West Is Best in Philip Johnson Trophy

A great morning of youth bowls took place at Douglas Bowling Club recently with 21 children competing for the Philip Johnson Trophy sponsored by Canada Life International, played for in memory of Philip Johnson. There was a good turnout to support the future of bowls.

With Philip’s Dad Mike Johnson and Philip’s family in attendance to support the children, the event was played as East vs West vs South format, with players matched up in ages and playing against once another in singles games. There were seven children in the West Team, five competing for the South and nine for the East. After some excellent bowling it was the West Team who just pipped last year’s winners East by just one game. 

The presentation was made by Mark McLaughlin from sponsors Canada Life International. Thanks were given to Douglas Bowling Club for hosting, along with the Island’s coaches who helped with the running of the event. To show the parents how difficult bowls can be the mums, dads, guardians who had stayed and watch the games had a roll up at the end. 

Canada Life International have supported Manx Bowls on the Island for the past 10 years with their sponsorship of the Manx Championship, Island Team, Club Team Championships and of course the Philip Johnson Trophy, with the company keen to promote opportunities for young people on the island to get involved in active sports with this competition being a great success.