Manx Short Mat Bowls Association

Ffrench & Gale Blow the Competition Away

Josh Ffrench & Stephen Gale successfully defended their 2 Bowl Pairs title last Sunday at the NSC with a superb display of bowling throughout the day to take their 3rd title in 4 years in the event.

Ffrench & Gale started the day against Richard Faragher & Chris Holland who fought back from 8-3 down to 8-7 before a the eventual champions sealed it on the last end, winning 10-7. Eddie Brew & Harry Minor also scored an impressive victory with an 11-3 win over Seamus Whelan & Collin Holland. With the competition being played as a round-robin Ffrench & Gale then came up against Brew & Minor and thanks to a great start, stretching out to a 7-0 lead they ran out 13-8 winners to keep their 100% record. James Teare & Georgina Moore played their first game of the day, beating Whelan & Holland 8-5.

In the third round of games Ffrench & Gale continued their dominance with a 25-1 victory over Moore & Teare before Brew & Minor kept their chances alive with a 11-3 win over Holland & Faragher.

Ffrench & Gale went into their final game in round four knowing a draw against Whelan & Holland would be enough to defend the title but they weren’t going to get an easy ride as they found themselves 9-7 down with 2 ends to play. Thanks to a 2 on the penultimate end made the scores level before Josh Ffrench but up two great leads on the final end, resulting in a 4 for the champions and the title. Chris Holland & Richard Faragher beat James Teare & Georgina Moore 10-6 to leave Eddie Brew & Harry Minor needing at least a draw in their final game to take second spot, which they had no problem doing with a 16-4 victory.

The final standings are below:

Team Points Chalks + Chalks – Chalks Diff
Josh Ffrench / Stephen Gale 8 61 25 +36
Eddie Brew / Harry Minor 6 46 23 +23
Richard Faragher / Chris Holland 2 29 39 -10
Seamus Whelan / Collin Holland 2 29 41 -12
Georgina Moore / James Teare 2 19 56 -37

Next week is the start of the reverse fixtures in the Haldane Fisher League with Douglas Sharks taking on the leaders Ronaldsway Rockets & second place Port Erin facing Colby Cosmos.