The Year of the Dragon

Muriel Cain winner of the singles league
Muriel Cain winner of the singles league

The Isle of Man Indoor Bowls League was sadly brought to a premature end by Lockdown number three as when that is over there will be no time to play the remaining fixtures before the outdoor season starts, so the Leagues have been calculated as of 2nd February with the few remaining games being counted as a draw.

In this report then I will look at the final League Tables and the top three positions in these. While in China it is the Year of the Ox in the Indoor Bowls it has been the Year of the Dragon with the Dragons Teams winning all the three Leagues they competed in.

In the Premier Pairs, we saw the Dragons pairing of Clive and Mark McGreal win with 44 points followed by Trevor Quayle and Wayne Roberts playing as Cheesemakers with 40 points and in third place we had the Villans pairing of Paula Garrett and Phil Kerruish with 32 points.

The Premier Teams League was again won by the Dragons with 64 points and in second place were Bay City Bowlers with 58 points and in third place were Cheesemakers with 55 points.

The Dragons also won the newly formed Friday Afternoon Pairs League and this time Clive McGreal was paired with wife Bernice and amassed 60 points while the second placed High Jacks scored 46 points and they were followed in third place by the Sunset Rollers with 40 points.

In the popular Tuesday Morning Teams League the Villans who have been unbeatable for the last three years had to settle for second place to the newly formed team of Bushwhackers consisting of Paul Cowley, Kay McKiernan and Clive McGreal. Bushwhackers topped the League with 83 points followed by Villans on 75 points and Ramsey Raiders on 70 points.

In the First Division Pairs, we saw the Points Make Prizes pairing of Mike Ashmole and Colin Brown take the league win with 49 points followed by TOU on 45 points and the Officials on 44 points.

The First Division Teams League was won by another of this season’s new entrants the Ramsey Wallys, this team made up of Chas Grills, Stefan Kelly and Alan Moore took first place with 75 points followed by the Spinners on 59 points and OK finished third with 49 points.

In the Friday Night Singles League, we saw the ever consistent Muriel Cain take the win being the only player to win every one of her eleven games and end with a total of 33 points. In second place was Paul Cowley with 28 points and third was John Kewley with 24 points.

That then ends a somewhat different season but everyone who took part truly appreciates the fact that we were able to play when in many other places it was not possible to do so. The premature finish also means that this year’s Championships have also been cancelled and hopefully next season will see us being able to play an uninterrupted season.

I close this report by wishing everyone good luck for the outdoor bowling whether it be in Lawn Bowls or Crown Green Bowling and hope to see you all back in the NSC Bowls Hall next season.