News: Mens Over 60’s

Over 60’s Season success for Onchan A and B Teams

Last week saw the final League games of the Men’s Over 60’s Bowls season played with the Final League positions and promotion and relegation places being decided.

In 3R’s Ltd Division One the League Champions Onchan A had a bye and second placed Peel Sunset A had a 5-3 win against South Ramsey A. Douglas A who were in third place in the league travelled to the Crofts to play Castletown A knowing that they had to get just one point to retain that position. In a close match which was decided by the last game Castletown A took a 5-3 win to leapfrog the visitors and take third place. North Ramsey A beat MarownA 5-3 and Peel Sunset B beat Ballaugh A also 5-3 while Port St Mary A beat Castletown B 7-1. This means that Onchan A win the League on 38 points having gone through the season undefeated. In second place are Peel Sunset A on 34 points with Castletown A in third place on 28 points. At the other end of the League Table and in the relegation places we have Castletown B in 10th position with 5 points and Ballaugh A in 11th position with 3 points.The Individual Merit winner for Division One is Andy Kennish of Peel Sunset A with 18 wins, followed by Dougie Allan also of Peel Sunset A with 17 wins and in third place is Keith Rise of Douglas A with 16 wins.

In 3R’s Ltd Division Two the League winners Onchan B had a bye while the Onchan C Team travelled to play Ballaugh B knowing that they needed just one point to join their B Team in Division One next season. On the day Ballaugh B were the better side taking a 7-1 win with Colin Brown picking up the only win for the visitors. Finch Hill A beat Port Erin A 5-3 and at the ‘Villa’ Douglas B finished off their season with a 7-1 win against Finch Hill B.

Friday saw Peel Sunset C lose 3-5 on their own Green to South Ramsey B and Port St Mary B beat North Ramsey B also 5-3 to conclude the League Fixtures for this season. This means that Onchan B win the league with 34 points followed by Ballaugh B with 30 points with both these teams being promoted into Division One. In third place are Onchan C with 29 points in what has been a highly successful season of Men’s Over 60’s Bowling for the Onchan Bowling Club. The Division Two Merit Winner is John Bolton of Ballaugh B with 20 wins followed by Colin Brown of Onchan C with 18 wins and third is Dicky Watson of Ballaugh B also with 18 wins.

With the 3R’s Leagues now having come to an end the Over 60’s Bowls will now continue with the Tower Insurance Cup in which we have the teams divided into three Groups of six and one Group of five with all teams playing each other home and away. 

Family Fortunes for Moore and Kennish

South Ramsey Bowling Club hosted the Over 60’s any combination doubles competition sponsored by Corkhill and Callow Funeral Directors with a healthy entry of 24 pairs taking part on a superb surface on a glorious day. The competition was being played for the second time in its current format and was previously known as the Pro Tours Gold Cup.

At the quarter final stage Marown duo Lynda Cadamy and Joyce Ogden inflicted a heavy 21-6 defeat on home greeners Anthony Kelly and Richie Davies, while Chris Price (Port St Mary) and Les Brookes (Finch Hill) also won comfortably 21-10 against Ballaugh pair Pat Mason and Fred Waggett. In the other half of the draw Janet Monk and Steve Parker didn’t have far to travel from Mooragh Park as they overcame Paula Firth (Onchan) and Kevin Firth (Douglas) 21-17, whilst siblings Elaine Moore (South Ramsey) and Andy Kennish (Peel) seen off Derek Allen (Onchan) and Bernard Thackrah (Port St Mary) with a 21-13 win.

In the first semi-final Cadamy and Ogden got the better of Price and Brookes with a hard fought 21-18 win, while Moore and Kennish claimed their place in the final with a 21-14 victory over Monk and Parker.

The final was extremely well contested with Moore and Kennish being kept to singles early on, with Cadamy and Ogden scoring three doubles they built up a four-point lead at 14-10. The fightback from Elaine and Andy got underway when they levelled matters up at 15-15 with 17 ends played, having still not scored more than a single throughout the game. End 18 in the match was a key point in the match as they scored a three to lead 18-15 and then exchanged singles with their opponents over the next four ends to lead 20-17. Cadamy and Ogden weren’t done there as they capitalised on a poor end to score three to level things up at 20-20. With the mark being set along the edge of the green Kennish played a good second bowl which was good enough to secure a 21-20 win.

At the conclusion of the competition the presentation was made by South Ramsey Committee Member Geoff Collier, who thanked Corkhill and Callow Funeral Directors for once again sponsoring the competition, the club members who helped with the running of the competition and the Ladies for the refreshments provided throughout the day. Tim Pressley from Corkhill and Callow was then introduced to present the prizes.

Parker Wins George Hawkins Trophy

Bowling conditions could not have been better last Wednesday 18th when thirty-five bowlers competed at Mooragh Park in the 2nd George Hawkins Memorial Trophy.

Watched by George’s family throughout the opening rounds we saw some tremendous bowling with lots of games going the full distance.

The losing quarter finalists were Philippa Taylor against Brian Colquitt 13-21. Janet Monk against Steve Parker 17-21. David Callow against Mike Skelly 6-21 and Geoff Porter against Ray Skelly 15-21.

The semi-finals saw Brian Colquitt and Steve Parker playing a very close game with Steve winning 21-17 and in the other semi-Mike Skelly and Ray Skelly played well against each other but Mike won 21-14.

In the final Steve and Mike both played well but Steve managed to get in front and left too big a gap for Mike to fill.

Congratulations Steve on your win 21-14.

The prizes were presented by the sponsors Beryl Hawkins and family members in memory of George. Steve recalled his own happy memories of George and thanked everyone at North Ramsey for hosting the event and in particular he praised everyone connected with the vast improvement of the green and its preparation for this competition.

Callow & Moore Win Corkhill & Callow Over 60’s Any Combination Doubles

South Ramsey Bowling Club hosted an Over 60’s any combination doubles competition sponsored by Corkhill and Callow Funeral Directors with 16 pairs taking part on a superb surface on a fine day.The competition was last played for in 2011 and was previously known as the Pro Tours Gold Cup.

The quarter finals had the husband and wife pairing of Steve & Judy Kelly (South Ramsey) lose out 17-21 to Peel pair Dougie Allan and Gordon Corrin, whilst Elaine Moore (South Ramsey) and Kevin Firth (Douglas) were defeated 18-21 by Marown duo Philippa Taylor and Lynda Cadamy. The home green pairing of Richie Davies and Bryan Corner were well beaten 10-21 by Chris Price (Port St Mary) and Les Brookes (Noble’s). Rounding off the quarter finals South Ramsey’s James Moore and Bill Callow ensured it was the end of the road for Derek Allen (Onchan) and Lee Dawson (South Ramsey) with a 21-16 win to take their place in the next round.

In the first semi-final the ladies Taylor and Cadamy coasted through their game against Peel pair of Allan and Corrin only losing three ends, winning 21-10 to reach the final. Joining them in the final was home pair Moore and Callow, who themselves only lost four ends winning 21-13 against Price and Brookes. 

The final was extremely well contested with Moore and Callow taking three singles on the first three ends to lead 8-5, only for a swift response from Taylor and Cadamy to win three consecutive ends, scoring a two, a four and a single to lead 12-8 after six ends. Moore and Callow stepped up a couple of gears to take the next six ends scoring 12 points on the way to lead 20-12. Taylor and Cadamy hit back with a three and a double to make the score 17-20, only for Moore and Callow to score the single chalk they needed to take the victory.

At the conclusion of the competition the presentation was made by competition secretary Kim Hargraves, who thanked Corkhill and Callow Funeral Directors for sponsoring the competition, the club members who helped with the running of the competition and the Ladies for the refreshments provided throughout the day. Tim Pressley from Corkhill and Callow was then introduced to present the prizes.

Elaine Moore Wins George Hawkins Memorial Trophy

North Ramsey hosted the inaugural George Hawkins Trophy in beautiful sunshine and perfect conditions all day on Wednesday 12th May at Mooragh Park.

George was a member of North Ramsey for a long number of years and many of the competitors that took part remembered him with great fondness. North Ramsey Bowling Club are very proud to add this over 60’s competition to their programme at the request and sponsorship of George’s family who were present around the green, offering support for most of the day.

A large entry of 56 bowlers came from all over the Island and after some very close matches the final eight took to the green in the quarter finals. George Foy (Castletown) had a great game against Dougie Allan (Peel) alongside South Ramsey’s Lee Dawson and Bryan Corner with both games ending 21-14. Janet Monk (Mooragh Park) played well against Elaine Moore (South Ramsey) in a close match losing 17-21 and Craig Sims (North Ramsey) lost out to Andy Kennish (Peel) 8-21.

In the semi-finals Elaine Moore had a comfortable win against club mate Lee Dawson 21-8 alongside Andy Kennish who won against George Foy 21-10.

The final between brother and sister was predicted to be a good game and it didn’t disappoint. Elaine got off to a flying start playing some tremendous bowls, but Andy is a master at the game and was not going to give in without a fight and he quickly pulled back the score to leave them neck and neck going into the final few ends of the game. When they reached 19 across it was impossible to predict who would win but Elaine just managed to claim the last 2 points to be the first ever winner of the George Hawkins Memorial Trophy.

The prizes were presented by George’s family who thanked North Ramsey for organising such a great competition and everyone for taking part.

Castletown A suffer first League defeat of the season.

The ever consistent League Leaders Castletown A travelled to play North Ramsey A in the Mooragh Park and at the end of the afternoon must have wished that they had taken them on at Crazy Golf rather than Crown Green Bowls as the Northerners won 7-1 inflicting the first defeat of the season on the long time League Leaders.
The Castletown B side suffered a similar 7-1 defeat but this time at home to Port St Mary A with Billy Jones being the only winner for Castletown B.
Peel Sunset A kept up their title hopes with a 7-1 home win over Nobles B with the only Nobles winner being Brian Atherton who beat Dougie Allan to 18. The Peel Sunset C side meanwhile lost 7-1 at Finch Hill A with their only winner being Leslie Halsall. The Peel Sunset B side travelled to the Villa Marina to play Douglas A and it was the Douglas side that took the result with a 5-3 win.
The Marown lads travelled along the T.T. Course to play Ballaugh A and with a very creditable performance they beat the home side 6-2 with John Keenan and Peter Graham being the only winners for Ballaugh A. Ballaugh B also suffered a 6-2 loss at Nobles Park where they were beaten by Nobles A with the Ballaugh winners being Ray Parry and Paul Bradford.
Onchan A travelled to Port Erin and they came away with a 7-1 victory with the only Port Erin winner being Derek Allen who beat Peter Karran to 11. Onchan B also had a successful day in the Park as they beat North Ramsey B 6-2 with the Ramsey sides winners being John Breen and Gary Lenton.
Finally on Tuesday the 17th July South Ramsey hosted Douglas B and the was the Ramsey side that took the win 5-3.
So on the second batch of matches of the week Castletown A hosted South Ramsey and this was a 5-3 win for the home team while Castletown B suffered a 6-2 loss to Onchan A with their only winners being Dave Ali and Brian Redman.
With the Peel Sunset A having a day off the Peel Sunset B side hosted Ballaugh A and it was the visitors who took a 7-1 win with the only Peel winner being Jeff Wilson who beat Gordie Moore to 12. Peel Sunset C travelled to the Mooragh Park where they suffered an 8-0 defeat at the hands of North Ramsey A who appeared to be coming through with a late challenge for the League Title although they may well have left this too late.
Ballaugh B had a 6-2 home win over Port Erin with the ‘Port’s’ winners being Derek Cadamy and again the consistent Derek Allen.
Douglas A travelled to play Port St Mary A in what could have been a tricky fixture and the Douglas side took a 6-2 victory with Ray Watterson and Milton Cubbon being the winners for the Southerners. Douglas B however suffered an 8-0 defeat by Nobles A back at the Villa.
Marown ran out 5-3 winners in a close match against Onchan B at Crosby with the feature of this being two games which went 21-20 and finally Nobles B lost 6-2 to Finch Hill A at Nobles Park with the Nobles Winners being Brian Atherton and Brian Cain.
So after Game 27 of 42 games we have Castletown A leading with 46 points from 26 games followed by Peel Sunset A with 44 points from 25 games and in third place Marown with 43 points from 26 games.

Stuart Garrett wins 2018 Over 60’s Championship.

The Men’s 2018 Over 60’s Championships Finals Day took place on Wednesday 18th July on North Ramsey Green at the Mooragh Park with six of the sixteen competitors taking part belonging to the North Ramsey Club.
At the Quarter Final stage we saw some close games with Geoff Porter beating Norman Racliffe 21-19 and Stuart Garrett taking a 21-16 win from Bernie Mc Phee. Ray Skelly pipped Roger Thomas 21-19 in another close match and Steve Parker had a 21-17 win against the consistent Peter Oates.
So as we came to the Semi Finals we still had three North Ramsey Players looking for a chance to play in the Final but Stuey Garrett returning to the Town of his childhood had other ideas as he edged past Geoff Porter to take a 21-19 win.
In the second Semi-Final Ray Skelly took on Clubmate Steve Parker and it was Steve who eventually ran out the 21-18 winner.
The Final then saw the home Green knowledge of Steve Parker matched against the experience and big game temperament of Stuart Garrett and it was the latter man who took the win 21-10.
So after a good afternoons bowling the 2018 Men’s Over 60’s Champion is Stuart Garrett with Steve Parker the Runner up.

Can anyone catch Castletown A.

As we came to Tueday 3rd July the long term League Leaders Castletown A continued to shine as brightly as the sun as they defeated Port Erin 7-1 with Derek Allen being Port Erin’s only winner defeating Ron Williams to 12.
Second placed Peel Sunset A travelled to Crosby to play Marown who are proving difficult to beat on their home Green and this was again the story as Marown took a 5-3 home win denting the League Championship hopes of the Westerners.
Douglas A travelled to play Ballaugh B on a quick and tricky Green and after the first four games the Ballaugh men led 3-1 but the men from the Villa fought back to take the last four games and a 5-3 victory despite a very creditable performance from the Ballaugh Team.
Douglas B hosted Castletown B and this ended 7-1 to Castletown B with the only winner for Douglas B being Les Quayle who beat Kevan Osborne 21-8.
At Nobles Park the Nobles B side were beaten 6-2 by South Ramsey with Brian Cain and Terry Bates picking up the wins for the Nobles men.
In a sunny Mooragh Park and on a Green improving rapidly in condition every day the North Ramsey B side beat Finch Hill A 5-3 and back in the East at Onchan Park Onchan A had a great 6-2 win over Ballaugh A with only Barry McDonald and Peter Graham managing wins for the Ballaugh A Team.
Port St Mary A hosted Onchan B 7-1 with Moore Kelly taking the Onchan sides only win and finally Port St Mary B lost 5-3 to Peel Sunset B.
With Thursday being Tynwald Day the matches were carried forward to Friday and Castletown A hosted Nobles Park A who on their day are capable of beating anyone. It proved to be a close match but in the end Castletown A ran out 5-3 winners to maintain their lead over the chasing teams.
Castletown B travelled to play an ever improving Ballaugh B in a match that had some very close games before ending 4-4.
At the ‘Villa’ Douglas B proved themselves to be Team of the Day as despite being two players short they beat Port Erin 5-3 to lift themselves off the bottom of the League.
Port St Mary had a home game to Ballaugh A and in a match that saw three games end 21-20 it was the Southerners who eventually ran out 5-3 winners.
Port St Mary B travelled to Marown where they found the home team too strong on a tricky Green and it was the Marown men who took a 7-1 win.
At Onchan Park Onchan A were on good form as they beat Douglas A 6-2 while the Onchan B side were not so lucky in the Sunset City as they went down 5-3 to Peel Sunset B.
And finally Nobles B were unable to get enough players to field a team against North Ramsey A at the Mooragh Park and therefore this is awarded as an 8-0 win for North Ramsey who were willing to rearrange the fixture.
So after another week of the Tower Insurance Over 60’s League we have Castletown A still leading with 43 points from 23 games followed by Peel Sunset A with 38 points from 22 games and in third spot are Marown with 37 points from 23 games.

Castletown A maintain their lead in Over 60’s.

After the break for the June Bowling Festival the Teams in the Tower Insurance Over 60’s Men’s League were all raring to go on a beautiful warm Tuesday.
League leaders Castletown A hosted Finch Hill A and this resulted in a 7-1 win for the ‘Town’ with the only winner for Finch Hill being Tony Epifani. The Castletown B Team travelled West to play the Peel Sunset B Team and it was the Westerners who took a 6-2 win with John Alderson and the ever steady Peter Curtis getting the wins for Castletown.
With second placed Peel Sunset A sitting it out the most intriguing match of the day was at Crosby where Marown hosted Douglas A on an extremely quick Green. In an encounter which Marown won 6-2 there were some very close games and at the end only 6 chalks divided the teams and the winners for Douglas A were Andy Kennish and Stuey Garrett.
Douglas B Team hosted North Ramsey A and the men from Ramsey showed no sympathy as they despatched the Douglas side 8-0 on a quick Villa Green.
Nobles A travelled to Onchan Park to play Onchan A and despite having only 6 players they managed to take a 4-4 draw while the Nobles B side hosted Port St Mary B at Nobles Park where the side from the South took a 5-3 win.
Ballaugh A took a trip to the Mooragh Park to play North Ramsey B where there was a tight game which ended in a 4-4 draw after a good performance from the Ramsey players. Ballaugh B hosted the other Ramsey side in South Ramsey with this game also resulting in a 4-4 draw.
And finally Port Erin took the short trip to play Port St Mary A with the Port St Mary men taking a 7-1 win with Derek Allen being the only winner for Port Erin.
So with the second batch of games on Thursday we has Castletown A again putting up a strong performance as they beat Onchan B 6-2 at the Park with the two winners for Onchan being Ken Clarke and Brian Woodall with the latter beating Peter Oates who was in contention for the Individual Merit.
The second placed team Peel Sunset A also put up a strong performance as they defeated Ballaugh B 7-1 with John Bolton being the only Ballaugh B winner.
After their good win over Douglas A on Tuesday Marown went down 5-3 to Nobles Park A in Nobles Park while Onchan A took a 7-1 away win at Finch Hill.
Ballaugh A welcomed Peel Sunset C to sunny Ballaugh and they were too strong for their visitors as they defeated them 8-0 while Peel Sunset B travelled even further North to South Ramsey where they were beaten 6-2 with Jimmy Corlett and Phillip Clarke being the winners for the Peel side.
North Ramsey A had a 7-1 win over Port St Mary A with Mike Ware being the only man to score points for the Southerners while North Ramsey B had a 4-3 win over Port Erin with both teams being one player short.
Douglas A took advantage of their ‘quick’ Green at the Villa to beat Nobles B 6-2 and Douglas B travelled to Port St Mary B where the Southerners won 7-1 with Tony Creer winning for the men from the ‘Villa’.
So Castletown A maintain their lead over Peel Sunset A by one point and it is difficult to predict who will win the League although in previous years Castletown A have proved that once they get to the top it is difficult to get past them.
The Individual Merit is currently being led by Andy Kennish of Douglas A and our best wishes go out to Andy as he represents the Isle of Man in the J and J Isherwood Vet’s Merit in Shropshire on Wednesday 4th July.

Peel Sunset are pressing Castletown A for top spot.

The Over 60’s Tower Insurance League saw some close matches and interesting results with good weather bringing out good bowling with the top teams trying to maintain their positions before the T.T Week break.
Peel Sunset A were given a tough match by Finch Hill A but in the end it was the Westerners that came through to take a 5-3 victory. Peel Sunset B Team travelled to Crosby to play Marown and found the home team too strong with Marown winning 6-2 with Eddie Convery and Paul Baker being the winners for Peel. It was however a very tough day for Peel Sunset C who went down 8-0 to Port St Mary A.
Douglas A hosted Nobles A with a strong performance from the home side
seeing them come out as 6-2 winners over the Nobles side who struggled to get to grips with the ‘Villa Green’ which was quicker than they usually compete on. The Douglas B Team travelled just up the road to Nobles Park where they shared the honours 4-4 with Nobles B.
At the Mooragh Park we saw North Ramsey A do well to get a 5-3 victory from a strong Ballaugh A side while the North Ramsey B men lost 6-2 to Ballaugh B.
Onchan B played South Ramsey at Onchan Park and this ended 5-3 to the Onchan men while finally Port St Mary B hosted Port Erin and this resulted in a 6-2 home win.
Thursday saw a Southern Derby between League Leaders Castletown A and Port St Mary A and after a close battle this ended ‘honours even’ with a 4-4 draw which was duplicated by the B Teams with Castletown B and Port St Mary B drawing 4-4 also.
Peel Sunset A went to the South to play Port Erin and with a dominant display the Westerners took an 8-0 victory while back in the West Peel Sunset B beat their C Team 6-2 with Bert Quayle and Leslie Halsall getting the C Team wins.
Finch Hill A hosted Douglas A and they made the men from the Villa fight hard to take a 5-3 win while Douglas B suffered a 7-1 loss to Marown with Ray Osborne getting the one victory for Douglas B.
Onchan A took a 7-1 win from Nobles B at the ‘Park’ with Terry Bates getting the only Nobles B win. Meanwhile back at Nobles Park the Nobles A men took a 6-2 victory over Onchan B with Moore Kelly and Ken Clarke getting the wins for Onchan B.
At Ballaugh we saw the meeting of Ballaugh A and B with the A Team taking a 7-1 win and John Bolton was the only winner for the B Team.
South Ramsey hosted North Ramsey A in a match that ended 6-2 to North Ramsey A with Chas Grills and Robert Callister taking the South Ramsey wins.
So as we come to the T.T break the leading positions in the League are as follows; Castletown A with 31 points.
Peel Sunset A with 31 points.
Douglas A with 28 points.
Onchan A with 28 points.
Marown with 27 points.
All the above have played 17 games.