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