Thursday, September 12, 2013
Madeira travelled to Newton Abbott for the quarter-finals of the County Trophy, writes Matt Marriott.
Sadly the team were edged out, beaten by a good Culm Vale outfit.
The team can be very proud of their efforts in the competition this season and, having reached the last eight in two competitions and they also have yet to negotiate a Top Club semi-final against Shaldon on September 28, so this season has certainly been a good one for all concerned.
There’s also the not so small matter of the Madeira Over-60s being crowned champions of Division One!
Well done to them all.
Congratulations also to team B who are promoted to Division One and also to team E, promoted to Division Six whilst teams C and D look like dropping down to Divisions seven and eight respectively. If you need them guys there are plenty of tissues in the kitchen! It’s certainly been an interesting season all round.
There were six friendlies in the past week, the first of which was our annual trip to Cheltenham for the return leg of the Friendly Trophy.
Madeira had one shot in hand from the first leg and managed to increase this to 20 shot win at 143-123, so the trophy came back to Exmouth!
The top rink was skipped by Angie Fish with Richard Prince, Tony Howle and Matt Marriott scoring 26-12. Despite the score it was an enjoyable day as could be heard by the attempts at singing at the rear of the coach.
Jean Rainton will not be allowed to carry the trophy again as her figure is shapely enough!
Next came visitors Barnwood who caught us all out still suffering from coach lag taking the honours by 12 shots at 172-184, close over 10 rinks, but not close enough.
The top Madeira rink saw Colin Healy skip to Colin Shaw, Joyce Coggin and John Spearing to a win by six shots.
Keynsham were next up and showed that they were in good form winning three of the five rinks by a margin of once again 12 shots at 93-105, the best Madeira rink led by captain David Macaulay with Martin Eveleigh,Bill Barber and Graham Clarkson at 21-11 was the best that could be done.
Not much better was achieved as local rivals Phear Park took us on with four rinks of men and three triples of ladies with Phear Park winning at 81-77 shots.
However, the ladies came up trumps winning by four shots at 49-45 which I think can qualify as a drawn match. Well done, the ladies, especially Eileen Bagley with May Dyson and Jill Perrin bringing in a 10 shot win on their rink.
Tables were turned when Chagford visited with four teams of men’s triples Madeira winning on three of the four rinks with a result of 87-48. Once again captain David Macaulay led his team of Colin Hughes and Charles Darke to a win by 27 shots at 34-7.
The Avon and Somerset Police came out in force on Saturday with a stop/go match due to the weather which had the men going in for an early tea at five ends. As the rain eased off play began with a decision to play to 12 ends which as the weather improved stretched to 18 ends.
The match going the visitors way by 31 shots at 102-133, the best Madeira rink skipped by Mike Gorman withJohn Hopkins, Tim Bevan and Geoff Furminger came in at 27-9, but the bar did well so that was a plus. Not a good week for us this week.