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.
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.
TMatthew 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!