The main story of this weeks Indoor Bowling is that after fifteen games and with another three games remaining, the Villans have clinched the Tuesday Morning League title with a 6-0 win over Hillbillies while second placed Cushags beat Smooth Matters 5-1 and third placed Ellan Vannin had a 4-2 win over Early Birds. In the remaining two games Ramsey Raiders beat Maxums 4-2 and Onchan Royals lost 4-2 to Thru the Gap. This then leaves Villans top on 79 points with Cushags second on 60 points and Ellan Vannin third with 58 points which means that Villans become League Champions with an unassailable lead of 19 points.
In the Premier Teams League we saw Saltire defeated 6-0 by TBC, Villans beat DNA 4-2 and Birdies beat Ramsey Raiders 4-2. The League positions after this show Villans top with 50 points, Cheesemakers second on 40 points and TBC third with 33 points.
First Division Team
The First Division Teams League saw leaders Spinners beaten 4-2 by Okay while second placed Maxums beat Odd Balls 6-0 and third placed Smugglers defeated 4-2 by CAOS. In the remaining game Cowley Cannonballs beat Girl Power 4-2 leaving Spinners still top with 46 points, Maxums second on 38 points and Smugglers third also with 38 points.
The Premier Pairs League is proving to be a closely fought competition and here we saw leaders Villans held to a draw by TOU while second placed Cheesemakers beat Northern Nomads 4-0 while Tee Pegs and Radical Heads fought out a draw and GLS beat Orange Peelers 4-0. This means that one point separates the top three with Villans top and Cheesemakers second both on 31 points and Young Guns third on 30 points.
First Division Pairs
In the First Division Pairs there were testing times for the top two teams with leaders Villa Boys held to a draw by Kencoe and second placed Spinners beaten 3-1 by Unbelievabowls while the remaining match between Enigma and 1 in 4 was won 4-0 by the latter team. This leaves Villa Boys top with 38 points with Spinners second on 33 points and Unbelievabowls third on 21 points.
Second Division Pairs
In the final competition of the week the Second Division Pairs we saw Reckless Rollers put on a great show of bowling to beat leaders Sunset Rollers 4-0, Smooth Matters drew with the Sensibles and Woodbourne Reds beat Girl Power 4-0. The leaders at this stage then are Sunset Rollers with 30 points with Reckless Rollers second on 28 points and Woodbourne Reds third on 24 points.
The Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Championship on Saturday 1st February treated spectators to some great bowling as players competed for the Triples, Pairs and Ladies’ and Men’s Singles titles.
The afternoon’s bowling opened with the Triples event which saw Bernice and Clive McGreal and Janice Pilling take on Jimmy Sansom and Paula and Stuart Garrett. The trio of Bernice, Janice and Clive started strongly with Bernice leading very well and at the halfway stage they held a 9-0 lead but their opponents rallied to win three ends but on the day the McGreal, Pilling partnership were too strong and ran out 15 – 4 winners.
The Pairs Final saw David Quirk and Dee Lewis takes on Shaun Seal and Ian Moore and although the latter pair scored the first chalk it was the Quirk/Lewis pairing that dominated the early game and at halfway stage had taken an 8-1 lead. We then saw a great fight back from Seal and Moore and at the end of the regulation ten ends the score was level at 8 -8 which meant a one end tie break which was won David Quirk and Dee Lewis making them the Pairs Champions.
In the Ladies Singles we saw reigning champion Paula Garrett defend her title against Janice Pilling and we saw a great performance from Paula as she played a calm and controlled game and proved to be too strong for her opponent who played well but was never able to take control of the game. It was Garrett then who went on to win in straight sets taking the first one 9-4 and the second one 10-1 to win her second successive Ladies Singles Championship.
The Men’s Singles saw Jimmy Sansom matched against Mark McGreal and this turned out to be a match of great quality with both players drawing some great shots and adding a little weight to their shots when required. I think it would be fair to say that Mark started as favourite but this didn’t deter Jimmy who took the first set 6-5 scoring two on the last end. Mark then retaliated and won the second set 9-6 and then winning the tie break to take the Championship title. This was a match that was a credit to both players and one perhaps that no one deserved to lose.
To sum up this was great Championship Finals Day and the whole of the three weeks of the Championship have seen some great bowling and sportsmanship and has been a credit to all taking part. The Ladies and Men’s Singles Championship Winners have now qualified to take part in the 2020 World Bowls Indoor Championships in Bristol from the 20th to 24th April so our best wishes go to Paula Garrett and Mark McGreal who will be representing the Isle of Man in this.
Congratulations to our Champions and to all who took part in the last 3 weeks of Championship bowls.
Singles Champions are Paula Garrett and Mark McGreal
Pairs – David Quirk and Dee Lewis
Triples – Janice Pilling, Bernice and Clive McGreal
Well done everyone and many thanks to all who organised and/or came to support, mark, umpire and assist.
This is a reminder that the evening league matches re-commence tonight so we all need to get back to the business of working our way up the tables or, for the favoured few, preserving top spot! League trophies will be presented at the AGM.
The 2020 IOMIBA Annual General Meeting will be held at the NSC Bowls Hall on Friday, 27th March at 6.30pm. All motions for consideration and nominations for committee should be forwarded to me no later than 1st March 2020.
The revised timings for the Championship finals are:
Triples at 12.30pm
Clive & Bernice McGreal and Janice Pilling V Stuart & Paula Garrett and Jimmy Sansom
Pairs at 2.15pm
Shaun Seal and Ian Moore V Dee Lewis and David Quirk
Singles at 4pm
Ladies – Janice Pilling V Paula Garrett
Men’s – Mark McGreal V Jimmy Sansom
Due to the MYG coaching, bowlers will not be permitted into the bowls hall until all MYG participants have left the hall. And, to avoid congestion, no bowlers are allowed to go downstairs until after 12pm.
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.
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.
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.