Young Guns set early pace in the Premier Pairs

The Questionnaires Friday night team
The Questionnaires Friday night team

After week two in the Premier Pairs we have only ‘Young Guns’ maintaining a 100% win record but this could come under serious threat when they face ‘Likely Lads’ in week three. I think however that this League is still wide open with any one of the first half dozen teams having a chance to take the honours at the end of the season.

In the First Division Pairs we have ‘Castletown Crofters’ again having gained full points and they are closely followed by ‘Terriers’ and ‘Enigma’ and it is already starting to look as if the eventual winner will come from one of these three teams.

In the Tuesday Morning League ‘Villans’ are the only team still on maximum points and are closely followed by ‘Ellan Vannin’ but I also think that ‘Maxums’ and ‘Onchan Royals’ could well be in the mix before the season reaches it’s halfway point.

The Premier Team League held on a Wednesday evening has all the makings of an epic battle that will go right ‘down to the wire’ with ‘Villans’ and ‘QPR’ both on twelve points with ‘Dragons’ close behind on ten. This battle will be worth watching closely throughout the season as all these teams have experienced and very capable players.

After only two weeks ‘Maxums’ and ‘DNA’ lead the rest of the field in the First Division Teams League by four points and I will be surprised if the winner does not come from one of these two teams.

And finally the Second Division Pairs which seems to have introduced quite a few new players is promising to be a close affair with the first four teams being separated by only two points and these are ‘Reckless Rollers’, ‘Outcasts’, ‘Odds and Bobs 2’ and ‘Corrin’s Folly’.

Club Championships

May I also take this opportunity to ask everyone interested to start thinking about the ‘Island Indoor Championships’ to be held in January so that they can sort out their teams etc and put their entries on the lists which are already on display in the NSC Bowls Hall.

2018/19 Indoor Bowls League opens

Likely lads pairs team
The Likely Lads

Last Monday 8th October saw the opening of the 2018/19 Manx Indoor Bowls Association League Season at the National Sports Centre.

The success of the pre-season ‘taster’ or ‘come and try it’ sessions was evident with a good number of new players and teams taking part with a total of fifty three teams playing in various Leagues throughout the week.

In the Premier Pairs League held on a Monday evening the battle for the top at the end I suspect will involve, Cheesemakers, Young Guns, Likely Lads, Dragons and last years Champions Villans with perhaps Radical Heads who are newcomers to this League being worth an outside bet.

In the Tuesday morning League for Teams I can see the main contenders being Onchan Royals, Ellan Vannin, Maxums and Villans with this League going right ‘down to the wire’.

Tuesday evenings First Division Pairs will I think be a ‘two horse race’ between Castletown Crofters and Enigma’.

The Premier Teams will be a very closely fought affair and will light up Wednesday nights at the NSC with Dragons, QPR. Villans and perhaps TBC all fighting for top spot.

The First Division Teams Thursday League will I feel be contested by DNA and Mann Utd and finally I come to the Friday night Second Division Pairs but here I find it impossible to predict the best as there are so many new teams and players.

At the conclusion of the first week after watching every session what I will say is that I have noticed some great improvement in a lot of players from last year and I am sure there may well be a few surprises before the season finishes in March 2019. Also it is great to see players and officials from both Lawn Bowls and Crown Green Bowls playing and working in harmony in this Indoor Bowls League.

Friday Night Pairs

If you have still not notified Tony Dugdale of your intention to enter a Team in the Second Division Pairs there is still some space for new teams but you need to contact Tony on 494783 as soon as possible.

Also if you need to pair up with a new player to make a pair then there are some players looking to join  a pair or team so if you are interested then contact me on 452294 and I will put you in touch with them.

Taster Sessions prior to new season.

After Saturday’s first Taster Session bringing through some new players you are reminded that there are two more sessions to follow. These are on Tuesday 25th September and Thursday 27th September from 18-30 to 21-00 and there will be experienced players in attendance to give guidance to newcomers.

If you know anyone from Lawn Bowls or Crown Green Bowls or in fact anyone who has not bowled before and would like to give it a go then please encourage them to come along and have a try.

Membership Forms will be available and also Committee Members will be present to answer any queries anyone may have.

2018 Season starts October 8th 2018

The new Season is due to start week commencing 8th October 2018 and it is now vital that all members notify Tony Dugdale of their intention to enter a Team. Also Membership Forms can be downloaded from this site and payment made to the address shown on the Form.

If you have any queries regarding the new season there will be members of the Committee present at the N.S.C. Bowls Hall on Saturday 22nd September from 13-00 to 17-00 and on Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th September from 18-30 to 21-00 when Taster Sessions are being held for new players.

 

Free Bowls Taster Sessions

Free bowls taster sessions will be taking place in the NSC Bowls Hall on the following dates:

  • Saturday 22nd September – 13:00 to 17:00
  • Tuesday 25th September – 18:30 to 21:00
  • Thursday 27th September – 18:30 to 21:00

Members of the Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association will be in the NSC Bowls Hall to greet you and support anyone who has not played indoor bowls before.

Who?
This invitation is open to all players and non-players of any age but anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Crown green bowlers who would like to have a go are most welcome.

What do I need to bring?
Just yourself … or why not come along with a friend? All the required equipment will be provided on the night for you free of charge.

For further information please contact the Indoor Bowling Association’s Secretary Alan Pearson sec@iomindoorbowling.org

NSC Locker Policy May 2018

The NSC has updated its locker policy, the details of which are below.

It should be noted that commencing the 2018-19 bowls season, only lockers situated within the bowls hall may be used by bowlers – see section 8 for more details.

  1. Purpose
    As a result of the Fire Risk Assessment conducted in April 2018 following a fire which was started in a locker at the NSC in March 2018 the following policy has been devised.
  2. Background
    The National Sports Centre has a substantial number of lockers in the facility for the storage of customer’s personal items during their time visiting the centre. Customers can use a 50p to release the key which is refunded when the locker is emptied before leaving the facility.
    Lockers are located in the following areas of the NSC:

    • Sports Hall Corridor
    • Swimming Pool Changing Village
    • Squash Corridor
    • Bowls Hall (lockers installed by Indoor Bowling Association)
    • Sports Hall Changing Room – Female
    • Sports Hall Changing Room – Male
    • Outdoor Changing Block – Female
    • Outdoor Changing Block – Male
  1. Conditions of Hire
    The following regulations are outlined in the NSC Booking Conditions of Hire:FB03b_Booking Conditions of Hire:

    21. Personal items must be kept in the lockers provided. The Department do not accept liability for any lost or stolen items, or damage or loss to any property or equipment whatsoever (including any theft from lockers).

    22. Lockers must only be used whilst the Hirer and the participants using the locker are at the NSC using the Facility. Locker keys must not be taken off the NSC premises, and the Department reserve the right to access any locker at any time without notice to users if deemed necessary in the opinion of the Duty Officer on shift. Lockers will be periodically checked and any items left in them will be removed and kept in lost property prior to disposal. You must not place, toxic, polluted or contaminated goods, flammable or hazardous goods, living plants or animals, food or perishable goods, inappropriate material or waste in the lockers.Customers hiring the facility on a regular basis (block bookings) sign a booking form to agree to the above Conditions of Hire. They are also displayed on the Customer Information notice board in the NSC reception area for casual hirers using the facilities.

  2. Locker Rules
    As a result of the Fire Risk Assessment conducted in April 2018 the following rules were implemented around the use of lockers in the NSC:

    • Under no circumstances should the following items be left in lockers AT ANY TIME:
      • Any known faulty electronic device
      • E-cigarettes (or equivalent devices)
      • Cigarette lighters
      • Illegal goods or consumables
      • Toxic, polluted or contaminated goods
    • Electronic devices, such as mobile phones/laptops or ipads can be stored in a locker
      for the duration of your activity but adhere to the following guidelines:

      • The device must be switched off (not just on standby).
      • The device must not be wrapped in any item of clothing/ towel as this could
        prevent any heat from the device from dissipating safely.
      • The device must only be stored loosely in the locker.
      • Portable chargers must not be used in the locker.
  1. Signage
    The NSC has prominent signage placed in the areas where lockers are located throughout the Centre. An example of the signage displayed can be found in Appendix A – Locker Safety Rules.
  2. Locker checks
    Customer lockers will be checked regularly by staff to ensure items are not being stored overnight. Any items left in lockers during these checks will be removed and placed in lost property prior to disposal.
  3. Staff Lockers
    NSC Staff are permitted to store clothes and personal items in the lockers in the staff room. However the same rules apply as outlined in section 4.0.
  4. Indoor Bowls Association Lockers
    The Indoor Bowls Association have purchased 100 small metal lockers which are located in the Bowls Hall.For the 2018/2019 season onwards upon hiring an annual locker from the Association Bowlers will sign up to agree to the following:

    All items are left in lockers at your own risk.

    The lockers provided in the Bowls Hall are supplied for use of bowls shoes and bowls equipment ONLY.

    The following items should not be left in lockers AT ANY TIME:

    • Any known faulty electronic device
    • E-cigarettes (or equivalent devices)
    • Cigarette lighters
    • Toxic, polluted or contaminated goods

     
    Electronic devices, such as mobile phones/laptops or iPads can be stored in a locker for the duration of your activity but not overnight and the following guidelines must be adhered to:

    • The device must be switched off (not just on standby).
    • The device must not be wrapped in any item of clothing/ towel as this could prevent any heat from the device from dissipating safely.
    • The device must only be stored loosely in the locker.
    • Portable chargers must not be used in the locker.

IOMIBA AGM – 12 April 2018 Agenda

The Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association’s Annual General Meeting will take place at the NSC Bowls Hall on Thursday 12 April 2018, at 7pm

The 2018 Agenda is as follows:

  1. Welcome address
  2. Apologies
  3. Appointment of meeting Chairman
  4. Minutes of the 2017 AGM
  5. Matters arising
  6. Treasurer’s annual report
  7. Matters arising
  8. President’s annual report
  9. Address from NSC management
  10. Annual subscriptions
  11. Affiliation to World Indoor Bowls Council
  12. Election of Officers:-
    • President – vacant
    • Treasurer – vacant
    • Secretary
    • Fixtures Officer
    • Press Officer
    • Committee Members (2)
    • Website Manager
  1. Motions (5)
  2. Any Other Business.
  3. Chairman to close meeting.