Dougherty Quinn League Titles Decided As Flat Green Bowls Season Comes To A Close
Singles LeagueIn the singles league the contest was a virtual rerun of the previous season with defending Champion Clive McGreal remaining unbeaten up to the final match of the season where he met his son Mark in a title showdown. Having performed consistently throughout the year and having already secured the Club Championship Singles and Pairs titles Clive was on target to make it a hat trick of merit titles. Meanwhile Mark who has been in superlative form during the season was seeking to cause an upset and ensure he cemented his runner up position in the league. Mark went into the final match knowing that nothing less than a clear victory would be good enough. The encounter went as expected and in a well matched contest in which Mark took an early lead it seemed as if the healthy shots margin he established would see him to a comfortable victory. However, McGreal senior countered with a string of ends to pull the match scores level going into the final end. With the situation changing with each bowl the match went down to the wire with Mark pulling out a magnificent draw shot on the full length jack with the final delivery to take the win and ensure he remained in second place ahead of another family member Bernice McGreal who herself came through with a strong finish to the season stringing together some fine wins to end up in 3rd slot to again take the bronze medal in what has been a very competitive mixed league.
Special mentions for their performance this season must go to President Eric Maddocks finishing in 4th spot and Pam Makin for her tremendous late season victory over Mark McGreal which effectively ended his title aspirations, also noteworthy was the creditable performance from newcomer Marcia Pearson in her first season of competition.
Daytime Pairs LeagueThis season’s battle was all about the silver and bronze medal positions. With the defending title holders Bernice and Clive McGreal virtually unstoppable during the summer. Their early lead gradually growing to a point whereby the title was secured well before the conclusion of the season maintaining almost a 100% record. It was the pairing of Marcia Pearson and Michael Moyer that produced the performance of the season to overturn the champions in their only defeat of the series. All attention however, focussed on the coveted runner up position with no fewer than 5 pairing chasing the silver medal in a contest that changed hands throughout the year. It was the much fancied pairing of Gary Lee and Bernie Kaighin that fell away towards the end of the season having made much of the early running. The fact that they failed to play the last couple of matches in the programme no doubt played a part in their final 5th placing still just 2 points off the pace. Finishing in 4th spot and just a point behind the eventual runners up were Barbara Reed and Karen Slack who both played some splendid shots during their display of mid season victories. This left the battle between husband and wife pairing Anne and Phil Watterson against the Marilyn Legg & Win Kewley duo (also featuring Martin Atkinson who played in the role of super sub during the year to cover the occasional absence). With 3 pairs tied on 22 points with the final match to play the nail biting end of season tussle did indeed come down to the final end in both games. With the Watterson pairing only able to secure a hard fought draw in their last match over the Pearson/Moyer combination the fortune would now depend on the outcome of the fixture between Legg partnered once again by Atkinson over the evergreen Phil Smith and Harry Shaw. With the benefit of the Indian summer and superb green conditions for such a late time in the season the finale did not disappoint with Legg & Atkinson coming through to pick up the spoils on the day by 16 shots to 11 to land the runner up spot for 2016.
Premier Pairs LeagueHaving secured the DQ Pairs title last year, defending champions Mark & Clive McGreal went on to represent the Island in the Men’s Pairs event at the Atlantic Championships narrowly missing out on qualification for the forthcoming World Champions in New Zealand by the smallest of margins on shot difference. As such they went into this season full of confidence and strong favourites to retain their title. Other strong contenders expected to perform well being Bernice McGreal playing alongside elder son, Michael whilst the Eric Maddocks / Phil Smith duo and the Phil Addy/Phil Connolly pairing were also likely to show amongst the front runners.
With the Championship Pairs title already in the bag having won a spirited final just a couple of weeks earlier beating Gary Lee & Phillip Watterson in a close contest, Mark and Clive McGreal were eager to add the DQ pairs league to their spoils. As it transpired the season progressed very much in line with the forecast with consistent performances by the defending champions mounting an unbeaten campaign throughout the summer taking the title by some margin from the chasing pack. Again the battle for the second place was the focus of attention and became a close run affair amongst the pre season favourites with the outcome coming down to the final round of matches. After the disappointment of a poor start last season Bernice & Michael McGreal made no such mistake in the current season and kept up a very satisfying string of performances to eventually take the runner up spot behind family members Mark & Clive. And in a re-run of last season it was the two Phil duo of Addy & Connolly who again came through with a strong finish to pip the Club President and his partner for the coveted 3rd Place and bronze medal they also won in 2015.
Therefore with such an 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 new green keeper Michael Jackson who have maintained the green in such super condition during the season.