LAWN BOWLS ISLE OF MAN | NEWS ARCHIVE 2017

World Singles Champion of Champions

World Bowls will be hosting their World Champion of Champions event from Monday 30th October 2017 to Sunday 5th November 2017. Over the two week period the entrants, each a national champion in their own right will come together to compete for the coveted title in an attempt to join bowls immorality. A stellar field of fifty-three contenders hailing from thirty-two countries will strive for the ultimate honour at Sydney’s palatial St Johns Park Bowls Club in the 15th World Singles Champion of Champions.

Lawn Bowls Isle of Man will be represented by our respective men's and ladies champions Clive and Bernice McGreal. Hopes are high for both our champions as this is the final event in the calendar where they are able to make a qualification standard in an attempt to claim a seat on the plane for next year's Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia. Having both previously performed well in the event, back in 2012 for Bernice where she claimed right to play in the last Commonwealth Games, and in last year's event for Clive where he just missed out on a play-off place, a similar or better performance should solidify their places. LBIOM wish them both all the best in the competition.

This Year's Championship Entrants:

Men: Section 1: Pat Bird (Canada), Chadwick Chen (Hong Kong), Izzat Dzulkeple (Malaysia), Dean Elgar (New Zealand), Simon Green (England), Zvika Hadar (Israel), Vevai Kalimu (Papua New Guinea), David Kingdon (Wales), Arun Kumar (Fiji), Todd Priaulx (Guernsey), Tomas Leong (Singapore), Clive McGreal (Isle of Man), Cabous Olivier (Namibia), Uthen Ontong (Thailand), Andries van der Walt (Botswana).

Men: Section 2: Ozkan Akar (Turkey), Thomas Greechan (Jersey), Phil Jones (Norfolk Island), Barry Kane (Ireland), Kyriacos Kyriacou (Sth Africa), Bob Manson (Cyprus), Matthew Mercer (Zambia), Johnny Ng (Macao), Akira Okuda (Japan), Derek Oliver (Scotland), Jose Riveros (Argentina), Scott Roberts (USA), Dalton Tagelagi (Niue), Aaron Teys (Australia).

Women: Section 1: Rose Baso (Papua New Guinea), Tirelo Buckley (Botswana), Donna Fleming (Scotland), Yukie Kato (Japan), Donna Knight (England), Carla Krizanic (Australia), Yuk-Ping Lai (Macao), Sheryl Mar (Fiji), Bernice McGreal (Isle of Man), Nici Neal (Sth Africa), Mary Wright (Canada), Dorothy Yu (Hong Kong).

Women: Section 2: Patsorn Bryant (Thailand), Laura Daniels (Wales), Guurtje Copier (Netherlands), Selina Goddard (New Zealand), Petal Jones (Norfolk Island), Susan Kariuki (Kenya), May Lee (Singapore), Eddah Mpezeni (Zambia), Bernie O’Neill (Ireland), Joy Peyroux (Niue), Emma Firyana Saroji (Malaysia), Caryn Sinclair (Zimbabwe).

Men's Section One Results Ladies Section One Results

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26th October 2017

LBIOM Annual General Meeting Notification

The Lawn Bowls Isle of Man Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 1st December 2017 at 18:30. It will take place in the meeting room at the Archibald Knox, Onchan. The winners of all club and national competitions will be formally presented with their trophies on the evening. It would therefore be hoped that most if not all members could be available to attend the meeting.

Members are invited to suggest items for the agenda of the meeting, along with amendments to the constitution. If you would like to have an input or have any suggestions please forward them to the Secretary Win Kewley by Friday 10th November 2017.

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20th October 2017

A Tough Championship For The Manx Squad

Whoever said it would be an Indian summer in Jersey at the end of September didn't quite get the forecast right. Despite a few good fine days the tournament was beset by a number of heavy showers and persistent rain which even led to a curtailment of play in the early stages of the event. Having a tough schedule and a total of 21 matches over the 6 days with the Men and Ladies playing 14 matches each the standard of competition at the event was particularly high quality even amongst the developing nations making their debut at the championships.

Each of the disciplines proved a challenge for the Manx squad playing on the outdoor synthetic surface which proved to very tricky in parts. Whilst our players managed a few wins in the Mixed Fours event they under performed in other matches. Similarly the Ladies Pairs struggled to find a consistency of form to mount any real challenge, they did however, notch up a victory over Switzerland and a draw with Israel before playing their best bowls of the tournament against the strong Irish pair making them produce a super performance in their quest for a silver medal. The Men's pairs event started poorly for Mark and Clive with losses against the defending Gold Medallists, Guernsey followed by a rain interrupted defeat at the hands of the Netherlands. After the early set back the Manx pair followed up with 3 draws against Spain, Wales and England before finishing in style with wins over France and Switzerland to end the series with a 50% record and positive shots advantage to finish in 11th place in a very competitive league in which just 4 points separated 8 nations. A consolation being the Manx pair finished above the host nation, Jersey. Overall the Manx team finished in 12th position (out of 16), so whilst disappointed with their own performance it was another step in the development of Lawn Bowls IOM.

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5th October 2017

2017 Championships Branded "A Day To Remember" At Lawn Bowls Isle of Man

Saturday 2nd September was a special day for the rebranded Lawn Bowls Isle of Man at Onchan Park. Not only was it the Championship Finals Day but prior to the competitions there was a visit from the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay making its way across the 81 nations en route to the Gold Coast for next year’s Games. The occasion was even more memorable as the Baton was carried through Onchan Park to the bowling club by two of its members Charlotte Dutton and Mark McGreal. Charlotte and Mark make up one half of the team which will represent the Island at the European Bowls Championships in Jersey later this month. After the obligatory photocall with Club Members and spectators the Queens Baton moved on to its next destination and the 2017 Championships got underway...

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5th September 2017
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Onchan District Commissioners Triples

A thrilling finish to the Onchan Triples Competition as Janice Pilling delivers the perfect wood in the Golden Bowl shoot out. After an enthralling afternoon of some terrific bowling the Final played between Eric Maddocks, Phil Smith and John Kewley against Phil Addy, Mike Moyer and Janice Pilling was level at 6 shots each. The tie break in this unusual situation was determined by a single bowl shoot out between nominated players from each team. Janice having won the toss for the shoot out gave the mat and first bowl to opponent Eric Maddocks who drew to a yard past the jack. Janice, who had been the star performer throughout the day took extra care over her delivery and chased her wood all the way down the green where it came to rest about a foot short to win the end and take the trophy for her team.

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27th August 2017

Bill Moultrie Pairs

Saturday 12th August 2017 saw club members be pairs off randomly to compete in the annual Bill Moultrie pairs competition. Having had a much more competitive domestic league setup this year, this trophy was really anyones'. Eight pairs were separated into two pools of four, each playing each other over 10 ends, with the group winners playing each other in a winner takes all match.

The group games were all fairly even across the board, but it was the pairing of Marcia Pearson and Clive McGreal who topped their group winning all three of their games. In the other pool, experienced bowler and former club President Eric Maddocks was teamed with Anne Watterson, who saw herself returning from a long time on the sidelines through injury, and immediately found herself going straight back to her old winning ways, with them also winning all of their group matches. So it was down to these two pairs to determine a winner, and despite a solid start by both teams, in the latter part of the game Pearson and McGreal pulled ahead to claim the game 8-4. This will surely bode them both in good stead as they both still feature in all aspects of the Island's National Championships, with the finals only a few weeks away.

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14th August 2017

Lawn Bowls Celebrates 40 Years on the Isle of Man

Fresh from their gold medal success earlier this month in the British Crown Dependencies tournament, last weekend 28th & 29th July the Lawn Bowls Isle of Man (Flat Green Bowling Club) based in Onchan Park celebrated its 40th Anniversary, (the club was established in 1977). Celebrations began with a dinner on the Friday night attended by Garry Collins European Director of World Bowls, however the main event of the weekend was an Open Competition held at the bowling green on Saturday 29th...

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31st July 2017
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Manx Bowlers Strike Gold in Guernsey

The Inaugural Crown Dependencies Bowls Tournament comprising Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man took place over the weekend of 8th & 9th July at The Vale Recreation Bowls Club, Guernsey. The 10 member team from the Isle of Man represented the island in all formats of the game played under the Commonwealth Games format including Men's and Ladies Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours disciplines. With Guernsey and Jersey both fielding experienced world class players the Isle of Man was perceived as the undoubted underdogs for the competition which was sanctioned as a formal World Bowls event. However, the Manx team warmed to the sunshine and put in some excellent performances and managed to cause quite a few upsets as the initial predictions of those competing were soon to be overturned. Earlier in the week the Manx squad were hosted by the 3 Guernsey clubs in some warm up friendly matches in which the Manx team had the edge by winning two and losing one of these matches...

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12th July 2017
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Pilling & Ball Win Ramsey Pairs

On Saturday 24th June the annual John Ramsey Pairs Competition took place at Lawn Bowls Isle of Man in Onchan Park. Although the weather initially proved to be dull and windy it did not dampen the spirits of the of club members participating. This year there was a large entry field which meant the usual number of ends played had to be adjusted so that all the pairs, who were randomly selected, were able to complete a total of 8 matches each. Each pair played 5 ends with 2 bowls each before moving to another rink to play a different pair of opposing bowlers. This format meant that concentration and competitive levels were high as each pair aimed to conquer the rinks and claim victory. The competition itself providing an another opportunity for the 10 club members who are representing the island in 2 weeks time in Guernsey to hone their skills, with 5 club members among the top 4 teams of this competition.

The spectators comprising of club members , family and visitors to the park were treated to some excellent displays of bowling with notable performances from Janice Pilling / Dave Ball, Barbara Reed / Clive McGreal, Pam Makin /Eric Maddocks, Win Kewley / Mark McGreal, and Karen Slack / John Kewley. As the competition entered the half way stage the 5 teams mentioned were all in contention for the trophy however with only 2 matches left to play and only shot difference separating the pairing of Janice Piling / Dave Ball from Win Kewley / Mark McGreal, it was Janice and Dave who managed to maintain their winning streak in the final 2 matches and with a score of 5 wins and 1 draw from 8 matches they claimed victory and the John Ramsey Trophy.

The Committee would like to thank all club members who participated in the competition contributing to an enjoyable afternoon for players and spectators. The Committee would also like to thank green keeper Michael Jackson for the excellent condition of the green. For those interested in bowls whether as player or spectator the Lawn Bowls Club will be holding a Come and Try Bowls session during the Onchan Fayre on 15th July and are holding an Open Competition on 29th July to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club.

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26th June 2017

Lawn Bowls Isle of Man Open Championship

Lawn Bowls Isle of Man celebrates is the 40th year of establishment this year. To commemorate the occasion we are hosting an open pairs competition on Saturday 29th July 2017. We already have some entries from people who are visiting the island from the UK, Channel Islands and even as far away as New Zealand. We are even blessed to have the regional director of World Bowls present for the occasion.

If you would be interested in entering our open competition please contact our club Secretary Win Kewley secretary@lawnbowlsiom.com or our club Treasurer Clive McGreal clivemcgreal@icloud.com. A nominal entry fee of £1 per person will be applicable and the number of entrants for the competition are limited. Please contact us ASAP to secure your entry.

There will be refreshments available and we will also be privileged with the presence of Onchan Commissioners to present a trophy to the winner of the inaugural Lawn Bowls IOM Open Championship. The winners will also receive a cash prize of £50, with the runners up getting £25.

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23rd June 2017

Club Tour of Scotland 2017

The recent tour by Lawn Bowls Isle of Man to the Dumfries area has become somewhat an annual feature in the bowls calendar and proved to be useful preparation for the forthcoming test series against Guernsey and Jersey later next month. This year’s pilgrimage included 4 matches against some strong clubs in the Borders region with a number of county and international players amidst their ranks...

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21st June 2017
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Funeral Information

Following the sad passing of our dear friend Hamish, we are able to announce details of his funeral. A service will be held at Douglas Crematorium at 11:30am on Friday 16th June 2017.

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6th June 2017

Tribute to Hamish

It is with much sadness that Lawn Bowls Isle of Man announce the death of Club member Hamish Campbell.

Hamish died suddenly while playing bowls at our club in Onchan Park, he had been a much liked member of our club for the past two seasons and was really enjoying his new sporting pastime, he was also a member of the Indoor Bowling Association, and more recently Short Mat Bowls. Last season Hamish was awarded the trophy for “Most Improved Player” and in March this year played in his first International Test Match in Cyprus, where he was also on the winning men's triples team which won a local competition at the Athena Beach Hotel, Paphos prior to the Test Match. He was due to join other club members on a bowling trip to Scotland this month.

He will be sadly missed by all at Lawn Bowls Isle of Man and in the wider bowling community on the island. Lawn Bowls Isle of Man will hold a competition in Hamish’s memory later this season and details when confirmed will be posted on the website. Funeral details when confirmed will also be posted on the website.

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1st June 2017

British Crown Dependencies Test Squad Announced

Lawn Bowls Isle of Man will travel to Guernsey in July this year to compete in the first British Crown Dependencies Tri-Nations test match against the host nation Guernsey and their Channel Island rivals Jersey.

The Island's international selection committee are pleased to announce the squad:

Ladies: Karen Slack, Win Kewley, Pam Makin, Charlotte Dutton and Bernice McGreal.

Men: Phil Watterson, Eric Maddocks, Phil Smith, Mark McGreal and Clive McGreal.

Lawn Bowls IOM wish all those selected the very best for the competition, and also wish Bowls Guernsey every success in running the event.

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25th May 2017

Mark McGreal Claims Harrison 2 Bowl Competition

This event traditionally defines the best lead player in the club most commonly associated with the Rink format of the game. This year the strong turn out for the competition caused the organisers a pleasant problem of having to reconfigure the green to accommodate 7 Rinks in order to complete the number of individual matches generated under this format within the timeframe. With the resultant changes in the playing conditions and challenge of the indifferent running lines some of the rinks created this led to a much closer fought and evenly balanced competition than seen in previous years.

The preliminary sectional play saw a number of tight matches including a couple of drawn games that turned out to be crucial in determining the the top 4 who were to emerge into the semi finals. Showing some sparkling form in the early rounds were Pam Makin and Bernice McGreal with some fine displays and big wins only to lose their way in the last of their pool matches to just miss out on the play offs. Another member to perform well on the day was Barbara Reed with a couple of good victories under her belt but who just failed to add a third after being held to a draw by the inimitable Fred Adlem which put paid to her chances of a semi final berth.

Meanwhile one of the newer members of the club, Janice Pilling,having made her international debut earlier this year at the 4 Nations Challenge Test in Cyprus was steadily going about her work with a stern determination and playing some fine bowls into the bargain through notching up 3 wins to book her place for the semi finals. The other three qualifiers each with a 100% record from their pool matches were Phil Watterson, Clive McGreal and Mark McGreal. The semi final games produced some quality performances as Mark progressed with a win over Janice by a score line of 9-1, whilst Clive had the edge over Phil Watterson in his 9-3 victory.

With the final being contested between the father and son pairing Clive making his 6th appearance in this competition in as many years claiming 3 previous titles and being the current holder whilst Mark, himself no stranger to big events after recent displays at the World Cup and WIBC senior championships where he performed so well, was playing in his first Harrison 2 Bowl event. This was an eagerly awaited Final match that did not disappoint. The encounter was evenly matched with shots traded virtually every other end which eventually came down to the wire with the match situation all square with just a single bowl remaining for each player in the final end. With Clive holding shot it was Mark who held his nerve to deliver the crucial winning bowl to seal the victory and claim the Harrison 2 Bowl title at his first attempt. Phil Smith, the new Club and Association President of Lawn Bowls IOM presented Mark McGreal with the trophy.

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21st May 2017

Squad Announced for 11th European Championships

The European Bowls Union (EBU) are holding their biannual team championships in September this year. Bowls Jersey have the honour of hosting the EBU's 11th international tournament at Les Creux Bowls Club. This prestigious competition is expected to be hotly contested between 16 affiliated counties, with well known bowling nations competing, such as England, Scotland, Wales, Guernsey, Jersey, Spain and Cyprus to name a few. It boasts to be the 'friendly games', with the inclusion of lesser known countries who are doing their part to promote the sport, such as Germany, Portugal and Switzerland. The championship is played in a pairs format for the men and ladies, with them later coming together to play as a mixed four.

The island's respective selection board have chosen father and son pairing Clive and Mark McGreal, who are the island's current outdoor and indoor pairs champions to represent the men. In similar fashion the reigning outdoor ladies champions Charlotte Dutton and Bernice McGreal have been selected to represent the ladies.

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30th April 2017

Lawn Bowls Isle of Man Club Competition Dates

Dates for the 2017 season's traditional club competitions have been agreed by the club's committee, including our inaugural open to commemorate the 40th year of Lawn Bowls Isle of Man. 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.

  • Saturday 22nd April - Opening Day & Yardstick Pairs - 13:30
  • Saturday 20th May - Harrison 2 Bowl Singles - 13:30
  • Saturday 24th June - John Ramsey Pairs - 13:30
  • Saturday 29th July - LBIOM Open Pairs Competition - 13:30
  • Saturday 12th August - Bill Moultrie Pairs - 13:30
  • Saturday 26th August - Onchan District Commissioners Triples - 13:30
  • Saturday 2nd September - Isle of Man National Singles Championship Finals Day - 13:30
  • Sunday 3rd September - Isle of Man National Pairs Championship Finals Day - 13:30
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30th April 2017

2017 Club League Fixtures Announced

The Lawn Bowls Isle of Man club league entries and fixtures for the 2017 season have been finalised and are available to view here. Alternatively you can view the fixture lists, along with the associated league tables on the club leagues page.

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30th April 2017
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International Lawn Bowls Update

Lawn Bowls IOM has been represented at 2 separate World Bowls events during March with a squad of 10 making their debut in the 4 Nations Challenge in Cyprus whilst Mark McGreal has competed at the World Cup in Australia.

Playing for the first time at the Warilla bowls complex some 50 miles south of Sydney Mark acquitted himself admirably with a number of strong performances during his sectional matches which included the hosts Australia, USA, and New Zealand to name but a few. With a gruelling programme of 12 matches over 5 days this tournament really does sort out the world class performers who can deliver the greatest consistency and high calibre bowls under extreme competition. Mark’s record during the section matches was very creditable with 5 wins and seven defeats leaving him placed 6th in the section table and 12th in the overall field of some 28 nations competing at this prestigious tournament. This result however, did not portray the true facts behind his performance in that of his 7 defeats 5 of these were lost in a tie break situation with each player having won a set of 9 ends. When compared with the representative from Brunei who managed a similar record of 5 wins and 7 defeats from his 12 matches it may be seen from the records that all 5 wins in his case were the result of successful tie breaks, he did not win a single match in open play by taking both sets. Such is the nature of the event that had Mark converted his tie break opportunities he could well have secured a play off position and been in contention for a medal. However, he can be proud of his performance and will be able to take that confidence and good form into his next event when he represents the Island at the World Indoor Bowls Championship being held in Swansea during April...

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5th April 2017
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The World Cup Beckons for Mark McGreal

It’s that time of year again when some of the finest bowlers across the globe return to the home of the World Cup for Lawn Bowls which is staged at the Warilla Bowls Club, Australia for a remarkable 11th year in succession. This year’s event is more competitive than ever with 28 nations represented, each one in search of the big prize being the coveted World Cup. Making his debut in the competition this year representing the Isle of Man is Mark McGreal, a local police officer, who is no stranger to international competition. Mark will travel to the event full of confidence and in fine form after his excellent performances at the recent Indoor National Bowls Championships played at the NSC where he won both the Men’s singles title with a superb display in the final over Tony Dugdale (a previous winner himself) and also defended the Open Pairs title he won in 2015 this time partnered by his father Clive (who also won the trophy in 2014)...

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25th February 2017
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