Manx Short Mat Bowls Association

Haldane Fisher Fours League – Final Week

Ronaldsway Rockets retained the Haldane Fisher Fours League title last Sunday at the NSC by the narrowest of margins from Rushen.

The Rockets started the day leading by one point from Rushen so the title could still go either way. The opening pairs games were both shared with Ann Gale & Chris Holland winning 13-4 for the Rockets and Seamus Whelan & Stephen Gale taking their pairs 6-5 for Rushen. The singles began with Richard Faragher winning 11-3 for Rushen but Dave McTaggart leveled the game for the Rockets after a 13-8 victory. Chris Holland then put the Rockets into the lead after a 13-3 win before the final singles game came down to the closest measure. Stephen Gale was leading 7-5 going into the last end but Collin Holland fought back to claim a 2 to tie the game and give the Rockets the advantage. Going into the final fours game, Rushen knew they needed a big win to take the title but after a close game throughout they could only manage a 7-4 win. That meant that while Rushen won the match 9-8 they were tied with the Rockets on 31 points each and with the Rockets having a much superior shot difference, the title was theirs for another year.

In the other game Colby Jacks overcame Colby Cosmos to finish 3rd in the league with an 11-6 victory. The Jacks dominated the early games with Matt Quayle & Eddie Brew winning 7-6 and Darrell Allcote & Peter Blower taking their pairs 10-3. The singles saw Matt Quayle (8-6), Eddie Brew (15-4) and Peter Blower (13-5) all win for the Jacks. Ann Hollingworth pulled a game back for the Cosmos with an impressive 21-1 victory. Cosmos regrouped well for the final fours game, coming away with an 8-6 win in the final game of the day.

The final standing in the Haldane Fisher Fours League are:
1. Ronaldsway Rockets – 31 points (+81 shots)
2. Rushen – 31 points (+2 shots)
3. Colby Jacks – 22 points (-49 shots)
4. Colby Cosmos – 18 points (-39 shots)

Next week is the 2 bowl singles competition. Anyone wishing to enter should call Stephen Gale on 462424.