Monthly Archives: April 2024

Withers & Dunn Retain Lancaster Cup

Peel Bowling Club hosted the Lancaster Cup men’s doubles on a fine Sunday afternoon, on a green that is improving year on year as 25 pairs entered the competition.

Falling at the quarter final stages were Castletown pair Kieran Krypner and Nathan Hamilton who lost out 9-21 to Andy Clark (Castletown) and Glynn Hargraves (South Ramsey), whilst an all Marown clash was won by Neil Withers and Paul Dunn 21-12 against Colin Kelly and Juan Killip.

Also progressing were South Ramsey’s John Kennish and David Bradford as they beat Marown pair Matthew Keggen and Paul Kelly 21-15, with an all-Peel contest being won by Stevie Kelly and his father Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly to the same score against Dougie Allan and Gordon Corrin.

The semi-finals were straightforward for both pairs that went into the final as Withers and Dunn beat Clark and Hargraves 21-11, whilst Kennish and Bradford put paid to the challenge of the Kelly’s to the same score.

The final got underway as Withers and Dunn won the first four ends to lead 9-3. Kennish and Bradford worked their way back into the game to level up the game at 10-10, with 10 ends played. Despite the Marown pair going a few points ahead at 14-11 the game was nip and tuck, with the South Ramey men taking their own three-point lead at 17-14. From there Withers and Dunn dug deep to turn the game around as they scored three doubles over five ends with their opponents being kept to two singles. A single on end 22 was enough to secure a 21-19 victory and secure the title for a third consecutive time.

The presentation was made by Peel Bowling Club Chairman Dougie Allan, who thanked the sponsor David Lancaster Limited for their continued support, the team who have worked on the green to improve the surface, those who helped run the competition and all the club members who had helped throughout the day.

Bradford Retains Magic Carpets Title

Marown Bowling Club were the host club on Saturday as they held the Marown Magic Carpets Mixed Singles for the fourth time attracting an entry of 42, with fine weather and a good atmosphere around the green.

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 4. 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 visiting bowler Ben Phillips by the finest of margins 13-14 to 2023 winner David Bradford (South Ramsey), Paul Quirk (Peel) lost 13-15 to Dave McCabe (Douglas), with South Ramsey’s Kim Hargraves also losing to the same score to Marown man Peter Jones, with Bob Clark comfortably winning 19-10 against South Ramsey teammate Glynn Hargraves.

The semi-finals were low scoring affairs as Bradford won 13-8 against McCabe, whilst Clark held off Jones 14-9 to book his place in the final.

The final got underway with a close contest expected between the South Ramsey clubmates, however Bradford proved he is back to his best as he won eight of the first nine ends taking a 12-1 lead to realistically put the final out of reach of Clark. With two points scored on the power end and a two on the next end the score stood at 5-12 with four ends left, however Bradford got the single he needed to seal the win and in doing so retained the trophy.

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, with Ken Bawden then presenting the prizes.

Plumbmaster Rayner Shield Underway

The Plumbmaster Rayner Shield got underway last week, this gives teams from the lower divisions the opportunity to test themselves against stronger teams, with first round losers going into the draw for the Rayner Plate.

Three first division teams went out, with the biggest upset being Castletown B beating Port St Mary A 5-3 (148-140) with just eight chalks separating the two teams. This result will lift the Town men who picked up their first win of the season.

Peel A also go into the draw for the Rayner Plate, following their 6-2 away defeat to fellow first division team Onchan A. Once again it was the father and son combination of Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly & Stevie Kelly winning for the visitors.

Douglas A slipped to a 3-5 home defeat to Marown B at the Villa, as they were well beaten on the night, despite Gordon Wynne-Smythe and Mervin Sayle picking up good wins against experienced bowlers John Gelling and Phil Kelly respectively.

South Ramsey A won 8-0 against their lower ranked B team. Marown A progressed to the next round thanks to a 7-1 home won over Douglas B, with Paddy Murphy causing a minor upset as he beat Marown captain Paul Dunn 21-20.

North Ramsey A went into the hat for the next round following a 3-5 away win over third division side South Ramsey C on a tricky green.

Marown C won 1-7 at the Villa against Douglas C, whilst Castletown A took on their C Team with the higher ranked team winning 6-2.

Port Erin A and Finch A played out a 4-4 draw at Breagle Glen with the home team going through as they won by 16 chalks (158-142), with Onchan C and Ballaugh B the only draw last week at the Park as the home team won by 22 chalks (143-121).

South Ramsey D had a tough night, as they were defeated 0-8 at home to Ballaugh A, who were too strong for their opponents.

Teams that go into the draw for the Plate will be awarded a handicap for home and away fixtures.

Port Erin overcome Castletown B by just 1 point

Double week of games for open age ladies league.

A close game was held on the Port Erin green, when Port St Mary hosted Port Erin. Port Erin took the win 131-159 (4-5). Caroline Whitehead and Sue Wilshaw both won their games 4-21 to help secure the team victory.

Nobles 125-167 Castletown A (3-6)

Mooragh Park 182-106 Ballaugh B (6-3)

Marown A 181-95 Douglas (8-1)

Ballaugh A 170-90 Marown B (7-2)

South Ramsey 187-104 Peel Sunset (8-1)

Castletown A picked up a full house against Mooragh Park, where unfortunately Mooragh Park had to give away a walkover game. Janet Monk (Mooragh) was close to taking a win reaching 18 against Hilary Kermode.

Port Erin 146-145 Castletown B (5-4) The home side just managed to take this win by 1 point and 1 game. This game could have gone either way with some good scores on both sides. Debra Cooper won her game for Castletown B 21-5, But Pauline Worrall secured a 21-3 win for her Port Erin team. It will be interesting to see how close the return game will be and whether Castletown B can take the win on their home green on the return match. 

South Ramsey had their bye game after their good win earlier in the week, dropping only 2 points in their match against Peel Sunset.

Douglas 156-137 Nobles (6-3)

Port Erin 146-145 Castletown B (5-4)

Ballaugh B 129-131 Port St Mary (5-4)

Peel Sunset 157-135 Marown B (6-3)

Castletown A 189-85 Mooragh Park (9-0)

Marown A 180-135 Ballaugh A (6-3)

46-126 was the score of the day in Over 60’s Ladies

Peel Sunset had a close encounter with away team Finch Hill winning 5-1 on games, but Finch Hill gained an impressive 91 points against the home sides 119. Terry Berry (Peel) 21-19 Anne Hon (Finch) and Shirley Corrin (Peel) 21-18 Lil Smith (Finch) were the closest games of the day. Elaine Vincent was the only winner for Finch Hill winning 21-14. 

Two Scores of 46-126 (0-6) went to Port Erin B versus Ballaugh A and Onchan A versus Marown. Both away teams took the wins. Onchan A have unfortunately had to give a total of 3 games away already this season, let’s hope they can get a full team for the upcoming game fixtures.

Mooragh Park B 63-113 Port St Mary A (1-5)

Castletown B 81-119 Port Erin A (1-5)

Ballaugh B 58-126 Nobles (0-6)

Peel Sunset 119-91 Finch Hill (5-1)

Port Erin B 46-126 Ballaugh A (0-6)

South Ramsey 102-94 Mooragh Park A (3-3)

Onchan A 46-126 Marown (0-6)

Local Charity Arlo’s Adventure Receives £1,500

South Ramsey Bowling Club held the Chas Grills Memorial Trophy for the second time on Sunday. The format of triples once again proved to be popular amongst the Islands bowlers as 22 teams – 66 bowlers took part. The competition was supported by CTH Insurance.

Losing out at the quarter final stage were the South Ramsey trio of Jenny Moore, James Teare and John Kennish 12-21 to Marown’s Glenn Boland, Peter Jones and visiting bowler Jamie Box, with Andy Clark (Castletown), Kian Bradford and Dad David Bradford (both South Ramsey) losing out to 11-21 to South Ramsey’s Kim Hargraves, Fiona Kennish and Peter Collister.

In the other half of the draw Lynda Cadamy, Jayne Smith and another visiting bowler Danny Barwise took a 21-8 win against Marown’s Debbie Leece, Clare Cooper and Rebecca Teare, whilst Marown’s Colin Kelly, Walter McCarthy and Tom Kelly led 19-10 against Jordan Cain, Glynn Hargraves (both South Ramsey) and Matthew Quirk (Onchan) only to concede 11 chalks over three ends to lose 19-21.

Both semi-finals were keenly contested as Boland, Box and Jones led 17-9 against Hargraves, Kennish and Collister, only for a spirited fightback from the latter team to level the game up at 18-18, with the visiting trio seeing the game out with a single and double to book their place in the final 21-18. The other semi-final went to the wire as Cain, Hargraves and Quirk only won seven ends to their opponents nine ends, however a five and two three’s ultimately got them over the line 21-20 against Cadamy, Smith and Barwise.

In the final Boland, Box and Jones won the first two ends, were unfortunate not to pick up a five on the first end as Quirk saved four points with his last bowl. The first scoring end for Cain, Hargraves and Quirk was a five, followed by three singles and a six which quickly moved them into a 19-8 lead. Two singles pulled the score back to 19-10 and with Boland, Box and Jones counting for four only for a superb last bowl from Quirk which won the end to put the score at 20-10, instead of what could have been 19-14. The next end the game finished with Cain, Hargraves and Quirk getting the one chalk needed to secure the superb trophy with a 21-10 victory.

At the presentation, competition organiser Glynn Hargraves thanked the sponsors, competition secretary James Teare for running the sheet, the ladies for the superb choice of refreshments, along with everyone who had supported the competition with their generous donations. Arlo’s Adventure were the charity supported, having recently supported members of the bowling community, with this a grand sum of £1,500 was raised on the day with thanks to the generosity of everyone who had entered the competition, with Charity Trustee Sarah Owen and her family present to present the prizes and accept a cheque for the funds raised for Arlo’s Adventure throughout the day, with the charity supporting Manx Residents and their family members who require Hospital treatment in the United Kingdom, also provided bereaved families with emotional and practical support.

Spot prizes were also awarded to the furthest Junior – Kian Bradford (South Ramsey), the team to score the first six of the competition, and the losers in the longest game, with a £50 note roll up being held before the semi-finals, which was won by Peter Collister.

Kinley & Clague Win Noble’s Men’s Pairs

Noble’s Bowling Club hosted a men’s pairs on a sunny Saturday afternoon with a strong entry of 32 pairs competing for the trophy.

The quarter finals saw Onchan’s Neil Dunwell and Mike Thomas bow out to Ballaugh’s Mike Spooner and Mark Dimsdale 15-21, Mark Bradshaw (Noble’s) and Roy Moore (Finch Hill) were defeated 9-21 by Dave McCabe (Douglas) and visiting bowler Jamie Box. In the other half of the draw Steve Hampson (Noble’s) and Trevor Quayle (Port St Mary) ended the run of home greeners Michale Johnson and Ciaran Broad with a 21-11 win, whilst Dean Kinley (Castletown) and Sam Clague (Marown) finished strongly to see off South Ramsey’s Greg Barlow and James Teare 21-16.

The semi-finals saw Kinley and Clague come through a tough test from Hampson and Quayle as the former won 21-17, whilst Spooner and Dimsdale agonisingly lost out 20-21 to McCabe and Box.

The final saw McCabe and Box win more ends than their opponents, however with seven singles and just one double scored, their opponents scored heavily in the seven ends that they scored with two singles, three doubles, a four and a brilliant three on the final end Clague and Kinley to take a 21-15 victory.

The presentation was made by competition secretary Tina Hampson, who thanked Celton Manx for sponsoring the competition.

Marown Trio win Ladies Association Triples

The Ladies Association held the Ladies Triples on Sunday 14th April at Peel Sunset bowling club with an entry of 13 Triples. The weather was fine although a chilly wind on peel promenade. The day saw five preliminary matches to get the event going. From memory last year’s preliminary round had a game that went on for over an hour and a half and today’s games were no different with Marown’s Debbie Leece, Rebecca Teare and Helen Withers dragging their game out 21-17 against Peels Jo, Louise and Helen. 

At the Quarter Final stage Castletown’s Hannah, Hilary and Tracy won 21-15 against Katie, Emma and Rebecca. South Ramsey’s Fiona, Kim and Jenny won 21-14 against homegreeners Beverley, Diane and Terri. Marown/Nobles Linda, Philippa and Sue won 21-9 against Pauline, Sue and Kerry. Marown’s Debbie, Rebecca and Helen 21-17 against Julie, Joyce and Lynda. 

This left the semi-final to be some really good play with top ranked players, which resulted in two very close games which could have gone either way. Debbie, Rebecca and Helen finished previous winners Fiona, Kim and Jenny 21-19 and Hannah, Tracy and Hilary saw off Linda, Sue and Philippa 21-18.

The Final saw great bowling from all players in a really close game. The Marown Trio dug in hard to come out eventual winners to claim the title 21-17.

The Association presented prizes and thanked Peel Sunset for hosting and all their member for helping out on the day.

Ballaugh B play their 1st away game at Marown

The Night Ladies Open Age League had 2 games this week. Marown A were the only team to pick up maximum points against the newly formed Ballaugh B playing their 1st away game. All of the Ballaugh side scored points and they should be very happy as they all played extremely well playing on a new green for the 1st time. I’m sure it won’t be long before I’m recording their 1st win in my reports. 

Douglas 151-166 Castletown A (4-5)

Port St Mary 163-140 Peel Sunset (5-4)

Nobles 152-133 Port Erin (5-4)

Marown A 189-41 Ballaugh B (9-0)

Ballaugh A 165-131 South Ramsey (6-3)

Castletown B 137-154 Marown B (4-5)

The 2nd games of the week saw Mooragh Park head south to Port Erin which ended up a draw 160-160. Mooragh Park fought hard to gain the draw with a loss of 6 games to 3, there was some very close games. Jenny Cain (PE) 21-20 Pat Lenton (Mooragh) Mavis Franks (PE) 21-20 Janice Pilling (Mooragh) and Sue Wilshaw (PE) 21-19 Bailey McMullan (Mooragh).

Lets hope we manage to have some sunshine for our next set of games.

Marown B 84-187 South Ramsey (2-7)

Ballaugh B 110-170 Nobles (1-8)

Peel Sunset 179-111 Castletown B (8-1)

Castletown A 166-156 Marown A (6-3)

Douglas 135-152 Ballaugh A (4-5)

Port Erin 160-160 Mooragh Park (6-3)

Busy week in Over 60’s catching up on postponed games

The Over 60’s Ladies had a busy week catching up on games postponed the previous week due to the torrential rain that prevented play. Last year’s league winners are off to a fine start with 2 maximum point games this week and only dropping 50 points total in both games. Anne Oates, Hilary Kermode and Kim Foy all won  21-0 in their game against Port Erin B.

Port St Mary A fought hard with South Ramsey on the port erin green. With Tricia Bull picking up the only win for the south side 21-7. Edwina Reid and Margaret Tasker came close just losing out 17-21 against Ramsey’s Jill Quayle and Joyce Ogden.

Castletown B 79-116 Mooragh Park A (2-4)

South Ramsey 119-91 Ballaugh A (4-2)

Ballaugh B 93-110 Port St Mary A (3-3)

Onchan A 33-126 Nobles (0-6)

Port Erin A 116-90 Onchan A (4-2)

Nobles 126-59 Castletown B (6-0)

Ballaugh A 126-85 Mooragh Park B (6-0)

Castletown A  126-27 Port Erin B (6-0)

Mooragh Park A 120-70 Ballaugh B (5-1)

Marown 87- 20 Peel Sunset (2-4)

Port St Mary A 78- 12 South Ramsey (1-5)

Mooragh Park B 23-126 Castletown A (0-6)

Marown 76-117 Port Erin A (2-4)