With the Premier Pairs opening Week 7 of the Indoor Bowls Season we had some great bowls in what up to now has been the most competitive of the Leagues. Radical Heads were beaten 4-0 by the Dragons with the latter living up to their name with a fierce performance. Young Guns lost 4-0 to Villans, Cheesemakers beat Jazz 4-0 and Likely Lads beat Tee Pegs 4-0. The final match in the Premier Pairs saw Northern Nomads draw with Spinners leaving Dragons in first place in the League on 22 points followed by Cheesemakers on 21 points with Likely Lads third on 19 points and Villans fourth on 18 points.
In the Tuesday Morning League we saw Early Birds beat Castletown Crofters 4-2, Maxums beat Ellan Vannin 5-1, Villans beat Hillbillies 6-0 with Ramsey Raiders and Cushags drawing 3-3 and finally Thru the Gap beat Onchan Royals 4-2. This left Villans leading the League on 36 points with Maxums second on 27 and Ellan Vannin third on 25 points.
Tuesday evenings First Division Pairs saw the leaders Castletown Crofters being beaten by Orange Peelers while Terriers beat Enigma 4-0 which put Terriers top of the League on 20 points with Castletown Crofters in second place also on 20 points and in third place Orange Peelers on 17 points.
The Premier Team League once more saw Dragons breathing fire as they showed good form to beat QPR 4-2 while Villans lost 4-2 to TBC. Spinners lost 4-2 to Saltire while Ramsey Raiders beat Birdies 4-2. This leaves Dragons leading the League on 33 points with TBC second on 32 points and Villans third on 25 points.
Thursdays First Division Teams matches saw the leaders Maxums taking a tight 4-2 win from Bowledly Going nowhere who moved into second place followed by DNA who beat Castletown Crofters 4-2. In the other matches Odds and Bobs drew with Smugglers and Flat Mats beat Mann Utd 6-0.
In the final nights bowling on Friday in the Second Division Pairs League we only saw one outright win as leaders Odds and Bobs 2 beat Woodbourne Reds 4-0 leaving Reckless Rollers v Flat Mats, Questionnaires v Ramsey Raiders and Outcasts v Corrin’s Folly all as 2-2 draws. This means that the top three in the league are Odds and Bobs 2 on 26 points with Reckless Rollers second on 20 points and Outcasts third with 17 points.
In Week 6 of the Indoor Bowls we saw the battle for the lead in the Premier Team League intensify as Dragons beat TBC 6-0 and QPR took the same result in their match against Saltire. This put QPR top of the League with 30 points closely followed by Dragons on 29, in third place are Villans who beat Ramsey Raiders 4-2.
The Premier Pairs saw Dragons take the advantage with a 4-0 win over Young Guns while the other fancied teams could only manage draws with Villans drawing with Likely Lads, Cheesemakers drawing with Spinners and Radical Heads also taking a draw in their match against Northern Nomads. This leaves Dragons in the lead on 18 points followed by Cheesmakers on 17 points and then we have Likely Lads and Young Guns on 15 points closely followed by Villans on 14 and Radical Heads on 13.
In the Tuesday Morning League we saw Villans drop their first points as they were beaten 4-2 by second placed Ellan Vannin. Maxums had a strong performance with a 6-0 win over Castletown Crofters and in a very close match Cushags had a tight 4-2 win over Onchan Royals. Thru the Gap beat Hillbillies 6-0 and Ramsey Raiders beat Early Birds 4-2. This meant that Villans still lead with 40 points followed by Ellan Vannin on 24 points and Maxums on 22 points.
The First Division Pairs saw leaders Castletown Crofters take a 4-0 win from Enigma while Terriers beat Odds and Bobs 3-1 and Huff n Puff beat P.A.L 4-0 with the final game being a tight 2-2 draw between Bowledly Going Nowhere and Orange Peelers. This meant that Castletown Crofters lead on 20 points with Terriers on 16 points and Huff n Puff third with 14 points.
The shock result of the week came in the First Division Teams where Odd Balls beat the leaders Maxums 5-1. Castletown Crofters beat Mann Utd 6-0 with Bowledly Going Nowhere also beating Odds and Bobs 6-0. Finally in this League we saw Flat Mats take their first win off the season by beating Smugglers 4-2. This meant that Maxums still lead from Bowledly Going Nowhere with Odd Balls in third place.
The Second Division Pairs saw leaders Reckless Rollers play second place Odds and Bobs 2 in a hard fought match which eventually saw Odds and Bobs 2 come away with a 4-0 win to take them to the top of the League. The other big story was of Questionnaires which is made up of two men new to the game who have practised hard and get better each week and this time they took their first win by beating the experienced Woodbourne Reds 3-1. Outcasts and Flat Mats had a 2-2 draw and Corrin’s Folly took a 4-0 win when Ramsey Raiders were unable to field a team. So in this league Odds and Bobs 2 now lead with 22points, Reckless Rollers are second on 18 points and Outcasts third on 15 points.
The Indoor Bowls Premier Pairs League was well and truly lit up on November 5th with some sparkling bowls and amazing results with one result in particular seeing Likely Lads rocketing up the League Table.
Likely Lads took on Cheesemakers who until then had a 100% record and with Jimmy Sansom and David Quirk playing really well for Likely Lads they inflicted a 4-0 defeat on Cheesemakers.
Villans also had a good 4-0 win over Jazz while the strong Young Guns pairing of Ben and Tony Dugdale could only get a draw in their match with Spinners. In the other two matches in this league we saw Dragons beat Northern Nomads 4-0 while Radical Heads also pulled off a 4-0 win over Tee Pegs.
These results really opened up the League with any one of the first six teams being in with a chance of picking up the awards at the end of the season as we were left with Cheesemakers and Young Guns on 15 points, Dragons on 14, Likely Lads on 13, Villans on 12 and Radical Heads with 11.
In the Tuesday morning league the leaders Villans took the only 6-0 victory off the day as they beat Early Birds while Ellan Vannin maintained second place despite losing 4-2 to Castletown Crofters who moved up to third place.
The First Division Pairs saw League Leaders Castletown Crofters being held to a draw by PAL but with Terriers losing 3-1 to Orange Peelers the Crofters still maintained the lead followed by Terriers and Orange Peelers.
In the Premier Teams we once more saw some really close matches with QPR just squeezing a 4-2 win over Villans and Spinners also getting a 4-2 win over TBC. There was also wins for Dragons and Ramsey Raiders which left QPR leading the league followed by Dragons and Villans.
In the First Division we have Maxums looking strong favourites to win the league after a 6-0 win over Flat Mats with DNA moving into second place and Bowledly Going Nowhere moving up to third place.
After Friday nights Second Division Pairs we still have Reckless Rollers leading but very closely followed by Odds and Bobs 2 with both being on 18 points with Outcasts in third place on 13 points.
So at the end of yet another good weeks bowling many were looking forward to some fascinating matches in Monday’s Premier Pairs with Likely Lads playing Villans and Dragons playing Young Guns and Cheesemakers playing Spinners with the latter team being more than capable of pulling off a shock result.
The Cheesemakers pairing of Trevor Quayle and Wayne Roberts moved into a two point lead over Young Guns in the Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Premier Pairs with a strong 4-0 victory over Tee Pegs while the Young Guns could only manage a 2-2 draw with a tough Radical Heads team. In third place are Dragons who played out a 2-2 draw with Spinners.
In the Tuesday Morning Team League we saw the current leaders Villans beat second placed Maxums 4-2 while Ellan Vannin had a 6-0 win over Early Birds to overtake Maxums and move into second place closely followed by Castletown Crofters who took third spot.
It was a successful day for the Castletown Crofters on Tuesday as in the evening they took the League lead with a 4-0 victory over Odds and Bob’s while Terriers beat Huff n Puff 4-0 to move into second place and Enigma dropped to third after being beaten 3-1 by Orange Peelers.
On Wednesday evening the Premier Pairs produced some great bowling and especially the game between Dragons and Villans produced some really high class bowling and despite great bowls from the Villans on the night they were outplayed particularly by Mark McGreal who played some exceptional shots and it was a pleasure to watch this game which ended 5-1 to the Dragons. QPR were beaten 4-2 by the Birdies, Spinners beat Ramsey Raiders 5-1 and Saltire lost 6-0 to TBC. This leaves QPR top with 20 points, Dragons second on 19 points and Villans third with 17 points.
Thursdays First Division Teams saw leaders Maxums beat Smugglers 6-0 and second placed DNA lost 4-2 to Odd Balls who in turn moved up to third.
The final games of the week the Second Division Pairs saw everything closing up at the top with leaders Reckless Rollers being held to a draw by Outcasts and although they stayed top of the League they were joined on fourteen points by Odds and Bobs 2 with Outcasts third on nine points.
The Committee and Members of the Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association were delighted at the performance of member Clive McGreal who was competing in Australia in Lawn Bowls in the World Singles Champion of Champions Event. Playing great bowls Clive got through the Group Stages to the Play Offs where he lost in the Quarter Finals to the Malaysian National Champion. This means that after all the bowls had been played that Clive finished a very creditable sixth out of twenty seven and he should be credited for a tremendous performance.
Also competing in the Ladies Event was Janice Pilling who had some very difficult opponents to play but still won three of her games and performed well to finish twentieth out of twenty six.
Two of our Indoor Bowlers who are also successful Lawn Bowlers and holders of their respective Manx Singles Championships are currently competing in the World Bowls Singles Champion of Champions Lawn Bowls Event in Australia.
Clive McGreal has qualified for the Play Offs by finishing third in his group and is now to play a Malaysian Opponent in a match that if he should win would see him play the New Zealander who is the current World Singles Champion in the semi finals.
Janice Pilling has had an extremely hard regime being drawn against some very tough opponents but has played well throughout and has won three of her matches.
It is great to see our members doing so well and I am sure we all wish Clive good luck for his next match.
*photo courtesy of Taylor Bowls