The Island of Man Indoor Bowling Association Pairs Championship final was held on Friday 9th March. Due to the incident causing closure to the National Sports Centre, the semi-final had to be postponed to the Friday as well.
The evening started with Semi-finalists Lynn & Sid Bolton against Paula & Stuart Garrett while on the adjoining rink Jenny Maddrell & Ann Gale faced Trevor Quayle & Wayne Roberts.
Lynn and Sid Bolton in their first season of Indoor Bowls have shown just how much they have progressed, securing a place in the semi–final by wins over current Ladies Singles Champion Muriel Cain and the experienced Phil Smith, and Current Men’s Singles Champion Mark McGreal & Michael McGreal.
Lynn & Sid took an early lead, however the experience of Paula & Stuart Garrett allowed them to swiftly comeback and by the half way point of 5 ends there was only 1 shot difference between the pairs and by the 10th and final end Paula & Stuart had pulled ahead to a commanding lead of 10 points and a place in the final.
The other semi-final was again a close call with an early lead by Jenny Maddrell and Ann Gale quickly overtaken by Trevor Quayle & Wayne Roberts, however the Ladies fought back right to the final end taking 2 shots from Trevor & Wayne, however it was not to be as Trevor & Wayne held on to their lead by 2 shots. Wayne Roberts also in his first season of Indoor Bowls along with Lynn & Sid Bolton will certainly be the ones to watch next season!
After a short break the final between Paula & Stuart Garret & Trevor Quayle and Wayne Roberts began with the high standard of bowling skills displayed in the Semi- finals continuing.
The duo of Quayle & Roberts were able to gain an early lead from the Garretts, who despite their experience, Stuart being a former Pairs Champion, were unable to overcome the challenge from Trevor & Wayne who pulled ahead to a commanding lead and despite some excellent bowls from the Garretts, it was Trevor Quayle and Wayne Roberts who held onto their lead to claim the title of Pairs Champions 2018.
The Association would like to thank all competitors in this Championship, and association members supporting the players, the Committee looks forward to the Semi-finals and Finals of the Triples Championship taking place on 14th & 16th March respectively.
Click here for the full draw and results of the 2018 pairs championship