News: Men’s General

North Ramsey A win Tower Insurance Cup Final

On Wednesday of last week the semi-finals and Final of the Tower Insurance Cup were held on Nobles Park No. 1 Green after having been postponed the previous day due to heavy rain. In the semi-finals North Ramsey A were drawn against Castletown A and Onchan A were drawn against Douglas A.

North Ramsey A started well against Castletown A with Mike Skelly beating Mike Hargraves 21-20, Brian Colquitt beating Peter Oates 21-6 and Ray Skelly making it three in a row as he beat Ron Williams 21-18. Willie Corkill then got the first win for the Castletown side as he beat Geoff Porter 21-15 but then North Ramsey A Captain Steve Parker beat Castletown A Captain George Foy 21-19. Jimmy Moffatt then increased the lead for North Ramsey as he beat Colin Holland 21-14 and his team mate John Cannan beat Mark Saunders 21-19. In the final game of this semi-final Dave Hollingworth pulled one back for Castletown as he beat Tony Smart 21-19 which meant that North Ramsey A booked themselves a place in the final with a 6-2 win.

In the other semi-final Onchan A drew first blood with Mike Kelly beating Pat O’Donohue 21-17 but then Willie Cowley beat Onchan’s Derek Allen 21-20 before Onchan A won the next two games with Phil Kerruish beating Kevin Firth 21-11 and Kevin Quirk beating Keith Rise to the same score. The second half of the game started better for Douglas A with Jimmy Sansom beating Sid McKnight 21-8 and Steve Cook beating Neil Dunwell 21-16. Colin Spence then got a fourth win for Onchan as he beat Tommy Collister 21-18 before Shaun Seal then levelled the match to four games each by beating Mark Kelly 21-6. As this meant that the match was level on games it was Douglas A that got through to the final by scoring 141 chalks to Onchan’s 134.

So to the Final and Willie Cowley gave the Douglas A side a good start by beating Mike Skelly 21-11 but then for North Ramsey A Brian Colquitt beat Keith Rise 21-13 and Ray Skelly beat Pat O’Donohue 21-19 before Jimmy Moffatt beat Shaun Seal 21-15 to make it 3-1 to the Northerners at the halfway stage. The North Ramsey team continued to show good form with Steve Parker beating Jimmy Sansom 21-17 and John Cannan beating Tommy Collister 21-18. The next two games saw wins for Douglas A with Geoff Porter losing 15-21 to Kevin Firth and Gary Merrill also losing 15-21 to Steve Cook. 

This meant that North Ramsey A won the Final 5-3 with the trophies being presented by Mark Kelly the Competition Secretary of the Isle of Man Men’s Over 60’s Bowling League. In his Captain’s speech Steve Parker thanked Nobles Bowling Club for hosting the competition and the sponsors Tower Insurance. He also thanked Andy Kennish, Mark Kelly and Norman Kneen for their work and Terry Bates and Brian Kelly for acting as Referees.

Canada Life International League Titles Decided

The 2023 night league season ended with a double week of fixtures due to take place across all three divisions this week in the Canada Life International sponsored bowling leagues.

In Division One South Ramsey A officially wrapped up the title as they started the week 11 points ahead with two games to play. Whilst securing the Warburton Trophy for a third consecutive year was a formality, they did it in style with a 10-0 victory away to Douglas A. Winning to single figures for the Ramsey men were Bob Clark, Stefan Kelly, and Glynn Hargraves over Mark Kneen, Gordon Wynne-Smythe, and Shaun Seal. David Bradford had a game on his hands with Kevin Firth as he trailed 10-19 to Kevin Firth, with a big ask to recover from such a huge deficit Bradford went on to secure a nail biting 21-20 victory to remain in the hunt to secure the Division One Individual Merit.

South Ramsey’s match at home to Peel B on Friday fell victim to the heavy rain throughout the day as their game was postponed until Monday evening, with something to play for both teams. South Ramsey were looking to secure a record points total, whilst Peel B knew they needed to take three games off the league champions in their bid to stay up. When the fixture was played it resulted in a 10-0 home win for South Ramsey A, who condemned Peel B to the bottom two, they will have to wait to find out if they are relegated depending on the league structure in 2024.

Marown A rounded off the season with two victories as they beat their B Team 7-3 on Monday night, with Karl Parker causing the biggest upset of the night as he beat Colin Kelly 21-18, Matthew Keggen won 21-13 against doubles partner Paul Kelly, and Harry Barton beat Glenn Boland 21-15.

On Friday evening Marown A won 2-8 away to Port St Mary A, with Trevor Quayle beating Phil Kelly 21-8, and Tim Williams impressing with a 21-17 win over Peter Jones. Port St Mary scored highly in two other games as Wayne Roberts lost 19-21 to Colin Kelly, with the former sending both bowls into the ditch at 19-19, whilst Dave Saxon was beaten 18-21 by Neil Withers.

In the relegation battle South Ramsey B hosted North Ramsey A on Monday with a win being crucial. The home team performed well to take five games off the visitors, however four off the wins were close, with Ben Dugdale beating John Cannan 21-18. Eddie Carlyle and Lee Dawson both won 21-19 against Brian Colquitt and Allan Callow respectively, with Tony Hart edging home 21-20 against Jimmy Moffatt. The chalks gained on the victories were wiped out in one fell swoop by Rob Monk who beat Christian Caley 21-3. Also winning for the visitors were Steven Waters as he beat George Brew 21-10, whilst Steve Walmsley won a close game with Austin Hart 21-19.

Marown C secured a second season in the topflight by whitewashing Castletown A 10-0 at home on Tuesday night in a shock result, which put Castletown A in deep trouble, as Peter Kelly held off George Foy 21-18, whilst Tom Kelly just got past Ron Williams 21-20.

On Friday evening Castletown A hosted Douglas A knowing they needed a win to any score to stand any chance of not finishing in the bottom two places knowing that Peel B had to go to league champions South Ramsey A. The Town men did their bit as they claimed what could prove to be a vital 7-3 home win, with two Town players holding their nerve as Nathan Cooil and Nathan Hamilton won their games with Mervin Sayle and Keith Rise 21-20 respectively. Losing out in close games for Town were Ron Williams who lost 18-21 to Jimmy Sansom and Aaron Richardson was beaten 19-21 by Paddy Murphy.

The Town men will be keeping a close eye on proceedings at South Ramsey on Monday evening as they need the league champions to take a victory 8-2 or better, whilst Peel B know securing three points on the night will be enough to avoid finishing in the bottom two.

The race for the Division One individual merit hasn’t quite been decided, with South Ramsey A still to play David Bradford is firmly in the driving seat needing to win the final game of the season at home to Peel B. Bradford has won 20 games from 21 played, dropping just five chalks in his only defeat of the season to Kevin Quirk at Onchan. Should the unthinkable happen then Marown’s Neil Withers is waiting in the wings, as he has enjoyed a fine season with 21 games won from 22 played, with eight chalks dropped in his one league defeat to Tony Dugdale at South Ramsey.

In Division Two there was little change at the top with Finch Hill A winning the league to lift the Rayner Cup despite suffering a 7-3 defeat away to third placed Castletown B, they ended on a positive note as they beat Peel C 8-2 at home.

Ballaugh A finished in second place, as they started the week with a 2-8 win away to Peel C. Their home fixture with Port Erin A on Friday evening succumbed to the weather, however even without playing this they are guaranteed to finish in second place.

Onchan C finished rock bottom on 69 points as they return to Division Three, with Peel C finishing second from bottom on 79 points following two successive 8-2 defeats to the top two teams.

Noble’s B picked up 10 points last week as they finished on 85 points to drag themselves out of trouble to secure another season in Division Two as they lost 3-7 to their higher ranked A Team, then won 7-3 at home to South Ramsey C to secure their status.

Winning the Division Two individual merit with 19 wins from 20 games played was Finch Hill’s Dave McCabe.

In Division Three there was a thrilling finish to the season as just three points separated the top three teams Port St Mary B finished top on 145 points to win the Chatel Cup after they started the week with a good 8-2 win against Port Erin B on the shared Breagle Glen green, then ended the week with a 6-4 defeat away to South Ramsey D who finished in fifth place with their highest ever points total of 115, as they have something to build on next season.

Noble’s D started the week in third place, on the same number of points as Ballaugh B who had a superior ‘games for’ difference. The Noble’s men had a fantastic end to the season as they won 7-3 away to Finch Hill B, then took a resounding 10-0 victory at home to Douglas D to secure second spot on 144 points, just one point behind champions Port St Mary B.

Ballaugh B ended the season with two victories, however this wasn’t enough to finish in the top two, with a good 9-1 home win against Peel D, followed up by a 4-6 victory away to Marown D, in a close encounter as the Ballaugh men took the aggregate by five chalks (144-149).

A special mention should do to Noble’s C, with seven of their eight players having not played competitive bowls before this season, they excelled to finish in fourth spot as they caused a few upsets throughout the season, improving from game to game, they will be the team to watch out for next year with promotion firmly in their sights.

Finishing in bottom place were Port Erin B, who were hampered by being short of players for several matches, they surely would have finished higher had they been able to field a full-strength team.

Winning the Division Three individual merit with 20 wins from 22 games played was Finch Hill’s youngest player Sam Stannard-Duke.

First Festival Title for Coates

One of the biggest events on the bowls calendar – The Isle of Man September Bowls Festival took place last week, with the competition played out in glorious weather throughout the entire week, with the best week of weather the Island has enjoyed since June.

In the Men’s event it was Gareth Coates (Ackroyd Victoria) who picked up his first Festival win, having reached the quarter finals last September he was determined to pick up the coveted title as he got his hands on the famous trophy and took home the winners’ cheque for £3,200, with the victory clear to see how much it meant to him upon winning and during his speech.

Coates more than deserved his victory as he had to overcome the challenge of another regular visitor, June 2012 winner Robby Fitzpatrick (Wirral) whilst also beating another former winner Callum Wraight (Castlefields) in a thrilling semi-final.

To reach finals day Coates cruised through both games at the last 32 stage as he beat Stuart Sutton (Fairfield) 21-8, then went on to beat another former winner Colin Kelly (Marown) to the same score. In the early rounds Coates took two single figure victories and a 21-11 win in the last 64.

In the final Coates was the quickest out of the blocks as he stormed into a 15-5 lead in the corners, with Fitzpatrick clawing back five chalks at 10-15, however the comeback was short lived as Coates kept the pressure on playing good bowls forcing his opponent to strike on more than one occasion to hang in the game. Coates ensured his the Wirral man scored just two more singles to seal a superb 21-12 victory with a dominating performance in the final.

Both semi-finals were absolute thrillers and could not have been closer as Coates looked nailed on to reach the final as he went into a 15-8 lead on a longer length against Wraight. The latter responded with three quick fire doubles and a single to level the game up at 15-15, then went ahead to lead 20-17, with Coates having earlier killed an end with his opponent counting for two. On the following end Wraight was counting two good bowls, it was all or nothing for Coates who hit a great strike making a full connection to take both of Wraight’s bowls off the green with his second bowl rolling to the edge and just holding on the green to make two. With the score now at 19-20 Coates again went for a bit of distance as he put up two good bowls to lie game. Wraight went for a strike, which went through the gap to seal a superb comeback from Coates to win 21-20.

The other semi-final between Robby Fitzpatrick and Martin Gilpin (Netherfield) saw the former go into a 14-10 lead, only for Gilpin to get back into the game to lead 19-17, with Fitzpatrick playing a good first bowl to sit one chalk behind at 18-19. On the next end, for Gilpin it was an opportunity missed with the chance to make two for game, as he picked up the jack making too heavy a connection as he scored a single to lead 20-18. A great two on the following end from Fitzpatrick resulted in a one end shootout with Fitzpatrick playing a good lead bowl sitting just behind the jack, which Gilpin couldn’t beat as the Wirral man reached the final.

The quarter finals were all straightforward for the winners with Coates ending the hopes of Glen Herbert (Castlefields) with a 21-14 win, with Wraight beating South Ramsey’s Bob Clark 21-9 with the latter reaching his second successive September finals day. In the bottom half of the field Fitzpatrick beat Neil Rigden (Bretherton) 21-6 with an emphatic victory, whilst the closest game of the round was between Gilpin and David Bradford (South Ramsey), with Gilpin prevailing 21-16. Bradford was the local player who had progressed the furthest and received the Chris Quayle Memorial trophy for the furthest Manx Man. 

Men’s Tourism

The Men’s Tourism was played down to the winner on Thursday morning on Noble’s 1, and it was Ryan Clark (Meersbrook BC) who performed brilliantly to see off James Higgins (Sheffield) with a resounding 21-8 victory.

In the semi-finals Clark beat Colin Kelly (Marown) 21-8 to reach the final, whilst Higgins got through a hard fought game with James Wilcox (Crossgates) 21-18.

In the quarter finals Clark progressed with a 21-19 win over Dave Phillips (Lloyd Hotel), Kelly reached the semi-final with a 21-10 victory over Gareth Hughes (Castlefields), whilst Higgins ended the challenge of Ben Phillips (Lloyd Hotel) with a 21-13 victory. The last quarter final was between Wilcox and Rob Monk (North Ramsey) with the former winning 21-11.

Other Events

The Men’s consolation was won by Dan Petcher (Littleover) who beat Kevin Williams (Knutsford) 21-12 in the final, with Petcher winning 21-17 against Colin Scorah (Rothwell) in the semi-final, whilst Williams edged home 21-20 against Gerald Merry (Delamere).

The Ladies consolation was won by Caroline Whitehead (Port Erin) defeating Joyce Jones 21-16 (Sykes BC) in the final. Whitehead reached the final with a 21-18 win over Marian Woods (Lindal BC), whilst Jones beat Amanda Nicholas (Gresford Colliery) 21-20.

The Visit.Com Flyer title went to Robert Monk (North Ramsey) who had a good 9-4 win over Gareth Jones (Dalton CC), whilst the Last Chance Mixed Final was won by a regular visitor Gwerydd Buckland (Bangor City) who beat Clair Russell (Alkin Coats) 21-17 in the final.

In the doubles competitions the Open doubles was won by Marown’s Neil Withers and Paul Dunn with a resounding 11-3 win over South Ramsey pair Jordan Cain and Stefan Kelly. Withers and Dunn reached the final with a 11-5 win over Paul Morgan (Whitby BC) and Gareth Coates (Ackroyd Victoria), whilst Cain and Kelly ended the challenge of Claire Pugh (Woodfield) and Joe Dicken (Woodfield) with a 11-5 victory.

The Men’s doubles were won by South Ramsey pair Glynn Hargraves and Bob Clark as they beat Kevin Quirk and Steve Parker (both Onchan) 11-6 in the final. Hargraves and Clark reached the final with a comfortable 11-3 win over Ieuan Pugh and Andrew Armstrong (both Hanmer), whilst Quirk and Parker came through a tough game against Nathan Brown and Matt Sands (both Lloyd Hotel) with a 11-8 victory.

The Ladies doubles were won by Diane Harrison and Gill Simm (both Lune Road) defeating Veronica Lyon (Unison) and Christine Lawton (Garswood Hall) 11-10 in the final, with Harrison and Simm reaching the final with a 11-6 win over Lisa Pessall and Shavorne Osborne (both Trench BC). whilst Lyon and Lawton won 11-5 against Claire Pugh and Mandy Pagett (both Woodfield) to book their place in the final.

Winning the Mixed pairs were Nicola Gilmore-Coupe (Wirral) and Gareth Coates (Ackroyd Victoria) with an emphatic 9-2 win over Caroline Whitehead (Port Erin) and David Knights (Whitby BC) in the final. Gilmore-Coupe and Coates reached the final with a 9-7 win over Lorraine Hirst (Lindal BC) and Andy Mailer (Meersbrook BC) Whitehead and Knights won 9-1 against Caroline Bushell (Lindal BC) and John Colebourne (Chesterfield) to reach the final.

The Triples was played once again this year with the competition played on three greens over six ends on Wednesday morning down to the winner from each green. Winners at the Villa were Gill Simm, Barry Simm, and Peter Shallis (all Lune Road) with the trio of Amanda Nicholas, Kevin Nicholas (both Gresford Colliery), and Tom Lowndes (Hanmer) winning on Noble’s 1 green, whilst Dave Baskerville, Steve Baskerville, and Dave Jackson (all Knutsford) were the winners on Noble’s 2 green.

David Bradford – Winner of Chris Quayle Memorial – Furthest Manx Man 2023

Photo: Arnie Withers

IOM September Open Doubles 2023 – Runners Up Jordan Cain & Stefan Kelly with Winners Paul Dunn & Neil Withers

Photo: Arnie Withers

IOM September Mens Doubles 2023 – Runners Up Kevin Quirk & Steve Parker with Winners Glynn Hargraves & Bob Clark
Photo: Arnie Withers

Clark Wins Pre-Festival Autumn Shield

Peel Bowling Club held the pre-festival Autumn Shield on Sunday, as a strong entry of 96 took part on a fine day with the competition running like clockwork throughout the day with the competition starting at 10:00 in the morning.

Some players had to win four games just to reach the quarter final stage, losing out were home greener Gordon Corrin 14-21 to Marown captain Paul Dunn, whilst Bob Clark (South Ramsey) eased through 21-11 against Reg Temporaza (Onchan). Both games in the other half of the draw were well contested as Martin Gaut (Wrockwardine Wood) edged home 21-20 against Ryan Clark (Meersbrook BC), whilst Neil Withers (Marown) beat Dave Jackson (Acregate) to the same score.

At the semi-final stage Dunn was up against Clark, with the latter never falling behind in the game as the South Ramsey man built up a five-chalk lead at 15-10, only for Dunn to work his way back into the game in the corners to get to within one chalk at 14-15. With Dunn lying two a good last bowl from Clark put him on another mini run to go into a 19-14 lead. A single and a double from Dunn had the game finely poised at 17-19, only for Clark to get the two he needed to seal a 21-17 win to book his place in the final. Withers was in complete control of his semi-final as he only conceded just three chalks, whilst scoring five doubles with his 21-9 victory over Gaut.

Clark made the better start in the final as he went into an early 11-7 lead, with Withers picking up two singles to put the score at 9-11. A poor end from Withers was fully punished by the South Ramsey man who counted for two, who then picked up a further single and two doubles to lead 18-9 as Clark opted for a longer length. On the following end Clark played a good lead, however failed to count with his second allowing Withers a free shot to play out the counting bowl to make two to put the score at 9-18.

Another poor end from Withers was punished to full effect as Clark scored two to lead 20-11, then scored the one point needed to secure a fully deserved 21-11 win and the £400 first prize, with Withers taking home £200.

The presentation was made by Peel competition secretary Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly who thanked the sponsor David Lancaster Limited for their continued support. Club President Lynda Wilson was then introduced to present the prizes with over £1,160 paid out down to the Last 16.

Withers & Dunn Win Keenan 4’s

Saturday 2nd September saw 28 pairs travel to sunny Ballaugh for the Keenan Mens Fours.

At the quarter final stage visitors Andrew White & Lee Whittle (Two Gates) took on Bryan Corner (South Ramsey) & Brian Colquitt (North Ramsey). A close game with the Ramsey men taking the win 21-17. Steven Waters (North Ramsey) & Fraser Rigg (Netherfield) were up against home greeners John Maddrell & John Keenan. Again a close one with a score of 21-17 to the newly formed pairing of Waters & Rigg. Ian Johnson & John Colebourne (Chesterfield) took on Marown pair Colin Kelly & Juan Killip. Just off the boat, Johnson & Colebourne took a 21-17 win. And the last quarter final saw Paul Dunn & Neil Withers (Marown) against Mike Spooner (Ballaugh) & Paul Moore (Noble’s) 21-13 in favour of the Marown pair.

The semi-finals saw a close win for Dunn and Withers over visiting pair Johnson & Colebourne 21-17, along with a 21-13 win for Rigg & Waters over Colquitt & Corner.

The final, played in scorching sunshine, was a little one sided. But none the less enjoyable for those who stayed to watch. Dunn and Withers straight away scored a four on the first end, with two’s following. Waters & Rigg battled on with three singles, before Dunn and Withers took two more doubles to take the game 21-10.

John Keenan the sponsor of the competition, presented the trophy and thanked the ladies in the kitchen, and Julie Reilly for running the comp. Neil thanked all his fellow bowlers for a great days bowling, and everyone at Ballaugh for hosting the competition.

Report by Julie Reilly.


Windy conditions hindered bowlers in Canada Life International League Division One on Monday night as runaway leaders South Ramsey A bounced back from the previous week’s defeat to Marown A to establish an 11-point lead the top, as they beat Marown C 10-0 at home. For the home team David Bradford was the only winner to single figures as he beat Jamie Joughin 21-4, whilst the highest scorers for the visitors were Kevin Kelly and Steven Rough who lost out 14-21 to Bob Clark and Glynn Hargraves respectively.

Strugglers Castletown A had a tough game on their hands as they hosted Marown A at the Crofts. At the halfway stage of the game it looked like a huge upset could be on the cards as the Town men led 3-1, however a good performance from the Crosby men in the second half secured a 3-7 win for Marown. Winning for the home team were Nathan Cooil who beat John Gelling 21-15, this was matched by captain Jordan Drewett as he beat Paul Kelly, whilst Ian Watson held off Glenn Boland 21-20.

The second half saw single figure wins from Marown captain Paul Dunn and Peter Jones against Alan Phair and Ron Williams, with Phil Kelly and Colin Kelly completing the comeback with wins against George Foy and Aaron Richardson respectively.

Onchan A came away from Crosby with a well-deserved 2-8 win over Marown B. Matthew Quirk was the best winner for Onchan with a 21-2 win over James Kelly, whilst Will Penhallurick was fairly comfortable with a 21-17 victory over Marown captain Darren Kerruish. Responding for the home team were Brian Kelly with a 21-15 win over Jamie Clague, whilst Harry Barton beat Neil Dunwell 21-3.

Port St Mary A did themselves a huge favour to give themselves some breathing room at the bottom of the table as they beat fellow strugglers South Ramsey B 9-1, with the visitors now eight points adrift of safety they look to be heading towards an immediate return to Division Two. Tony Hart prevented the whitewash as he beat Paul Skelly 21-16, with captain Ben Dugdale the highest scorer for the visitors as he lost out 17-21 to Robbie Cooil. Winning to single figures for the Port men were Tim Williams, as he beat Austin Hart 21-3, with teammate Trevor Quayle winning 21-4 against George Brew.

Peel B picked up a valuable four points to stay outside of the relegation spots, following their 4-6 home defeat to Douglas A, as two single figure defeats cost them the aggregate. For the visitors Jimmy Sansom held off Dougie Allan 21-20, Gordon Wynne-Smythe won 21-6 against Andy Mackie, whilst Villa captain Merv Sayle beat Mick Kavanagh 21-8. Winning for the home team in close games were Paul Quirk, who beat Andy Cannell 21-19, Robert Middleton held off Shaun Seal 21-18, whilst wins from Brian Lindsay and Gordon Corrin over Keith Raise and Gary Conwell respectively were comfortable.

North Ramsey A were due to host Peel A at Mooragh Park, however this fixture has been rearranged to a later date due to the Manx Grand Prix road closures.

In Division Two Finch Hill A are making a huge effort to return to the top division after a lengthy absence, with their last appearance back in 2016 as they beat Onchan C 10-0 at home, as they kept the visitors to just 90 chalks. Four single wins from Dave McCabe, Paul Dougherty, Tony Epifani, and Mark Taylor ensured low chalks for the visitors, with Neil Taylor coming closest to picking up a point for Onchan only to lose out 19-21 to Stephen Oates.

Douglas B beat Noble’s A 8-2 at the Villa, as Martyn Hobson lost out 20-21 to Geoff Mayles, Jim Collister also narrowly losing out 19-21 to David Pease. The best winner for the home team was Steve Cook as he beat Stephen Hampson 21-4. For the visitors Juan Qualtrough won 21-15 against Bob Callow, whilst Alex Yates got the better of Willie Cowley 21-18.

Noble’s B drew 5-5 at home to North Ramsey B despite losing 3-5 on games they edged the aggregate by just three chalks (142-139). Home team winners were Jay Elliott, Mikey Cooper, and Stephen Corkill with the latter beating Joe Kneale 21-6. For the visitors three wins were hard fought as Ray Skelly beat Noel Ash 21-18, with Tony Smart and Brian Colquitt both winning their games 21-17 against Alex Hampson and Phil Salmon respectively.

South Ramsey C won their home game against Port Erin A 7-3 by a solitary chalk. Winning for the visitors were David Cain who beat David Corkill 21-12, Bernie Durcan eased home 21-7 against Ian Moore, whilst Ed Benson won 21-11 against Andy Morgan. Winning for the home team were Paul Routledge, Greg Barlow, Richie Davies, Jay Moore, and Anthony Kelly with the latter pushed hard before winning 21-19.

Second placed Ballaugh A rearranged their home game with Castletown B to a later date.

In Division Three Port St Mary B now have a six-point lead over the teams chasing them as they won 8-2 at home to Douglas C. The home team wins were all comfortable, with Nicholas Peterson beat pushed furthest by Juan Readshaw with his 21-17 win. For the visitors David Caley beat Will Cain 21-20, with Greg Tomlinson beating Peter Lowe 21-16.

Noble’s D (3rd) went level with visitors Ballaugh B who occupy second place, thanks to an 8-2 victory for the Noble’s men. Winning to single figures for the home team were Andrew Bell, Kevin Moore, and Junior bowler Sam Colquitt. For the visitors Gary Griffiths impressed with a 21-8 win over Terry Bates, whilst Mike Buckeridge beat Charlie Bell 21-19.

Marown D won their home game with South Ramsey D 7-3, as the Crosby men won the aggregate by a margin of 16 chalks (151-135). For the visitors Franz ten Donkelaar beat 2022 Division Three merit winner Jay Waters 21-15, Steve Kelly was the joint best winner on the night as he won 21-11 against Phil Dunn, whilst Geoff Collier just edged home 21-20 against Andy Sykes. For the home team Alan Gault played a great last bowl to beat Ryan Hargraves 21-20, Stu Mason beat Frank Feeney 21-13, whilst Ryan Holdaway beat Chris Brown 21-11.

Another game brought forward was between Ballaugh C who welcomed Finch Hill B. Despite the home team winning 5-3 on games, they lost the aggregate by a solitary chalk (134-135) with Sam Stannard-Duke winning 21-2 against Tim Merriman, this helped the visitors to draw 5-5. Other winners for Finch were Peter Woods who beat Steve Bassil 21-10 and Tom Waterworth 21-17. For Ballaugh Ken Harding won 21-20 against Guy Smith and Jamie Kelly beat Tony Jones 21-18.

Elsewhere Noble’s C came away from Peel D with a 3-7 win in a high scoring contest (144-150), whilst Douglas D won 8-2 at the Villa against Port Erin B.  

Marown A Inflict First League Defeat On South Ramsey A

The top two clashed in Canada Life International League Division One at Crosby on Monday evening, as Marown A hosted South Ramsey A on a fascinating evening of bowls, despite the heavy rain earlier in the day the Marown green was running well.

First game off the green was a home win, as Colin Kelly gave little room for James Teare with a 21-7 win. Neil Withers made it 2-0, as he recovered from a 1-5 deficit against Peter Collister to go 15-5 ahead, as he eventually went on to close the game out 21-14. A third win arrived for the Crosby men as Phil Kelly performed well to see off Stefan Kelly 21-15. The last game off proved to be pivotal to the match as a 4-0 lead at half time would have been difficult for the visitors to come back from. Marown captain Paul Dunn trailed Bob Clark 3-11 and 13-18, only to go ahead 20-19 on the 29th end. Clark had to dig deep to claim two singles to see the game out 21-20 to pick up the Ramsey men’s first win of the night to put the score at 3-1 at the halfway stage.

In the second half the visitors would have fancied their chances of picking up some points, they got off to a good start as David Bradford beat Paul Kelly 21-9, as he kept his opponent down to just one double. Dido Kelly then sealed their third point as he beat Glenn Boland with a comfortable 21-14 win. The penultimate game on the green was between Peter Jones and Jordan Cain, with the latter going three chalks ahead at 13-10, only to trail 13-18 on the 27th end. A stirring fightback from the Ramsey man followed to go 20-18 ahead, with Cain lying game twice only for Jones to hang in the game with a good saving bowl. Two singles followed for Jones, then on the deciding end the Marown man trailed the jack to get over the line 21-20. The final game of the night saw South Ramsey captain Glynn Hargraves storm into an 18-7 lead against John Gelling, with a huge comeback from the Marown man who dragged the score back to 19-20 on the 30th end only for Hargraves to secure the single chalk needed to win 21-19.

With the match ending 4-4 on games, there were just six chalks (146-140) separating the sides, with Marown picking up the aggregate to secure a 6-4 win and with it condemn South Ramsey to their first league defeat of the season. South Ramsey won’t be too disappointed with the result as they are eight points ahead of Marown with just three fixtures left to play.

Onchan A won 8-2 at home to Castletown A, as they missed out on an extra point as Phil Kerruish lost 20-21 to Dave Quayle, with the latter bouncing back from last weeks defeat to the same score. The second winner for Town was Aaron Richardson as he beat Mike Thomas 21-15. Winning big for the home team were captain Peter Slinger who beat Chris Lever 21-2, Matthew Quirk won 21-5 against Ian Watson, whilst Neil Dunwell managed to hold off Nathan Hamilton 21-17.

Peel A are firmly in the hunt for third place as they beat Port St Mary A 9-1 at home to go level on points with Onchan A. With no other games being close, the lone winner for the visitors was Paul Skelly who beat David Proctor 21-15. Three single figure wins for the home team were claimed by Peter Greenlees, Stevie Kelly and Tommy McMeiken over Tim Williams, Dave Saxon, and Wayne Roberts respectively. Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly claimed a good 21-14 victory over Trevor Quayle.

North Ramsey A recorded their first 10-0 win of the season as they beat Peel B at Mooragh Park. John Cannan was the only single figure winner as he beat Gordon Corrin 21-9. Paul Allison won 21-17 against Alan Cromwell, Gary Merrill beat Peel captain Paul Quirk 21-18, whilst Andy Mackie was the highest scorer for the visitors as he lost out 19-21 to Kimmy Moffatt.

South Ramsey B gave themselves a glimmer of hope of staying up, with an 8-2 home win over Marown B, missing out on a full house by just five chalks. Matthew Keggen led 18-10 against Christian Caley, with the latter nearly completing another comeback for a second week running only to lose out this time 18-21. Harry Barton was the second winner for Marown as he beat Tony Dugdale 21-19. For the home team Eddie Carlyle beat James Kelly 21-9, with George Brew stepping in to beat Brian Kelly 21-19, whilst Toby Hart won to the same score against John Kelly.

Marown C hosted Douglas A at Crosby on Tuesday evening with the home team going home the happier of the two teams with a 6-4 win. Marown captain Stevie Rundle led the way with a 21-7 win over Gordy Wynne-Smythe, with Peter Kelly not far behind with a 21-9 victory over Andy Foster. Andy Kennish stepped into help the team out as he beat former teammate Gary Conwell 21-15. Rounding off the home wins was Tom Kelly as he beat Villa captain Merv Sayle 21-16. Just losing out for Marown was Kevin Kelly who lost out 20-21 to Kevin Firth. Winning for the visitors were Jimmy Sansom, Keith Rise and Shaun Seal.

In Division Two league leaders Finch Hill A kept the momentum going with a 3-7 away win over Noble’s A, as they just got the aggregate for the chalks (134-136). Mark Bradshaw won 21-5 for Noble’s, with Dave Naughton and Stephen Hampson the other winners. For the visitors Pat Maher beat John Andrew 21-17, whilst Les Brookes got the better of Juan Qualtrough 21-19.

Castletown B had two players making debuts as Paddy Cooper had a tough start to league bowls, as he lost 12-21 to Steve Parker, whilst Kiron Kryptor impressed with a 21-4 win over Paul Callister. Winning close games for Town were Peter Oates who won 21-17 against Mark Kelly, whilst Alan Phair beat Mike Kelly 21-19.

Port Erin A beat North Ramsey B 8-2 at Breagle Glen with single figure wins from Ed Benson, David Cain, and Bernie Durcan against Tony Smart, Joe Kneale, and Lee Christian respectively. Brian Colquitt was the best winner for the Mooragh men as he beat Trevor Barker 21-3.

Douglas B won 7-3 at home to Noble’s B. Winning for the visitors were Alex Hampson, with an impressive 21-11 win over Geoff Mayles. Stephen Corkill beat Dave Corkish 21-7, whilst Ciaran Broad won 21-17 against Paddy Murphy. Comfortable wins to single figures for the home team arrived from David Pease who won 21-9 against Grahem Moore, with Steve Cook beating Michael Cooper 21-4.

Ballaugh A lie in second place, following their 3-7 victory away victory over Onchan C, as the visitors were no doubt still celebrating Friday evening’s Rayner Plate win. John Maddrell was made to work for his 21-18 win over Kelvin McNicholl, Tony Quine was the best winner as he beat Brian Aspden 21-8, whilst Nigel Tebay beat Bernard Galka 21-9.

Peel C got the better of South Ramsey C with a 6-4 home win by just two chalks (143-141). Andrew Cover was the best winner on the night as he beat Richie Davies 21-7, Eddie Convery won 21-19 against Paul Routledge, whilst Harry Kelly just missed out 20-21 to Anthony Kelly.

In Division Three Port St Mary B stayed top of the table despite a 5-5 home draw to Marown D. Winning for the home team were Nicholas Peterson, Pete Collins, and Mike Keggen. The three Port players who lost to 18-21 were Colin Leece, Ken Karran, and Ray Maddrell, as these high scoring defeats helped secure the aggregate by five chalks (142-137).

Ballaugh B are hot on the heels of Port St Mary after their 7-3 home win over their lower ranked C team as they hit 125 points for the season. The Port men stay top thanks to a better games of 97 to Ballaugh’s 95.

Noble’s C took on Noble’s D, with the D Team taking the spoils 8-2. Five single figure wins for the D shown the gap between the teams. Winning for the C team were Mike Caley, who beat Charlie Bell 21-16, Lee Greggor who won 21-15 against Alex Colquitt, with Nigel Hinds losing out 18-21 to Andrew Bell. Noble’s D aren’t to be written off as they are six points off the top as they wait for a slip up from the teams above them.

Elsewhere Douglas C won 7-3 at home to Port Erin B, Finch Hill B beat Douglas D 8-2 at home, with South Ramsey D seeing off Peel D (pictured), with the visitors having some players gaining experience. For Peel William Quirk and Mike Ashmole beat Hakim Thomas and Billy Blair 21-18 respectively, with Joshua Trickett winning 21-18 against Chris Brown. For the home team Geoff Collier won 21-3 against Kevin Murray, with Ryan Hargraves beating debutant John Sayle 21-6.

Withers & Dunn Win Fourth Successive Doubles Championship

The Islands premier doubles competition the Plumbmaster Doubles Championship was hosted by Noble’s Bowling Club on Sunday. The competition was played 21up off a handicap of +3 for all competitors. The event was well supported with 31 pairs entering in a bid to win the coveted title.

At the quarter final stage the holders Neil Withers and Paul Dunn (Marown) had a tough battle against Neil Dunwell (Onchan) and Lee Dawson (South Ramsey) as the Crosby men prevailed 21-18. Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly and Stevie Kelly (Peel) just crept home 21-20 against Rob Monk (North Ramsey) and Matthew Quirk (Onchan).

In the other half of the draw both games were also close as South Ramsey’s Glynn Hargraves and Stefan Kelly beat the Onchan pairing of Kevin Quirk and Steve Parker 21-19, whilst Jordan Drewett (Castletown) and Dean Kinley (Peel) lost out 17-21 to Matthew Keggen and Paul Kelly (Marown).

In the semi-finals Dunn and Withers were up against the father and son Barney and Stevie Kelly, with only singles scored in the first nine ends the score was 9-6 to the Marown pair. The Peel men briefly took with the lead on the 10th end, with a four scored only to concede a two and a three to trail 10-14. Just seven more ends were needed for Withers and Dunn to reach the final despite only winning three of the ends, they scored a single, a four and a double to secure a 21-14 win.

The other semi-final saw Glynn Hargraves and Stefan Kelly take on Matthew Keggen and Paul Kelly, this was more straightforward as the Marown pairing were kept down to five singles as the South Ramsey men progressed to the final with a 21-8 victory.

On the first end in the final, this ended up a dead end with the jack being taken off the green by Kelly. On the next end a three was scored by the South Ramsey pair, this prompted an immediate response from the Crosby men with two singles, two doubles and three three’s in between conceding just two singles to take a commanding 18-8 lead, with the Marown pair playing good bowls along with the ability to take out their opponents counting bowls. A three from Hargraves and Kelly, prompted a double for Withers and Dunn to put the score at 20-11 to the Marown men.

Withers headed for an edge putting up a good lead bowl to count one for game. With nothing to lose Hargraves came close to taking out the counting bowl only to take out his nearest bowl. Lying three down Kelly used a side bowl to come in off which Kelly did to perfection, with a good bit of fortune they counted for two to put the score at 13-20. Heading for the corners a good lead bowl from Hargraves was beaten by Withers with a front ‘toucher’, which gave Kelly two goes to kill the end, with the second attempt just missing this sealed a fully deserved 21-13 victory to win the title for a fourth successive year, following their wins at Port St Mary in 2020, Peel in 2021, and South Ramsey last year.

The presentation was made by Association President Phil Kelly, who thanked Noble’s Bowling Club and their members for providing helpers throughout the day, along with the competition team for the smooth running of the competition.

Ballaugh A Secure First Rayner Plate

The final of the Plumbmaster Rayner Plate took place on Friday evening in windy conditions between second division side Ballaugh A (+45) who are battling for promotion as they occupy second place and first Division side Peel Sunset B (+35) who sit in 9th place in the top division.

Peel would have started as favourites as they ply their trade above the Ballaugh men, with the latter team having a 10 chalk start this was just over one chalk a man for Peel to claw back, however Ballaugh have a good mix of new bowlers, along with their experienced players.

The evening started positively for Peel as captain Paul Quirk stormed to a 21-6 win over John Keenan, with the Ballaugh man never getting a look in as Peel went five chalks ahead on the night. The next game off was a first win for Ballaugh as Mike Spooner one of the newest bowlers in the team beat Geoff Rice 21-15, with Spooner keeping Rice down to scoring just one double, whilst scoring seven doubles himself, with this being the main difference.

The third game went to one of the most experienced players on the green, with John Maddrell determined to show he can still mix it with the younger players as he beat Andy Mackie 21-13. Another one of the Ballaugh stalwarts delivered as Edgar Cowin recovered from a 6-11 deficit against Rob Middleton to take a 21-19 victory, with Cowin seeing the game out with five successive singles, when trailing 16-19.

At the half way stage Ballaugh had maintained and extended their 10 chalk head start over Peel by a solitary chalk to 11 chalks (114-103).

In the second half of the match, with a first ever Team Cup win in their sights Ballaugh captain Phil Quayle ensured the pressure was kept on Peel as he put in a good performance to beat Mick Kavanagh 21-13 to build up a 19 chalk lead. With the remaining three games for Ballaugh going in their favour, the win was all but confirmed as game number six came off, with Richard Hainge also winning to 21-13 as he put in a solid performance to beat Dave Smith.

Next off was the youngest player to play on the night in Patrick Grant, who looked like he could have a game on his hands with Dougie Allan, who is a tough customer. The younger and less experienced bowler never looked in doubt as he went on to seal a 21-13 win over Allan. Putting the cherry on the cake on the night was Nigel Tebay who ensured it was a resounding win for Ballaugh as he beat Alan Cromwell 21-16.

The all-important chalks went in Ballaugh’s favour as they won by a massive 40 chalks (198-158) to ensure the handicap difference of 10 chalks never came into play, whilst also winning 7-1 on games.

The presentation was made by Competition Committee Officer Steve Moore who thanked Finch Hill for hosting the final, along with providing measurers and the refreshments. Captain Phil Quayle was then presented with the trophy, he congratulated his team on their performance and offered his commiserations to Peel.

Rayner Plate Final Results

Ballaugh A+45+35Peel Sunset B
John Maddrell2113Andy Mackie
Mike Spooner2115Geoff Rice
John Keenan621Paul Quirk
Edgar Cowin2119Rob Middleton
Phil Quayle2113Mick Kavanagh
Nigel Tebay2116Alan Cromwell
Richard Hainge2113Dave Smith
Patrick Grant2113Dougie Allan
7 Games Won1981581 Game Won
Plumbmaster Rayner Plate Final 2023 – Ballaugh A & Peel B pictured prior to play

Relegation Battle Heats Up in Division One

The bottom four teams clashed in Canada Life International League Division One as Peel B went level with their opponents on the night, as they beat Marown C 8-2 at home, with the Crosby men still in danger of relegation. For the Peel men Tony Carroon was the best winner as he won 21-9, whilst Alan Cromwell caused the biggest upset of the night as he recovered from a 10-15 deficit against Tom Kelly to win 21-18. The two winners for Marown were Peter Kelly who beat Geoff Rice 21-8, and Conor Keenan who stepped into the team as he picked up an impressive 21-15 win over Rob Middleton.

The crunch clash at the bottom took place between Castletown A and South Ramsey B at the Crofts, with Town taking a 7-3 home win. For the visitors Ben Dugdale won the clash of the captains as he beat Jordan Drewett 21-17, Tony Dugdale beat Nathan Cooil 21-15, whilst Christian Caley was staring defeat in the face, however he pulled off an incredible comeback as he trailed 5-20 against David Quayle to run out with a 21-20 victory. For the home team four comfortable wins were taken by Aaron Richardson, Ron Williams, Ian Watson, George Foy, with Nathan Hamilton getting home 21-20 against Tony Hart.

League Leaders South Ramsey A stretched their lead to 10 points ahead of their next fixture away to Marown A, as they won 8-2 at home to Onchan A who were kept below 100 chalks (162-90). Winning for the visitors were Reg Temporaza who held off Stefan Kelly 21-17, whilst Matthew Quirk edged a good battle with Jordan Cain 21-19. Will Penhallurick missed out on a third win for Onchan as he let a 9-2 lead over John Kennish slip, eventually losing out 17-21. For the home team there were four single figure victories, whilst David Bradford earned a 21-13 win over Kevin Quirk.

Marown A came away from the Villa with a 3-7 victory over Douglas A, as they cruelly missed out on another two points with two 20-21 defeats, as Andy Cannell held off Glenn Boland, with Keith Rise getting the better of Sam Clague. The third win for the home team was from captain Merv Sayle who beat Phil Kelly 21-16. Four of the Crosby men’s wins were to single figures, with Paul Dunn having to battle for his 21-17 win over Gordon Wynne-Smythe.

Port St Mary A hosted North Ramsey A at Breagle Glen with the Port men winning 5-3 on games, the teams tied on chalks (141-141) to ensure the home team took a 6-4 win. Home captain Wayne Roberts held off Paul Allison 21-19, Dave Saxon beat John Cannan 21-20, with Dan McCabe seeing off Steve Walmsley 21-17, with Paul Skelly the best winner as he beat Gary Merrill 21-9. For the Mooragh men Allan Callow beat Robbie Cooil 21-8, Steven Waters won 21-15 against Tim Williams, whilst Rob Monk beat Tom Collins 21-13.

Marown B drew 4-4 on games with Peel A at Crosby, the home teams superior chalks securing the aggregate for a 6-4 win (152-126). Darren Kerruish continued his good form of late, as he beat Gary Smith 21-5, with teammate Matthew Keggen beating Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly 21-7. For the visitors Tommy McMeiken was the best winner as he beat Juan Killip 21-14, Peter Greenlees won 21-17 against Harry Barton, Dean Kinley held off Brian Kelly 21-18, whilst David Proctor got over the line 21-19 against John Kelly.

In Division Two league leaders Finch Hill A are 11 points ahead of second placed Ballaugh A following their 8-2 home win over Douglas B, with just 13 chalks separating the teams (139-126). Winning for the visitors were Dave Pease who beat Dave Jones 21-5, whilst Nick Firth beating John Qualtrough 21-8. For the home team Les Brookes was the best winner as he beat Steve Cook 21-7, with teammates Paul Dougherty (21-18) and Pat Maher (21-19) having to battle for their wins over Willie Cowley and Paddy Murphy respectively.

Ballaugh A were just four chalks off a 10-0 win, as they beat Noble’s A 8-2 at home. Two 21-19 wins were claimed by Juan Qualtrough and Mark Bradshaw over Mike Spooner and John Keenan respectively. For Ballaugh single figures wins were taken by John Maddrell, John Andrew, and Nigel Tebay.

Castletown B promotion hopes took a hit as came away from their fixture against South Ramsey C with a 7-3 defeat. Paul Routledge took the best win of the night as he beat Willie Corkill 21-6, Greg Barlow and Franz ten Donkelaar stepped up from the D team, with both players earning victories, whilst Richie Davies edged home 21-20 against Alan Phair. For the Town men Peter Oates, Derek Lewney, and George Peach all won with the latter winning 21-18 against James Moore.

Elsewhere in Division Two Onchan B took on their C Team, despite the higher ranked team losing 3-5 on games, they won the aggregate by five chalks (134-129) to avoid an embarrassing defeat.

Another draw on chalks (130-130) between North Ramsey B and Peel C at Mooragh Park resulted in a 6-4 win for the home team, whilst Port Erin A came away from Noble’s B with a 2-8 victory, with the Breagle Glen men having a game in hand on the teams above them as they look to close the gap.

In Division Three Noble’s D sit in third place, they were the only home winners this week as they beat South Ramsey D 7-3, helped by four single wins from Terry Bates, Alex Colquitt, Stan Cooper, and Roy Moore. Winning for the Ramsey men were Steve Kelly, Geoff Collier, and Billy Blair.

Ballaugh B closed the gap on leaders Port St Mary B, with a comfortable 3-7 victory away to Douglas D, whilst Port St Mary B came away from Peel D with a 4-6 victory as they remain top by two points on 120 points with just four games left to play. The result could have been better for the visitors with three of the Port players losing to 18,19 & 20.

Marown D slipped to a 4-6 home defeat over Douglas C, with John Ferguson and Greg Tomlinson winning to single figures for the visitors. Stu Mason responded for the home team with a 21-7 win over David Beynon.

Finch Hill B took home a 3-7 away win over Port Erin B, with Guy Smith winning 21-20 against Trevor Barker. For the Breagle men Alan Crebbin beat Samson Smith 21-3.

The closest game in Division Three was between Ballaugh C and Noble’s C, with another positive result for the visitors, as they came away with a 4-6 win taking the aggregate by seven chalks (140-147). Visiting captain Steve Cain beat Charlie Harrison 21-8, whilst teammates Paul Moore and Nigel Hinds lost out in close games.