Dragons lead in three Leagues

Week 6 of the Copyshop Indoor Bowling Leagues has seen the Dragons move into the top spot in three of the four leagues they are competing in despite having mixed fortunes throughout the week.

In the Premier Pairs Dragons showed great form to beat the Villans 4-0 while the Cheesemakers drew 2-2 with Tee Pegs, Villa Boys lost 4-0 to the Officials and in the remaining game Blues Brothers beat Young Guns 3-1. This means that Dragons top the league with 20 points followed by Cheesemakers on 17 points and Villans are third with 12 points.

On Tuesday the First Division Pairs the Ramsey Wallys pairing of Stefan Kelly and Alan Moore beat Enigma 4-0 while 1 in 4 beat TOU also 4-0 and Castletown Crofters also won by the same score against TinJo. Ramsey Wallys then lead the league with 17 points followed by 1 in 4 on 15 points and Castletown Crofters with 13 points.

In the Friday Afternoon Pairs the top two teams Dragons and OK met and shared the honours with a 2-2 draw, Em and Bee beat Lenton Athletic 4-0 and Woodbourne Reds lost 0-4 to Rejects. The final game of the afternoon saw Celtic Thunder beat Sunset Rollers 4-0 which means that Dragons are in the lead with 18 points followed closely by OK on 17 points and Rejects move into third place with 13 points.

The Tuesday Morning Teams League saw a strong performance from Onchan Royals that took them to a 4-2 win against Dragons while Villans beat Maxums 6-0 and Jacks On A Roll drew 3-3 with Hillbillies. Early Birds beat Ramsey Raiders 4-2 and Thru the Gap beat Castletown Crofters 4-2 with this all meaning that Dragons are top with 28 points followed by Villans on 27 points and in third place are Onchan Royals on 24 points.

The Wednesday nights Premier Teams League saw Cheesemakers beat Saltire 6-0, Birdies lose 2-4 to Bay City Bowlers and Dragons beat Villans 6-0 while Ramsey Wallys beat Ramsey Raiders also 6-0. The outcome of this is that Cheesemakers are top on 27 points followed by Ramsey Wallys on 25 points and Dragons on 21 points.

On Thursday the First Division Team leaders Spinners were beaten 4-2 by Maxums, Castletown Crofters lost 2-4 to Optimists and OK beat Team CAOS 4-2. This all means that the Spinners lead is reduced to 7 points as they still hold the top spot with 25 points with Maxums second with 18 points and OK in third with 16 points.

As ever the Friday Night Singles League produced some interesting results with leader Muriel Cain being held to a 10-10 draw by Rob Matthews and Dee Lewis producing a strong performance to beat Mike Moyer 18-6. Alan Franklin lost 7-19 to John Kewley and Gordon Wynne-Smythe beat the more experienced Win Kewley 16-7. The outcome of this is that Muriel Cain still tops the league with 13 points with John Kewley second with 12 points and in third place is Rob Matthews with 10 points. This league is now getting interesting with the top five all having a chance of winning with Gordon Wynne-Smythe in fourth with 9 points and Win Kewley in fifth also on 9 points.

Pairs Championship

I finish with a reminder to all players that the Pairs Championship is to be held the first week in January and you can enter on the form on the Notice Board in the Bowls Hall.

IOMIBA triples champions

Indoor Bowls Triples Championship

IOMIBA triples champions
IOMIBA triples champions, Clive McGreal, Bernice McGreal and Janice Pilling with club president Win Kewley

The Copyshop Indoor Bowls League took a break last week as the first of the season’s Championships was played, this being the Triples Competition. In the first round, we saw the trio of Paula and Stuart Garrett and Jimmy Sansom beat Marcia Pearson, Muriel Cain and Paula Firth 10-6 while Win and John Kewley and Brian Lindsay had a walkover as their opponents had to withdraw from the competition. In the remaining two matches of the evening Colin Brown, Alan Franklin and Rob Matthews lost 6-12 to Shirley and Gordon Corrin and Joyce Ogden and Chas Grills, Stefan Kelly and Alan Moore beat Shaun Seal, Phil Kerruish and Ian Moore 16-2.

On Tuesday we saw Paula and Stuart Garrett and Jimmy Sansom beat Win and John Kewley and Brian Lindsay 14-3 while Chas Grills, Stefan Kelly and Alan Moore beat Shirley and Gordon Corrin and Joyce Ogden 19-4. In the remaining games we saw the very experienced trio of Bernice and Clive McGreal and Janice Pilling beat Tony Epifani, Paul Dougherty and Peter Hughes 13-1 while Dee Lewis, Libby Andrade and Mike Moyer pushed David Quirk, Wayne Roberts and Trevor Quayle all the way before eventually losing 12-13.

This brought us to the semi-finals on Wednesday where the Chas Grills, Stefan Kelly and Alan Moore team, who had played well throughout the week, continued to play well, but on the night they eventually went down 7-10 to Paula and Stuart Garrett and Jimmy Sansom. The other semi-final was not quite so close as Bernice and Clive McGreal and Janice Pilling beat David Quirk, Wayne Roberts and Trevor Quayle 13-4.

The Final was played on Thursday evening and Paula and Stuart Garrett started well and built up a 5-0 lead but the very experienced trio of Bernice and Clive McGreal and Janice Pilling fought back to eventually run out with a 12-6 win to become Isle of Man Indoor Bowls Triples Champions. The Final was a great game to watch and kept the spectators on the edge of their seats right up until the end. The Trophy was then presented to the winners by Win Kewley the President of the Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association.

Ramsey Wallys lead Premier Teams League

Week five of the Copyshop Indoor Bowls saw the newly promoted Ramsey Wallys team move into top place in the Premier Teams League as they defeated Saltire 6-0. In the remaining two games played Birdies beat Villans 4-2 and Bay City Bowlers lost 2 -4 to Dragons. This means that Ramsey Wallys now lead with 19 points and in second place are Villans on 18 points followed by Birdies who also have 18 points.

In the First Division Teams the leaders Spinners beat Castletown Crofters 4-2, Team Caos beat Oddballs 6-0 and Optimists lost 2-4 to Maxums while OK had a bye. The end result of this is that Spinners with 23 points have a 9 point lead over Castletown Crofters who have 14 points and in third place are Maxums also with 14 points.

A strong performance from Dragons in the Tuesday Morning League saw them beat Maxums 6-0 while Villans beat Thru the Gap 4-2 and Onchan Royals played well to take a 6-0 victory against Hillbillies. In the remaining two matches we saw Castletown Crofters beat Early Birds 5-1 and Jacks on a Roll had a 6-0 walkover against Ramsey Raiders. This means that Dragons top the league with 26 points followed by Villans with 21 points and Onchan Royals with 20 points.

In the Premier Pairs there was only two games played with Dragons beating Villa Boys 4-0 and Villans and Cheesemakers playing out a 2-2 draw. Dragons now top the league with 16 points followed by Cheesemakers on 15 points and Villans on 12 points.

The First Division Teams League is proving to be a closely contested affair with only two points separating the top four teams and this week saw some interesting results. Ramsey Wallys proved to be too strong for Stan and Ollie as they beat them 4-0, Spinners beat leaders 1 in 4 also 4-0, Enigma beat TinJo 3-1 and TOU and How Much played out a 2-2 draw. The Ramsey Wallys now move back into top place with 13 points followed by Spinners with 12 points and closely following them we have 1 in 4 and How Much? both on 11 points.

In the Friday Afternoon Pairs we saw leaders OK beat Rejects 3-1, Dragons and Celtic Thunder drew 2-2 and Em and Bee and High Jacks also drew 2-2. This means that OK still top the league with 15 points followed by Dragons on 12 points and in third place are High Jacks on 10 points.

In the Singles League Gordon Wynne-Smythe was beaten 14-9 by Dee Lewis, Muriel Cain beat Win Kewley 19-8 and Alan Franklin beat Marilyn Ellison 14-10. The remaining match saw a close battle with Rob Matthews beating John Kewley 10-8 and we now see Muriel Cain in first place with 12 points while Rob Matthews moves up into second with 9 points followed by John Kewley also on 9 points.

This week has seen the Triples Championship taking place and the time of going to press we have got to the Semi-Final stage and the lineup for that is Jimmy Sansom, Paula and Stuart Garrett v Chas Grills, Stefan Kelly and Alan Moore and Janice Pilling, Clive and Bernice McGreal v David Quirk, Wayne Roberts and Trevor Quayle.

 

Tight at the top of Singles League

Week four of the Copyshop Indoor Bowls has seen the top three players in the Singles League all holding 9 points and only separated only by chalk difference. In the top spot is Muriel Cain who defeated Alan Franklin 30-5 with John Kewley losing 12-13 to Mike Moyer and Win Kewley taking a 12-9 win against Rob Matthews. In the remaining match we saw newcomer Gordon Wynne-Smythe beat Marilyn Ellison 17-7.

In the Premier Pairs Cheesemakers beat Young Guns 3-1, Villans and the Villa Boys drew 2-2, Ramsey Raiders beat the Officials 4-0 and in the remaining match of the night we saw a strong performance from Dragons as they beat Tee Pegs 4-0. This means that the Cheesemakers lead the league with 13 points and Dragons are second on 12 points with Villans in third place on 10 points.

In the First Division Pairs the Spinners defeated the top team Ramsey Wallys 4-0, Stan and Ollie also came away with a 4-0 victory against TOU and Enigma and How Much? Drew 2-2. The final game of the evening saw Castletown Crofters and I in 4 also drawing 2-2 which meant that 1 in 4 now move into first position on 11 points followed by Ramsey Wallys on 9 points and in third place are How Much? also on 9 points.

The Friday Afternoon Pairs saw the Woodbourne Reds pairing of Mike Moyer and Darryl Gribbin hold leaders OK to a 2-2 draw, Rejects beat Em and Bee 4-0 and Dragons and High Jacks drew 2-2. The outcome of this is that OK still lead on 12 points followed by Dragons on 10 points and the Rejects pair of Phil Kerruish and Steve Cook move into third place with 8 points.

The ever popular Tuesday Morning League once more saw some good bowling with Dragons beating Ramsey Raiders 4-2, Jacks on a Roll beating Early Birds 4-2 and Onchan Royals losing 2-4 to league leaders Villans. Hillbillies edged a 4-2 win over Castletown Crofters in a close match and Thru the Gap lost 0-6 to Maxums. The league positions after this are Villans top on 17 points, Dragons second on 16 points and in third place are Onchan Royals on 14 points.

In the Premier Teams Cheesemakers beat Villans 4-2, Saltire lost 0-6 to Bay City Bowlers, Birdies beat Ramsey Raiders 4-2 and Dragons beat Ramsey Wallys 4-2. This means that Villans lead on 16 points followed by Cheesemakers on 15 points and Birdies on 14 points.

The First Division Teams saw leaders Spinners beat Team CAOS 5-1 while second placed OK lost 4-2 to Optimists and Castletown Crofters beat Oddballs 4-2. The outcome of this is that Spinners are in first position with 19 points followed by Castletown Crofters on 12 points and OK are now in third place also with 12 points.

Cheesemakers top the Premier Pairs League

As we moved into week three of the Copyshop Indoors Bowls season we saw Cheesemakers move into the top spot in the Premier Pairs with a 4-0 win over Ramsey Raiders. The Villa Boys got their third draw of the season with a 2-2 result against the Blues Brothers while Young Guns and Tee Pegs also played out a 2-2 draw. In the final game of the evening, the Villans pairing of Paula and Stuart Garrett played well to beat the Officials 4-0 leaving Cheesemakers top on 10 points followed by the Dragons and the Villans who are both on 8 points.

In the First Division Pairs the League leaders Ramsey Wallys were held to a 2-2 draw by How Much?, 1 in 4 played out a 2-2 draw with Enigma, Stan and Ollie beat Tinjo 4-0 and a strong performance from Castletown Crofters saw them beat Spinners 4-0. This means that Ramsey Wallys are still in the top spot with 9 points followed by 1 in 4 also on 9 points and How Much? are in third place on 7 points.

In the Premier Teams, all three games ended with a 4-2 score with Villans beating Saltire, Cheesemakers beating Bay City Bowlers and Ramsey Wallys taking victory over Birdies. The leaders at this stage are Villans on 14 points by Ramsey Wallys and Cheesemakers both on 11 points.

In the First Division Teams, the Spinners strong start to the season was ended by OK who beat them 4-2, Maxums beat Oddballs 6-0 and Team Caos lost 2-4 to Optimists. In top spot after this we still have Spinners on 14 points followed by OK on 10 points and Maxums also on 10 points.

The Tuesday Morning Teams saw Villans beat Early Birds 6-0, Ramsey Raiders lose 0-6 to Maxums and Onchan Royals beat Jacks on a Roll 4-2. In the remaining match, we saw Hillbillies beat Thru the Gap 6-0 which means that Villans now lead with 13 points followed by Dragons and Onchan Royals both on 12 points.

The Friday Afternoon Pairs saw OK draw 2-2 with High Jacks while Celtic Thunder also drew 2-2 with Rejects and Sunset Rollers beat Woodbourne Reds 3-1. This means that OK now lead with 10 points followed by Dragons on 8 points and in third place are Sunset Rollers on 7 points.

In the Singles League, we saw John Kewley beat Gordon Wynne-Smythe 15-9 while Marilyn Ellison beat Win Kewley 11-9 and Rob Matthews beat Mike Moyer 18-4. The one remaining match saw Muriel Cain beat Dee Lewis 16-7 and all this means that John Kewley has moved into the top position in the League on 9 points followed by Muriel Cain on 6 points and in third place is Rob Matthews also on 6 points.

The Isle of Man Indoors Bowls Triples Championship is to be played week commencing the 15th November and entries and the closing date for entries is 7th November. Anyone wishing to enter a team for this is asked to put their names on the Entry Form in the Bowls Hall or by email to sec@iomindoorbowling.org

Spinners good start to their season

This week in the Indoor Bowls we have seen the Spinners get their second consecutive 6-0 win in the First Division Teams League this time with a strong performance against the Optimists. In the remaining matches in this league we saw OK beat Oddballs 4-2 and Maxums lost 2-4 to Castletown Crofters leaving Spinners top of the league with 12 points followed by Castletown Crofters with 8 points and in third place are OK with 6 points.

In the Premier Teams we saw a great performance from Villans as they beat Bay City Bowlers 6-0, Cheesemakers beat Ramsey Wallys 4-2 and Saltire lost 0-6 to Ramsey Raiders. This means that at this early stage in the season that Villans top the league with 10 points followed by Ramsey Raiders on 8 points and Cheesemakers on 7 points.

The popular Tuesday Morning League continues to provide some good bowling and we saw Dragons beat Earlybirds 6-0 while in a close match Onchan Royals beat Castletown Crofters 6-2. Villans took a 5-1 win against Hillbillies, Thru the Gap beat Ramsey Raiders 4-2 and Jacks on a Roll lost 4-2 to Maxums. In the lead then are Dragons with 12 points followed by Castletown Crofters on 8 points and in third place are Onchan Royals also on 8 points.

In the Premier Pairs Ramsey Raiders lost 0-4 to Dragons, Villa Boys drew 2-2 with Young Guns, Cheesemakers beat the Blues Bros 4-0 and the Officials drew 2-2 with Tee Pegs. So after two matches we see Dragons in first place with 8 points followed by the Cheesemakers pairing of Trevor Quayle and Wayne Roberts on 6 points and in third spot are the Villa Boys with 4 points.

The First Division Pairs saw How Much? beat Stan and Ollie 4-0, the 1 in 4 pair of Alan Franklin and Colin Brown beat TinJo 4-0, TOU beat Enigma 3-1 and a very tight game between Castletown Crofters and Ramsey Wallys ended with a 3-1 win for the latter team. Ramsey Wallys then lead the league with 7 points and in second place are 1 in 4 also with 7 points and How Much? Are third with 5 points.

In the Friday Afternoon Pairs the Dragons marched on with a 4-0 victory over Em and Bee while the team OK pairing of Kay McKiernan and Shaun Seal beat Sunset Rollers 4-0 also. High Jacks and Rejects drew 2-2 and the match between Celtic Thunder and Lenton Athletic has been rearranged to be played at a later date. This means that Dragons are top with 8 points followed by OK also on 8 points and in third place are Sunset Rollers on 4 points.

The week as always ended with the Singles League and in this we saw newcomer to Indoor Bowls this year Gordon Wynne-Smythe beat Alan Franklin 10-9, Win Kewley beat Mike Moyer 16-13 and reigning Champion Muriel Cain beat Marilyn Ellison 21-4. In the remaining game John Kewley beat Dee Lewis 12-7 which leaves Win Kewley topping the league with 6 points followed by Muriel Cain on 3 points and Alan Franklin also on 3 points.

Indoor Bowls Season gets underway

The 2021/22 Indoor Bowls Season got underway at the NSC on Monday 11th October with the Premier Pairs League and the first game went well for the reigning Champions Dragons as they beat the Blues Brothers pairing of Edward Carlyle and Brian Lindsay 4-0. Playing in the Premier League for the first time The Officials pair of Joyce Ogden and Caroline Whitehead did well to hold Cheesemakers to a 2-2 draw and Villans beat Young Guns 4-0 while in the remaining match Villa Boys and Ramsey Raiders played out a 2-2 draw.

In the Tuesday Morning League the Dragons got another good start with a 6-0 win over Hillbillies, the Villans lost 4-2 to Jacks on a roll and Thru the Gap and Earlybirds played out a 3-3 draw. In the two remaining games Castletown Crofters beat Maxums 6-0 and Ramsey Raiders lost 2-4 to Onchan Royals.

The Ramsey Wallys got a good start to their campaign in the First Division Pairs with a 4-0 defeat of TinJo while new team How Much consisting of Rob Mathews and Gordon Wynne-Smythe lost 1-3 to 1 in 4 and Castletown Crofters drew 2-2 with TOU. In the remaining match of the night Spinners defeated Enigma 4-0 to get their season off to a good start.

The Wednesday night Premier Teams League saw Dragons held to a 3-3 draw by Cheesemakers, Villans beat Ramsey Raiders 4-2 while Bay City Bowlers lost 1-5 to newly promoted Ramsey Wallys. The final match of the night saw a good start to the season for Birdies as they beat Saltire 6-0.

The new season has unfortunately seen the entries in the First Division Teams League drop to seven which means only three games per night but what the League lacks in numbers it certainly doesn’t lack in quality and we saw some good games to start the season. Castletown Crofters saw Phil Taubman beaten by Kay McKiernan of OK in the Singles but then a great performance from George Peach and Ron Williams saw them take the Pairs and then Crofters also went to take the triples giving them a 4-2 victory. Spinners beat Oddballs 6-0 and Team Caos beat Maxums 4-2.

In the Friday Afternoon Pairs Dragons looked to have a great chance to retain their League Championship from last year as they started with a 4-0 win over Woodbourne Reds while Sunset Rollers also started well with a 4-0 win against Em & Bee. In the remaining two games OK beat Celtic Thunder 4-0 and High Jacks and Lenton Athletic played out a 2-2 draw.

The first week ended with the Friday Night Singles and in this we saw Win Kewley beat Dee Lewis 15-9, Alan Franklin beat Mike Moyer 18-8 and Rob Mathews beat Gordon Wynne-Smythe 12-9.

IOMIBA AGM postponed

Following the news that the current lockdown will continue until at least 31st March, the 2021 AGM planned for 28th March has been postponed.

New arrangements will be announced as soon as we have confirmation from the NSC of their reopening date.

The Year of the Dragon

Muriel Cain winner of the singles league
Muriel Cain winner of the singles league

The Isle of Man Indoor Bowls League was sadly brought to a premature end by Lockdown number three as when that is over there will be no time to play the remaining fixtures before the outdoor season starts, so the Leagues have been calculated as of 2nd February with the few remaining games being counted as a draw.

In this report then I will look at the final League Tables and the top three positions in these. While in China it is the Year of the Ox in the Indoor Bowls it has been the Year of the Dragon with the Dragons Teams winning all the three Leagues they competed in.

In the Premier Pairs, we saw the Dragons pairing of Clive and Mark McGreal win with 44 points followed by Trevor Quayle and Wayne Roberts playing as Cheesemakers with 40 points and in third place we had the Villans pairing of Paula Garrett and Phil Kerruish with 32 points.

The Premier Teams League was again won by the Dragons with 64 points and in second place were Bay City Bowlers with 58 points and in third place were Cheesemakers with 55 points.

The Dragons also won the newly formed Friday Afternoon Pairs League and this time Clive McGreal was paired with wife Bernice and amassed 60 points while the second placed High Jacks scored 46 points and they were followed in third place by the Sunset Rollers with 40 points.

In the popular Tuesday Morning Teams League the Villans who have been unbeatable for the last three years had to settle for second place to the newly formed team of Bushwhackers consisting of Paul Cowley, Kay McKiernan and Clive McGreal. Bushwhackers topped the League with 83 points followed by Villans on 75 points and Ramsey Raiders on 70 points.

In the First Division Pairs, we saw the Points Make Prizes pairing of Mike Ashmole and Colin Brown take the league win with 49 points followed by TOU on 45 points and the Officials on 44 points.

The First Division Teams League was won by another of this season’s new entrants the Ramsey Wallys, this team made up of Chas Grills, Stefan Kelly and Alan Moore took first place with 75 points followed by the Spinners on 59 points and OK finished third with 49 points.

In the Friday Night Singles League, we saw the ever consistent Muriel Cain take the win being the only player to win every one of her eleven games and end with a total of 33 points. In second place was Paul Cowley with 28 points and third was John Kewley with 24 points.

That then ends a somewhat different season but everyone who took part truly appreciates the fact that we were able to play when in many other places it was not possible to do so. The premature finish also means that this year’s Championships have also been cancelled and hopefully next season will see us being able to play an uninterrupted season.

I close this report by wishing everyone good luck for the outdoor bowling whether it be in Lawn Bowls or Crown Green Bowling and hope to see you all back in the NSC Bowls Hall next season.