Dragons march on in Premier Pairs

With only three Leagues left to finish the Premier Pairs League saw Dragons needing a 4-0 result to seal a League win and they achieved this by beating Young Guns 4-0 while Villans moved into a clear second place by beating Spinners 4-0.  Cheesemakers lost 3-1 to Tee Pegs and Likely Lads and Jazz played out a 2-2 draw while Northern Nomads lost 4-0 to Radical Heads. This then sees Dragons in the lead with 52 points followed by Villans on 40 points and Cheesemakers in third with 38 points.

In the last fixture of the Tuesday Morning League we saw Villans who already won the League finish with a 4-2 win over Castletown Crofters while Maxums sealed second place with a 4-2 win against Onchan Royals. Hillbillies beat Ramsey Raiders 5-1 and Thru the Gap also had a 5-1 win over Ellan Vannin. In the final match Cushags ended their season with a 4-2 win over Early Birds. So after eighteen very enthusiastically supported matches in the Morning League we saw Villans top the table with 84 points followed by Maxums on 75 points and in third place Onchan Royals with 68 points.

The First Division Teams saw leaders Maxums beat Mann Utd 5-1, Odd Balls beat DNA 4-2 and Flat Mats beat Smugglers 6-0 while in the final match Odds and Bobs took a 4-2 win over Bowledly Going Nowhere. The League Positions after this with three matches left to play are Maxums at the top with 56 points, Odd Balls second with 47 points and DNA third on 43 points.

Finally this week may I remind all Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association members that the Annual General Meeting will be at the NSC on Friday 29th March at 6-30pm and all ‘Notices of Motion’ should be emailed to sec@iomindoorbowling.org by 1st March.

League success for Dragons, Orange Peelers, Odds and Bobs 2 and Villans

With the Indoor Bowls season coming to a close we have a number of League Champions already decided although there are still a number of matches yet to be played.

In the Premier Teams the season has come to an end and a 3-3 draw with TBC was enough to take Dragons to a league win with QPR being runners up. This left the final top three in the league as Dragons on 61 points, QPR on 56 points and Villans on 53 points.

The First Division Pairs season also came to an end and Orange Peelers who started the last league night with a two point lead over Terriers took the League Champions title by drawing with eventual runners up Castletown Crofters while Terriers suffered a 4-0 loss to Odds and Bobs. The top three then ended as Orange Peelers on 38 points, Castletown Crofters on 34 points and Terriers also on 34 points.

A draw with Woodbourne Reds was enough to give Odds and Bobs 2 the title of Champions in Division 2 Pairs with Reckless Rollers taking the runner up slot despite losing 3-1 to Questionaires. The final top three being Odds and Bobs 2 on 46 points, Reckless Rollers on 37 points and Outcasts on 35 points.

Although the Tuesday Morning League still had one more week to go a 4-2 win over Hillbillies gave Villans the League Championship with Maxums in second place although it was still possible for them to be caught by Onchan Royals.

The Premier Pairs is not scheduled to end until 11th March and at the moment Dragons are in a strong position with an 11 point lead over Cheesemakers. The round of matches in this league on 11th February saw Dragons beat Northern Nomads 4-0 while Radical Heads drew with the Likely Lads and Cheesemakers, Villans and Young Guns all had 4-0 wins. The current top three in this league are Dragons on 48 points, Cheesemakers on 37 and Villans on 36 points.

In the First Division Teams the leaders Maxums beat Flat Mats 4-2, DNA beat Mann Utd 4-2, Castletown Crofters beat Odds and Bobs 4-2 and Smugglers had a 6-0 walkover when Bowledly Going Nowhere were unable to field a team. This then leaves Maxums top with 51 points followed by Odd Balls on 43 points and DNA on 41 points.

Indoor Leagues resumed after Championship Break

After a three week break for the Isle of Man Championships we got back to normal with the Premier Pairs on the 4th February. In this league we saw leading team Dragons take a 4-0 win against Spinners with an easy win in the first set but the Spinners fought back in the second set and the result at one point looked as if it was slipping away from Dragons but they just ran out winners in the end. Young Guns lost 4-0 to Radical Heads, Villans beat Likely Lads 4-0 and Northern Nomads had a 4-0 win over Cheesemakers. The final result of the night was Jazz beating Tee Pegs 3-1 which left Dragons leading the League with 44 points followed by Cheesemakers on 33 and Villans on 32.

In the Tuesday morning league we saw leaders Villans lose 4-2 to Ramsey Raiders and second placed Maxums missed their opportunity to close on the leaders as they also lost 4-2 to EllanVannin. Hillbillies beat Cushags 4-2, Castletown Crofters beat Early Birds 6-0 and Onchan Royals lost 4-2 to Thru the Gap. This left Villans still in the lead with 76 points followed by Maxums on 67 and Ellan Vannin on 61 points.

In the First Division Pairs leaders Orange Peelers won 3-1 against PAL while second placed Terriers drew 2-2 with Enigma, Castletown Crofters had a good 4-0 win over Odds and Bobs and Bowledly Going Nowhere beat Huff n Puff 3-1. The League positions after this were Orange Peelers leading with 36 points, Terriers second on 34 points and Castletown Crofters third on 32 points.

The Premier League on Wednesday saw Dragons who were missing both Clive and Mark McGreal  beaten 6-0 by Ramsey Raiders, Villans beat TBC 4-2, Saltire beat Spinners 4-2 and Birdies beat QPR 4-2 leaving Dragons still leading the league with 58 points followed by QPR on 50 points and Villans on 47 points.

The First Division Teams League saw leaders Maxums draw 3-3 with Smugglers, Odds and Bobs beat Flat Mats 4-2, Mann Utd lost 4-2 to Castletown Crofters and Odd Balls beat Bowledly Going Nowhere 4-2. The League Table now is Maxums leading on 47 points followed by Odd Balls on 43 points and then DNA and Castletown Crofters both on 37 points.

To bring the week to an end we had the Second Division Pairs and here the leaders Odds and Bobs 2 were held to a draw by Outcasts, Flat Mats lost 4-0 to Reckless Rollers, Ramsey Raiders and Questionaires drew 2-2 and Woodbourne Reds beat Corrins Folly 4-0 which leaves Odds and Bobs 2 leading with 44 points followed by Reckless Rollers with  36 points and Outcasts with 33 points.

A Champion day at the NSC Indoor Bowls Hall

Saturday 2nd February saw the culmination of three weeks qualifying and a few anxious moments as we came to the Finals Day of the Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association Championships at the NSC Bowls Hall.

The afternoon started with the Triples Final between Wayne Roberts, Edward Carlyle and Ann Gale who were taking on father and son Tony and Ben Dugdale and Steve Cook. This game saw some great bowls from all players  but with both Tony and Ben Dugdale playing exceptional bowls when required and being ably assisted by Steve Cook it was Tony, Ben and Steve who ran out the winners.

This was followed by the Pairs which saw the Commonwealth Games pairing of Clive and Mark McGreal play Tony Epifani and Eric Stanley. The latter pair started strongly but the experience of Clive and Mark McGreal saw them come through and despite good bowls from their opposition it was the McGreals who became 2019 Pairs Champions.

We then came to the Ladies and Men’s Singles Finals which were run alongside one another and the good number of bowls followers who gathered were treated to a great display of bowling from all those competing.

 

In the Ladies Final we saw great consistency from Paula Garrett showing just how much she has improved over the last couple of years although when she got the chance her opponent Win Collister tested her at times at a longer length. It was not to be for Win however in a game that was played in a friendly and sporting manner and Paula’s consistency saw her become the 2019 Isle of Man Bowling Association Ladies Champion.

The Men’s Final saw the experienced Clive McGreal take on a relative newcomer in Dave McCabe and Clive took the first set comfortably showing all the skill and experience that he has. In the second set however we saw Dave fight back with some great bowls and he really tested Clive at times. At the end however it was Clive McGreal who took both sets and became 2019 Isle of Man Indoor Bowls Champion but Dave McCabe has to get a mention for the way that he has practiced and improved through the season.

So after a great afternoons bowling the 2019 Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Champions are;

Men’s Singles          Clive McGreal

Ladies Singles          Paula Garrett

Pairs                           Clive and Mark McGreal

Triples                       Tony and Ben Dugdale and Steve Cook.

 

With the Championships concluded we now get back to a full League programme and I have included a quick recap of the leaders in each League.

Premier Pairs                       Dragons

Morning League                 Villans

First Division Pairs              Orange Peelers

Premier Teams                   Dragons

First Division Teams          Maxums

Second Division Pairs        Odds and Bobs 2.

Championship Finals Saturday 2 February

championship trophies

The finals of the Club Championships take place tomorrow, Saturday 2nd February.

The action kicks off at 12.30pm with the Triples’ final, followed by the Pairs’ final at 2.30pm. The Men’s and Ladies’ finals will both start at 4.30pm.

Timings for the pairs and singles are approximate, as it will depend on how long the previous matches take.

Triples Final

Ben and Tony Dugdale, and Steve Cook v Wayne Roberts, Edward Carlyle, and Ann Gale.

Pairs Final

Clive and Mark McGreal v Tony Epifani and Eric Stanley.

Ladies’ Singles

Win Collister v Paula Garrett.

Men’s Final

Clive McGreal v Dave McCabe.

Here’s hoping for a good turn out and quality bowling.