2018 End of Season Report

2017/18 has once again been a busy season for the Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association. The indoor bowling season which runs from October to March, is held at the National Sports Centre, Douglas and has seen members compete to take the honours in the various leagues and National Championships.

Leagues are held every evening Monday to Friday and on a Tuesday morning with a “round robin” on Saturday afternoon. National Championships are held towards the end of the season with the winners from the under 25’s , Ladies Singles & Men’s Singles representing the island at the World Indoor Bowls Council Championships held in Hartlepool.

This year Ben Dugdale represented the island in December at the under 25’s World Indoor Championships in Hartlepool. The Senior World Indoor Championships will be held at same venue in April with Muriel Cain Ladies Single Champion and Martin Paterson representing the island. The Men’s Singles Champion Mark McGreal is representing the island at the Commonwealth Games , therefore a further competition to determine a Male Singles representative was held and the winner Martin Paterson will be joining Muriel Cain next month to represent the island at a Championship which is no stranger to either of them, both aware of the stiff competition they will face.

League Results 2017/18

  • Monday Premier League Winners – Villans
  • Tuesday 1st Division Pairs winners – Jazz
  • Wednesday Premier Team Winners – The Dragons
  • Thursday 1st Divison Team Winners – Mann Utd
  • Friday 2nd Divison Pairs Winners – TerriersTuesday
  • Morning League Winners – Villans

Championship Results 2017/18

  • Under 25’s Singles – Ben Dugdale
  • Ladies Singles – Muriel Cain
  • Men’s Singles – Mark McGreal
  • Pairs – Wayne Roberts & Trevor Quayle
  • Triples – Win Kewley , Muriel Cain , Janice Pilling ( Marcia Pearson in 1st round of competition)  

The Indoor Bowling Association would like to thank all members for their support during this season and congratulate the winners of the various league titles and Championships, and all members who participated in those Championships with a particular “well done” to Lyn & Sid Bolton & Peter Greenlees who in their first indoor season and first Championships proved they will be ones to watch next season.  

The Association also wishes to Congratulate and send best wishes to Muriel Cain and Martin Paterson who will represent the island at the World Indoor Bowling Championships next month.

2018 AGM

The Association wishes to remind members that the Annual General Meeting will be held in the Bowls Hall, National Sports Centre on Thursday 12th April at 7pm .

Cain, Pilling and Kewley Take Triples Title

With reigning champions Rita Callan, David Quirk and Trevor Quayle not defending their title new names were destined for the trophy.

Bowls can at times be a game of chance and good luck which can sometimes outweigh even the most skilful or experienced of players. Lady Luck certainly was on the side of Muriel Cain, Janice Pilling and Win Kewley as despite some stiff opposition victory was theirs all the way. They started the competition under the captaincy of Marcia Pearson who unfortunately had to pull out at the semi-final stage, handing over the reins to Janice Pilling and the team drafting in Win Kewley. Their semi-final game against Eddie Carlyle, Nathan Hamilton and Mike Ashmole was a see-saw match with both teams taking turns in leading on the scoreboard. On the final end of their match the girls were lying 2 shots after some excellent long and accurate drawing bowls from Pilling when Carlyle played a spectacular firing shot to send the jack off the green and be re-spotted only to find his efforts were in vain as the nearest wood then belonged to the girls giving them the match and taking them into their first final together.

In the other semi-final husband and wife pairing of Stuart and Paula Garrett were joined by their league team mate Jimmy Sansom and they were up against the new team of David Quirk, Ray Osborne and newcomer Peter Greenlees. This was match of the championship as each and every end was so very close and could have gone either way. The experience and superb match play by the Garrett Sansom combination took them through to the final. Praise must go to Peter Greenlees who until last September had never bowled before and to David and Ray for bringing Peter up to such a standard so quickly.

In the final Muriel, Janice and Win won the toss and despite a somewhat shaky first end with all players not finding jack length the girls won the opening end with 2 shots. On the third end Stuart Garrett played an excellent weighted shot to move the jack and open his team’s account with one shot. Immediately the girls struck back with Pilling drawing in for another 2 shots. End 5 all players were again struggling with jack length but saw the girls winning the end and extending their lead to 8-1.

Paula, Stuart and Jimmy upped their game over the next 3 ends to close the gap to just one point behind Muriel, Janice and Win. On end 9 the team work between Cain and Pilling paid dividend with both scoring 2 shots each and extending their team’s lead by another 4 shots. End 10 saw the skills of Singles Champion Muriel Cain as she played some excellent drawing bowls to score another 3 shots closely followed by two ends of single shots for the girls giving them a tremendous lead of 17 shots to 7.

The sizzling form of Paula, Stuart and Jimmy in the previous rounds had almost completely deserted them whilst the girls led by a very determined and animated Pilling had settled into the match reaping the rewards despite at times playing several somewhat erratic bowls.

A short burst of superb drawing skills on the penultimate and final ends of the match saw Paula, Stuart and Jimmy raise their game to dominate play and score 7 shots. However it was too late to alter the outcome and Muriel, Janice and Win ran out the victors 17 shots to 14 and taking their first National Triples title.

Congratulations go to Muriel Cain, Janice Pilling and Win Kewley and not forgetting their original captain Marcia Pearson.

Commiserations go to Paula, Stuart and Jimmy on a valiant effort.

Thanks also goes to all competitors throughout the various stages of the competition, to the IOMIBA officials for running the event, the spectators and helpers, Norman Kneen for his photography and coin tossing skills and the NSC for the use of the facility.

This now concluded the 2017-18 indoor season and we will be returning in September with a new programme of leagues, competitions and social round robins.
Anyone interested in trying indoor bowls or joining the leagues next season, should contact the secretary via email at sec@iomindoorbowling.org

Finally, the IOMIBA wishes good luck to Muriel Cain and Martin Paterson as they represent the Island next month at the forthcoming World Indoor Bowls Council’s senior world indoor singles and mixed pairs championships to be held in Hartlepool, England.

Victory for Quayle & Roberts

The Island of Man Indoor Bowling Association Pairs Championship final was held on Friday 9th March. Due to the incident causing closure to the National Sports Centre, the semi-final had to be postponed to the Friday as well.

The evening started with Semi-finalists Lynn & Sid Bolton against Paula & Stuart Garrett while on the adjoining rink Jenny Maddrell & Ann Gale faced Trevor Quayle & Wayne Roberts.

Lynn and Sid Bolton in their first season of Indoor Bowls have shown just how much they have progressed, securing a place in the semi–final by wins over current Ladies Singles Champion Muriel Cain and the experienced Phil Smith, and Current Men’s Singles Champion Mark McGreal & Michael McGreal.

Lynn & Sid took an early lead, however the experience of Paula & Stuart Garrett allowed them to swiftly comeback and by the half way point of 5 ends there was only 1 shot difference between the pairs and by the 10th and final end Paula & Stuart had pulled ahead to a commanding lead of 10 points and a place in the final.

The other semi-final was again a close call with an early lead by Jenny Maddrell and Ann Gale quickly overtaken by Trevor Quayle & Wayne Roberts, however the Ladies fought back right to the final end taking 2 shots from Trevor & Wayne, however it was not to be as Trevor & Wayne held on to their lead by 2 shots. Wayne Roberts also in his first season of Indoor Bowls along with Lynn & Sid Bolton will certainly be the ones to watch next season!

After a short break the final between Paula & Stuart Garret & Trevor Quayle and Wayne Roberts began with the high standard of bowling skills displayed in the Semi- finals continuing.

The duo of Quayle & Roberts were able to gain an early lead from the Garretts, who despite their experience, Stuart being a former Pairs Champion, were unable to overcome the challenge from Trevor & Wayne who pulled ahead to a commanding lead and despite some excellent bowls from the Garretts, it was Trevor Quayle and Wayne Roberts who held onto their lead to claim the title of Pairs Champions 2018.

The Association would like to thank all competitors in this Championship, and association members supporting the players, the Committee looks forward to the Semi-finals and Finals of the Triples Championship taking place on 14th & 16th March respectively.

Click here for the full draw and results of the 2018 pairs championship