Canada Life International Manx Championships
There is a real buzz of anticipation around crown green bowls on the Isle of Man right now in the wake of our first ever Senior County Championship match, and I am delighted to say that this has rolled over into the Canada Life International Manx Championship at Douglas this weekend with a bumper entry of 62 players.
There are some mouth watering clashes in the top half of the first round draw which starts at 12pm on Saturday starting with double champion Kevin Quirk taking on Paul Skelly. Defending and 8 times champion John Kennish will have his hands full with the talented veteran Stuart Garrett who is more than capable of causing an upset, especially on his own patch. Two of our Manx young guns slug it out too in the early stages with Matthew Quirk set to take on in form Rob Monk, who has had the recent taste of success and will be hungry for more.
In the bottom half David Bradford, who has had numerous victories on the Villa and must surely be a favourite for his first title, has a very tricky opener in the shape of Jerome Surridge who is capable of beating anyone if he brings his A game. Bradford’s stablemate Jordan Cain will also be hoping to etch his name onto the coveted trophy for the first time but will have to be at his supreme best to do so as former champion Neil Withers, who will be hoping to add to his own trophy cabinet, stands in his way. There is a re-run of the Rayner final clash between Adrian Skinner and Dean Kipling with the latter looking for revenge after he was turned over at Peel in their previous encounter.
There are other interesting ties scattered through the draw with two big in house South Ramsey clashes which see Alan Moore take on Chas Grills and 3 times Champion Andy Kennish takes on in form Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly. I will also be interested in seeing how young Stefan Kelly fairs against double champion Glynn Hargraves and lets not forget that we have a multitude of other former champions in the field including 5 times winner Colin Kelly who starts his campaign against Bod Boland.
With such a high quality field it will be anyone’s game on Sunday when the last 16 slug it out to see who will be crowned 2015 champion, and I don’t know why but I get a sneaky feeling that we will see a new name join the illustrious roll of honour.
Trevor Quayle v John Kennish, Rob Monk v Glynn Hargraves, David Bradford v Dean Kipling, Matthew Keggen v Phil Kerruish
John Kennish v Rob Monk, David Bradford v Matthew Keggen
John Kennish v David Bradford