Blooming marvellous for Madeira bowls
- Credit: Madeira Bowls
At the annual Exmouth in Bloom awards, two Madeira members received significant awards.
Joy Penberthy was presented with three awards – a Gold Award for Community Effort and overall winner in this category and an Outstanding from the Royal Horticultural Society.
Joy’s herbaceous border, which extends the full length of two bowling greens, is always a heartwarming sight. Joy paid full tribute to her team of Kevin McLean, Susan Fonlupt, John Ledgard and Janine Orchard.
Sharon Darton also received a prestigious award – the Alf Crouch Memorial Award for Outstanding Services to South West in Bloom.
Madeira travelled to Exonia for some thrilling mixed matches. Madeira won on two of the three rinks but Exonia won overall by 1 shot. David Macaulay skipped his team of Eileen Burston, David Mansell and Mary Ann Dowrick to achieve the best result for Madeira of 24 shots to 13.
The ladies always enjoy trying to beat the men and they did well, during the fixture between the Men’s and Ladies’ Vice Captain, to win on 1 rink skipped by Brenda Marks and her team. However, it was an overall win for the men of 51 shots to 40 with Andy Lock, Leighton Burston and skip Ian Munro achieving a plus 12 shot difference.
In the home fixture against Honiton, Madeira won on two of the three rinks and overall by 57 shots to 48. Gordon Medlock led his team of Alan Halpin, Rob Prescott and Danny Doran to a plus 10 shot difference – the best of the day. The men followed this up with another strong win at home against the DCIBA Vice Presidents. Captain Graham Cottey led his team to an overall 64 shots to 42 win with Ron Cook and his team of Alan Porter, Brian Poulter and Graham Ellis being stars of the day with a plus 21 shot difference.
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There was an excellent 22-15 home win for the men in the Foxlands League against Kingsley but an away reverse meant a narrow overall loss. This was followed by a 83-74 defeat to Torquay United in the Interclub tournament.