Mark and Clive McGreal with Win Kewley, President of the Indoor bowling association

McGreal Masterclass takes them to Pairs Championship

Mark and Clive McGreal with Win Kewley, President of the Indoor bowling association
Mark and Clive McGreal with Win Kewley, President of the IOM Indoor Bowling Association

Last week saw the running of the Isle of Man Indoor Bowls Association Pairs Championship which began on Monday 3rd January with two Preliminary Round matches and three First Round matches. In the Preliminary Round, we saw the father and son pairing Clive and Mark McGreal prove to be too strong for Dee Lewis and David Quirk and Stefan Kelly and Alan Moore took the win against Trevor Quayle and Wayne Roberts.

In the First Round Win and John Kewley beat Paula and Stuart Garrett, Marilyn Ellison and Libby Andrade did well to beat Joyce Ogden and Caroline Whitehead and Bernice McGreal and Janice Pilling beat Mike Moyer and Mair Moore.

Tuesday night saw the remaining First Round Matches played and in these, we saw some close games with two ending a tie after the regulation ten ends were completed and go to a one end tie break. The first of these saw Rob Matthews and Gordon Wynne Smythe tie 8-8 with Mary Manuja and Colin Brown only for the latter team to lose the tie break. The second tie break of the night saw Bob Callow and Norman Kneen also draw 8-8 with Joanne Kelly and Tina Hampson and I have to say that the latter pair were unlucky to lose after a very close battle. In the remaining games, we saw Clive and Mark McGreal beat Stefan Kelly and Alan Moore, Marcia Pearson and Muriel Cain beat Edward Carlyle and Brian Lindsay and Paul Dougherty and Peter Hughes beat Shirley and Gordon Corrin.

In the Quarter-Finals, a gallant effort from Win and John Kewley came to an end when they lost in a tie break to  Janice Pilling and Bernice McGreal, Marcia Pearson and Muriel Cain were too strong for Paul Dougherty and Peter Hughes while Rob Matthews and Gordon Wynne Smythe were beaten by Marilyn Ellison and Libby Andrade. In the remaining game, we saw Pam Makin stand in as a very capable reserve with Norman Kneen but they were comfortably beaten by Clive and Mark McGreal.

The Semi-Finals saw the on form McGreal pairing prove to be too strong for Marcia Pearson and Muriel Cain while Marilyn Ellison and Libby Andrade who had battled so well all week beat Janice Pilling and Bernice McGreal to earn themselves a place in the Final.

We then came to a Final which saw one of the least experienced pairs in the competition play arguably the most experienced pair of Clive and Mark McGreal who put on a masterclass to coast to victory. We must not however take anything away from Marilyn Ellison and Libby Andrade who should be proud of their performances all week and fully deserved their place in the Final.

Indoor Bowls Triples Championship

IOMIBA triples champions
IOMIBA triples champions, Clive McGreal, Bernice McGreal and Janice Pilling with club president Win Kewley

The Copyshop Indoor Bowls League took a break last week as the first of the season’s Championships was played, this being the Triples Competition. In the first round, we saw the trio of Paula and Stuart Garrett and Jimmy Sansom beat Marcia Pearson, Muriel Cain and Paula Firth 10-6 while Win and John Kewley and Brian Lindsay had a walkover as their opponents had to withdraw from the competition. In the remaining two matches of the evening Colin Brown, Alan Franklin and Rob Matthews lost 6-12 to Shirley and Gordon Corrin and Joyce Ogden and Chas Grills, Stefan Kelly and Alan Moore beat Shaun Seal, Phil Kerruish and Ian Moore 16-2.

On Tuesday we saw Paula and Stuart Garrett and Jimmy Sansom beat Win and John Kewley and Brian Lindsay 14-3 while Chas Grills, Stefan Kelly and Alan Moore beat Shirley and Gordon Corrin and Joyce Ogden 19-4. In the remaining games we saw the very experienced trio of Bernice and Clive McGreal and Janice Pilling beat Tony Epifani, Paul Dougherty and Peter Hughes 13-1 while Dee Lewis, Libby Andrade and Mike Moyer pushed David Quirk, Wayne Roberts and Trevor Quayle all the way before eventually losing 12-13.

This brought us to the semi-finals on Wednesday where the Chas Grills, Stefan Kelly and Alan Moore team, who had played well throughout the week, continued to play well, but on the night they eventually went down 7-10 to Paula and Stuart Garrett and Jimmy Sansom. The other semi-final was not quite so close as Bernice and Clive McGreal and Janice Pilling beat David Quirk, Wayne Roberts and Trevor Quayle 13-4.

The Final was played on Thursday evening and Paula and Stuart Garrett started well and built up a 5-0 lead but the very experienced trio of Bernice and Clive McGreal and Janice Pilling fought back to eventually run out with a 12-6 win to become Isle of Man Indoor Bowls Triples Champions. The Final was a great game to watch and kept the spectators on the edge of their seats right up until the end. The Trophy was then presented to the winners by Win Kewley the President of the Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association.

The Year of the Dragon

Muriel Cain winner of the singles league
Muriel Cain winner of the singles league

The Isle of Man Indoor Bowls League was sadly brought to a premature end by Lockdown number three as when that is over there will be no time to play the remaining fixtures before the outdoor season starts, so the Leagues have been calculated as of 2nd February with the few remaining games being counted as a draw.

In this report then I will look at the final League Tables and the top three positions in these. While in China it is the Year of the Ox in the Indoor Bowls it has been the Year of the Dragon with the Dragons Teams winning all the three Leagues they competed in.

In the Premier Pairs, we saw the Dragons pairing of Clive and Mark McGreal win with 44 points followed by Trevor Quayle and Wayne Roberts playing as Cheesemakers with 40 points and in third place we had the Villans pairing of Paula Garrett and Phil Kerruish with 32 points.

The Premier Teams League was again won by the Dragons with 64 points and in second place were Bay City Bowlers with 58 points and in third place were Cheesemakers with 55 points.

The Dragons also won the newly formed Friday Afternoon Pairs League and this time Clive McGreal was paired with wife Bernice and amassed 60 points while the second placed High Jacks scored 46 points and they were followed in third place by the Sunset Rollers with 40 points.

In the popular Tuesday Morning Teams League the Villans who have been unbeatable for the last three years had to settle for second place to the newly formed team of Bushwhackers consisting of Paul Cowley, Kay McKiernan and Clive McGreal. Bushwhackers topped the League with 83 points followed by Villans on 75 points and Ramsey Raiders on 70 points.

In the First Division Pairs, we saw the Points Make Prizes pairing of Mike Ashmole and Colin Brown take the league win with 49 points followed by TOU on 45 points and the Officials on 44 points.

The First Division Teams League was won by another of this season’s new entrants the Ramsey Wallys, this team made up of Chas Grills, Stefan Kelly and Alan Moore took first place with 75 points followed by the Spinners on 59 points and OK finished third with 49 points.

In the Friday Night Singles League, we saw the ever consistent Muriel Cain take the win being the only player to win every one of her eleven games and end with a total of 33 points. In second place was Paul Cowley with 28 points and third was John Kewley with 24 points.

That then ends a somewhat different season but everyone who took part truly appreciates the fact that we were able to play when in many other places it was not possible to do so. The premature finish also means that this year’s Championships have also been cancelled and hopefully next season will see us being able to play an uninterrupted season.

I close this report by wishing everyone good luck for the outdoor bowling whether it be in Lawn Bowls or Crown Green Bowling and hope to see you all back in the NSC Bowls Hall next season.

2020 – 2021 leagues and championships cancelled

With today’s covid news, the Committee has reluctantly agreed to cancel the remainder of the indoor season.

The Championships are also cancelled.

The final league positions will be fixed as of today with all remaining matches being considered draws.

The AGM will (hopefully) go ahead as planned on Sunday 28th March at 5 pm and I will be sending the paperwork out soon.

The NSC has confirmed that they will close at 4 pm today, so anyone needing to collect equipment from lockers must go before then. The anticipated opening date is 24th March though that may change.

So sorry to have to pass on this news but please stay safe and look forward to better times.

It’s tight at the top in the First Division Pairs League

The Dragons, winners of the premier team league, pictured with IOMIBA President, Win Kewley
The Dragons, winners of the premier team league, pictured with IOMIBA President, Win Kewley

We start this week’s Indoor Bowls Report with the First Division Pairs League which promises an exciting battle for the top spot which could go down to the very last match on Tuesday 16th March. In the latest round of matches we saw leaders Points Make Prizes take a 4-0 win against OK while second placed TOU beat Super Hoops Terriers 3-1 and the third placed Officials won 4-0 against Enigma. Ramsey Wallys drew 2-2 with Spinners and Kencoe and 1 in 4 also drew 2-2. This sees Points Make Prizes hold on to first place with 41 points while TOU are second with 39 points and the Officials are third on 38 points.

In the Tuesday Morning League we saw leaders Bushwhackers beat Jacks on a Roll 5-1 and second placed Villans beat Cushags 4-2 while the third placed team Ramsey Raiders went down 4-2 to Early Birds. Maxums and Thru the Gap ended in a 3-3 draw and Onchan Royals beat Hillbillies 5-1. The end result of this is that Bushwhackers retain the lead on 74 points followed by Villans on 66 points and Ramsey Raiders on 64 points.

In the Friday afternoon Pairs League we saw the leaders Dragons take a 4-0 victory against Sunset Rollers and second placed High Jacks beat Powered by Prosecco also 4-0 while Celtic Thunder drew 2-2 with Low Rollers. In the remaining matches Cowley Cannonballs and OK drew 2-2 with Southpaws and Woodbourne Reds also playing out a 2-2 draw. Dragons now are clear at the top on 50 points followed by High Jacks on 38 points and Cowley Cannonballs on 32 points.

The Singles League saw Andy Foster beat Michelle Cowley 23–8 and Mike Moyer lose 23-3 to John Kewley while Rob Mathews beat Win Kewley 14-7 . In the remaining game of the night Mike Ashmole beat Gary Lenton 15-11 while Paul Cowley had a walkover because unfortunately Edward Carlyle is still out of action with a shoulder injury. This leaves Muriel Cain top on 27 points followed by Paul Cowley on 25 points and John Kewley on 24 points.

In the final night of the Premier Teams Competition we saw the Dragons Team who had already sealed the League win play Bay City Bowlers in a game that was won 4-2 by the latter team. Cheesemakers beat Ramsey Raiders 4-2 and Villans beat Saltire 5-1 while in the final game of the night DNA lost 5-1 to Birdies. The final league positions then are Dragons as Champions on 64 points followed by Bay City Bowlers on 58 points and Cheesemakers on 55 points.

This week also saw a preliminary round of the Island Indoor Bowling Pairs Championship and in that we saw reigning Champions Dee Lewis and David Quirk eliminated as they lost to Muriel Cain and Marcia Pearson, Pauline Cowley and Mary Manuja beat Jim and James Teare and the highly tipped pairing of Clive and Mark McGreal beat Colin Brown and Mike Ashmole.

Indoor Bowls Championships Conditions of Play

ISLE OF MAN INDOOR BOWLS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021/22

CONDITIONS OF PLAY

  1. Singles: Four bowls per player. Pairs: Four bowls per player.  Triples: Three bowls per player.
    The Laws of the Sport, Crystal Mark Third Edition will apply unless otherwise stated in these Conditions of Play.
  2. Prior to the start of a match, each player will be allowed two trial ends, each end being of two bowls per player.
  3. Players are not permitted to practice within 3 hours of the start of a match.
  4. Singles:
    i) Each match will consist of two sets, each set being played over 9 ends. The winner of each set will be the player with the most shots at the completion of the 9th  The winner of the match being the best of two sets. A set will be decided if, at any point, it becomes impossible for one player to draw or win the set given the number of ends left.
    ii) If the shot scores are tied after the last end of a set, the set is drawn. If the match is tied (two drawn sets or one set each) after the two sets have been completed, a match tie-breaker consisting of 1 end will be played to determine the winner. If the tie-breaker end is tied a further tie-breaker end will be played.
    iii)  In all cases a tied end will count as one of the 9 ends played.
  5. Pairs and Triples:
    i) Each match will consist of 10 ends.  A match will be decided if, at any point, it becomes impossible for one team to draw or win the match given the number of ends left.
    ii) If the match is tied after the 10 ends have been completed, a match tie-breaker consisting of 1 end will be played to determine the winner. If the tie-breaker end is tied a further tie-breaker end will be played.
    iii) In all cases a tied end will count as one of the 10 ends played.
  6. First to Play-Law 56.4
    i) At the start of the match the opponents should toss a coin and the winner of the toss has the option to either: place the mat and then deliver the jack and the first bowl; or tell the opposing player / team to place the mat and deliver the jack and the first bowl (the opposing player/ team cannot refuse)
    ii) At the start of the second set (Singles only) the winner of the first set should place the mat and then deliver the jack and the first bowl. If the first set is a draw, the winner of the last scoring end in that set should place the mat and then deliver the jack and the first bowl.
    iii) First and any further ends of a tie-breaker: the opponents should toss a coin and the winner of the toss has the options as described in i)
  7. Play in all other ends: In all ends after the first but apart from an extra end, the winner(s) of the previous scoring end should place the mat and then deliver the jack and the first bowl.
  8. Re-spotting the jack
    If a jack in motion passes completely outside the boundaries of the rink of play, or rebounds to a distance of less than 20 metres from the mat line, the end should not be declared dead. Instead, the jack should be placed with the nearest point of the jack to the mat line at the appropriate spot described as follows and play should continue:
    i) If the jack passes outside the side boundary on the right of the rink, it should be placed with the nearest point of the jack to the mat line at a spot on the rink which is 2 metres from the front ditch and 1.5 metres to the right of the centre line.
    ii) If the jack passes outside the side boundary on the left of the rink, it should be placed with the nearest point of the jack to the mat line at a spot on the rink which is 2 metres from the front ditch and 1.5 metres to the left of the centre line.
    iii)  If the jack passes above the face of the bank that is within the side boundaries of the rink of play, it should be placed with the nearest point of the jack to the mat line at a spot on the rink which is 2 metres from the front ditch and on the centre line.If the appropriate spot is partly or completely covered by a bowl, the jack should be placed as close as possible to the covered spot, in line with that spot and the corresponding spot at the opposite end of the rink, without touching a bowl.
  9. Visiting the head
    i) Players in Singles matches may only visit the head after delivery of their third bowl.
    In exceptional circumstances however, a player may seek permission of the Marker to visit the head before they deliver their third bowl.
    ii) The lead in Pairs may not visit the head. The skip may visit the head after their third bowl.
    iii) The lead and second in Triples may not visit the head.  The skip may visit the head after their second bowl.
  10. All touchers should be marked with spray chalk.
  11. Substitutions will be permitted for Pairs and Triples, but only in exceptional circumstances and with the prior approval of the Committee.  N.B. Substitutes are not permitted to play Skip.
  12. Players should be at the venue at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of their match in order to be present for the draw for rinks and so that trial ends can take place.  Any player not ready to play at their official start time for any match shall forego their right to play trial ends and then if they are not ready to play within 15 minutes after the official start time of their match shall forfeit the match to their opponent(s).

Download a copy of the championships conditions of play

Notes:

All competitors and officials are expected to be aware of and abide by World Bowls Regulations including those relating to the Code of Conduct/Ethics and disciplinary issues.  Full details are available on the World Bowls website

www.worldbowls.com