Moore & Garrett Triumph
Marown hosted the popular Tynwald Day R & A Grimshaw Trophy with 34 pairs taking part, four of which were father and son combinations. With the recent dry spell the green was extremely quick and along with the wind affecting the bowls it made for tricky conditions for the players. There were plenty of shocks in the early rounds, with some of the favourite pairings taking an early bath.
At the end of a long day it was the Douglas pairing of Ian Moore & Stuart Garrett, who beat the Marown duo of Brian Kelly and Harry Barton 21-15. The final started with the green starting to lose a bit of pace with the shade extending over the green. Barton and Kelly made a good start taking a 10-7 lead, before Moore & Garrett took the next five ends with two singles, followed by two two’s and a three to jump ahead 16-10. Barton and Kelly fought their way back into the game taking the next three ends with a single, a two and another single to pull the score back to 14-16. Moore & Garrett then stepped up a gear to see the game out winning three of the next four ends to secure the win and the trophy.
Losing out in the semi-finals to the winners were the competitions oldest pairing, with the evergreen duo of Ian Kissack (Marown) and Mike Hargraves (Castletown) losing 15-21. The other losing semi-finalists were Matthew Keggen (Marown) and Rob Monk (Onchan)
In the quarter finals there were two close games with Edward Carlyle (Onchan) and Dave McCabe losing 20-21, with father and son pairing Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly and Adam Kelly (both Peel) also losing to the same score. Also falling at the quarter finals were the Marown pair of Dean Kipling and Juan Killip, along with Neil Withers and Paul Dunn.
At the conclusion of the competition the presentation was made by competition secretary Philip Kelly, who thanked everyone who had helped with the running of the competition and the Marown Ladies for the refreshments provided throughout the day.