LAWN BOWLS ISLE OF MAN | RECENT NEWS

LBIOM Takes On Potters Challenge

IOM lawn bowlers recently travelled to the world famous Potters Resort for some expert tuition from three time Indoor World Champion Andy Thomson, and former World Champion and current Indoor World Number 1 Greg Harlow. Our members were also entered into a rinks competition as part of the experience, and they really showed the cailbre and talent our small island has to offer. As we know, but maybe not the world, due to our small membership we currently do not run any rinks competitions, and focus primarily on singles, pairs and the odd triples events. That noted, the teams showed that they were a force to contend with, showing some of the form that won the ladies and men their fours gold medals from the British Crown Dependencies test last year. From a 72 team strong field in the competition which ran over the period of four days, the team of Phil Addy, Pam Makin, John & Win Kewley qualified for the last 16 with some great bowling during their 4 games, seeing them win 3 games and draw 1, only losing out on a quarterfinal place on shot difference by the smallest of margins, one shot! The team of Phil Smith, Janice Pilling, Marcia & Alan Pearson drew 2 of their games and put down some great woods, but they had some unlucky breaks in the other 2 matches. Overall a great result for the teams on their first visit to Potters.

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28th April 2018

Lawn Bowls Isle of Man held its official opening on Saturday 21st April, with the Chairman of Onchan Commissioners Anthony Allen having the honour of rolling the first bowl, followed by the traditional 'spider' which was won by Mike Moyer, before the first competition (one of many forthcoming competitions) of the season the Yardstick commenced. Due to the large turnout of members, 10 teams competed for the trophy. It was a close competition throughout with our President Philip Watterson and partner Marcia Pearson (one of last year's winners) facing Alan Pearson and new member Kevin Quirk in the final. Another close match with only a 2 shot lead securing victory for the team of Philip and Marcia and giving Marcia bragging rights in the Pearson household! The Committee thanks Chairman Allen and all Onchan Commissioners who attended to support the event. Thanks are also extended to all members, especially for the excellent buffet and to all spectators for their support.

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24th April 2018

Lawn Bowls Isle of Man 2018 Club Competition Dates

Dates for the 2018 season's traditional club competitions have been agreed by the club's committee. Please find a full list of the competitions to be played and their dates below. 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.

This year, with thanks to our latest life member, former President Eric Maddocks, LBIOM are pleased to announce that we will be hosting an inaugral mixed pairs championship. In addition we will also be running national triples and rinks events. The official dates for these events are yet to be finalised, but they will be announced shortly. Notices are currently up on the notice board in the club house, those wishing to enter are requested to put their name forward by Sunday 27th May to allow the committee sufficient time to create the draws and finalise competition dates.

  • Saturday 24th April - Opening Day & Yardstick Pairs - 13:30
  • Saturday 19th May - Harrison 2 Bowl Singles - 13:30
  • Saturday 16th June - John Ramsey Pairs - 13:30
  • Saturday 28th July - LBIOM Ruby Cup Competition - 13:30
  • Saturday 11th August - Bill Moultrie Pairs - 13:30
  • Saturday 25th August - Onchan District Commissioners Triples - 13:30
  • Saturday 8th September - Isle of Man National Championship Finals Day - 13:30 (Singles, Pairs & Mixed Pairs order TBC)
  • Sunday 9th September - Isle of Man National Championship Finals Day - 13:30 (Singles, Pairs & Mixed Pairs order TBC)
  • Date TBC - Isle of Man National Triples Championship Finals Day
  • Date TBC - Isle of Man National Fours (Rinks) Championship Finals Day

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24th April 2018

Official Club Opening 2018

Lawn Bowls Isle of Man will be hosting its official opening day of the new season on Saturday 21st April 2018. Following the opening of the club, our first competition of the new season will be contested for. The 'yardstick' allows those who haven't bowled for a few months, and those who need to transition from the consistant indoor environment to the somewhat unprodicatable outdoor scene to get back into the swing of things. It's an enjoyable and highscoring event that is perfect for everyone, particularly those who may be new to the game. All past, present and new members are most welcome to join us to socialise, join in and enjoy some nibbles. We look forward to seeing you all there.

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18th April 2018

IIBC (WIBC) Senior Championships 2018

LBIOM members have had yet another successful season on the indoor scene, with a continuation of good form for those accustomed to playing indoor, some who have partaken in their first season and one man who hasn't played for three years! Our members have shown their ability to compete for trophies despite continuing to be out numbered by the crown green code! Mark McGreal retained his indoor men's championship title. Mark with Martin Paterson just missed out on the premier pairs league following losing out to a stroke of luck in their final game against the league winners. Mark, Martin and Michael McGreal secured the premier team league in convincing fashion. And Win Kewley, Janice Pilling Muriel Cain won the triples championship title, with the assistance of Marcia Pearson, against the odds on favourites.

Traditionally the indoor championship winner is invited to compete at the International Indoor Bowls Council's senoir World Championships (IIBC formally the WIBC), which were held in Hartlepool this year. Due to Mark being conflicted by participating at the Commonwealth Games, to find a representative the IOMIBA held another knockout competition, where our very own Martin Paterson preveiled. Martin has had a fantastic return since retirement three years ago, when he left the island due to family commitments. However, our former champion returned just in time for the indoor season, and seems to have picked up where he left off.

Between 10th and the 13th April 2018 Martin represented the island competing against some of the world's best. Martin was drawn in a group with not only one but two world ranked players, world number 7 Stewart Anderson of Scotland and world number 21 Graham McKee of Ireland, along with Piet Mantel of the Netherlands. Martin also couldn't have had a more difficult start, drawn to play Anderson first! The score card went as expected, but Paterson put in a good opening performance, pushing Anderson right to the end. Martin ended losing in straigh sets, but with a very respectable score of 8-4, 8-4. Next came McKee; Paterson didn't let the loss against Anderson get him down, as he put McKee under pressure early on by taking the first set and restricting his scoring, taking it 5-3. However, the same couldn't be said for the second set as Martin dropped a 4 in the opening stages, which really was the telling point as McKee took the second set 7-4. Then came the tie break, but a one end tie break at this level against world ranked players is not easy! Martin sadly just couldn't match him in the closing stage. Paterson was now not able to proceed to the quarter final stages, but he was determined to show his class. Martin then took on Mantel, and put the pressure on him early, storming into the lead and winning the first set 12-4. The second set saw a reversal of fortune for Martin, as he lost his touch slightly and allowed Mantel to take a few shots lead before ending the set 10-2 down. So, another tie break situation! This time however, Paterson rose to the occasion and claimed the match. Paterson said "It was an incredible week and I played the best bowls of my life. But for the tie break against Graham going the wrong way, I'd be in the quarters. It was the hardest group with the world number 7 and 21, so I am proud of how I played and the achievements".

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12th April 2018

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2nd January 2018