Manx Short Mat Bowls Association

Manx Challenge Shield 2020

The 2020 edition of the Manx Challenge Shield will take place on the 25th & 26th April 2020 at the National Sports Centre in Douglas.

This year we plan on extending entries to accommodate 32 pairs. These pairs will be drawn into 4 groups of 8 allowing for 7 group games before the top 4 from each group progress to the Cup knockout and the remaining pairs will go to the Plate knockouts.

The entry fee will be £20 a pair (£10 per player).

For entry details, or more information please email stephengale@manxshortmatbowls.com.

Schedule

The provisional schedule is as follows:

Day One

  • 09:00 – Free practice
  • 10:00 – Session 1 – Group A1 / B1
  • 10:50 – Session 2 – Group C1 / D1 / A2
  • 11:40 – Session 3 – Group B2 / C2 / D2
  • 12:30 – Session 4 – Group A3 / B3 (Lunch C & D)
  • 13:20 – Session 5 – Group C3 / D3 (Lunch A & B)
  • 14:10 – Session 6 – Group A4 / B4
  • 15:00 – Session 7 – Group C4 / D4 / A5
  • 15:50 – Session 8 – Group B5 / C5 / D5
  • 16:40 – Finish for day one

Day Two

  • 09:00 – Free practice
  • 10:00 – Session 9 – Group A6 / B6 / C6
  • 10:50 – Session 10 – Group A7 / B7 / D6
  • 11:40 – Session 11 – Group C7 / D7
  • 12:30 – A v B Last 16 Cup / A v B Last 16 Plate (Lunch: C & D)
  • 13:20 – C v D Last 16 Cup / C v D Last 16 Plate (Lunch: A & B)
  • 14:10 – Quarter-finals (Plate & Cup)
  • 15:00 – Semi-finals (Plate & Cup)
  • 15:50 – Finals (Plate & Cup)
  • 16:40 – Finish for day two

Accommodation

There is a Premier Inn in Douglas town centre which at time of publishing is £99.50 for 3 nights over the weekend. The Premier Inn is approximately 1.8 miles from the National Sports Centre (Directions).

There are plenty of other hotels to choose from and you can search for more options here, as well as options for AirBNB.

Travel

Ronaldsway Airport is situated about 9 miles from Douglas. There are regular flights to & from the Island from:

There is also a Ferry service from Liverpool, Heysham, Belfast & Dublin, however the timetable has not been released for April 2020 yet.

More information can b e found at https://www.steam-packet.com.

Upcoming Events

Manx Challenge Shield

From: 25 Apr 2020 10:00
To: 26 Apr 2020 18:00