Gelling which swung the game in their favour and ensured a stunning 18-17 win. Marown D team players Phil Dunn and Steve Rough (+8) agonisingly lost out due to the one bowl shootout against Port St Mary’s Steve and Mavis Franks (+7) after tying 23-23 after 15 ends. In the last quarter final, it was an all Marown affair with Withers and Dunn (+0) proving too strong for team mates Matthew Keggen and Paul Kelly (+2) as they won 23-8.

The semi-finals were all one-way traffic in the first half of the game in favour of both Marown pairs, with Kelly and Gelling up against Penhallurick and Clague with the Onchan men clawing their way back into the game only to lose out 12-24. Dunn and Withers reached the final with a 29-14 win over the Port St Mary pair.

The final was well contested, with the score tied at 9-9 after nine ends played there was little to choose between the teams. On end 10 Dunn and Withers scored a two which was doubled up to count four to lead 13-9. The following four ends were exchanged with Dunn and Withers scoring another four, while Kelly and Gelling scored three to put the score at 17-12. On end 15 only a three – to score six would do for Kelly and Gelling to win the game, there was a shot on which they couldn’t quite pull off resulting in Dunn and Withers scoring a one to win 19-12 as they won this competition for the first time, carrying on the tradition of different winners every year since the competition was introduced.

At the conclusion of play the presentation was made by Brian Kelly, who thanked Juan Kelly for once again sponsoring the competition, the Ladies for the refreshments over all three nights, the players for entering, and all those who came to support. The sponsor Juan Kelly was then introduced to present the prizes, with Juan paying tribute to everyone at the club including the green keepers for their work on the green.

Moore & Teare Win Final Open Competition of 2021

A field of 38 pairs contested the Douglas Borough Council Challenge Cup on Sunday.

At the quarter final stage Debbie Leece and Neil Withers (Marown) came back from 8-16 down to win 21-17 against Steven Waters and Alan Moore (South Ramsey), while Matthew Keggen and Paul Kelly (Marown) got the better of club mate Joyce Ogden and Mike Hargraves (Castletown) 21-12.

Finch Hill pair Pat Maher and Mark Taylor put up a fine show, before eventually losing out 17-21 to South Ramsey’s Jenny Moore and James Teare, while Sue Gawne (Onchan) and Andy Kennish (Peel) were up against Castletown pair Sam Clague and Nathan Hamilton, which was nip and tuck early on, however Gawne and Kennish pulled away to win comfortably 21-13.

In the semi-finals Moore and Teare always had the upper hand against Gawne and Kennish and ran out winners 21-13. The all Marown semi-final was an extremely tight affair which Keggen and Kelly eventually edged it 21-20 against Leece and Withers.

In the final Moore and Teare were always in control of the game as they won 10 of the 13 ends, making light work of Keggen and Kelly as they went on to win 21-10.

Brian Murphy, Finch Hill Competition Secretary presented the prizes on behalf of the club. He thanked the club members for all their hard work in support of the competition which was a great success. 

South Ramsey A Seal Division One Title

The crown green bowls league season finished with another double week as the league winners, promotion battles and bottom teams were settled in all three Divisions along with the individual merit winners.

In Ellan Vannin Fuels Division One South Ramsey A proved to be the top team this season as they followed up on their recent Rayner Shield victory as they wrestled the league title back from Marown A. The northern team had the same group of players as they had two seasons ago, improving on their 2019 tally by nine points, to top the table with 173 point as they won the league by 12 points, ending the season in good form as they won 9-1 at home to Ballaugh A on Monday night to secure the title and then came away from the Villa on Wednesday evening with a 2-8 win.

The only matter to be settled in their last match was who would be the individual merit winner. The overall and deserving winner was recent Manx Masters champion David Bradford (pictured below) who secured the accolade with 21 wins from 21 games played to cap a fine season. Finishing in second place was team mate Glynn Hargraves with 21 wins from 22 games played (3 chalks dropped), while Dido Kelly completed an all South Ramsey top three in the merit with 19 wins from 20 played (5 chalks dropped). The one match Bradford missed due to a back injury was at home to Marown A, which coincidentally was the same night that the home team lost 3-7, with both Hargraves and Kelly losing their one and only league game this season.

Photo: Gary Weightman

Marown A finished the season in second place with a hard earned 3-7 away win over Peel B, followed up by a 9-1 home win over North Ramsey A.

The Crosby men will be taking a hard look at where they can improve next season, despite continuing a run that has resulted in them finishing no lower than second place in every season since 1996 as they finished the season 19 points worse off than 2019.

Peel A had a tough night on Monday as they lost 4-6 away to Marown B, a damaging result for their hopes of a second placed finish, as they suffered a second successive defeat, however they bounced back on Wednesday with an 8-2 home win over Port St Mary A.

The Peel men managed to finish in third – their highest league finish for a long time as they improved on their 2019 points total by 26 points, they will look to continue to improve next year as they finished the season just seven points behind Marown A following two damaging defeats towards the end of the season to fall into third place after occupying second place for most of the season only to be pipped at the post by Marown.

Ballaugh A finished in the bottom two to confirm an immediate return to Division Two as they join Noble’s A who had already been relegated, while Peel B will be delighted to have comfortably retained their top flight status having been promoted in 2019.

In Division Two Onchan B had the unenviable task of knowing what score they needed to win to with the other teams in contention having played the night before, with a tricky looking trip north to take on South Ramsey C, however they brushed aside the home team 2-8 to seal top spot and a long awaited return to Division One by a single point in a nervy ending to the season.

Photo: Steve Parker

Finishing in second place were Port Erin A on 129 points, as they finished just one point behind Onchan B, with the Port men finishing four points clear ofboth South Ramsey B and Castletown B as the Breagle Glen outfit ensured they returned to the top flight with a 7-3 home win over Marown C, then turned over Port St Mary B 10-0 to finish the season strongly.

South Ramsey B probably did as well as they could this week, but will rue a number of poor results throughout the season as they just fell short despite winning a tough game 3-7 away to Finch Hill A, followed by a 9-1 home win over Douglas B, whilst Castletown B dropped seven costly points in their last two outings as they beat Port St Mary B 7-3, then won 4-6 away to Peel C.

Finishing in rock bottom, a massive 46 points from safety on just 41 points were Finch Hill B, while Port St Mary B were also in one of the relegation spots as they finished 17 points from safety on 70 points, with the club looking to regroup over the winter, as they move onto pastures new.

The individual merit went to Onchan B player Mike Thomas (pictured below), despite missing a game as he managed to finish top of the pile with 18 wins from 19 games played (10 chalks dropped). Finishing in second place was Finch Hill A man Dave McCabe who won the same number of games as the Onchan man, however 14 chalks dropped in his two losses ultimately cost McCabe. In third and fourth place were two South Ramsey B players, Steven Waters and Tony Dugdale with both missing two games, as they stepped up to help out their A Team who were battling for the title.

Photo: Norman Kneen

In Division Three Ballaugh B doubled up as they won the title with 146 points, while their star man John Bolton (pictured below) sealed the individual merit with a 21-5 win over South Ramsey D player Matthew Corkill. Upon being told he had won the individual merit Bolton was clearly shocked and delighted as he won 18 games out of 20 games played in a fine season for his team and on a personal level.

Photo: Glynn Hargraves

The Ballaugh men finished the season strongly with their 2-8 away win over Port Erin B, then followed this up with an 8-2 home win over South Ramsey D.

Photo: Ray Parry

Onchan C finished the season in second place with 129 points, 17 points behind the league winners and 12 points ahead of third place Ballaugh C. It proved to be a poor week for Onchan as while they did enough to secure second place they lost 8-2 away to Ballaugh C then drew 5-5 at home to Marown D with the visitors winning five games, however the home team edged the aggregate by one chalk (149-148) to avoid a second successive defeat.

Rounding up the individual merit places in Division Three James Drinkwater (Castletown C) won 17 games from 19 played (13 chalks dropped), while Peel D player Philip ‘Pip’ Pemberton can be proud of his efforts this season with 17 wins from 20 games played and just 15 chalks dropped.