Dragons tested by Cheesemakers in epic match

ian moore and eddie phillips 11th jan 2019

The Indoor Bowling resumed for the New Year with the Premier Pairs League Matches on January 7th with the seemingly invincible Dragon’s Team being severely tested by the Cheesemakers.

For those not familiar with Indoor Bowls, the Pairs matches consist of two games of seven ends with two points awarded for each game and in the match between League Leaders Dragons and Cheesemakers it was the latter team that drew ‘first blood’ by winning the first game 7-4. The Dragons however fought back in an epic match to reverse matters by beating Cheesemakers 7-4 making the overall result a hard fought draw.

Likely Lads drew with Spinners, Young Guns lost to Tee Pegs and Northern Nomads defeated Villans. The remaining match was a tough battle between Radical Heads and Jazz which ended in the third draw off the night.

This all meant that the evening finished with no change in League positions with Dragons remaining top on 40 points followed by Cheesemakers on 33 and Young Guns third on 29 points. Villans stayed fourth with 28 points with Likely Lads fifth with 27 points making the battle for third place a really tight one.

In the First Division Pairs there were some great battles with top team Terriers being held to a draw by PAL while second placed Orange Peelers played out a great battle to beat Enigma 4-0 in a match that saw some great bowls with both teams deserving praise for the quality of their bowling. Third placed Castletown Crofters lost 3-1 to Huff n Puff while Odds and Bob’s had their first win off the season with their defeat of Bowledly Going Nowhere.

This means that Orange Peelers take top spot with 33 points followed by Terriers on 32 points and Castletown Crofters third on 28 points.

The Tuesday Morning League saw leaders Villans held to a draw by Onchan Royals with second placed Maxums gaining ground by beating Cushags 5-1. Third placed Ellan Vannin defeated Ramsey Raiders 4-2 while Hillbillies also beat Castletown Crofters 4-2 and Thru the Gap lost to Early Birds with a similar 4-2 score line.

The League positions then after this is Villans top with 59 points, Maxums second with 56 points and Ellan Vannin third with 48 points.

The Premier Teams saw leaders Dragons inflict a heavy defeat on Saltire while Villans with a strong performance defeated QPR 5-1. TBC beat Birdies 4-2 and Ramsey Raiders also beat Spinners 4-2. This then leaves Dragons leading with 58 points, QPR second on 48 points followed by TBC and Villans both on 43 points.

Thursday night saw the First Division Teams compete in their League and leaders Maxums took a 4-2 win from Castletown Crofters while with the result of the night Flat Mats beat second placed DNA 6-0 which meant that Odd Balls 6-0 win over Smugglers saw the Flat Mats take overtake DNA and slot into the second spot. The final result on Thursday saw Bowledly Going Nowhere beat Mann Utd 4-2.

The Second Division Pairs saw leaders Odds and Bobs 2 march on with a 4-0 victory over Questionaires while second placed Reckless Rollers could only manage a 2-2 draw with Corrin’s Folly. Ramsey Raiders lost 4-0 to Outcasts and Flat Mats and Woodbourne Reds played out a 2-2 draw. This meant that Odds and Bob’s 2 still lead on 42 points with Reckless Rollers second on 32 points followed by Outcasts on 31.

The Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association Championships begin on Monday 14th January and run for three weeks so there will be no League Matches with the exception of the Tuesday Morning League which will continue.

We will however be reporting on the Championships during the League break.

Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association Championships

The Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Championships will start on Monday the 14th January with the Singles Event which will continue throughout the week.

On the night a total of nine matches will take place with seven of these being in the men’s event and two in the ladies.

The first five matches which begin at 18-30 see some very close contests as David Quayle takes on Mike Skelly in a game which could go either way. Mike Moyer v Shaun Scott is difficult to tip but I fancy Mike should just edge this while Brian Lindsay v Jimmy Sansom should go to the more experienced Jimmy but Brian although he is new to the sport is steadily improving as the season progresses. James Teare as always will try his best but I think that he will find Tony Epifani too strong for him while Gary Lenton will have to be at his best to match Ben Dugdale and I fancy Ben to takes this one.

There are two more men’s games to follow at 20-00 and these are a couple of ‘crackers’ with Stuart Garrett taking on the in form Mark McGreal who is the current Champion and although many would tip Mark to take the win his opponent is not the type to give in easily and will fight to the last for the win. In the remaining men’s game we see the extremely experienced Clive McGreal take on Tony Dugdale and again although many may favour the experienced Clive we have seen in the past that Tony on his day is more than capable of beating anyone.

The remaining two games on Monday are Caroline Whitehead against Paula Garrett and although Caroline is a newcomer to Indoor Bowling she has shown on the Crown Green scene that she is a very capable bowler but I would expect the experience and calm consistency of Paula to take her through to the next round. The remaining ladies game between Bernice McGreal and Ann Hollingworth could well be a close battle but I think that Bernice should edge it.

Tuesday sees the men’s second round with Shaun Seal taking on Eddie Carlyle and the winner of the Quayle/Skelly game taking on Phil Smith. Dave McCabe will player the winner of the Moyer/Scott game while the winner of the Lindsay/Sansom game will play David Quirk. All these games are to start at 18-30 on Tuesday 15th.

The Singles Championship will continue through the week for both Ladies and Men with All Semi Finals being played on Friday 18th January.

The Pairs Championship will be starting on Monday 21st January and the Triples Championship on Monday 28th January.

Finally to all taking part, good luck and I hope that I have not inflicted you with the ‘commentators curse’ if I have tipped you.

2019 Championships – Triples Order of Play

2019 Championships – Triples Order of Play

    Monday 28th January 18:30
         
Triples 1st Round McGREAL/McGREAL/McGREAL V ROBERTS/QUAYLE/CARLYLE
         
Triples 1st Round LENTON/SKELLY/McCABE V QUIRK/GREENLEES/ASHMOLE
         
Triples 1st Round PEARSON/PILLING/CAIN V EPIFANI/STANLEY/HUGHES
         
Triples 1st Round GARRETT/GARRETT/SANSOM V SEAL/KNEEN/MOORE
         
Triples 1st Round LEWIS/CORRIN/CORRIN V DUGDALE/COOK/DUGDALE
         
    Tuesday 29th January 18:30
         
Triples Quarters KEWLEY/MAKIN/FLEMING V SMITH/COLLISTER/COLLISTER
         
Triples Quarters WILCOX/LINDSAY/WILSON V QF 4
         
Triples Quarters QF 5 V QF 6
         
Triples Quarters QF 7 V QF 8
         
    Wednesday 30th January 18:30
         
Triples Semi Final SF 1 V SF 2
         
Triples Semi Final SF 3 V SF4
         

2019 Championships – Pairs Order of Play

    Monday 21st January 18:30
         
Pairs 1st Round COLLISTER/COLLISTER V DUGDALE/COOK
         
Pairs 1st Round GARRETT/GARRETT V McPHEE/HUGHES
         
Pairs 1st Round WILCOX/WILSON V PILLING/PEARSON
         
Pairs 1st Round LESLIE/BROWN V EPIFANI/STANLEY
         
    Monday 21st January 20:00
         
Pairs 1st Round GALE/MADDRELL V QUIRK/SAMSON
         
Pairs 1st Round B McGREAL/Mi McGREAL V SMITH/CAIN
         
Pairs 1st Round SKELLY/McCABE V KEWLEY/MAKIN
         
Pairs 1st Round MOYER/GRIBBIN V ASHMOLE/GREENLEES
         
    Tuesday 22nd January 18:30
         
Pairs 2nd Round R2 9 V QUAYLE/CARLYLE
         
Pairs 2nd Round LEWIS/MOORE V R2 12
         
Pairs 2nd Round R2 13 V R2 14
         
Pairs 2nd Round R2 15 V LINDSAY/SCOTT
         
    Tuesday 22nd January 20:00
         
Pairs 2nd Round R2 1 V LENTON/SLACK
         
Pairs 2nd Round R2 3 V WATTERSON/WATTERSON
         
Pairs 2nd Round CORRIN/CORRIN V C McGREAL/Ma McGREAL
         
Pairs 2nd Round SEAL/MOORE V R2 8
         
    Wednesday 23rd January 18:30
         
Pairs Quarters QF 1 V QF 2
         
Pairs Quarters QF 3 V QF 4
         
Pairs Quarters QF 5 V QF 6
         
Pairs Quarters QF 7 V QF 8
         
    Thursday 24th January 18:00
         
Pairs Semi Final SF 1 V SF 2
         
Pairs Semi Final SF 3 V SF 4
         

2019 Championships – Singles Order of Play

    Monday 14th January 18:30
         
Mens  1st Round DAVID QUAYLE V MIKE SKELLY
         
Mens  1st Round MIKE MOYER V SHAUN SCOTT
         
Mens  1st Round BRIAN LINDSAY V JIMMY SANSOM
         
Mens  1st Round JAMES TEARE V TONY EPIFANI
         
Mens  1st Round GARY LENTON V BEN DUGDALE
         
    Monday 14th January 20:00
         
Mens  1st Round STUART GARRETT V MARK McGREAL
         
Mens  1st Round CLIVE McGREAL V TONY DUGDALE
         
Ladies 1st Round CAROLINE WHITHEAD V PAULA GARRETT
         
Ladies 1st Round BERNICE McGREAL V ANN HOLLINGWORTH
         
    Tuesday 15th January 18:30
         
Mens  2nd Round SHAUN SEAL V EDDIE CARLYLE
         
Mens  2nd Round QUAYLE / SKELLY V PHIL SMITH
         
Mens  2nd Round DAVE McCABE V MOYER / SCOTT
         
Mens  2nd Round LINDSEY / SAMSON V DAVID QUIRK
         
    Wednesday 16th January 18:30
         
Mens  2nd Round PETER WILCOX V TOM WILSON
         
Mens  2nd Round TEARE / EPIFANI V LENTON / B DUGDALE
         
Mens  2nd Round GARRETT / M MCGREAL V PETER GREENLEES
         
Mens  2nd Round C MCGREAL / T DUGDALE V WAYNE ROBERTS
         
    Thursday 17th Januay 18:30
         
Ladies Quarters INA SCOTT V WHITEHEAD / GARRETT
         
Ladies Quarters DEE LEWIS V MCGREAL / HOLLINGWORTH
         
Mens  Quarters QUARTER FINALIST 1 V QUARTER FINALIST 2
         
Mens  Quarters QUARTER FINALIST 3 V QUARTER FINALIST 4
         
    Thursday 17th January 20:00
         
Ladies Quarters WIN KEWLEY V WIN COLLISTER
         
Ladies Quarters MARCIA PEARSON V MURIEL CAIN
         
Mens  Quarters QUARTER FINALIST 5 V QUARTER FINALIST 6
         
Mens  Quarters QUARTER FINALIST 7 V QUARTER FINALIST 8
         
    Friday 18th January 18:30
         
Ladies Semi Final SEMI FINAL 1 V SEMI FINAL 2
         
Ladies Semi Final SEMI FINAL 3 V SEMI FINAL 4
         
Mens  Semi Final SEMI FINAL 1 V SEMI FINAL 2
         
Mens  Semi Final SEMI FINAL 3 V SEMI FINAL 4