The Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Championships will start on Monday the 14th January with the Singles Event which will continue throughout the week.
On the night a total of nine matches will take place with seven of these being in the men’s event and two in the ladies.
The first five matches which begin at 18-30 see some very close contests as David Quayle takes on Mike Skelly in a game which could go either way. Mike Moyer v Shaun Scott is difficult to tip but I fancy Mike should just edge this while Brian Lindsay v Jimmy Sansom should go to the more experienced Jimmy but Brian although he is new to the sport is steadily improving as the season progresses. James Teare as always will try his best but I think that he will find Tony Epifani too strong for him while Gary Lenton will have to be at his best to match Ben Dugdale and I fancy Ben to takes this one.
There are two more men’s games to follow at 20-00 and these are a couple of ‘crackers’ with Stuart Garrett taking on the in form Mark McGreal who is the current Champion and although many would tip Mark to take the win his opponent is not the type to give in easily and will fight to the last for the win. In the remaining men’s game we see the extremely experienced Clive McGreal take on Tony Dugdale and again although many may favour the experienced Clive we have seen in the past that Tony on his day is more than capable of beating anyone.
The remaining two games on Monday are Caroline Whitehead against Paula Garrett and although Caroline is a newcomer to Indoor Bowling she has shown on the Crown Green scene that she is a very capable bowler but I would expect the experience and calm consistency of Paula to take her through to the next round. The remaining ladies game between Bernice McGreal and Ann Hollingworth could well be a close battle but I think that Bernice should edge it.
Tuesday sees the men’s second round with Shaun Seal taking on Eddie Carlyle and the winner of the Quayle/Skelly game taking on Phil Smith. Dave McCabe will player the winner of the Moyer/Scott game while the winner of the Lindsay/Sansom game will play David Quirk. All these games are to start at 18-30 on Tuesday 15th.
The Singles Championship will continue through the week for both Ladies and Men with All Semi Finals being played on Friday 18th January.
The Pairs Championship will be starting on Monday 21st January and the Triples Championship on Monday 28th January.
Finally to all taking part, good luck and I hope that I have not inflicted you with the ‘commentators curse’ if I have tipped you.
The Triples’ draw for the 2018 – 2019 season:
2019 Championship Draw TRIPLES
Championship Pairs’ draw for the 2018 – 2019 season:
2019 Championship Draw PAIRS
The ladies’ draw for the 2018 – 2019 season:
Ladies Singles 2019
The men’s draw for the 2018 – 2019 season:
Mens Singles Draw 2019
As we came to the Christmas and New Year break we saw the Dragons take crushing wins in both the Premier Pairs and Premier Team Leagues to lead both into the New Year.
I have decided to change the format of this report slightly this week and just look at the leading League positions at Christmas and also take a brief look at the Championship draw with a full preview to follow in the next report.
In the Premier Pairs the leaders are Dragons on 38 points followed by Cheesemakers on 31 points, Young Guns on 29 and Villans on 28 so as we start in the New Year we have to look at Dragons now as clear favourites in this League.
The Premier Teams are also led by Dragons on 52 points with QPR five points adrift on 47 points followed by TBC on 39 and Villans on 38 points so once again we see Dragons start the New Year in a very strong position.
The First Division Pairs has been really competitive this season and at Christmas we see the lead held by Terriers on 30 points closely followed by Orange Peelers on 29 points and Castletown Crofters on 27 points. I have been impressed by Orange Peelers this season and although they started slowly they have worked their way up the League Table so I am going to predict them as my favourites to win this League.
In the Second Division Pairs we have newcomers Odds and Bobs 2 at the top with 38 points followed by Reckless Rollers on 30 points and Outcasts on 27 points in third spot. This League has brought quite a few bowlers into Indoor Bowling this Season and it has been a pleasure to watch them develop and improve as the year progressed.
The Tuesday Morning League has produced some great bowling as usual this Season so far and at the break we have Villans leading on 56 points with and Onchan Royals on 39 points.
The 14th January 2019 is the starting date of the Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association Championships which run through until the beginning of February and the draw for these was made on 23rd December so I will take a brief look this week at some of the early matches in the Men’s and Ladies Singles Competition and do a full preview later.
The Club Championship draw will be made at 1pm on Sunday.
Anyone wishing to enter, who has not already done so, should enter via the competition sheets on the noticeboard in the NSC bowls hall.