Thursday, August 22, 2013
The season is beginning to wind down, however, with several competitions entering the final phase, there continues to be plenty of excitement at Madeira Bowling Club, writes Mary Ann Dowrick.
In the Exeter and District League match against Topsham, Madeira won one rink and lost one rink. However, the total point count was enough to gain a much needed 4 points, placing Madeira very near the top of this league. The winning rink was skipped by Angie Fish with Jan Roberts, Lynn Eveleigh, and Janine Orchard, 33-8
In a four rink friendly against our rivals from Sidmouth, Madeira ladies had a difficult afternoon. A potential whitewash and Madeira blushes were saved by a good win on one rink where skip Christine Macaulay with Janet Grundy, Mavis Mears and Lynn Eveleigh prevailed by a score of 21-12.
Captain’s day got off to an inauspicious start as the heavens opened, but after a short delay, Brenda Marks, hosted a splendid day of bowls. The format of Captain’s day is to invite both current members and those who have retired from the game and it was a real pleasure to be reunited with old friends. An excellent tea, provided by the captain, was served after ten ends before play was again resumed. On the day, the honours were taken by skip Jacky Howle with Jan Roberts, Ann Doidge and Jan Worsfold with a plus 16 score.
A big vote of thanks goes to Brenda from all the Madeira ladies for a most enjoyable day and for leading us through a very successful outdoor season.
With an outstanding win in the Grace Mathews Top Club quarter finals against Newton Abbott, Madeira now head to the semi-finals and hopefully the final games. Four out of the five disciplines celebrated wins.
In the Fours, skip Liz Healy with Janine Orchard, Jean Healey and Jacky Howle set the tone with a 22-12 victory. The Triples skipped by Liz Smerdon with Annette Flockhart and Mary Ann Dowrick followed their example by winning 21-14; In the Pairs skip Sue Harriott with Christine Macaulay were the come-back kids in a thriller, overhauling their opponents in the stretch to win 18-16; Icing the cake in the four wood singles Jan Roberts never looked back beating her opponent 21-12 while in the 2 wood singles, Pat Harris had an agonisingly close encounter go against her by only one shot, 12-13.
Will Madeira retain their Grace Mathews Top Club title? I’ll let you know after the September 1, finals to be played here in Exmouth.
In a mixed friendly against Bristol Greenbank, Madeira fielded twelve rinks and came out on top on eight of them. The top rink for Madeira was skipped by David Bagnall with Margaret Ratcliffe, S Long, and Pat Wilkins 28-16.
Madeira was not quite as lucky in another mixed friendly against Topsham where they went down heavily, losing on five of six rinks. Captain David Macaulay with Debbie Fox, Tom Williams and Brenda Marks saved the blushes with an 18-14 win.