2015 Dougherty Quinn League Results
Singles LeagueIn the singles league the contest was a virtual rerun of the previous season with defending Champion Mark McGreal remaining unbeaten up to the final match of the season where he met his father Clive in a tile showdown. Having performed consistently throughout the year and striking a fine balance of combining his new career as a police officer with maintaining focus on retaining the title, Mark has been in superlative form throughout. Meanwhile Clive McGREAL seeking to better his runner up position of last season went into the final match knowing that nothing less than a clear victory would be good enough. The encounter was as expected a well matched contest in which Mark took an early lead before McGreal senior countered with a string of ends to move in front and build a healthy lead which despite some tremendous bowls and sterling efforts to claw back the deficit, in the end Mark came up just a few shots short which was just enough for Clive to regain the title he last won in 2013 leaving Mark with the runner up position this year. Just for good measure it was family member Bernice McGreal who came through with a strong finish to the season stringing together some fine wins to end up in 3rd slot to take the bronze medal in what has been a very competitive and enjoyable season. A special mention must go to newcomer Barbara Reed in her first season for achieving a draw with Bernice in their mid season match just 12 months on from Bernice competing against the world’s finest at the Commonwealth Games.
Daytime Pairs LeagueWith the added competition from an influx of new members and increased participation the Friday Pairs league had a very different competitive edge to the matches this season with some superb contests and a few upsets throughout the year. Both recently retired from the Civil Service, Treasury, Clive and Bernice McGreal have been able to devote a little more time to bowls this summer including competing in this daytime league for the first time. There were a number of fine performances throughout the summer which deserve a mention including the newcomer pairing of Gary Lee and Ken Fogelman who have impressed in their debut season. Similarly the Anne Watterson / Karen Slack duo will surely be a force to be reckoned with next season as they will wish to improve on their 3rd place result. Last years winners Eric Maddocks and Dave Ball continued to consolidate their consistency and run of tremendous form well into the season until they met their nemesis in the guise of Mel Reed and Don Collings on a day when seemingly they both could have walked on water or played blindfold. It seemed they could do no wrong as Eric and Dave battled with all their experience and guise, the defending champions were edged out on this occasion which was a major upset in their designs to retain the title. Meanwhile the steady progress of Bernice and Clive McGreal continued their winning streak throughout the season and even exchanged honours with Maddocks and Ball in their two contests with a victory going to each pair. In the end the title decider went down to the wire with Maddocks and Ball only managing a draw in their final match of the season with Watterson and Slack whilst the McGREAL duo nudged another win and took the title by a single point over Maddocks and Ball who were consigned to runners up.
Premier Pairs LeaguePossibly the toughest completion in the club with each pairing playing 20 matches through a congested season, the fixture list nevertheless provided a feast of bowling and entertaining spectacle during the summer and was a truly useful preparation ahead of a host of international competition scheduled for the Autumn. Defending champion Clive McGREAL needing a new partner, following the departure of Martin Paterson having returned back to the UK, teamed up with younger son Mark in an effort to add the outdoor title to their Premier Pairs indoor title they won in 2014/15. Whilst wife Bernice played alongside their elder son, Michael. Other strong contenders for the league were always going to be the Maddocks / Ball pairing whose consistent form has been their trademark all summer whilst the heavy scoring of the Mark & Clive McGREAL duo has been a significant feature of their aggressive style of play. During the season they lost a couple of matches to family members Bernice and Michael who played superbly well on the night and also to Ken Fogelman partnered by Martin Atkinson who likewise pulled out all the stops in a splendid performance to derail their title aspirations. Despite sharing the points in their two encounters with Maddocks and Ball and having completed their programme of matches it seemed the title was beyond the grasp of the McGREAL’s with a couple of rearranged fixtures remaining Maddocks and Ball needed just one point for the title victory. It was at this stage when newly crowned Ladies pairs champions Win Kewley and Pam Makin first struck with a victory over Maddocks and Ball which was to be followed just a week later by another setback when Gary Lee and Dave Moncaster, recently runners up in the Men’s pairs championship also beat Maddocks and Ball thereby ending their season as real title contenders but still drawn level on points with Clive and Mark McGreal but seeing the title being determined on shots difference where the substantial shots advantage of the McGREAL’s proved to be the decisive factor in winning the league. The battle for 3rd spot was also closely fought with some spirited performances by newcomers Gary Lee and Karen Slack and a strong finish by Bernice and Michael McGREAL. However, it was the duo of Phil Addy and Phil Connolly who came through to take 3rd spot and bronze medal position rounding off a very satisfying campaign for the pair following their return to the sport after a season’s break owing to the birth Connolly junior, where we look forward to another future member of the club. Therefore with such a breath taking and exciting climax to the season the club would like to record its appreciation to sponsors Dougherty Quinn for their continued support and extend congratulations to all members for their participation throughout the summer with a final mention to Onchan Commissioners and their green keepers who have maintained the green in such super condition during the season.
Members and new players are welcome to attend the weekly coaching sessions which are held on Saturday mornings at the indoor bowls hall of the NSC between 10 am and 12 noon. More details may be obtained from the Secretary on 499714.