The Port St Mary ‘any combination threesomes’ took place on Sunday 13th July. A great entry of 36 teams battled it out to take the honours of winning this competition, which was being held on this green for the last time. With 108 bowlers taking part, the atmosphere around the green was fantastic.
After a long afternoon and many good matches played on a good running green, we finally got down to the semi-finals. In the first semi-final Paula Garrett, Stuart Garrett and Harley Garrett (Douglas) took on Ryan Hargraves, Glynn Hargraves and Stefan Kelly (South Ramsey), with the latter ending the good run of the Garrett’s team. It was a good match to watch and good to see younger players competing with experienced players. In the second semi-final, last year’s winners Bob Clark, Jordan Cain and Matthew Quirk (Castletown/Onchan) were up against the strong team of Neil Withers, Phil Dunn and Paul Dunn (Marown). Although the score line of 21-13 might suggest a one sided match, every end was hard fought with some great bowling from all players. The consistent good bowling from last year’s champions was the difference in this match to take them through to the final.
In the final Clark, Cain and Quirk carried on their excellent bowling. Hargraves, Kelly and Hargraves were also playing well, but the defending champions just kept the pressure on and came up with the bowls when needed, winning the match 21-11.
At the presentation, club President Pete Collins presented the trophy to the winners and thanked the sponsors Jacksons Engineering and everybody at the club that helped make the competition a success. Finally, Port St Mary Bowling Club would like to thank all the competitors and spectators that came down for their support and generosity, and best wishes for the future.