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Palmer Wins IOM June Festival

One of the biggest events on the bowls calendar – The Isle of Man June Bowls Festival took place this week, with the event attracting well over 500 entries in both the men’s and ladies’ events, as entries continue to improve, with the weather from Monday to Thursday favourable. Friday saw some welcome cloud cover, this did not deter the spectators, who were treated to an entertaining finals day to cap off a superb week. With the competition supported by the Department of Economic Development Finals Day included a special visit from the Lieutenant Governor Sir John Lorimer, who was introduced to the Festival Organiser Steve Moore and BCGBA CEO Paul Ashmore, with the Governor introduced to the popular Isle of Man Man Bowls Festival.

In the Men’s event it was Jon Palmer (Castlefields) who picked up his first Isle of Man Festival win, to add to his Autumn Waterloo Title, with both titles being coveted by the top bowlers in the game.

Palmer took home the winners’ cheque for £3,200 and lifted the famous trophy as he beat fellow Castlefields man and good friend Carl Fielding – a previous June Festival winner in 2014, 21-11 in a game spectators expected to be close. Palmer picked up two singles over the first two ends, only to concede two doubles to trail 7-9. In response Palmer went on to win seven consecutive ends, with the jack proving crucial, scoring nine points to lead 16-9. Fielding threatened a comeback as he won the next two ends to trail 11-16, however Palmer ensured this was the end of the road, winning the next four ends scoring five points on a short mark over the crown to finally get his hands on the trophy.

Palmer or ‘JP’ as he is known across the bowling community reached the final with a comfortable 21-10 win over Joseph Cranston (Crossgates), whilst Fielding beat Josh Mordue (Crossgates) 21-14 to take his place in the final.

The quarter finals featured two local bowlers with South Ramsey’s Glynn Hargraves losing out 14-21 to Mordue, whilst Marown man Colin Kelly picked up the George Craine Trophy as the best local as he was defeated 17-21 by Fielding. Palmer ensured safe passage to the semi-finals with a 21-16 win over Gareth Coates (Akroyden Victoria), whilst Cranston had a tussle with Lee Johnstone (St Oswalds) with the former prevailing 21-18.

Men’s Tourism 

The Men’s Tourism was played down to the winner on Thursday morning on Noble’s 1, and it was Callum Wraight (Castlefields) who retained the Tourism title to see off James Wilcox (Crossgates) 21-18 in a thrilling final, as Wraight won the June title for a fifth time and sixth in total with his one September win under his belt.

The final was close throughout with neither player able to get a run of ends throughout the game, only for Wraight to get over the line with the scores tied at 18-18, picking up a double and a single to claim the victory.

In the semi-finals Wraight’s had it all to do as he took on Dan Petcher (Littleover), with the latter just losing out 17-21, whilst Wilcox had a much more comfortable win, seeing off clubmate Mark Hughes 21-12.

In the quarter finals Wraight progressed with a 21-13 win over the last local left, Neil Withers (Marown), with Petcher seeing off Dave McDermott (Merseyside) 21-12. In the other half of the draw Wilcox beat first time visitor Kevin Siddle (Pudsey Littlemoor) 21-12, with Hughes facing off against teammate Kez Smith, with the former prevailing 21-11.

Other Events 

The Men’s consolation was won by Jamie King (Wrockwardine Wood) who beat Martin Keatley (Mossley Hill AC) 21-20 in the final, with King beating Ross Hatzer (Bar Lane) 21-18 in the semi-final, whilst Keatley had a comfortable 21-10 win over Gareth Jones (Dalton CC).

The Ladies consolation also went to the wire in the final as local Sue Gawne (Noble’s) beat Chrissy McManus (Our Lady’s) 21-20. Gawne reached the final courtesy of a 21-13 win over Sharon Gadd (Cononley), whilst McManus took her place in the final with a 21-18 win over Karen Hill (New Mill).

The Visit.Com Flyer title went to Elliott Laboure (Littleover) who ensured Gerald Merry wasn’t able to retain the title he picked up last year with a 9-6 victory, whilst the Last Chance Mixed Final was won by Andrew Gregory (Comberbach BC) who beat Maurice Edmonds (Walney Park) 21-11 in the final. 

In the doubles competitions the Open doubles was won by Matt Gilmore and Chris Barton (both Wirral) with a resounding 11-2 win over Liam Griffin (Crossgates) and Gareth Coates (Akroyden Victoria). Gilmore and Barton reached the final with an 11-3 win over Adam Wildsmith and Matthew Kelly-Walley (both Stretton Anglesey), whilst Griffin and Coates beat the last locals left in the competition Neil Withers and Paul Dunn (Marown) 11-4.

The Men’s doubles was an emphatic 11-0 win for Ian Hazlehurst (Merseyside) and Phil Lee (Quarry) over Steve McManus (Our Lady’s) and Darren Edgerley (Hesketh Arms), with the winners also beating their opponents Carl Gregson and Liam Gregson (both Skelmersdale Park) 11-0 in the semi-final, whilst McManus and Edgerley reached the final with a 11-8 win over Neil Wright and Mark Bramall (both Kirkham).

The Ladies doubles featured all four Wrockwardine Wood players as Sally King and Natalia Moseley beat club mates Sarah Weaver and Louise Cotton in a thrilling final with the former pair winning 11-9. King and Moseley reached the final with an 11-0 win over Lune Road pair Gill Simm and Diane Harrison, whilst Weaver and Cotton beat Crossgates Rachel Wilcox and Lynn Wilcox 11-9 to reach the final.

Winning the Mixed pairs were Wendy Allen (Castle Sports & SC) and Ian Johnson (Chesterfield) with a 9-0 win over Lorraine Hirst (New Mill) and Gavin Ratcliffe (Meersbrook). Allen and Johnson progressed to the final with a 9-3 win over Caroline Whitehead (Port Erin) and John Colebourne (Chesterfield), whilst a 9-0 win for Hirst and Ratcliffe ensured they went through against Jo Smith (Noble’s) and Byrom Oates (Two Gates BC).

Moseley Claims Maiden Festival In Thrilling Finish

In the Ladies main event it was two year’s of success for Wrockwardine Wood as Natalia Moseley took on local favourite Jenny Moore (South Ramsey), who has three festival titles to her name, with these picked up in June 2016, September 2021 & 2023.

Moore would undoubtedly have been the bookies favourite to take the title, despite giving her opponents a three start in her games due to her previous success, however Moseley had already got her week off to a good start beating her clubmate and good friend Sally King in the final of the pre-festival competition at Port Erin on Sunday.

Moore made a good start to the final scoring three points over the first two ends to clawback the handicap to level up at 5-5. Moseley then settled into the game, picking up a double, then four singles playing a mark over the middle green to lead 11-7, with Jenny playing a great bowl to score a double in the middle of the run.

Moore managed to take the lead for the first time in the game at 13-12, then edged further ahead at 15-13, then led 16-14. Moseley went on to score four consecutive singles to take the lead 18-16, only to concede a double to leave the game finely poised at 18-18. Moseley was first to put herself within touching distance of glory as a two put the score at 20-18, however two loose bowls on the penultimate end gave Jenny the opportunity to score two to level the game at 20-20.

Jenny played a sweeping round peg mark, led with a great bowl just a foot away from the jack. Moseley was under pressure on the last end, brushed off any hint of this to play the bowl of her life leaving it just six inches away from the block, which Jenny failed to beat to give Moseley her maiden festival title 21-20 and the £1,250 first prize, whilst Moore could console herself with the runners up prize of £625, also receiving the trophy for being the furthest local lady.

In the semi-finals Moseley looked to be in control of the game as she built up an 18-10 lead, then got within touching distance of the final to lead 20-14 against Caroline Bushell (Lindal BC). Bushell dug deep and did all she could levelling the game up 20-20 after scoring four singles and a double, only for Moseley to finally get over the line 21-20. In the other semi-final Moore looked to be in trouble, as she trailed 10-17 to Lorraine Hirst (New Mill), however like all great players do Moore found another gear to runout with a 21-17 victory.

Moseley started her day with a hard-fought victory over Janet Phillips (Fairfield), whilst Bushell took a comfortable 21-13 win over South Ramsey’s Elaine Moore. In the other half of the draw Jenny cruised through 21-12 against another local Janet Monk (Mooragh Park), whilst Hirst had to dig deep to see off Catherine Wilson (AEU) 21-19.

Ladies Tourism

The Ladies Tourism was played down to the winner on Thursday morning on Noble’s 2 green, with Nicola Boulton (Frodsham Red Lion) taking the spoils as she won the Tourism with a hard-fought 21-19 win over Sally King (Wrockwardine Wood), scoring three consecutive singles after trailing 18-19 to see the game out in a tense finish to the final.

Boulton reached the final with a 21-15 victory over Elaine Moore (South Ramsey), with the former having led 20-9, a spirited fightback from Elaine proved too little too late, whilst King took a comfortable 21-10 win over Jenny Moore (South Ramsey) to book her place in the final.

In the quarter finals Boulton took a hard earned 21-19 victory over Rachel Wilcox (Crossgates), whilst Elaine Moore finished strongly to beat Alexis Lunn-Gadd (Ossett Flying Horse) 21-15, having trailed 12-14.

In the other half of the draw King progressed to the next round with a 21-11 win over Natalie Sanderson 21-11, with Jenny Moore beating Amanda Nicholas 21-18 (Gresford Colliery).

Kennish Wins Sheila Freeman Memorial 32 Invitational

Friday evening saw the return of a post festival invitational competition, with Marown Bowling Club hosting the event and 32 bowlers accepting the invitation to play, with the competition featuring 16 of the top local bowlers, and 16 visitors who had taken part in the Isle of Man June Bowls Festival.

The competition was put in place in memory of the late Sheila Freeman, who visited the Island for a number of years with her partner Derek Halsall who sponsored the competition.

The format was 21 up with 5 on the card for visiting bowlers and 3 on the card for home greeners, with the draw taking place earlier in the afternoon from two pots with visiting bowlers playing local players in the first round.

With a strong field taking part, it proved tough for the local bowlers, with only three of the 16 locals winning their first round games, with Jordan Cain (South Ramsey), John Kennish (South Ramsey) and home greener Colin Kelly going into the second round.

Cain won his first game 21-17 against Richie Goddard (Shropshire), John Kennish edged through 21-18 against Ryan Clark (South Yorkshire), whilst Colin Kelly made light work of Dave McDermott (Merseyside) with a 21-11 win.

Cain was knocked out in the second round with a 12-21 defeat to Billy Speed (Lancashire). With the rain well and truly set in at the quarter final stage it left Kennish and Kelly as the last locals in the competition, with the former winning 21-17 against one of the top bowlers in the game Callum Wraight (Shropshire), as the South Ramsey man started to show signs of his old form returning having not played regularly since 2018. Conor Chamberlain (Derbyshire) progressed with a 21-14 win over Speed. In the other half of the draw Kelly disposed of Josh Mordue (Yorkshire) with relative ease with a 21-12 win, whilst Joe Cranston (Yorkshire) had to work for his 21-17 win over Matt Gilmore (Merseyside) to progress to the semi-final stage.

The first semi-final saw Kennish breeze through with a 21-12 victory over Chamberlain, whilst Kelly was comfortable in his game to book his spot in the final with a 21-15 win over Cranston.

The final got underway labelled as ‘El Clasico’ by one spectator with the finalists having played each other in countless finals over the years, with both men winning most of the top titles in Manx Bowls over the past 30 years. Kelly may have been fancied to take the win with home advantage and the conditions perhaps favouring him, however Kennish rolled back the years putting in a superb performance, scoring five doubles on his way to a resounding 21-9 victory to pick up the first prize of £500, keeping the Marown man down to six singles and never allowing Kelly to win two consecutive ends.

At the conclusion of play the presentation was made by Marown club Chairman Peter Kelly and competition organiser Paul Dunn who thanked everyone had had accepted the invitation to play, the ladies for providing the refreshments, all the club members who had helped in any way, along with competition sponsor Derek Halsall who was introduced to present the prizes, as he pledged to sponsor the competition in 2024.

Gaut Wins Pre-Festival Ballacashtal Cup

The ever-popular pre-festival Ballacashtal Cup was held on Sunday attracting an entry of 84 bowler, which was an increase on the 2023 entry, made up of local and visiting bowlers. The Castletown green was in good condition, the competition was once again sponsored by ABS Solutions.

At the quarter final stages it was the end of the road for three locals as Marown’s Tom Kelly lost out 20-21 to John Clarke (Wrockwardine Wood), with Glynn Hargraves (South Ramsey) defeated 14-21 to Peter Jones (Marown).

The third local to dip out in the quarter finals was Kelly’s Dad Colin, as he also lost out 20-21 to Jamie King (Wrockwardine Wood) after leading 20-15 only for King to hit some vital strikes to keep him in the game, with the last game being won by Martin Gaut (Wrockwardine Wood) with a hard fought 21-18 win over Paul Bradley (Fairfield).

At the semi-final stage Jones kept his opponent Clarke to six singles as the Marown man won 21-12, scoring five doubles and five singles on the way to booking his place in the final.

The other semi-final was an all Wrockwardine Wood affair with King and Gaut battling it out for a place in the final, with King having won this competition two years ago. It was Gaut who got off to the better start taking a 14-7 lead, swiftly extended to 17-8. King hit back with two doubles and a single in between conceding a single to close the deficit to five chalks (13-18). It looked all over barring a miracle on the next end with Gaut scoring two to lead 20-13, however King had other ideas as three consecutive doubles playing along the edge on the road side of the green put the score at 19-20. On the next end King was counting two for game, with a play through by Gaut saving one. With the score now 20-20 on the deciding end, King played back along the edge however he didn’t send his jack far enough, being just under the 19 metres required after a measure it allowed Gaut to set the mark. With King lying game once again Gaut held his nerve to seal the win with a good last bowl to take his place in the final.

The final was a good watch for the spectators with neither player being able to get away from the other as they drew level on 11 occasions throughout the final, rather bizarrely each time the players card markers checked the score, it was level to prove how close this final was with there never being a run of two winning ends for either player or a gap of more than two points all game. It was Jones who made the first move to go within touching distance of the title in his third final in this competition as he scored a single to lead 20-18. Gaut responded with a two to level the game up at 20-20, he headed into the corner to play a good lead bowl, with Jones just failing to beat it as he clipped the wrong side of the bowl. Gaut then doubled up to apply the pressure, leaving Jones no option other to strike, which didn’t make the right connection for Gaut to pick up the famous old trophy for the first time, whilst Jones lost out for the third time in the final of this competition.

The presentation was made by Castletown Club Chairman Phil Taubman who thanked the sponsors ABS Solutions for their continued support of the competition, the ladies for the refreshments and Kath Kinley for running the competition. Upon accepting the trophy Martin commented that it was great for both players to have support around the green.

Wrockwardine Wood ladies dominate festival ladies open

The 16th June saw the IOM Ladies Association hold the Pre Festival Ladies singles at Port Erin. 20 players competed for the title, with a good selection of visiting ladies competing. The day started with four preliminary round games, and the sun shining down. 

At the quarter final stage Natalia Moseley beat homegreener Margaret Tasker 21-12. Louise Cotton (Wrockwardine Wood) overcame Jane Lothian (Douglas) 21-17. Kim Hargraves (South Ramsey) 21-19 Nicola Gilmore-Coupe (Wirral) and Sally King (Wrockwardine Wood) beat Jayne Smith (Marown) 21-19. 

The Wrockwardine Wood Ladies proved too much for the local girls, playing thier favourable short curly marks, with the final set to be a good game of bowls with fellow teammates and good friends Natalia Moseley and Sally King both from Wrockwardine Wood.

Unfortunately play was brought to a halt after a few ends when Sally was stung by a wasp. But after a few moments of removing the sting and applying some spray, play was resumed. 

Rain started which didnt affect the level of play, and after 12 ends the score was level 13-13. But six ends later Natalia started opening up a lead 18-15. Sally wasn’t finished just yet and with a couple of singles, closed the gap to just 17-18. Natalia edged closer to a win scoring a two on the next end. Then Sally a single. But Natalia closed off the game on the final end to take the win 21-18. 

Competition Secretary Chris Holland presented the trophy and thanked Port Erin for hosting and all the competitors and everyone for staying for the final.

Ladies Ramsey Town Cup 2024

Bailey McMullan in top form all afternoon.

A particularly good entry of 29 competitors played on Sunday afternoon 9th June at Mooragh Park in conditions that started dry but ended in light rain for the final stages.

This year’s competition was sponsored Peter Slinger of Safetynet in Onchan.
The juniors, from several clubs across the Island, showed in round two that they were a
force to be reckoned with taking excellent players like Caroline Parker, Lil Smith and Rose
Waterworth out of contention and themselves into the next round.

In the quarter finals juniors Katie Jacobs beat Allison Stockham 21-9, Bailey McMullan beat
Louise Tebay 21-12 and Lacey McMullan beat visitor Elaine Slack 21-19 which gave three juniors in the semi-final. The last quarter final was between Fiona Kennish and Grayse
Blencoe and although Grayse put up a good fight she just couldn’t match Fiona and the
game ended 21-11 to Fiona.

Into the semi-finals and Katie and Bailey’s game saw Katie pull ahead in the early stages but Bailey fought back winning the last 6 ends and ending the match to win 21-18. In the
other game Fiona and Lacey both played well but Fiona found a good mark for her, which
challenged Lacey on pace and therefore length ending the game 21-13.

A North versus South derby for the final and both players came out determined to their very best, but it was Bailey who took command of the game, from the start, and despite Fiona playing some great shots she just couldn’t get close enough to the jack in some very tight ends. The final score Bailey (North Ramsey) 21 Fiona (South Ramsey) 4.

The prizes were presented by Paul Slinger, who was representing his brother Peter of
Safetynet, who had sponsored the competition and stand in competition secretary Pat Lenton. Thanks were given by Pat to the sponsors, everyone who had entered the competition and all of the North Ramsey members who had worked hard to make the day a success.

Douglas edge out Peel Sunset by 4 points

Peel Sunset travelled to Douglas bowling club where some close games took place. Emily and Katie Jacobs (Douglas) both had really close wins 21-19, 21-20. Jane Lothian and Emma Sayle (Douglas) also had good single figure wins. As did Shirley Corrin and Joyce Kelly (Peel Sunset). 

Douglas 144-140 Peel Sunset (6-3)

Mooragh Park 170-152 Castletown B (5-4)

Nobles 128-162 South Ramsey (4-5)

Marown A 164-104 Marown B (7-2)

Port St Mary 85-179 Ballaugh A (1-8)

Ballaugh B 111-168 Port Erin (2-7)

Port Erin A take good away win at Mooragh Park in ladies over 60s

With a draw on games 3-3 Port Erin A took the win 84-10 , with Alison Stockham, Caroline Whitehead and Jenny Cain (Port Erin A) all winning to single figures. Mooragh’s winners were Janet Monk, Maureen Hamilton and Chris Sims.

Castletown A 126-44 Castletown B (6-0)

Ballaugh A 126-69 Onchan A (6-0)

Peel Sunset 61-126 Nobles (0-6)

Port Erin B 115-84 Mooragh Park B (5-1)

Finch Hill 115-72 Ballaugh B (5-1)

Dunn Retains Jim Kernan Cup

South Ramsey hosted the Jim Kernan Cup on Saturday afternoon, in what is traditionally the first of the pre-festival opens with a healthy entry of 62. With heavy rain late morning and just as the competition started this took away any prospect of a quick green.

At the quarter final stage Danny Barwise (Merseyside) put paid to hopes of the last home greener Glynn Hargraves with a 21-15 win, whilst fellow Merseyside man Paul Ashmore had a good run only to lose out 12-21 to 2023 winner Paul Dunn (Marown). In the bottom half of the draw Matt Gilmore (Wirral) beat Jon Guess (Fairfield) 21-13, whilst Marown man Colin Kelly just edged home 21-20 against Michael Coupe (Wirral).

Both semi-finals were fascinating matches for the spectators who were treated to some top quality play, with Barwise leading 15-11 against Dunn, only to trail by three chalks at 15-18. Four consecutive singles saw the Merseyside man lead 19-18 only for Dunn to see the game out with three singles to book his place in the final with a 21-19 win.

The other semi-final was just as close, as Gilmore led 16-10 against Kelly, only for the latter to take the lead 18-16. A single and a double for the Wirral man saw him edge ahead 19-18, with Kelly matching this mini run to see the game out with a 21-19 victory to join his Marown teammate in the final.

Kelly got off to a flier in the final scoring three doubles and three singles over the first six ends in the corners to lead 14-5. With Dunn finally picking up his first point, the Marown captain went on to win six of the next seven ends to close the deficit to just two chalks at 14-16. Kelly got in at the right time to keep ahead and in doing so extended the lead to 19-15. Dunn scored four singles on the bounce to level the game up at 19-19, then finished with a two to retain the title, in doing so won the cup for the third time in four years with his 21-19 victory – the only time he was ahead all game, but crucially at the most important time, as he proved once again a game is not over until you get to the magic score of 21.

The presentation was made by South Ramsey competition secretary James Teare who thanked the ladies for providing the refreshments throughout the day, along with everyone who had helped with the running of the competition. James then introduced long term sponsor George Brew to present the prizes. In his speech Dunn thanked George for the sponsorship of the competition.

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IOM June Festival Preview

The Isle of Man June Bowls Festival gets underway next week with a host of top names from across the game hoping to be the lucky winner who gets their name on the coveted trophy and pick up the winners’ cheque for over £3,000. The festival numbers are heading in a positive direction with a bumper entry of 433 in the Men’s event – the highest we have seen for several years’ as it promises to be a fascinating week.

Page one has a few previous winners featuring with 1996 winner Carl Armitage (St Oswalds) in the top half of the page, whilst the bottom half of the page could see 2003 winner Matt Gilmore (Wirral) play John Bailey (Castlefields) on Thursday afternoon, in what could be a tasty encounter.

On the second page this marks the 20th year since Alan Gilpin (Netherfield) lifted the title, he has a tough first round game against Andy Mailer (Meersbrook), whilst Graeme Wilson (AEU) could face Josh Mordue (Pudsey) on Wednesday morning.

The following page has current holder Phil Lee (Quarry) starting off +3, two chalks behind the majority of the field as he looks to cement his name in the history books by successfully defending the title, with the page featuring a number of potential banana skins.

Page four has a few local winners in Phil Kerruish (Onchan) and the man he beat in June 1991 Colin Kelly (Marown) who picked up the title in June 2008, whilst we have to go back to June 1983 for Peter Collister’s (South Ramsey) success as he won the Main Event and the Tourism title at the tender age of 21 years old. Also featuring on the page is September 2000 winner Andrew Spragg (Chesterfield).

Page five has Onchan’s Matthew Quirk in fine form having recently picked up his first singles title, he will be looking to go one better having lost in the final in 2013 to Marown’s Neil Withers. September 2022 winner Stephen Glover (Liverpool CC) will be looking to pick up the June title to emulate his father Terry Glover who picked up the September title in 1991. The bottom half of the page is heavily weighted with top names, all previous winners with Paul Bailey (Meersbrook BC) taking on Neil Withers, South Ramsey’s David Bradford and Callum Wright (Castlefields).

The following page is fairly open with no previous winners, however a few well-known names locally and further afield with Bob Clark (South Ramsey) following the recent arrival of first child, he will be looking to juggle parenthood with a good run in the festival. Carl Fielding (Castlefields) features in the other half of the draw.

On page seven Robby Fitzpatrick (Levers) and Martin Gilpin are the previous festival winners, with Ross Hatzer (Bar Lane), Ryan Clark (Meersbrook) also in the mix.

The next page has Jon Palmer (Castlefields) a previous Autumn Waterloo winner, David Jackson (Knutsford), and five time winner John Kennish (South Ramsey) all looking for a run deep into the competition.

Page nine has one of Crossgates previous winners Kez Smith in the draw, along with September 2023 winner Gareth Coates (Akroyden Victoria), with a Wednesday afternoon clash looking a distinct possibility.

Onto page 10 should Jack Dyson (Thongsbridge) get through his first game, he could face Mark Rose (Royal Oak) or Steve Baskerville (Knutsford), with Marown’s Peter Jones now well and truly settled into Island life he will be hopeful of a good run this week.

Page 11 has probably the game of the round with Chris Kelly (Thongsbridge) taking on Mark Hughes (Crossgates) in what could be a fascinating tie.

In the latter pages of the draw there are no previous winners, but the likes of Mike Tunstall (Merseyside) and Jamie King (Wrockwardine Wood) may prove hard to shift.

The penultimate page of the draw has James Wilcox (Crossgates) as the only previous winner, however Chris Mordue (Pudsey) has won a host of top U.K. titles, with Billy Speed (Castlefields) a notoriously tough opponent to face.

The final page has June 1990 winner Kevan Shaw (Flixton CC) on the top half of the page, with the bottom half featuring Lee Johnstone (St Oswalds), Andrew Sorsby (Meersbrook BC), Danny Barwise (Merseyside) along with June 1997 winner Geoff Telford (Knutsford).

With the weather forecast now giving sun for the majority of the week, let’s all hope for a great week of bowls!