Final Week sees good bowling

In the final week of the Indoor Bowls season we saw some great bowling which went to prove how much the standard of the game is improving locally.

In the Premier Pairs the Champions Dragons were held to a draw by Likely Lads while second placed Cheesemakers beat third placed Villans 4-0 in a game that saw Cheesemakers playing very well and Villans not getting any luck on the night. Young Guns beat Northern Nomads 4-0 and Spinners achieved the same result against Jazz while Radical Heads and Tee Pegs played out a 2-2 draw.

In the final night of the 2018/2019 Season we saw the First Division Team Champions Maxums have a bye and the runners up Odd Balls beat Mann Utd 6-0. Smugglers beat Castletown Crofters 4-2, Bowledly Going Nowhere had a strong 6-0 win over Flat Mats and Odds and Bob’s finished strongly with a 5-1 win over third placed D.N.A.

So with this being the end of the season I will give a quick look at the final leagues positions.  In the Premier Pairs we have Dragons as Champions with Cheesemakers runner up and Jazz relegated.

In the First Division Pairs we have the League Champions as Orange Peelers, runner up is Castletown Crofters and relegated are Odds and Bobs.

The Second Division Pairs has been a great success and has seen the development of a number of newcomers, the Champions are Odds and Bob’s 2 with the runner up Reckless Rollers with no relegation from this League.

The Premier Team League was won by Dragons with QPR as runner up and relegated are Saltire. This has been a hotly contested League with some very close matches throughout the Season and I have watched some great bowling at the games.

The First Division Teams League has been supported with great enthusiasm and the Champions from this are the very popular Maxums with Odd Balls as runner up.

Finally we look at the equally enthusiastically supported and popular Morning League which saw Villans become Champions for the third year in succession with Maxums as runner and again there is no relegation from this league.

So that brings the 2018/2019 Season to a close and may I wish good luck to all for their outdoor summer bowling whether it be in Crown Green or Lawn Bowls and don’t forget the A.G.M. on 29th March  at the N.S.C.

 

Maxums win First Division Teams League

Shaun seal bowling at the NSC

On Thursday 7th March Maxums lined up against Odds and Bobs hoping to get a 6-0 win to strengthen their lead over Odd Balls who were breathing down their necks to take the League Championship. Shaun Seal of Odds and Bobs however had different ideas and with a great show of bowling pulled off a good win against Phil Smith in the Singles. This didn’t put off Maxums who played well to take the Pairs and Triples and earn a 4-2 victory.

Odd Balls were then left to push for a win against Castletown Crofters but the Southerners ran out 4-2 winners which ensured that Maxums couldn’t be beaten and sealed the League win with one week still left to go. In the other matches Mann United lost 4-2 to Flat Mats and DNA drew 3-3 with Smuggles.

This left Maxums as League Champions with 62 points, Odd Balls in a safe second place with 55 points and DNA third with 49 points and closely followed by Castletown Crofters on 48 points and still able to take third place over DNA  depending on the results on 14th March.

In the Premier Pairs League Champions Dragons beat Tee Pegs 4-0, Likely Lads lost 4-0 to Cheesemakers, Villans were unable to play and so Young Guns took a 4-0 walkover and Northern Nomads and Jazz played out a 2-2 draw.

This left Dragons top of the Premier Pairs League having already sealed the Championship on 60 points followed by Cheesemakers on 46 points and Villans on 42 points.

This left one more week to play for the Premier Pairs and First Division Team Leagues with all the other Leagues having finished for the season.

The Trophies for all the Leagues which will be presented at the Annual General Meeting which will be held in the Bowls Hall at the N.S.C on Friday 29th March at 6-30pm and would be great to see a good turnout for this.

Maxums lose but still favourite to win First Division Teams League

The First Division Teams League saw long term leaders Maxums defeated 4-2 by Bowledly Going Nowhere which gave second placed Odd Balls a chance to close the gap on them by beating Flat Mats 4-2 while in a hard fought match Castletown Crofters and DNA drew 3-3 while Odds and Bobs beat Smugglers 4-2.

So with two more weeks to go this left Maxums top with 58 points followed by Odd Balls on 53 and DNA third on 46 points. This now makes it look as if this League will go ‘right down to the wire’ as Maxums have only one match to play as they have the ‘bye’ on the last week leaving Odd Ball two matches in which to close the gap and overhaul Maxums.

In the Premier Pairs the Dragons pairing of Clive and Mark McGreal increased their lead with a 4-0 win over Radical Heads while Villans just held on to second spot with a draw against Jazz. Third placed Cheesmakers had a good 4-0 win against Young Guns and Likely Lads beat Tee Pegs 4-0.

This leaves Dragons in first place with 56 points, Villans second with 42 points and Cheesmakers third also on 42 points.

As these two Leagues are the only remaining ones still not to be completed we will have a look at the winners and runners up in the remaining Leagues which are as follows:

  • Premier Teams – Winners – Dragons 61 pts Runner Up – QPR 56 pts.
  • Morning League – Winners – Villans 84 pts Runner Up – Maxums 75 pts.
  • First Div Pairs – Winners – Orange Peelers 38 pts Runner – Up Castletown Crofters 34 pts.
  • Second Div Pairs- Winners – Odds and Bobs 2 – 46 pts Runner Up – Reckless Rollers 37 pts.

So only two weeks now until all matches are completed but please do not forget the Annual General Meeting on Friday 29th March at 6-30 pm in the NSC Bowls Hall.

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.

The Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Championships 2019

With the Singles Championship Finalists already being known the Championships continued last week with the Pairs Competition which saw some very keenly contested games.

After the early stages we saw the Semi Finals take place on Thursday 24th January between two Father and Son pairings with Tony and Ben Dugdale taking on Clive and Mark McGreal with the latter pair winning a place in the Final.

The other match saw Tony Epifani and Eric Stanley get the better of Mike Ashmole and Peter Greenlees to make a date with the McGreals on 2nd February for the Final.

The Triples Competition started on Monday 28th January and at the time of going to press the Semi Finals were still to be played, these being Phil Smith, Win and Archie Collister v Wayne Roberts, Trevor Quayle and Eddie Carlyle with the second semi being David Quirk, Mike Ashmole and Peter Greenlees v Steve Cook and Tony and Ben Dugdale.

Finals Day is this Saturday 2nd February and starts with the Triples at 12-30pm with the winners of the two matches above playing each other.

The timings for the next two Finals may be subject to change should the Triples take longer than expected to complete but are provisionally scheduled to start as follows;

The Pairs between Clive and Mark McGreal and Tony Epifani and Eric Stanley at 2-30pm.

The Ladies and Men’s Singles which will be played at the same time are scheduled for 4-30pm with the Ladies being between Win Collister and Paula Garrett and the Men’s Final is between Clive McGreal and Dave McCabe.

It is hoped that a there will be a good turnout of bowlers to support all Finalists in what I expect to be a great afternoons bowling.

Tuesday Morning League Report

With the Night Leagues having a break while the Championships are being played the only League Competition taking place is the Tuesday Morning League which continues to be enthusiastically supported and produces some great bowling.

Tuesday 22nd January saw leaders Villans take a 6-0 win from Early Birds while second placed Maxums also beat Thru the Gap 6-0.

Cushags beat Ramsey Raiders 4-2, Onchan Royals beat Hillbillies 4-2 and Ellan Vannin beat Castletown Crofters 4-2.

Following on from this on Tuesday January 29th the leaders Villans once more marched on with a 4-2 win over Ellan Vannin while second placed Maxums were beaten 4-2 by Castletown Crofters.

A strong performance from Onchan Royals saw them defeat Ramsey Raiders 6-0, Thru the Gap beat Cushags 6-0 and Early Birds took a 4-2 win over Hillbillies.

The end result of this is that Villans still lead with 74 points while second placed Maxums have 65 points.

Manx Bowler Competes in Disability Sports Competition

Mike Ashmole receiving his IOMIBA club shirt

On the weekend of 19th and 20th of January popular local Bowler Mike Ashmole travelled to Nottingham to compete in the Ann Trotman Disability Bowls Singles at Gedling IBC. The reason Mike entered this was to gain off Island Competition and also to be assessed and become registered with his disability so that he can become classified and enter competitions within his own classification group.

In the competition Mike represented the Island well and in his first game beat Dave Fisher a Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist. He then went on to more success before coming up against two very good bowlers, one of which was Paul Hawkes – an experienced visually impaired England International – who has invited Mike to team up with him in a Triples Team later in the year.

During the competition, Mike who has Spina Bifida, was classified as a B6 which means that he can now compete in the same class as Wheelchair Bowlers and all at the Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association wish him success with his intention of competing in future off Island Competitions.