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Canada Life International Junior League – Phil Johnson Memorial Trophy

The dream of achieving a first ever Junior League on the Isle of Man was finally realised, as the Phil Johnson Memorial Trophy was brought into a new format having been used in a number of different formats over the years, with a Junior League being the ultimate goal. The Isle of Man is well blessed with Junior bowlers, given the relatively small number of bowlers the Isle of Man can certainly boast healthy numbers when compared to most other counties that are under the umbrella of the British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA).

To get the juniors involved in the teams before play got underway, they were tasked with coming up with four team names, with the names settled on being Summerlanders, The Chasms, The Calves of Man and The Millennium Oakwoods. Teams were picked based on age and availability with normal crown green bowling rules applied with matches being played 21 up off scratch.

The opening night had a brilliant attendance with over 100 people around the two Noble’s Greens being used by the four teams. Summerlanders topped the scoring in their first match as they defeated the Chasms by 10 chalks (138-128), while The Millennium Oakwoods got their first win under their belt as they edged out The Calves of Man by just five chalks (123-118).

The second round of matches saw Summerlanders top the scoring once again as they beat The Calves of Man by 18 chalks (146-128), while The Millennium Oakwoods also triumphed, this time against The Chasms by 14 chalks (137-123).

The final round of matches played on Monday evening saw the top two Summerlanders (284) and The Millennium Oakwoods (260) battle it out, with all to play for with just 24 chalks separating the teams before play got underway. Sitting in 3rd place were The Chasms (251) with The Calves of Man just five chalks further back on 246. Summerlanders ensured their place at the top of the table as they won their match by 21 chalks against The Millennium Oakwoods (126-105). The Chasms topped the scores for the night seeing off The Calves of Man by 15 chalks (139-124).

The experience gained by the Junior bowlers will stand them in good stead in future, with some picking up their first ever wins playing a 21-up game, which can serve as a huge confidence boost as they look to improve their game. In total 45 Juniors took part, the number could have been even higher but for some well-deserved family holidays while some younger bowlers who attend the Junior Clubs did not take part.

Thursday evening was presentation night, with a fantastic crowd in attendance with the emphasis being on having fun. A number of triples games took place, followed by a roll up at the end, it was great to see so many Junior bowlers having fun despite the wet weather.

The prize presentation was made by Lead Coach Phil Kelly, with all players who took part receiving a medal with their names on. A huge amount of thanks must go to Phil Kelly, who has put a huge amount of work to get to this point, along with fellow coaches Tracy Moore, Sonya Mercer, Brian Kelly, Rob Matthews and Merv Sayle.

This would also not be possible without the Islands Bowling clubs and the Coaches who put on weekly sessions across the Island, which also gives the Juniors an opportunity to play in a number of Junior competitions, with a good number of the older Juniors playing in night league teams. Thanks also to Noble’s Bowling Club for providing the refreshments on all four nights of play.

Presenting the prizes were Mike Johnson on behalf of the family, along with Dave Grisdale on behalf of the Sponsors Canada Life International, who have been supporters of bowls on the Isle of Man for over a decade. The company is keen to promote opportunities for young people on the island to get involved in active sports with this Junior League being a great success.

Junior League Results 4th August

Summerlanders (138), The Chasms (128): Shannon McMullan 21, Grace Gawne 7; Charlie Bell 8, Madison McMullan 21; Dylan Marsh 10, Sam Quayle 21; Ryan Hargraves 17, Lacey McMullan 21; Sam Colquitt 21, Aalish Moore 7; Erin Quayle 21, William Fenton 11; Bailey McMullan 21, Katie Jacobs 19; Emily Jacobs 19, Ruby Keggen 21

The Calves of Man (118), The Millennium Oakwoods (123): Rebekah Kelly 5, Toby Hart 21; Lily Gawne 10, Alex Hampson 21; Lola Tebay 21, David Manley 11; Graiagh Smith 21, Bella Losh 4; Charlie Elliott 12, Olivia Johnson 21; Clark Kelly 21, Junior Keggen 3; Melody Marsh 11, William Cowley 21; Bobby Kerruish 17, Evan Leece 21.

Junior League Results 11th August

Summerlanders (146), The Calves of Man (128): Shannon McMullan 12, Rebekah Kelly; Ryan Hargraves 21, Graiagh Smith 12; Dylan Marsh 19, Lily Gawne 21; George Gosden 21, Melody Marsh 9; Grayse Blencoe 12, Bobby Kerruish 21; Emily Jacobs 19, Rhys Moore 21; Bailey McMullan 21, Freddie Palmer 12; Ryan Hargraves 21, Lola Tebay 11.

The Chasms (123), The Millennium Oakwoods (137): Luke Kenna 18, Toby Hart 21; Grace Gawne 21, David Manley 10; Madison McMullan 21, Olivia Johnson 1; Luke Kenna 13, Alex Hampson 21; Aalish Moore 15, Alex Colquitt 21; William Fenton 17, Evan Leece 21; Lillie Barrett 3, Junior Keggen 21; Lacey McMullan 15, Alex Colquitt 21.

League Results 15th August

The Calves of Man (124), The Chasms (139): Lola Tebay 11, Grace Gawne 21; Lily Gawne 8, Madison McMullan 21; Charlie Elliott 15, Aalish Moore 21; Victoria Johnson 21, Lacey McMullan 14; Clark Kelly 21, Katie Jacobs 19; Bobby Kerruish 21, William Fenton 15; Freddie Palmer 21, Lillie Barrett 7; Rhys Moore 6, Enya Christian 21.

Summerlanders (126), The Millennium Oakwoods (105): Shannon McMullan 12, Toby Hart 21; Charlie Bell 7, Alex Hampson 21; Ryan Hargraves 21, David Manley 10; George Gosden 21, Olivia Johnson 6; Sam Colquitt 21, Bella Losh 4; Grayse Blencoe 16, Alex Colquitt 21; Emily Jacobs 7, William Cowley 21; Bailey McMullan 21, Evan Leece 1.

Final 2022 IOMCCGBA Junior League Table

PlaceTeamPoints
1stSummerlanders410
2ndThe Chasms390
3rdThe Calves of Man370
4thThe Millennium Oakwoods365

CASTLETOWN ‘B’ FIRST OVER 60’s WIN OF THE SEASON

Castletown B ladies recorded their first Over 60’s win of the season last Tuesday (9th) at home against Mooragh Park B. The result was a three all draw, but the Town ladies won the match by 20 points – result was awaited when reporting on last week’s fixtures. On Thursday morning last week, Port Erin B and Castletown A both recorded maximums at home against Castletown B and Port Erin A respectively. Two of Castletown A games and one in the Port Erin game were won to single figures. Castletown B just missed out on winning a game when Susan Kerruish lost to 20 against Sue Ricketts. Elsewhere, Onchan A had a convincing 5-1 win at home against Port St Mary A. Lone winner for Port St Mary A was Chris Holland who won to 16 against Caroline Corlett.  The home derby between the Mooragh Park teams resulted in a 5-1 win for the ‘A’ team with Gail Corrin and Joy Morris (A team) winning their games to single figures. South Ramsey also had a good 5-1 win at home to Onchan B. The lone winner for Onchan was Sue McCourt who won to 19 against Gillian Jopson. Marown travelled to Ballaugh coming away with a good 4-2 win.  The two winners for Ballaugh were Barbara Graham and Carol Holt who both won to 17. Peel hosted Finch Hill with Peel winning 4-2 on games and by six points. The closest game saw Mary Moffatt (Peel) winning to 20 against Sue Caley. Tuesday morning’s fixtures resulted in Peel getting a maximum away to Castletown B and Onchan A scoring a maximum at home to Port St Mary B with two games in each match being won to single figures. Port Erin A just missed out on a maximum at home by one point against Mooragh Park when Mary Bruce (Mooragh) just pipped Voirrey Curphey to 20. Mooragh Park A hosted Port Erin B winning 4-2 on games. The two winners for Port were Steph Swift and Alison Stockham who both won to 16. Finch Hill had a very good 5-1 home win against South Ramsey. Lone winner for South was Elaine Moore who won to single figures. Marown A were at home to Castletown A and although the match finished three all, Marown won by 20 points with all games bar one going into double figures. On Wednesday morning, the rearranged match between Marown A and South Ramsey resulted in a 5-1 win for the Crosby ladies and by 28 points with Joyce Ogden (Marown) and lone winner for South, Elaine Moore, both winning to single figures. Result of rearranged match between Port St Mary A and Onchan B awaited at time of report.

In the Open Age league on Friday evening, Marown A won 7-2 away at Port Erin and by 82 points with six of the Crosby ladies winning to single figures. Two winners for Port (so I am reliably informed) were the oldest, Rita Callister, and the youngest Caroline Whitehead, who won to 18 and 13 respectively. The home derby between the Castletown teams resulted in a 7-2 win for the A ladies and by 51 points. The two closest games saw Rachel Palmer (B) and Hannah Drewett (A) both winning to 17. Ballaugh were at home to Port St Mary winning the match 6-3 and by 39 points. Christine McDonald and Elaine Fenton (Ballaugh) both won to single figures as did Margaret Tasker for PSM. Peel visited Mooragh Park coming away with a 5-4 win and by 16 points. Closest games saw Madison McMullan and Katie Johnson (Mooragh) and Val Allwood for Peel all winning their games to 19. The matches between Marown B/Douglas and South Ramsey/Onchan have been postponed to Wednesday 31 August due to ladies representing the IOM in competitions off-Island. The rearranged match between Marown B at home to Castletown A took place on Monday evening with the game finishing 6-3 to Castletown with three games being won to single figures. Helen Withers (Marown) nearly made another win for Marown when losing to 20 against Stella Watterson.

BCGBA Dorothy Piearce Pairs Competition: On Saturday, Rebecca Teare and Debbie Leece (Marown) plus Elaine Moore and Gill Morgan (South Ramsey) represented the IOM in the British Crown Green’s Dorothy Piearce Memorial Pairs at Fox Lane Sports & Social Club in England. Rebecca and Deborah were drawn on green 1 against Tasmin Birkett and Rose Walker from Mid-Cheshire with Elaine and Gill on the smaller No.2 green against Mo Corley and Tina Ralphs from North Shropshire. Despite the Island ladies trying their best on tricky greens, they lost to 15 and 12 respectively. The eventual winners of the competition were Belinda Lloyd and Linda Williams from Wales who beat Fay Carson and Janet Hargreaves from Staffordshire 21-13.

Barbara Lee Trophy (IOM Merit): On Sunday afternoon the Barbara Lee Trophy (IOM Merit) was held at Douglas Bowling Club attracting an entry of 16 ladies. The competition was played in glorious weather on an extremely fast green. Getting through to the semi-final stage was Sue Gawne (Onchan) against Fiona Kennish (South Ramsey) and Jenny Moore (South Ramsey) against Tracy Moore (Castletown). Both Sue and Jenny were in fine form winning their respective games to 9 and 11. In the final, and in slightly cooler conditions, Sue started off the stronger leading 14-10 on the 21st end. Jenny then scored two on the next end and with a final flourish didn’t look back running out to win 21-14. The presentation was made by Chris Holland from the Ladies Association who thanked Douglas for hosting and providing much needed refreshments and all those who stayed to watch and support, but most of all congratulated all the ladies on their performances throughout the day, especially Jenny and Sue for an excellent final.

July CLI Players Of The Month

Congratulations to July Canada Life International Award winners:-

Men’s Player of the Month: David Bradford – South Ramsey

Ladies Player of the Month: Jenny Moore – South Ramsey

Under 21’s Player of the Month: Grace Gawne – Onchan

David was a no-brainer pick for the men this month, winning all his Canada Life International Division One games, which included an impressive 21-1 victory against a fellow Top 10 ranked player in the semi-final of the Rayner Shield. More impressively Bradford went on to win the Manx Championship for a second time, his good form didn’t end there as he lifted the Ken Williamson Memorial Trophy, then swiftly followed this up with the Dreswick Cup.

Jenny had a great month on the green winning the Ladies Manx Championship, on her home turf with a resounding 21-10 victory over Janet Monk in the final. For her club team South Ramsey Jenny won six games in various competitions to single figures. The best of these single figure wins had to be a 21-6 victory over Lynda Cadamy in the final of the Jean Kelly Memorial Shield as the team went on to claim victory by just six chalks to retain the title.

Grace came through a field of 15 Junior Girls to claim her first Junior Manx Championship. With the competition being played in a round robin format, Grace safely navigated her way through the group stages to reach the final where she faced Mooragh Park’s Madison McMullan, the same player Gawne beat in the semi-final of the Mixed Junior Manx Championship in May. Grace managed to get the better of Madison once again to emerge victorious.

Withers & Dunn Retain Doubles Championship

The Islands premier doubles competition was hosted by South Ramsey Bowling Club on Sunday on a tricky green in scorching weather. The competition was played 21 up off a handicap of +3 for all competitors. The event was well supported with 26 pairs entering in a bid to win the coveted title.

In one half of the draw it was an all South Ramsey affair as Tony Hart and Lee Dawson lost 15-21 to John Kennish and Alan Moore, while Jordan Cain and Bob Clark seen off David Bradford and Glynn Hargraves 21-12. In the other half of the draw Derek Allen (Port Erin) and Alec Taylor had their challenge ended by Marown pair Neil Withers and Paul Dunn 10-21, whilst Peel pair Stevie Kelly and Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly edged a tough battle with Marown’s John Gelling and Phil Kelly 21-18.

Dunn and Withers didn’t get off to the best of starts against the Kelly’s, who they faced in the 2020 and 2021 finals as they trailed 3-8 in their semi-final, before going on to keep their opponents to just four more singles as the Marown men ran out 21-12 winners. The other semi-final also had Kennish and Moore jump into a 10-3 lead against Cain and Clark, who bounced back with two four’s to tie the game at 11-11 after six ends. The game was keenly contested from there, with the score at 18-17 to Cain and Clark a three secured their place in the final with a 21-17 win.

Cain and Clark got off to a flier to lead 11-3 with five ends played, only for Dunn and Withers to pick up their first point on a tight measure. A change in the playing order saw Withers go to the front as he took the jack. The South Ramsey duo immediately responded with a two to lead 13-4. From there the Marown pair found their length and with it restricted their opponents to one more scoring end as they scored six doubles and five singles over 12 ends to win the title for a third successive year, following their wins at Port St Mary in 2020 and Peel in 2021.

The presentation was made by Association Competition Committee Officer Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly, who thanked South Ramsey Bowling Club for preparing the green and their members for providing refreshments and helpers throughout the day, along with Wayne Roberts for the smooth running of the competition.

Parker & Quirk Win Ken Parker Memorial Trophy

In glorious conditions in the Mooragh Park on Saturday North Ramsey Bowling Club hosted the Ken Parker Memorial Rose Bowl. This year the club were pleased to welcome on board Blackford Financial Services as new sponsors of the event. A 33 strong field competed in the Any Combination Doubles event.

With the green looking brilliant and playing well this ensured that we were all in for an excellent afternoons bowling. Close games in the first round saw home greeners John Garrett & Lee Christian, Irene & John Cannan winning through to the next round by a single chalk.

In the second round the closest games saw North Ramsey pairing of Allan Callow & Steve Walmsley lose out to Caroline Parker (Mooragh Park) & Alex Yates (Noble’s) to 17, also losing out to Onchan’s Kevin Quirk & Steve Parker by the same score was Victoria Johnson (Mooragh Park) & Grace Gawne (Onchan).

The quarter final stage was as far as defending champions Wayne Roberts & Trevor Quayle (Port St Mary) could manage this year as they lost 16-21 against Caroline Parker & Alex Yates. Kevin Quirk & Steve Parker ensured there would be a Parker in the final by securing the second semi-final place in the top half of the draw by beating Sue Gawne (Onchan) & Tracy Moore (Castletown) 21-16.

In the bottom half of the draw Steve Waters (South Ramsey) & Paul Allison (North Ramsey) eased past the South Ramsey pairing of Austin Hart & Alan Moore 21-12. Dave Naughton & Tina Hampson (Noble’s) were leading well and had a 17-10 lead against Sid & Lyn Bolton. However losing the jack proved costly as Sid & Lyn ran out playing longer marks.

In the first semi-final Kevin & Steve quickly secured the win over Caroline & Alex winning seven of the 11 ends eventually winning 21-14. The second semi-final saw Sid & Lyn Bolton get off to a flying start, taking a 17-6 lead against Steven Waters & Paul Allison. Despite a mini revival by ‘Geordie’ & ‘Nuts’ it was the South Ramsey pair who secured their place in the final.

In the final it was Quirk & Parker who had a strong start racing into a 17-7 lead. Sid & Lyn replied scoring five over the next two ends. However it was Kevin & Steve who sealed the victory by picking up single chalks in four of the following five ends to eventually win 21-13. It seemed very fitting that Kevin & Steve secured the victory, as the trophy was put up in memory of Steve’s father Ken Parker. Kenny was a member of both North & South Ramsey clubs and is fondly remembered by many.    

North Ramsey competition secretary Gary Merrill presented the prizes on behalf of Blackford Financial Services Ltd. Gary thanked everyone that had helped organise and arrange the day. Kevin thanked North Ramsey for running the competition and in particular the ladies in the Beehive who had worked tirelessly though out the day for both this event and the Rheuben Thomas Memorial Junior event held earlier in the day. Steve reiterated what Kevin had said and was moved to have secured the trophy in his father’s memory.

Stars of the Future Shine at Mooragh Park

The Rheuben Thomas Memorial Junior Trophy was played for on Saturday in very hot conditions at North Ramsey Bowling Club. This is its second year of competition and attracted 28 junior bowlers.

The competitors were divided into seniors and juniors dependent on age. The juniors were then divided into two groups, A and B, who then played a round robin format of seven ends. The winner of Group A was Bailey McMullan and the winner of Group B was Olivia Johnson. Both girls then played a seven end final which was very close with Bailey McMullan just finishing in front to claim the under 11 round robin title.

The senior group of 17 bowlers played a knockout competition of 11 ends with some excellent bowling on display for the large number of spectators to watch. The early rounds left eight bowlers in the quarter finals. Grace Gawne beat Clark Kelly 10-6, Madison McMullan beat Shannon McMullan 13-3, Ryan Hargraves beat Alex Hampson 8-6, while Aalish Moore beat Alex Colquitt 7-6.

The semi-final between Ryan and Aalish was very close with Aalish winning 9-7 but a more convincing win in the other semi between Madison and Grace 13-3 took Madison through to the final.

The final was played over 13 ends and Madison managed to maintain the quality of bowling she had shown all morning winning 17-2 however the score does not reflect how well Aalish had played all morning in tough matches to reach the final.

At the end of the competition Rheubens wife Heidi presented the prizes along with a bronze medallion for each competitor to mark the occasion. Her daughter, Milli, thanked North Ramsey Club for running the event and all the competitors for taking part.

North Ramsey A Win Rayner Plate

The final of the 3R’s Limited sponsored Rayner Plate took place at Finch Hill Bowling Green on Friday evening in fine conditions, with both teams looking to etch their name into the history books with Division Two Side Noble’s A (+45) taking on first division team North Ramsey A (+15).

The Mooragh Park men were favourites on the night, however they would have been wary of their opponents who have formed a good team bond, as the club continues to rebuild.

North Ramsey got off to a solid start with Rob Monk and Allan Callow both winning 21-7 against Mark Quinn and Martyn Hobson respectively to quickly reduce a 30 chalk deficit to just two two chalks. Paul Allison was next off for North as he had to battle for a 21-17 victory over Juan Qualtrough, with captain Gary Merrill following with a hard earned 21-19 win over Yates to put North Ramsey four chalks ahead (99-95) at the halfway stage.

In the second half of the match the next two blocks off went in favour of Noble’s with Mark Bradshaw performing well to beat Brian Colquitt 21-19. The next game off was Jim Callister who at one point led 18-3 and was lying two against Adrian Skinner only for the latter to pull out a huge bowl which completely changed the complexion of the match. Skinner dug deep to pick up another 15 chalks, with Callister not doing a lot wrong as he eventually won 21-18. At this point Noble’s had just edged ahead by one chalk.

With the last two blocks on the green, Dave Naughton led 18-15 against Steve Walmsley, with John Cannan leading 18-13 against last minute stand-in Steve Hampson. Walmsley managed to get over the line thanks to two doubles followed by two singles to claim a 21-18 win over Naughton to put the Ramsey men two chalks ahead. John Cannan only needed to get to 19 against Steve Hampson to secure the win on the night, as his team had already won five games. Cannan managed to see the game out with a 21-15 win, with Hampson performing well in the second half of the match having recovered from a 0-10 deficit to put up a decent fight.

Whilst a lot of the plaudits must go to North Ramsey who picked up their second Rayner Plate following their last win in this competition in 2005, a special mention to Noble’s who put up a fantastic fight on the night to make for a good final. The Noble’s team can take pride in their performance as they continue to rebuild having nearly collapsed on more than one occasion over the past few years, the club still has another final to look forward to in the Mixed Plate competition later this month. The presentation was made by Competition Committee Officer Wayne Roberts, who thanked Finch Hill Bowling Club for the use of the green and for their hospitality, whilst also mentioning how well the handicap system had worked to make for a good final. Rob Matthews from 3R’s Limited then presented the trophy to the North Ramsey captain Gary Merrill, who offered his commiserations to Noble’s and complimented them on how far they had come with the challenges they have faced.

North Ramsey A+15+45Noble’s A
Rob Monk217Mark Quinn
Allan Callow217Martyn Hobson
Paul Allison2117Juan Qualtrough
Gary Merrill2119Alex Yates
Brian Colquitt1921Mark Bradshaw
Adrian Skinner1821Jim Callister
Steve Walmsley2118Dave Naughton
John Cannan2115Steve Hampson
6 Games Won1781702 Games Won
Rayner Plate Final – Results

North Ramsey A and Noble’s A prior to play on Friday Evening with 3R’s Limited sponsor Rob Matthews Photo: Glynn Hargraves

Marown A Reclaim Top Spot with Victory over South Ramsey A

In Canada Life International Division One this week Marown A hosted long time league leaders South Ramsey A at Crosby as they looked to avenge their 8-2 away defeat earlier in the season and a 5-3 defeat in the Rayner Shield Final on Friday evening. The northern team started the match four points ahead of their opponents.

South Ramsey struck the first blow of the night with visiting captain Glynn Hargraves winning 21-7 against Phil Kelly. Neil Withers hit back with a solid 21-15 win over Dido Kelly, while team mate Colin Kelly performed well to see off Bob Clark 21-9, with the score at 11-9 to Kelly a 10-chalk streak got him over the line, whilst Marown captain Paul Dunn had a convincing 21-12 victory over Stefan Kelly as he gained immediate revenge for Friday’s Rayner Shield result.

In the second half of the match Paul Kelly trailed 15-16 against James Teare, with the former running out with a 21-16 win. Another matchup from Friday saw Peter Jones claim a 21-19 win over David Bradford with Jones performing well to reverse Friday’s result. South Ramsey did pick up their second win of the night with Peter Collister recording a good 21-13 victory over Dean Kipling, while Harry Barton ensured it was an unhappy trip home for the visitors as he sealed an 8-2 victory for his team with a nail-biting 21-20 win over Jordan Cain. Just 13 chalks separated the teams (146-133) on the night. Marown now sit top, two points ahead of South Ramsey with just four games left to play the title is now within their grasp.

Perhaps the surprise result of the night was Port St Mary A with their visit to take on Onchan A, as they recorded a 4-6 away victory over the Onchan men. Two single figure wins to 21-8 from Paul Skelly and Tim Williams over Sid McKnight and Neil Dunwell respectively was enough to seal the aggregate by seven chalks (132-139), along with a good performance from Nathan Hamilton who beat Andy Kennish 21-13. Dan McCabe picked up their fourth win as he held off Mike Thomas 21-19. For Onchan Reginald Temporaza performed well as he beat Trevor Quayle 21-14, with Kevin Quirk seeing off Wayne Roberts 21-12.

Not far behind in causing an upset on Monday were Castletown A who beat Marown B 5-3 on games but lost the aggregate by five chalks (138-143) to ensure the Crosby men didn’t go away with a defeat to leave the result 5-5 on the night. The chalks for Marown were helped massively by John Gelling with his 21-5 win over Chris Lever doing the damage to the Town men. Glenn Boland impressed with a 21-12 victory over Mark Moorley, while captain Darren Kerruish beat Juan Kermode 21-16. Winning for Town were Peter Oates as he beat Brian Kelly 21-13, with Nathan Cooil seeing off Jerome Surridge 21-18, while Ron Williams got home 21-19 against Karl Parker.

Peel A were just five chalks off recording a 10-0 win at home to North Ramsey A, with Gary Merrill beating Geoff Rice 21-18 for the visitors, with team mate Rob Monk winning 21-19 against George Gadsby. For Peel two 21-6 wins from Dean Kinley and Tommy McMeiken helped their cause, while Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly was pushed the hardest with his 21-17 win over John Cannan.

Douglas A hosted Peel B at the Villa, with the home advantage being used to good effect with a 9-1 win. Gordon Corrin was the lone winner for the visitors as he beat Alistair Lothian 21-3. For the Villa men Kevin Firth beat Michael Kavanagh 21-6, while Keith Rise won 21-9 against Dougie Allan.

The bottom two teams faced off at Breagle Glen on Monday night with the home team Port Erin A getting the better of Onchan B 6-4, however the result did neither team any favours in their bid to get out of trouble. David Cain trounced Bernie McPhee 21-1, with Bernie Durcan winning 21-6 against Colin Spence. For the visitors Mark Kelly was their best winner as he beat Derek Allen 21-9.

In Division Two South Ramsey B now have a 17-point advantage over second placed Ballaugh A, following their 10-0 home win over Onchan C on a tricky home green. Three of their players are in a battle for the individual merit with Tony Dugdale, Alan Moore and Bryan Corner occupying the top three spots. 

It is a two-way fight for second place after third placed Marown C closed the gap to second by a point following their8-2 home win over Castletown B, while Ballaugh A came away from Breagle Glen with a 3-7 win over Port St Mary B.

Elsewhere Peel C slipped to a 4-6 home defeat to South Ramsey C, losing the aggregate by 4 chalks (140-144), Finch Hill A came away from Noble’s Park with a 3-7 win over Noble’s A, while Ballaugh B won 7-3 at home as they edged the chalks (141-137) to take the aggregate.

In Division Three the top two clashed at Mooragh Park, with North Ramsey B seeing off Noble’s B 9-1 to all but end the visitors hopes of winning the league. Phil Salmon prevented the whitewash with a 21-17 win over Geoff Porter. 

Marown D couldn’t fully capitalise on the heavy defeat inflicted on Noble’s B, however they did win 4-6 away to Finch Hill B to close the gap by five points to sit just three points off second spot. Jay Waters stayed firmly in the hunt for the individual merit with a 21-17 win over Peter Woods.

Elsewhere South Ramsey D returned to winning ways with a good 8-2 home win over Peel D, while Castletown C took five games off Douglas C at the Crofts with young bowlers Junior Keggen and Sam Quayle both impressing with 21-13 wins over David Beynon and Ashley Halsall respectively. The Villa men won the aggregate by 10 chalks (129-139) to secure a 5-5 draw on the night.

Mixed Team Championship

South Ramsey A topped Group A to make it six wins out of six, as they beat Onchan A 8-1 at home by 80 chalks (181-101).

North Ramsey A signed off their campaign with a 7-2 home win over Castletown A, as they won by 43 chalks (181-138).

In Group B Marown A also kept up their 100% win record, as they won 2-7 in their away fixture with Douglas A, winning by 27 chalks on the night (138-175).

Port St Mary A and Port Erin A clashed at Breagle Glen, with the PSM team taking six individual victories and winning by 29 chalks (177-148).

Mixed Team Plate

In Group A Noble’s dodged a heavy defeat away to Peel to top the group in their 5-4 defeat as they lost out by just six chalks. With both teams finishing on 10 points a superior chalks for and against for Noble’s was enough to reach the final.

Castletown B signed off with a 6-3 win over North Ramsey B, taking the chalks by 38 (158.120).

In Group B Ballaugh marched on to top the Group with 12 points following their 9-0 win away to Marown B, although the Crosby Team did score well (126-189).

South Ramsey B also finished the group with a win by the smallest of margins (152-153) as they beat Douglas B at the Villa. The home team could take some consolation as they won 5-4 on games.

South Ramsey A now face Marown A in the final of the Championship, while Noble’s take on Ballaugh in the Plate final on Wednesday 24th August with the venue to be confirmed.

SEMI-FINAL LINE-UP OF JMS VETERANS SHIELD DECIDED

Peel and South Ramsey both recorded good home wins against Port Erin and Douglas respectively in last Friday evening’s Ladies Open Age league. Peel won seven games to two only dropping nine points, whilst South Ramsey won eight games to one but dropping 13 points. Two of Peel’s games were won to single figures with Beverley Wilson (Peel) just getting the better of Susan Inch 21-20. In the South Ramsey and Douglas match, lone winner for Douglas was Sue McCourt who won to single figures as did Jenny Moore and Gill Dixon for South. Marown A took on Castletown A at home with the match finishing five games to four in favour of the Crosby ladies and by 17 points. Closest game of the match saw Joyce Ogden (Marown) winning to 16 against Tracy Moore. Port St Mary played host to Marown B winning seven games to two with four of the games being won to single figures. Two winners for Marown were Rebecca Teare and Deborah Leece who won to 4 and 13 respectively. Ballaugh travelled to Castletown B coming away with a seven-two win. Closest of the games saw Louise Tebay (Ballaugh) crossing the line 21-17 against Linda Dawson. Battle of the evening was between Onchan at home to Mooragh Park.  Onchan won five games to four and by five points with six of the nine games being won to single figures – three for Onchan and three for Mooragh. Shannon McMullan narrowly missed out on another win for Mooragh when she lost to 19 against Paula Firth.   

In the Ladies Over 60’s league on Tuesday this week, both Marown and Finch Hill scored maximums at home against Port St Mary B and Port Erin B. In the  Marown/Port St Mary B match, scoreline could have been 4-2 to Marown as Brenda Hawkard and Edwina Reid for PSMB both lost to 20 against Elaine Dewhirst and Rosemary Winckle respectively. Likewise in the Finch Hill/Port Erin B match, Port missed out on winning a game when Sue Wilshaw lost to 20 against Anne Hon. Peel travelled to Onchan B coming away with a solid five games to one win with four of Peel’s games being won to single figures. Lone winner for Onchan B was Jean Quine who won to 13.  Port Erin A hosted Ballaugh winning the match 4-2 and by 10 points. Two winners for Ballaugh were Barbara Graham and Brenda Bowyer who won to 6 and 11 respectively.  Castletown A were away to Mooragh Park A. Match finished 4-2 to Castletown with Janet Monk (Mooragh) and Anne Oates (Castletown) winning their games to single figures. Closest game saw Joy Stephens (Castletown) winning to 16 against Maureen Hamilton. At the time of reporting, no result available for match between Castletown B and Mooragh Park B. The following morning, Wednesday, South Ramsey travelled to Port St Mary A. Match finished 4-2 in favour of PSM A and by three points. Closest game saw Gillian Jopson (South) just  losing to 20 against Chris Holland.

JMS Veteran’s Shield: Quarter final results – Marown (+12) 138, Port Erin (+35) 108; Mooragh Park A (+29) 114, South Ramsey (+26) 124; Castletown A (+10) 130, Port St Mary (+23) 115; Port Erin B (+33) 120, Finch Hill (+32) 147. Semi-final line-up on Thursday 18 August is: Marown home to Castletown A and South Ramsey home to Finch Hill.

Island Team Hold Their Own in U.K. Tournament

The Isle of Man Team took part in the 2022 BCGBA Senior Supplementary County Championship which was held on Sunday at Fox Lane, Leyland with the team returning to this format of the competition after last playing in it in 2014, having played in the Crosfield Cup in 2015 and 2016 the men have not had the opportunity to represent the Island for six years in a team competition.

Drawn in Group 1, as expected the opposition was tough with South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Cheshire awaiting.

In the first round of matches the eight man team were up against South Yorkshire, with the Manx men drawing 4-4 on games with Jordan Cain, Bob Clark, Neil Withers and Matthew Quirk all winning, with the latter the best winner. Paul Dunn just missed out 20-21 as the team lost out by just 12 chalks (142-154).

In their second round match Greater Manchester were the opposition, once again they managed to win four individual games with the winners being Jordan Cain, Bob Clark, Paul Dunn and Neil Withers with the latter winning 21-8. Losing out in close games were Glynn Hargraves (19), Colin Kelly (18) and Matthew Quirk (15) as they lost this one by a margin of just four chalks (145-149).

In their final match they faced Cheshire. The team didn’t let their heads drop after two narrow defeats as this time out they dug deep to pick up a 5-3 victory on games and ultimately win the all important chalks as they won by a healthy margin of 23 chalks (140-117) to pick up two points for the victory. Individual wins to single figures arrived from David Bradford and Bob Clark, while Colin Kelly, Jordan Cain and Neil Withers also won.

South Yorkshire ended up topping the group, going on to the reach the final where they came up against Derbyshire who prevailed in Group 2, in a group that included Potteries, Cumbria and North Midlands. In the final South Yorkshire edged out Derbyshire as they won by just five chalks (145-140) to take the title home.

The Isle of Man Team who were managed by Phil Kerruish and assisted by Juan Kermode finished in a very respectable second place in the group to match their best performance in this competition, as they also finished +7 on aggregate chalks to show they can compete with other counties. In the first two rounds of matches they lost out by 16 chalks – just two chalks a man to show the very fine margins between victory and defeat.

To put this into perspective the Isle of Man have just 13 bowling greens available on the Island, with a limited pool of bowlers to choose from. Whilst other counties have hundreds of greens to play on and thousands of bowlers to pick from, it could well be argued that the Isle of Man are punching above their weight.

A great team effort overall, with Jordan Cain, Bob Clark and Neil Withers each winning all three games played on the day. The day can be considered a success for the Island Team, who demonstrated a good team spirit and togetherness as they went unbeaten on match games in all three rounds. Thanks must also go to everyone who helped organise the trip.