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September CLI Players of the Month

Men’s Player of the Month: Bob Clark – South Ramsey

Ladies Player of the Month: Jenny Moore – South Ramsey

Under 21’s Player of the Month: Sam Colquitt – Noble’s 

The men’s pick went to Bob Clark who impressed in a host of competitions. Clark won the pre-festival Autumn Shield prevailing in a field of 96 to get his festival week off to a good start. Clark also picked up the Festival Men’s Doubles title with South Ramsey teammate Glynn Hargraves, then reached finals day of the men’s main event before losing out in the quarter finals to Callum Wraight.

On the Sunday following the festival Bob won the Wilfrid Quayle Mixed Doubles at Castletown for a second successive year, this time partnering Hannah Drewett. For South Ramsey Clark won all three games, to finish the season with 19 wins from 21 games played, only missing the season’s opening fixture away to Castletown on his old stomping ground. His most impressive individual result during the month was a resounding 21-9 victory over Marown captain Paul Dunn in the final of the Mixed Team Championship with a solid performance as he helped the Team retain the trophy.

The Ladies title was an obvious choice with this being awarded to Jenny Moore, who went undefeated in the league winning 22 games from 22 played. Jenny started the month winning the Festival for a third time, then picked up a sixth successive Manx Masters title a little over a week later. Jenny also shone in the Mixed Team Championship final for South Ramsey inflicting a 21-7 defeat on Paul Kelly to seal the victory. Jenny then travelled to the U.K. to compete in the Champion of Champions on Sunday 1st October, whilst this does creep into the following month it is worth a mention as there isn’t a Player of the Month award for October. Moore swept aside all before her beating top quality opposition throughout the day to lift the ‘Holy Grail’ of bowls making history to become the first Manx Lady to pick up the title.

Sam Colquitt picked up the Junior award thanks to winning the Junior Manx Masters Title for the first time at South Ramsey beating clubmate Alex Hampson 21-18 in a good quality final. Sam who had previously won the Young Manx Masters five years earlier put out pre-tournament favourite Madison McMullan with a brilliant performance winning 21-16 in the semi-final. In addition to this Sam paired up with Jo Smith to pick up a convincing 21-15 victory over Debbie Leece and Juan Killip in the Club Team Championship, whilst also seeing off David Manley 21-12 in the league for Noble’s D.

Kelly & Dunn Win Juan Kelly Cup

Marown Bowling Club hosted the Juan Kelly Cup, with the competition now in its seventh year 44 pairs taking part as the curtain was brought down on the 2023 season.

There were some interesting pairings making use of the handicap system which was played over two qualifying nights (Monday and Tuesday), with four pairs qualifying each night to qualify for the finals night on Wednesday evening.

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

There were some high-profile casualties on both qualifying nights, as some of the more fancied pairings made an early exit. For finals night a re-draw took place to determine who the pairings would play on the night, with a good mixture of high and low handicaps still in the competition. The excellent floodlights came into good use for the duration of the competition.

Losing out at the quarter final stage were Marown’s Martha Butler and Brian Kelly (+7) 14-25 to Stevie Kelly (Peel) and Paul Dunn (+2) (Marown), Colin Kelly and Juan Killip (+2) lost out 11-16 to fellow home greeners Jayne Smith and Lyn Bolton (+4).

In the other half of the draw brothers Tom and Kevin Kelly (+2) were beaten 14-22 by Paula Firth (Noble’s) and son Nick Firth (+8) who plies his trade for Douglas, whilst the Noble’s father and son pairing of Andy and Lee Greggor (+8) lost out 13-23 to Castletown’s Chris Lever and David Quayle (+4).

The first semi-final was a big win for Kelly and Dunn who beat Smith and Bolton 25-10 to go through to the final. The other semi-final was a good game between Lever and Quayle, who were up against the Firth’s was edged by the latter pair as the game had just a chalk separating the pairs with three ends left to play, with the score 20-19. A strong finish from Paula and Nick ensured they went through to the final.

The final got underway with Kelly and Dunn having to give a six start to Paula and Nick, however this advantage was wiped in just two ends to put the score level at 8-8. Kelly and Dunn shown their dominance with a strong performance to keep their opponents down to three scoring ends, with Kelly finding a tricky mark on the riverbank side of the green to see the Peel/Marown combination runout with a 28-12 victory.

At the conclusion of play the presentation was made by Marown Club President Peter Kelly, who thanked Juan Kelly for once again sponsoring the competition, the Ladies for the refreshments over all three nights, everyone who entered, and all those who came to support. Juan Kelly’s son Colin was then introduced to present the prizes.

Weekend’s Off Island Action

The 2023 BCGBA Mel Evans MBE Centenary Mixed Pairs was held on Saturday 7th October at Owley Wood Recreation Club, Barrymore Road, Weaverham.

The first games of the day got underway at 10:00 with South Ramsey pair Elaine Moore and Glynn Hargraves (South Ramsey) facing Maggie and Rob Swift (North Lancs & Fylde) on the number two green with the IOM pair recovering from a slow start to build up a 19-12 lead. Their opponents scored seven chalks to level the game up at 19-19. On the following end counting for three and lying game a good bowl saved two. With Elaine and Glynn 20-19 up a measure settled the following end to put the score at 20-20. On the deciding end a good lead bowl from Maggie was unbeaten as Moore and Hargraves agonisingly lost out 20-21.

Another South Ramsey pairing featured on green two with Gill Dixon and Stefan Kelly up against Olivia and Max Jefferson (North Midlands) with the game finely poised at 11-11, before the North Midlands pair went on to claim a 21-14 victory.

On Green One there was better success for Marown duo Lyn Bolton and Peter Jones who swept aside their opponents Janet Cross and Eddie Gowen (Cheshire) 21-7. A third South Ramsey pair lost out as Jenny Moore and James Teare were beaten 9-21 by Emma Ribbons & Jeff Brown (Potteries and District).

In the second round Bolton and Jones switched to Green One as they edged a close encounter with Jodie Dickinson and Tom Wiltshire (South Yorkshire) 21-18 to go through to the next round.

In the quarter finals Lyn and Peter made light work of their opponents as they beat Louise Ollerton and David Molyneux (Lancashire) 21-8 to book their place in the semi-final.

At the semi-final stage Bolton and Jones struggled to get in as they came up against Yorkshire pair Jasmine Kendal and Craig Gant, as they were beaten 6-21. Kendal and Grant did go on to win the competition as they beat Sophie Rigney and Tom Eccles (Greater Manchester) 21-19, with the Marown pair being able to console themselves as they lost to the eventual winners.

Semi-Finalists at BCGBA Mel Evans MBE Centenary Mixed Pairs – Lyn Bolton & Peter Jones who took on Jasmine Kendal & Craig Gant
Photo: James McGurk

On Sunday South Ramsey were competing in the World Club Championship at the same venue as the Mixed Pairs the previous day as they played on Green One. South Ramsey had a tough day on a tricky, yet interesting green as they had just one winner against Yorkshire team Thongsbridge, a team littered with top players. David Bradford was the lone winner as he beat Craig Gant 21-19, with Bob Clark losing out to the same score to Adam Jones. Next highest scorers were James Teare who lost out 16-21 to James Davison, whilst Jordan Cain was last game off the green as he was beaten to the same score by Richard Jackson. The overall score was 166-97, as Thongsbridge ended up going through to Finals Day at Heaton Park in Manchester this weekend as they went on to beat Bradfield (South Yorkshire) in the qualifying game by 20 chalks 160-140.

Jenny Moore Clinches Champion of Champions Title

South Ramsey bowler Jenny Moore put the icing on the cake of a superb season on Sunday, winning the Holy Grail in Crown Green Bowls, the BCGBA (British Crown Green Bowling Association) Champion of Champions title at Monks Sports and Social Club in Warrington, as the 34-year-old wrote her name into Manx and UK bowls history. 

This season, Moore has been in fine form showing her absolute dominance in the local game having won her sixth Manx Championship, the Manx Masters for the sixth successive time, the Isle of Man September Festival – with two previous Festival tittles under her belt, the Jordan Cup, and went unbeaten throughout the entire ladies’ league season winning 22 games out of 22 played.

Moore representing South Ramsey qualified for the Champion of Champions through winning the Ladies Manx Championship and was a double qualifier through winning the Isle of Man September Festival. Jenny was in the mix with 15 other County Merit winners, whilst the rest of the field was made up by those who had won some of the games biggest competitions that were played throughout the season. 

At the start of play, there was a field of 32 top players from across the UK and with Moore having previously picked up the British Senior Merit in 2021, she would have fancied her chances to reach the latter stages in this event.

Heavy rain early in the morning led to a slightly delayed start of the competition. In the first round, this proved to be her toughest game of the day when she faced Sharon Tatem (Burton & District County Winner) winning 21-18 after recovering from a slow start, before finding her groove to advance to the next round. 

In the second round, Jenny faced Sarah Edmondson who was the North Lancs & Fylde County Merit Winner, with Moore taking a comfortable 21-10 win. 

So, to the quarter finals Jenny was up against Emily Kernick who qualified for the event by winning the Ladies Fleetwood Festival, and this resulted in a straightforward 21-13 victory for Jenny who advanced to the semi-finals. 

At this stage, Jenny took on Shannon Kernick who is the sister of Emily Kernick, with Shannon also being a double qualifier for the event having won the Norden Open singles & Ladies Autumn Waterloo. Jenny won this game to an even bigger score claiming her only single figure win of the day with a 21-7 victory, to secure her place in the final. 

The final saw Jenny up against Linda Williams, Wales County Merit winner who is well known on the circuit, having picked up more than one Waterloo title. Williams is well-known for preferring a longer length, however this wouldn’t phase Moore in the slightest. Having been in good form throughout the day, Jenny made a strong start to go into a 6-0 lead before Williams got back into the game scoring four chalks to trail by two points with the score at 4-6. 

Moore got back in and managed to build up an 11-5 lead and then extended this further as Williams inexplicably played out her own counting bowl to put Jenny 14-7 up. The Welsh County merit winner then picked up a single followed by a double to put the score at 10-14. 

This proved to be the last points that Williams would pick upin the match, as two great bowls in the corners put Jenny 16-10 up. With Williams determined to play a longer length Jenny played some great bowls to ensure her opponent never got a run in the corners.  

Four successive singles followed with the second in that run being a great last bowl from Jenny. With the score now 20-10 to Moore, a good lead which finished perfectly – six inches behind the jack, this proved to be good enough to secure a 21-10 victory to pick up the Champion of Champions title and with it the £1,000 first prize. 

Jenny was supported on the day with her Mum and Dad watching, along with partner James and their nine-year-old daughter, Blae in what was a proud day for Jenny and the family. Jenny became the first Manx woman to win this title, with surely to be plenty more in the future.

To put this achievement into context Jenny has proved time after time that she is a match for any bowler on the island – man or woman as she become the first Manx woman to win this prestigious trophy. To cap off a superb day they even managed to make the boat back in time.

Marown Retain Club Team Championship

The Canada Life International Club Team Championship was concluded at Nobles Park on Thursday evening with the semi-finals being played three days earlier on Monday night. The format for the competition – being played for the fifth time was unchanged with four drawn doubles and six drawn singles with 14 bowlers eligible to play. With nine clubs entering the competition this year, the four teams reaching the semi-finals were Marown, Port St Mary, North Ramsey, and Castletown.

The first semi-final was held at Castletown, between Marown and Port St Mary, the same team they faced at this stage in 2020 and 2022, with the Crosby Team running out winners by 56 chalks (196-140), as Port St Mary won just two games on the night, with Trevor Quayle performing well to beat Tom Kelly 21-12. The other win arrived in the doubles as Robbie Cooil and Mavis Franks beat Rebekah Kelly and Sid Bolton 21-16. Two single figure wins from Marown set them on their way to victory as Lyn Bolton beat Bernard Thackrah 21-7 in the singles, whilst Glenn Boland and Juan Killip beat Wayne Roberts and Tim Williams 21-8.

North Ramsey made the trip to Crosby as they took on Castletown in a match that went down to the wire, with the Mooragh team winning 6-4 on games this proved crucial to the overall result as they won by just two chalks (172-170). A big win arrived from Jordan Drewett for Town as he beat Joe Kneale 21-9, with North Ramsey hitting back with a 21-9 win in the doubles as Tony Smart and Rob Monk beat Ron Williams and Nathan Cooil 21-6. There were several close games with John Piekalns beating Aaron Richardson 21-19, Hannah Drewett held off Madison McMullan with a 21-18 victory, whilst Caroline Parker edged home 21-20 against Town captain Alison Kearsley.

The final got underway with North Ramsey looking to cause a huge upset, however Marown were favourites to retain the title despite missing several key players this week as they were able to utilise their strength in depth in the club.

Marown didn’t disappoint putting in a good performance in the first half of the match to take control. In the three singles games Tom Kelly had a good run on the edge of the green on a short mark to beat Allan Callow 21-6, with Karl Parker following closely with a 21-7 win over Brian Colquitt. The vastly experienced Jimmy Moffatt hit back with a 21-13 win over Marown C Team captain Stevie Rundle with a 21-13 victory, with Steven Waters and Bailey McMullan responding for North Ramsey as they performed well to beat Sid Bolton and Paul Kelly 21-11. Marown got their third win of the night with Lyn Bolton and Glenn Boland helping establish a 19-chalk lead at the halfway point (87-68) with a 21-13 win over Paul Allison and Madison McMullan.

In the second half of the match Marown knew they just needed to score well, avoiding any heavy defeats to ensure the title was theirs for a fifth successive year. Any hopes of a comeback from North Ramsey quickly faded away as a 21-13 win in the doubles from Clare Cooper and Rebekah Kelly against Ray Skelly and Joe Kneale was swiftly followed by a 21-5 win by Peter Jones over John Piekalns.

Caroline Parker managed to pick up North Ramsey’s only win in the second half of the match with a hard fought 21-18 win over Juan Killip. Rebecca Teare could have had a game on her hands with Mooragh man Steve Walmsley, however a 21-11 win for Teare ensured there was no upset on the cards. The last match on the green saw Jayne Smith and Walter McCarthy win a close game 21-19 against Tony Smart and Rob Monk as Marown won the match by 52 chalks (189-137), whilst also winning 7-3 on games in a resounding and deserved victory for Marown.

The presentation was made by Association Competition Committee Officer Steve Moore who thanked Nobles Bowling Club for hosting the final, providing refreshments to the players and spectators. Marown captain Paul Kelly congratulated his team for their performance, whilst also offering his commiserations to North Ramsey.

North Ramsey A win Tower Insurance Cup Final

On Wednesday of last week the semi-finals and Final of the Tower Insurance Cup were held on Nobles Park No. 1 Green after having been postponed the previous day due to heavy rain. In the semi-finals North Ramsey A were drawn against Castletown A and Onchan A were drawn against Douglas A.

North Ramsey A started well against Castletown A with Mike Skelly beating Mike Hargraves 21-20, Brian Colquitt beating Peter Oates 21-6 and Ray Skelly making it three in a row as he beat Ron Williams 21-18. Willie Corkill then got the first win for the Castletown side as he beat Geoff Porter 21-15 but then North Ramsey A Captain Steve Parker beat Castletown A Captain George Foy 21-19. Jimmy Moffatt then increased the lead for North Ramsey as he beat Colin Holland 21-14 and his team mate John Cannan beat Mark Saunders 21-19. In the final game of this semi-final Dave Hollingworth pulled one back for Castletown as he beat Tony Smart 21-19 which meant that North Ramsey A booked themselves a place in the final with a 6-2 win.

In the other semi-final Onchan A drew first blood with Mike Kelly beating Pat O’Donohue 21-17 but then Willie Cowley beat Onchan’s Derek Allen 21-20 before Onchan A won the next two games with Phil Kerruish beating Kevin Firth 21-11 and Kevin Quirk beating Keith Rise to the same score. The second half of the game started better for Douglas A with Jimmy Sansom beating Sid McKnight 21-8 and Steve Cook beating Neil Dunwell 21-16. Colin Spence then got a fourth win for Onchan as he beat Tommy Collister 21-18 before Shaun Seal then levelled the match to four games each by beating Mark Kelly 21-6. As this meant that the match was level on games it was Douglas A that got through to the final by scoring 141 chalks to Onchan’s 134.

So to the Final and Willie Cowley gave the Douglas A side a good start by beating Mike Skelly 21-11 but then for North Ramsey A Brian Colquitt beat Keith Rise 21-13 and Ray Skelly beat Pat O’Donohue 21-19 before Jimmy Moffatt beat Shaun Seal 21-15 to make it 3-1 to the Northerners at the halfway stage. The North Ramsey team continued to show good form with Steve Parker beating Jimmy Sansom 21-17 and John Cannan beating Tommy Collister 21-18. The next two games saw wins for Douglas A with Geoff Porter losing 15-21 to Kevin Firth and Gary Merrill also losing 15-21 to Steve Cook. 

This meant that North Ramsey A won the Final 5-3 with the trophies being presented by Mark Kelly the Competition Secretary of the Isle of Man Men’s Over 60’s Bowling League. In his Captain’s speech Steve Parker thanked Nobles Bowling Club for hosting the competition and the sponsors Tower Insurance. He also thanked Andy Kennish, Mark Kelly and Norman Kneen for their work and Terry Bates and Brian Kelly for acting as Referees.

August CLI Players of the Month

Men’s Player of the Month: Phil Quayle – Ballaugh

Ladies Player of the Month: Kath Kinley – Castletown

Under 21’s Player of the Month: Bailey McMullan – Mooragh Park 

The men’s pick went in a different direction this month with the first player to receive the award outside of Division One going to Ballaugh Captain Phil Quayle, who continues to drive his team forward all season as he blends the old guard in with the newer bowlers.

Phil went unbeaten individually and put in a superb performance in the Rayner Plate Final with a 21-13 victory to put a marker down for his team on the night as the Ballaugh men claimed their first ever team title in a knockout competition as they beat first division side Peel B. Ballaugh are one of the ‘youngest’ clubs on the island having been formed in the 1980’s.  A superb achievement as Phil went on to lead Ballaugh A to second place and with it a potential promotion back to Division One in 2024.

The pick from the ladies this month went in favour of Kath Kinley who went unbeaten in both the Open Age league, Over 60’s league and lost just one game for Castletown in the 2023 season, winning 48 out of 49 games played. Throughout the month of August Kath conceded just 68 points from 11 games played.

To cap off a fine month Kath won the over 60’s Ladies Championship in a convincing manner and is certainly deserved of this award.

Bailey picked up the Junior award recording two league wins during August, with one of these a superb performance winning 21-15 against Elaine Moore on South Ramsey, who was unbeaten in the open age league up until that point.

In the Jean Kelly semi-finals Bailey won 21-3 against Rebekah Kelly as the Mooragh Park team narrowly missed out on reaching the final.

Bailey was also a key player in the Junior League for her team Sugarloafs as she won both of her Junior League matches who went on to win the league.

A fantastic achievement at the age of 11 years old, Bailey follows her older sister Madison who picked up the award in July.

Castletown A Compete at 2023 UK Club Championships

After overcoming cancelled travel arrangements Castletown Ladies managed to eventually play in the 2023 UK Club Championships at the weekend. Unfortunately the competition was not fully supported and there were four groups of just three teams with Castletown drawn with Maggies, the Warwick and Worcester champions, and also the championship favourites, and holders, Wrockwardine Wood from Shropshire.In the opening round-robin game Maggies went into an early chalks lead and from the first four blocks off only Tracy Moore had won for the IOM champions following an excellent 15-8 win. However a barnstorming second half saw the match completely turn a full circle as Hilary Kermode and Hannah Drewett both came off with 15-10 wins while in a nail biting finish Stella Watterson played superb bowls to win 15-5 giving Castletown an extremely narrow one chalk victory.It was never going to be easy against the Shropshire champions in the second game though with friendships being maintained with the many IOM Festival bowlers in their ranks. The Island team managed one win in each half with Anne Oates winning 15-5 against Louise Cotton and Kim Foy beating Barbara Hughes to 9. However in the end Castletown succumbed to a 20 chalk defeat though at least they had the satisfaction of losing to the team that went on to retain their trophy. 

CASTLETOWN A win Over 60’s League (2023)

Tuesday 19th Sept saw the last week of games for the Over 60s ladies.

Douglas A hosted Nobles 32 V 126 (0-6) Douglas side had to give a game away as they were short a player. All of the Nobles players won well to give them a maximum score and only gave away 32 points. This team will definitely be one to watch next season.

South Ramsey headed to Castletown B 78 V 117 (1-5) The lone home winner Linda Dobinson (Castletown B) 21-12.

Ballaugh 96 V 105 Castletown A (3-3) Ballaugh certainly made the league winners pull out all the stops to take this win. Kim Foy (Castletown A) helped with her 21-4 win. Ballaughs Pat Mason and Rose Waterworth both won 21-15 and Julie Reilly 21-12. 

Port Erin 34 V 126 Mooragh Park A (0-6) A full house for the visitors taking full advantage of the Southside a player short. Pat Lenton also won 21-0.

Peel Sunset 125 V 74 Onchan A (5-1) Peel dropping just the 1 point. Linda Clarke taking her game for the Onchan side 21-20.

Mooragh Park B 62 V 93 Port Erin A (2-4) The Port Erin A side travelled with a player short, but still managed to sneak the win. Voirrey Curphey (Port Erin A) won 21-1.

Port St Mary A 115 V 84 Finch Hill (4-2) Margaret Tasker won 21-0 to help secure her side the win.

The second half of the week saw the final league games.

Nobles 126 V 41 Port Erin B (6-0) Again this was another great result for the Nobles side giving away only 41 points. 

League Winners Castletown A made sure they secured their title spot with a maximum win over Mooragh Park B 126 V 53 (6-0) Gillian Malpass (Mooragh Park B) just lost out on a win to 21-19. 

Mooragh Park A 112 V 63 Castletown B (5-1) Winning 3 of the games to single figures secured the Ramsey side their final home win of the season. 

Finch Hill 97 v 71 Douglas A (4-2) This time Finch hill took advantage of Douglas A a player short. Lil Smith and Anne Hon both won to single figures for the Finch Hill side.

Port Erin A 71 V 104 Peel Sunset (3-3) Level on games the Peel side also had a 21-0 win from Val Allwood and Joyce Kelly 21-8 to secure enough points to take the match win.

South Ramsey 102 V 102 Marown (4-2) The Marown side’s Linda Cadamy won 21-8 to help her side draw with the Ramsey side in a very close contested game.

Onchan A 95 V 104 Port St Mary A (2-4) Mavis Franks and Margaret Tasker both had good wins to 9 and 5 to help secure the win for Port St Mary. For the Onchan side Linda Clark just lost out to 20 and Norma Cowell to 19.

Well done to Castletown A securing the League title for the 3rd year on the run. The Castletown Club have a lot of celebrations this season with Castletown A winning both the Ladies Open Age League and also the Ladies Over 60’s League.

Hamilton & Clague triumph in Douglas Borough Council Challenge Cup

Finch Hill Bowling Club held the any combination pairs Open Competition for the Douglas Borough Council Challenge Cup on a rainswept blustery afternoon when it took full concentration to shut out the elements.

At the quarter final stage, there were comfortable wins for the defending champions Glenn Boland and Peter Jones (both Marown) over club mates Matthew Keggen and Paul Kelly 21-15. Derek Allen (Port Erin) and Brian Lindsay (Peel) saw off the home greeners Lil Smith and Dave McCabe 21-12, Alison Kearsley (Castletown) and daughter Ruby Keggen (Marown) overcame Peel pair Gilly and Phil Clarke 21-12, whilst Nathan Hamilton (Castletown) and Sam Clague (Marown) beat another Finch Hill pairing Dave Dixon and John Qualtrough 21-11.

In the semi-final games Hamilton and Clague proved too strong for the Kearsley and Keggen running out winners 21-8 while Boland and Jones had a keenly contested match against Allen and Lindsay. Leading 18-13 after 15 ends the Port Erin/Peel combination conceded a single then a four to see the match tied. Jones played a long jack to the corner but this was matched by an excellent wood from Allen and after picking up a double they went on to pick up the single required on the next end to win 21-18.

The efforts of their semi-final seemed to take their toll on Allen and Lindsay as they were unable to raise their game to match Hamilton and Clague’s consistent leads. The one sided affair ended 21-10 to the Castletown/Marown pair.

At the Presentation, Nathan thanked Finch Hill for putting on the event and remarked how well the green had held up in the conditions and he also thanked the Ladies for the catering provided throughout the day.