With the Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association 2019/2020 Season beginning on Monday 14th October, this is the point when I put my head ‘on the block’ and say what I think may happen during the season.
The Premier Team Competition will, I think, be a three way battle between TBC, Villans and Cheesemakers. I find it difficult to favour any one of these over the others, and the Birdies are also capable of getting into the top three.
First Division Team
The First Division Team competition will, I think, be closely contested by Maxums and Spinners with Odd Balls and Smugglers also in the mix, and perhaps the team of newcomers CAOS can cause chaos for a few teams.s I have seem them practicing, and think once they get a few games under their belts, they may test a few teams.
Beginning with the Premier Pairs, I would suggest that the Cheesemakers will be the favourites to take the honours in what will be a very closely contested League. However, Villans and Young Guns are both quite capable of pipping them to the post. The new pairing TOU, David Quirk and Dee Lewis, should also be close behind with Dee rapidly improving as a relative newcomer to the sport.
First Division Pairs
In the First Division Pairs I am going to tip newly promoted team the Villa Boys to be challenging for the top spot along with the Spinners and, I anticipate, Enigma and Kencoe close behind.
Second Division Pairs
In the Second Division Pairs, I think that this may be the year that Reckless Rollers finally win the League, but there are others who may push them all the way, such as Sunset Rollers and Girl Power, but time will tell.
Tuesday Morning League
The remaining competition is the Tuesday Morning League, and I have to say that reigning Champions Villans will be looking for another win, but there are some other very strong teams who will be looking to stop them taking another title. Ellan Vannin, Maxums, Onchan Royals and Hillbillies 2 are all capable of pushing Villans all the way and even taking the title.
Fixtures to go ahead on Wednesday 16 October
Finally, contrary to what I wrote last week that the NSC Bowls Hall would be closed on Wednesday 16th October, it has now been decided that the work will be completed during the afternoon so that the Premier League Matches can go ahead at 6-30 pm as planned.
I sincerely hope that I haven’t upset anyone with these predictions but that is how I see it but I could be proved to be very wrong at the end of the season.
So all that is left to do is to wish everyone good luck and hope that they have a very enjoyable season and please don’t forget to swipe your card at reception on the way in.