Reggae Rollers | Lawn Bowls Jamaica vs IOMFGBC
Over the weekend of 16th and 17th of July the Isle of Man Flat Green Bowling Club played host to the Reggae Rollers, a team of bowlers with Jamaican heritage promoting the sport for their country, building its profile in anticipation of becoming a world recognised team.
The weekend looked ominous on Friday when the Reggae Rollers arrived on the Island, with the rain battering down and no sign of any let up. However, out of the blue came a parting of the clouds and some bright sunshine, helping the sodden green to dry up quickly and sufficiently to allow both sides some valuable practice time.
Saturday quickly rolled around and it was a fabulous day for bowls. The club and its members played host to a triples format round robin, offering six teams along with the Reggae Rollers six visitors to make up the numbers with an additional two. All teams played against one another over six ends. The team at the end of the competition with the best record taking the spoils. Over the course of the day the lead changed hands several times and many upsets were witnessed. Much was expected from the ladies World Championship representatives in New Zealand later this year but it just wasn't their day. The Reggae Rollers also failed to live up to their reputation finishing sixth and seventh overall. The winners taking the trophies were an established pairing of Phil Connolly and Phil Addy joined by the in form Phil Watterson, a team now famously known as ThreePhil!
Sunday was something of a joint venture between the more commonly played format on the Island of Crown Green and the internationally recognised version. Onchan Crown Green Bowling Club helped out by playing an hour or so during the early afternoon, with four of the Reggae Rollers joining forces with the IOMFGBC to play against the Crown Green Club, the Crown Green team edging out their opposition. Following this all group returned to the Flat Green with the Reggae Rollers forming two pairs to play against the IOMFGBC and the remainder of IOMFGBC members pairing off to play against teams from the Crown Green Club who returned the compliment. The Reggae Rollers upped their game from the previous day showing off their talents. The pair of Phil Smith and IOMFGBC President Eric Maddocks were convincingly beaten by... and the other pairing of Bernice McGreal along with son Mark found themselves frustrated having given away two big counts early on in the match against Mourine and Andrew, one of these counts simply being the difference between the two sides having fought back from being 13-2 down at one stage, winning more ends over all but found wanting on the score board come the end of the game.
The Club would like to extend its thanks to Onchan Crown Green Bowling Club for their assistance and participation in what we felt was a thoroughly enjoyable event and its congratulations to the Reggae Rollers for their deserving win. A rematch is certainly on the cards I am sure! Furthermore, we would like to wish them all the best in their quest of promoting Lawn Bowls Jamaica and becoming a world recognised bowling nation.