Monthly Archives: August 2022

Gawne & Kennish Win Maddrell Mixed Doubles

On Sunday Ballaugh Bowling Club Held the Maddrell Mixed Doubles for the Claret Jug Trophy. Twenty six pairs entered, a little down on previous years possibly caused by the Manx Grand Prix, but it was still a long day due to the long games. The weather was fine but clouded over as the day progressed.

There was Ballaugh interest in all four Quarter Finals in the first Michele & Paul Cubbon who never got going against South Ramsey’s Gill Dixon & Glynn Hargraves losing 21-7. In the second home greeners Louise and Nigel Tebay fared a little better losing 21-11 to Onchan pair Sue Gawne and Andy Kennish.

The third quarter final was between local players Julie Reilly & John Maddrell and Margaret Tasker (Port St Mary) & Derek Allen (Onchan). For the first six ends they were within a point of each other, then Margaret & Derek moved ahead to win 21-13. In the fourth quarter final last year’s winner Clare Cooper (Marown) & Wayne Roberts (Port St Mary) played Ballaugh’s Pat Mason & John Kneen. Clare & Wayne were always ahead but Pat & John rallied briefly with the final result 21-14 to Clare & Wayne.

On to the semi-finals Dixon & Hargraves played Sue Gawne & Kennish. A longer game with Sue & Andy always ahead running out 21-16. The other semi-final was between Cooper & Roberts and Tasker & Allen. Clare & Wayne took control and won 21-8.

The final was between Clare Cooper & Wayne Roberts and Sue Gawne & Andy Kennish. There was no stopping Sue & Andy with a 21-8 win.

At the conclusion the prizes were presented by Club Captain & Sponsor John Maddrell who thanked the ladies in the kitchen for their hard work, Richard Faragher & Maurice O’Reilly for running the competition so efficiently and all the competitors for making at a great day, he then presented the prizes along with the Claret Jug to Sue & Andy.

Noble’s Win Inaugural Mixed Team Plate

The final of the Canada Life International sponsored Inaugural Mixed Team Plate competition took place at Onchan on Wednesday evening with Noble’s and Ballaugh battling to become the first winners of this competition. With an excellent crowd in attendance there were over 110 people there in the latter stages of the evening.

From the first three games on the green Noble’s struck the biggest blow of the night with Stephen Corkill winning 21-5 against John Kneen, with Joyce Ogden followed this up using all her guile to see off Patrick Grant 21-15. Jayne Smith leapt into a commanding lead against John Maddrell, only for the latter to stage a huge comeback to level the game at 20-20. With Maddrell lying game, Smith bowled in to sneak home 21-20. With three games played Noble’s had a commanding 23 chalk lead.

Ballaugh threatened a comeback with Louise Tebay putting in a fine performance to see off Dave Naughton 21-5 to reduce the deficit to just seven chalks.

With the pressure off Ballaugh claimed the last two games of the night with Dickie Watson beating Phil Salmon 21-10, while Michele Cubbon shone with a solid 21-11 win over Grahem Moore.

With the win secured by 18 chalks (152-134) Noble’s won 6-3 on games with the club members clearly delighted with most of them picking up their first silverware. Noble’s have been through the mill over the past couple of years, first losing their Ladies Team, along with their Over 60’s Men’s Team. In addition to this the club were struggling to put out a night league team, at one point over the winter the club were on the brink of collapsing. Thanks to the efforts of the club members they managed to field two Men’s night league teams, recruiting a number of new bowlers over the winter, with many of them taking to bowls like a duck to water, showing some real promise in their first season of bowls.

The efforts go beyond this with a new outlook from the newer club members, with social nights being enjoyed regularly under their newly installed floodlights. Noble’s are now rumoured to be looking to field a third night league team next season, they were grateful to be able to field a team in the Mixed Team competition. The next step for the club will be to reintroduce a Ladies night league team as they look to go from strength to strength. Noble’s are one of the oldest clubs on the Island and to allow it to collapse would be catastrophic for the local game, with the Noble’s greens being the focal point for the June and September Bowling Festivals, which are showing signs of returning numbers following one of the largest entries in recent years in June.

The presentation was made by Association Chairman Neil Withers who thanked Onchan for the use of the green, Noble’s captain Tina Hampson congratulated her team for their performance on the night and offered commiserations to Ballaugh, whilst also saying after everything the club had been through it was great to win a final with the club narrowly missing out in the Rayner Plate recently.

Jayne Smith2120John Maddrell
Joyce Ogden2115Patrick Grant
Stephen Corkill215John Kneen
Dave Naughton521Louise Tebay
Sylvia Kennaugh2110Rose Waterworth
Mark Bradshaw2110Tony Quine
Tina Hampson2111Maria Dimsdale
Phil Salmon1021Dickie Watson
Grahem Moore1121Michele Cubbon
6 Games Won1521343 Games Won
Canada Life International Mixed Team Plate Final – Results

South Ramsey Retain Mixed Team Championship

The final of the Canada Life International sponsored Mixed Team Championship and the Inaugural Plate competitions took place simultaneously at Onchan on Wednesday evening with the Championship final seeing South Ramsey A take on Marown A. The floodlights were needed for the latter half of the evening on a fine night for bowls.

In the first half of the match South Ramsey were quickest out of the blocks with captain Glynn Hargraves striking the first blow with a 21-10 win over Rebecca Teare. Elaine Moore extended the lead to 21 chalks with a 21-11 victory over Philippa Taylor. Peter Collister trailed 13-14 against Debbie Leece, only for Collister to go on an eight chalk scoring streak to win 21-14. After three games South Ramsey led by 28 chalks.

Marown struck back strongly with captain Matthew Keggen winning 21-7 against Kim Hargraves, swiftly followed by Clare Cooper who performed well to beat James Teare 21-11. The deficit was reduced to just four chalks with four matches left.

In the second half of the match Jordan Cain inflicted defeat on Neil Withers once again, with Cain making a strong start he went on to secure a 21-15 win as South established a 10 chalk lead. Jenny Moore recovered from a slow start trailing 4-10 against Glenn Boland to find her groove going on to win 21-13 as Boland scored just three more chalks. Gill Dixon put the final nail in the coffin with a strong performance to beat Paul Kelly 21-13.

The last match of the night left little to play for other than personal pride with both players putting on a bit of entertainment for the crowd being the last game on the green, with Bob Clark performing well to lead 18-6 against Peter Jones, with a strong fightback from the latter to get back to 18-20, only for Clark to get the one chalk needed to secure a 21-18 win. South Ramsey won 7-2 on games, and by 29 (165-136) on the all important chalks.

South Ramsey have now claimed the Mixed Team Championship 11 times to date, have also won the title for three consecutive years.

Association Competition Secretary Matthew Keggen thanked Onchan for the use of the green. South Ramsey captain Glynn Hargraves congratulated his team for their performance on the night, offered commiserations to Marown, whilst also congratulating Noble’s on their win in the Plate competition.

South Ramsey A Marown A
Glynn Hargraves2110Rebecca Teare
Elaine Moore2111Philippa Taylor
Peter Collister2114Debbie Leece
Kim Hargraves721Matthew Keggen
James Teare1121Clare Cooper
Jordan Cain2115Neil Withers
Jenny Moore2113Glenn Boland
Gill Dixon2113Paul Kelly
Bob Clark2118Peter Jones
7 Games Won1651362 Games Won
Canada Life International Mixed Team Championship Final – Results

Title Race Takes Another Twist

The title race took another twist in Canada Life International Division One as league leaders Marown A had an unenviable trip out West to take on Peel B in a tricky looking fixture, so it proved as the Peel men caused possibly the biggest upset of the season so far as they battled to a 6-4 win.

In the first half of the match everything was going to plan for the Crosby men as Sam Clague beat Andrew Cover 21-11, Colin Kelly won 21-12 against Gordon Corrin and Neil Withers held off Peel captain Paul Quirk 21-19. David Proctor picked up the first win of the night for the home team as a good start against Paul Kelly – going into an 8-0 lead helped his cause as he won 21-15.

In the second half of the match Dean Kipling won 21-16 against Philip Pemberton. The home team hit back as Rob Middleton beat Peter Jones 21-15, Andy Mackie won 21-14 against Phil Kelly, while Dougie Allan put the final nail in the coffin with a 21-3 victory over Harry Barton, as the Peel men won by nine chalks (142-131) to claim the aggregate.

South Ramsey A hosted Peel A on Monday evening, with the cancelled racing helping Peel avoid a tricky travel situation. The home team claimed a 7-3 win with Peter Collister winning 21-9 against Peter Greenlees, John Kennish won 21-14 against Brian Lindsay, while Glynn Hargraves edged home 21-19 against George Gadsby. Tommy McMeiken claimed Peel’s first win as Jordan Cain battled back from a 12-20 deficit only for the latter to lose 18-21.

Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly picked up the visitors second win as he romped home 21-4 against Stefan Kelly, while Bob Clark won 21-10 for the Ramsey men. James Teare recovered from a 13-17 deficit to run out with a 21-17 win over Mick Kavanagh, while Peel captain Gary Smith picked up their third win of the night as he recovered from 6-14 to win 21-16 against Steven Waters. The result together with Marown’s shock defeat meant South Ramsey hit top spot by a point in what is turning into one of the most exciting title races in years.

North Ramsey A won 9-1 at Mooragh Park against Port Erin A, as the visitors are destined for an immediate return to Division Two, along with Onchan B who lost 2-8 against their higher ranked A Team. Marown B were missing a few of their regular players, however this didn’t stop them winning 7-3 at home to Douglas A.

The closest match of the night was between Port St Mary A and Castletown A with the home team edging it 6-4 thanks to claiming the aggregate by just two chalks (149-147) with both teams winning and losing games 21-19 and 21-20. In addition to this two 13-21 defeats for the home team were cancelled out as two of the Port men won 21-12 ultimately being the difference on the chalks.

In Division Two runaway leaders South Ramsey B did Marown C a huge favour as they won 3-7 away to second placed Ballaugh A, which ultimately allowed Marown C to leapfrog Ballaugh by two points. For the visitors Alan Moore won 21-6 against Edgar Cowin, while Tony Dugdale inflicted a rare home defeat on John Keenan 21-7. Edward Carlyle edged home 21-20 against John Maddrell, while Phil Quayle was on the right side of a 21-20 score for Ballaugh against Bryan Corner. South Ramsey now top the pile by 19 points.

Marown C just missed out on a whitewash with Douglas man Tommy Collister the lone winner as he beat Stuey Clague 21-20. The 9-1 win for the Crosby men was never in doubt with the highest losers for the Villa men reaching 15, while Jamie Joughin was the best winner for Marown as he won 21-5 against Greg Brew.

South Ramsey C can’t be written off finishing second in the league just yet as they are just seven points off second place following their impressive 9-1 home win over Noble’s A. Anthony Kelly was the best winner for the home team with a 21-7 win over Barry Salmon, while Mark Quinn was Noble’s lone winner with a 21-8 victory over Andy Morgan.

Onchan C jumped two places thanks to a timely 7-3 home win over Ballaugh B as they started the night bottom of the league, with the latter now sitting second from bottom, while Port St Mary B could be heading for Division Three as they are now four points from safety at the bottom of the league following a heavy 1-9 defeat away to Finch Hill A.

Castletown B and Peel C played out the closest match of the week at the Crofts as the home team won 6-4 and claimed the aggregate by a solitary chalk (134-133) as home greener Billy Jones won 21-20 against Jeff Wilson.

In Division Three Noble’s B and South Ramsey D brought their fixture forward a week to prevent any issues with road closures. The Noble’s men won 9-1 to stay firmly in the race to finish in the top two. Matthew Corkill was the lone winner for South Ramsey as he beat Alex Hampson 21-13.

League leaders North Ramsey B gave a glimmer of hope to the chasing teams as they slumped to a 3-7 away defeat at Breagle Glen against Port Erin B as they lost the aggregate by just one chalk (131-130). The Mooragh Park men are ahead by 13 points, however they still have to take their turn to sit out a round of fixtures as Noble’s B and Marown B look to close the gap further.

Marown D occupy third place, they kept the pressure firmly on the top two thanks to a 9-1 home win over Douglas D with Dave Corkish the only winner as he beat Phil Dunn 21-16.

Douglas C couldn’t make home advantage count as they lost 3-7 at home to Finch Hill B with Sam Stannard-Duke winning 21-0 against David Caley.

Peel D welcomed Castletown C to the Sunset City with the home team winning 6-4. Most notable mention of the night was three generations of the Keggen family playing in the same team on the same night, quite possibly a first. The youngest Junior won 21-20 against Owen Crompton as he gains vital experience and confidence, while his Dad Thomas beat Andy Morrison 21-7. The biggest surprise of the night was from Grandad Mike, who if memory serves me correctly last turned out for Port St Mary over 20 years ago, as he managed to get hold of a set of bowls he was happy with as he went on to show he still knows how to win a game as he beat Ian Gray 21-17.

Three Generations of the Keggen Family Turned out for Castletown C at Peel on Tuesday evening – Grandad Mike, Grandson Junior and Dad Thomas
Photo: James Drinkwater

All to Play For In Over 60’s Ladies League

Marown A and Onchan both scored maximums at home to Mooragh Park and Peel in the ladies Open Age league last Wednesday night. Three of Marown’s games were won to single figures, whilst Onchan had two single figure wins. The two closest games of the Marown/Mooragh match were Lynda Cadamy and Jayne Smith both winning to 16 against Bailey McMullan and Janet Monk. In the Onchan/Peel match, both Terri Berry and Mary Moffatt nearly made the scoreline 7-2 when they both lost to 20 against Jo Smith and Libbi Andrade. Castletown A won 5-4 away to Port St Mary with Hannah Drewett and Anne Oates for Castletown winning to single figures. Mavis Franks, Lorna Brady-Glover and Margaret Tasker for PSM, plus Tracy Moore for Castletown all won to 17 against Hilary Kermode, Kim Foy, Sue Peach and Trish Bull respectively. Port Erin visited Castletown B coming away with a 5-4 win and by 28 points. The game of the match saw Susan Inch (Port Erin) just crossing the line 21-20 against Pat Rigby, with Linda Dawson and Ann Hollingworth (Castletown) winning their games to single figures. South Ramsey had a close match at home against Marown B winning 5-4 and by 31 points with three of South’s games being won to single figures. Fiona Kennish (South) and Clare Cooper had a nip and tuck game with Clare eventually winning to 19. Ballaugh had a solid 6-3 away win at Douglas with Pat Mason, Rose Waterworth and Maria Dimsdale for Ballaugh plus Paula Garrett for Douglas all winning to single figures. Jan West (Douglas) and Cath Harvey had the closest game of the night when Jan won to 18. Two rearranged matches between Marown B/Douglas and South Ramsey/Onchan are scheduled for 31 August.

Missing result from last Wednesday morning’s match between Port St Mary A and Onchan B in the ladies Over 60’s league, resulted in a 5-1 win to Port St Mary A with as they dropped only one chalk. Stopping the maximum was Lesley Nicholl who just pipped Chris Holland 21-20. LAs the Over 60’s league is nearing a conclusion Castletown A are currently top with 3117 points, Onchan A second with 2984, Marown third with 2888, South Ramsey fourth with 2884 and Peel fifth with 2831. With Castletown only having one match to play whilst the following group have two it is going to be very close and I am sure results from the remaining fixtures will be eagerly awaited. Game on ladies!

Quirk & Parker Win Commissioners Cup

The Onchan Commissioners Any Combination Doubles took place on Sunday with a good field of 35 pairs taking part on a tricky green despite the rain on Saturday.

At the quarter finals stage father and son Colin Kelly and Kevin Kelly (Marown) ended the challenge of Sylvia Kennaugh (Onchan) and Terry Bates (Noble’s) 21-14, another Marown pair Clare Cooper and Walter McCarthy just got over the line 21-20 against Port St Mary’s Tom Collins and Tim Williams, while an all-South Ramsey tie was edged by Glynn Hargraves and Bob Clark 21-20 against Jenny Moore and James Teare. Sue Gawne (Onchan) and Tracy Moore (Castletown) lost out 17-21 to home greeners Kevin Quirk and Steve Parker.

At the semi-final stage the Kelly’s got the better of club mates Cooper and McCarthy 21-15, while Quirk and Parker won 21-16 against Hargraves and Clark to take their place in the final.

The final got under way with the Onchan men racing into a 15-7 lead after just five ends, however the Marown duo responded over the next four ends scoring a three and a four to edge ahead 16-15. A good last bowl from Parker in the corners levelled the match up 16-16, the home greeners then scored a damaging four on the next end to lead 20-16. Despite the best efforts of the Marown pair a single on the last end was enough to secure a 21-16 victory for Quirk and Parker and their second successive win together following their win in the Ken Parker Memorial Trophy last weekend.

The presentation was made by Competition Secretary Mark Kelly, with the trophy & prizes presented by Kathryn Williams, Chair of Onchan Commissioners to whom the Club are grateful for the continued support. In his speech Quirk thanked the Commissioners for their support of the club in providing an excellent green, the Onchan Ladies for the refreshments and his playing partner Steve Parker.

UK Merit Qualifier – Crown Green Masters

The Isle of Man Crown Green Bowling Association put two entries forward for a Crown Green Masters Competition to be held at Euston Green in Fleetwood. It was decided to hold a 21 up off scractch qualifier for the two entries, with 27 entering for their chance to qualify.

Going out the last 16 stage in well contested matches were Neil Withers 19-21 to Marown club mate Karl Parker, Peter Greenlees (Peel) lost out 17-21 to Clare Cooper (Marown), Glenn Boland who battled hard before losing out to fellow Marown man Paul Dunn 19-21, while Gary Conwell (Douglas) was beaten 18-21 by Debbie Leece (Marown).

At the quarter final stage Alan Moore performed well to beat South Ramsey club mate Glynn Hargraves 21-17, Clare cooper edged home 21-20 against Karl Parker, Paul Dunn performed well to see off Tommy McMeiken (Peel) 21-10, a result matched by Debbie Leece who beat Dave Naughton (Noble’s).

In the qualifying game Cooper was up against Moore, with the latter racing into a 13-8, only for Cooper to go on a good run to win 21-14 to qualify.

In the other half of the draw Dunn was always in control against Leece, won 21-9 to also qualify for the finals day.

Both Cooper and Dunn will now go on to play in the finals to be played on Friday 23rd September with a prize pot of £3,600 up for grabs. Good luck to both players.

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 guises 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

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


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.