Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Well here we are with the last report of the season, writes Matt Marriott.
It has been a good one with the weather being kind (some of the time).
The frowns have started to disappear from the captain’s faces and the smiles getting wider. There were four friendlies played in this last week with Culm Vale, Tiverton Borough, Belmont and Devon County Patrons all providing opposition and all being beaten!
In the patrons game, men came from all over Devon to field 12 Rinks of which the visitors won four rinks, whilst Madeira claimed success with an overall 57 shot difference. As usual the matches were contested in the best of spirit.
The annual Benevolent Fund game was held to boost the funds and reading from the cards it appears to have been a good fun day with players turning up in any rig they fancied. I was unable to work out the scoring system on the cards but by the looks of fines incurred and helped to make the fund is nice and healthy.
The Beckhart Cup, the last drive of the year was held on a sunny day over nine rinks with the cup and prizes being collected by the team of Mavis Prew, Tom Williams, Margaret Ratcliffe and skipped by Charles Darke with a plus 18 score. I won’t name those in the bottom team in order to protect the innocent.
The Club hosted the semi finals and final of the County Top Club on Saturday, which looked at one time as if it may not start due to the heavy rain, but it did start to clear up and play started half an hour late. Madeira team was drawn to play Shaldon in the semi final, always a formidable team, and proved it by ending Madeira’s hopes!
Still it was a good achievement to get that far in the competition and well done to them all.
On behalf of all the members of the club the captains Brenda Marks and David Macaulay and their committees are to be thanked for the work they have put in during the season making sure we all get our fair share of games. Our good wishes go to Pat Wilkins and Richard Prince who step into their roles next year.
We start the indoor season now and look forward to a successful winter for Lin Halpin and Alan Porter who take over the reins of indoor captains. Some of us will be playing and some of us will be going into hibernation for the winter so whatever you are doing may I be the first to wish you all a Merry Christmas. TTFN.