25 March 2019

Gemma does it again but Port win league title as Laxey lose out by fine margin

Gemma Kermode scored her second possible in two matches as Laxey took on visitors Port St Mary at Laxey Glen. Despite a fine show, with John Wood on a 99, though, Port took the honours, due in no small part to junior shooter Ryan Forrest's superb 99. Gemma's father Derek managed a tidy 97 too to propel the team to a narrow win.

Douglas end league campaign with fine derby win at St John's

It was a contest shot on electronic targets as the two host clubs at the Sinclair Range fought it out. Sandsiders were able to field a full side in Division One with the return of Steve Callus to their ranks but their star man was Andy Traynor who scored 99. Douglas did not disappoint, however and Sharon Drysdale and Sam Jones carded 98s to record a victory by a good margin.

Sulby see off Castletown in away win

This wasn't just about the shooting. Duncan Watterson, not long back from the testing Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi where he won gold in the shot putt, turned out for Castletown and notched a creditable 89. And so, while Richard Arthur put in the top score of the night with a 97, Duncan must take the plaudits for competing in two, entirely different, sports.

The league match itself was a close affair in Division One, with just five points separating the sides in Sulby's favour.


Isle of Man RA's county team had a fine win over Norfolk County with a perfect 100 from Kevan Kneale as they overcame their opponents by 1942 points to 1937.

18 March 2019

Gemma Kermode hits hat-trick of 100s in dramatic draw

Laxey made the journey to Kirk Michael and Gemma Kermode scored her third 100 of the season only for battling Kirk Michael to hold them to a draw in which youngster Noah Mayne hit 99, a new personal best in the Winter League for him. The home side thus ended their indoor season on a high.

Port St Mary Edge Douglas out in pivotal league contest

A powerful performance from Port got the better of IOMSC Douglas. Ben Kelly diagnosed a superb 99 and Ashley Gardner super charged his side with another. While the ever-dependable Matthew Roosen hit back for Douglas with a great 99, with David Humphrey, Sharon Drysdale and Tracey Skelton in support on 98s, it was Port who emerged the victors by a nail-biting margin of two points.

Port St Mary picked up wins in all three divisions.

King Arthur lets Castletown cruise to win at St John's

Richard Arthur was the top gun for Castletown as they won easily against Sandsiders for whom Mark Bregazzi was a welcome new face in their depleted ranks.

11 March 2019

Deadly Douglas crush Kirk Michael

Matthew Roosen led the charge at St John's as Douglas brushed aside the challengers Kirk Michael on their new electronic 15-yard target set-up. Matthew's score of 99 was followed up by 98s from David Humphrey and Sharon Drysdale. Top scorers for the visitors were Alex Trafford and Noah Mayne with 96s.

Port power to decisive win against Castletown

Port St Mary won the southern derby as the winter league neared its climax. Ben Kelly and Juan Clague scored 98s with Ashley Gardner, Ryan Forrest and Ethan Kiernan hitting 97s. PSM picked up wins in all three divisions. For Castletown, Richard Arthur scored a near-perfect 99, with John Paul Bridson, Robin McFee and Lauren Cooper all on the 96 mark.

Sulby see off Sandsiders

Mark Cain was the top scorer for Sulby against a Sandsiders team with just two shooters.

4 March 2019

Incredible score from Glover but Keown claims the win

The expected bad weather held off for The IoM Shooting Clubs Monthly Handicap and although warnings had been given for strong winds and rain, quite the reverse proved to be pleasant and a little warmer than normal.

Unfortunately, just seven members arrived for the match and due to work commitments, Ashley Gardner had to leave before the start and Tracey Skelton withdrew due to mechanical problems during the match leaving just five results.

Top gun score went to Rachel Glover with a magnificent 621.0 with Matthew Roosen in second on 607.3. Martin Young had very respectable 604.5 considering he has only had the new Walther KK300 rifle 7 days and has had only 2 hours practice on it. Nick Brown thought he was doing OK until a stupid “cross fire” from him, reduced his final series by 10 points!

The handicap match went to a thrilled Sue Keown whose shooting results appear to be improving on a weekly basis including success in the RTD Stott Trophy indoor match recently.

Castletown survive scare at Kirk Michael

For the second week in a row Kirk Michael were denied victory by two points. Top scorers for the home side were Suzanne McKnight and Noah Mayne with 97s while Richard Arthur and Steve Gardner followed that for Castletown. The visiting side won all three divisional matches.

Douglas leave Laxey reeling

A near-perfect 99 from John Wood and 98 from Gemma Kermode were not enough to stop Douglas escaping with the points at Laxey Glen. Sam Jones hit 99 and Sharon Drysdale 97 for Douglas to lead the team from the Sinclair Range home by ten points.

Port St Mary see off Sulby

Ben Kelly was the top gun for Port St Mary with a 99 to help them to a significant victory in terms of the league race.

25 February 2019

Laxey shock Castletown with away win

Laxey got the better of Castletown with a win by three points in Division One thanks in part to their most reliable shooters - Harry Creevy, Gemma Kermode and John Wood - with a good 95 from Mark Riley to match.

John Paul Bridson was the top gun for the home side with 98.

Sulby sneak a win over Kirk Michael

Sulby snapped up the points in a narrow win over near neighbours Kirk Michael. Will Quayle was the top scorer for Sulby with 99 followed by a 98 from Julian Teare. Perryn Watson was happy with her 98 for the visitors and Alex Trafford came from work to score 97. Weight of numbers meant Sulby swept to easy victories in Divisions Two and Three.

JB Ritchie and G Jones results

The latest rounds of scores in the JB Ritchie and G Jones competitions were:

JB Ritchie

Sue Keown 185

Robin McFee 184

Henry Qualtrough 178

Chris Mayne 176

G Jones

Nick Brown 197

Ryan Forrest 194

John Paul Bridson 191

Rhys Keown 191

Matthew Humphrey 191

Gary Knight 189

Tom Gray 189

Thomas Meiken 189

Rhian Masson 180

Kirk Michael back on track

Kirk Michael returned to winning ways in the Scottish Target Shooting team league with a fine victory over Dundee side Steeple by 27 points dropped to 30. Scores: Suzanne McKnight 95, Perryn Watson 95, Noah Mayne 94 and Chris Mayne 89.

11 February 2019

Will to power lets Sulby see off Laxey

Sulby got back to winning ways with a six-point win over Laxey at Laxey Glen. Will Quayle hit 99 for the visitors while the rest of their Division One match-up shot 97s to maintain their league challenge. Laxey's top scorers were Gemma Kermode and Harry Creevy with near-perfect 98s.

Roosen's star turn set up Douglas win against Castletown

Douglas continued their good form with this victory on the electronic target-equipped range at St John's against Castletown. Matthew Roosen carried on his fine recent form with a 99 while Martin Burns hit a 98. For the visitors, Shirley Caley will have been pleased with her 96 while team-mate Richard Arthur was the club's top scorer with 98.

Kirk Michael enjoy rare win over Sandsiders

In this latest instalment of the winter league indoor match season, Kirk Michael made short work of Sandsiders with the top guns being Perryn Watson and Andy Traynor, both with 98s. Steve Callus was away on holiday thus leaving the St John's-based team even more short-handed than usual.

Scottish Target Shooting team league news

After winning their division last season as a "foreign" team, STS member club Kirk Michael are finding their new campaign more challenging. Having lost to Edinburgh University B in the previous round, they went down by an agonising single point against another Edinburgh outfit, Watsonians Rifle Club D.

4 February 2019

Rachel Glover back with a great score after bout of sick leave

This was the second Monthly Handicap match of 2019 and although the weather to a certain extent was favourable with very little wind and bright sunlight, the temperature was extremely cold and just nine hardy competitors managed to get to the line.

Having not long left her sick bed in Nobles, leading gun score went to Commonwealth Games shooter Rachel Glover, with a magnificent 619.7 from Ashley Gardner on 610.9 and Tracey Skelton on 606.5. Matthew Roosen was the only other shooter to pass the 600 mark on 601.9. The Handicap match result went to Ashley by just 1.4 points from an ever-improving John Brewis and Tracey Skelton on 659.0.

Sulby juggernaut undone by one-point defeat at the hands of Douglas

It was the 99 club once more as Douglas ended Sulby's winning streak with the help of near-perfect scores from Sharon Drysdale and Matthew Roosen. Young Matthew Humphrey found his form once again with a 98 with father David three points further back.

Peter Webb was top scorer for Sulby with 98 followed by three 97s from Julian Teare, Orry Teare and Will Quayle.

Port St Mary power past Kirk Michael

PSM delivered a great performance to score 491 and leave visitors Kirk Michael in their wake.

Kevan Kneale and Paul Clague hit 99s while Lauren Newson scored 97.

There were three 96s in the Kirk Michael ranks, from Kevin Quinn, Alex Trafford and Noah Mayne and the home side won all three Divisions.

28 January 2019

Sue Keown crowned Lady of Mann

A delighted Sue Keown of Port St Mary won the Lady of Mann handicap competition held at Kirk Michael. The modest number of entries on the night did not deflect from a great competition. Shot over two cards, Sue's score of 201.4 gave her victory with Perryn Watson of Kirk Michael in second on 200.8 and PSM clubmate Lauren Newson, who came straight from work to shoot, in third on 200.2.

Sulby surge to win over Castletown

Sulby claimed the scalp of Castletown with a narrow win which keeps their Winter League title charge going strong. 97s from Orry Teare, Julian Teare and Peter Faragher set them up nicely.

Richard Arthur was the visitors' top scorer and Sulby won all three divisions.

Douglas in deadly form against Sandsiders

Douglas won the all-electronic derby at St Johns against Sandsiders. Sharon Drysdale and Martin Burns hit 99s with Nick Brown a point further back. With Sandsiders down to four shooters once more, they were always in trouble and Douglas powered to wins in both divisions.

John Wood hits the hundred mark

John Wood returned from his travels to card a perfect 100 away to Port St Mary, but PSM edged to a win by five points. The consistent Harry Creevy put in 99 and Gemma Kermode 97 too. Two 99s from Ben Kelly and Kevan Kneale set the tone for the victory and Sue Keown will have been well pleased with her 96.

21 January 2019

Honours are even in dramatic draw at St Johns

Matthew Roosen continued his excellent form when he was the top gun for Douglas with a 99 as they drew with Port St Mary on the Sius-target equipped indoor range at St Johns.

'The electronic targets are going really well,' said Matthew.'The best part about them is that they make spectating much better than it was before. 'I shot two more "cards" after the match card and they were both 99s as well!' Ryan Forrest hit 98 for the visitors with Ben Kelly and Ashley Gardner both on 97s.

Laxey keep Kirk Michael at bay

Laxey, minus key player John Wood, were still too much for visitors Kirk Michael at Laxey Glen. Harry Creevy and Gemma Kermode delivered their usual fine performances with 99 and 98 respectively. The visitors had a consistent night, though, with Perryn Watson, Kevin Quinn and Noah Mayne all scoring 96s.

Castletown edge past Sandsiders

Sandsiders came very close to beating Castletown when they fielded five shooters. Steve Callus hit a 97 along with Andy Traynor and Terry Green but the home side came out on top in the Division One match by just two points.

Ashley flies high with victory at IoMRA Open Shoot

Ashley Gardner from Port St Mary won the NSRA County Silver Medal with a perfect 100 in competition one. The second event, the Indoor Shield, was won by Sharon Drysdale with a 99. The Team Competition - the Ivy Osborn Trophy - saw Port triumph with a total of 380. The fourth event, the Homan Cup aggregate, was won by Ashley Gardner with 293. Hopefully he has a sturdy trophy cabinet!

The full list of scores can be found on the IOM Shooting Club's Facebook page.

Lady of Mann Trophy

This handicap event will be held at Kirk Michael's range on Tuesday January 29 with a format of two cards per competitor, handicaps based on the best five of the previous six league scores, 7.30pm start. Register on the night and the entry fee is £4 for seniors.

14 January 2019

Port power past Castletown with top performance

Paul Clague and Ethan Keirnan led the way as Port St Mary dropped just nine points in their island derby against Castletown.

Not to be outdone, Ryan Forrest and Ben Kelly were hard on their heels with 98s while, for the visitors from Castletown, Richard Arthur and Nigel Christian were the top scorers with 96s.

Port swept to wins in all three divisions.

No official score sheet or legible record of the scores was provided by either team for this match, but Tom Pirson of PSM did a valliant job of transcribing the scores and emailing them over to the news and website team, so individual and team records on the Results page could be updated. Many thanks to Tom for his efforts.

Reinvigorated Sandsiders fall to superb Sulby

Sulby continued their title charge with a scintillating victory at St John's against Sandsiders.

Buoyed by five shooters for once, the ever-reliable Steve Callus was the home side's top scorer with 97 but for Sulby it was Julian Teare who hit a 99 to lead the way to a big win. Mark Cain hit 97 with Will Quayle, Teddy Sayle and Peter Faragher all on 96s.

Kirk Michael outgunned by Douglas

Douglas dished out no less than three 99s against Kirk Michael, with Sam Jones, Matt Roosen and Martin Burns close to hitting perfect scores on a good night for the St John's side, while Mark Osborn had an excellent night, leaving the firing point with a 97 and a big smile on his face.

For the second week, veteran Kevin Quinn was the top gun for Kirk Michael thanks to a 97.

7 January 2019

Superb Sulby sink Port St Mary in tight match

Sulby's form showed no sign of fading as they edged out Port St Mary by just two points. The home side led the way in Division One with three 98s from Will Quayle, Julian Teare and Peter Webb.

The visitors made their point with wins in Division Two and Three, though on a night which saw a welcome return to match night for Sulby's Jess Clague after a hiatus of several years. Almost every piece of equipment she needed to take part was begged or borrowed and she notched a creditable 93. Hopefully this will be the first of many appearances...

Castletown cruise past Kirk Michael

John Brewis was the top scorer for Castletown with 98 on a night when Kirk Michael were not embarrassed but simply outgunned. Kevin Quinn notched a great 97 and Perryn Watson and Alex Trafford hit 96s.

Douglas leave Laxey pointless

Martin Burns was the top gun for Douglas. His 98 was matched by Gemma Kermode and Harry Creevy but the visitors were unable to keep up and Douglas took wins in both divisions.

19 December 2018

Kermode cracks the perfect hundred as Laxey crush Castletown

Gemma Kermode was the star of a strong Laxey performance as she scored 100 in this excellent win over the much larger Castleown team at Laxey Glen. Harry Creevy was hot on Gemma's heels with 99 while John Wood produced a steady 96.

Richard Arthur was top gun for Castletown with 97 and John Brewis and John Paul Bridson on 96. Castletown took the Divisions Two and Three matches due to weight of numbers.

Strong Sulby surge past Kirk Michael

Sulby continued their recent strong league form with an easy win over near-neighbours Kirk Michael. Mark Cain was the top scorer on the night with 99 and 98s from both Mark Boyde and Julian H Teare.

For the home side, young Noah Mayne scored 97 and Suzanne McKnight 95, but the visitors swept the board in all three divisions.

Kelly crafts straightforward win for Port St Mary

Ben Kelly unleashed a superb 99 as Port St Mary powered past Sandsiders. A strong performance from the home side saw their entire Division Two line-up record 96s and they won all three matches at a canter. Steve Callus was the top gun for the visitors with a 96.

The winter league now takes a break for the festive season and resumes on January 7.

Away from the Island meanwhile, Kirk Michael have begun their campaign for glory in the 2018-2019 Scottish Target Shooting Team Prone competition. With wins over Steeple A (Dundee) and a walkover victory over the Division Three "bogey" side, the team of Suzanne McKnight, Noah Mayne, Chris Mayne and Perryn Watson resumed from where Kirk Michael left off last season. The highlights of those wins were a 99 from Suzanne and a 97 from Noah Mayne.

12 December 2018

Sharon Drysdale hits the hat-trick with her latest ton

It seems Sharon Drysdale can do no wrong, for she scored her third 100 of the season for Douglas as they won this winter league match in Castletown. Sharon must like this range, as she shot her previous "possible" in the WS Cowin competition at the same venue.

Team-mate Matthew Roosen kept up his recent fine form with a 99 and Martin Burns scored an excellent 98.

Meanwhile, for the home side, John Brewis, the delighted guinea pig for St John's new 15-yard Sius electronic target set-up where he scored a 99 in his first test, came close to matching that feat on old-school paper targets when he hit a 98 for Castletown. There were also 96s from Richard Arthur and Nigel Christian while Rhian Masson hit 95.

Douglas had wins in division two as well but the Division Three match-up was a remarkable draw between Neil Masson and Paul Perkins.

Superb Sulby squeak a win against unlucky Laxey

Sulby continued their run of success, on their home range this time, with victory over Laxey. Will Quayle, Julian H Teare and Orry Teare were the top guns for Sulby, all with 98s, while Laxey fought on with 98s from Harry Creevy and John Wood and Gemma Kermode and Mark Riley had 97. All in all, it made for a tight match but in the end Sulby won Division One by just two nail-biting points. The home side took the honours in Divisions Two and Three by walkovers, however.

Kirk Michael win against plucky Sandsiders

Sandsiders provided the highest scores on the night, with Andy Traynor claiming top gun status on 97 but their limited numbers meant the result was never really doubt against a Kirk Michael team missing a few regulars for whom Noah Mayne, fresh off the boat from training in Wigan, scored 96.

Coaching update

It's been confirmed that Maria and Iain Malone, from the north of Scotland, will visit the island on February 15 2019 to help put interested rifle shooters through the important NSRA Range Officer and Club Instructor courses.

5 December 2018

Port St Mary bring back the goods from Kirk Michael

Port St Mary won all three divisions on their road trip to Kirk Michael.

Shooting for the first time in the home club's refurbished range, Ben Kelly and Kevan Kneale scored 99s for Port as the first division team hit 490 out of a possible 500.

Kirk Michael were far from disgraced, with 97s from Perryn Watson and Noah Mayne.

Riley's on the up for Laxey

Laxey powered past Sandsiders with the help of a 99 from Harry Creevy and a great 98 from Mark Riley. A shotgun expert, Mark is coming on leaps and bounds at smallbore rifle shooting with coaching help from his team-mates. Andy Traynor was the top scorer for the visitors with 97.

Sulby snap up the pressure points against Douglas


Sulby secured a dramatic win over Douglas at St John's

The Division One victory, by just two points, was the result of a strong performance from Sulby's shooters with Mark Cain notching 99, backed up by 98s from Will Quayle, Julian Teare and Peter Webb along with Fergus Coulter on 96.

Sam Jones hit 100 for Douglas with David Humphrey on 97 and Sharon Drysdale, after great week hitting perfect scores, settling for 96.

28 November 2018

Sharon Drysdale bags WS Cowin Trophy

Fresh from her Winter League success, Sharon Drysdale won the WS Cowin trophy with another 100 in a night of drama at Castletown settled by regauging and she was thrilled to bits: 'Great comp... so close at the final adding to the excitement with regauge and regauge . I peaked a bit soon with the ton though and Will Q did tell me I’d better go on and win it haha. Very lucky on the night this time and I hope I’ve not used all the 100s for the season... there’s still a long way to go! 'And because I beat Matt by only a whisker... I have offered to buy him food as a consolation - he is my team mate after all and is having a really good season'

26 November 2018

Sharon Drysdale makes it Mission Possible for Douglas

A superb 100 from Sharon Drysdale helped Douglas to a big win over Sandsiders at their shared venue of the Sinclair Range.

'It was a good night for the team getting the win and a high scoring match,' commented Sharon.

'It’s just a pity for Sandsiders (with their) depleted numbers. Getting a 100 was a happy moment for me as they don’t come too often.

'My mum's pep talk (unrelated to shooting) about focussing on doing the best I can instead of seeking perfection was my mantra for each shot and helped to mentally cut off from tallying my score as I went... that may be coincidence but I’ll take that.'

Aided and ably abetted by Tracey Skelton - who continued her recent good form with 98 along with team-mate Martin Burns - the team simply overpowered the hamstrung opposition for whom Andy Traynor was their top scorer with 96. Douglas racked up victories in all three divisions with shooters to spare.

Sulby v Castletown

Sulby ventured down to Castletown with an under-strength team roster and found their opponents were a little under-strength too. Thus it was that the 99s from Will Quayle and Fergus Coulter proved pivotal. It must be said, though, that Sulby put in a strong performance and the hosts, with Richard Arthur the top scorer on 97 simply could not match the scores and suffered reverses in all three divisions.

Port St Mary Juggernaut continues against Laxey

Laxey had been on form of late but they came unstuck at home to the legions of Port St Mary. Thanks to no less than five 98s their first team, consisting of Ben Kelly, Paul Clague, Callum Grant, Ryan Forrest and Thomas Meakin (with his best league score so far this season) outgunned Laxey with the likes of Gemma Kermode and Harry Creevy shooting well but just not quite well enough to get a result.

Port's Sue Keown enjoyed a return to form with a sound 97 and Ashley Gardner and his son made a a decent pairing, albeit placed in the third team this time around.

19 November 2018

Sisters doing it for themselves for Douglas pull off great win at Port St Mary

Sharon Drysdale and Tracey Skelton were the top guns as IOMSC Douglas sprang a surprise on Port St Mary. They both notched 99s while Nick Brown, who has been in good form recently, was not far behind with 98.

The margin of victory was just four points. The top scorer for the home side on a long night in the range was Kevan Kneale with 98 and Port made up somewhat for their Division One loss with wins in the other two divisions.

Castletown cruise to win over Sandsiders

Nigel Christian led the charge with a 97 as Castletown pushed short-handed Sandsiders aside at St John's. Andy Traynor was the top scorer for the home side with a superb 98.

Gemma's gem is the jewel in the crown for Laxey

It's not just Harry Creevy who can notch the ton for Laxey - Commonwealth Games shooter Gemma Kermode did the trick for her club in this match and the rest of the top team delivered too on the trip to Kirk Michael.

It must be noted that the homesters were unfortunate not to get something more out of the evening than a six-point loss and their first division score of 480 does not tell the full story. There were 98s from Suzanne McKnight, Noah Mayne and Alex Trafford while Kevin Quinn recovered from a major mishap with his rifle in the range to score a very creditable 93 using another member's gun.

14 November 2018

Matthew Humphrey grabs Golden Jubilee win

It was a night for the island's top junior rifle shooters to shine at Port St Mary and Matthew Humphrey took the title with a superb 194 points out of a possible 200. Second was Thomas Meakin with 192. Rhian Masson came third with 191.

12 November 2018

Port St Mary win the day as superb scores edge out Castletown

Richard Arthur hit the magic 100 for Castletown but it was visitors Port St Mary who picked up a vital win by just two points on a night of excellent scoring from both sides. Richard's ton was so good that, according to the scorers, not a single shot had to be checked with a gauge. For the Port St Mary side, Juan Clague hit 99 while three others - Ben Kelly, Paul Clague and Callum Grant - nailed 98s. Ethan Kiernan followed up with a 97. In the the home side, Nigel Christian scored 99, while John Brewis hit 97 followed by Lauren Cooper and Henry Qualtrough who recorded 96s. It was also a close affair in the other divisions but Port notched the wins.

Joy for Julian as Sulby surge past Sandsiders

There was another 100 on the night as Julian Teare did the trick for Sulby against Sandsiders. Fergus Coulter was also on form with 99. For Sandsiders, with just four shooters to call upon, Andy Traynor was their top gun with 96 but Sulby picked up wins in all three divisions.

Deadly Douglas cruise past Kirk Michael

A powerful 489 from IOMSC Douglas was just too much for visitors Kirk Michael as both Matthew Roosen and Sharon Drysdale hit near-flawless 99s. For the away side newcomer Chris earned the bragging rights in the Mayne household with his 96 the top score for Kirk Michael, two points better than son Noah. Of course, the ever-improving Matthew Humphrey continues his good season for Douglas, his 96 three points better than dad David as the club recorded wins in all three divisions.

5 November 2018

Matthew and Harry hit hundreds at Laxey

Some remarkable scoring at Laxey Glen saw Harry Creevy score his third 100 of the season but Matthew Roosen did the same trick for Douglas and the visitors took the points in this winter league match in all three divisions.

Port St Mary power past Sulby

Ben Kelly was the top gun for Port with a 99 followed by a strong first-team showing with 98s from Callum Grant, Gary Knight and Eddie Maddrell. Teddy Sayle hit 98 for the visitors but they were simply out-gunned on the night in all three divisions.

Kirk Michael crushed by Castletown

A Kirk Michael side short on numbers had no answer to a rampant Castletown for whom Nigel Christian was the top scorer with a 99. Noah Mayne was on form again with a 97 for Kirk Michael but wins in all three divisions went to Castletown.

29 October 2018

The Half-Term break meant a welcome rest from the league matches, but left plenty of room for the 101 Challenge Cup, which was shot down at St Johns.

This pairs competition was won by Sharon Drysdale and Matthew Roosen of IOMSC Douglas. In the final Matt Roosen scored 97 and Sharon Drysdale 97 for a total of 194 and they beat the other IOMSC Douglas pairing of Nick Brown with 96 and Paul Perkins with 96 for a total 191.

22 October 2018

Ashley is flying after he hits the ton for powerful Port St Mary

Ashley Gardner scored a scintilating 100 as Port St Mary had a near-perfect performance against Sandsiders at St John's. Port dropped just six points against their opponents in Division One. Ashley's daughter Jackie hit 98 to make it a family affair with victories in all three divisions.

Laxey edged out by Castletown

Harry Creevy hit his second 100 of the season but Castletown were just too strong for the visitors from Laxey Glen, with 97s from Richard Arthur and John Brewis as they racked up wins in all the divisions.

Strong Sulby see off Kirk Michael

A powerful performance from Sulby saw off a revitalised Kirk Michael. 98s from Mark Boyde and Fergus Coulter led the way but there were no weak points in the Division One side. For the visitors, Kevin Quinn enjoyed a good night with his side's top score of 98, while Perryn Watson declared she had "rediscovered her mojo" with 97 along with Noah Mayne and his father Chris pulled off a good 95 too. Sulby recorded wins in all three divisions.

15 October 2018

Kirk Michael christen revamped range with win over Sandsiders

The first match at Kirk Michael had the smell of team spirit about it, or it could have just been the smell of fresh paint after months of renovation. Either way, it was a welcome victory for the home side after a pounding by Port St Mary in their opening fixture. Noah Mayne was top scorer for the home side and this may have made up somewhat for being unable to train in Wales due to bad weather. In addition, he had his father Chris shooting alongside him and the club hopes he will take part in more matches. Andy Traynor was the top gun on the night with 98 for the visitors and Tony Kneale hit 95. With limited numbers, though, it will be another testing season for Sandsiders.

Sulby surprise Laxey with fine show

Laxey have a new secret weapon in their ranks in the shape of highly skilled shotgun shooter Mark Riley and he has brought the season in with a bang - perhaps down to the report his top of the range RWS R50 ammo makes. Either way, he has shot well for the team so far.

Sulby managed to match Harry Creevy's 98 thanks to Teddy Sayle and the visitors' consistency earned them the win. Sulby had wins in all three divisions.

Douglas edge Castletown out in close match

Solid scores of 98 from Sharon Drysdale, Sam Jones and Nick Brown did the trick at St John's with Nigel Christian the top scorer for Castletown. There was a similarly close result in Division Two with the help of new junior Alex Denning but the visitors took the spoils in Division Three thanks to weight of numbers.

8 October 2018

Crafty Creevey comes up with the perfect reply to his critics

The first matches of the winter indoor league saw Laxey's Harry Creevey prove he's still got it when it counts, after leading his side to victory against IOMSC Sandsiders with a perfect 100. While he admits he doesn't score the ton "as often as he used to", Harry proved the naysayers wrong when they were asked to guess his score. With a sly grin, he revealed that they were all wrong...

Laxey's win was all the more impressive as the club were very short of shooters due to a variety of reasons and yet pulled it off at St John's. John Wood spun a grand score of 99 and Commonwealth Games shooter Gemma Kermode notched 98.

Much like last season, Sandsiders could only field four shooters and their best was Tony Kneale with 94.

Powerful Port leave Kirk Michael all at sea.

Port St Mary made short work of a Kirk Michael side who have yet to find their feet in the league. Ben Kelly was the top scorer for the home side with a near-perfect 99 while Perryn Watson was the top visitor with 95. Kirk Michael have been concentrating much of their energy refurbishing their range and it's to be hoped that will bear fruit soon.

Fergus in fine form as Sulby hold Douglas to a draw

There was an exciting draw at Sulby as Fergus Coulter was top gun with 99 while the visitors had three 97s in the top tier - Tracey Skelton, Matthew Humphrey and Matthew Burns.

2 October 2018

With less than a week to go until the start of the new season it's all hands to the pumps for a couple of league clubs in order to be ready for the first matches on 8 October. Kirk Michael are working hard to ensure major repair works to their range are complete, and Douglas and Sandsiders are getting down and dirty with technology as they install six new Sius electronic targets in their indoor range.

It promises to be an exciting season. The first week's matches see Subly host Douglas, Sandsiders host Laxey and Kirk Michael trek down to Port St Mary.

Watch this space for more news!

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