Indoor Bowls Singles Championship wins for Paula and Bob

Paula Garrett with sponsor Rob Matthews Bob Clark with sponsor Rob Matthews

Last week saw the 3R’s Indoor Bowls Singles Championship take place in the Bowls Hall at the NSC with those who were lucky enough to be spectators being treated to a display of excellent bowling.

In the Ladies Championship there were some great matches at the Quarter Final stage with Win Kewley beating Marilyn Ellison and Paula Garrett beating Caroline Whitehead. In the remaining two matches Glynis Drinkwater beat Muriel Cain and Libby Andrade beat Dee Lewis. This led us to the Semi Finals and Final which were played on Thursday evening and in the first of these we saw Paula Garrett who had previously won the Championship in 2019 and 2020 beat Win Kewley in two straight sets. In the remaining game we saw a closer match with Glynis Drinkwater winning the first set 11-5 and Libby Andrade winning the second one 10-4 which meant a one end tie break which was won by Glynis Drinkwater to take her through to the Final in her first full season of Indoor Bowls.

In the Final Glynis started well and went into an early lead before Paula came back to win the first set 8-3 and in the second set Paula raised her game to win the set 13-2 and become the Ladies Singles Champion for the third time with Glynis being a very worthy runner up.

At the Quarter Finals stage of the 3R’s Men’s Singles Championship we saw Peter Greenlees beat Mike Ashmole and Glen Boland beat the ever consistent veteran Colin Brown. The remaining two games finished with Wayne Roberts beating Mike Moyer and Bob Clark taking the win against Shaun Seal. At the Semi Final stage unfortunately Peter Greenlees had to withdraw to travel to the UK for personal reasons putting Glen Boland straight through to the Final. In the remaining Semi Final those present were treated to a great display of bowling with Bob Clark winning the first set 9-3 and Wayne Roberts winning the second set 8-3 which led to a tie break which saw Bob progress to the Final.

The Final once more saw some great bowls with Bob being too good for Glen on the night winning the first set 10-5 and the second set 10-3 to become the 3R’s Men’s Singles Champion for 2023 and Glen also deserves praise for the way he has improved throughout the season.

Many thanks go to sponsor Rob Matthews of 3R’s for his support and to Win and John Kewley and all those who helped with the staging of the Championships.

Moore and Boland win 3R’s Indoor Pairs Championship

Alan Morre and Glen Boland with their trophy

Last week we saw some great bowling in the 3R’s Indoor Bowls Pairs Championship with Alan Moore and Glen Boland finally coming through to win the event for the first time after a thrilling Final against Brian Lindsay and Edward Carlyle.

At the Quarter Final stage we saw Alan Moore and Glen Boland take the win against Gary Lenton and Dee Lewis while Colin Brown and Mike Thomas were beaten by Shaun Seal and Ian Moore. In the other half of the draw Brian Lindsay and Edward Carlyle beat Paula and Stuart Garrett and Wayne Roberts and Trevor Quayle went through to the Semi Finals by beating Peter Hughes and Tony Epifani.

This brought us through to Friday night with the Semi Finals and Final being played and those who  came to spectate were treated to a wonderful display of bowling and in the Semi Finals the pairing of Lindsay and Carlyle played a fantastic game to beat Wayne Roberts and Trevor Quayle and on the night Alan Moore and Glen Boland were just to good for Shaun Seal and Ian Moore.

The Final saw the pairing of Moore and Boland start well and build up an early lead and it looked to be all over when it came to the last of the ten ends this duo led 8-5 but an amazing strike by Edward Carlyle left him and Brian Lindsay ‘lying’ game and Alan Moore had the final bowl of the game. Alan despite the pressure kept his composure to play the ‘perfect’ bowl meaning that he and partner Glen Boland became the 2023 3R’s Indoor Bowls Pairs Champions winning with a final score of 9-5.

The President of the Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association then congratulated the winners and thanked the Sponsor Rob Matthews of 3R’s for his sponsorship and anyone who had helped in running the competition and the trophies were then presented by Rob Matthews.

2022 Junior Championship

Junior championship finalists left to right runner up William Corris and winner John Long with their medals
L to R runner up William Corris and winner John Long

The Final of the Indoor Bowls Junior Championship took place on Saturday 12th and it produced a great game between the two thirteen year old boys who took part. The game was very close throughout with both boys playing well with John Long playing a perfect last bowl to take the win from William Corris. It is good to see young players taking part and may I say many thanks to Win Kewley who has coached young players throughout the season.

Championship wins for Janice Pilling and Mark McGreal

Last week we saw the Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association hold the Ladies and Men’s Singles Championship in Bowls Hall at the NSC. In the Ladies event we saw two Preliminary Round matches in which Win Kewley beat Marilyn Ellison and Dee Lewis beat Glynis Drinkwater. This led to the Quarter Finals and here we saw Dee Lewis continue with her winning form to beat Win Kewley while Libby Andrade lost out to Bernice McGreal. In the remaining two matches we saw Paula Garrett beat Shirley Corrin and Janice Pilling beat Muriel Cain.

In the Semi Finals we saw Paula Garrett who had won the last two Championship Finals lose the first set to Janice Pilling before winning the second set and losing out in the one end tie-break while Dee Lewis beat Bernice McGreal to earn her place in the final.

The Final saw Janice Pilling win the first set but Dee Lewis fought back to win the second set and set up a tie- break which Janice won with her last bowl to become the 2022 Ladies Singles Champion.

Janice Pilling holding the trophy with president, Win Kewley.
2022 ladies club championship winner Janice Pilling with club president, Win Kewley

In the Men’s Championship we again had two Preliminary Round matches with the ever enthusiastic Rob Matthews losing out to Wayne Roberts and Gary Lenton beating Mike Moyer. In the First Round we saw Wayne Roberts beat Gary Lenton  and Edward Carlyle beat Colin Brown who has proved himself over the years to be competitive in a number of sports. Trevor Quayle proved to be too strong for Gordon Wynne-Smythe and Clive McGreal beat Shaun Seal.  John Kewley beat Stephen Bradley while in the battle between Gordon Corrin and Gordon Drinkwater it was the latter who took the win. In the remaining two matches Jimmy Sansom beat Chas Grills and Mark McGreal beat Mike Ashmole.

At the Quarter Final stage Wayne Roberts lost out to Edward Carlyle and Trevor Quayle took the win against Clive McGreal. John Kewley beat Gordon Drinkwater to win a place in the Semi Final against Mark McGreal who beat Jimmy Sansom.

We came then to the Semi Finals and on the night Trevor Quayle was too good for Edward Carlyle while Mark McGreal who has had multiple Championship wins over the years defeated John Kewley.

The Final saw Mark McGreal win the first set and Trevor Quayle winning the second set to set up a tie-break which was won by Mark who drew the perfect bowl to win his fourth Singles Championship in five years.

Mark McGreal holding the winner's trophy.
Mark McGreal winner of the 2022 men’s indoor bowling championship



2022 Club Championship winners

Last night saw the finals of the men’s and ladies’ club championships.

Both matches were closely contested with both going to the dreaded 1 end tie break.

In the Ladies Final it was Janice who held onto the vital winning shot despite a valiant effort by Dee whose last bowl just drifted past the head.

Janice Pilling
2022 ladies club championship winner Janice Pilling with club president, Win Kewley
Whilst in the Men’s match it was Trevor who was holding a match winning position until Mark’s final bowl of the match drew the perfect shot to claim his 4th indoor singles title in 5 years.
Mark McGreal
Mark McGreal winner of the 2022 men’s indoor bowling championship