Quality over quantity was the order of the day at Finch Hill as the Apollo Blinds sponsored mixed pairs competition was played out on a lovely warm afternoon.
At the quarter final stage there were a couple of epic battles with South Ramsey’s Elaine Moore and Alan Moore edging out Marown duo Rebecca Teare and Peter Jones. With the match tied at 20-20, a fortuitous final wood from Alan courtesy of a couple of wicks saw the jack settle nearest to their poorest bowl to claim the tie. Marown pair Walter McCarthy and Jayne Smith got the better of Steven Waters and Fiona Kennish (both South Ramsey) in an entertaining match 21-19. In the other matches Marown’s Debbie Leece and Glenn Boland defeated Mark Kelly and Sandra May (both Onchan), while South Ramsey’s Jenny Moore and James Teare beat Philippa Taylor (Marown) and Alec Taylor (Peel).
The semi-final match between Alan & Elaine and Debbie & Glenn was nip and tuck all the way before Debbie and Glenn got over the line 21-18. The other semi-final was a comfortable win for Jenny and James over Philippa and Alec.
In the final, after a tight first six ends Debbie and Glenn powered ahead after a couple of triples and successive doubles to win 21-13.
Richard White from Apollo Blinds was on hand to present the prizes and Glenn thanked everyone involved in putting on the competition.
Marown duo Paul Dunn and Neil Withers won the Newsbeat Men’s Pairs Competition for the second year in succession and not only that but they played the same pairing in the final as they did last year.
In the quarter finals, Dunn and Withers beat club mates Glenn Boland and Walter McCarthy 21-10, Trevor Quayle and Wayne Roberts (Port St Mary) took care of Marown’s Brian and James Kelly 21-7, while Paul Cubbon and Richard Hainge (Ballaugh) defeated South Ramsey’s Lee Dawson and Tony Hart 21-12 and Andy Kennish and Reg Temporaza (Onchan) beat Mark Dimsdale (Ballaugh) and Alex Yates (Noble’s) 21-8.
In the semi-finals Dunn and Withers defeated Quayle and Roberts 21-12 and Kennish and Temporaza had a comfortable win over Cubbon and Hainge 21-10.
This set up a repeat of last year’s final between Dunn and Withers and Kennish and Temporaza and while the Marown pair were perhaps fortunate to come out on top in 2021 by the finest of margins there was no cliff hanger scenario this time around as they secured an emphatic 21-8 win.
Their Newsbeat success led to a number of other pairs victories last season and already this year they have collected the Lilian Slinger competition.
Thanks to Joyce Ogden and Lil Smith for running the competition and to Finch Hill Ladies who provided the catering. Thanks were also given to Finch Hill members for helping throughout the day.
A field of 38 pairs contested the Douglas Borough Council Challenge Cup on Sunday.
At the quarter final stage Debbie Leece and Neil Withers (Marown) came back from 8-16 down to win 21-17 against Steven Waters and Alan Moore (South Ramsey), while Matthew Keggen and Paul Kelly (Marown) got the better of club mate Joyce Ogden and Mike Hargraves (Castletown) 21-12.
Finch Hill pair Pat Maher and Mark Taylor put up a fine show, before eventually losing out 17-21 to South Ramsey’s Jenny Moore and James Teare, while Sue Gawne (Onchan) and Andy Kennish (Peel) were up against Castletown pair Sam Clague and Nathan Hamilton, which was nip and tuck early on, however Gawne and Kennish pulled away to win comfortably 21-13.
In the semi-finals Moore and Teare always had the upper hand against Gawne and Kennish and ran out winners 21-13. The all Marown semi-final was an extremely tight affair which Keggen and Kelly eventually edged it 21-20 against Leece and Withers.
In the final Moore and Teare were always in control of the game as they won 10 of the 13 ends, making light work of Keggen and Kelly as they went on to win 21-10.
Brian Murphy, Finch Hill Competition Secretary presented the prizes on behalf of the club. He thanked the club members for all their hard work in support of the competition which was a great success.
On a beautiful summer afternoon at Finch Hill Bowling Green, 32 entries took part in the Newsbeat sponsored Men’s Pairs Competition on Sunday.
Andy Kennish (Peel) and Reg Temporaza (Onchan) got through their quarter final with a comfortable win over Tom Kelly (Peel) and Nathan Hamilton (Castletown) 21-11. Likewise, Paul Dunn and Neil Withers (Marown) took care of Kevin Firth(Douglas) and Frank Watson (Onchan) in similar fashion 21-13. Onchan pair, Mike Thomas and Neil Dunwell battled back from 6-13 down to overcome James Kelly and Bobby Thorne (Marown) 21-17. The final quarter final match saw Dean Kinley and Sam Clague (Castletown) defeat Phil Kerruish (Onchan) and Andy Foster (Douglas) 21-15.
In the semi-final Kennish and Temporaza were nip and tuck with Thomas and Dunwell until a decisive15th end when Kennish and Temporaza picked up four to go 19-14 ahead and closed the match out in the next end to win 21-14. In the other semi-final Dunn and Withers were always in control and ran out comfortable winners 21-11 against Kinley and Clague.
Kennish and Temporaza made a fine start in the final and went 13-6 ahead before being pegged back by the Marown pair to 13 across. Again, Kennish and Temporaza forged ahead leading 19-14 before a determined fightback saw the match tied at 20 across, before Dunn and Withers pounced to snatch a thrilling 21-20 victory.
Brian Murphy, Finch Hill Competition Secretary presented the prizes on behalf of Newsbeat and thanked the sponsors for their continued support. He thanked the club members for all their hard work in support of the event which was a great success. Neil Withers thanked the club for the well organised event and praised their opponents for an extremely hard fought contest.