Season’s 11th maximum recorded

Three of the sides who featured on the one day of league action in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowls on Saturday improved their overall positions, including the bottom placed outfit Castletown Cannons.

The southern based team may not have won their encounter with current champions Outsiders, but will have been pleased to win two games and reach a total of 100 points.

This whilst eighth placed Govags took on Bowl Rollers who were two positions above and after a share of the games the westerners won the all-important points battle by a margin of nine.

Fixture number 67 on the list paired Cannons and Govags, with both sides doing enough, in a 108 to 94 success for the Peel team, to move up the table – Cannons now off the bottom, leap-frogging their stablemates Castletown Corkers.

Completing the programme were Rollers and Outsiders, with the latter getting over their shaky opener to record the season’s eleventh maximum win and they are now up into fourth, just 10 chalks behind Mooragh Lakers.

Results for Saturday, December 7: Outsiders 115 (4), Castletown Cannons 100 (2); Govags 116 (3), Bowl Rollers 107 (3); Castletown Cannons 94 (2), Govags 108 (4); Bowl Rollers 81 (0), Outsiders 126 (6).

I have been asked by member Alan Phair to mention that he is in possession of two odd bowls and he believes someone else is in the same predicament.

So, if you have orange discs on your bowls, please check they are a matching pair – the one he has by mistake has some letters on one side.

Entries for the J&M Lee memorial charity doubles will close this Sunday, with the competition taking place the following Saturday, all proceeds from the day will be donated to the RNLI.

The event will be drawn pairs, played in a round robin format, with the winners of each group playing off to decide the overall winners. Raffle prizes from members or donations from those unable to attend will be very much appreciated.

There are two big games scheduled for this weekend, but neither involving the leader of the Derek Killey memorial individual merit due to the fact that Louie’s Angels have finished their programme until after the Christmas break.

Their captain Matthew Keggen heads the pack, just in front of Steve Parker (Mooragh Lakers), but even if Steve wins both of his games he cannot score enough to move ahead of his rival. Next on the list are Margaret Tasker (Angels) and Kevin Quirk (Seven-Up).

The unpredictable weather saw just 27 attend the midweek round robin session and from two groups of triples, the winners were Paul Callister, Philippa and Alec Taylor; along with Mark Kelly, Lil Smith and Tricia Bull.

Runners-up in each section were Derek Allen, Steph Swift and Gil Jopson; and the trio of Stuart Garrett, Doug Allan and Dave Faragher.

Another session was held on Sunday in gale force winds and perhaps not surprisingly just 12 entrants competed in one group of doubles, which was won by Stefan Kelly and Sue Gawne.