Madeira prove to strong for visiting tourists Bocking Alliance

PUBLISHED: 09:44 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:44 30 August 2018

Graham Cottey (right), Edwin Putt Trophy Champion one day and then barbecue chef the next day, pictured with Madeira club mate Ian Munro. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Graham Cottey (right), Edwin Putt Trophy Champion one day and then barbecue chef the next day, pictured with Madeira club mate Ian Munro. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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There have been three friendly fixtures played over the past week, writes Jenny Smith.

Madeira again welcomed Bovey Tracey to play over four mixed rinks. It was a hard and close game, each club winning a rink and drawing on two, but Bovey Tracey won overall on this occasion by a margin of just two shots.

Geoff Furminger and his team of John Hopkins, Glynis Byrn and Sue Lampey had the best shot difference for the home team of plus six.

Touring team Begbrook Green brought nine mixed rinks to Madeira. In terms of rinks won it was close with five to Madeira and four to the visitors, but on this occasion Madeira had a strong win of 191 shots to 143.

Madeira’s Angie Fish together with her team of John Spearing, Tony Howle and ladies’ captain Jude Latta achieved an impressive top rink of 25 shots to six.

On Thursday Madeira played host to Bocking Alliance a team based in Essex. They are seasoned tourers having organised a bowls tour every year since 1986 and last came to Madeira 4 years ago. It was a cracking game of triples with all 12 rinks in use.

Bocking Alliance won seven of the 12 rinks and posted some large scores winning overall by 217 shots to 180, but Madeira’s Bob Finch, Susie Roughton and John Sweetman had the most decisive win for the home team of 22-7.

Around 80 Madeira members enjoyed a barbecue and fun bowls afternoon on Bank Holiday Sunday organised by Ian and Kathy Munroe and their team.

The weather was not the best, but spirits were high as those who bowled tried to get to grips with target bowls organised by Sandie Cox and her coaching team in the Indoor Bowling Hall, a taster for the winter season not so far away.

The barbecue was enjoyed and appreciated by everyone in an event in support of the charity SCOPE.

In other club news, Joan and Dave Mansell were runners-up last Sunday in the Bryant Associates Trophy Open mixed pairs competition at Exonia Bowling Club.

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