News: Men’s General
In Ellan Vannin Fuels Division One it was a rare double week with the top teams once again clashing as we get to the business end of the season.
Marown A will reflect on a poor week as whilst they won both games it was a chance missed to apply some pressure at the top as they dropped two points in their 8-2 win against their B Team at Crosby on Monday night with Karl Parker beating Juan Killip 21-14, while Peter Kelly beat Marown captain Paul Dunn 21-20.
On Wednesday evening Marown A were once again at home this time to Port St Mary A who stunned the Crosby men as they took four vital points off the visitors, with Trevor Quayle beating Paul Dunn 21-10, Tom Collins won 21-15 against Matthew Keggen, while Paul Russell stunned John Gelling 21-12. The shock of the night was Wayne Roberts beating Colin Kelly 21-19, with Kelly suffering a second home league defeat of the season. To put this into context prior to this season Kelly’s last home league loss was in 2011 to a certain John Kennish.
Peel A made the short journey north to take on Ballaugh A on Monday, the visitors came away with a 1-9 win. Patrick Grant was the star of the night as he beat Peter Greenlees 21-3, whilst South Ramsey A had a tough home fixture against Castletown A on a heavy green due to rain throughout the day localised to Ramsey, with the visitors losing 7-3 but good value for their three wins with Bob Clark beating James Teare 21-2, Jordan Drewett won 21-8 against Chas Grills, while Sam Clague beat Alan Moore 21-12, with the scores tied at 12-12 the former took six consecutive ends to seal his win.
On Wednesday night Peel A hosted league leaders South Ramsey A in the Sunset City, with the home team starting the match having won every home game so far this season, for a time it looked like the match would go 4-0 in their favour with George Gadsby storming home 21-4 against Chas Grills, Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly got over the line 21-17 against Stefan Kelly having led 18-5 at one point, while Tom Kelly crept home with a 21-19 win over Peter Collister. Peel captain Gary Smith had a five-point advantage at 19-14 over Alan Moore with the latter finishing the game strongly to run out with a 21-19 victory.
In the second half of the match South Ramsey hit back with captain Glynn Hargraves pulling the chalks level (82-82) with a superb 21-0 win over recent Autumn Shield winner Peter Greenlees. Next off was Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly who was always in control with his 21-13 win over Tommy McMeiken, whilst James Teare bounced back from his heavy defeat on Monday evening to put Andy Kennish to the sword 21-13. David Bradford rounded off the night and a remarkable comeback as he beat Darren Young 21-14 to seal a 3-7 victory for the visitors. The result leaves South Ramsey in a strong position barring a huge disaster, as they are 11 points ahead of Marown A and 14 points ahead of Peel A with just two games to play.
At the bottom of the table Noble’s A are officially relegated to Division Two, where they will look to regroup over the winter as they find their level, however they can leave with their heads held high as despite two defeats this week, they performed well as they lost 4-6 away to Peel B, followed up by a 3-7 home loss to North Ramsey A.
Ballaugh A are all but relegated as they look to be making an immediate return to Division Two after a tough week losing 1-9 at home to Peel A on Monday evening. On Wednesday evening they fared a bit better losing 3-7 at home to Douglas A.
In Division Two Onchan B moved to the top of the table following a 9-1 home win over Port St Mary B, then hit top spot despite only drawing 5-5 at home to Peel C in what could prove to be a costly result as the home team lost five games.
In joint second place just one-point back on the league leaders are Port Erin A and Castletown B with the latter recording two solid 9-1 wins this week, as they turned over South Ramsey B at the Crofts on Monday evening, then finished the week strongly as they beat Marown C at Crosby.
Port Erin A had a good start to the week and a bad finish as they seen off Douglas B 9-1 at home, while their visit north to take on South Ramsey B didn’t end so well as they were defeated 8-2. South Ramsey B remain in the mix in fourth place just four points off top spot with two games to play.
Finch Hill B have been relegated to Division Three as they are over 40 points away from safety with only 20 points available, while Port St Mary B are 14 points from safety and look to be dropping into Division Three.
In Division Three Ballaugh B look to be in control at the top of the league as they used their game in hand to go eight points clear of Onchan C following their 2-8 away win over Douglas C, which was followed up by a 9-1 home win over Peel D.
Onchan C also look assured of finishing no worse than second place as they won 8-2 in their only game this week, they are 15 points clear of Ballaugh C with just two games to be played.
Douglas C sit rock bottom as they are 26 points adrift of their lower ranked D Team who have outperformed them, and will no doubt need to have a reshuffle of players should they look to push for a higher finish next season.
On Saturday Ballaugh Bowling Club held the 32nd Keenan 4’s which was first played for in 1989. There were 35 pairs entered, the weather being fine starting cloudy but improved throughout the day.
In the top half of the draw the first quarter final was an all South Ramsey affair with Alan Moore and Glynn Hargraves taking on Stefan Kelly and Stuart Marshall. A tight game at 17 across after 13 ends Alan and Glynn sealed the win 21-18. The second quarter final was between Bob Clark (Castletown) and David Bradford (South Ramsey) versus Marown stalwarts Paul Dunn and Neil Withers 16 across after 17 ends, then Clark and Bradford won the game 21-16.
In the bottom half of the draw the third quarter final was between visitors Andrew White and Colin Crawford (Two Gates) and Glenn Moore and Tony Smart (North Ramsey). White and Crawford showed their class with a 21-10 win. The final quarter final was between home greeners John Keenan and John Maddrell against Andy Kennish (Peel Sunset) and Reg Temporaza (Onchan). Kennish and Temporaza were always ahead winning 21-12.
In the semi-finals Moore and Hargraves beat Clark and Bradford 21-15, whilst Kennish and Temporaza beat White and Clark 21-16.
In the final Kennish and Temporaza took the first four ends without reply from Moore and Hargraves giving them a buffer to win 21-13.
At the conclusion Club Captain John Maddrell thanked John Keenan for sponsoring the event for the 32nd year, Matt Moffat, the green keeper for preparing the green, Pat Mason and her team of ladies for the catering. John also thanked Richard Faragher, Maurice O’Reilly & Trevor Jones for running the competition so efficiently.
The highlight of the men’s team calendar, the Rayner Shield final sponsored by Canada Life International was held at the Villa (Douglas Bowling Club) on Thursday evening between Peel A and South Ramsey A on a superb playing surface. The northern men who are currently top of the league started as favourites, with Peel being the current holders of the Shield. For the third year running both captains agreed to do the draw ahead of the night, this once again generated considerable interest with a fantastic crowd in attendance on a fine evening for bowls.
First off the green with a win for South Ramsey was David Bradford, who is enjoying a fine season built up a 12-4 lead over Tommy McMeiken. Bradford maintained the lead to win 21-12. Next off was veteran Chas Grills who caused a mini upset with his game finely poised at 17-17 against Peel captain Gary Smith, with Grills running out to record a 21-17 win to put South Ramsey 2-0 ahead on games.
The last two games from the first half went to the wire and gave Peel some real hope with Dave ‘Barney’ getting over the line against South Ramsey captain Glynn Hargraves, with Kelly recovering from falling behind several times in the game with the latter playing crucial reaching bowls throughout to stay in the game and to eventually win 21-20.
Within 15 seconds of the third game finishing the match was level at 2-2 on games with George Gadsby playing an unbelievable last bowl against James Teare with the latter fighting back from a 15-19 deficit and counting for two at 20-20. Gadsby played a perfect bowl to count for game and snatch a crucial 21-20 win.
The match appeared to be finely balanced, however hope soon faded for the western men with South Ramsey taking big leads in the final four games as Dave’ Dido’ Kelly took a 15-7 lead over Andy Kennish, whilst Dido’s son Stefan Kelly stormed into a 15-3 lead against Peter Greenlees with both father and son playing their renowned corner to crown and back marks brilliantly. Alan Moore and Stevie Kelly was the last match on with Moore quick out of the blocks taking a 9-0 lead.
With three games falling heavily in the Ramsey men’s favour there was a sense of lost hope for Peel, with the fifth game on the green between Peter Collister and Tom Kelly coming to a conclusion with the score at 20-18 to Collister who finished the game off by playing a brilliant length bowl for South Ramsey to lead 3-2.
With enough points on the board for South Ramsey it was a case of when the win would be officially secured, this came fairly quickly with Dido Kelly capping off a fine performance as he beat Andy Kennish 21-7 to secure the Rayner Shield win on the night and the clubs fifth win overall.
Dido’s son Stefan ensured the outright win on games as he kept his focus to see the game out with a superb 21-9 win over Greenlees to put the match score at 5-2.
The last game on the green between Alan Moore and Stevie Kelly became difficult, with both players knowing the match was over, however this didn’t stop the game from going to the wire with Kelly recovering from a 0-9 deficit to lead 17-12 and then 20-14, only for Moore to respond with three quick-fire doubles and was counting one for game only for Kelly to play a good last bowl to secure Peel’s third 21-20 win of the night.
The result cannot be argued with South Ramsey winning three games comfortably, whilst winning the other two games to 17 and 18, with all three of South Ramsey’s defeats being to 20 the northern men also won by 39 chalks (165-126).
The presentation was made by competition committee officer Steve Moore, who thanked Canada Life International for their continued sponsorship of the competition and Douglas Bowling club members for assisting throughout the evening. Association President John Ryder was then introduced to present the Rayner Shield to South Ramsey captain Glynn Hargraves who congratulated his team, offered commiserations to Peel, thanked their green keeper for preparing a superb surface and to everyone who had turned up to watch.
In Ellan Vannin Fuels Division One the match of the week was undoubtedly the game at Crosby between Marown A and Peel A with the home team starting the match two points behind their opponents. The Crosby men made home advantage count as they reversed the result from the away fixture to win 8-2. The two winners for the visitors were Tom Kelly who stormed home 21-5 against Juan Killip, while George Gadsby just got over the line 21-20 against Matthew Keggen. Just losing out 19-21 were Peter Greenlees and Andy Kennish to Phil Kelly and Paul Kelly respectively. For the home team Neil Withers impressed with his 21-9 win over Tommy McMeiken, Colin Kelly beat Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly 21-10, while the two captains Paul Dunn and Gary Smith were up against each other with Dunn winning 21-15. John Gelling also picked up a win for his team as he beat Stevie Kelly 21-16. Marown have now crept up to second place and are well positioned for the run in with four of their five fixtures on their home green.
Noble’s A hosted league leaders South Ramsey A who extended their league with a 1-9 victory. Lone winner for the Noble’s men was Mark ‘Postie’ Quinn who delivered a resounding 21-12 win over Stefan Kelly. Next highest scorer for the home team was Sam Stannard-Duke who lost 14-21 against South Ramsey captain Glynn Hargraves. Winning to single figures for the visitors were Peter Collister, David Bradford, James Teare and Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly. Whilst South have a nine point lead they know all too well that a tough run in with away fixtures to Marown A, Peel A and Douglas A, their lead could soon slip away.
Peel B took one step closer to safety as they won 7-3 at home to Port St Mary A. For Peel captain Paul ‘Pooky’ Quirk won 21-9 against Will Cain, with team mate Dave Smith claiming the biggest win of the night 21-5 against Paul Russell. Port lost two games to 20-21 with Ray Watterson and Tom Collins on the wrong end of the result to Brian Lindsay and Robert Middleton respectively. For Port Robbie Cooil beat Michael Kavanagh 21-14, Wayne Roberts eased to a 21-11 win over Gordon Corrin, while Trevor Quayle had to fight for his 21-19 win over David Proctor.
Onchan A kept visitors Ballaugh A under 100 points as the visitors were well beaten 9-1. The only Ballaugh winner was Richard Hainge who is playing his first season in the top division with Hainge pulling off a stunning 21-11 win over Reginald Temporaza, who has proved a tough opponent for many bowlers this season. Four home winners ran out with single figure wins from Frank Watson, Phil Kerruish, Jordan Cain and Kevin Quirk.
North Ramsey A and Marown B battled it out at Mooragh Park with the home team winning 6-4 with only eight chalks separating the teams (145-137). The wins from the home team were comfortable. For the visitors Steve Wilson stepped in for the Crosby men, he impressed with his 21-15 win over Geoff Porter, Glenn Boland beat captain Gary Merrill 21-12, while John Kelly won 21-20 against Allan Callow.
Castletown A had a solid 7-3 home win over Douglas A. Winning for the visitors were the in-form Andy Cannell and Shaun Seal with comfortable wins, while Jimmy Sansom beat Town captain Ian Watson 21-19. Bob Clark recorded the best win for the home team with his 21-9 win over Merv Sayle, with Sam Clague, Nathan Hamilton and Aaron Richardson also taking good wins, while Dean Kinley beat Kevin Firth 21-19 in a close game.
In Division Two league leaders South Ramsey B bounced back from the previous weeks’ poor result as they won 10-0 at home to Finch Hill B with the result never in doubt with the highest scoring Finch Hill players reached 15 chalks. The visitors scored 65 chalks overall on the night, not helped by being a man short.
Port Erin A helped their cause for promotion with a good 8-2 win at Breagle Glen over Castletown B with three single figure wins from Peter Addison, Seamus Whelan and Harry Minor, whilst their other three wins they had to work for as Bernie Durcan beat Ross Moore 21-18, Ken Horsley won 21-19 against Ron Williams, while Derek Cadamy just snatched a 21-20 win against Peter Oates. The two losses for Port Erin could also have gone the other way with David Cain losing 19-21 to Collin Holland and Derek Allen was beat 20-21 by George Foy.
Onchan B are seven points further back on the league leaders with a game in hand following their 4-6 away win over Douglas B. The result could just as easily have ended up 2-8 to Onchan as they lost two games 20-21 with Will Penhallurick and Mike Kelly losing to William Cowley and Rob Matthews respectively. The match was one of the highest scoring games of the season with just five chalks separating the teams (149-154).
Port St Mary B had a tough time at home as they lost 2-8 to South Ramsey C. Their two winners were Peter Collins who beat Paul Routledge 21-15 and Derek Cain who won 21-10 against Tony Marler, while Nick Peterson lost 20-21 to South Ramsey captain Tony Hart. The visitors had two single figures winners with James Evans beating Andy Sykes 21-5, with team mate Andy Morgan winning 21-9 against Ray Maddrell.
Marown C carried the feel good factor from the Rayner Plate final into their home fixture with Peel C, with Walter McCarthy beating Phillip Clarke 21-2, Kevin Kelly won 21-17 against Alan Cromwell with captain Stephen Rundle having to dig deep to beat Harry Kelly 21-20. Winning for Peel were Mike Ashmole as he beat Jamie Joughin 21-14, while Kevin Mort beat Stephen Storey 21-16.
In Division Three Onchan C stayed in top spot with a five-point lead despite losing 7-3 away to Ballaugh B. The northern team do have a game in hand on the leaders and are well placed to return to the top of the league.
Port Erin B and Marown D played out a 5-5 draw at Breagle Glen as the visitors only won three games but took the chalks courtesy of a walkover which resulted in them taking the aggregate by just four chalks (133-137).
South Ramsey D lost 4-6 at home to Ballaugh C. For the Ballaugh men Nigel Tebay was relentless with his 21-2 win over Robert Snape. For the home team Jay Moore was the best winner as be won 21-8 against his Uncle Gordie Moore, while Junior player Ryan Hargraves recovered from a 11-18 deficit to run out with a 21-18 win over Richard Green.
Peel D kept visitors Douglas C to just 92 chalks as then won 8-2, thanks to three single figure wins, with Douglas getting one single figure win as Greg Brew won 21-8 against Owen Crompton.
Douglas D lost 3-7 at home to Noble’s B losing the aggregate by just six chalks (140-146). The home team wins came from Nick Firth, Juan Readshaw and David Cowley.
In Ellan Vannin Fuels Division One it was an emotional night for the home team Port St Mary A played their last ever league fixture on the current green, signing off in style as they beat North Ramsey A 8-2. Five single figure wins went in favour of the home team as Trevor Quayle beat Paul Cannan 21-1, Wayne Roberts beat Ray Skelly 21-3, with Paul Skelly not far behind as he on 21-5 against John Cannan, while Robbie Cooil and Tim Williams won 21-8 against Tony Smart and Allan Callow respectively. Winners for the Mooragh Park men were captain Gary Merrill as he beat Tom Collins 21-15, while Steve Walmsley won 21-18 against Dan McCabe.
Marown A visited second from bottom Ballaugh A with the home team managing to take two games off the Crosby men as they did to South Ramsey A recently as they lost 2-8. Tony Quine pulled off a stunning 21-18 over Marown captain Paul Dunn, while Edgar Cowin beat Phil Kelly 21-20. The result may have been worse for the visitors, however Juan Killip edged home 21-19 against John Keenan, while Paul Kelly just got the win 21-20 against Barry McDonald. John Gelling came back into the team in place of Dean Kipling as he won 21-9 against John Maddrell, with Matthew Keggen, Colin Kelly and Neil Withers the other winners.
Peel A hosted Castletown A with the home team taking a good 8-2 win with captain Gary Smith recording the biggest win of the night as he beat Peel Town Cup Finalist Dean Kinley 21-6. For Castletown Bob Clark won 21-12 against Darren Young, while Jordan Drewett beat Peter Greenlees 21-18. All of the home wins for the Peel men were comfortable.
Toughest match on paper this week was South Ramsey A who hosted Onchan A. After four games South Ramsey were 4-0 up on games, with David Bradford up against Reg Temporaza, after recovering from a 2-9 deficit Bradford took charge to win 21-16. South captain Glynn Hargraves beat Phil Kerruish 21-12, Peter Collister won 21-10 against Mark Kelly, while James Teare dug deep to run out from a 16-19 deficit to win 21-19 against Steve Parker. Onchan hit back with Matthew Quirk winning 21-6 against Chas Grills, with Jordan Cain also winning as he beat Stefan Kelly 21-16. Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly made no mistake as he beat Kevin Quirk 21-7, while Alan Moore had to battle to overcome Frank Watson 21-18.
Douglas A recorded a 7-3 home win over Peel B with all the games reaching double figures. Winning for Peel were Dougie Allan who beat Merv Sayle 21-15, David Smith beat Jimmy Sansom, while David Proctor had a tough battle with Ian Moore before winning 21-18. For the home team Kevin Firth recorded the biggest win as he won 21-10 against the ‘real’ Paul Quirk, while Andy Cannell didn’t have it all his own way as he won 21-17 against Michael Kavanagh, with Shaun Seal continuing to go well in the individual merit as he beat Paul ‘Pooky’ Quirk 21-18.
Marown B picked up their second successive win as they beat Noble’s A 8-2 at Crosby. For the visitors Les Brookes caused an upset as he beat Glenn Boland 21-17, while Dave Naughton beat Brian Cain 21-15. For the home team Kevin Kelly beat Mark Kneen 21-8, with Darren Kerruish winning to the same score against Juan Qualtrough, while Karl Parker had to work hard for his 21-19 win over Martyn Hobson, as did Bobby Thorne with his 21-20 victory over Stephen Hampson.
In Division Two South Ramsey B continue to be consistently inconsistent as they travelled to Onchan B, with the home team winning 8-2. Whilst the result wasn’t surprising Neil Dunwell did cause an upset as he beat Tony Dugdale 21-13. The only winners for the visitors were Steven Waters who beat Mike Kelly 21-15 and Bryan Corner who won 21-11 against Mike Thomas. For the home team Colin Spence beat Edward Carlyle 21-7, Mike Alexander won 21-1 against Tony Marler, while Paul Clinton just snatched a 21-20 win against Ben Dugdale. Onchan B are just three points behind South Ramsey B with a game in hand.
Finch Hill B had a good week as they won 7-3 against Rayner Plate Finalists Marown C, with just three chalks separating the teams (135-132). For the visitors Walter McCarthy won 21-9 against Brian Atherton, as did Jamie Joughin as he beat Chris Thompson. Finch Hill had one single figure win from Stephen Oates who beat Marown captain Stephen Rundle 21-8.
Castletown B and Finch Hill A did each other no favours as they played out a 4-4 draw with the Town men getting the 6-4 win as they easily won the chalks (141-115). Castletown B are still well placed to return to top spot as they sit just two points South Ramsey B, also have a game in hand.
Peel Sunset C made light work of visitors Port St Mary B as they won 9-1 on Tuesday evening with Will Cain the lone winner for Port as he beat Ian Pendlebury.
The closest match of the week was between South Ramsey C and Port Erin A who played a 5-5 draw. The home team only won three games, however they secured the aggregate by four chalks (141-137) helped by James Evans winning 21-6 against Peter Addison.
In Division Three Onchan C occupy top spot following their 8-2 home win over Castletown C, whilst Ballaugh B remain in contention nine points behind with a game in hand following their 3-7 win against their lower ranked C Team. Noble’s B had a good 8-2 home win against Peel D, with Andrew Cover and Philip Pemberton both winning close games to prevent the whitewash, while Port Erin B came away from the Villa with a 2-8 win over Douglas C.
The final of the Canada Life International sponsored Rayner Plate takes place on Friday evening between second division side Marown C (+42) and Division One’s Port St Mary A (+15) in a repeat of the 2019 final held at Onchan, which the Crosby men won convincingly on the night by 35 points (188-153) to cause a massive upset as Marown had a 40-point start on the Port Men last time out.
Marown C (+27) reached the final courtesy of a convincing 8-0 home win over Ballaugh C (+66), despite having to make up 39 chalks they won by 40 chalks (195-155) on the night to take their place in the final, while Port St Mary A (SCR) advanced with their 8-0 home win over Marown B (+24) winning comfortably by 45 chalks as they pulled back the 24 head start that the Crosby men had at the start of play.
This time the difference between the teams is a 27-point head start for Marown C, with handicaps based on the previous seasons league positions they will look to hold onto this as they still have six of the eight men from the 2019 victory in their squad, along with a further two years’ experience.
The Marown men led by captain Stephen Rundle are performing well in Division Two, will fancy their chances as they have three or four players in their C Team pushing to move up to the B Team next year as they continue to improve. Last time out they won four games against Port and the hero of the night was undoubtedly Jamie Joughin as he won 21-8 against Wayne Roberts, he is certainly one of the Marown men who will be looking to pick up a win.
Port St Mary have had a change of captain with Wayne Roberts now leading them, they recently played their last ever home fixture, they are in their third straight Rayner Plate final, having lost out to Castletown B last year they will not be underestimating their opponents this time out. Similar to the Marown team they still have six players in the squad from the 2019 final, they will be looking to get off to a good start to pull the handicap back with their big hitters Trevor Quayle, Paul Skelly and Wayne Roberts more than capable of inflicting heavy defeats on their opponents.
Marown C will be hoping for their third success in this competition which is remarkable considering they only went into the night league in 2016, while Port St Mary A will be looking to pick up their second victory following their first title picked up in 2016 against Port Erin A.
The match starts at 7pm. Best of luck to both teams for what promises to be a fascinating encounter.
Peel A had the toughest match of the top three teams in Ellan Vannin Fuels Division One this week as they hosted Onchan A with the home team taking a reasonable 7-3 win, however they did lose some ground on the league leaders. The game was close with just three chalks separating the teams (143-140). For the visitors Matthew Quirk returned to winning ways with a 21-8 win over Tom Kelly, a result matched by the home team as Andy Kennish beat Mark Kelly. Also winning for Onchan were Reginald Temporaza who beat Gary Smith 21-15, with Phil Kerruish beating Peter Greenlees to the same score. For the home team winning four high scoring games were Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly who beat Peter Slinger 21-16, Tommy McMeiken beat Kevin Quirk 21-17, while Ste Kelly and George Gadsby both won 21-18 against Frank Watson and Jordan Cain respectively.
Marown A had a tough looking away fixture to Castletown A at the Crofts, however they got through the fixture relatively unscathed matching the 1-9 win that league leaders South Ramsey A picked up in June. The only winner for the Town men was Aaron Richardson with an impressive 21-13 win over John Gelling, while Bob Clark was next highest scorer for the home team losing 18-21 after going into a 17-13 lead only for Colin Kelly to see the game out for the Crosby men. There were two single figure wins for Marown with Neil Withers winning 21-2 against Ian Watson, while Paul Kelly beat Dean Kinley 21-5.
League leaders South Ramsey A had a solid 10-0 home win over near rivals North Ramsey A, with the result never in doubt as visiting captain Gary Merrill was the highest scorer losing 15-21 to Alan Moore, while David Bradford and Glynn Hargraves both won to single figures.
Noble’s A won’t have been too disheartened to lose 3-7 away to Ballaugh A as just four chalks separated the teams in favour of the Ballaugh men (145-141) with their wins coming from Mark Kneen, Sam Stannard-Duke and Les Brookes.
Port St Mary A could start to slide down the league now, as they have just one home league fixture remaining this season, as they lost 3-7 away to Douglas A. Winning for the home team were Andy Cannell, who won 21-3 against Tom Collins, Shaun Seal who is performing well this season beat Dan McCabe 21-15, while Jimmy Sansom won 21-13 against Robbie Cooil. Ian Moore had a good 21-10 win against Wayne Roberts and Keith Rise had an impressive 21-11 win over Paul Skelly. For Port Trevor Quayle just crept home 21-20 against Villa captain Merv Sayle, while Paul Russell and Tim Williams both won their second successive away game in a week.
Marown B hosted Peel B with the home team improving on the 7-3 win their higher ranked A team recorded last month as they won 8-2, with Jamie Joughin stepping up from the C team as he did his case for full time promotion to the B team absolutely no harm at all winning 21-6 against Dave Smith, with that win also matched by Brian Kelly who beat Rob Middleton and Peter Kelly showing his class to beat Paul ‘Pooky’ Quirk. Karl Parker edged a tough game with Brian Lindsay to win 21-17, with John Kelly also having to battle hard to beat the ‘real’ Paul Quirk 21-19. Winning for the visitors were Mick Kavanagh as he beat James Kelly 21-10, while David Proctor won comfortably 21-11 against Darren Kerruish.
In Division Two Finch Hill A came unstuck away to Onchan B as they lost 8-2, while South Ramsey B bounced back to hit top spot this week with two wins as they won 3-7 away to Peel C. On Wednesday they played their rearranged fixture at home to Port St Mary B, winning 9-1 with Austin Hart losing out 17-21 to Derek Cain.
Marown C picked up a brilliant 2-8 away win over Port St Mary B, whilst Douglas B won 2-8 away from home against Finch Hill B.
Castletown B sit in fourth place with a game in hand, stay firmly in the mix following their 4-6 away win over South Ramsey C.
In Division Three league leaders Onchan C won 7-3 at home to South Ramsey D with the visitors just missing out on the aggregate by just one chalk (132-131). Junior Ryan Hargraves got back to winning ways as he beat Brian Aspden 21-12.
Peel D took a good 3-7 away win over Marown D, just winning out on two extra points with Andrew Cover losing 20-21 to fellow new bowler Steve Cain, while Owen Crompton lost 18-21 to Alan Gault.
Third placed Ballaugh C won 7-3 at home to their nearest rivals Port Erin B, who sit in fourth spot, while Noble’s B won 6-4 at home to Douglas C with 13 chalks separating the teams (137-124).
Douglas D have their new bowlers continuing to impress as won 7-3 at home to Castletown C, with wins from Ashley Halsall, Greg Tomlinson, John Ferguson, Nick Firth and David Cowley with the new guys no doubt competing to outdo each other, it forms healthy competition within the team.
On Wednesday night current league champions Marown A hosted South Ramsey A in the second semi-final of the Rayner Shield with the Crosby men beating the same opponents 6-2 at the same stage at home last season they started as clear favourites.
It was Neil Withers who got the Crosby men off to a fine start with a 21-8 win over Stefan Kelly. South Ramsey hit back with captain Glynn Hargraves beating Matthew Keggen 21-12, while James Teare fought back from a 16-19 deficit to beat Dean Kipling 21-19. David Bradford came close to winning to single figures against Manx Champion Colin Kelly before a comeback from Kelly as he reached 14-20 only for Bradford to play a great last bowl to seal a 21-14 win and a 3-1 lead at the half way stage.
In the second half Paul Kelly gave the Crosby men some hope with a resounding 21-5 win over Chas Grills, with the chalks still in play if Marown could win two more games on the night as Kelly put the match score to 2-3 with Marown holding an 11 chalk advantage (87-76). Hope started to fizzle out for Marown as Peter Collister was quickly off the green with a 21-10 win over Phil Kelly, with Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly also holding a big lead over Juan Killip as he went on to win 21-6 to seal the win for South. Last game off was Alan Moore who took on home captain Paul Dunn, with only personal pride to play for, however Moore played brilliantly as he won 21-15 to seal a 6-2 win for the visitors and in doing so put the icing on the cake on a fine night of bowls played in front of a good crowd with a great atmosphere.
South Ramsey A now go on to play Peel A in the final, which is due to be held on Thursday 26th August with the venue to be confirmed.
The Islands premier doubles competition was hosted by Peel Bowling Club on Sunday on a much slower green than that enjoyed for the recent Peel Town Cup. The competition was played 21 up off a handicap of +3 for all competitors. The event was well supported with 32 pairs entering in a bid to win the coveted title.
An all South Ramsey affair had Lee Dawson and Tony Hart lose 9-21 to Glynn Hargraves and David Bradford, while Port St Mary duo Wayne Roberts and Trevor Quayle were 14-14 against Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly and son Stevie Kelly (Peel) before losing 14-21. An all Marown tie was won 21-15 by Neil Withers and Paul Dunn against Colin Kelly and Juan Killip, while South Ramsey’s Tony Dugdale and James Teare lost 12-21 to Matthew Keggen and Paul Kelly (Marown).
In the semi-finals Hargraves and Bradford got off to a good start taking an 8-3 lead over Barney & Stevie Kelly with the latter pairing getting a run of ends playing along the edge in front of the clubhouse to turn the game around to lead 16-8. Hargraves and Bradford dug in to recover the score to just one point behind at 16-17, only to concede a double and a single, then picked up a single themselves and were lying one only for Stevie to play a great reaching bowl to win the game 21-17. The other semi-final was much more straightforward with Withers and Dunn winning comfortably 21-8 against Keggen and Kelly.
In a repeat of the 2020 final Withers and Dunn won six of the first seven ends to lead 10-4, with Withers playing over the middle of the green. The Peel pair responded with two doubles to sit just two points behind at 8-10, this kicked the Marown men into gear as they scored a three, two doubles and a single to take control of the game 18-8. A huge comeback appeared to be on the card as a single allowed Barney to get into the corners with two successive ends scoring three pulled the score back to 15-18, however Withers and Dunn dug deep to take a double and a single to win 21-18 as they retained the title they won at Port St Mary last year in another entertaining final.
The presentation was made by Association Competition Secretary Steve Moore, who thanked Peel Bowling Club for the use of the green and its members for providing helpers throughout the day. Upon accepting the prizes Paul Dunn thanked everyone involved in the running of the competition, their opponents and also his playing partner.
In Ellan Vannin Fuels Division One South Ramsey A gave hope to the teams below them, following two below par results this week as despite winning both games they dropped seven points.
Monday nights result was a 3-7 away win over Peel B, with wins for the home team from David Proctor who beat James Teare 21-11, Dave Smith won 21-17 against Peter Collister and Dougie Allan was lying game down at 19-19 against Chas Grills and played a reaching bowl to save the game and count for one. On the last end Grills knocked his opponent in for game when counting one himself. All the wins for South were comfortable with David Bradford showing no ill effects from his recent absence to win 21-6 against Paul ‘Pooky’ Quirk, while Tony Dugdale was a more than capable stand in for Stefan Kelly as he won 21-9 against the ‘real’ Paul Quirk.
On Tuesday South caught up on the fixtures as they hosted Port St Mary A in their rearranged fixture. Ramsey had been only place on the Island that day to get hit with rain and heavy rain at that. This is not to take away from Port St Mary A as they performed well to take four points off the league leaders with Paul Russell winning 21-20 against James Teare with a great last bowl, Paul Skelly was lying game down at 18-20 and struck his opponents bowl off the green, then finished the game on the next end with a double to also win 21-20. Wayne Roberts won 21-18 against Chas Grills, while Tim Williams won a close game with Alan Moore 21-19. For the home team David Bradford recorded another single figure win as he beat Tom Collins 21-2, Peter Collister beat Dan McCabe 21-7, Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly was on his game as he beat Trevor Quayle 21-12, while Glynn Hargraves had to dig in to get over the line 21-18 against Robbie Cooil who came closest to securing a fifth win for Port.
Peel A kept themselves firmly in contention, were just two chalks off recording a 10-0 win, as they won 1-9 away to Noble’s A with Steve Cook beating Peel captain Gary Smith 21-19. Ste Kelly was the biggest winner on the night with his 21-2 win over Martyn Hobson, while his father Barney beat Dave Naughton 21-7. For Noble’s Sam Stannard-Duke came closest to picking up another point as he lost 17-21 to Tom Kelly.
Marown A continue to chase down the teams above them, they were ruthless with their 10-0 home win over Douglas A who were missing their top man Andy Cannell, while John Gelling made his return to the Marown team with a 21-12 win over Gordon Wynne-Smythe. The Crosby men recorded two single figure wins from Juan Killip and Paul Dunn who beat Keith Rise and Kevin Firth respectively. Shaun Seal was highest scorer for the Villa men as he was beaten 15-21 by Dean Kipling.
Onchan A beat Castletown A 7-3 at the Park with just three chalks separating the teams (132-129) as Dean Kinley won 21-1 against Mark Kelly, Bob Clark returned to the side with a 21-14 win over Matthew Quirk who suffered a second successive defeat, while Nathan Hamilton had a solid 21-12 win over Frank Watson. For Onchan Phil Kerruish just edged home 21-20 against Aaron Richardson, Kevin Quirk and Peter Slinger both won 21-12 against Nathan Cooil and Sam Clague respectively, whilst a battle of the Jordan’s was won by Cain as he beat Drewett 21-9, with Reginald Temporaza beating Ian Watson 21-13.
Ballaugh A survival hopes took a hit as they lost 2-8 away to North Ramsey A with Ballaugh’s Richard Hainge taking a brilliant 21-11 win against John Cannan, while team mate Philip Quayle wasn’t far behind with his 21-12 win over Steve Walmsley.
Marown B suffered their third straight defeat away to Port St Mary A as they lost 3-7. Winning for the visitors were Bobby Thorne who beat Dan McCabe 21-13, James Kelly who beat Paul Russell 21-19 and Karl Parker who won 21-16 against Tom Collins. Robbie Cooil was the Port men’s best winner as he won 21-9 against John Kelly, Paul Skelly was pushed hard as he beat Glenn Boland 21-19, while Wayne Roberts, Trevor Quayle and Tim Williams all won 21-10.
In Division Two just three fixtures took place this week as Port Erin A held onto top spot with a hard fought 6-4 home win over Onchan B in a high scoring game (151-141), while second placed Finch Hill A made up some ground with their 9-1 home win over their B Team as Stephen Oates prevented the whitewash with a 21-20 win over Kevin Anderson. Dave McCabe edged ahead in the overall individual merit courtesy of Tony Dugdale stepping into South Ramsey’s A Team.
Douglas B played host to Peel C with the home team taking a 6-4 win, with 11 chalks separating the teams (128-117) as Rob Matthews beat Paul Baker 21-9, with Bob Callow winning 21-4 against Kevin Mort. Mike Ashmole responded for the visitors with his 21-7 win over Andy Foster.
In Division Three Onchan C went top following their 2-8 away win over Port Erin B at Breagle Glen, thanks to three single figure wins from Jamie Clague, Sid McKnight and Lawrence McMullen, while Roger Payne received a walk over. Dennis Maxwell made sure of the extra point that took them to top spot with his 21-20 win over Ian Taylor.
Ballaugh B dropped four points at home to second from bottom Douglas D as they won 6-4, with John Bolton leading the way in the individual merit as he won 21-10 against David Cowley. Recording four impressive wins for the visitors were Nick Firth as he beat John Kneen 21-15, John Ferguson won 21-10 against Mike Buckeridge, while Juan Readshaw and David Caley both won 21-14 against John Looney and Fred Waggett respectively.
Third placed Ballaugh C had a tough time away to Peel D losing two games 20-21 with Peter Corlett and Mark Timsdale just falling short, while team mates Nigel Tebay and Richard Green both recorded impressive 21-8 wins for the visitors.
Noble’s B closed the gap on Castletown C to just five points with their 3-7 away win with Jay Elliott picking up his second win since taking the game up this season with a 21-12 victory over Dylan Marsh.
Rounding off the weeks’ fixtures Marown D took their own impressive 3-7 away win over Douglas C with captain Phil Dunn winning 21-11 over Les Quayle, while Alan Gault beat James Teare 21-8 as the Crosby men sit in a credible fifth place in their ever season.
There was a fascinating encounter on Monday evening in Ellan Vannin Fuels Division One with 22- time league champions Onchan A visiting Marown A at Crosby, who themselves have 13 league title wins in the bag. Whilst Onchan A have not challenged for the title in recent years, they do still have the players who can damage anyone on their day as they took five points off Marown in a 5-5 draw.
Onchan only had three winners, however they all won convincingly as visiting captain Peter Slinger stormed home 21-3 against Matthew Keggen, while Reg Temporaza won 21-11 against Phil Kelly, with Kevin Quirk also beating Juan Killip to the same score with the game finely balanced at 11-11 Quirk took 10 consecutive points to see the game out.
For the Crosby men they had three 21-18 winners with Neil Withers fighting back from a 11-17 deficit to beat Matthew Quirk. Dean Kipling has returned full time to the team and was in good form as he beat Jordan Cain with the latter battling back from a 0-9 deficit with Paul Kelly the last of the 21-18 wins with his victory over Steve Parker as he was trailing 5-13 before kicking into gear. Captain Paul Dunn won 21-13 against Mark Kelly, while Colin Kelly romped home 21-5 against Frank Watson.
Onchan secured an impressive draw as they took the two-point aggregate by five chalks (130-135) thanks in part to the high scoring from three of their losers to inflict a potentially damaging result to Marown as they look to retain the league.
Douglas A made the most of an extremely tricky home green as they beat Marown B 9-1 with the whitewash prevented by Bobby Thorne as he fought back from an 8-19 deficit taking 13 consecutive chalks to beat Gordon Wynne-Smythe 21-19. The next closest to picking up an extra point for the Crosby men was Glenn Boland who lost out 17-21 to Mervin Sayle. Kevin Firth stepped in for the home team once again and he was the biggest winner as he beat Darren Kerruish 21-6.
Castletown A had their star man Bob Clark missing from their home game with Noble’s A with Clark extending his trip off island, however this didn’t stop the home team from recording a 9-1 win on the night. Winning to single figures for the Town men were captain Ian Watson who beat Stephen Hampson 21-4, while Nathan Cooil picked up his second successive win as he beat Martyn Hobson 21-7. For Noble’s Steve Cook was the only winner as he beat stand in Jeff Kinley 21-17 with the latter making his first night league appearance of the season.
Ballaugh A closed the gap on nearest rivals Peel B to eight points with a game in hand as they faced off at the Ballaugh green, with the home team taking a 6-4 win thanks to winning the aggregate by six chalks (136-130). Edgar Cowin beat the ‘real’ Paul Quirk 21-9, with team mate Richard Hainge mastering his home green with a 21-5 win over David Proctor. Young Patrick Grant got home with a 21-18 win after a tough battle with Brian Lindsay. Visiting captain Paul ‘Pooky’ Quirk won 21-7 against Tony Quine, while Robert Middleton just edged out Barry McDonald 21-18.
Peel A hit top spot with South Ramsey’s postponed fixture thanks to their 10-0 home win over North Ramsey A. Winning to single figures for the home team were Peter Greenlees, Tommy McMeiken, Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly and Gary Smith. The closest visitor to picking up a point was Paul Cannan who lost 18-21 to Tom Kelly.
South Ramsey A had their home fixture with Port St Mary A moved to Tuesday 3rd August.
Ballaugh A and Marown A caught up on a previously postponed fixture with the Ballaugh men losing out 4-6 and the aggregate by just three chalks (136-139). Glenn Boland’s 21-2 win over Barry McDonald was the most damaging to the Ballaugh men for the chalks.
In Division Two Port Erin A were the latest team to hit top spot as they won 2-8 away to Finch Hill B, with Seamus Whelan just missing out on adding an extra point for the Breagle Glen men as he lost 19-21 to Peter Woods, while Frank Christian beat Derek Cadamy 21-11. The biggest winner for the visitors was Bernie Durcan as he beat Chris Thompson 21-9.
The closest match of the night was between rivals Onchan B and Castletown B as the visitors won 4-6 and just claiming the aggregate by a solitary chalk (141-142). For Onchan Neil Dunwell beat Ron Williams 21-19, while Mike Thomas was the biggest winner as he beat Dave Hollingworth 21-11. Paul Clinton just lost 19-21 to George Foy while Will Penhallurick cruelly lost 20-21 to Peter Oates. Collin Holland helped the visitors cause as he beat Mike Kelly 21-8.
South Ramsey B had their hopes of being promoted damaged following their 3-7 away defeat at the hands of Marown C as they had father and son Tony and Ben Dugdale unavailable. For the visitors Steven Waters beat Keith Watterson 21-2, Bryan Corner won 21-5 against Gary Cooper, while Austin Hart beat Carey Dewhirst 21-12. For the Crosby men Walter McCarthy stepped back down to the C team after last week turning out for the B Team as he beat Toby Hart 21-8, while Jamie Joughin beat George Brew 21-7. The winners for Marown were to low double figures to ensure the chalks went in favour of the home team (124-115).
Port St Mary B couldn’t make home advantage count on an extremely tricky green as they lost 3-7 against visitors Douglas B. Visiting captain Andy Foster had his first win on Port St Mary as he beat Andy Sykes 21-18, while Pat O’Donohue was the biggest winner of the night with his 21-9 win over Bernard Thackrah. Home captain Ken Karran just got over the line 21-20 against Bob Callow, while Peter Collins took the kitty home thanks to his 21-11 win over Geoff Mayles. Derek Cain had a tough encounter with Rob Matthews with the former winning 21-17.
Peel C hosted Finch Hill A in the Sunset City, however the home team lost 4-6 on the night with the worst loser for Finch scoring 15, whilst the Finch Hill winners all won comfortably with Paul Dougherty and Peter Hughes both winning 21-11 against Ian Pendlebury and Kevin Mort respectively, while Dave McCabe won 21-14 against Harry Kelly, with Arthur Halsall beating Jeff Wilson 21-14. For Peel Mike Ashmole battled well to win 21-19 against Tony Epifani, while Phillip Clarke beat Paddy Murphy 21-18.
In Division Three South Ramsey D won five games away to Douglas D but just missed out on the aggregate by a solitary chalk (137-136) resulting in a 5-5 draw with Douglas D. Nick Firth continues to impress with a 21-4 win over Jay Moore, with Juan Readshaw beating Ryan Hargraves 21-7, while David Cowley just got the win 21-20 against Matthew Corkill. For the visitors Richard Davies beat John Ferguson 21-9, with Steve Kelly beating Trevor Latus 21-11.
Ballaugh C won 8-2 at home to Douglas C with three single figure wins from the home team from Nigel Tebay, Gordie Moore and Richard Green. For the visitors Junior bowler Clark Kelly won 21-13 against Brian Lace while Michael Knowles won 21-16 against Mark Dimsdale.
Noble’s B picked up their fifth win of the season following their 6-4 home victory over Marown D. For the home team Phil Salmon beat Rob Hammond 21-6 with Stephen Corkill winning 21-3 against Alex Colquitt. For the visitors captain Phil Dunn beat Terry Bates.
Onchan C won 7-3 at home to Peel D with three big wins from Sid McKnight, Lawrence McMullen and Jamie Clague, while Roger Payne inflicted a second league defeat of the season on Philip ‘Pip’ Pemberton.
Castletown B and Ballaugh B was another fixture that was postponed with a new date to be set.
The first semi-final of the Rayner Shield took place on Wednesday evening with Peel A sweeping aside Castletown B 7-1 in the Sunset City. The only winner for Town was Peter Oates with a 21-20 victory over Darren Young. All the home wins were comfortable with three 21-12 wins and four 21-15 wins as the holders Peel A took their place in the final for a second successive season.
In the Rayner Plate quarter final Marown C (+27) put Port St Mary B (+54) to the sword with a 38 point victory 194-156 as they won 7-1 on games despite the visitors having a 27 point start.
A round ahead of them Port St Mary A (scr) hosted Marown B (+24) with the home team winning all eight games and securing the win by 45 chalks (168-123) as they secured their second successive appearance in the Plate final.