The Ladies of the Isle of Wight Indoor Bowls Club recorded a decisive 13 shot win against East Dorset Indoor Bowls Club in the first round of the Mason Trophy, a two rink competition in which one rink plays at home and the other away.
The rink playing away of Annie Morris, Barbara Sleap, Steff Ball and Maggie Lawley took their match against Chris May’s quartet by the scruff of the neck from the outset. During the match, they scored a maximum 8 shots on one end and a 7 on another to run out winners by 36 shots to 15. The rink of Tricia McMurray, Shirley Searle, Moira Steven and Pauline Proud took on Monica Glynn’s four. The visitors were ahead throughout and were victorious by 18 shots to 10.
In the first round of the Men’s over 60 Double rink, the ‘A’ team took on Palmerston A of Fareham. Playing away the foursome of Richard Jeffery, John Attrill, Peter Furmidge and Ian Morey trailed after the first 5 ends of their match against the rink skipped by Pete Gentry but from that point on dominated the game to run out victors by 21 shots to 9. The home rink of Alan Cawdell, Brian Taplin, Ron Leleux and Bob Mortlock were involved in a close match with Cyril Friend’s quartet. The Islanders took the lead in the second half of their match and won by 16 shots to 13.
The Men’s ‘B’ team in the same competition took on Palmerston B. There was a home win for Bob Stubbs, John Carrett, Jeremy Baker-Deam and John Pearce by 19 shots to 15 against Bill Jackson’s rink but this was not sufficient to take the team in to the next round. The away four of Simon Gibbs, Mark Morris, Steve Crockett and Ian Ball trailed from the early stages of their game against the four skipped by Brian Hoskins and went down by 23 shots to 16.
The club recorded an 18 shot win in their annual home fixture against Whiteknights from Reading, winning on 3 rinks, drawing on 2 and only meeting defeat on 1. Paul Dyer’s rink ran out 22 shots to 12 victors, John Carrett’s four finished 27 shots to 20 ahead and Simon Gibbs quartet won 19 shots to 13. There were draws for the rinks of Barry Rodwell and Carol Jones whilst Roy Jemson’s met a 21 shots to 14 defeat.
There was a very comfortable home win in the friendly match against Newport, the club winning all 5 rink games. Carol Jones quartet ran out 38 to 5 winners. There were also big wins for Ted West’s and John Carrett’s rinks by 38 to 7 and 27 to 12 respectively. Mark Morris four finished 20 to 16 ahead and Barry Rodwell’s rink won by 21 to 17.