22 February 2021

Sulby snatch the points at St Johns

Barry Jones was the star of the show for Sulby as his side swept Douglas aside at the Sinclair Range and his 97 was the highest score of the night.

David Humphrey had a fine night for the home side with a 96 but their limited numbers let Sulby step in for the points in Divisions One and Two.

Castletown sweep aside the challenge of Kirk Michael's new guard

John Brewis was the top gun for Castletown with his 98 as they won in all three divisions. Richard Arthur and Nigel Christian hit two 97s.

For Kirk Michael, new shooter Gareth John unearthed a 95 in just his second Winter League match and their pre-season drive for fresh members is paying off now with three of the club's "signings" heading up the first-team roster on the night.

Port power past Sandsiders

Ben Kelly had to settle for a mere 99 this week as Port St Mary put paid to IOMSC Sandsiders with a strong show of force in all three divisions.

Jean Quaye and Andy Traynor delivered 95s to be the best of the bunch for the team who play their home matches at St Johns.

15 February 2021

Castletown take the points as Roosen's 100 is great but not enough

Matthew Roosen admits he has never shot particularly well at Castletown's range but 'this was quite a nice surprise' as he hit a perfect hundred on an evening when the top scores rained in.

Matthew was the victor in the WS Cowin competition staged at Kirk Michael with the same score recently and this was his third possible of the season. How many more to come, we wonder?

Creevy helps Laxey back to winning ways

Harry Creevy hit a flawless hundred as Laxey saw off Sandsiders at the Sinclair Range. The consistent Jean Quaye kept up her good form with a 98 and, along with Andy Traynor, were the top scorers for the home side.

Kelly in top form as Port St Mary beat Sulby

Port had a fine win over Sulby, thanks in no small part to Ben Kelly's "possible" score. Sulby had a very consistent evening with Julian Teare, Mark Cain and Peter Webb all hitting 96s.

Newcomer Donna Merralls wins Lady of Mann trophy

Donna Merralls was the victor in the Lady of Mann handicap competition at Castletown's range. Sue Keown was second, Shirley Caley third and Jean Quaye fourth.

In the NSRA Golden Jubilee event for juniors, the winner was Matthew Humphrey and brother Joe the runner-up.

8 February 2021

Matches resumed this week after the recent Circuit-breaker lockdown. Kirk Michael and Castletown hosted Sandsiders and Sulby respectively, whilst Laxey made the journey down to Port St Mary.

Joy for Jean as she leads Sandsiders to narrow win against Kirk Michael

Kirk Michael came close to a First Division win over Sandsiders - it would have been their first for a number of seasons - but Jean Quaye pulled out the stops with the best score of the evening, a 98, to edge the visitors to victory by just two points.

Kirk Michael fielded two new shooters in their debut league matches, Paul Hartley and Gareth John, and they delivered decent performances. Weight of numbers saw the home side take the point in Division Two.

Father knows best as Port St Mary sink Laxey

Laxey emerged from lockdown only to see their winning run in the league come to an end against Port St Mary. Derek Kermode hit a 98 while daughter Gemma did the same for Laxey.

The visitors took wins in all three divisions.

Castletown see off Sulby

A very consistent performance from Castletown gave the home side three divisional wins. Nigel Christian was their top gun with 98.

Christmas and COVID-19 delays Winter League

All geared up and ready to go after a nice, relaxing Christmas Break, the IOMRA League teams found themselves unable to shoot, when, in early January the Isle of Man Government announced a 3-week Circuit-break Lockdown as a result of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

Unlike our fellow shooters in the UK, Manx shooters have had the luxury of being able to attend ranges and shoot regularly, without restriction for some six months, so the lockdown coming so soon after Christmas has given us a deeper appreciation of how lucky we have been on the Island so far.

The lockdown lifted at the end of January and a rescheduled league timetable has been issued. Matches will recommence on 8 February, with those postponed during the lockdown being added on at the end of the regular season.

30 November 2020

It's a Matt finish for Douglas

Douglas find themselves short on numbers these days, and Kirk Michael are still in the middle of a rebuilding operation but two factors stood out in this match.

David Humphrey put his equipment concerns behind him to get a 93 and his son Matthew carved out the equal top score of the night with 97, along with team-mate Matthew Roosen.

Kirk Michael's Suzanne McKnight hit 96 and Perryn Watson overcame a serious buttplate problem to carve out a creditable 95.

Mark Osborn was the cavalry for Douglas and his 91 laid the foundation for their Division One win. Their lack of numbers, though, allowed Kirk Michael to get a win in Division Two.

Cain proves very able for Sulby

Sulby embraced electronic targets with this win in all three divisions at St John's. Mark Cain was the top gun for the visitors with 99 with Peter Webb close behind on 98.

Laxey's top form pays off

Laxey kept on the winning trail with an edgy victory at home against Castletown.

This result does their chances of taking the Winter League title no harm. Gemma Kermode and Harry Creevy pulled out a performance of Commonwealth Games standards with a pair of 98s.

Greg Hogg continues to impress, this time with a 97.

Castletown were good but not quite good enough - Nigel Christian hit 97 and both Richard and Ian Arthur delivered 96s.

23 November 2020

Family values do the trick for Castletown

Ian Arthur and father Richard hit the heights for Castletown in the Winter League win over Kirk Michael. Ian's 100 and Richard's 97 led the way to a 20-point win. Not to be outdone, Nigel Christian delivered a 99 while Henry Qualtrough scored a sound 96.

Suzanne McKnight and Perryn Watson were the top guns for the visitors with a pair of 97s.

Port deliver solid show to get the better of Sandsiders

Jean Quaye was the top scorer for the home side at St John's but Derek Kermode made a first-class delivery of 98 to send Port St Mary on the way to victory in all three divisions.

Sulby sink Douglas with consistent show

Three 97s from Sulby led the home side to wins in all three divisions. Matthhew Roosen unleashed a 99 but a lack of strength in numbers meant the away side were always up against it.

9 November 2020

Gemma Kermode in top form as Laxey stay on the winning trail

Gemma Kermode hit a flawless 100 in Laxey's big win over IOMSC Sandsiders. Harry Creevy chipped in with 98 and John Wood spun a decent 97.

For the visitors, Jean Quaye was the top scorer with 98.

It's points that count for Port against Sulby

Port St Mary turned to top guns Ben Kelly, Derek Kermode and Kevan Kneale to see off visitors Sulby. The margin of victory in division one was narrow but effective. Orry and Julian Teare were the highest scorers for Sulby with 98s.

Port took the points in all three divisions.

Castletown power past Douglas

The ever-reliable Richard Arthur scored 99 with Ian Arthur on 97. Matthew Roosen was the home side's highest score with 97.

2 November 2020

Laxey unseat Port St Mary by a narrow margin

Laxey travelled to Port St Mary and claimed the scalp of the reigning Winter League champions with their third win in a row. Harry Creevy, Mark Riley and Greg Hogg all notched 97s.

Ben Kelly was the home side's top gun with 99.

Solid Sulby sneak ahead of Castletown

Teddy Sayle and Julian Teare posted 98s to lead the home side to victory in Divisions One and Two. Castletown's Richard Arthur reprised his 99 after the Veterans win the week before but the main team lost out by just four points.

Sandsiders get the better of Kirk Michael

Sandsiders took the spoils against Kirk Michael as the new-look visitors, some of whom had never shot on the electronic targets at the Sinclair Range before, fell short.

Andy Traynor was the best for Sandsiders with 97 with the reliable Jean Quaye and Tony Kneale a little further back on 95 each.

New shooter Ross Taylor-Green was Michael's top scorer with a personal best of 94.

Kirk Michael did get some points on the board, though, with a welcome win in Division Two.

19 October 2020

Hundreds galore as Winter League hots up

Matthew Roosen hit a perfect 100 as Douglas got back to winning ways against their neighbours at Sinclair range, Sandsiders - but victory was gained by just a nerve-jangling point. The ever-improving Jean Quaye scored 99 for the 'away' side.

Port pummel Kirk Michael with a pair of centurions

Champions from last season, Port St Mary made short work of an improving Kirk Michael side with two 100s from Ben Kelly and Rhys Keown plus a 99 from Ashley Gardner, as well as Agatha Milchell's 97.

The home side's top scorer was Perryn Watson on 97 with Alex Trafford shining fresh light on his team's fortunes in more ways than one thanks to his 95 to go with his sterling work on the range's lighting and other electrics. The new-bloods at KM are improving, too, with Ross Taylor-Green scoring a personal best of 91.

Riley-good show from Mark as Laxey see off Sulby

Laxey got a second win on the trot at home, this time against Sulby. Mark Riley will have been delighted with his 99 which led his team to a narrow but welcome first division victory.

12 October 2020

Laxey off the mark against new-look Kirk Michael

Laxey saw off the challenge of visitors Kirk Michael with a trio of 97s from Gemma Kermode, Harry Creevy and John Wood. For a number of their team it was their first outing since March and, after shaking off the cobwebs, they took the points in Divisions One and Two with the inclusion of Greg Hogg who has returned to the island and is best known as an air rifle shooter.

Kirk Michael, who had come close to not fielding a team in the Winter Indoor League due to falling numbers of shooters, had instituted a recruitment drive during the close season and, after a lot of hard work, unleashed a band of new faces. Faced with their first match in a long while, or their first ever in some cases, they gave a brave account of themselves.

Castletown edge Sandsiders out

Jean Quaye continued her recent good form with the equal top score for Sandsiders in the narrow defeat by Castletown. Richard Arthur was the top scorer for the visitors with 98.

Port sink short-handed Douglas

A strong show from Port St Mary took all the points against visitors Douglas. The top scorers for PSM were Paul Clague and Derek Kermode, while David Humphrey was top gun for the visitors.

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