Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Championships

With the Indoor Bowling Championships moving into the second week of the qualifying rounds we saw the Pairs being played and producing some shock results.

In a very tight match we saw some great bowls in the quarter final match between reigning Champions Clive and Mark McGreal and the less experienced pairing of Mike Ashmole and Peter Greenlees which ended in a victory for the latter pair. The next of the quarter finals again went to the less experienced  players at  Indoor Bowls with Shaun Seal and Ian Moore defeating Bernice McGreal and Janice Pilling while the in form pair of David Quirk and Dee Lewis beat Jimmy Sansom and Phil Kerruish. In the final match of the night we saw Mike Skelly and Phil Watterson beaten by Marcia Pearson and Muriel Cain.

The semi finals on the following night started with the question being would Ashmole and Greenlees retain their previous nights great form against Seal and Moore but with the latter pair starting well and piling on the pressure it was the Seal/Moore pairing that qualified for the Final. In the other semi final Marcia Pearson and Muriel Cain started as favourites against David Quirk and Dee Lewis but with Quirk playing some good lead bowls and  ‘skip’ Lewis coming up with some fantastic saving shots they proved to be too good on the night for the Pearson/Cain duo.

The Pairs Final then on the 1st February sees Shaun Seal and Ian Moore take on David Quirk and Dee Lewis and we hope to see a great match with the question being can the very experienced David Quirk use his great knowledge of the game to bring his team victory or will the Seal/Moore pair who currently lead the Second Division Pairs League manage to snatch the win from their Premier Pairs League opposition?

Whatever happens on Finals Day great credit must go Dee Lewis, Shaun Seal and Ian Moore who are all relatively new to Indoor Bowling and have made great improvements in their skill levels this season.

The event continues through the week with more Men’s qualifying on Wednesday evening and then both Ladies and Men’s Quarter Finals on Thursday and all Semi Finals on Friday.

There has been a slight amendment to the time schedule for Finals Day on this Saturday 1st February with the Triples Event now starting at 12-15 pm, the Pairs at 2-15pm and both Ladies and Men’s Singles being played at 4-00 pm. These timings may vary slightly and it is hoped to have a short break between the Pairs and Singles matches.

Isle of Man Indoor Bowls Championships – triples report

As we move through the three weeks of our 2020 Championships we have had some great bowling and the spectators who came to watch the Semi Finals of the Triples Competition were certainly not disappointed by the standard of play.

The match between Clive and Bernice McGreal and Janice Pilling and Alan Franklin, Phil Smith and Win Collister saw some quality bowling with the McGreal/Pilling trio going into a 10 – 0 lead over their competitors only to find themselves then being 11 – 10 down and having to take the last end for  a 12-11 win.

The other Semi Final saw Steve Cook, Edward Carlyle and Tony Dugdale meet Jimmy Sansom and Paula and Stuart Garrett in a match that is undoubtedly one of the best games that I have ever watched and saw both teams play some outstanding bowls.

This Game kept those watching on the edge of their seats and biting their fingernails as it ended level and went to a sudden death one end Play Off which produced even more fantastic bowls and saw the team of Jimmy Sansom and Paula and Stuart Garrett win but great credit must go to their opponents for playing so well and pushing them all the way.

After watching two great Semi Finals I would recommend that if you have the time available that you pop down to the NSC Bowls Hall on the afternoon of February 1st to watch Finals Day to watch the Triples, Pairs and Ladies and Men’s Singles Finals.

Villans march on in the Tuesday Morning League

With the only Indoor Bowls League running at the moment due to the three week break for the Championships we look at games 12 and 13 of this competition.

Game 12 saw leaders Villans take a 6-0 win over Ramsey Raiders while second placed Cushags also won 6-0 against Hillbillies. Smooth Matters beat Maxums 4-2 with the other two remaining matches both ending 6-0 with Ellan Vannin beating Thru the Gap and Onchan Royals beating Early Birds.

As we came to Game 13 the question was would this be an unlucky number for leaders Villans as they met second placed Cushags but it was Villans who marched on with a 4-2 win. Onchan Royals beat Maxums 4-2 and Smooth Matters beat Early Birds 4-2. A strong performance from Ellan Vannin saw them take a 6-0 victory over Ramsey Raiders and Hillbillies beat Thru the Gap 6-0.

So leaders Villans have now increased their points total to 69 points and Onchan Royals slip into second place with 51 points and Cushags are now third also on 51 points.

Close at the top in Premier Pairs

The Indoor Bowls New Year started with a one week continuation of the League Programme before going into a three week break for the 2020 Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association Championships.

Premier Pairs

In the opening week we saw the top three in the Premier Pairs taking wins with Cheesemakers, Villans and Young Guns all taking wins leaving the top three positions as Young Guns Top with 30 points, Villans second with 29 points and Cheesemakers still very much in contention with 27 points.

First Division Pairs

The First Division Pairs saw leaders Villa Boys held to a draw by Unbelievabowls while second placed Spinners beat Enigma 4-0 and Kencoe also won 4-0 against the 1 in 4 Team. This leaves Villa Boys still in top spot with 36 points with Spinners second on 32 points and Unbelievabowls third on 18 points.

Second Division Pairs

In the Second Division Pairs Colonicles have unfortunately had to withdraw from the League so all their results for the season have been withdrawn from the League Tables. In last Fridays matches we saw Sunset Rollers beat Girl Power 4-0, Cowley Cannonballs beat Sensibles also 4-0 and Woodbourne Reds and Reckless Rollers played out a 2-2 draw which leaves Sunset Rollers top on 30 points, Reckless Rollers second on 24 points and Cowley Cannonballs third on 21 points.

Tuesday Morning League

The Tuesday Morning League saw leaders Villans beat Maxums 6-0, Onchan Royals beat Cushags 4-2 and Ramsey Raiders  also beat Early Birds 4-2. The  remaining two games saw Hillbillies lose 4-2 to Ellan Vannin and Thru the Gap beat Smooth Matters 6-0. The top three in the League after this are Villans top on 59 points with second placed Cushags having 43 points and Onchan Royals third with 41 points.

Premier Teams

In the  Premier Teams we saw leaders Villans have a bye and second placed Cheesemakers beat DNA 4-2, Birdies beat Saltire 6-0 and a great performance from Ramsey Raiders saw them take a 5-1 win over TBC. The league positions after this are Villans top on 46 points, Cheesemakers second on 40 points and Birdies now moving into third place with 28 points.

First Division Teams

First Division Teams leaders Spinners who have this season dominated the League saw their New Year start badly with a 4-2 loss to Maxums while Okay beat second placed Odd Balls 4-2, Smugglers beat Cowley Cannonballs 4-2 and Girl Power beat CAOS 4-2. League positions after this are Spinners top on 44 points, Smugglers second on 36 points and Odd Balls third on 34 points.

2020 Championships

With the 2020 Championships starting on the 13th January with the Triples Competition  the position at the time of writing this report is that we have reached the stage where we know the four teams who have qualified for the Semi Finals. In these we see Steve Cook, Edward Carlyle and Tony Dugdale play Jimmy Sansom and Paula and Stuart Garrett while in the second of these games we see Alan Franklin, Phil Smith and Win Collister play Janice Pilling and Bernice and Clive McGreal.

Finally may I close this week by sending best wishes from all in Indoor Bowling to Archie Collister who has not been too well recently and we all hope to see him back in the Bowls Hall very soon.

Top two draw in Premier Pairs

Week nine of the Indoor Bowling Leagues started with the top two teams in the Premier Pairs Cheesemakers and Young Guns meeting to play out a 2-2 draw while third placed Villans beat GLS 4-0 to close the gap on the leaders. The bottom of the table pairing TOU now seem to be finding some form and they beat Tee Pegs 4-0 while Radical Heads also had a 4-0 victory over Orange Peelers. This then leaves Young Guns on top with 24 points, Cheesemakers in second place on 23 points with Villans third with 21 points.

First Division Pairs

In the First Division Pairs the two top teams marched on as leaders the Villa Boys put in a strong performance to beat Kencoe 4-0 and second placed Spinners played equally as well to beat third placed Unbelieveabowls 4-0 while in the other match of the evening we saw Enigma beat 1 in 4 with a 3-1 result. The league leaders then are still Villa Boys who have 30 points with second placed Spinners on 26 points and Unbelieveabowls on 16 points in third place.

Second Division Pairs

The Second Division Pairs is proving to be a closely contested battle between Reckless Rollers and Sunset Rollers which I feel will go all the way to the end of the season. On this occasion Reckless Rollers didn’t play and Sunset Rollers were pushed hard by Cowley Cannonballs before winning 3-1 while Woodbourne Reds moved onto third place after beating Sensibles 4-0 and Girl Power beat Smooth Matters 4-0. This leaves Reckless Rollers top on 26 points with Sunset Rollers second on the same number of points and Woodbourne Reds third on 19 points.

Premier Team

The Premier Teams saw long time leaders Villans beat Birdies 4-2 while Cheesemakers had a 6-0 victory over Saltire and Ramsey Raiders beat DNA 4-2. With TBC having a bye on the night the league positions then are Villans in number one spot with 40 points, Cheesemakers second on 32 points and TBC third with 26 points.

First Division Team

In the First Division Teams we saw Spinners who have led from the start beat Smugglers 5-1, Odd Balls stayed in second place despite losing 4-2 to Cowley Cannonballs and Okay moved into third place with a 6-0 win over CAOS. The League Table then shows Spinners top on 38 points, Odd Balls second on 30 points and Okay third on 28 points.

Tuesday Morning League

On Tuesday in the Morning League the top placed Villans team beat Ellan Vannin 6-0, Early Birds beat Thru the Gap 4-2 and Hillbillies had a 5-1 win over Smooth Matters. In the remaining matches Cushags beat Maxums 6-0 and Onchan Royals took a 4-2 win over Ramsey Raiders. The leaves Villans top on 49 points with Cushags second on 39 points and Ramsey Raiders third on 33 points.

Last chance to get your championship entries in

I will now end this report by saying that this is now your last chance to get your Championship entries in before by the closing date of 21st December and wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

 

 

Honours even in the Premier Pairs

Week 8 of the Indoor Bowling season started with the unusual occurrence of every match in the Premier Pairs League ending in a draw. Tee Pegs drew with GLS while Orange Peelers v TOU, Young Guns v Northern Nomads and Radical Heads and Cheesemakers also played out drawn matches. With Villans having a bye on the night, the League positions now are Young Guns top on 22 points, Cheesemakers second on 21 points and Villans third with 17 points.

First Division Pairs

The First Division Pairs saw leaders Villa Boys have an emphatic 4-0 win over Enigma while second place Spinners were beaten 4-0 by an on form 1 in 4 team and third placed Unbelieveabowls played out a 2-2 draw with Kencoe. The outcome of this is that the top three hold their positions in the League with Villa Boys in top spot on 26 points followed by Spinners on 22 points and Unbelieveabowls on 16 points.

Second Division Pairs

In the Second Division Pairs leaders Reckless Rollers beat Girl Power 4-0 and Cowley Cannonballs and Woodbourne Reds played out a 2-2 draw while Smooth Matters were beaten 4-0 by Sunset Rollers who are undoubtedly one of the most improved pairings of this season. The match between Sensibles and Colonicles saw the points go to Sensibles when their opponents were unable to ‘field a team’. Reckless Rollers then lead the league with 24 points closely followed by Sunset Rollers on 23 points and in third place are Sensibles on 17 points.

Premier League Team

The Premier Teams League saw leaders Villans beat Saltire 5-1 while TBC beat Birdies 4-2 and Cheesemakers beat Ramsey Raiders 4-2. This means that Villans now lead the league with 36 points which gives them a healthy 10 point lead over TBC and Cheesemakers who are both on 26 points.

First Division Team

In the First Division Teams leaders Spinners were beaten 4-2 by Odd Balls, Girl Power beat Okay, Cowley Cannonballs lost to CAOS and Smugglers beat Maxums with all these games having a 4-2 score line. In the lead we still have Spinners with 33 points but Odd Balls have now closed the gap to 5 points as they have 28 points and in third place are Smugglers with 27 points.

Tuesday Morning League

The Tuesday Morning League as usual saw the Bowls Hall full with enthusiastic bowlers all keen to do well but also more importantly enjoy their bowls. I never cease to be surprised by the great atmosphere produced when the Hall and Rinks are full to capacity. League leaders Villans maintained their form to beat Early Birds 6-0 and second placed Cushags beat Thru the Gap 5-1 while Ramsey Raiders moved into third place by beating Smooth Matters 6-0. In the remaining two matches Ellan Vannin lost 4-2 to Onchan Royals and Maxums beat Hillbillies 4-2. This leaves Villain in top spot with 43 points followed by Cushags on 33 points and Ramsey Raiders on 31 points. I feel I must give a special mention to Cushags for they way that they have played this season so far to establish themselves in second place above teams who were tipped to finish higher than them.

Club Championships

Finally may I finish once again with a reminder to get your entries in for the Championships before the closing date of 21st December.

Villans extend their lead in Premier Teams League

As we reached the halfway point of the Indoor Bowls Premier Teams League we saw Villans extend their lead as they beat Ramsey Raiders 6-0 and second placed Cheesemakers lose 5-1 to TBC. In the remaining match we saw DNA show good form to beat Saltire 6-0. The league positions after this are that Villans lead with 31 points followed by TBC AND Cheesemakers both on 22 points.

First Division Team

In the First Division Teams the leaders Spinners took a 4-2 win over newcomers Cowley Cannonballs despite a spirited performance from the latter team while Oddballs moved into second place with a 6-0 win over Girl Power. Elsewhere Smugglers beat Okay 4-2 and Maxums lost 4-2 to CAOS, leaving Spinners in top spot on 31 points followed by Oddballs in second place with 24 points and Smugglers third on 23 points.

Premier Pairs

The Premier Pairs League saw three teams taking 4-0 wins with Northern Nomads beating Villans, Young Guns beating Radical Heads and a strong performance from GLS saw them defeat TOU and in the remaining match Orange Peelers drew with Cheesemakers. The league positions now are Young Guns top on 20 points, Cheesemakers second on 19 points and Villans third on 17 points.

First Division Pairs

The First Division Pairs saw leaders Villa Boys hold top spot as they beat 1 in 4 with a 4-0 score as second placed Spinners also had a 4-0 victory over Kencoe and Unbelieveabowls moved into third spot as they defeated Enigma 4-0. League positions then are Villa Boys top on 22 points followed by Spinners also with 22 points and Unbelieveabowls third with 14 points.

Second Divisin Pairs

In the Second Division Pairs a terrific performance from Sunset Rollers saw them beat Sensibles 4-0 while Smooth Matters and Woodbourne Reds drew as did Reckless Rollers and Cowley Cannonballs with Colonicles beating Girl Power 4-0. This leaves Reckless Rollers top with 20 points, Sunset Rollers move into second place with 19 points and Sensibles drop to third spot on 15 points.

Tuesday Morning League

The Tuesday Morning League saw leaders Villans beat Onchan Royals 6-0 while second placed Ellan Vannin were defeated 5-1 by the ever improving newcomers Smooth Matters. Hillbillies lost 4-2 to Ramsey Raiders, Early Birds lost 6-0 to Cushags and Thru the Gap beat Maxums 4-2. This leaves Villans holding first position with 37 points, Cushags second on 28 points and Ellan Vannin third on 26 points.

Reminders

Finally can I urge everyone interested in competing in the Island Indoor Bowling Championships in January to put their names on the lists in the Bowling Hall and once again I ask bowlers to please wear smooth soled shoed when on the bowling area and not to wear their outdoor shoes.

Reckless Rollers move into top place

The most significant change in League Positions in Week 6 of the Indoor Bowling Season was in Second Division Two Pairs where Reckless Rollers defeated leaders Sensibles to take the lead by three points. Elsewhere in this division all the other games ended as draws with those being Sunset Rollers v Woodbourne Reds, Colonicles against Smooth Matters and Girl Power v Cowley Cannonballs. This then leaves Reckless Rollers top on 18 points followed by Sensibles and Sunset Rollers both on 15 points.

Premier Pairs

In the Premier Pairs a great battle between Villans and Young Guns ended in a draw while Cheesemakers defeated TOU 4-0,  Tee Pegs and Northern Nomads drew and GLS beat Radical Heads 4-0. The league positions after this are Villans top on 17 points followed by Cheesemakers also on 17 points and Young Guns third on 16 points.

First Division Pairs

In the First Division Pairs Villa Boys beat Spinners 3-1 and Kencoe and Enigma drew while Unbelievabowls and 1 in 4 also played out a draw. This left Villa Boys top on 18 points followed by Spinners also on 18 points with Kencoe third on 11 points.

Premier Team

The Premier Teams saw leaders Villans have a bye and second placed Cheesemakers closed the gap with a 6-0 defeat of Birdies while TBC beat DNA 4-2 and Saltire lost 4-2 to Ramsey Raiders. The result of this is that Villans still lead with 25 points, Cheesemakers are second on 21 points and TBC third on 16 points.

First Division Team

Spinners continued their great form in the First Division Teams to beat Girl Power 6-0, Smugglers beat Cowley Cannonballs 4-2, Okay beat Maxums 4-2 and Odd Balls beat CAOS also 4-2. League positions here are Spinners at the top with 27 points, Smugglers second on 19 points and Odd Balls third on 18 points.

Tuesday Morning League

The Tuesday Morning League saw leaders Villans beat Cushags 4-2 with every other one of the remaining four fixtures also ending up with a 4-2 score line. Maxums lost to Ramsey Raiders, Smooth Matters beat Early Birds, Thru the Gap lost to Onchan Royals and Ellan Vannin beat Hillbillies. The lead is still held by Villans on 31 points, second are Ellan Vannin on 25 points and third place is held by Onchan Royals on 23 points.

Spinners go clear at the top of First Division Team League

This week’s Indoor Bowls report starts with the First Division Teams League where Spinners defeated their closest rivals Maxums to take a clear lead in the league  and, after the first five matches, and themselves as the early favourites. Elsewhere in the league Okay lost 4-2 to Girl Power, CAOS beat Smugglers 4-2 and Cowley Cannonballs also had a 4-2 win against Oddballs. The current leaders are Spinners on 21 points followed by Maxums on 15 points and Smugglers also on 15 points.

Premier Team

In the Premier Teams we saw leaders Villans beat DNA 6-0, while second placed Birdies put in a strong performance to beat Saltire 6-0, TBC and Ramsey Raiders drew 3-3. This then means that Villans currently lead on 25 points with Birdies second on 16 points and Cheesemakers third on 15 points.

Tuesday Morning League

The Tuesday Morning League saw Villans beat the ever improving Smooth Matters 6-0 with the latter team playing very well despite what appears on paper to be a heavy defeat. Ellan Vannin beat Cushags 4-2, Onchan Royals beat Hillbillies 6-0, Thru the Gap lost 4-2 to Ramsey Raiders and Maxums beat Early  Birds 6-0. This leaves Villans in top place with 27 points, Ellan Vannin second with 21 points and Cushags third on 20 points.

Premier Pairs

Premier Pairs leaders Villans took a 3-1 win and second placed Young Guns also had a 3-1 win over Orange Peelers. A great performance from Tee Pegs saw them beat Cheesemakers 3-1 and GLS and Northern Nomads drew 2-2. The league positions after this is Villans still top on 15 points with Young Guns second on 14 points and Cheesemakers third on 13 points.

First Division Pairs

The First Division Pairs seems to be turning into an intriguing  battle between Spinners and Villa Boys who met in this latest round of matches. It was the Spinners who ran out 3-1 winners on this occasion with Unbelieveabowls also beating 1 in 4 with a similar 3-1 scoreline, and Kencoe and Enigma playing out a 2-2 draw. Spinners are now in the lead with 17 points followed by Villa Boys on 15 points and Kencoe on 9 points.

Second Division Pairs

The Second Division Pairs would appear to be developing into  a three way battle between Sensibles, Reckless Rollers and Sunset Rollers and Sensibles kept their title hopes alive with a 4-0 win over Smooth Matters, Reckless Rollers took  a 4-0 win when Colonicles couldn’t field a pair and Sunset Rollers beat Girl Power 3-1. The final game in this group saw Cowley Cannonballs draw 2-2 with Woodbourne Reds. In this division we have Sensibles top on 15 points, Reckless Rollers second with 14 points and Sunset Rollers third with 13 points.

Club Championships

Finally can I just remind everyone about the Championships which are starting in the New Year and urge you to put your names on the list in the Bowls Hall if you wish to take part

Villans top three Leagues in Indoor Bowling

After the first four weeks of the I.O.M.I.B.A Indoor Bowling season the Villans are in top spot in the Premier Pairs, Premier Team and Tuesday Morning League. Although I am sure they would point out that it is ‘early days’ and in the Premier Pairs and Premier Teams, Cheesemakers have a game in hand over them.

Premier Pairs

A quick look at the Premier Pairs for week 4 shows that Villans beat TOU 4-0, Young Guns beat GLS, and Tee Pegs beat Orange Peelers by the same 4-0 score line. Northern Nomads beat Radical Heads 3-1 and Cheesemakers had a bye. This puts Villans in top place with 12 points followed by Cheesemakers also on 12 points and Young Guns third on 11 points.

Tuesday Morning League

In the Tuesday Morning League, Hillbillies beat Thru the Gap 4-2, Cushags beat Smooth Matters 4-2, Ellan Vannin had a good 6-0 win over Early Birds, with Ramsey Raiders losing 4-2 to Villans, and the Onchan Royals, Maxums game played out a 3-3 draw. The League positions after this are Villans top on 21 points with Cushags second on 18 points and Ellan Vannin third on 17 points.

First Division Pairs

The First Division Pairs saw Villa Boys beat 1 in 4 with a 4-0 score, and Spinners beat Kencoe 4-0 ,while Unbelieveabowls went down 4-0 to and in-form Enigma pairing. This leaves Villa Boys top of the League on 14 points with Spinners second also on 14 points and Kencoe third on 7 points.

Premier Team

In the Premier Teams, we saw a close game between TBC and Ramsey Raiders ending in a 3-3 draw with some great bowls played. The Villans beat Saltire 5-1, and DNA lost 4-2 to Birdies, the Cheesemakers had a bye. The end result of this was that Villans held their top spot with 19 points with TBC second on 13 points and Cheesemakers third on 11 points.

First Division Team

Thursday nights First Division Team competition saw Spinners take a convincing 6-0 win over CAOS, while Girl Power lost 4-2 to Cowley Cannonballs ,and Odd Balls beat Okay 4-2.  Maxums and Smugglers played out a 3-3 draw with this then putting Spinners top of the League with 17 points followed by Maxums and Smugglers both on 13 points.

Second Division Pairs

The Second Division Pairs saw leaders Sensibles held to a draw by Girl Power, and Reckless Rollers also had a draw against Woodbourne Reds. The rapidly improving Cowley Cannonballs had a 4-0 win over Colonicles, and Smooth Matters drew with Sunset Rollers. So after the first four weeks in this League, we have Sensibles still top on 11 points with Reckless Rollers second and Sunset Rollers third both on 10 points.