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.

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.

Dragons tested by Cheesemakers in epic match

ian moore and eddie phillips 11th jan 2019

The Indoor Bowling resumed for the New Year with the Premier Pairs League Matches on January 7th with the seemingly invincible Dragon’s Team being severely tested by the Cheesemakers.

For those not familiar with Indoor Bowls, the Pairs matches consist of two games of seven ends with two points awarded for each game and in the match between League Leaders Dragons and Cheesemakers it was the latter team that drew ‘first blood’ by winning the first game 7-4. The Dragons however fought back in an epic match to reverse matters by beating Cheesemakers 7-4 making the overall result a hard fought draw.

Likely Lads drew with Spinners, Young Guns lost to Tee Pegs and Northern Nomads defeated Villans. The remaining match was a tough battle between Radical Heads and Jazz which ended in the third draw off the night.

This all meant that the evening finished with no change in League positions with Dragons remaining top on 40 points followed by Cheesemakers on 33 and Young Guns third on 29 points. Villans stayed fourth with 28 points with Likely Lads fifth with 27 points making the battle for third place a really tight one.

In the First Division Pairs there were some great battles with top team Terriers being held to a draw by PAL while second placed Orange Peelers played out a great battle to beat Enigma 4-0 in a match that saw some great bowls with both teams deserving praise for the quality of their bowling. Third placed Castletown Crofters lost 3-1 to Huff n Puff while Odds and Bob’s had their first win off the season with their defeat of Bowledly Going Nowhere.

This means that Orange Peelers take top spot with 33 points followed by Terriers on 32 points and Castletown Crofters third on 28 points.

The Tuesday Morning League saw leaders Villans held to a draw by Onchan Royals with second placed Maxums gaining ground by beating Cushags 5-1. Third placed Ellan Vannin defeated Ramsey Raiders 4-2 while Hillbillies also beat Castletown Crofters 4-2 and Thru the Gap lost to Early Birds with a similar 4-2 score line.

The League positions then after this is Villans top with 59 points, Maxums second with 56 points and Ellan Vannin third with 48 points.

The Premier Teams saw leaders Dragons inflict a heavy defeat on Saltire while Villans with a strong performance defeated QPR 5-1. TBC beat Birdies 4-2 and Ramsey Raiders also beat Spinners 4-2. This then leaves Dragons leading with 58 points, QPR second on 48 points followed by TBC and Villans both on 43 points.

Thursday night saw the First Division Teams compete in their League and leaders Maxums took a 4-2 win from Castletown Crofters while with the result of the night Flat Mats beat second placed DNA 6-0 which meant that Odd Balls 6-0 win over Smugglers saw the Flat Mats take overtake DNA and slot into the second spot. The final result on Thursday saw Bowledly Going Nowhere beat Mann Utd 4-2.

The Second Division Pairs saw leaders Odds and Bobs 2 march on with a 4-0 victory over Questionaires while second placed Reckless Rollers could only manage a 2-2 draw with Corrin’s Folly. Ramsey Raiders lost 4-0 to Outcasts and Flat Mats and Woodbourne Reds played out a 2-2 draw. This meant that Odds and Bob’s 2 still lead on 42 points with Reckless Rollers second on 32 points followed by Outcasts on 31.

The Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association Championships begin on Monday 14th January and run for three weeks so there will be no League Matches with the exception of the Tuesday Morning League which will continue.

We will however be reporting on the Championships during the League break.

Can anyone stop the Dragons in 2019?

As we came to the Christmas and New Year break we saw the Dragons take crushing wins in both the Premier Pairs and Premier Team Leagues to lead both into the New Year.

I have decided to change the format of this report slightly this week and just look  at the leading League positions at Christmas and also take a brief look at the Championship draw with a full preview to follow in the next report.

In the Premier Pairs the leaders are Dragons on 38 points followed by Cheesemakers on 31 points, Young Guns on 29 and Villans on 28 so as we start in the New Year we have to look at Dragons now as clear favourites in this League.

The Premier Teams are also led by Dragons on 52 points with QPR five points adrift on 47 points followed by TBC on 39 and Villans on 38 points so once again we see Dragons start the New Year in a very strong position.

The First Division Pairs has been really competitive this season and at Christmas we see the lead held by Terriers on 30 points closely followed by Orange Peelers on 29 points and Castletown Crofters on 27 points. I have been impressed by Orange Peelers this season and although they started slowly they have worked their way up the League Table so I am going to predict them as my favourites to win this League.

In the Second Division Pairs we have newcomers Odds and Bobs 2 at the top with 38 points followed by Reckless Rollers on 30 points and Outcasts on 27 points in third spot. This League has brought quite a few bowlers into Indoor Bowling this Season and it has been a pleasure to watch them develop and improve as the year progressed.

The Tuesday Morning League has produced some great bowling as usual this Season so far and at the break we have Villans leading on 56 points with and Onchan Royals on 39 points.

The 14th January 2019 is the starting date of the Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association Championships which run through until the beginning of February and the draw for these was made on 23rd December so I will take a brief look this week at some of the early matches in the Men’s and Ladies Singles  Competition and do a full preview later.

Close battle for the top in First Division Pairs

David Quirk, Muriel Cain and elf

After taking the lead in Week 9 of the First Division Pairs we saw Orange Peelers retain it in Week 10 with a 4-0 win over Huff n Puff but they find themselves in a very close battle with Terriers and Castletown Crofters also winning 4-0 and both ending the evening only one point behind them in second and third place in the League.

In the Premier Pairs League we see Dragons march on at the top and extend their lead over second placed Cheesemakers who were held to a draw by Radical Heads. Young Guns had a 4-0 win over Jazz and the Likely Lads also beat Northern Nomads by the same margin while Spinners and the Tee Pegs played out a 2-2 draw. This then leaves Dragons top on 34 points, Cheesemakers second on 27 points and Likely Lads and Young Guns follow on 25 points.

The Tuesday Morning Teams League saw leaders Villans beat Cushags 4-2 while second placed Maxums showed their strength as they beat Ramsey Raiders 6-0. Ellan Vannin also had a 6-0 victory against Hillbillies while Thru the Gap beat Castletown Crofters 4-2 and Onchan Royals had a convincing 6-0 win over Early Birds. This leaves Villans top of the League with 52 points followed by Maxums on 45 points and Ellan Vannin third on 38 points.

In the Premier Teams League Dragons beat QPR 4-2 while Villans had a 6-0 win over Saltire and TBC beat Ramsey Raiders 4-2 with the remaining match seeing Spinners beating Birdies 6-0 which leaves Dragons top on 46 points QPR second on 41 points and Villans third on 36 points.

In the First Division Teams leaders Maxums lost 4-2 to DNA while Oddballs took a 4-2 victory from Odds and Bobs. Smugglers had a 6-0 win over Mann Utd and Bowledly Going Nowhere had a 4-2 win over Castletown Crofters. The outcome of all this is that the league positions stay as last week with the first three being Maxums, DNA and Oddballs.

The Second Division Pairs saw leaders Odds and Bobs 2 manage to take a 4-0 win after a tough battle with Flats Mats with second placed Reckless Rollers having a walkover as Ramsey Raiders couldn’t field a team. Outcasts beat Corrin’s Folly 4-0 and Woodbourne Reds had a 4-0 win over Questionaires. The League positions after this are Odds and Bobs 2 top with 36 points followed by Reckless Rollers on 28 points and Outcasts on 23 points.

Please note
Finally a note to all bowlers that you must get your entries in for the Championships by this coming Sunday 23rd December by putting your names on the list in the NSC Bowls Hall.

On a personal note I would like to see a bigger entry for the Ladies Singles this year as I have been very impressed by the standard of bowling from our Ladies this season so far and if it is at all possible to fit it in I think it would be great to see an Open Singles League started next season in which I think that some of the Ladies would do very well against the Men.

Orange Peelers ‘pip’ Crofters and Terriers to lead League

Dave McCabe & Shaun Seal

The main story of Week 9 in the Indoor Bowls was the change in the top positions in the Division 1 Pairs where leaders Castletown Crofters were beaten 4-0 by Bowledly Going Nowhere and second placed Terriers were similarly beaten 4-0 by Orange Peelers. After a very tight match with both games going down to the final bowl Huff n Puff beat Odds and Bobs 4-0 and Enigma drew 2-2 with PAL. The ‘fruits’ of all these efforts was that OrangePeelers pipped the others to take top spot with 23 points followed by Terriers, Castletown Crofters and Huff n Puff all on 22 points and Bowledly Going Nowhere on 21 points.

In the Premier Pairs the Tee Pegs pushed  leaders Dragons very hard before eventually going down 4-0 and a hard fought match between Villans and Cheesemakers ended in a draw as did another keenly contested match between Likely Lads and Radical Heads. Also in this league Jazz beat Spinners 3-1 and Young Guns beat Northern Nomads 4-0. This leaves Dragons top on 30 points with Cheesemakers second on 25 points followed closely by Villans on 24 points.

In the Premier Teams Dragons beat Spinners 6-0 with leaders QPR going down 5-1 to  TBC with the latter teams Ben Dugdale showing fine form. Ramsey Raiders beat Saltire 6-0 and a strong performance from Birdies saw them beat Villans 4-2. With QPR losing it was Dragons then who took over the lead on 42 points ahead of QPR on 39 points and Villans on 30 points.

In the First Division Teams the leaders Maxums had a bye and the remaining matches all ended in 4-2 wins for Smugglers, Flat Mats, Castletown Crofters and MannUtd leaving Maxums top of the league on 34 points followed by DNA and Odd Balls both on 27 points.

The Second Division Pairs saw the leaders Odds and Bobs 2 held to a draw by Ramsey Raiders with a the latter having a ‘striking’ performance from Dave McCabe who played ‘weight’ with some considerable success in the first game. The ladies of Flat Mats who seem to get better as the season progresses beat Corrins Folly 4-0 and Reckless Rollers and Woodbourne Reds played out a draw. Questionaires had a 4-0 walkover as Outcasts were unable to field a team leaving Odds and Bobs 2 top with 32 points, Reckless Rollers follow on 24 points with Flat Mats third on 21 points.

In the ever popular Tuesday Morning Teams League we saw Villans hold the top position with a 6-0 win over Castletown Crofters while second placed Maxums also beat Thru the Gap 6-0 and third placed Ellan Vannin played out a 3-3 draw with Onchan Royals. Early Birds went down 4-2 to Cushags and Ramsey Raiders lost 5-1 to Hillbillies. This therefore means that Villans lead on 48 points followed by Maxums on 39 points and Ellan Vannin on 32 points.

QPR hold top spot in the Premier Team League

The Match of the Week in Week 8 of the Indoor Bowls has to be Villans against Dragons in the Premier Team League in a match which once again saw both teams playing superb bowls and Dragons finally taking the match with a ‘measure’ on the very last bowl. Elsewhere in this League another solid performance from TBC saw them beat Spinners 6-0, QPR also showed good form to take a similar 6-0 win over Ramsey Raiders and in a very close match we saw Saltire beat Birdies 4-2. These results left QPR topping the League with 38 points, Dragons second on 36 and Villans third on 28 points.

In the First Division Teams a solid 4-2 win for Maxums against Odds and Bobs saw them extend their lead over DNA to nine points as DNA lost 4-2 to Mann Utd. Also in this League Odd Balls beat Flat Mats 4-2 and Castletown Crofters lost 4-2 to Smugglers. This leaves Maxums leading the League on 34 points with DNA second and Odd Balls third both on 25 points.

In the Premier Pairs the strong Dragons pairing of Clive and Mark McGreal had a 4-0 victory over Likely Lads with the latter team also having a strong pair in Jimmy Sansom and David Quirk. Cheesemakers found themselves with a battle on their hands as they played Young Guns with this match ending a 2-2 draw. Villans also kept up their hopes of challenging for the League at the end of the season with a 4-0 win over Tee Pegs, Jazz and Northern Nomads played out a 2-2 draw as did Radical Heads and Spinners. The League leaders then are Dragons on 26 points with Cheesemakers second on 23 points and Villans third on 22 points.

The First Division Pairs saw a convincing 4-0 win for Bowledly Going Nowhere over PAL while Odds and Bobs drew with Orange Peelers as did Enigma with Huff n Puff and Castletown Crofters with Terriers leaving the latter team top of the League on 22 points with Castletown Crofters second also on 22 points and in third place Orange Peelers on 19 points.

In the Second Division Pairs we have Odds and Bobs 2 increasing their lead in the League by beating Corrins Folly 4-0 while Flat Mats also beat Questionaires 4-0 and Reckless Rollers and Outcasts played out a 2-2 draw. Unfortunately Ramsey Raiders were unable to turn out a pair for their match against Woodbourne Reds so the latter team were awarded a 4-0 walkover. This then leaves Odds and Bobs 2 top of the League with 30 points , Reckless Rollers second on 22 points and Outcasts third on 19 points.

The Tuesday Morning League saw wins for Villans, Onchan Royals, Castletown Crofters, Maxums and Ellan Vannin leaving Villans topping the League with 42 points followed by Maxums on 33 points and Ellan Vannin on 29 points.

Club Championship Reminder

Finally can I remind everyone that entries for the Championships must be in by 23rd December so please enter your names on the Lists in the NSC Bowls Hall.

Dragons breathe fire as they take top place

With the Premier Pairs opening Week 7 of the Indoor Bowls Season we had some great bowls in what up to now has been the most competitive of the Leagues. Radical Heads were beaten 4-0 by the Dragons with the latter living up to their name with a fierce performance. Young Guns lost 4-0 to Villans, Cheesemakers beat Jazz 4-0 and Likely Lads beat Tee Pegs 4-0. The final match in the Premier Pairs saw Northern Nomads draw with Spinners leaving Dragons in first place in the League on 22 points followed by Cheesemakers on 21 points with Likely Lads third on 19 points and Villans fourth on 18 points.

In the Tuesday Morning League we saw Early Birds beat Castletown Crofters 4-2, Maxums beat Ellan Vannin 5-1, Villans beat Hillbillies 6-0 with Ramsey Raiders and Cushags drawing 3-3 and finally Thru the Gap beat Onchan Royals 4-2. This left Villans leading the League on 36 points with Maxums second on 27 and Ellan Vannin third on 25 points.

Tuesday evenings First Division Pairs saw the leaders Castletown Crofters being beaten by Orange Peelers while Terriers beat Enigma 4-0 which put Terriers top of the League on 20 points with Castletown Crofters in second place also on 20 points and in third place Orange Peelers on 17 points.

The Premier Team League once more saw Dragons breathing fire as they showed good form to beat QPR 4-2 while Villans lost 4-2 to TBC. Spinners lost 4-2 to Saltire while Ramsey Raiders beat Birdies 4-2. This leaves Dragons leading the League on 33 points with TBC second on 32 points and Villans third on 25 points.

Thursdays First Division Teams matches saw the leaders Maxums taking a tight 4-2 win from Bowledly Going nowhere who moved into second place followed by DNA who beat Castletown Crofters 4-2. In the other matches Odds and Bobs drew with Smugglers and Flat Mats beat Mann Utd 6-0.

In the final nights bowling on Friday in the Second Division Pairs League we only saw one outright win as leaders Odds and Bobs 2 beat Woodbourne Reds 4-0 leaving Reckless Rollers v Flat Mats, Questionnaires v Ramsey Raiders and Outcasts v Corrin’s Folly all as 2-2 draws. This means that the top three in the league are Odds and Bobs 2 on 26 points with Reckless Rollers second on 20 points and Outcasts third with 17 points.