Monthly Archives: April 2023

Close win for Nobles by just 3 points

Onchan A v Nobles 79-82 (3-3)  With nobles 1 player short they had to dig deep, Paula Firth and Sue Gawne helped the case by winning 21-3 and 21-5. The game’s finished drawn at  3-3. But Nobles took the overall win by just 3 points.

Marown took advantage of castletown being a player short to take the win against Castletown B 115-68 (4-2) Judith Moore for Castletown B just lost out to Joyce Ogden 21-19. 

Port Erin A v Mooragh Park A 101-107 (3-3) This was another close game of the day, with the Visitors Mooragh Park A just edging the win by 6 points. Rita Callister for Port Erin A just lost 20-21 to Karen McGurgan. Mooragh Park’s Janet Monk won 21-6 and Port Erin’s Caroline Whitehead 21-09.

Ballaugh hosted Port Erin B 121-73 (5-1) Ballaugh were close to a full house, but Susan Inch from Port Erin B took a 21-16 win to put a halt on that.

Iris Kermode also stopped Peel Sunset winning all their games against Finch Hill 121-85 (5-1) with a 21-16 win over Peel’s Cath Parker. Beverley Wilson gained her first O60’s win for the Peel side.

The third 5-1 game of the day was at Mooragh Park where the B team played Douglas A 58-109 (5-1) Mary Bruce was the lone winner to single figures, as were Paula Garrett, Pauline Cowley and Lin Ruscoe for Douglas A.

Castletown A v South Ramsey 77-110 (2-4) Anne Oates for the home side won 21-9 and Sue Peach managed to just hold off Moira Anderson 21-17. The Ramsey side winners were Ann Gale, Gillian Jopson, Sue Collier and Elaine Moore.

Later in the week Castletown B v Ballaugh 107-114 (2-4) This game could have gone either way with lots of close results. Castletown B winners Linda Dobson 21-19, Pat Rigby 21-11 and Ballaugh’s Maureen Trustham 21-14, Michelle Cubbon 21-12, Julie Reilly 21-20, Brenda Bowyer 21-19.

Mooragh Park A v Castletown A 99-112 (2-4) Where Castletown A fought to the end with both Elaine McElroy and Hillary Kermode both winning 21-20.

Douglas A hosted Peel Sunset in a very close set of games with both teams having a 21-13 win and a 21-2 win. But with Lin Ruscoe for the Douglas side winning 21-6 and Shirley Corrin from Peel 21-9. Douglas A took the win by just 3 points.

Marown v Port St Mary A 112-90 (4-2) Phillippa Taylor was on a roll this week clocking up a good 21-4 win to help her team take the win. The rest of the games were a lot closer reaching double figures.

Finch Hill were all over Onchan A winning 115-62 (4-2) With Lil Smith and Ann Hon for Finch Hill both winning 21-2 and Mary O’Conner winning 21-3. Maureen Payne for Onchan just managed to hold off Jan Osbourne 21-20

Port Erin B v Mooragh Park B 115-76 (4-2) Mooragh Park B winners were Fances Radcliffe and Gillian Malpass. Gwen Tuck and Kay Primrose-Smith both had good wins for the Port Erin side to help secure them the overall win. 

Nobles were unfortunate to be a player short for the second time this week when they were hosts to Port Erin A who took full advantage. Sue Gawne for Nobles won 21-6. But Jenny Cain Port Erin won 21-3 and they secured the win. Nobles 83 – 101 Port Erin A (3-3)

McCabe Wins First Mens Title

Finch Hill Bowling Club hosted the Association Non Winners Cup on Sunday afternoon with the competition open to those who had never won a Men’s singles open previously, with 25 players entering to take their chance to win their first open.

Losing quarter finalists were James Kelly (Marown) who lost 14-21 to Finch Hill man Dave McCabe, Paul Cannan (North Ramsey) was defeated 15-21 by home greener Les Brookes, whilst another home greener Stephen Oates beat club mate Mark Taylor 21-14, with Port St Mary’s Wayne Roberts well beaten 21-10 by Bryan Corner (South Ramsey).

In the semi-finals McCabe booked his place in the final with a 21-14 win over Brookes, whilst Oates got the better of Corner 21-16 to reach his first final.

The final got underway with McCabe starting as favourite having played for longer than his opponent, whilst also regularly entering the Island Open competitions. McCabe played his customary short game to just over the crown and back to the edge of the green as he made no mistake keeping Oates down to scoring just two chalks throughout the game to take a well-deserved 21-8 win to claim his first Men’s open title.

At the conclusion of play the presentation was made by Association Competition Committee Officer Wayne Roberts who thanked Finch Hill Bowling Club and its members for hosting the competition, everyone who entered, and those who came to support.

Bradford Claims First Magic Carpets Mixed Singles Title

Marown Bowling Club were the host club on Saturday as they held the Marown Magic Carpets Mixed Singles for the third time attracting a healthy entry of 58.

The competition was once again played in a big smash style format, which has proved popular in the U.K. and is played over 15 ends with ends 5, 10 and 15 played as ‘power’ ends with the points scored counting double. Players were given a handicap ranging from 0 to 3. If scores were tied after 15 ends a one bowl shootout would take place to decide the winner of the game.

Losing quarter finalists were Dave McCabe (Finch Hill) who lost 7-15 to Marown captain Paul Dunn, Wayne Roberts (Port St Mary) had his run ended by Marown’s Neil Withers 6-15, home greener Glenn Boland edged home 13-10 against Kevin Quirk (Onchan). In the last quarter final David Bradford had a match on his hands with another home greener Jayne Smith with the contest tied at 15-15 after 15 ends it was one bowl shootout, which Bradford managed to win to progress.

In the semi-finals club mates Dunn and Withers clashed, with the latter having two ends to spare as he reached the final with a 12-6 win over Dunn who had won the competition for the last two years, whilst Bradford’s game with Boland went to the deciding end as the former edged home 11-9.

The final started with Withers conceding the first end with a double, to then respond by taking the next three ends. The first power end put Bradford back in the game as he took out Withers counting bowl, with Bradford narrowly missing taking out his own bowl as he scored a single to gain two points.

The South Ramsey man then went on to win four of the following five ends, including another power end to lead 11-6 after 10 ends.

Withers threatened a comeback as he took a single only for Bradford to score a single and a double over the next two ends to lead 14-7 after 13 ends. With not enough ends or points available for Withers to make a comeback the game ended as Bradford claimed his first win in this competition and his second of the season following on from his pre-season win in the Ian Kissack Shield.

At the conclusion of play the presentation was made by competition secretary Phil Kelly, who thanked Magic Carpets for their continued sponsorship, the Ladies for the refreshments, the players for entering, and all who came to support.

Top Teams Through In Rayner Shield

The Rayner Shield has a new sponsor onboard this year with Plumbmaster taking over sponsorship of the Rayner Shield and Rayner Plate competitions. The Rayner Shield gives teams from the lower divisions the opportunity to test themselves against stronger teams, depending on how kind the draw was to them, however all the top teams went into the draw for the next round.

Early Division One league leaders and current Rayner Shield holders South Ramsey A won 8-0 at home to Finch Hill A. Just one of the visiting players got into double figures with Brian Murphy just losing 20-21 to Alan Moore.

The following evening Marown A had their second game of the season away to South Ramsey B, this time they went one better with an 0-8 away win. For the home team Austin Hart was the only man who failed to get into double figures as he had tough opposition in the form of Colin Kelly, whilst Bryan Corner was the highest scoring loser as he got to 17 against Glenn Boland.

Peel A made light work of second division team North Ramsey B in the Sunset City as they won 7-1 with the visitors scoring just 76 chalks. Ray Skelly caused an upset with his 21-16 win over George Gadsby to prevent the whitewash.

There were three close ties with the first being a 4-4 at Breagle Glen as Port Erin B lost by just three chalks (135-138) at home to Douglas B. The home teams cause was not helped by once again being a man short.

The second was between Marown B and Onchan A at Crosby with another 4-4 being settled on chalks (145-148) as Onchan edged it on the night. Home captain Darren Kerruish edged his game 21-20 against his Uncle Phil Kerruish, whilst John Kelly beat Mike Thomas 21-19.

The final close encounter was between third division teams Douglas C and Finch Hill B at the Villa, as the home team drew 4-4 and went into the draw for the next round as they won by five chalks (136-131).

Douglas A progressed to the next round courtesy of a 6-2 home win over Noble’s A with Merv Sayle winning 21-1 against John Andrew. For the visitors Alex Yates beat Ian Moore 21-19, whilst Dave Naughton won 21-14 against Mark Kneen.

Castletown A beat fellow first division team Peel B 7-1 at the Crofts, with three single figure wins for Ron Williams, Nathan Cooil and Nathan Hamilton. The Town also had a rare guest appearance from 81-year-old Mike Hargraves who beat Dave Smith 21-18. Preventing the whitewash was Paul Quirk who beat David Quayle 21-19.

Marown D welcomed Noble’s B to Crosby, with the visitors (pictured) coming away with a solid 2-6 victory. For Noble’s Junior bowler Alex Hampson won 21-16 against Eddie Rough, Stephen Corkill won 21-7 against Andy Sykes, whilst James Kelly stormed home 21-4 against Barry Salmon for the Crosby men.

First division side Port St Mary A came away from Ballaugh B who ply their trade in Division Three with a 3-5 win, helped by single figure wins from Wayne Roberts, Dan McCabe, and Trevor Quayle.

North Ramsey A came away from their game with a hard earned 3-5 away win over Onchan B, helped by Paul Allison who beat Mike Kelly 21-19 and John Cannan who won 21-20 against Paul Clinton. Impressing for the home team were Sid McKnight, Mike Alexander and Colin Spence who beat Gary Merrill, Rob Monk, and Allan Callow respectively.

Peel C made home advantage count as they played out a 4-4 draw with Onchan C, as they won by 17 chalks (146-129).

Castletown B keep visitors Ballaugh C under 100 chalks with their 6-2 home win (131-91), with single figure wins from Ross Moore, Derek Lewney, and Junior Sam Quayle with the latter winning 21-2 to take the team ‘kitty’ home.

On Wednesday night South Ramsey C came away from their visit to Peel as they took on the D Team, with a 3-5 victory. For the Peel men James Lee and Andy Jackson bot won 21-8 against Ian Moore and Anthony Kelly respectively.

Third division side South Ramsey D hosted first division side Marown C, with the home team performing well as they reached over 100 chalks in their 1-7 home defeat (102-166). Greg Barlow was the lone winner for South Ramsey beating Jamie Joughin 21-19 as he continues to impress having only taken up the game late last season.

Losers in the preliminary round and first round go into the Rayner Plate competition with handicaps awarded based on league position.

Just one Canada Life International league tie took place this week with the postponed South Ramsey C v Ballaugh A fixture taking place. The visitors will have been delighted with their 2-8 away win but will have left with regrets over not picking up a 0-10 win as they hit top spot by two points. Anthony Kelly held off Mike Spooner 21-18, whilst Ian Moore won to the same score against John Keenan. The battle of the captains was won by Phil Quayle who beat David Corkill 21-13, Steve Grant won 21-11 against Jay Moore, whilst Steve’s son Patrick beat Andy Morgan 21-12.

Castletown A Ladies in Action in Warrington

The 2022 ladies open age league winners, Castletown A, flew the Manx flag on Sunday 23rd April 2023 at Tetley Walker Bowling Club when they represented the Isle of Man at the 2022 Club Championship. Castletown were drawn in Group 3 with Winnington Park, Bamford and Pensby. Playing on green 1 Barbara Young started the match off against Winnington Park on what turned out to be a nice running green with some interesting marks. The game score 4-15 did not reflect the quality of the bowls and near misses. Up next was Stella Watterson who had a flying start, but then her opponent got the jack and starting clawing back. Stella came away with a 15-9 win. Third to the block was Tracy Moore who found the green true to the jack line, she came off the green with a 15-5 win. Hilary and Anne Oates were up next and both came away with wins, 15-7 and 15-3 respectively. Sue Peach was sixth up taking away another 6 points for Castletown. The final two games from Kim Foy 15-10 and Hannah Drewett 15-9 sealed a win for Castletown 100-73.

The second match of the day was against Bamford. Castletown put up a good fight and won four of the eight games but they were beaten on points 94-102. This was Bamford’s second match win putting them top off the table on 4 points. In the third match Castletown needed to win to have any chance of being able to progress to the semis, but only if Winnington Park were able to beat Bamford. Castletown put up a good fight against Pensby and the match could have gone either way on the last game on the green, unfortunately it didn’t and Pensby took their first match win 96-101.

The winners of Group 3 were Bamford and they went over to the Monk Sports & Social Club greens to play their semifinal against the winners of Group 4, St Oswalds, who were a last minute entry after Coundon withdrew. Group 1 winners, Castle Private played against Group 2 winners Wrockwardine Wood in the other semifinal.

The final was contested against Wrockwardine Wood and St Oswalds with Wrockwardine Wood being triumphant and taking the title of Club Champions winning 96-79.

Castletown did the island proud taking 290 points out of a possible 360. They would like to thank BCGBA Ladies Section for running the competition and the IOMCGBA Ladies Section for their financial assistance in getting them across for the event. Valuable experience was gained and we celebrated true Castletown Style.

South Ramsey Ladies Win Association Triples

Saturday 22nd April saw the Ladies Association Triples take place at Nobles attracting an entry of nine triples. South Ramsey’s Jenny Moore, Kim Hargraves and Fiona Kennish were eventual winners 21-10. Winning 6 of the 8 ends played in the final against Pauline Cowley, Sue McCourt and Sandra May.  The afternoon started off very dull and wet which luckily cleared up in time for the semi finals. Where Pauline, Sue and Sandra placed themselves into the final beating the Marown triples Lynda Cadamy, Jayne Smith and Philippa Taylor 21-14. The Port St Mary triple of Margaret Tasker, Trish Bull and Mavis Franks came up against eventual winners Jenny, Kim and Fiona 13-21. In the earlier rounds Marown’s Lil Smith, Rosie Winckle and Joyce Ogden had the longest match of the day against new homegreeners Paula Firth, Sue Gawne and Caroline Whitehead (Port Erin) where the marown triple won 21-17. They then went on to another long battle against Pauline, Sue and Sandra who won 21-18. The presentation was made by Chris Holland (Ladies Association Competition Secretary) who thanked Nobles Bowling Club for hosting and to all who had entered.

Eight – One scoreline for current top two teams

Ladies Open Age League Friday 21st April saw Castletown A keep their spot at the top of the table playing away to Douglas at the Villa 92-184 (1-8) with Paula Garrett at Douglas winning 21-16. Back down at Castletown the rain held off and saw the B team take on Marown A 83-186 (1-8) Rebekah Kelly Marown A picked up her 1st win playing for the A team 21-11 and Linda Dawson Castletown B  Played her home green well to win 21-18 to keep Marown A below their A team on the table. Nobles v Mooragh Park 153-129 (5-4) saw a mix of games. Five of which were won to single figures, whilst Victoria Johnson just held off Paula Firth at Nobles to win 21-18 as did Sue Gawne 21-18 against returning player Rosemary Quirk. I’m sure Mooragh Park are happy to see Rosemary returning back to the game. There wasn’t much travelling involved for Port St Mary 155 v 135 Port Erin (6-3) Nicola Cain and Margaret Tasker both won to single figures for the home team. Whilst the winners for Port Erin were Jean Thackrah, Jenny Cain and Caroline Whitehead. Marown B 124 v 154 Ballaugh (3-6) Both Rosemary Winckle and Junior bowler Grace Cooper won 21-4 whilst Joyce Ogden just held off Louise Tebay  21-20. Winners for the Ballaugh side were Rose Waterworth, Elaine Fenton, Julie Reilly, Michelle Cubbon, Cath Harvey and Maria Dimsdale. The final game of the evening saw South Ramsey welcome Peel Sunset 179-87 (8-1) Joyce Kelly won 21-11 for Peel Sunset. Jenny Moore, Lauren Groen, Gillian Dixon, Elaine Moore and Kim Hargraves all won to single figures for the South Ramsey side.

Marown Ladies O60s reach maximum points

On Tuesday 18th Ladies O60’s games saw sunshine with Marown hosting Douglas A  126-79 (6-0) Lyn Ruscoe and Sue McCourt for Villa both reaching 19 in their games. Celia Joughin and Lynda Cadamy at Marown both winning to single figures.

Castletown B v Port Erin B 120-85 (5-1) with Wyn Collister Port Erin just losing out to Pauline Moore 21-20. Gwen Tuck was the only Port Erin side to take a 21-15 win. 

Finch Hill travelled up to Ballaugh where this game ended a close 94-78 (4-2) to Ballaugh. Lil Smith and Sue Caley were Finch Hill’s winners 21-6 and 21-4. Ballaugh’s winners Julie Reilly 21-11, Rose Waterworth 21-6, Alison Millard 21-18 and Brenda Bowyer 21-1.

Peel Sunset’s visitors were Mooragh A 119-77 (5-1) Janet Monk 21-14 taking the only win for the Ramsey side. Mooragh Park B team played home to Nobles where they had to give Noble’s a game. 51-114 (2-4) Gill Malpass 21-16 and Mary Bruce 21-14 were the Mooragh winners. Nobles won all their games to single fingers. Onchan A v South Ramsey 97-99 (3-3) This was the closest game of the day won by just 2 points. Wendy McDowell just losing out 20-21 to South Ramsey’s Sue Collier.

On Wednesday 19th Port St Mary A hosted Castletown A 80-96 (2-4) Margaret Tasker at Port St Mary A had a  21-0 win and Hilary Kermode Castletown A won  21-2.

Thursday 20th was also blessed with sunshine and saw Port Erin B host Marown 70-120 (1-5) Where Sue Rickets at Port Erin stopped Marown from scoring another maximum of the week by winning her game 21-15. Nobles v Peel Sunset 109-96 (3-3) Paula Firth at Noble’s just lost 20-21 and Carloine Corlett 18-21. South Ramsey hosted Port Erin A 108-72 (5-1) Caroline Whitehead at Port Erin A was the lone winner for the southern side winning 21-3. Douglas v Ballagh 96-108 (3-3) Where Julie Reilly for the visitors just lost her game 21-20. Mooragh Park A played visiting team Onchan A 108-62 (4-2) where all but Lynn Mayers 18-21 Anne Bannan game were won to single figures. Finch Hill scored maximum points against Mooragh Park B 126-42 (6-0) with Lil Smith winning 21-1.

The final game of the week saw Port St Mary A v Castletown B 113-50 (5-1) Susan Kerruish 21-8 put a stop to Port St Mary A claiming all the games and giving Castletown B their only win of the day.

Rundle & Dunn Win Noble’s Cup

Noble’s Bowling Club hosted their Men’s pairs competition sponsored by Gerry Maginn Painters & Decorators on Sunday attracting 25 pairs to compete for the trophy. The competition was played on Noble’s Two green, with the Ladies playing their competition on the top green.

Losing out at the quarter finals stage were Marown pair Phil Kelly and John Gelling, who were on the end of an upset to Noble’s pair Lee Price and Steve Cain 19-21. Onchan’s Kevin Quirk and Steve parker got the better of Marown’s Sid Bolton and Walter McCarthy 21-15.

Paul Dunn and Stephen Rundle (both Marown) got the better of Phil Dunn (Marown) and Paul Clinton (Onchan) 21-18 in a close game, whilst another Marown pairing Glenn Boland and Peter Jones had a comfortable 21-14 win against South Ramsey’s David Bradford and Glynn Hargraves.

In the semi-finals the new bowlers Price and Cain went one step further as they reached their first final, with Cain only taking up the game last season, whilst Price only took the game up four weeks ago, he has clearly got the ‘bug’ as they ended the challenge of Quirk and Parker 21-16.

In the other semi-final it looked like the game was heading in favour of Boland Jones who had built up a five point lead at 18-13. Rundle and Dunn responded with four successive scoring ends taking a double, a four and two singles to book their place in the final.

The final looked like it could be a close affair after the early ends with Price and Cain playing well as a pair they led 10-9 after five ends, however Rundle and Dunn soon hit their stride as they finished the game in just 10 ends scoring three trebles, a four and two singles to take a comfortable 21-10 victory with Rundle claiming his first success in an Open competition. Price and Cain can certainly hold their heads high, as they weren’t given any start on their opponents in the competition and took out some good pairings along the way.

At the conclusion of the competition the presentation was made by Phil Salmon and Tina Hampson, with the latter thanking all the club members and anyone who had helped towards the smooth running of the competition, also giving thanks to the sponsors.

Tina then went on to say how thankful she was from everyone involved in bowls on the Isle of Man for the support they have given Noble’s as a club, as just over a year ago the club was on the brink, as they struggled to field a team to keep the club going. Now the club have four Men’s night league teams, a Ladies Team and Ladies Over 60’s Team, with the club getting a welcome influx of players which is testament to the efforts that have been made by the new members. It is certainly onwards and upwards for Noble’s Bowling Club.

Dunn & Withers Retain Lancaster Cup

Peel Bowling Club hosted the Lancaster Cup men’s doubles on a wet Saturday afternoon, with the extensive work undertaken over the winter resulting in a green with much better coverage than this time last season as 24 pairs entered the competition.

Falling at the quarter final stages were South Ramsey pair Alan Moore and Stefan Kelly 16-21 to Dean Kinley (Peel) and Nathan Hamilton (Castletown), whilst Glenn Boland and Peter Jones edged home 21-20 in an all Marown affair against Kevin Kelly and Tom Kelly.

Also progressing were Neil Withers and Paul Dunn (Marown) who won 21-15 against the home green pairing of Rob Middleton and Dave Smith, whilst South Ramsey’s Glynn Hargraves and Bob Clark beat Peel pair Tommy McMeiken and George Gadsby 21-18.

Reaching the end of the road at the semi-finals were Kinley and Hamilton who lost out 14-21 to Boland and Jones, whilst Hargraves and Clark were beaten 17-21 by Withers and Dunn.

The final which coincided with the best part of the day as the sun shone was another all Marown battle with Withers and Dunn taking the initiative early on to lead 10-4 after just four ends. Boland and Jones closed the deficit to just two chalks with 11 ends played the score was 10-12.

Hitting back to win four successive ends Withers and Dunn looked to have taken control of the game once more at 17-10, then got within touching distance to lead 20-15 only for Boland and Jones to score a single and double to leave the game finely poised at 18-20.

With Boland and Jones counting for two Jones tried to make a third only to unluckily knock in Withers short bowl for game. Withers and Dunn retained the title they picked up in 2021 as the competition was not played in 2022.

The presentation was made by Peel Bowling Club President Lynda Wilson, who thanked the sponsor David Lancaster Limited for their continued support, the team who have worked on the green over the winter after a tough 2022 season, those who helped run the competition and all the club members who had helped throughout the day.