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.