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Canada Life International – Players of the Month

IOMCCGBA: Canada Life International Players of the Month – April

The IOMCCGBA In partnership with Canada Life International are looking to recognise high performance across the sport each month.

With that in mind we are introducing the Player of the Month award for Ladies, Men and Under 21 player. League results as well as competition success will be considered.

We hope that this new initiative will help promote our sport and reward individuals who have had a great month on the green.

Congratulations to April Award winners:-

Ladies Player of the Month: Mary Moffatt – Peel Sunset

Men’s Player of the Month: Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly – South Ramsey

Under 21’s Player of the Month: Glenn Boland – Marown

Mary has had a fabulous start to the season with 4 wins from 4 games in the night league which left her top of the Individual Merit in April. In addition to this Mary dropped just one chalk in six games in the Over 60’s League.

Dido also maintained a 100% record in the men’s night league as he conceded just 26 chalks in his four matches and sits top of the Division One individual merit, whilst also recording a great win in the first round of the Rayner Shield.

Glenn has started off the season strongly with 3 wins out of 4, dropping just four chalks in his only loss with a superb win in the Rayner Shield match to top off a great month. Whilst not in April but worth a mention on 1st May Glenn won the inaugural IOMCCGBA Non-Winners Trophy at Nobles to pick up his first men’s singles open title.

Dunn and Withers Win Lilian Slinger Pairs

In glorious sunshine and on a much-improved green 31 any combination doubles bowlers played in the Lilian Slinger competition at Mooragh Park. It was lovely to see so many coming from so many clubs and getting to the green before the roads closed for a 12noon start. The competition was watched by members of Lillian’s family for most of the afternoon and they were able to witness some great games taking place.

The opening rounds saw some close games. Lilian’s daughter Janet Monk and Shannon McMullan (Mooragh Park) very nearly knocked out Marown Pair Neil Withers and Paul Dunn being 18-11 up at one point but just losing out 20-21. Last year’s winners Trevor Quayle and Wayne Roberts (Port St Mary) were seen off by Matthew Keggen and Paul Kelly (Marown) 15-21. 

In the quarter finals a South Ramsey squad of Billy Blair and Bryan Corner played Sue Collier and Judy Kelly winning 21-15. Home greeners Brian Colquitt and Ray Skelly were seen off by Eddie Carlyle and James Teare (South Ramsey) 6-21. Home team Gary Merrill and Allan Callow ended Matthew Keggen and Paul Kelly’s run 21-14 and Dunn and Withers won convincingly against Steve Waters (South Ramsey) and Steve Walmsley (North Ramsey) 21-7.

In the first semi-final we saw a very close game between the Corner and Blair pair who were pipped at the post by Carlyle and Teare 19-21, but the second semi-final was not so close with Merrill and Callow being seen off by Dunn and Withers 10-21.

With the sun still shining and a good crowd remaining the final was played. Dunn and Withers continued with their good form taking an early lead ahead of Carlyle and Teare who played very well but just could not retain the jack and lost 21-13.

The prizes were presented by Lilian’s daughter Janet who was thanked by one of the competition organisers, Mike Skelly, for sponsoring the event and providing the winners and runner ups with individual trophies to keep. Neil thanked the club for organising the event and his partner for a great competition and congratulated North Ramsey for the improvement of the green and everyone who had taken part in the competition.

Haldane Fisher Pairs win for Jenny and James

On Saturday the Haldane Fisher Mixed Pairs Competition was run by Douglas Bowling Club on a lovely day at the Villa Marina. There was a good turnout of bowlers on a green that was running well.

At the quarter final stage we saw South Ramsey pair Jenny Moore and James Teare beat Margaret Tasker (Port St Mary) and Derek Allen (Port Erin) 21-16, while a superb performance from Louise and Nigel Tebay (Ballaugh) saw them beat Onchan pair Sue Gawne and Andy Kennish also 21-16. Home greeners Paula and Stuart Garrett beat Ballaugh’s Michelle and Paul Cubbon 21-12 and Kim and Glynn Hargraves (South Ramsey) beat Marown duo Rebecca Teare and Paul Dunn 21-18.

The semi-finals saw two great games with Jenny and James beating Louise and Nigel 21-15 and Paula and Stuart beating Kim and Glynn 21-17.

In the Final Paula and Stuart started well to take a 10-8 lead and then Jenny and James levelled the score to 10-10. Paula and Stuart then went into an 11-10 lead but from this point on Jenny and James piled on the pressure to win 21-11.

The trophies were presented by Douglas Bowling Club Competition Secretary Andy Cannell and on receiving the trophy James thanked the sponsors Haldane Fisher and Douglas Bowling Club for putting on the event. He also thanked the Greenkeeper for a superb playing surface and those who ran the competition throughout the day.

South Ramsey A & Marown B ‘Max Out’

In Canada Life International Division One this week there were two maximums with league leaders South Ramsey A extending their lead to six points courtesy of their 10-0 win over Port Erin A on a tricky home green with the visitors a man short and reaching just 63 chalks on the night.

Marown B made up some ground on their A Team with their second 10-0 of the season as they beat Peel B with the visitors now sat in a precarious position five points from safety.

Marown A will have been pleased to come away from the sunset city with a hard fought 3-7 win over Peel A, which could have just as easily have been 5-5 on another night with George Gadsby losing out 19-21 to Harry Barton, while Tommy McMeiken lost 20-21 to Neil Withers. The two single figure wins from Colin Kelly and captain Paul Dunn went a long way towards securing the aggregate for the Crosby men as they won by 15 chalks (133-148).

Onchan B closed the gap on visitors Castletown A to just two points following their 7-3 home win with the Onchan men winning by 13 chalks (149-136). Colin Spence won 21-8 against Alan Phair, which Derek Lewney cancelled out with his win over Bernie McPhee.

Port St Mary A continue to adjust to their temporary home, they managed to beat Douglas A 7-3 at Breagle Glen. Jordan Drewett stormed to a 21-6 win over Tommy Collister who played on the Port Erin green for a number of years. Tom Collins will have been buoyed following his first league win of the season as he won 21-15 win over Ian Moore. For the visitors’ captain Merv Sayle won 21-14 against Tim Williams, Keith Rise continues to impress with a 21-17 win over Wayne Roberts, while Andy Cannell battled to a 21-18 win over Nathan Hamilton.

The closest match of the night was at Mooragh Park between North Ramsey A and Onchan A with the match ending 4-4, the visitors edging the aggregate by two chalks (146-148). For Onchan Phil Kerruish was the best winner as he beat Ray Skelly 21-12, while Will Penhallurick worked hard for his 21-19 victory over Gary Merrill. For the home team Paul Allison continued his fine form with a 21-8 win over Andy Kennish, Rob Monk beat Mike Thomas 21-19, while Allan Callow beat Reg Temporaza 21-20.

In division Two South Ramsey B show no signs of slipping up following their 1-9 away win over Finch Hill A. The lone winner for Finch was Mark Taylor who only took the game up last season, as he beat the previously undefeated Steven Waters 21-12. Impressing for the visitors were the evergreen Chas Grills with a 21-15 win over Dave McCabe, Austin Hart performed well as he beat Les Brookes 21-13, while four single wins from Ed Carlyle, Bryan Corner, Sid Bolton and Tony Dugdale kept the home team to under 100 chalks (97-159).

Ballaugh A sit in second, they had a good evening at home to Onchan C as they won 9-1 with the Ballaugh men looking to be playing for second in a battle with Marown C. Barry McDonald got over the line 21-20 against Roger Payne, while Phil Quayle and John Keenan both won to single figures.

Marown C stayed in touch thanks to their 8-2 home win over Ballaugh B, with Dan Smith just missing out on getting an extra point for his team as he lost 20-21 to Dicky Watson. The home team had three winners to single figures with Walter McCarthy ruthlessly winning 21-1 against Paul Davis.

South Ramsey C returned to winning ways with a 7-3 home win over Port St Mary B, with the visitors a man short this surely cost them the aggregate as they lost out by eight chalks (138-130).

Douglas B hosted Peel C at the Villa, with the home claiming a 7-3 home win. Gary Conwell continued his return as he recorded another win, while Stuey Garrett was the best winner for the home team.

In Division Three with league leaders North Ramsey B taking their turn to sit out Marown D closed the gap to a single point thanks to a 3-7 win over Douglas C. All games in the fixture reached double figures.

Noble’s B stayed in touch just five points off top spot following their 9-1 home win over Castletown C, while Peel D and Finch Hill B drew 4-4 on games in the Sunset city with the home team despite being a man short edging the chalks (134-130) to take a 6-4 win.

Elsewhere Ballaugh C won 7-3 at home to Douglas D and Port Erin B won 8-2 at home to South Ramsey D, with three of their wins being keenly contested games. For the home team Ed Benson won 21-2 against debutant Hakim Thomas, while Geoff Collier hit back for the visitors with a 21-8 win over Trevor Barker.

Rayner Shield

Division Two side South Ramsey B were the first team to go through to the quarter finals of the Rayner Shield, as they ruthlessly beat Division One side Peel B 8-0, with the visitors failing to score 100 chalks (168-94).

The tie of the round was between South Ramsey A and Onchan A, with the visitors missing some key players they still put in a good performance as they lost 5-3 to the current holders. Matthew Quirk was the best winner with his 21-16 win over James Teare, while Kevin Quirk and Andy Kennish both edged their games 21-20 against David Bradford and Dido Kelly respectively.

Marown A progressed to the next round courtesy of a 7-1 home win over Castletown A with Mark Moorley the lone winner as he won 21-9 against Phil Kelly. Marown officially welcomed Peter Jones to the club as he made his debut, with Jones doing enough to get over the line 21-18 against Ron Williams.

Onchan B were defeated 3-5 at home to Peel A with the winners for the home team Mike Kelly, Steve Parker and Jamie Clague who beat Dave Smith, Tommy McMeiken and Tom Kelly respectively.

Rayner Plate specialists Marown C reached the quarter finals of the Shield following their 2-6 away win over North Ramsey B, while Douglas A cruised home 8-0 against their B Team, a result matched by Port St Mary A who beat Finch Hill B.

The last match of the Rayner Shield had South Ramsey C hosting Marown B, with the visitors looking to be on the end of a huge upset as they trailed 3-1 at the half way stage, however the back four Marown men hit back to run out with a 3-5 victory.

Rayner Plate

In the Rayner Plate the favourites North Ramsey A (+15) came away from their trip South with a 33 chalk victory (140-173) over Castletown C (+50), whilst the handicap helped get the job done for Peel D (+50) who beat Castletown B (+25) by 16 chalks (194-178). Ballaugh B (+35) and Finch Hill A (+35) started off the same handicap with the visitors Finch coming away with a sizeable 42 chalk victory (141-183) as they booked their quarter final spot.

Port St Mary B (+35) were at home to Ballaugh A (+25) with the match ending 4-4 on games, however the home team held onto their 10 chalk start to win by 19 chalks (175-154). Douglas C (+40) hosted Marown D (+65) with the visitors not needing the handicap as they won by a huge 64 chalks (159-223). Onchan C (+40) welcomed Noble’s B at the Park and the visitors progressed to the quarter finals despite losing 5-3 on games as they won by 19 chalks (181-200). The final fixture of the night between third division Ballaugh C (+50) and second division side Peel C (+45) with the home team having a marginal five chalk this wasn’t anywhere near enough to hold off the visitors as the Peel men won by 42 chalks (141-183).

The last match of the round is scheduled for 7th June with Port Erin A (+5) hosting Noble’s A (+45) at Breagle Glen.

Seven-two Scoreline Order of the Night

In the ladies open age crown green bowling last Friday night, three of the six fixtures were won 7-2 on games; these being Castletown A and Ballaugh at home to Port St Mary and Douglas, plus Marown A away to Mooragh Park. Marown had five ladies winning to single figures, Castletown had four and Ballaugh three. The closest games saw Kim Foy (Castletown) and Pat Mason (Ballaugh) winning to 20, with Janet Monk (Mooragh) winning to 19. Elsewhere Onchan had a good 6-3 away win at Peel with Caroline Corlett (Onchan) just pipping Cath Parker 21-20. South Ramsey visited Marown B coming away with a hard earned five games to four win and by 15 points with Kim Hargraves (South) having a nip and tuck battle with Lisa Oliver eventually winning to 15. Port Erin hosted Castletown B with Ann Hollingworth and Joy Stephens (Castletown B) winning to 18 and 17 against Jean Thackrah and Alison Stockham respectively.

In the ladies Over 60’s league last Tuesday morning, home derby between the Mooragh Park ladies resulted in a five games to one win for the A team with the lone winner for the B team being Peggy Freeman who won to 18 against Margaret Oxley. Castletown A were away to Port Erin A coming away with a five one win and dropping only one point. Stopping a full house was Jacqui Elliot who won to 20 against Joy Stephens. Two more matches that saw a five games to one win were South Ramsey and Port Erin B both away to Onchan B and Castletown B respectively with the lone winners being Libbi Andrade for Onchan and Linda Dobinson for Castletown. Marown hosted Ballaugh winning four games to two with three of the Crosby ladies winning to single figures. Peel visited Finch Hill and although the match finished three all, Peel won by four points with all games bar one going into double figures. The following morning Port St Mary A entertained Onchan A at home. The match finished three all with Onchan winning by 14 points. Onchan’s win was helped by Wendy McDowell and Paula Firth winning to single figures. Last Thursday morning’s fixtures saw two maximums; these being Port Erin A away to Mooragh Park B and Peel at home to Castletown B with four ladies from Port Erin A and three from Peel winning to single figures. Closest games saw Joyce Henry (PE A) winning to 15 against Irene Goodall and Val Allwood for Peel winning to 13 against Susan Kerruish. Marown ladies were on fine form away at Castletown A winning four games to two and by 22 points with all games bar one going into double figures. Mooragh Park A visited Port Erin B coming away with a four games to two win with the two winners for Port Erin B being Rita Callister and Alison Stockham. South Ramsey hosted Finch Hill and although the match finished three all, South won by 20 points. The next day, Onchan A travelled to Port St Mary B coming away with another full house due to PSM B only able to field three players. Of the three games that took place the closest saw Caroline Corlett (Onchan) winning to 18 against Dot Mylchreest.

Jean Kelly Plate knockout competition Results: Port Erin (+59) 208, Ballaugh (+50) 211; Castletown B (+47) 175, Port St Mary (+39) 201; Onchan (+33) 213, Peel (+59) 185; Marown B (+47) 207, Douglas (+60) 202.  Draw for semi-final awaited.

Shannon Wins Second Junior Manx Championship Title

A fantastic entry of 29 junior bowlers from all over the island entered the Junior Manx Championship at Onchan Bowling Club on Sunday. There was a good crowd in attendance with numbers approaching 100 at one stage. Once again there were more girls than boys through to the latter stages, which was fantastic to see, with some great bowls played by all the juniors.

Losing out at the quarter final stage were Graiagh Smith (Douglas), who lost 8-21 to Madison McMullan (Mooragh Park), whilst home greener Grace Gawne ended the hopes of Toby Hart (South Ramsey) who was defending the title he won last year with a 21-17 win. In the other half of the draw Shannon McMullan (Mooragh Park) seen off club mate Grayse Blencoe with a 21-5 victory, while another Mooragh Park player Victoria Johnson got a bye due to her opponent feeling unwell.

In the semi-finals Grace was up against Madison, with the score 7-5 to Grace after the first 12 ends with both players managing to keep their opponent to singles. From there both players picked up two’s, however it was Grace who prevailed with a 21-15 win over Madison, scoring five doubles to take her spot in the final. In the other semi-final Shannon made light work of her team mate Victoria with a 21-9 win.

In the final Grace with home advantage made the better start over Shannon, with the latter having won the title in 2019, Grace took a 6-2 lead after five ends. After 17 ends Grace who was playing extremely well, had built up a big lead at 16-8 to go strong favourite for the title, however Shannon with a bit more experience dug deep to work her way back into the game to win six consecutive ends on a longer length to reduce to the deficit to just one chalk at 15-16. Grace responded just in time, scoring a good two to lead 18-15. Shannon responded immediately to score three consecutive two’s over the middle of the green to see the game out and be crowned Junior Manx Champion for the second time with a 21-18 win. Credit must also go to Grace for her part in a good final. Grace will get another couple of chances to win the title, with this the last time that Shannon is eligible to play.

The presentation was made by Association Competition Committee Officer Steve Moore, who thanked all the juniors for taking part, Onchan Bowling Club for providing the refreshments and measurers. Association President Philip Kelly then presented the prizes, congratulated the juniors on the standard of bowls throughout the day.

Parker Wins George Hawkins Trophy

Bowling conditions could not have been better last Wednesday 18th when thirty-five bowlers competed at Mooragh Park in the 2nd George Hawkins Memorial Trophy.

Watched by George’s family throughout the opening rounds we saw some tremendous bowling with lots of games going the full distance.

The losing quarter finalists were Philippa Taylor against Brian Colquitt 13-21. Janet Monk against Steve Parker 17-21. David Callow against Mike Skelly 6-21 and Geoff Porter against Ray Skelly 15-21.

The semi-finals saw Brian Colquitt and Steve Parker playing a very close game with Steve winning 21-17 and in the other semi-Mike Skelly and Ray Skelly played well against each other but Mike won 21-14.

In the final Steve and Mike both played well but Steve managed to get in front and left too big a gap for Mike to fill.

Congratulations Steve on your win 21-14.

The prizes were presented by the sponsors Beryl Hawkins and family members in memory of George. Steve recalled his own happy memories of George and thanked everyone at North Ramsey for hosting the event and in particular he praised everyone connected with the vast improvement of the green and its preparation for this competition.

Marown A Bounce Back – Mixed League Continues

In Canada Life International Division One this week Marown A bounced back from defeat in their previous outing with a 10-0 win (168-69) over Peel B. Just two of the visiting players made it into double figures, with Paul Quirk losing out 13-21 to Neil Withers and David Proctor was the highest scorer as he scored 16 against Paul Kelly. Phil Kelly was the best winner for the home team as he bounced back from his heavy defeat the previous week to beat Philip Pemberton 21-5.

League leaders South Ramsey A had a good 2-8 away win as they took on Peel A in the Sunset city. Winning for the home team were Dean Kinley with a 21-19 win over Jordan Cain, while George Gadsby was pushed all the way and got over the line with a 21-20 win against Bob Clark. Dido Kelly kept up his unbeaten start to the season with a 21-18 win over Peter Greenlees.

Marown B remain in third place, they came away from the Villa with a 3-7 win over Douglas A. Kevin Kelly stepped into the B Team and did not look out of place in any way as he won 21-6 against Shaun Seal. For the home team Andy Cannell was the best winner with a 21-8 victory over Jamie Joughin.

Onchan A sit in joint third place with Marown B, as they took on Onchan B, following their 8-2 victory with three single figure wins, while the two winners for the B were Bernie McPhee who beat Neil Dunwell 21-13, and Mike Alexander who beat Mike Thomas 21-19.

Port Erin A had their spirits lifted as they claimed their first league win of the season as they beat North Ramsey A 7-3 at Breagle Glen. Allan Callow was the best winner on the night as he beat Steve Durcan 21-8, Adrian Skinner won 21-12 against Peter Hulley and Paul Allison made it four wins from four games played as he continues his comeback having not played league bowls for five years.

Castletown A hosted Port St Mary A at the Crofts, as they managed to scrape a 7-3 home win taking the aggregate by a solitary chalk (144-143). For Town Mark Moorley beat Trevor Quayle in a good quality game. For the visitors Paul Skelly picked up only his second league win of the season, as did Jordan Drewett who returned to his former stomping ground as he scrambled home with a 21-20 win over Ron Williams, while it wasn’t such a happy return for Nathan Hamilton who lost out 18-21 to George Foy.

In Division Two South Ramsey B kept the foot on the throttle with a 9-1 win over third placed Ballaugh A as they used home advantage to good effect despite the heavy rain overnight and the showers throughout. Austin Hart returned to the team with a 21-7 win over Gordie Moore, captain Ben Dugdale beat Richard Hainge 21-18, while Alan Moore was staring down the barrel at a 0-9 deficit against Patrick Grant, before recovering only to be lying two down at 20-20 and bowled in to win the game 21-20. Preventing the whitewash was Barry McDonald who beat Eddie Carlyle 21-13.

Marown C remain in second spot thanks to another 7-3 home win over Douglas B on Tuesday, with Walter McCarthy winning 21-7 against Stuart Garrett, while Dan Smith had it all to do as he beat Mark Kneen 21-20. For the Villa men it was good to see the return of Gary Conwell, who made it two wins from two played as he beat Peter Kelly 21-14.

Noble’s A had a tough time on Monday evening as they hosted South Ramsey C, with the visitors coming away with a 2-8 win. For the visitors’ captain Tony Hart led the way with a 21-5 win over Martyn Hobson, while Jim Collister was the best winner for the home team as he beat Anthony Kelly 21-15, with Alex Yates not far behind as he won 21-16 against James Evans.

Onchan C came away from taking on Ballaugh B with a vital 2-8 win to go level on points with their opponent on the night. Their cause was helped by Brian Aspden’s 21-7 win over Mike Buckeridge, while Sid McKnight won 21-20 against Ray Parry.

Finch Hill A stayed in the hunt as they are in fourth place following a good 1-9 away win over Port St Mary B. Individual merit leader Paul Dougherty just about held on to his unbeaten record as he beat Peter Collins 21-20. The Finch men just missed out on a 10-0 win by four chalks as Nicholas Peterson managed to see off Tony Epifani 21-17.

In Division Three North Ramsey B kept a firm grip on top spot as they beat Port Erin B 9-1 at Mooragh Park. The visitors cause not helped by being two men short as they failed to score 100 chalks (164-78) with Ed Benson the only winner for the visitors as he beat John Piekalns 21-17.

Marown D are well placed in second spot, just eight points behind the league leaders with 47 points and a game in hand as they won 2-8 away to Douglas D. Jay Waters continues to lead the individual merit following his 21-7 win over Mark Clarke, while Charlie Bell who is relatively new to the game beat William Cowley 21-6.

South Ramsey D weren’t able to make home advantage count against Noble’s B, with some doubt as to whether the match would go ahead due to the heavy rain. For South Matthew Corkill continues his fine start to the season as he made it six wins from seven games as he beat Michael Johnson 21-10. Richie Davies won 21-16 against Noel Ash, while Ryan Hargraves edged the battle of the Juniors as he won 21-20 against Alex Hampson. For the visitors Ciaran Broad having just taken up bowls this season also made it six wins from seven, as he beat Billy Blair 21-11 to claim the best win for his team.

Castletown C had a tough night at home to Peel D as they lost 3-7. Colin Moore was the best winner for the visitors with a 21-4 win over Dylan Marsh. For Town Paul Cromwell was their best winner as he beat Charlie McMeiken 21-7.

There were two matches called off last week due to the weather – In Division Two Peel C were due to host Castletown B, while in Division Three Finch Hill B were due to play Douglas C.

The second round of fixtures in the Mixed League group stages were played on Wednesday evening with both matches in Group A being won 6-3 by the home teams. North Ramsey A beat Onchan A at Mooragh Park by 46 chalks (159-113), while on the other side of Ramsey South A beat Castletown A by 27 chalks (164-137).

In Group B Marown A came away from another visit to Breagle Glen with a 3-6 win over Port St Mary as they won by 29 chalks (136-165). Douglas A also won 6-3 at home to Port Erin with the home team winning by 40 chalks (172-132).

In the Plate Competition in Group A, Noble’s appear to be shaping up as favourites in their group as they beat North Ramsey B 7-2 at home, winning by a margin of 59 chalks (171-112). Peel recorded a solid 2-7 away win over Castletown B winning comfortably on chalks (125-165).

In Group B Marown B hosted South Ramsey B at Crosby with the young home team just falling short by six chalks (154-160), with some good individual performances from the juniors and new bowlers on both teams, with the visitors winning 3-6. Ballaugh recorded the biggest win of the night as they won 7-2 at home to Douglas B, as they won by 62 chalks (176-114).

Janet Is Top Lady

In the Ladies Open Age crown green bowls league last Friday night Castletown A missed out on scoring a maximum by one point against their B Team with four of the A team winning their games to single figures. Stopping the full house was Joy Stephens who held Tracy Moore to 20.  Mooragh Park travelled to Peel and although they lost the match on games they won on points helped by Janet Monk and Maureen Hamilton winning to single figures. Marown B had a good away win at Douglas with Marown junior Grace Cooper just losing to 19 against Sue Caley. Port St Mary had a battle with Ballaugh at home winning six games to three and by only two points. The three winners for Ballaugh were Pat Mason, Louise Tebay and Julie Reilly. Barbara Graham nearly made it four wins for Ballaugh losing to 20 against Lorna Brady-Glover. Marown A hosted Port Erin and despite being a player short they won seven games to two and by 39 points. Lone winner for Port Erin was Caroline Whitehead who won to single figures. South Ramsey travelled to Onchan with the match finishing five games to four and by 11 points to Onchan with Onchan junior Grace Gawne winning to 18 against Judy Kelly.

Finch Hill scored their second maximum of the season at home against Mooragh Park B last Tuesday morning in the Over 60’s ladies league. Closest game saw Wendy Cowin hold Anne Kean to 16. Port Erin A hosted Port St Mary B with only three games being played due to both teams being short of players.  Given this, Port Erin won five games to one with Jean Thackrah and Jacqui Elliot winning to single figures. Mooragh Park A hosted neighbours Ballaugh winning five games to one. Lone winner for Ballaugh was Rose Waterworth who won to 12 against Karen McGurgan. Marown A had a good home win against Onchan A with all games going into double figures. Two winners for Onchan were Lynda Clarke and Caroline Corlett who won to 14 and 19 respectively. Home derby between Castletown B & A resulted in a full house for the A team with highest scoring game being Ann Hollingworth winning to 13 against Pat Rigby. Peel travelled to South Ramsey coming away winning by two points in a three all match. Toughest game saw Gillian Jopson (South) just crossing the line to 20 against Terry Berry. Port Erin B had a good four games to two win away to Onchan B with Libbi Andrade and Wendy Samson being the two winners for Onchan. 

On Thursday morning last week, Peel scored a maximum at home to Onchan B with four games being won to single figures. Castletown A won five games to one at home against Mooragh Park. Janet Monk was the lone winner for Mooragh winning to 6. Mooragh Park B hosted Castletown B with both teams scoring over 100. Closest game of the match was Frances Radcliffe (Mooragh) winning to 19 against Linda Dobinson. Port Erin A won four games to two away at Ballaugh with three of Port’s games being won to single figures. South Ramsey also had a good four games to one win at home to Port St Mary A with the win being helped by Jill Quayle winning to single figures. Finch Hill travelled to Port Erin B in a low scoring match with only one game making it into double figures when Brenda Williams (Finch) won to 12 against Kay Primrose-Smith. Marown travelled to Port St Mary B on Friday morning coming away with a five games to one win.  Highest scoring game saw Lynda Cadamy winning to 15 against Edwina Reid.

The Ladies Association Top Lady Invitational competition was held on Sunday at Onchan. Going out in the quarter final stage were Rebecca Teare (Marown), Philippa Taylor (Marown), Fiona Kennish (South Ramsey) and Clare Cooper (Marown) with losing semi-finals Paula Garrett (Douglas) and Caroline Whitehead (Port Erin) who lost to current holder Jenny Moore (South Ramsey) and Janet Monk (Mooragh Park) respectively. The final between Jenny and Janet, as anticipated, was well fought being nip and tuck throughout. Janet, who was 13-18 down at one point, dug deep and with very good lead bowls took the next five ends to run out 21-18 for a well deserved win. The win was made even sweeter for Janet as her son, Robert, won the Men’s Association Cup the same afternoon at Finch Hill. The presentation was made by Caroline Whitehead, Competition Committee member, who thanked Onchan for the use of their green and to their ladies for providing refreshments throughout the afternoon. Janet, in her speech, reiterated what Caroline had said also thanking all her opponents.

Monk Wins First Association Cup

Finch Hill Bowling Club hosted the Association Cup on Sunday afternoon with the competition attracting 47 entries.

The weather held up until the quarter final stage only for the rain to arrive before clearing up fairly quickly. Losing out were Port St Mary’s Trevor Quayle who lost 16-21 to Marown’s Paul Dunn, Will Penhallurick (Onchan) was beaten 14-21 by Brian Kelly (Marown). Colin Kelly (Marown) ended the challenge of Nathan Hamilton (Port St Mary) with a 21-14 win, whilst Rob Monk (North Ramsey) also progressed with a 21-14 victory over Eddie Carlyle (South Ramsey).

In the semi-finals Colin Kelly put paid to the challenge of Dunn with a 21-13 win, whilst Monk booked his place in the final with his win over Brian Kelly, with the latter threatening a comeback from 13-20 down before losing out 17-21.

The final got underway with Kelly the current holder of the title having the better start as he scored two doubles in the first three ends to take a 9-6 lead. Monk recovered to win six of the next seven ends on a shorter mark over the middle of the green to take a four point lead at 14-10. Kelly responded in a similar manner as he played his favoured corners to go ahead 18-16, only for Monk to take a single thanks to a good second bowl, followed up by a double to go within touching distance of victory at 19-18. Kelly hit back scoring two points to lead 20-19. A single from Monk ensured it went to the wire at 20-20 and his lead bowl 18 inches away wasn’t beaten by Kelly and was enough for Monk to earn a hard fought 21-20 win in a good quality game.

The presentation was made by competition secretary Matthew Keggen, who thanked Finch Hill for preparing the green, the club members for providing helpers and refreshments throughout the day and the competition committee for the smooth running of the competition. Association President Phil Kelly was then introduced to present the prizes. Upon accepting the trophy Monk thanked everyone who had helped, along with his opponents, going on to say that he didn’t think he would get back to being able to win competitions having suffered back problems for a number of years, that he was quite emotional to win the trophy after a testing time. It turned out to be a very good day for the Monk family with Rob’s mother Janet also going on to win the Top Lady at Onchan.