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Island Juniors Compete in Junior Six-a-Side

The Island Junior Team competed in the 6-a-side consolation competition on Sunday, having narrowly missed out on going through to the next stage in May.

The squad consisted of nine players Dylan Marsh (Port Erin), Grace Gawne and Alex Hampson (Noble’s), Katie Jacobs and Erin Quayle (Douglas), Aalish Moore (Castletown), Bailey McMullan and Lacey McMullan (Mooragh Park), and Ryan Hargraves (South Ramsey), with all Juniors playing two games each.

The group consisted of three other teams North Lancs & Fylde, Cheshire B, and Cumbria.

In the first round the Island Team faced North Lancs & Fylde, it was a full house as all six Juniors won their games, as they went on to win by 26 chalks (90-64) to pick up the two points for the win.

In round two this a tougher test, however the team won by 21 chalks (83-62), winning 4-2 on games with both losers reaching double figures. Two single figure wins from Grace Gawne and Aalish Moore ensured it was a comfortable win on chalks.

In the final round they faced Cumbria, which was always going to be the toughest test. In a high scoring match the team lost by 14 chalks (73-87), with five of the six players reaching double figures, as they lost 2-4 on games, with both wins being close as Alex Hampson and Lacey McMullan won 15-13 and 15-14 respectively, with both players battling back to get over the line.

The team finished runners up in the group to Cumbria, who won the consolation competition with six points, with the Isle of Man two points behind on four points.

Once again thanks to everyone who helped organise the trip, also to the parents for accompanying and supporting the Juniors.

For full results click on the following link…

Teare & Dunn Win Spar Mixed Doubles

Marown pair Rebecca Teare and Paul Dunn won the Spar Mixed Doubles on Sunday at Ballaugh with a 21-19 win over South Ramsey’s Gill Dixon and Alan Moore.

The South Ramsey pair made the better start to the final going into a 12-6 lead, with the Marown duo fighting back to level the match at 14-14. Dixon and Moore scored a three to lead 19-18, with Teare and Dunn scoring a single, then a double to see the game out to take the win.

Full report to follow…

Withers Wins Association Singles

Douglas Bowling Club hosted the Association Singles on Saturday with the competition attracting 45 entries on a wet afternoon.

Losing out at the quarter final stage were Neil Dunwell (Onchan) 14-21 to home greener Andy Cannell, Trevor Quayle (Port St Mary) lost out 10-21 to Peter Jones (Marown). In the other half of the draw Marown’s Neil Withers beat David Bradford (South Ramsey) 21-16, whilst Paul Dunn won 21-10 against Marown clubmate James Kelly.

Both semi-finals were well contested, with Withers having a tough battle with Marown teammate Paul Dunn, with the former winning 21-18. The second semi-final was won to the same score, with Cannell leading 13-5 and 17-11 against Jones, with the Villa man going on to book his place in the final.

Withers made the better start to lead 12-6 playing his customary length. A fightback from Cannell saw the deficit close to just one chalk at 13-14, with Withers finishing the game strongly to run out with a 21-14 win to take the title.

The presentation was made by Association Competition Officer Wayne Roberts, who thanked the host club for the use of the green, providing measurers and the refreshments throughout the day.

Association Singles 2024 – QF Score Cards
Association Singles 2024 – SF Score Cards
Association Singles 2024 – Final Score Cards

June 2024 CLI Players of the Month

Men’s Player of the Month: John Kennish – South Ramsey

Ladies Player of the Month: Jenny Moore – South Ramsey

Under 21’s Player of the Month: Grace Gawne – Noble’s

The men’s pick went to John Kennish who impressed as he won the inaugaral Sheila Freeman Memorial invitational event coming through a field of 32 top bowlers, including a win against arguably the games number one player Callum Wraight on his way to victory. Incredibly John wasn’t done there as he picked up a staggering 12th Manx Championship at Peel, with finals day seeing him beat some of the Islands best bowlers, with wins against Matthew Quirk, Colin Kelly, and a 21-20 win in the final against Neil Withers with a superb last bowl when lying game down, as he proved beyond doubt that he is still the number one bowler on the island.

The Ladies award went to Jenny Moore who picked up the award for a second successive month, reaching the final of the June Festival only to agonisingly lose out 20-21, despite putting up a great lead bowl on the deciding end, won all four games representing South Ramsey, then capped the month off winning the Ladies Manx Championship for a 7th time.

Grace Gawne picked up the Under 21’s award, winning the Junior Girls Championship, comfortably winning her games in the group stages, then taking a dominant win in the semi-final against Enya Christian, then going on to hold her nerve in the final with a 11-10 victory over Bailey McMullan.

League Leaders Change in Top Two Divisions

The second half of the men’s night league season commenced this week in Canada Life International Division One with games on Monday evening being blessed with some much-needed sun.

Marown A returned to top spot following their 8-2 away win over North Ramsey A at Mooragh Park, with five single figure winners ensuring the chalks were never in doubt. The two winners for the home team were Paul Allison 21-11 over Peter Jones, whilst Steven Waters beat Sam Clague 21-14. Just missing out on a third win for the team was John Cannan who lost 20-21 to Glenn Boland, in what could prove to be a vital point for the Crosby men.

Game of the week was undoubtedly Peel A who hosted South Ramsey A. The home team led 3-1 after the first four games as Stevie Kelly beat James Teare 21-8, Pip Pemberton led 15-5 against Peter Collister, going on to win 21-17, whilst George Gadsby trailed 15-19 to Glynn Hargraves, with the former running out with a 21-19 win. Winning in the first half for the visitors David Bradford won 21-9 against the previously unbeaten Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly.

The second half of the match flipped the other way, as Jordan Cain beat David Proctor 21-13, Dido Kelly won 21-4 against Peter Greenlees, whilst Bob Clark won 21-8 against Tommy McMeiken. Winning for the home team in the second half Gary Smith beat Stefan Kelly 21-14. South Ramsey did manage to secure the chalks comfortably (118-142) to secure a 4-6 away win.

Douglas A took on Port St Mary A at the Villa, with the home team winning 8-2. Andy Cannell won 21-3 against Chris Lever, with Dave McCabe winning 21-8 against Tim Williams, whilst Mark Kneen got over the line 21-20 against Dan McCabe. For the Port men Trevor Quayle beat Gordon Wynne-Smythe 21-19, whilst Wayne Roberts won 21-15 against Andy Foster.

Marown C took on their higher ranked B Team on Tuesday evening in poor conditions, in complete contrast to the night before. The C team did manage to take three games off their club mates, with wins from Jamie Joughin, James Kelly, and Steve Rough, with the latter winning 21-6 against Karl Parker. For the B Team Walter McCarthy and Matthew Keggen won to single figures, which helped secured the aggregate on chalks (128-145).

In Division Two Peel B surrendered top spot for the first time this season, as they lost 8-2 away to South Ramsey B, with both teams tied on 67 points. Captain Ben Dugdale led the way for his team with a 21-7 win over Gordon Corrin, with Dougie Allan matching this for the visitors as he beat Christian Caley.

Third placed Ballaugh A (61 points) kept in touch with the top two following their 3-7 away win over North Ramsey B, as both teams won games 21-6 and 21-9 to cancel each other out.

Finch Hill A continue to be something of a Jekyll and Hyde side, as they lost 9-1 away to Onchan B, with Les Brookes the lone winner for the Finch men as he beat Mike Kelly 21-16.

Noble’s A won 5-3 on games at home to Castletown B, however they lost out on the aggregate by three chalks (151-154) to draw 5-5 in a high scoring contest, as four of their five wins were keenly contested with wins to 20, 19, 19, and 18. Two of the three wins for the visitors ultimately made the difference on chalks.

Douglas B managed to win 7-3 at home to Port Erin A, despite having to give a game away to the visitors, with three of their players winning big to ensure they took the aggregate comfortably by 16 chalks (128-112).

In Division Three Noble’s B are five points clear at the top following their 3-7 away win against Port St Mary B at Breagle Glen, as they missed out on a bigger win as they lost two games to 18-21 and 19-21.

South Ramsey C sit in third place following an impressive 2-8 win away to Peel C, with Colin Moore and Andrew Cover the two winners for the home team.

Noble’s D lost ground on their B Team following a 6-4 defeat away to Ballaugh B, with two single figure defeats for the visitors sealing their fate on the aggregate.

South Ramsey D picked up their second successive win, as they beat Onchan C 6-4 at home, taking the aggregate by just two chalks (126-124). Single figure wins from Austin Hart and Alan Moore, along with good wins from Geoff Collier and Steve Kelly helped secure the win.

In Division Four Castletown C hosted Ballaugh C at the Crofts, with young Freddie Palmer continuing to progress as he sealed his third league win of the season, with a 21-18 victory over Paul Cubbon, whilst Kieran Krypner who only took up the game last season beat Dan Kelly 21-17.

Finch Hill B hosted Douglas D on Tuesday evening, with the Finch men conceding a game 0-21 due to being a player short, this didn’t stop them from securing a 7-3 home win, as single figure wins from Tony Epifani and Peter Smith helped them win by six chalks on the aggregate (129-123)

Plumbmaster Rayner Shield

The first semi-final of the Rayner Shield took place on Wednesday evening with players from both sides agreeing an earlier start time to ensure they could watch England take on the Netherlands. The home team were huge favourites going into the match, so it proved with five single wins, conceding just 22 chalks, whilst James Teare, Dido Kelly, Stefan Kelly had to work a bit harder for their wins over Sam Clague, John Gelling and Karl Parker respectively.

The remaining fixture is on Tuesday (16th July) with Castletown A hosting Marown C, as South Ramsey A await their opponents, with the final to be played on Friday 9th August. Town are also huge favourites, having won their home league fixture 10-0 earlier in the season.

Plumbmaster Rayner Plate

First division side Peel A hosted second division side Finch Hill A on Wednesday evening, despite having to give the visitors a 45 chalk start on the night, they managed to win by 11 chalks (154-143). Sam Stannard-Duke was the lone winner for Finch, as he beat Mike Ashmole 21-7.

Ballaugh B (+50) hosted South Ramsey C (+60), with both sides in the third division a close match was expected, so it proved as the home team won 5-3, however the Ballaugh men were unable to recover the 10 chalk start they had to give their opponents, as they lost by just two chalks (182-184).

South Ramsey C will face Peel A on Friday 2nd August, with the venue to be confirmed at a later date.

Thrilling Finish to Mixed Doubles Qualifier

Castletown Bowling Club hosted the Mixed Doubles Qualifier on Sunday with 23 pairs taking part to play in glorious sunshine throughout the day.

Losing out in the quarter finals were the Ballaugh pair of Julie Reilly and Mike Spooner 11-21 to South Ramsey’s Elaine Moore and Greg Barlow. The Husband and Wife pairing of Willie and Pauline Cowley (Douglas/Ballaugh) lost out 15-21 to home greeners Hannah Drewett and Nathan Hamilton. In the other half of the draw South Ramsey’s Jenny Moore and James Teare won comfortably (21-12) against Lyn Bolton and Peter Jones (Marown), whilst another South Ramsey pairing Fiona Kennish and Alan Moore lost out 17-21 to Sue Gawne (Noble’s) and Andy Kennish (Peel).

Both semi-finals were keenly contested with Moore and Teare fighting back from a 10-18 deficit to Gawne and Kennish to level up at 18 across, only for the latter to score a two and a single to reach the final 21-18. In the other semi Moore and Barlow were up against home greeners Drewett and Hamilton with the match going in scoring runs for both pairs. With the score level on the 17th end at 19-19 the South Ramsey pair got over the line with a two to win 21-19.

The final saw both pairs draw level on five occasions in the first 13 ends, with Kennish and Gawne making a move to win four ends on the bounce to lead 19-14. Winning three of the next four ends, scoring six points – in between conceding a single saw Moore and Barlow draw level once more at 20-20. On the deciding end Gawne and Kennish breathed a huge sigh of relief as they got the single needed to seal a 21-20 victory.

It will be confirmed at a later date how many pairs have qualified to play in the BCGBA Mel Evans MBE Centenary Mixed Pairs at Owley Wood Recreation Club, Cheshire on Saturday 5th October.

Quirk & Cain Retain Tynwald Day Men’s Pairs

Marown hosted the ever-popular Tynwald Day R & A Grimshaw Pairs Trophy on the Bank Holiday Friday with the green in superb condition. 22 pairs took part, and the competition was once again sponsored by Investasure Financial Services Ltd.

Losing out at the quarter final stage were home greeners Paul Dunn and Neil Withers 14-21 to Jordan Cain and Matthew Quirk (South Ramsey/Onchan), with the Marown men having a sizeable lead, never scoring again. Noble’s Steve Colquitt and Mark Bradshaw lost 10-21 to Tom Kelly and Colin Kelly (Marown). In the other half of the draw Port St Mary’s Tim Williams and Ray Maddrell were defeated 6-21 to another Marown pair Glenn Boland and Peter Jones, whilst James Teare and Paul Allison (South Ramsey/North Ramsey) progressed with a 21-15 win over Derek Allen and Bernard Thackrah (Port Erin/Port St Mary).

At the semi-final stage both winning pairs came through their games comfortably, as Cain and Quirk won 21-12 against the Kelly’s, whilst Boland and Jones ended the hopes of Teare and Allison with a 21-14 win.

So to the final, defending champions Cain and Quirk kept up the good form they had shown throughout the day playing short and tricky marks, as they made a good start to lead 16-4 after just five ends, scoring a four on the first end and the fifth end. Boland and Jones finally got in to win three of the next four ends scoring a four themselves to reach double figures, with the score now 10-17. Cain and Quirk put a stop to the comeback with two doubles to take a well-deserved 21-10 victory to retain the title, lifting the title for a fourth time overall.

At the conclusion of the competition the presentation was made by Phil Kelly, who thanked the sponsors for their support, Brian Kelly for running the sheet, everyone who had helped with the running of the competition, the Marown Ladies for the refreshments provided. Thanks were also given to Arnie Withers and Colin Kelly for preparing the green for the competition.

R & A Grimshaw Pairs 2024 – Matthew Quirk and Jordan Cain (Jordan’s daughter Amelia) – Photo: Arnie Withers
R & A Grimshaw Pairs 2024 – Competition Sheet
R & A Grimshaw Pairs 2024 – SF & Final

Canada Life International Mixed Teams

Mixed Team Championship Group A

Marown A have all but confirmed their place in the final of the Mixed Team with four games played in the group stages they are four points ahead of Port St Mary A, with two games to play the Crosby side are +236 chalks, with all other teams in negative territory. This week Ballaugh hosted Marown A, with the home team managing to win four games as Michele Cubbon and Mike Spooner both won 21-20 against Lyn Bolton and Rebecca Teare respectively, whilst Phil Quayle and Christine MacDonald had more comfortable wins. Overall Marown won on the night by 27 chalks (143-170).

Port St Mary A had a solid 8-1 (chalks 175-119) home win over Noble’s A at Breagle Glen, with Tina Hampson the lone winner for the visitors as she beat Nikki Cain 21-7. Roz Cannon came closest to picking up a second victory just losing out 20-21 to Katy Williams.

Mixed Team Championship Group B

South Ramsey A hosted local rivals North Ramsey A, with the home team knowing only a win would do. Whilst the result was a 6-3 win for South on games, the chalks were a lot closer. After the first five games off a 30-chalk lead for South Ramsey looked positive, aided by a superb fightback by Steven Waters who trailed 4-19 to James Teare, clawed his way back into the game before losing out 17-2. In the final four games the deficit to five chalks (161-156). With both teams on six points, there are just 29 chalks difference, there is still all to play for both teams in the remaining two fixtures.

Douglas A picked up their second win of the group stage as they dropped just nine chalks () in their 8-1 home win over Noble’s B at the Villa, with five games won to single figures, two hard fought wins from Katie Jacobs and Jane Lothian.

Mixed Team Plate Group A

Peel Sunset lead the way as they maintained their 100% record winning by 74 chalks at home to Douglas B (184-110). The visitors did claim two wins with Paul Cowley beating David Allwood, whilst Bob Callow won 21-18 against Jo Corkill.

Marown B and Castletown continue to load their teams in the Plate competition with new and Junior bowlers to gain experience, with this policy paying dividends for Marown as they picked up their third win in the group stage to sit in second place on six points. Home advantage paid off for the Crosby side as they edged home by just three chalks (151-148), with the games won also going in favour of the home team 5-4.

Mixed Team Plate Group B

With just three teams in Group B each game is crucial to those hoping to reach the final. North Ramsey B hosted South Ramsey B at Mooragh Park with the visitors taking a comfortable 14 chalk victory (130-144), helped by three single figure wins. The result left South Ramsey in top spot, with just one fixture left to play away to Port Erin, with the Breagle side needing to win both fixtures to stand any chance of being Group winners, should they win both fixtures then the chalks difference will decide the group winners.

Men’s Night League Season Reaches Halfway Point

The men’s night league season hit the halfway point in Canada Life International Division One on Monday evening in blustery conditions across the island.

South Ramsey A are well placed at the top of the league, following a tricky looking away fixture with Douglas A at the Villa. The visitors managed to win 9-1, with three single figure wins from David Bradford, Glynn Hargraves, and Dido Kelly. James Teare won 21-17, after trailing 7-12 to Dave McCabe, whilst Jordan Cain sealed the last win of the match with a 21-20 win over Andy Cannell. The lone winner for the home team was Gordon Wynne-Smythe, as he beat Peter Collister 21-20.

Marown A kept in touch at the top, they sit just one point behind after their 9-1 home win over Castletown A. Winning for the Town men was David Quayle who beat Dean Kipling 21-12, with the visitors pushing hard in two games before losing out 20-21, as Dean Kinley and Andy Clark lost to Neil Withers and Glenn Boland respectively. Three games were settled to single figures with wins from Colin Kelly, Paul Kelly, and Tom Kelly.

Peel A and Onchan A battled it out in the Sunset City, with the home team managing to win the aggregate to help secure a 5-5 draw (chalks 139-132), despite losing 5-3 on games, as Steve Kelly, Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly, and Gary Smith all shared the kitty with 21-9 wins over Kevin Quirk, Steve Parker, and Peter Slinger respectively. Winning close games for the visitors were Matthew Quirk, who beat Tommy McMeiken 21-18, whilst Jamie Clague won to the same score against Tony Carroon.

Port St Mary A had a good evening as the teams immediately below them and above them lost heavily, The Port men helped their cause with a 8-2 home win over bottom side Marown C, with big wins arriving from Paul Skelly, Wayne Roberts, and Trevor Quayle.

North Ramsey A made the most of home advantage to defeat Marown B 7-3 at Mooragh Park, as they went level on 37 points with the Crosby men. All eight games reached double figures. Winning close games for the home team were Steven Waters, who won 21-17 against Phil Kelly, Allan Callow performed well to beat John Gelling 21-18, with Harry Barton ensuring it wasn’t a heavier defeat for the home team as he edged home 21-20 against Gary Merrill.

In Division Two league leaders Peel B slipped to their first defeat of the season away to Onchan B 6-4 with the home team securing the win on the aggregate by 12 chalks (143-131) gave the chasing teams a chance to close the gap at the top.

Second placed South Ramsey B closed the gap to six points, following their 7-3 home win over Douglas B, with George Brew winning the closest game of the night with a 21-20 win over Steve Gregg, whilst Lee Dawson beat Willie Cowley 21-3.

Ballaugh A occupy third place, they are five points adrift of second spot, following their 7-3 home win over Port Erin A, with Edgar Cowin just missing out on picking up an extra point for the Ballaugh men as he lost 20-21 to Steve Durcan.

Castletown B had another performance to forget as Finch Hill A came away from the Crofts with a 2-8 victory, as Stephen Oates continues to fly high in the race for the individual merit, currently occupying third place with eight wins from nine games.

North Ramsey B hosted Noble’s A at Mooragh Park on Tuesday evening, with the games finishing 4-4 the match was settled on the aggregate which went in favour of the visitors by just four chalks (138-142). This result condemned the Mooragh men to bottom place at the halfway point, and gave the Noble’s men a 12 point cushion from the bottom two sides.

In Division Three Noble’s B sit top at the halfway stage despite losing to their lower ranked D team 5-3 on games, with the aggregate going in favour of the D Team by just three chalks (149-146) in a high scoring match with four games finishing to 17 or more. The 7-3 result ensured the D team occupy second place just two points behind the leaders.

Third placed Peel C will have been disappointed to lose 4-6 at home to Onchan C, as they lost the aggregate by 10 chalks (133-143), whilst Noble’s C dropped to fourth spot following their 7-3 defeat away to Ballaugh B.

Occupying the middle of the table are South Ramsey C, who despite being a player short away to Port St Mary B managed to win four games, with the aggregate understandably going against them by nine chalks (135-126) to ensure the Port men won 6-4. South Ramsey’s Greg Barlow leads the individual merit with a 100% record after nine games played.

South Ramsey D (pictured earlier in the season) got rid of an unwanted record as the last team to win a league game this season, as they beat Marown D 7-3 at home, taking the aggregate by 16 chalks (141-125)

In Division Four Finch Hill B hosted Peel D on Tuesday evening, whilst the home team winning 5-3 on games, they lost the aggregate by four chalks (133-137) despite two single figures victories, a heavy defeat and three of their wins to 18, 19 and 20 ultimately cost them the bonus points.

On Thursday evening league leaders Ballaugh C had a short visit north to Mooragh Park to take on second placed North Ramsey C, with the visitors taking going home the happier of the two sides with a 4-6 win, taking the aggregate by eight chalks (133-141) in a keenly contested match, with Ballaugh now 11 points clear at the top on 55 points.

At the other end of the table, the bottom two sides Douglas D and Castletown C faced off at the Villa. A 7-3 victory for the Town men lifted them off bottom spot to go two points ahead of Douglas, with Junior bowler Freddie Palmer putting in a superb performance with a 21-12 win over Les Quayle to help seal the win.

Kennish Wins 12th Manx Championship

The final stages of the Canada Life International Manx Championship were played at Peel Bowling Club on Sunday afternoon, with the qualifying rounds having taken place the previous day, with 78 entries this year, a good increase on the 2023 entry, boosted by over 20 entries from the host club alone.

As is always the case there were high profile casualties on the Saturday, with the draw being played down to 16, the target being to navigate safely through the early rounds to reach finals day.

Matthew Quirk2116David Bradford
Paul Quirk1021John Kennish
Tony Carroon721Colin Kelly
Tom Kelly721Paul Dunn
Peter Jones1221Trevor Quayle
Will Penhallurick1821Dean Kinley
Jordan Cain2120Peter Slinger
Neil Withers2116Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly
Last 16 Results

Losing out at the quarter final stage were Matthew Quirk (Onchan) 12-21 to John Kennish (South Ramsey). Two Marown men faced off, as Colin Kelly looked to add to his seven championship wins with a 21-18 victory over Paul Dunn. In the other half of the draw it was a southern battle as Dean Kinley (Castletown) displayed good form to beat a previous finalist in Trevor Quayle (Port St Mary) 21-17. South Ramsey’s Jordan Cain having coming through a tough Last 16 game against Peter Slinger, couldn’t get the better of the current holder Neil Withers (Marown) as the latter prevailed 21-14 to reach the semi-final.

The first semi-final looked to be a blockbuster between Kennish and Kelly, and had been the final of the Manx Championship on five previous occasions, with the former having won all five finals. With the score tied at 7-7 Kennish shifted up a couple of gears seeing the game out scoring eight doubles, whilst keeping Kelly down to two doubles early in the game as he booked his place in the final with a 21-11 win.

The other semi-final saw Withers get off to a good start to build up a 10-1 lead, this was quickly extended to 15-2. Kinley started to get a foothold in the game as he closed the deficit to six chalks at 10-16, only for Withers to finish the match off with five chalks scored to seal a 21-10 win, to take his place in the final for a second successive year.

The final got underway with over 70 spectators still in attendance, they were treated to a match that had it all. With the jack cleared off the green by Withers on the first end Kennish had a game plan of heading for the corners, however forfeited the jack on more than one occasion due to sending the block off the green, with Withers preferring a mark over the middle of the green. The South Ramsey man looked like he could run away with it early on, as he built up a five chalk lead at 8-3. Withers responded to win four of the next five ends scoring three doubles to take the lead at 10-9.

This started a pattern of both finalists going on mini-runs, as a change in tactics saw Kennish pick up two doubles to re-take the lead 13-10. The Marown man hit back with six chalks over four ends to lead 16-13. Kennish got his nose in front once more to lead by a solitary chalk at 17-16 by the 24th end, with both players taking out their own bowl when playing through to go two down.

As the final approached the business end two-time Manx Champion Withers dug deep to score a single followed by a two to be the first man to be one end away from victory at 19-17. Three successive singles on a longer mark from Kennish got him one good bowl away from victory at 20-19, however a single from Withers, clipping off John’s lead bowl then connecting with the jack tied the score at 20-20.

The tension had built up nicely for the final end, and what an end this proved to be, as Withers played a great lead bowl just over a foot from the jack. Kennish left his lead bowl a yard short, with Withers beating his first bowl to count for two and doing everything he could to win the game. Kennish showing no sign of any pressure, changed his peg to play a superb reaching bowl, sitting out Withers closest bowl to rest next to the jack and seal a 21-20 win and with it his 12th Manx Championship in a thrilling finish to the game.

This success was his first Manx Championship title win on Peel, leaving Castletown and Ballaugh as the only (current) greens he hasn’t picked up a Manx Championship on, with all the other greens on the island ticked off, with Noble’s Two green being the only green he has won two Manx Championships on, as he continues to break his own records. Remarkably Kennish has never been beaten in the final of the Manx Championship.

The presentation was made by Association competition committee member Steve Moore, who introduced IOMCCGBA President Michele Cubbon to present the prizes. In his speech John thanked the Association for running the competition, reserving special praise for the team who look after the Peel green, which was playing and running superbly, with an incredible turnaround in less than two years.

John and Neil will both compete in the Senior Individual merit at Pennfields BC, Staffordshire on Saturday 27th July, with John also competing in the Champion of Champions at Owley Wood Recreation Club, Cheshire on Saturday 28th September.

The Penultimate End of the Final – Photo: Mike Ashmole
John Kennish with IOMCCGBA President Michel Cubbon – Photo: Arnie Withers
Blue vs Red in the final – Photo: Mike Ashmole
Manx Championship 2024 – QF
Manx Championship 2024 – SF
Manx Championship 2024 – Final