Yearly Archives: 2024

Castletown A move to top of League Table

Castletown A secured a maximum points win at Peel Sunset to move them to the top of the league table, just 13 points ahead of Marown A who had a loss when they played the in form South Ramsey. Marown went to Ramsey with two players from the B team. They both played really well and youngster Grace Cooper picked up an impressive 21-6 win. South Ramsey were in great form winning four of the games to single figures. As I was staying the evening in Ramsey I enjoyed my glass of gin very much after my game, many thanks Elaine. 

Marown B 139-134 Douglas (4-5)

Port St Mary 141-147 Mooragh Park (4-5)

Castletown B 132-150 Nobles (4-5)

Ballaugh A 181-146 Port Erin (6-3)

South Ramsey 163-123 Marown A (5-4)

Peel Sunset 74-189 Castletown A (0-9)

Finch Hill Over 60’s Ladies claim maximum win on home green

Finch Hill were on top form when Onchan A visited them with a player short again. Iris Kermode took the walkover 21-0. Team mates Brenda Williams and Lil Smith both won 21-7 and Sue Caley and Anne Hon 21-14. Wendy Cowin added to the full house with her 21-10 win.

Finch Hill 126-52 Onchan A 6-0)

Mooragh Park B 40-125 South Ramsey (1-5)

Castletown A 116-76 Marown (4-2)

Ballaugh A 104-114 Port Erin A (4-2)

Peel Sunset 107-73 Mooragh Park A (4-2)

Port Erin B 109-106 Ballaugh B (2-4)

Port St Mary A 89-105 Nobles (1-5)

Finch Hill had another good win later in the week when they travelled to Castletown B losing just one game, Lil Smith and Wendy Cowin both had good single figure wins. Castletown’s lone winner Elaine McElroy had a good 21-9 win.

Castletown B 75-114 Finch Hill (1-5)

Nobles 119-70 Mooragh Park A (5-1)

Mooragh Park B 39-126 Peel Sunset (0-6)

Marown 90-108 Ballaugh A (2-4)

Port Erin A 109-91 Port St Mary A (4-2)

Onchan A 24-126 Castletown A (0-6)

Jones & Bolton Win Port St Mary Cup

An entry of 17 pairs took part in this year’s Port St Mary Cup mixed doubles open competition held at Breagle Glen on Bank Holiday Monday on another fine day, with the reduced number of entries likely to be due to the road closures.

Losing out at the quarter final stage were home greeners Nicci Cain and Derek Cain 18-21 to fellow home greeners Jackie Elliott and Ben Mowle (Port Erin), Marown’s Clare Cooper and Sid Bolton lost 14-21 to South Ramsey’s Jenny Moore and James Teare. In the other half of the draw an all-South Ramsey contest resulted in Kim Hargraves and Peter Collister comfortably defeating current holders Elaine Moore and Glynn Hargraves 21-11, whilst Lyn Bolton and Peter Jones (Marown) beat Jayne Smith (Marown) and Alan Crebbin (Port Erin) 21-16 to move into the next round.

The first semi-final saw Hargraves and Collister beaten by Bolton and Jones 13-21, whilst the shock of the day played out in the other semi-final as Elliott and Mowle beat Moore and Teare 21-15, as the home pairing scored a four on their way to the final.

The final started with Bolton and Jones huge favourites, it looked like it could be over in a matter of ends as after two ends played the Marown pair led 11-6. Elliott and Mowle then settled into the game, with Mowle leading well at the front and Elliott not afraid to reach at the back, as they turned the match on its head to lead 15-13. A switch in the playing order for Bolton and Jones worked a treat as a single, a four and a three saw them finish the game strongly to run out with a 21-15 victory to win their second successive mixed doubles competition in just over a week.

The presentation was made by Port St Mary Club Competition Secretary Chris Holland, who thanked everyone at the club that helped on the day. In his speech Peter offered his commiserations to their opponents in the final, commenting on how brilliantly they had played.

Dunn & Withers Win Lilian Slinger Trophy

The competition, an any combination doubles format is sponsored by Lilian’s family and took place at Mooragh Park on Sunday 26th May.

An excellent entry of 31 pairs played some tremendous games in a very friendly atmosphere. The games started at 12 noon. The weather was overcast to start with but stayed dry until light rain started to fall before finally clearing up before the quarter finals. These changing conditions challenged the players on length as the running pace of the green changed throughout the afternoon.

Losing out in the quarter finals were Kevin Quirk and Steve Parker (Onchan) 15-21 to Rob Monk (North Ramsey) and Matthew Quirk (Onchan). Home greeners Steve Waters and Paul Allison 20-21 to clubmates Allan Callow and Ray Skelly. Patrick Grant and Maria Dinsdale (Ballaugh) 16-21 to Bryan Corner and Caroline Parker (North Ramsey/Mooragh Park) and Janet Monk and Madison McMullan (Mooragh Park) 13-21 to Paul Dunn and Neil Withers (Marown).

In the semi-finals Dunn and Withers controlled their game from the start, displaying the high standard of bowls they had shown all afternoon to beat Callow and Skelly 21-8 and in the other game Monk and Quirk also played exceptionally well to beat Corner and Parker 21-6.

And so, into the final and what a match it was. After eight ends they were 10-11 and end 16 saw them 16 across. Monk and Quirk picked up three points in the next two ends, but Dunn and Withers got the jack back gaining two then three singles over the last three ends. The match finished 21-19 to Dunn and Withers.

Paul Slinger presented the prizes following a lovely tribute to Lilian from Helen Martin. Neil Withers said the green was in excellent condition and a pleasure to play on and thanked everyone at North Ramsey for a well organised competition.

North Ramsey Bowling club are most grateful to Lilian’s family for their sponsorship and to everyone who entered the competition.

Lacey Secures Maiden Junior Manx Championship Title

16 junior bowlers from all over the Island entered the Junior Manx Championship at Finch Hill Bowling Club on Saturday. There was a good crowd in attendance on a fine day, as the juniors impressed the spectators with a good standard of bowling throughout the entire day.

This year, it was back to the girls dominating the latter stages of the competition, with six of the last eight being made up of the girls. Losing out at the quarter final stage were Aalish Moore (Castletown) 14-21 to Mooragh Park player Lacey McMullan, Melody Marsh (Castletown) was defeated 7-21 by Alex Hampson (Noble’s).

In the other half of the draw Katie Jacobs won the closest game of the quarter finals, holding off Sam Colquitt (Noble’s) 21-18, whilst Grace Gawne (Noble’s) who picked up the title in 2023 advanced to the semi-finals with a 21-14 win over Bailey McMullan (Mooragh Park) 21-14.

Three of the four semi-finalists were hoping to pick up their first Junior Manx Championship win, it was Lacey who reached her first final with a solid 21-15 win over Alex, winning 13 ends to Alex’s 11 ends, with the main difference that Lacey scored eight doubles to Alex’s four two’s.

In the other game Katie dashed the hopes of Grace who was looking to retain the title with this being her last year eligible to enter the competition, as the Villa player won 21-17, with the game finely poised at 12-11 to Katie, two quickfire doubles put Katie into a 16-12 lead. Grace fought back to close the deficit to two, with two consecutive doubles of her own, however Katie managed to see the game out 21-17.

The final got underway with both players having very different game plans – Lacey preferring a longer ¾ length mark, whilst Katie was playing well on shorter marks. Lacey was quickest out of the blocks winning the first two ends with two doubles. Katie then settled into the game winning the next four ends to take a 6-4 lead. Lacey responded to win six of the next seven ends to lead 11-7, then went on to lead 14-10.

Winning four of the next five ends got Katie to a deficit of just one at 14-15. Lacey then got in to rally once more, finishing strongly to win five of the last six ends to secure a 21-15, with it her maiden Junior Manx Championship title, following in the footsteps of her eldest sister Shannon McMullan who picked up the title in 2019 and 2022.

The presentation was made by Tina Hampson, who thanked Finch Hill Bowling Club for hosting, Tracy Moore for assisting with running the competition. Lacey was then presented with the Shield. Qualifiers will go on to represent the Isle of Man at the UK Junior Individual Merit on Saturday 17th August at Mosborough Welfare Miners in South Yorkshire.

Ballaugh A win at Mooragh Park

Ballaugh A take away win with close games in Ladies open age League.

Mooragh Park won 5-4 in games when Ballaugh A visited. With both sides winning 2 games to single figures. Ballaugh A just managed to take enough points to give them the overall win 137-151.

Castletown A 181-97 Marown B (7-2)

Ballaugh B 100-165 Peel Sunset (3-6)

Nobles 144-114 Port St Mary (5-4)

Mooragh Park 137-151 Ballaugh A (5-4)

Douglas 94-174 South Ramsey (2-7)

Marown A 181-94 Castletown B (8-1)

Jean Kelly Quarter Final Stage

Wednesday 15th saw the next stage of the Jean Kelly. Marown A (+18) faced Castletown B (+60) with the youngsters showing great form. With Marown A still missing Philippa from their line up, Martha Butler was drafted in from the B team. Having won her first ever game the previous week for the B team, Martha was a little nervous playing with the A team ladies. But she held her nerve well especially as she was the last game on the green and picked up her 2nd win this season 21-13. Castletown B had the single win which came from another youngster Aalish Moore who also had a great night winning her game 17-21. 

Peel Sunset (+48) hosted Mooragh Park (+56) The Park side easily won without needing their +8 point advantage winning 7 games, with Janet Monk and Caroling Parker both winning to single figures.

South Ramsey (+17) had a close encounter with Marown B (+56) where they managed to take the games 5-4. But with Marown having a +39 point advantage the ladies had to dig deep and with Gillian Dixon, Jenny Moore, Judy Kelly and Joyce Ogden all winning by single figures, it was just enough to win the match by a close 9 points.

The final game of the night was Nobles (+36) taking on Ballaugh A (+42) The Ballaugh side pulled out some great games to keep their +6 point advantage and not let Nobles over take them. Even though Nobles won games (5-4) both Elena Dimsdale and Julie Reily kept the points close when they just lost 21-20 to Joanne Kelly and Libby Andrade. 

Peel Sunset (+48) 165-236 Mooragh Park (+56)

Nobles (+36) 190-210 Ballaugh A (+42)

South Ramsey (+17) 181-172 Marown B (+56)

Marown A (+18) 203-166 Castletown B (+60)

The draw for the semi final round has been drawn and will take place on wednesday 17th July on neutral greens.

Ballaugh A (SCR) V South Ramsey (SCR)

Marown A (SCR) V Mooragh Park (+9)

Port Erin B secure maximum home win

Port Erin B secure maximum home win in Ladies Over 60’s

Maximum points for home team Port Erin B Taking full advantage of Onchan A unable to field a full team. Onchan fought hard with 2 loses 21-20 and 2 to 21-14. The south side took the win (6-0) 126-68

Mooragh Park B 58-111 Castletown B (1-5)

Peel Sunset 108-104 Port St Mary A (3-3)

Ballaugh A 102-95 Mooragh Park A (3-3)

Castletown A 113-84 Nobles (4-2)

South Ramsey 113-56 Ballaugh B (5-1)

Finch Hi 73-113 Port Erin A (2-4)

In the second games of the week South Ramsey and Peel Sunset had a close encounter. Jill Quayle, Sue Collier and Judy Kelly all took wins for the Ramsey side. But the Peel Sunset ladies tied on games 3-3 with Terry Berry, Ceila Smith and Shirley Corrin all winning. The game finished with South Ramsey just 1 point clear to take the win 106-105. 

Castletown B 85-102 Port Erin B (2-4)

Ballaugh B 114-76 Mooragh Park B (5-1)

Marown 103-65 Finch Hill (4-2)

Mooragh Park A 117-69 Port St Mary A (4-2)

Nobles 97-105 Ballaugh A (3-3)

Port Erin A 104-113 Castletown A (3-3)

Marown C Upset Peel A

Week six of fixtures took place in Canada Life International Division One on Monday evening in much needed glorious conditions.

The upset of the week arrived on Tuesday evening as Peel A took on Marown C at Crosby, with the home picking up a timely first victory of the season as they won 7-3. For the home team John Kelly and Darren Kerruish picked up their first wins of the season, beating Tommy McMeiken and Peter Greenlees respectively, Sid Bolton trounced Gary Smith 21-4, with Walter McCarthy also winning to single figures as he beat Stevie Kelly 21-7. The result took the Marown men off the foot of the table by a point, jumping above Port St Mary A.

Marown A extended their lead at the top once again as they came away from the Villa with a 2-8 win over Douglas A, with two of their players having to dig deep to get over the line as Colin Kelly beat April Player of the Month Gordy Wynne-Smythe 21-17, with Dean Kipling pushed all the way before prevailing against Stuart Garrett 21-20. Three of the wins for the visitors were to single figures, whilst the two wins for the home team were 21-14 as Andy Cannell beat Glenn Boland, and Merv Sayle won against Tom Kelly.

South Ramsey A visited Breagle Glen to take on Port St Mary A on an unexpectedly tricky green, as the home team took three points in their 3-7 defeat. Trevor Quayle recovered from a 3-12 deficit to beat Dido Kelly 21-15, Wayne Roberts beat South captain Glynn Hargraves 21-16, and Robbie Cooil held off Peter Collister 21-17. The visitors had three wins to single figures, with Stefan Kelly getting over the line 21-17 against Juan Hargraves.

Onchan A had a tricky looking fixture away to Marown B, so it proved with 11 chalks separating the teams (140-151) as the Onchan men won 3-7. Sam Clague did enough to beat Jamie Clague for the Crosby men, whilst for the visitors Steve Parker beat Karl Parker 21-19, with Peter Slinger sneaking home 21-20 against Kevin Kelly.

Castletown A came away from their game with North Ramsey A at Mooragh Park with a 7-3 defeat, which could have been 9-1 to the home team as Town captain Jordan Drewett beat Steve Walmsley 21-20, with Dean Kinley repeating the trick as he held off Dave Moncaster to the same score.

In Division Two Noble’s A caused an upset away to second placed side South Ramsey B, as they won 4-6 edging the aggregate by five chalks (134-139). The four winners for the visitors were Alex Yates who beat James Evans 21-10, John Andrew won 21-8 against George Brew, Juan Qualtrough cruised home 21-12 against Christian Caley, whilst Jim Callister just got over the line 21-20 against Toby Hart. For the home team Alan Moore won 21-4 against John Short.

Peel B show no sign of taking their foot off the gas, as they disposed of fourth placed team Douglas B 9-1 to stretch their lead at the top to 10 points after just six games, as they look to reclaim their first division status, with three players winning close games to 17, 19 and 20. Steve Cook was the lone winner for the Villa men as he beat David Smith 21-13.

Ballaugh A sit in third place, will have been disappointed to come away from Finch Hill A with a 6-4 defeat, as they lost the aggregate by 16 chalks (144-128).

Castletown B finally got their season underway with their first win of the season, which they did in style with their 9-1 home win over North Ramsey B at the Crofts, the visitors scored just 77 chalks, with the Town men winning four games to single figures.

Nobles B continue to set the pace in Division Three, however they were tested by Marown D this week as they were held to a 4-4 draw on games, only managing to edge the aggregate to secure a 6-4 win by two chalks (148-146) in a high scoring match, with only two wins to single figures, one for each team.

Noble’s C are hot on the heels of their B team, as they beat their D Team 7-3, with 11 chalks between them (146-135), with Paul Clinton the biggest winner for the C as he won 21-5 against Paul Moore.

South Ramsey C were held to a 4-4 draw at home to Onchan C, with the aggregate going in favour of the home team by a margin of 14 chalks to seal a 6-4 win.

Peel C lost 3-5 on games at home to Ballaugh B, however two single figure victories from James Lee and Andy Jackson helped salvage a draw as they won the aggregate by 13 chalks (146-133).

Port St Mary B welcomed South Ramsey D to Breagle Glen with the home side coming away with an 8-2 win.

In Division Four Douglas D picked up their first win of the season as they beat Peel D 6-4 at home. Castletown C went one better as they also claimed their first win of the season with an 8-2 home win over Douglas C.

Two newly formed teams North Ramsey C and Noble’s E clashed at Mooragh Park with the home team claiming an 8-2 victory, as the visitors missed out on reaching 100 chalks by just two chalks.

Jenny Moore secures Top Lady

The Ladies Association held Top Lady at Nobles Bowling Club on Sunday 19th May. 32 of the island’s Top Ladies were invited to play and the weather was scorching. Moore eased her way to the final where she met Janet Monk. Monk was almost taken out by her teammate Madison McMullan in the earlier stages with a hard fought effort which Monk won 21-17.

Quarter Final stages saw Jenny Moore take on last year’s winner Clare Cooper, with Moore progressing on to the next stage 21-16. Fiona Kennish secured her semi final spot 21-18 against Margaret Tasker. Debbie Leece was on top form on the day moving forward 21-10 against Sue Collier and Janet Monk ended all chances of an all South Ramsey final winning 21-16 against Gill Dixon. The Semi stage saw Moore end teammate Kennish’s chances 21-7. Monk had a tough game 21-19 to end Leece’s final chance. 

The final was enjoyed by lots of spectators enjoying the afternoon of sunshine. Janet Monk took control of the game on her favorite short curly spot she’d been playing most of the day, and at 12 ends was leading 14-3. But Jenny managed to get her off her mark and close the gap to 14-17. Janet then scored a 2 and a 1 to increase her lead to 20-14. But Jenny wasn’t ready to back down and went on to win the next 5 ends to run out eventual winner 21-20. 

The Ladies Association presented the trophies and thanked Nobles for hosting and helping out on the day.