A Warm Welcome At The Sunshine Coast

Hot from their World Cup Singles event where both Clive and Bernice McGreal performed quite well in their respective sections with Clive winning 3 matches and losing out on a tie break no less than 4 times. Bernice notched up a few wins and took the Malaysian Emma Sarogi to another tie break before falling to the 2017 Champion of Champion silver medallist. It was a great event for our friends at Guernsey with Lucy Beere winning the Gold and defeating the previous champion Jo Edwards in a great semi final before polishing off the hosts Rebecca Van Ashe in a compelling finale.

With attention turning to the Commonwealth Games Clive and Bernice have travelled up to the a Sunshine Coast ahead of the main squad who arrive next week. After the floods and cyclone that has tormented Queensland in recent weeks the Manxies were greeted with 30 degrees heat and sunshine living up to the local name.

As part of the reciprocal programme linking the Isle of Man with the local community Clive and Bernice were invited to host a bowls coaching session for a number of the elite pupils from the Maroocherdore Primary School. With the support of the Maroochy Bowls Club the session was held on Friday 16th March in marvellous conditions where the students enjoyed a number of exercises introducing them to the basic skills of the game and were enthusiastic learners. It was a fun and enjoyable session for all the youngsters which attracted a good deal of media attention with a number of camera crews and presenters in attendance.

Bernice commented that the pupils were so fortunate to have such facilities available to introduce them to the sport and like their senior Australia internationals the appearance of younger players at the very top level of the game can only bode well for the future.

Very special mention and thank you must go to the Maroochy Bowls a Club and the Club Secretary at this great club, John Dunne. The hospitality and facilities made available to the Manx bowlers in preparation for the a Games has been first class. The club has granted free membership and access to all practice facilities and activities for the duration of their stay on the Sunshine Coast. Despite all the rain the greens are still running at 16-17 seconds (which is fast) and is designed to get quicker as the event draws near.

The Isle of Man team is based at the Twin Waters Resort which is also being used by Team Scotland as they make their own preparations for the Games.

The draw for the bowls events has been made with the Manx bowlers facing the very best of opposition in the sectional matches as they contest what will be their biggest ever challenge. Commonwealth Games Draw


17th March 2018

Super Indoor Season for Lawn Bowlers Comes to a Close

Lawn Bowlers from Lawn Bowls Isle of Man have shown their quality on the indoor scene this past season, and it bodes well for the imminent outdoor season's opening. Most members from LBIOM have competed in the various IOM Indoor Bowling Association's competitions over the past few months, with great results against seasoned indoor specialists and cross code crown green experts.

Mark McGreal continued his good form from last year's outdoor season and quickly adjusted to the pace of the carpet, managing to retain his men's singles championship title, being the first to do so. Mark also teamed up with former outdoor champion Martin Paterson in the premier pairs league. Martin hadn't played since moving away three years ago, and despite a rocky start with some wobbly bowls being put down, he soon found his form and winning ways. Due to the World Indoor Bowls Council's senior championships being held at the same time as the Commonwealth Games, and Mark therefore being unavailable, the IOMIBA held a separate competition to determine its men's representative at the competition; Martin went on to win this and won the right to replace Mark at the WIBC event in April. Mark and Martin came close to winning the premier pairs league, just losing out to a bit of luck in the final game of the season. They were joined by Mark's brother Michael in the premier team league, which they lead from start to finish.

Several members had a decent run in the championship competitions particularly; Marcia Pearson pushed her way to the semi-final stage of the ladies singles, losing out to indoor newcomer Lyn Bolton. Marcia's form continued into the triples championship, assisting in the early part of the competition before being replaced by Win Kewley. Win joined outdoor ladies champion Janice Pilling and indoor champion Muriel Cain for the latter stages, playing against the hot favourites of Jimmy Sansom, Paula and Stuart Garrett. Despite being underdogs, Win, Janice and Muriel pulled off a great performance to take the title.

The focus now turns back to the outdoor season. The club will open on Saturday 24th March where all existing members and visitors are welcome. The official opening of the club will be on 21st April.


17th March 2018

Opening of the Green

We are pleased to announce that we have received notification from Onchan Commissioners that the green will be officially open for the 2018 season from Friday 23rd March. Lawn Bowls Isle of Man are hosting a round robin where all current members, prospective new members and visitors are welcome to join in. The club house will be open from 13:00.

All current members, and those wishing to join the club for the first time are requested to complete the membership application form with your personal information, and the details of the leagues you would be interested in competing in this season and forward it back to the club's Secretary either by post or email. Application Form

The official opening of the of the club will be on Saturday 21st April.


14th March 2018

Alan Moore Funeral

Lawn Bowls Isle of Man are sad to announce that life member Alan Moore peacefully passed away on Sunday 11th February 2018 at the age of 92. A service is being held at St Peter's Church, Onchan at 14:00 on Friday 23rd February 2018. In his memory the club will be making a donation to St Peter's Church.


14th February 2018

Commonwealth Games Selection

Lawn Bowls Isle of Man are pleased to announce that two of our members have been successful in being selected for the Commonwealth Games which will be held in just 90 days time, which was announced at the official launch held at the Claremont Hotel last night. Both Clive and Mark McGreal have been selected as part of the 32 strong team of elite athletes by the IOMCGA panel, and they will be joined by Bernice McGreal as the team's manager. The Commonwealth Games is a fantastic opportunity to see an Isle of Man bowls team compete against some of the best players from around the world.

Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association president, Basil Bielich, said: "The selection for the team has highlighted the high level of sporting talent in the Island, with 43 athletes meeting the qualifying criteria, of which only 32 could be selected for the team".

Chef de Mission Leonie Cooil added: "I am delighted with the team that we have selected. It is a mixture of experienced athletes and those making their Games debut. Every athlete on the team has the opportunity to show the rest of the world what a force the Isle of Man is on the global sporting stage."

Lawn Bowls Isle of Man would like to wish them both the very best with their final preparations towards the games.

Life Membership For Eric Maddocks

Lawn Bowls IOM has bestowed the honour of Life Membership to its past President and long serving member of the Club, Eric Maddocks. A resident of Ramsey Eric has made the trek into Onchan for well over 20 years and has supported the Club admirably over that time even serving as President for 4 seasons. Eric is a formidable player in his own right and has many club trophies to his name including the prestigious Ruby Cup sponsored by Onchan Commissioners for the recent 40 Years Anniversary of the Association. Eric has also represented the Island internationally and was part of the gold medal winning rink at the recent British Crown Dependencies Test Series in Guernsey. The honour was granted at the A.G.M with a unanimous and overwhelming vote of thanks for his years of service and leadership he has devoted to the Club. The Members wish Eric many years of continued bowling and success.


2nd January 2018