Orange Peelers ‘pip’ Crofters and Terriers to lead League

Dave McCabe & Shaun Seal

The main story of Week 9 in the Indoor Bowls was the change in the top positions in the Division 1 Pairs where leaders Castletown Crofters were beaten 4-0 by Bowledly Going Nowhere and second placed Terriers were similarly beaten 4-0 by Orange Peelers. After a very tight match with both games going down to the final bowl Huff n Puff beat Odds and Bobs 4-0 and Enigma drew 2-2 with PAL. The ‘fruits’ of all these efforts was that OrangePeelers pipped the others to take top spot with 23 points followed by Terriers, Castletown Crofters and Huff n Puff all on 22 points and Bowledly Going Nowhere on 21 points.

In the Premier Pairs the Tee Pegs pushed  leaders Dragons very hard before eventually going down 4-0 and a hard fought match between Villans and Cheesemakers ended in a draw as did another keenly contested match between Likely Lads and Radical Heads. Also in this league Jazz beat Spinners 3-1 and Young Guns beat Northern Nomads 4-0. This leaves Dragons top on 30 points with Cheesemakers second on 25 points followed closely by Villans on 24 points.

In the Premier Teams Dragons beat Spinners 6-0 with leaders QPR going down 5-1 to  TBC with the latter teams Ben Dugdale showing fine form. Ramsey Raiders beat Saltire 6-0 and a strong performance from Birdies saw them beat Villans 4-2. With QPR losing it was Dragons then who took over the lead on 42 points ahead of QPR on 39 points and Villans on 30 points.

In the First Division Teams the leaders Maxums had a bye and the remaining matches all ended in 4-2 wins for Smugglers, Flat Mats, Castletown Crofters and MannUtd leaving Maxums top of the league on 34 points followed by DNA and Odd Balls both on 27 points.

The Second Division Pairs saw the leaders Odds and Bobs 2 held to a draw by Ramsey Raiders with a the latter having a ‘striking’ performance from Dave McCabe who played ‘weight’ with some considerable success in the first game. The ladies of Flat Mats who seem to get better as the season progresses beat Corrins Folly 4-0 and Reckless Rollers and Woodbourne Reds played out a draw. Questionaires had a 4-0 walkover as Outcasts were unable to field a team leaving Odds and Bobs 2 top with 32 points, Reckless Rollers follow on 24 points with Flat Mats third on 21 points.

In the ever popular Tuesday Morning Teams League we saw Villans hold the top position with a 6-0 win over Castletown Crofters while second placed Maxums also beat Thru the Gap 6-0 and third placed Ellan Vannin played out a 3-3 draw with Onchan Royals. Early Birds went down 4-2 to Cushags and Ramsey Raiders lost 5-1 to Hillbillies. This therefore means that Villans lead on 48 points followed by Maxums on 39 points and Ellan Vannin on 32 points.