The first matches of the 2018/2019 Indoor Bowling League took place on Monday 14th October with the Premier Pairs taking part on the green carpet at the NSC Bowling Hall.
Highly tipped Cheesemakers played Northern Nomads and, although they were given a tough battle in this match, the Cheesemakers eventually ran out 4-0 winners. Newly promoted Orange Peelers played the ever consistent Villans and the newcomers certainly gave a good account of themselves by playing some great bowls, but their opponents held their form throughout to take the match 4-0. A great battle between Radical Heads and Tee Pegs ended in a 2-2 draw, and finally, Young Guns beat TOU 4-0 despite a spirited performance from the newly formed team.
Tuesday Morning League
The next day we saw the ever popular Tuesday Morning League take place and this saw the reigning champions Villans take on last years runners up Maxums in a match that saw some superb bowls played before Villans took a 6-0 win. Smooth Matters who are a new team to the League were given a reminder as to how good the opposition in this league can be as they were beaten 6-0 by Onchan Royals. Ellan Vannin beat Thru the Gap 4-2, Early Birds lost 5-1 to Ramsey Raiders and Cushags beat Hillbillies 4-2.
First Division Pairs
Tuesday night saw the First Division Pairs take to the Indoor Bowling Rink and Spinners showed good form to beat Enigma 4-0, 1 in 4 lost 4-0 to Kencoe and the newly promoted Villa Boys drew 2-2 with Unbelieveabowls.
I will look at the remaining three sessions of the week in next weeks report and after that we will look at the League on a weekly basis as the season starts to take shape but at the moment the form teams from last season seem to be taking the honours.
The mixed pairs against Ireland started poorly for the Manx pairing who were slow to find the pace of the green in the first set but sparked a revival in the second set to lead into the last end and holding a set winning position until the last wood which deprived Clive & Bernice the opportunity to take the match to a tie break.
In his first singles match Clive was up against the crown green specialist from England, Jack Bird was was quick off the mark to take the first set by a margin. The second set was keenly contested with Clive holding a set winning head with a toucher inches from the ditch with just the bowl come when Jack Bird drove off the shot bowl to tie the set but take the match.
In her first game Bernice took on the legendary Janice Gower, another major force from the crown green code who performed well at Potters last year. Bernice got off to a flyer and commanded the first set with great bowls taking it quite comfortably. The second set was more of a thriller with both ladies exchanging some super shots but Bernice was in fine form taking the second set to win the match.
This year’s AGM will take place in the NSC Bowls Hall on Friday 29th March 2019 at 6.30pm. The agenda is as follows:
Update from NSC Manager
Minutes of the 2018 AGM
Treasurer’s Annual Report
Appointment of Auditor
President’s Annual Report
Presentation of League Trophies
Affiliation to the International Indoor Bowls Council
Election of officers:-
President – Win Kewley willing to re-stand
Treasurer – vacant
Secretary – vacant
Fixtures Officer – Tony Dugdale willing to re-stand
Press Officer – Norman Kneen willing to re-stand
Website Manager – Paula Garrett willing to re-stand
Committee Member – David Quirk willing to re-stand
Proposed new rules
That Association members who represent the Isle of Man at International Indoor or World Bowls or Disability Bowls or Crown Green Bowls approved competitions are allowed to rearrange any league matches which occur during the competition timeframe, up to a maximum of 2 rearranged matches within a season, if they are unable to field a substitute for the league.
In the spirit of fairness throughout the sport of bowls and to raise the profile of bowling in the Isle of Man we should encourage and support bowlers selected to represent the Isle of Man both nationally and internationally.
World Indoor Bowls Council has affiliated to World Bowls and changed its name to International Indoor Bowls Council and forged closer links between the two organisations for the overall benefit of the sport of bowls.
Indoor Bowling Associations in the U.K. and internationally allow members to reschedule games when representing their country in Indoor /Lawn Bowls /Disability Bowls/Short Mat/Crown Green Bowls competitions and, by maintaining our current stance of only allowing rescheduling for International Indoor events, we are damaging the reputation of the Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association.