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WCoC 2019 Down Under

It is that time of year once again for the World Bowls Singles Champion of Champions event to be staged this time moving onto Adelaide, South Australia. This year's champions representing the Isle of Man are Janice Pilling and Clive McGreal who have earned the privilege by winning their respective National Singles titles in 2018. This will be the second world singles championship for Janice having acquitted herself very well at the competition in Sydney last year. Similarly it will be Clive's fourth foray into the prestigious tournament hoping to go one better than his successful performance last season where he reached the play off's only to lose on a tie break to the talented Malaysian thereby just missing out on a medal. Both players have been in good form throughout the season and have recently returned from the European Championships where their solid performances helped lead to the Isle of Man team to their best ever finishing position in that event. All members at the club wish them well and success at the competition and for those wishing to follow their match results the links below will be updated by World Bowls regularly during the competition.

Men's Section One Results Ladies Section One Results

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23rd October 2019

EBU Team Championships 2019

The Manx contingent travelled to Guernsey for the 12th European Bowls Union Team Championships earlier this month. Prior to the competition the team, Janice Pilling, Bernice McGreal, Clive McGreal and Mark McGreal were joined by Win and John Kewley, all of who undertook coaching and upiring courses which were put on by Bowls Guernsey in conjunction with Bowls Scotland. As a result, we are proud to say we now have three further level one qualified coaches and three national standard umpires, which will go towards being able to grow and develop the sport locally, not only that at the highest level but primarily grass roots.

As what has become the norm in this team event, the team competed in a men's and ladies pairs competition and came together to play mixed fours. Overall, the event was a huge success for the Manx team, who recorded across the board the best performance we have ever had in the event. They even caused some major upsets along the way!

In this year's competion the different disciplines were spread out over separate days, which give the team an opportunity to gain some consistancy rather than chopping and changing all the time. Our ladies pair finished 12th having recorded results against Switzerland, Ireland, France and the hosts Guernsey. The men's pair finished 6th, having had the silver medal in their sights at one point, having convincingly beaten Ireland, Israel and Cyprus, whilst drawing against Sweden and Guernsey. The fours is where the team really caused some upsets, given we are a 'minnow' nation, that doesn't really get the oportunity to play fours, the team recorded results against Jersey, Sweden, Wales, Guernsey, Spain and the biggest coo of all, a demolishion of England, a team that included County, National and World Champions! The team finished 9th in the fours table and 10th in the overall team table.

See individual reports on our Facebook page, and there has been a report published in the Courier Newspaper

Posted

30th September 2019

Island Lawn Bowls National Championships 2019

The past few weekends saw all of the Island's National Championships be played, in fine conditions and spirit.

With what is now a core part of the Island's bowls calendar, the first seet of finals to be played were the triples and fours disciplines over the 24th & 25th of August. These were followed by the mixed pairs on the 31st of August and finally the singles and pairs on the 7th of August. LBIOM were also pleased to be able to host their inaugral junior championships...

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9th September 2019
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Ruby Cup Hat-Trick For McGreal & Maddocks

The Ruby Cup, presented by Onchan Commissioners in celebration of 40 years of Lawn Bowls on the Island was again up for grabs this weekend with 10 pairs keenly contesting the competition. Amongst the entries were new members Barbara and Sam Boyd making their club debut together with a returning visitor from New Zealand, Bill McMaster. The pairs drawn into 2 groups each played 5 matches with the winners of each meeting in the final. Making a strong statement in Pool A were Bernice McGreal & Barbara Reed who powered through their games unbeaten to stake their place in the final. Pool B was more closely contested with the other finalist going down to the wire as Gary Lenton & David Quirk blowing their chances on the last end losing to the President and his wife, Anne 5-4 whilst Clive & Eric defeated Mike Moyer and Marilyn Legg by the same scoreline to claim the other final place on offer. Unfortunately the weather deteriorated towards the end of the afternoon with the final being played in the rain as the pace of the green changed and ground conditions became more difficult. Despite playing some good bowls Bernice and Barbara could not match their earlier performances of the day whilst a strong finish from Eric Maddocks in particular ensured the win for the defending champions now completing a hat trick of victories for the pairing of Eric and Clive in this event since its inauguration.

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28th July 2019

Another Success At Onchan Fair

Onchan Fair has come and gone for another year, and it was a great success for the club. Super weather and a sellout at the cake stall. A huge thank you to all that did some baking and to Pam, Barbara & Bernice who helped out on the stall. Our gratitude also goes to a club Leggend, Marilyn who is a true stalwart for braving the wind and shade all afternoon, and of course for baking the vast majority of what was sold on the stall.

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13th July 2019

Visit Us A Onchan Fair

Our partners Onchan District Commissioners host the annual Onchan Village Fair this coming Saturday (13th July). We welcome all to come and try lawn bowls! Lawn bowls is a sport for ALL, whether you're young, old, sporty or not so much. Lawn bowls allows you to exercise not only your body but also your mind. We are a very social club, and welcome new people to our club, no matter how old or experienced you are at the game. We have plenty of equipment for you loan on the day, including junior bowls for the youngsters thanks the recent help from the Manx Lottery Trust. Why not try something a bit different this weekend, come and try lawn bowls, and afterwards why not visit our cake stall!

Posted

11th July 2019

Legg & Maddocks Sweep To Victory in Ramsey Pairs

There was a strong turn out for the Ramsey Pairs competition at the Tynwald Day weekend and with a number of members showing some good form of late the field was wide open. Amongst the pairings there were a number of interesting combinations including the President, Phil Watterson drawn with his wife Anne who was making her first competitive return to the green after a back injury that had kept her out of the sport for over 3 months. Also drawn together was Phil Smith and Sean Scott smartly attired in sartorial elegance whilst all other members wore their traditional club shirts. With 4 rounds of matches made from a random draw using the 3-2-1 method of scoring (3 points for shot bowl, 2 for second and 1 for third) the level of scoring and progress in the competition can change quite dramatically. Making the running in the early rounds were the pairings of Mike Moyer & Mark McGreal alongside Karen Slack & Bernice McGreal who were playing some superb bowls in the excellent conditions. Also making her debut in a major Club competition was Lilly-Anne Scott using some colourful new bowls acquired with the aid of the Manx Lottery Trust playing with Clive McGreal. With both parents also involved in the competition it was also a battle for who would earn the bragging rights for the best placed finish of the Scott household. Despite some close run matches in the final round it was the steady partnership of Marilyn Legg and Eric Maddocks who triumphed on the day winning each of their games and amassing a comfortable winning margin over the eventual runners up being Lilly-Anne Scott and Clive McGreal. Members of the public including juniors wishing to come and try their hand at the sport can have the opportunity next Saturday (13th July) as part of the annual Onchan Fayre activities starting from midday onwards.

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7th July 2019

Slack Bowled Over By Quirk

This event drew a good field of members for the 2 Bowl Singles Competition, possibly the most challenging tournament to conquer. With a random draw and just 4 matches to qualify for the top 2 places that would battle it out for the final it seemed inevitable that shots differential would play a part in the equation. However, playing some superb bowls during the qualifying rounds last year's champion Karen Slack swept all before her as she racked up 4 wins to top the pool. The scrap for the second spot came right down to the wire with Gary Lenton, Bernice McGreal and Clive McGreal all vying for position level on 6 points apiece with Clive ahead on shots advantage. But not to be outdone David Quirk nudged ahead with 3 wins and a draw from his pool matches to earn 7 points and claim the other berth in the final. With just 8 ends to contend with the final saw a valiant effort by Karen to retain the trophy but it was David who produced the goods at the end of the day to run out a worthy winner. Congratulations on a good day at the office.

Posted

16th June 2019

LBIOM Success At Atlantic Championships

During May, Cardiff was the destination for our Manx international bowlers to compete on the world stage at the Atlantic Championships. The competition that is run every four years is the qualification event for the World Championships. Only a top six finish in your respective pool in each discipline will earn that coveted spot. Although the Isle of Man was represented at the 2016 World Championships in the ladies triples, never before has a Manx team qualified outright to compete at pinacle bowls event the world has to offer...

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25th May 2019
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Atlantic Championship Coverage

The 2019 Atlantic Championships begin today. The next two weeks will see the Manx team face the biggest bowling nations this side of the world in six out of the eight scheduled events, across four separate venues spread over the Welsh capital. The ladies have been entered into all disciplines, whilst the men have been entered into just two. A top six finish in each respective section will earn the team a qualification spot in that event for next year's Bowls World Championships in Australia, whilst finishing in the top three will earn a bonus playoff place for the Atlantic finals.

You can follow the progress of the team on the World Bowls website, and Welsh Bowls are also running a live scoring facility. Please see the links below:

Week One: 10th May - 16th May
Men's Pairs Section Two Ladies Singles Section Two Ladies Fours Section One

Week Two: 17th May - 24th May
Men's Singles Section One Ladies Pairs Section Two Ladies Triples Section Two

Welsh Bowls Live Scoring
Men's Live Scores Ladies Live Scores

Posted

10th May 2019

Addy, Smith & Moyer Walk Yardstick Competition

LBIOM's first formal club competition of the season was a first in many respects. On what was a breezy and chilly day in Onchan Pleasure Park to begin with saw a huge flock of exisiting members, new members and visitors to the club. The turn out was such a pleasure to see, but it caused a few minor complications for the day's standin competition secretary. As a result, for the first time in history, the competition was run as a triples event rather than in the traditional pairs format. Teams were drawn at randomm and it was the team of Phil Addy, Phil Smith and Mike Moyer who set the pace, and never looked back, as everyone else tried struggled to catch up. So, it came as no surprise that after five games of four ends each they were declaired the winners. A huge thank you to all that particilated, and a special thanks to our visitors, Pam from England and Gordy from Scotland, it was a pleasure to have you on our green.

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6th May 2019

Lawn Bowls Isle of Man 2019 Club Competition Dates

The 2019 outdoor season is finally upon us and the committee have released this season's traditional club competition dates. Please find a full list of the competitions to be played along with their dates below. The list has also been published in the club house. Members wishing to play in these competitions can sign up using the sheets posted on the notice board in the club house, or by contacting the club secretary. Please note all competitions begin at 13:30.

  • Saturday 4th May - Yardstick Pairs - 13:30
  • Saturday 15th June - Harrison 2 Bowl Singles - 13:30
  • Saturday 6th July - John Ramsey Pairs - 13:30
  • Saturday 27th July - LBIOM Ruby Cup Competition - 13:30
  • Saturday 10th August - Onchan District Commissioners Triples - 13:30
  • Saturday 17th August - Isle of Man National Triples Championship Finals Day - 13:30
  • Sunday 18th August - Isle of Man National Fours Championship Finals Day - 14:00
  • Saturday 31st August - Isle of Man National Ladies & Mixed Pairs Championship Finals Day - 13:30
  • Sunday 1st September - Reserve Date For Isle of Man National Ladies & Mixed Pairs Championship Finals
  • Saturday 7th September - Isle of Man National Singles & Men’s Pairs Championship Finals Day - 13:30
  • Sunday 8th September - Reserve Date For Isle of Man National Singles & Men’s Pairs Championship Finals

Posted

1st May 2019

Cracker Of An Opener!

Much to everyone’s delight the sun finally came out on Saturday for the 'official opening' of Lawn Bowls IOM for 2019.

As with tradition, the first bowl was rolled by Chairman of Onchan District Commissioners, Martin MacFarlane, who was accompanied by Commissioners Robin Dentith and Derek Crellin. Although not all members were able to be present an enjoyable afternoon of bowling took place with Pam Makin being winner of the famous 'spider', where all present including our esteamed guests from the Commissioners roll a bowl towards a jack in the centre of the green. This fun start to the day was followed by a round robin and an excellent buffet provided by the members. It was good to see new members Gary Lenton & David Slack, and a warm welcome back previous member Martin Paterson.

Members were glad to see Anne Watterson back at the club although she is still in a wheelchair so it may be a while before she is back in action on the green again!

The Committee wishes to thank the Commissioners for attending and showing their continued support. We would like to also extend our thanks to greenkeeper Michael Jackson for maintaining the green over the winter months; it looks in great condition, fingers are crossed that it plays as good as it looks!

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7th April 2019

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 2019 season from Wednesday 27th March. The club house will be open and available to us from 13:00.

The official opening of the of the club will be on Saturday 6th April from 13:30.

All current members, and those wishing to join the club for the first time are most welcome to join us. More information on our 'come and try' sessions will follow in due course.

Posted

14th March 2019

IOM Sports Awards 2018

Clive McGreal receives nomination for Veteran Sportsperson of the Year 2018.

Following a reasonably successful Commonwealth Games performance last April when local bowlers Clive alongside son Mark became the first male competitors to represent the Island in the sport of Lawn Bowls, Clive has since had a stellar period in his playing career. Firstly winning the National Outdoor Singles Title for the 4th consecutive year and picking up the National Pairs title for the 7th occasion in 8 years. Added to these were the inaugural National Triples and Fours titles alongside his playing partners. In November Clive competed at the World Champion of Champions Singles Event (again in Australia) and produced his finest performance to date to qualify for the knock out stages finishing in 5th place overall, narrowly missing out on a medal , but placed as the best Northern Hemisphere male competitor. With the winter indoor bowls scene drawing to a close Clive can also look back on a successful season winning both the Indoor National Singles and Pairs titles (again partnered by Mark) and as part of Team Dragons taking a clean sweep of the Premier Pairs and Premier Team leagues by a comfortable margin. Shared success in the team victory also go to sons Mark and Michael together with Gary Lee.

Overall Clive has had a memorable year and is the first bowler to hold both indoor and outdoor National Singles and Pairs titles at the same time, perhaps even the more remarkable having undergone a full hip replacement operation in the middle of last summer. As the current Indoor Champion Clive will now represent the Island at the forthcoming International Bowls Council championship which takes place in South Wales during April.

To cap a successful season Clive has been nominated in the Isle of Man Sport Awards as Veteran Sportsperson of the Year.

Members congratulate him on his nomination and wish him well for the international championships.

Posted

1st March 2019

International Bowls Selections

Lawn Bowls IOM have named their squad that will travel to Cyprus later this month for a test series which is growing in stature year on year, and for the 2019 Atlantic Championships in May.

LBIOM were first invited to take part in the Cyrpus test series in 2016, and this year sees a fifth nation being added to competition. Our bowlers will be pitted against Jersey, Israel, Spain and of course hosts Cyprus in all four disciplines.

The team line up looks like this:
  • Men's Singles: Clive McGreal
  • Men's Pairs: Phil Watterson & Clive McGreal
  • Men's Triples: John Kewley, Phil Addy & Phil Smith
  • Men's Fours: Phil Watterson, John Kewley Phil Addy & Phil Smith
  • Ladies Singles: Win Kewley
  • Ladies Pairs: Win Kewley & Anne Watterson
  • Ladies Triples: Karen Slack, Bernice McGreal & Pam Makin
  • Ladies Fours: Karen Slack, Anne Watterson, Pam Makin & Bernice McGreal

The Atlantic Championships are the qualifying event for the 2020 Bowls World Championships. Lawn Bowls Isle of Man were fortunate to achieve their first ever qualification to the prestigious event in the ladies triples discipline following a good campaign in 2015, and this year the team are aiming to demonstrate how much they have improved and surpass the achievements from four years ago.

The Atlantic Championship squad lines up like this:
  • Men's Singles: Mark McGreal
  • Men's Pairs: Clive & Mark McGreal
  • Ladies Singles: Pam Makin
  • Ladies Pairs: Karen Slack & Pam Makin
  • Ladies Triples: Marcia Pearson, Bernice McGreal & Janice Pilling
  • Ladies Fours: Marcia Pearson, Karen Slack, Bernice McGreal & Janice Pilling

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1st March 2019