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Quirk Wins Henry Kissack Memorial

Marown Bowling Club hosted the Henry Kissack Memorial Trophy on Sunday attracting an entry of 47, down on last years’ entry of 56, however there was a good quality of bowlers in the field, who were treated to a top quality playing surface.

With the rain setting in before the quarter finals, losing out in the quarter finals were Glynn Hargraves (South Ramsey) 18-21 to Onchan man Matthew Quirk, with the latter getting himself out of trouble when lying two down at 17-18 to score two himself, going on to run out with a 21-18 win. Glenn Boland scored just three chalks against Marown team mate Colin Kelly as the former lost 6-21. Mike Hargraves (Castletown) made a rare appearance at an open, however the 82 year old lost out 10-21 in his third game to home greener Neil Withers, whilst Andy Kennish (Marown) held off Marown A team captain Paul Dunn 21-18.

The semi-finals were very one-sided affairs as Quirk shown the form he was in, beating Colin Kelly to single figures as he romped home 21-8. In the other semi-final this ended up the same score as Withers eased his way into the final as he beat Kennish.

The final started with Quirk the favourite, despite having not previously won a men’s singles competition, due to the form he had displayed throughout the afternoon, having defeated three fellow island players en route to the final (Peter Jones/Glynn Hargraves/Colin Kelly).

The early ends saw Quirk take a 7-3 lead over the Marown man, with Withers closing the deficit to just one chalk at 6-7. Quirk then took control of the game to lead 14-7, extending this further to 19-12 playing to the crown and back to the corner, with good quality bowls from both players. Withers took four consecutive singles to put the deficit at just three chalks (16-19). A good lead from Withers was beaten by a great bowl from the Onchan man to put himself with touching distance of the title. Withers had other ideas as two singles, with a close measure going in his favour made it three consecutive singles to put himself right in the mix with the score now 19-20.

A good lead from Withers approximately six inches to the side of the jack was nearly beaten by Quirk’s first bowl. Withers was unable to make two due to where Quirks’s bowl sat, there was quite a bit of danger. Quirk’s last bowl was sent right down the track, as the Onchan man made sure he was up as he had two shots to play – promoting his own bowl onto the jack, or to sit out Withers counting bowl, with the latter option being taken, with a great last bowl to settle a good quality final for a 21-19 win. This was Quirk’s first men’s singles open competition, having suffered heartbreak in a number of finals over the years, this success was more than deserved beating four fellow Island team players on his way to winning.

The presentation was made by competition secretary Brian Kelly, who thanked the club members for assisting throughout the day, the team in the kitchen for the refreshments and the green keeper for preparing the green. Marown President Peter Kelly then presented the prizes. In his speech Matthew stated it was his first men’s singles opens win and he was delighted to have won the competition.

May CLI Players of the Month

Men’s Player of the Month: Paul Dunn – Marown

Ladies Player of the Month: Jenny Moore – South Ramsey

Under 21’s Player of the Month: Lacey McMullan – Mooragh Park

The men’s pick went to Paul Dunn who impressed as he picked up the highly sought after Association Cup at Onchan, beating five games on his way to lifting the trophy for the first time. The Marown captain was also in good form for his team winning all four games including back to back games against South Ramsey A, whilst also picking up the Lilian Slinger Trophy in the Any Combination Doubles with teammate Neil Withers.

The Ladies award went to Jenny Moore who picked up the Top Lady trophy at Noble’s on a fine day, as she came through a field of 32 of the Island’s top bowlers. Jenny had to dig deep in the final, as she recovered from a 3-14 deficit against Janet Monk to trail by three chalks at 14-17. Janet then got within touching distance of victory to lead 20-14, however another huge effort from Jenny saw her score seven chalks without reply to seal a remarkable 21-20 victory. For South Ramsey Jenny won eight games during the month of May, six of which were to single figures, with the most impressive being a 21-3 win against another experienced bowler Lyn Bolton, helping the team to victory on the night.

Lacey McMullan picked up the Under 21’s award, as she started her month off representing the Junior Island Team in Warrington, with the Mooragh Park Junior winning two games on the day. Lacey carried this form into the Junior Manx Championship, as she swept aside all before her to pick up the title for the first time. For Mooragh Park Lacey won four games throughout the month. Huge congratulations!

Jones & Bolton Win Port St Mary Cup

An entry of 17 pairs took part in this year’s Port St Mary Cup mixed doubles open competition held at Breagle Glen on Bank Holiday Monday on another fine day, with the reduced number of entries likely to be due to the road closures.

Losing out at the quarter final stage were home greeners Nicci Cain and Derek Cain 18-21 to fellow home greeners Jackie Elliott and Ben Mowle (Port Erin), Marown’s Clare Cooper and Sid Bolton lost 14-21 to South Ramsey’s Jenny Moore and James Teare. In the other half of the draw an all-South Ramsey contest resulted in Kim Hargraves and Peter Collister comfortably defeating current holders Elaine Moore and Glynn Hargraves 21-11, whilst Lyn Bolton and Peter Jones (Marown) beat Jayne Smith (Marown) and Alan Crebbin (Port Erin) 21-16 to move into the next round.

The first semi-final saw Hargraves and Collister beaten by Bolton and Jones 13-21, whilst the shock of the day played out in the other semi-final as Elliott and Mowle beat Moore and Teare 21-15, as the home pairing scored a four on their way to the final.

The final started with Bolton and Jones huge favourites, it looked like it could be over in a matter of ends as after two ends played the Marown pair led 11-6. Elliott and Mowle then settled into the game, with Mowle leading well at the front and Elliott not afraid to reach at the back, as they turned the match on its head to lead 15-13. A switch in the playing order for Bolton and Jones worked a treat as a single, a four and a three saw them finish the game strongly to run out with a 21-15 victory to win their second successive mixed doubles competition in just over a week.

The presentation was made by Port St Mary Club Competition Secretary Chris Holland, who thanked everyone at the club that helped on the day. In his speech Peter offered his commiserations to their opponents in the final, commenting on how brilliantly they had played.

Dunn & Withers Win Lilian Slinger Trophy

The competition, an any combination doubles format is sponsored by Lilian’s family and took place at Mooragh Park on Sunday 26th May.

An excellent entry of 31 pairs played some tremendous games in a very friendly atmosphere. The games started at 12 noon. The weather was overcast to start with but stayed dry until light rain started to fall before finally clearing up before the quarter finals. These changing conditions challenged the players on length as the running pace of the green changed throughout the afternoon.

Losing out in the quarter finals were Kevin Quirk and Steve Parker (Onchan) 15-21 to Rob Monk (North Ramsey) and Matthew Quirk (Onchan). Home greeners Steve Waters and Paul Allison 20-21 to clubmates Allan Callow and Ray Skelly. Patrick Grant and Maria Dinsdale (Ballaugh) 16-21 to Bryan Corner and Caroline Parker (North Ramsey/Mooragh Park) and Janet Monk and Madison McMullan (Mooragh Park) 13-21 to Paul Dunn and Neil Withers (Marown).

In the semi-finals Dunn and Withers controlled their game from the start, displaying the high standard of bowls they had shown all afternoon to beat Callow and Skelly 21-8 and in the other game Monk and Quirk also played exceptionally well to beat Corner and Parker 21-6.

And so, into the final and what a match it was. After eight ends they were 10-11 and end 16 saw them 16 across. Monk and Quirk picked up three points in the next two ends, but Dunn and Withers got the jack back gaining two then three singles over the last three ends. The match finished 21-19 to Dunn and Withers.

Paul Slinger presented the prizes following a lovely tribute to Lilian from Helen Martin. Neil Withers said the green was in excellent condition and a pleasure to play on and thanked everyone at North Ramsey for a well organised competition.

North Ramsey Bowling club are most grateful to Lilian’s family for their sponsorship and to everyone who entered the competition.

Lacey Secures Maiden Junior Manx Championship Title

16 junior bowlers from all over the Island entered the Junior Manx Championship at Finch Hill Bowling Club on Saturday. There was a good crowd in attendance on a fine day, as the juniors impressed the spectators with a good standard of bowling throughout the entire day.

This year, it was back to the girls dominating the latter stages of the competition, with six of the last eight being made up of the girls. Losing out at the quarter final stage were Aalish Moore (Castletown) 14-21 to Mooragh Park player Lacey McMullan, Melody Marsh (Castletown) was defeated 7-21 by Alex Hampson (Noble’s).

In the other half of the draw Katie Jacobs won the closest game of the quarter finals, holding off Sam Colquitt (Noble’s) 21-18, whilst Grace Gawne (Noble’s) who picked up the title in 2023 advanced to the semi-finals with a 21-14 win over Bailey McMullan (Mooragh Park) 21-14.

Three of the four semi-finalists were hoping to pick up their first Junior Manx Championship win, it was Lacey who reached her first final with a solid 21-15 win over Alex, winning 13 ends to Alex’s 11 ends, with the main difference that Lacey scored eight doubles to Alex’s four two’s.

In the other game Katie dashed the hopes of Grace who was looking to retain the title with this being her last year eligible to enter the competition, as the Villa player won 21-17, with the game finely poised at 12-11 to Katie, two quickfire doubles put Katie into a 16-12 lead. Grace fought back to close the deficit to two, with two consecutive doubles of her own, however Katie managed to see the game out 21-17.

The final got underway with both players having very different game plans – Lacey preferring a longer ¾ length mark, whilst Katie was playing well on shorter marks. Lacey was quickest out of the blocks winning the first two ends with two doubles. Katie then settled into the game winning the next four ends to take a 6-4 lead. Lacey responded to win six of the next seven ends to lead 11-7, then went on to lead 14-10.

Winning four of the next five ends got Katie to a deficit of just one at 14-15. Lacey then got in to rally once more, finishing strongly to win five of the last six ends to secure a 21-15, with it her maiden Junior Manx Championship title, following in the footsteps of her eldest sister Shannon McMullan who picked up the title in 2019 and 2022.

The presentation was made by Tina Hampson, who thanked Finch Hill Bowling Club for hosting, Tracy Moore for assisting with running the competition. Lacey was then presented with the Shield. Qualifiers will go on to represent the Isle of Man at the UK Junior Individual Merit on Saturday 17th August at Mosborough Welfare Miners in South Yorkshire.

Marown C Upset Peel A

Week six of fixtures took place in Canada Life International Division One on Monday evening in much needed glorious conditions.

The upset of the week arrived on Tuesday evening as Peel A took on Marown C at Crosby, with the home picking up a timely first victory of the season as they won 7-3. For the home team John Kelly and Darren Kerruish picked up their first wins of the season, beating Tommy McMeiken and Peter Greenlees respectively, Sid Bolton trounced Gary Smith 21-4, with Walter McCarthy also winning to single figures as he beat Stevie Kelly 21-7. The result took the Marown men off the foot of the table by a point, jumping above Port St Mary A.

Marown A extended their lead at the top once again as they came away from the Villa with a 2-8 win over Douglas A, with two of their players having to dig deep to get over the line as Colin Kelly beat April Player of the Month Gordy Wynne-Smythe 21-17, with Dean Kipling pushed all the way before prevailing against Stuart Garrett 21-20. Three of the wins for the visitors were to single figures, whilst the two wins for the home team were 21-14 as Andy Cannell beat Glenn Boland, and Merv Sayle won against Tom Kelly.

South Ramsey A visited Breagle Glen to take on Port St Mary A on an unexpectedly tricky green, as the home team took three points in their 3-7 defeat. Trevor Quayle recovered from a 3-12 deficit to beat Dido Kelly 21-15, Wayne Roberts beat South captain Glynn Hargraves 21-16, and Robbie Cooil held off Peter Collister 21-17. The visitors had three wins to single figures, with Stefan Kelly getting over the line 21-17 against Juan Hargraves.

Onchan A had a tricky looking fixture away to Marown B, so it proved with 11 chalks separating the teams (140-151) as the Onchan men won 3-7. Sam Clague did enough to beat Jamie Clague for the Crosby men, whilst for the visitors Steve Parker beat Karl Parker 21-19, with Peter Slinger sneaking home 21-20 against Kevin Kelly.

Castletown A came away from their game with North Ramsey A at Mooragh Park with a 7-3 defeat, which could have been 9-1 to the home team as Town captain Jordan Drewett beat Steve Walmsley 21-20, with Dean Kinley repeating the trick as he held off Dave Moncaster to the same score.

In Division Two Noble’s A caused an upset away to second placed side South Ramsey B, as they won 4-6 edging the aggregate by five chalks (134-139). The four winners for the visitors were Alex Yates who beat James Evans 21-10, John Andrew won 21-8 against George Brew, Juan Qualtrough cruised home 21-12 against Christian Caley, whilst Jim Callister just got over the line 21-20 against Toby Hart. For the home team Alan Moore won 21-4 against John Short.

Peel B show no sign of taking their foot off the gas, as they disposed of fourth placed team Douglas B 9-1 to stretch their lead at the top to 10 points after just six games, as they look to reclaim their first division status, with three players winning close games to 17, 19 and 20. Steve Cook was the lone winner for the Villa men as he beat David Smith 21-13.

Ballaugh A sit in third place, will have been disappointed to come away from Finch Hill A with a 6-4 defeat, as they lost the aggregate by 16 chalks (144-128).

Castletown B finally got their season underway with their first win of the season, which they did in style with their 9-1 home win over North Ramsey B at the Crofts, the visitors scored just 77 chalks, with the Town men winning four games to single figures.

Nobles B continue to set the pace in Division Three, however they were tested by Marown D this week as they were held to a 4-4 draw on games, only managing to edge the aggregate to secure a 6-4 win by two chalks (148-146) in a high scoring match, with only two wins to single figures, one for each team.

Noble’s C are hot on the heels of their B team, as they beat their D Team 7-3, with 11 chalks between them (146-135), with Paul Clinton the biggest winner for the C as he won 21-5 against Paul Moore.

South Ramsey C were held to a 4-4 draw at home to Onchan C, with the aggregate going in favour of the home team by a margin of 14 chalks to seal a 6-4 win.

Peel C lost 3-5 on games at home to Ballaugh B, however two single figure victories from James Lee and Andy Jackson helped salvage a draw as they won the aggregate by 13 chalks (146-133).

Port St Mary B welcomed South Ramsey D to Breagle Glen with the home side coming away with an 8-2 win.

In Division Four Douglas D picked up their first win of the season as they beat Peel D 6-4 at home. Castletown C went one better as they also claimed their first win of the season with an 8-2 home win over Douglas C.

Two newly formed teams North Ramsey C and Noble’s E clashed at Mooragh Park with the home team claiming an 8-2 victory, as the visitors missed out on reaching 100 chalks by just two chalks.

Jenny Moore secures Top Lady

The Ladies Association held Top Lady at Nobles Bowling Club on Sunday 19th May. 32 of the island’s Top Ladies were invited to play and the weather was scorching. Moore eased her way to the final where she met Janet Monk. Monk was almost taken out by her teammate Madison McMullan in the earlier stages with a hard fought effort which Monk won 21-17.

Quarter Final stages saw Jenny Moore take on last year’s winner Clare Cooper, with Moore progressing on to the next stage 21-16. Fiona Kennish secured her semi final spot 21-18 against Margaret Tasker. Debbie Leece was on top form on the day moving forward 21-10 against Sue Collier and Janet Monk ended all chances of an all South Ramsey final winning 21-16 against Gill Dixon. The Semi stage saw Moore end teammate Kennish’s chances 21-7. Monk had a tough game 21-19 to end Leece’s final chance. 

The final was enjoyed by lots of spectators enjoying the afternoon of sunshine. Janet Monk took control of the game on her favorite short curly spot she’d been playing most of the day, and at 12 ends was leading 14-3. But Jenny managed to get her off her mark and close the gap to 14-17. Janet then scored a 2 and a 1 to increase her lead to 20-14. But Jenny wasn’t ready to back down and went on to win the next 5 ends to run out eventual winner 21-20. 

The Ladies Association presented the trophies and thanked Nobles for hosting and helping out on the day.

Dunn Wins Maiden Association Cup Title

Onchan Bowling Club hosted the Association Cup on Sunday afternoon with the competition sponsored by Plumbmaster attracting 41 entries this year. The weather was glorious throughout the day.

Losing out at the quarter final stage were Marown’s Matthew Keggen 17-21 to South Ramsey’s Glynn Hargraves, Colin Kelly (Marown) was comfortably beaten 12-21 by fellow left hander Trevor Quayle (Port St Mary). In the other half of the draw South Ramsey’s David Bradford won 21-8 against Wayne Roberts (Port St Mary), whilst Paul Dunn beat Marown club mate Juan Killip 21-10.

The semi-finals were two very different stories with Quayle taking an early lead8-4 only for Hargraves to run out with a 21-9 win to take his place in the final. In the other semi-final Bradford and Dunn who contested last year’s final drew level five times, with Bradford making the first move to take an 18-14 lead. Dunn had to dig deep to finish strongly with two doubles and three singles in between a great bowl from Bradford to level up at 19-19 as the Marown captain edged home 21-19.

The final got underway with both players intent on picking up the title for the first time, it was Dunn who started strongly to take an early 11-6 lead. Hargraves drew back to within two chalks at 9-11, however Dunn picked up five consecutive singles to build up a 16-9 lead. Three singles over four ends from the South Ramsey man put the score at 12-17, however Dunn got back in to finish with a single, his second double of the final and a single to see out a well-deserved 21-12 victory to go one better than 2023.

The presentation was made by Competition Secretary Matthew Keggen, who thanked Plumbmaster for sponsoring the competition, Onchan Bowling Club for hosting, the club members for providing helpers and refreshments throughout the day.

Association Cup 2024 – SF & Final

Bolton & Jones Win Haldane Fisher Mixed Doubles

Saturday saw the staging of the 2024 Haldane Fisher Mixed Pairs Crown Green Bowling Competition. All 25 pairs taking part were treated to a Green in superb condition with glorious weather throughout the day.

At the quarter final stage home greeners Katie Jacobs and Keith Rose lost out 12-21 to Elaine Moore and Glynn Hargraves (South Ramsey), with Jenny Moore and James Teare (South Ramsey) losing out to the same score to Marown’s Lyn Bolton and Peter Jones. Caroline Whitehead (Port Erin) and Kevin Firth (Douglas) held off South Ramsey’s Kim Hargraves and Alan Moore 21-19, whilst Marown’s Debbie Leece and Neil Withers eased through to the semi-finals with a 21-9 win over Villa pair Rebecca Jacobs and Bob Callow.

In the semi-finals Bolton and Jones were pulled back to 14-15 by Moore and Hargraves, with the latter pair counting for three a great last bowl from Bolton ensured they kept their opponents at arms length as the Marown pair went on to win 21-16.

The other semi-final finished to the same score, with Whitehead and Firth getting the better of Leece and Withers with both pairs winning the same number of ends the Port Erin/Douglas duo scored better on the ends they won to progress to the final.

The final got underway with Whitehead and Firth scoring a single on the first end, then Jones led well at the front in the corners ably assisted by Bolton to win seven consecutive ends, only to concede a single, then picked up two singles to see the game out with a 21-8 victory to win the title.

The prizes were presented by competition secretary Andy Cannell who thanked Haldane Fisher for sponsoring the event. Douglas Bowling Club also allowed Junior bowlers to enter for a reduced entry fee and the option was given for Junior bowlers under 16 to enter with a member of the same sex, it is hoped more clubs participate in this approach with so many mixed doubles in the calendar it gives our Junior bowlers the opportunity to play more bowls, gaining valuable experience.

South Ramsey A Progress to Next Round of Rayner Shield

The second round of the Plumbmaster Rayner Shield & the first round of the Rayner Plate took place this week, with a mixed bag of weather. Monday was particularly wet with heavy rain throughout the afternoon into the evening, with home advantage lost for all teams who were drawn to play at home.

After their 6-4 away defeat to Marown A in the league last week South Ramsey A hosted the Crosby men five days later. This time out in completely different conditions, as the home team raced into a 3-1 lead at the half-way stage, with Bob Clark beating Neil Withers 21-15, Glynn Hargraves won to the same score against Colin Kelly, while David Bradford beat Tom Kelly 21-13. Hitting back for Marown Paul Dunn finished the game strongly holding off Stefan Kelly 21-19.

In the second half South Ramsey ensured their names went into the draw for the next round as James Teare beat Dean Kipling 21-15 to make the score 4-1 with a 24-chalk lead. Pulling a game back for Marown Glenn Boland overturned a 16-20 deficit against Jordan Cain to win 21-20. Dido Kelly picked up win number five for the home team as he beat Paul Kelly 21-14, then Peter Jones ensured it wasn’t a heavier defeat as he won 21-17 against Peter Collister. The match ended 5-3 to South Ramsey with 26 chalks separating the teams (161-135), with the home team dropping just seven chalks.

The closest game of the night was between Onchan C and Port Erin A at the Park, with the game ending 4-4, this was decided on chalks which went in favour of the Onchan men by four chalks (140-136).

North Ramsey A hosted Ballaugh A at Mooragh Park, with the home side seeing off their opponents 6-2, helped by three single figures wins from Paul Allison, Rob Monk, and Jimmy Moffatt. Winning for the visitors were Richard Hainge, who beat Steven Waters 21-13, whilst Mike Spooner won 21-10 against Gary Merrill.

Castletown A didn’t have it all their own way with their 5-3 victory, as they faced Division Two side Noble’s B at the Crofts. For the home team Nathan Cooil and Dean Kinley won 21-8 against Grahem Moore and Alex Hampson respectively.

Marown B played Noble’s C at Crosby, with the Division One side progressing thanks to a 6-2 win. The Noble’s men did put up a good fight, with Kevin Moore beating Matthew Keggen 21-19, Sam Colquitt beat Karl Parker 21-20. Alex Colquitt just lost out 20-21 to Harry Barton, whilst Roy Moore got to 17 against Brian Kelly.

Onchan A are now the second highest ranked team left in the competition, they took a convincing 1-7 away victory over Castletown B on a much nicer evening (Tuesday), with the home team scoring just 78 chalks as the Onchan men won five games to single figures. The lone winner for Town was Peter Oates who beat Jamie Clague 21-13.

Bottom of Division One Team – Marown C will be hoping for another good run in the Shield, they took on the team that sit top of Division Two – Peel B at Crosby, with the home team running out convincing 7-1 winners.

Peel C reached the quarter finals with a 2-6 away win over North Ramsey C.

In the Rayner Plate handicaps were awarded based on league position, along with whether teams were drawn at home or away.

South Ramsey C (+60) visited Ballaugh C (+55) with the away team coming away win a win by 14 chalks (182-196). Marown D (+70) came away from Peel D (+65) with a convincing win by 36 chalks.

Port St Mary B (+55) upset their higher ranked A Team (+15) as the match ended 4-4 on games which gave little prospect for the A Team to recover 40 chalks as they lost by 28 chalks on the night (187-159).

Onchan B (+35) overturned a 35 chalk deficit against South Ramsey D (+70) to win by 36 chalks (198-162) at the Park.

Second Division side South Ramsey B (+30) had just a 15 chalk start on Peel A (+15) to hold onto, however the men from the Sunset City managed to win by six chalks in a high scoring match (171-177).

Douglas B (+30) couldn’t use home advantage to overturn a 35 deficit on Ballaugh B (+65) as they lost by 22 chalks (168-190) despite winning 5-3 on games,

Finch Hill A (+30) comfortably turned over a 45-chalk handicap at home to Douglas C (+75) winning 8-0 on games to win by 27 chalks (198-171).

North Ramsey B (+40) hosted Noble’s A (+55) at Mooragh Park with the match finishing 4-4 on chalks, with the visitors holding on to progress, with the handicap coming into play as they won by seven chalks (174-181).