Bradford Retains Ian Kissack Shield

Marown held the opening tournament of the 2023 season, with the Ian Kissack floodlight competition sponsored by Ardern & Druggan Limited attracting a healthy entry of 76. The competition was played over four days, with handicaps ranging from two to eight with two qualifiers from the four qualifying sessions.

The competition commenced on Sunday afternoon with two visiting bowlers qualifying, as Trevor Quayle managed to see off Port St Mary teammate Wayne Roberts, while new Peel captain Stevie Kelly got the better of his Dad Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly to take his place in the quarter finals.

Sunday evening resulted in two home green players qualifying with Paul Kelly seeing off his teammate Phil Kelly, while Paul Dunn progressed as he beat Marown B Team captain Daren Kerruish in their respective qualifying games.

Monday evening had South Ramsey’s David Bradford navigating his way through his three qualifying games, with Bradford being pushed hard by Andy Kennish (Onchan) in his first game before prevailing 21-19. In the other half of the session Marown’s Colin Kelly had a tough night, but managed to progress thanks to a 21-20 win in his second game, then went on to recover from a huge deficit against club mate Lil Smith to qualify for finals night.

The last qualifying session took place on Tuesday evening, as a further two home greeners navigated their way through to Wednesday evening. Brian Kelly ended the challenge of Stevie Cain (Noble’s), whilst Karl Parker took the bragging rights as he beat fellow Marown player Glenn Boland to take the last two spots in finals night.

The competition was redrawn at the quarter final stage with Paul Dunn taking on teammate Colin Kelly, with the latter winning 21-14. Trevor Quayle progressed thanks to a 21-17 win over Paul Kelly.

In the other half of the draw Karl Parker had a resounding 21-12 win over Stevie Kelly, whilst David Bradford finished strongly to beat Brian Kelly 21-13.

Both semi-finals were well contested, with Trevor Quayle shooting into a 17-8 lead against Colin Kelly, only for the latter to fight back in style and run out with a 21-18 victory as he booked his place in the final. In the other semi-final Bradford ended the hopes of Parker with a 21-15 victory.

The final between the top two bowlers on the Isle of Man – Kelly & Bradford was eagerly anticipated, with both players off a +2 handicap. With neither player taking the initiative in the early ends, it was Bradford who made the first move to build up a 12-7 lead on end 12, as he scored his only double of the game. The Marown man fought back to 12-15, only for Bradford to score three consecutive singles to lead 18-12. The next six ends were shared equally, as Bradford got the three points needed to retain the trophy with a 21-15 victory.

The presentation was made by Marown President Peter Kelly, with Kevin Druggan introduced from the sponsor Ardern & Druggan. Thanks were given to the Marown ladies for the excellent refreshments provided over the four days. In his speech Bradford thanked Marown for running the competition, Ardern & Druggan for the continued sponsorship and congratulated the green keepers on how well the green was running.