Yearly Archives: 2023

Moore & Teare Win Kennish Cup

South Ramsey pair Jenny Moore and James Teare won the Kennish Cup on Saturday with a 21-17 win over Fiona Kennish (South Ramsey) and Steven Waters (North Ramsey) after trailing 11-17 before sealing a good comeback.

Full report to follow…

South Ramsey A Win Fourth Consecutive Mixed Team Championship Title

The final of the Canada Life International Sponsored Mixed Team Championship and the Inaugural Plate competitions took place simultaneously at Ballaugh on Thursday evening, with the Championship final seeing South Ramsey A take on Marown A. The floodlights were required, whilst the rain just about held off for most of the night.

In the first half of the match Marown were quickest out of the blocks with Neil Withers striking the first blow with a 21-8 win over James Teare, with the Marown man only allowing his opponent to score one more chalk with the score at 13-7 in his favour. South Ramsey captain Glynn Hargraves responded with a win to the same score against Peter Jones in a game which was expected to be close to wipe out the deficit, as he also went on a good run with the score 8-7 in his favour, with Jones picking up just one more chalk.

Marown briefly went into a 11-chalk lead as Clare Cooper won 21-10 against Fiona Kennish, with Bob Clark hitting back with a solid performance to see off one of Marown’s top players Paul Dunn with a 21- 9 win to put South Ramsey one chalk ahead.

The lead was extended further as Peter Collister won 21-16 against Lyn Bolton, with the former leading 9-0, the Marown player battled back to 8-10 to claw her way back into the game. Jordan Cain stormed into a 10-3 lead against Rebecca Teare, with the latter turning the game around to lead 18-14. Cain dug deep to see the game out with a 21-19 victory on a shorter mark.

Game seven was between Kim Hargraves and Marown captain Matthew Keggen with the latter trailing 6-1 early on, a good performance in the corners put Keggen into a 17-6 lead. Hargraves managed to score five more singles to reach double figures before losing out 11-21 as Marown edged into the lead by just two chalks (113-115).

The last two games on the green saw any hopes of a Marown victory quickly fade away as the two South Ramsey Ladies wrapped up victory in style, with Gill Dixon just one chalk ahead at 10-9 against Philippa Taylor, before shifting through the gears to finish strongly to run out with a 21-10 victory. The last game on the green wrapped the match up for South Ramsey as their top bowler Jenny Moore, who is more than a match for any bowler on the island led 11-7 against Paul Kelly, with Moore going on a 10-point scoring streak to seal the victory in style with the biggest win of the night with a 21-7 victory.

South Ramsey have now claimed the Mixed Team Championship 12 times since the competition was first held in 2005, have also won the title for four consecutive years.

Association Competition Secretary Matthew Keggen thanked Ballaugh for the use of the green, for providing the refreshments and measurers on the night. 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 AScoreScoreMarown A
Glynn Hargraves218Peter Jones
James Teare821Neil Withers
Fiona Kennish1021Clare Cooper
Bob Clark219Paul Dunn
Peter Collister2116Lyn Bolton
Jordan Cain2119Rebecca Teare
Kim Hargraves1121Matthew Keggen
Gillian Dixon2110Philippa Taylor
Jenny Moore217Paul Kelly
6 Games Won1551323 Games Won
Marown A Mixed Team Championship Finalists
Photo: Arnie Withers

Noble’s B Take Mixed Team Plate Title

The final of the Canada Life International Sponsored Mixed Team Plate competition took place at Ballaugh on Thursday evening with Noble’s B and Port Erin battling to become the second winners of this competition after Noble’s A took the inaugural title last year. There was a good crowd in attendance throughout the evening with the rain just about holding off.

The first two games to come off the green saw Noble’s take a huge 32 chalk lead to put down a huge marker with Alex Yates winning 21-0 against Susan Inch, whilst Jo Smith beat Voirrey Curphey 21-9. Alison Stockham picked up the first Port Erin win on the night with a 21-15 victory over Martyn Hobson.

The next two games to come off extended the lead even further for Noble’s to a somewhat unassailable 46 chalks as Sue Gawne won 21-11 against Jacqui Elliott, whilst the shock of the night was from Jo Kelly who put in a superb performance to beat Port Erin’s Bernie Duncan to the same score.

Game six was another win for Noble’s as Michael Johnson beat Steve Durcan 21-18 in a close game, whilst Derek Allen picked up the Breagle Glen teams second and final win of the night with a hard fought 21-17 win over John Andrew.

Rounding off a resounding victory for Noble’s were Libby Andrade with a 21-8 victory over Mark Stockham, whilst Marilyn Ellison won comfortably 21-14 against Port Erin captain Seamus Whelan.

The overall result was Noble’s B winning by 66 chalks (179-113) with the games 7-2 in their favour as the club continue to go from strength to strength as they picked up a second successive Mixed Team Plate title.

The presentation was made by Association Competition Secretary Matthew Keggen who thanked Ballaugh for the use of the green, their club members for the refreshments and providing measurers, with Noble’s captain Terry Bates receiving the Shield.

Noble’s BScoreScorePort Erin
Alex Yates210Susan Inch
Jo Smith219Voirrey Curphey
Martyn Hobson1521Alison Stockham
Sue Gawne2111Jacqui Elliott
Joanne Kelly2111Bernie Durcan
Michael Johnson2118Steve Durcan
John Andrew1721Derek Allen
Libby Andrade218Mark Stockham
Marilyn Ellison2114Seamus Whelan
7 Games Won1791132 Games Won
Port Erin Mixed Team Plate Finalists
Photo: Arnie Withers


South Ramsey hosted the Manx Masters on Sunday, one of the highlights of the Manx bowls calendar with four separate competitions taking place throughout the day. The weather in the morning was slightly better than forecast with rain holding off for most of the competition.

JP Corry Young Manx Masters

The Young Manx Masters was contested by seven players – with five girls and two boys. This competition was played in a round robin format playing six ends with the last end played as a ‘power’ end with points scored counting double. After a good morning of bowls, it was Bailey McMullan who was the runaway winner with 56 points, to become the first Young Manx Masters winner to retain the trophy in her last year in this category. The runner up with 42 points was Enya Christian (Marown) who also scored particularly well in her games.

JP Corry Junior Manx Masters

The Junior Manx Masters was played as a straight knockout 21up off a handicap of +6 for the older and more experienced players with 12 players braving the early morning start.

The title was won for the first time by Sam Colquitt (Noble’s) following his win in the Young Manx Masters competition in 2018, as he beat clubmate Alex Hampson 21-18 in an entertaining final, with the furthest anyone got ahead in the game was Alex at 13-10 halfway through the game. With Alex leading 18-17, Sam dug deep to see the game out with four singles to secure a 21-18 victory.

Losing out at the semi-final stage was pre-tournament favourite Madison McMullan (Mooragh Park) to Colquitt with the latter putting in a brilliant performance to seal a 21-16 win and a place in the final. Losing out in the other semi-final was Lola Tebay (Ballaugh) by the finest of margins 20-21 to Alex Hampson.

Photo: Arnie Withers

At the quarter final stage Colquitt comfortably beat Dylan Marsh (Port Erin) 21-13, McMullan won 21-11 against Aalish Moore (Castletown), Alex stormed to a 21-7 win over Lacey McMullan (Mooragh Park), whilst Tebay beat Alex Colquitt Noble’s 21-16.

The standard of play in both events was excellent and some of the bowls played would not have been out of place in the senior events taking place in the afternoon.

JP Corry Isle of Man supported the event once again with the prizes presented by Keith Quane. All competitors who took part received a prize, with Saskia Tebay receiving a special prize for the young player who had smiled the most all morning. Thanks were given to everyone who had helped throughout the morning.

Once the Junior competitions concluded the Felton’s sponsored Men’s and Ladies events got underway with the Ladies event being an invitation of 16 players, whilst the Men’s event had 32 invited to play.  Once again home greeners forfeited the jack on the first end to visiting bowlers.

Ladies Manx Masters

In the Ladies event losing out at the quarter final stages were home greener Gill Dixon 15-21 to teammate Jenny Moore, whilst Madison McMullan (Mooragh Park) battled well before losing out 18-21 to Clare Cooper (Marown).

In the other half of the draw Louise Tebay (Ballaugh) lost out 17-21 to Rebecca Teare (Marown) with Teare scoring two more doubles in the game this proved to be the difference. Another two home greeners clash in the last of the quarter finals with Sue Collier leading 10-3 against Kim Hargraves, as the latter fought back to 9-10 only for Collier to rally once more to seal a 21-12 to book her place in the semi-finals.

At the semi-final stage both were comfortable wins as Moore won 21-11 against Cooper, whilst Teare eased to a 21-9 win over Collier.

In the final Moore took the initiative early on a round peg mark to lead 16-5 against Teare. The Marown player got in and headed for the bank edge of the green, which is well known for being a big pegging mark in both directions. Teare got a run of fiver chalks together to get into double figures at 10-16.

Moore then picked up a single and double to lead 19-10, with Teare picking up another five chalks in between conceding a single to put the score at 15-20. On the following end a loose lead was punished by Moore to full effect who put her first bowl within six inches of the jack, with Teare failing to beat it this secured a 21-15 victory for Moore to win the title for a sixth successive year.

Mens Manx Masters

In the Men’s event five of the eight last 16 games were well contested with the player losing out scoring 17 or more.

Losing out at the quarter final stage were Stevie Kelly (Peel) who was well beat 11-21 by Colin Kelly (Marown), Harry Barton (Marown) reached the end of the road as he was defeated 4-21 by Jordan Cain (South Ramsey). Matthew Keggen (Marown) beat James Teare (South Ramsey) 21-17 in the closest game of the quarter finals, whilst Paul Dunn comfortably beat Glynn Hargraves (South Ramsey) 21-8.

Similar to the ladies competition the victories were comfortable as Kelly trailed to Cain by a single chalk at 9-10, before going on to concede just two more chalks to seal a 21-12 win. Keggen booked his spot in his first Manx Masters final with a 21-14 victory over Dunn, with the former having led 14-7 and 18-12 this lead was enough to keep his opponent at arm’s length.

In front of a healthy crowd who had stayed for the duration, the final started under the floodlights, with Kelly taking an early lead at 7-4, with Keggen opting to come out of the corners that had served him well throughout the day. Keggen got back in and did go into the corners to level the game up at 8-8.

Kelly restored a three-chalk lead at 12-9, then built this up further on a longer mark in the opposite corners to which Keggen had been playing to lead 17-10. A single and a double from Keggen was responded to equally by Kelly to lead 20-13, with Keggen scoring a single and in the last chance saloon needing to run out, however a good first bowl from Kelly secured a 21-14 victory and the eighth time Kelly has picked up the trophy since 1994, with the competition having previously been played as the Champion of Champions which Colin won five times in the previous format.

At the end of the competition the presentation was made by South Ramsey Chairman Steve Moore, who thanked everyone who had helped with the running of the competitions. The Ladies who once again outdone themselves with the catering and the club members who assisted throughout the day. Long term supporters of the event Chris & Lynnette Perry were then introduced to present the prizes from the sponsors Felton’s Ironmongers who without their support this event would not be possible. Upon accepting the trophy Kelly stated he was delighted to have won the competition.

Port St Mary Trio Win Threesomes Cup

16 teams took part this weekend in the Port St Mary any combination threesomes ‘open’ competition on a damp but improving afternoon.

The fallers at the quarter final stage were Colin Kelly, Phil Kelly and Walter McCarthy (Marown) losing a hard fought match to Peter Jones, Rebecca Teare and Glenn Boland (Marown) 17-21. Also losing 17-21 were Clare Cooper, Lyn Bolton and Sid Bolton (Marown) to Dylan Marsh, Ed Benson and Alan Crebbin (Port Erin). Les Brookes, Edward Carlyle and Bryan Lindsay (Finch Hill, South Ramsey and Peel) beat Glynn Hargraves, Kian Bradford and David Bradford (South Ramsey) 21-12. The match of the round saw home greeners of Margaret Tasker, Mavis Franks and Tricia Bull with an impressive 21-15 win over John Kennish, Jordan Cain and Bob Clark (South Ramsey).

In the semi-finals Jones, Teare and Boland ended the good run of Marsh, Benson and Crebbin 21-6, whilst Tasker, Franks and Bull had another impressive of 21-13 against Brookes, Carlyle and Lindsay.

In the final Tasker, Franks and Bull carried on their good form building up a 19-11 lead. Jones, Teare and Boland hit back with a four and a single to close the gap to three points. However the three Port St Mary ladies scored two singles to get the job done and secure an impressive day of bowling.

Port St Mary competition secretary Wayne Roberts presented the prizes and thanked all those that took part in the competition and everyone that helped through the day.

Canada Life International League Titles Decided

The 2023 night league season ended with a double week of fixtures due to take place across all three divisions this week in the Canada Life International sponsored bowling leagues.

In Division One South Ramsey A officially wrapped up the title as they started the week 11 points ahead with two games to play. Whilst securing the Warburton Trophy for a third consecutive year was a formality, they did it in style with a 10-0 victory away to Douglas A. Winning to single figures for the Ramsey men were Bob Clark, Stefan Kelly, and Glynn Hargraves over Mark Kneen, Gordon Wynne-Smythe, and Shaun Seal. David Bradford had a game on his hands with Kevin Firth as he trailed 10-19 to Kevin Firth, with a big ask to recover from such a huge deficit Bradford went on to secure a nail biting 21-20 victory to remain in the hunt to secure the Division One Individual Merit.

South Ramsey’s match at home to Peel B on Friday fell victim to the heavy rain throughout the day as their game was postponed until Monday evening, with something to play for both teams. South Ramsey were looking to secure a record points total, whilst Peel B knew they needed to take three games off the league champions in their bid to stay up. When the fixture was played it resulted in a 10-0 home win for South Ramsey A, who condemned Peel B to the bottom two, they will have to wait to find out if they are relegated depending on the league structure in 2024.

Marown A rounded off the season with two victories as they beat their B Team 7-3 on Monday night, with Karl Parker causing the biggest upset of the night as he beat Colin Kelly 21-18, Matthew Keggen won 21-13 against doubles partner Paul Kelly, and Harry Barton beat Glenn Boland 21-15.

On Friday evening Marown A won 2-8 away to Port St Mary A, with Trevor Quayle beating Phil Kelly 21-8, and Tim Williams impressing with a 21-17 win over Peter Jones. Port St Mary scored highly in two other games as Wayne Roberts lost 19-21 to Colin Kelly, with the former sending both bowls into the ditch at 19-19, whilst Dave Saxon was beaten 18-21 by Neil Withers.

In the relegation battle South Ramsey B hosted North Ramsey A on Monday with a win being crucial. The home team performed well to take five games off the visitors, however four off the wins were close, with Ben Dugdale beating John Cannan 21-18. Eddie Carlyle and Lee Dawson both won 21-19 against Brian Colquitt and Allan Callow respectively, with Tony Hart edging home 21-20 against Jimmy Moffatt. The chalks gained on the victories were wiped out in one fell swoop by Rob Monk who beat Christian Caley 21-3. Also winning for the visitors were Steven Waters as he beat George Brew 21-10, whilst Steve Walmsley won a close game with Austin Hart 21-19.

Marown C secured a second season in the topflight by whitewashing Castletown A 10-0 at home on Tuesday night in a shock result, which put Castletown A in deep trouble, as Peter Kelly held off George Foy 21-18, whilst Tom Kelly just got past Ron Williams 21-20.

On Friday evening Castletown A hosted Douglas A knowing they needed a win to any score to stand any chance of not finishing in the bottom two places knowing that Peel B had to go to league champions South Ramsey A. The Town men did their bit as they claimed what could prove to be a vital 7-3 home win, with two Town players holding their nerve as Nathan Cooil and Nathan Hamilton won their games with Mervin Sayle and Keith Rise 21-20 respectively. Losing out in close games for Town were Ron Williams who lost 18-21 to Jimmy Sansom and Aaron Richardson was beaten 19-21 by Paddy Murphy.

The Town men will be keeping a close eye on proceedings at South Ramsey on Monday evening as they need the league champions to take a victory 8-2 or better, whilst Peel B know securing three points on the night will be enough to avoid finishing in the bottom two.

The race for the Division One individual merit hasn’t quite been decided, with South Ramsey A still to play David Bradford is firmly in the driving seat needing to win the final game of the season at home to Peel B. Bradford has won 20 games from 21 played, dropping just five chalks in his only defeat of the season to Kevin Quirk at Onchan. Should the unthinkable happen then Marown’s Neil Withers is waiting in the wings, as he has enjoyed a fine season with 21 games won from 22 played, with eight chalks dropped in his one league defeat to Tony Dugdale at South Ramsey.

In Division Two there was little change at the top with Finch Hill A winning the league to lift the Rayner Cup despite suffering a 7-3 defeat away to third placed Castletown B, they ended on a positive note as they beat Peel C 8-2 at home.

Ballaugh A finished in second place, as they started the week with a 2-8 win away to Peel C. Their home fixture with Port Erin A on Friday evening succumbed to the weather, however even without playing this they are guaranteed to finish in second place.

Onchan C finished rock bottom on 69 points as they return to Division Three, with Peel C finishing second from bottom on 79 points following two successive 8-2 defeats to the top two teams.

Noble’s B picked up 10 points last week as they finished on 85 points to drag themselves out of trouble to secure another season in Division Two as they lost 3-7 to their higher ranked A Team, then won 7-3 at home to South Ramsey C to secure their status.

Winning the Division Two individual merit with 19 wins from 20 games played was Finch Hill’s Dave McCabe.

In Division Three there was a thrilling finish to the season as just three points separated the top three teams Port St Mary B finished top on 145 points to win the Chatel Cup after they started the week with a good 8-2 win against Port Erin B on the shared Breagle Glen green, then ended the week with a 6-4 defeat away to South Ramsey D who finished in fifth place with their highest ever points total of 115, as they have something to build on next season.

Noble’s D started the week in third place, on the same number of points as Ballaugh B who had a superior ‘games for’ difference. The Noble’s men had a fantastic end to the season as they won 7-3 away to Finch Hill B, then took a resounding 10-0 victory at home to Douglas D to secure second spot on 144 points, just one point behind champions Port St Mary B.

Ballaugh B ended the season with two victories, however this wasn’t enough to finish in the top two, with a good 9-1 home win against Peel D, followed up by a 4-6 victory away to Marown D, in a close encounter as the Ballaugh men took the aggregate by five chalks (144-149).

A special mention should do to Noble’s C, with seven of their eight players having not played competitive bowls before this season, they excelled to finish in fourth spot as they caused a few upsets throughout the season, improving from game to game, they will be the team to watch out for next year with promotion firmly in their sights.

Finishing in bottom place were Port Erin B, who were hampered by being short of players for several matches, they surely would have finished higher had they been able to field a full-strength team.

Winning the Division Three individual merit with 20 wins from 22 games played was Finch Hill’s youngest player Sam Stannard-Duke.

Ballaugh Association Plate winners

On Wednesday 13th Sept Peel Bowling Club Hosted the Ladies Association Plate Final.

Castletown A (+20)  V Ballaugh (+33) 

Both teams arrived with a good amount of spectators, all in good form for an evening of entertaining bowls. Michelle Cubbon, captain of the Ballaugh team, always smiling and encouraging her fellow teammates, stepped onto the green first to lead her team. 

After the first half results

Sue Peach 8-21 Michelle Cubbon

Amanda Lawler 21-9 Barbara Graham

Alison Kearsley 21-13 Lola Tebay

Stella Watterson 21-8 Rose Waterworth

Tracy Moore 6 -21 Louise Tebay

Castletown 97 v 105 Ballaugh including handicaps.

So at this stage it was all still anyone’s game.

Hilary Kermode Put Castletown A in front 21-11 Julie Reilly

Jenny Saunders 14 -21 Maria Dimsdale

Hannah Drewett 18-21 Mat Mason

So with the last game still playing the scores were Castletown A 150 V 158

Kim Foy 21 – 18 Cath Harvey 

This gave a final score and win to Ballaugh by just 5 points

Castletown A 171 V 176 Ballaugh

Michelle was over the moon to collect the Association Plate on behalf of her Ballaugh team, and thanked all her players and supporters. Castletown A’s Captain Hannah Drewett thanked ballaugh for a great night of games played in fine sportsmanship. The Ladies Association thanked Peel Bowling Club and their members for their help on the night and the refreshments provided.

Marown win JMS for 4th consecutive year

JMS Veteran Shield Final Marown V Castletown A

After Castletown A defeated Marown earlier in the week they would have been feeling good going into this game on +22 points. Marown had everything to play for with +20 points. 

But the Marown Ladies Pulled up their socks and played a corker. 

Joy Stephens 20-21 Mair Moore

Jenny Saunders 17-21 Elaine Dewhurst

Barbara Young 12-21 Lynda Cadamy

Sue Peach 21-12 Joyce Ogden.

So with 2 games left on the green the scores were currently Castletown A 92 V Marown 95 including the handicaps. So all was very close.

Hilary Kermode 11-21 Celia Joughin

Kim Foy 18-21 Philippa Taylor

Resulting in Marown Taking the JMS Veterans Shield Title for the 4th time in a row. 

Castletown A 121 V 137 Marown

Ladies O60s league back in action

The Ladies Over 60s league was back in action last week.

The game of the day had to be Port Erin A V Ballaugh. Which finished up 3 games each and resulted in a tie 98-98. 

Onchan A dominated their home game against Mooragh Park B taking games 5-2, 105 V 63 All the the Onchan wins were to single figures.

Mooragh Park A 115 V 79 Douglas (4-2) Janet Monk and Janice Pilling for Mooragh both had excellent wins. Whilst Pauline Cowley (Douglas) just pipped Joy Morris 20-21. 

Castletown A 108 V 81 Marown (4-2) This was a great win for the Castletown side, especially with the final of the JMS cup due to be played a couple of days later.

Peel Sunset 109 V 80 Port St Mary A (4-2) Peel Sunset were all over the Port St Mary side taking full advantage of them being a player short. 

Nobles 109 V 81 Finch Hill (5-1) Nobles were back to full form this week. Jan Osbourne (Finch Hill) won 21-4 to stop Nobles claiming a full house.

South Ramsey 106 V 85 Port Erin B (4-2) This game was very even until Elaine Moore’s 21-4 win pushed South Ramseys points out of reach.

McMullan Wins Bill Oliver Junior Trophy

11 juniors took part in the Port St Mary Bill Oliver junior open competition on Saturday morning.

The players were drawn into two groups in a round robin format consisting of matches played over seven ends.

The top two players in each group progressed to the semi-finals to be played over eight ends.

In the first semi-final, Madison McMullan (Mooragh Park) played her younger sister Bailey (Mooragh Park), this was a very close match and after seven ends the score was 5-5. On the last end Bailey was laying game with two good woods only for Madison to play a great last bowl to win the match.

In the second semi-final Dylan Marsh (Port Erin) played Aalish Moore (Castletown). This pair met recently in the final of a Castletown club comp with the latter winning that encounter. Dylan was determined for a better result this time and played very well to win this match 11-1.

The final was played over 10 ends. Both players were playing to a very high standard as they had been all morning, on this occasion Madison played the more consistent and won the match 13-4.

As usual the standard of bowls from the Islands bowlers was amazing to watch and just seems to get better every year.

At the presentation Christine Holland introduced Roy Oliver to present the prizes. Roy thanked all the players that took part and everyone that helped with the competition.