Thursday, September 12, 2013
On Monday Topsham ladies played Crediton Yellow in the Exeter and District Over-50s League and suffered a heavy 41-17 defeat, writes Colin Chudley.
Tuesday was a good day for Topsham when they played the touring from Surbiton and were comfortable winners 138-85. As usual the tourists were great company, the Devon cream tea provided was excellent and everyone enjoyed the day.
On Wednesday we played our annual casual game against the Exminster SODs, a team of casual bowlers. The SODs provided 16 players and great entertainment. The après bowls in the bar was a great success all involved enjoyed the night.
Thursday game against Torquay was cancelled. Torquay could not provide a team on the day.
The men of Keynsham BC called in to play at Topsham, on the way home to Bristol, after their tour of East Devon. It proved to be a very good competitive game with Topsham eventually winning 114-83 with all rinks winning. The men’s captain had an excellent result 26-13 with his rink of Brian Rogers, John Wroth, Ivor Skilton (capt) and John Brand.
The annual battle of the sexes took place on Saturday, When the men and ladies played for the Parry Salver there was added spice to this game as each team has won the trophy 14 times. Unfortunately the weather decided to be unkind and the match was shortened to 14 ends most of which was played in a steady drizzle. The eventual winners were the men 75-62, but as the ladies said ‘the score is unimportant it is the taking part that matters’! The game was followed by a grand tea provided by all the players and despite the rain it was a very good day.
Topsham’s Gary Howland made a brave effort to win the Le-Roy’s Funeral Service Exeter and District Singles Championship played at Exonia on Sunday. He faced the English International Robert Paxton (Exonia) in the final. The game was very even until the 14th end with the score 8-10 and Howland holding a single shot. Paxton played a forcing bowl to remove it and he picked up four shots. This gave Paxton the momentum and he showed his class as he went on to win 21-10. There were 41 competitors at the start of this event for the Roy Kivell cup and thanks are due to Norman Owen who was the tournament director and Le –Roy’s Funeral Service who generously sponsored both the league and the championship.