The mixed pairs against Ireland started poorly for the Manx pairing who were slow to find the pace of the green in the first set but sparked a revival in the second set to lead into the last end and holding a set winning position until the last wood which deprived Clive & Bernice the opportunity to take the match to a tie break.
In his first singles match Clive was up against the crown green specialist from England, Jack Bird was was quick off the mark to take the first set by a margin. The second set was keenly contested with Clive holding a set winning head with a toucher inches from the ditch with just the bowl come when Jack Bird drove off the shot bowl to tie the set but take the match.
In her first game Bernice took on the legendary Janice Gower, another major force from the crown green code who performed well at Potters last year. Bernice got off to a flyer and commanded the first set with great bowls taking it quite comfortably. The second set was more of a thriller with both ladies exchanging some super shots but Bernice was in fine form taking the second set to win the match.
This year’s AGM will take place in the NSC Bowls Hall on Friday 29th March 2019 at 6.30pm. The agenda is as follows:
Update from NSC Manager
Minutes of the 2018 AGM
Treasurer’s Annual Report
Appointment of Auditor
President’s Annual Report
Presentation of League Trophies
Affiliation to the International Indoor Bowls Council
Election of officers:-
President – Win Kewley willing to re-stand
Treasurer – vacant
Secretary – vacant
Fixtures Officer – Tony Dugdale willing to re-stand
Press Officer – Norman Kneen willing to re-stand
Website Manager – Paula Garrett willing to re-stand
Committee Member – David Quirk willing to re-stand
Proposed new rules
That Association members who represent the Isle of Man at International Indoor or World Bowls or Disability Bowls or Crown Green Bowls approved competitions are allowed to rearrange any league matches which occur during the competition timeframe, up to a maximum of 2 rearranged matches within a season, if they are unable to field a substitute for the league.
In the spirit of fairness throughout the sport of bowls and to raise the profile of bowling in the Isle of Man we should encourage and support bowlers selected to represent the Isle of Man both nationally and internationally.
World Indoor Bowls Council has affiliated to World Bowls and changed its name to International Indoor Bowls Council and forged closer links between the two organisations for the overall benefit of the sport of bowls.
Indoor Bowling Associations in the U.K. and internationally allow members to reschedule games when representing their country in Indoor /Lawn Bowls /Disability Bowls/Short Mat/Crown Green Bowls competitions and, by maintaining our current stance of only allowing rescheduling for International Indoor events, we are damaging the reputation of the Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association.
In the final week of the Indoor Bowls season we saw some great bowling which went to prove how much the standard of the game is improving locally.
In the Premier Pairs the Champions Dragons were held to a draw by Likely Lads while second placed Cheesemakers beat third placed Villans 4-0 in a game that saw Cheesemakers playing very well and Villans not getting any luck on the night. Young Guns beat Northern Nomads 4-0 and Spinners achieved the same result against Jazz while Radical Heads and Tee Pegs played out a 2-2 draw.
In the final night of the 2018/2019 Season we saw the First Division Team Champions Maxums have a bye and the runners up Odd Balls beat Mann Utd 6-0. Smugglers beat Castletown Crofters 4-2, Bowledly Going Nowhere had a strong 6-0 win over Flat Mats and Odds and Bob’s finished strongly with a 5-1 win over third placed D.N.A.
So with this being the end of the season I will give a quick look at the final leagues positions. In the Premier Pairs we have Dragons as Champions with Cheesemakers runner up and Jazz relegated.
In the First Division Pairs we have the League Champions as Orange Peelers, runner up is Castletown Crofters and relegated are Odds and Bobs.
The Second Division Pairs has been a great success and has seen the development of a number of newcomers, the Champions are Odds and Bob’s 2 with the runner up Reckless Rollers with no relegation from this League.
The Premier Team League was won by Dragons with QPR as runner up and relegated are Saltire. This has been a hotly contested League with some very close matches throughout the Season and I have watched some great bowling at the games.
The First Division Teams League has been supported with great enthusiasm and the Champions from this are the very popular Maxums with Odd Balls as runner up.
Finally we look at the equally enthusiastically supported and popular Morning League which saw Villans become Champions for the third year in succession with Maxums as runner and again there is no relegation from this league.
So that brings the 2018/2019 Season to a close and may I wish good luck to all for their outdoor summer bowling whether it be in Crown Green or Lawn Bowls and don’t forget the A.G.M. on 29th March at the N.S.C.
On Thursday 7th March Maxums lined up against Odds and Bobs hoping to get a 6-0 win to strengthen their lead over Odd Balls who were breathing down their necks to take the League Championship. Shaun Seal of Odds and Bobs however had different ideas and with a great show of bowling pulled off a good win against Phil Smith in the Singles. This didn’t put off Maxums who played well to take the Pairs and Triples and earn a 4-2 victory.
Odd Balls were then left to push for a win against Castletown Crofters but the Southerners ran out 4-2 winners which ensured that Maxums couldn’t be beaten and sealed the League win with one week still left to go. In the other matches Mann United lost 4-2 to Flat Mats and DNA drew 3-3 with Smuggles.
This left Maxums as League Champions with 62 points, Odd Balls in a safe second place with 55 points and DNA third with 49 points and closely followed by Castletown Crofters on 48 points and still able to take third place over DNA depending on the results on 14th March.
In the Premier Pairs League Champions Dragons beat Tee Pegs 4-0, Likely Lads lost 4-0 to Cheesemakers, Villans were unable to play and so Young Guns took a 4-0 walkover and Northern Nomads and Jazz played out a 2-2 draw.
This left Dragons top of the Premier Pairs League having already sealed the Championship on 60 points followed by Cheesemakers on 46 points and Villans on 42 points.
This left one more week to play for the Premier Pairs and First Division Team Leagues with all the other Leagues having finished for the season.
The Trophies for all the Leagues which will be presented at the Annual General Meeting which will be held in the Bowls Hall at the N.S.C on Friday 29th March at 6-30pm and would be great to see a good turnout for this.
The First Division Teams League saw long term leaders Maxums defeated 4-2 by Bowledly Going Nowhere which gave second placed Odd Balls a chance to close the gap on them by beating Flat Mats 4-2 while in a hard fought match Castletown Crofters and DNA drew 3-3 while Odds and Bobs beat Smugglers 4-2.
So with two more weeks to go this left Maxums top with 58 points followed by Odd Balls on 53 and DNA third on 46 points. This now makes it look as if this League will go ‘right down to the wire’ as Maxums have only one match to play as they have the ‘bye’ on the last week leaving Odd Ball two matches in which to close the gap and overhaul Maxums.
In the Premier Pairs the Dragons pairing of Clive and Mark McGreal increased their lead with a 4-0 win over Radical Heads while Villans just held on to second spot with a draw against Jazz. Third placed Cheesmakers had a good 4-0 win against Young Guns and Likely Lads beat Tee Pegs 4-0.
This leaves Dragons in first place with 56 points, Villans second with 42 points and Cheesmakers third also on 42 points.
As these two Leagues are the only remaining ones still not to be completed we will have a look at the winners and runners up in the remaining Leagues which are as follows:
Premier Teams – Winners – Dragons 61 pts Runner Up – QPR 56 pts.
Morning League – Winners – Villans 84 pts Runner Up – Maxums 75 pts.
First Div Pairs – Winners – Orange Peelers 38 pts Runner – Up Castletown Crofters 34 pts.
Second Div Pairs- Winners – Odds and Bobs 2 – 46 pts Runner Up – Reckless Rollers 37 pts.
So only two weeks now until all matches are completed but please do not forget the Annual General Meeting on Friday 29th March at 6-30 pm in the NSC Bowls Hall.
With only three Leagues left to finish the Premier Pairs League saw Dragons needing a 4-0 result to seal a League win and they achieved this by beating Young Guns 4-0 while Villans moved into a clear second place by beating Spinners 4-0. Cheesemakers lost 3-1 to Tee Pegs and Likely Lads and Jazz played out a 2-2 draw while Northern Nomads lost 4-0 to Radical Heads. This then sees Dragons in the lead with 52 points followed by Villans on 40 points and Cheesemakers in third with 38 points.
In the last fixture of the Tuesday Morning League we saw Villans who already won the League finish with a 4-2 win over Castletown Crofters while Maxums sealed second place with a 4-2 win against Onchan Royals. Hillbillies beat Ramsey Raiders 5-1 and Thru the Gap also had a 5-1 win over Ellan Vannin. In the final match Cushags ended their season with a 4-2 win over Early Birds. So after eighteen very enthusiastically supported matches in the Morning League we saw Villans top the table with 84 points followed by Maxums on 75 points and in third place Onchan Royals with 68 points.
The First Division Teams saw leaders Maxums beat Mann Utd 5-1, Odd Balls beat DNA 4-2 and Flat Mats beat Smugglers 6-0 while in the final match Odds and Bobs took a 4-2 win over Bowledly Going Nowhere. The League Positions after this with three matches left to play are Maxums at the top with 56 points, Odd Balls second with 47 points and DNA third on 43 points.
Finally this week may I remind all Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association members that the Annual General Meeting will be at the NSC on Friday 29th March at 6-30pm and all ‘Notices of Motion’ should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st March.
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.