Positional battles continue

Four more teams completed their campaigns in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter League Bowling Club over the weekend, as they dodged the worst of the weather, however only one final position is confirmed, that being overall winners Rule Breakers.

As things stand behind the champions, on points scored and with two sessions remaining, there are a number of battles going on, both in league positions and to be a team merit winner.

Currently second in the table are Bowling for Soup and they finished on Sunday with a tally of 238 to leave Seven-Up with a target of 194 to reclaim the runners-up spot.

Next down are Louie’s Angels, who had a poor outing by their standards on Saturday and recorded their lowest score of the season, they in turn lead Mooragh Lakers by 195 with the latter still to play.

Castletown Corkers in sixth have an outside chance of catching the two ahead, but will have to score high and also keep an eye on Parkers who are only 21 points behind. They recorded two good sc­ores on Sunday and will be looking for a top half finish.

Govags who have completed their games are next, however I am sure the pair behind them will move ahead; but in which order is too close to call as Erin Porters have the narrowest margin of all and lead Roller Bowlers by just six.

Lastly Castletown Cannons managed to field a full team in their final two outings, but I feel Bits n Bobs who have yet to record a victory, will still be able to bridge the 111 point gap and leave the southern outfit in bottom position.

Results for Saturday 28 February: Louie’s Angels 77 (2) Margaret Tasker, Seven-Up 116 (4) Derek Clarke; Seven-Up 124 (5) Jordan Cain, Castletown Cannons 82 (1) Peter Curtis; Castletown Cannons 103 (3) Barbara Young, Louie’s Angels 110 (3) Margaret Tasker.

Sunday 1 March: Parkers 121 (5) Jo Smith and Terry Moore, Govags 84 (1) Peter Kelly; Govags 95 (2) Peter Kelly, Bowling for Soup 120 (4) Tony Dugdale; Bowling for Soup 118 (4) Nigel Thomas and Ben Dugdale, Parkers 103 (2) Mike Thomas.

A reminder that entries are still open for the club championship, which will be held on Saturday March 14, they can either go on the sheet or be emailed to [email protected]

Three more players have qualified for the Best versus Rest event, which will be part of the prize presentations afternoon on Sunday March 22, they are Peter Curtis (Castletown Cannons), Connie Pettegrew (Govags) and Margaret Tasker (Louie’s Angels).

One person missing around the green over the weekend was Alf Corrin, who was a regular watching bowls at No.3 during the winter months. Sadly Alf passed away at Hospice IoM the previous Sunday.

During the summer period he could be found just down the road at the Nobles Park club, where he spent many an hour playing and enjoying the banter. Our thoughts and sympathies go to Alf’s family.

A minute’s silence was held at the midweek round robin before an entry of 25 took part in groups of doubles and triples.

The pairing of Rita Callister and Peter Karran headed their gang in front of Louis Callister and Mike Skelly, while the threesome of Shirley Whelan, Dave Kelly and Doug Allan took the spoils ahead of Les Halsall, Philippa Taylor and Jean Thackrah.