September CLI Players of the Month
Men’s Player of the Month: Bob Clark – South Ramsey
Ladies Player of the Month: Jenny Moore – South Ramsey
Under 21’s Player of the Month: Sam Colquitt – Noble’s
The men’s pick went to Bob Clark who impressed in a host of competitions. Clark won the pre-festival Autumn Shield prevailing in a field of 96 to get his festival week off to a good start. Clark also picked up the Festival Men’s Doubles title with South Ramsey teammate Glynn Hargraves, then reached finals day of the men’s main event before losing out in the quarter finals to Callum Wraight.
On the Sunday following the festival Bob won the Wilfrid Quayle Mixed Doubles at Castletown for a second successive year, this time partnering Hannah Drewett. For South Ramsey Clark won all three games, to finish the season with 19 wins from 21 games played, only missing the season’s opening fixture away to Castletown on his old stomping ground. His most impressive individual result during the month was a resounding 21-9 victory over Marown captain Paul Dunn in the final of the Mixed Team Championship with a solid performance as he helped the Team retain the trophy.
The Ladies title was an obvious choice with this being awarded to Jenny Moore, who went undefeated in the league winning 22 games from 22 played. Jenny started the month winning the Festival for a third time, then picked up a sixth successive Manx Masters title a little over a week later. Jenny also shone in the Mixed Team Championship final for South Ramsey inflicting a 21-7 defeat on Paul Kelly to seal the victory. Jenny then travelled to the U.K. to compete in the Champion of Champions on Sunday 1st October, whilst this does creep into the following month it is worth a mention as there isn’t a Player of the Month award for October. Moore swept aside all before her beating top quality opposition throughout the day to lift the ‘Holy Grail’ of bowls making history to become the first Manx Lady to pick up the title.
Sam Colquitt picked up the Junior award thanks to winning the Junior Manx Masters Title for the first time at South Ramsey beating clubmate Alex Hampson 21-18 in a good quality final. Sam who had previously won the Young Manx Masters five years earlier put out pre-tournament favourite Madison McMullan with a brilliant performance winning 21-16 in the semi-final. In addition to this Sam paired up with Jo Smith to pick up a convincing 21-15 victory over Debbie Leece and Juan Killip in the Club Team Championship, whilst also seeing off David Manley 21-12 in the league for Noble’s D.