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.