Budleigh Buzzards end Coast Wealth Management League campaign with surprise victory

PUBLISHED: 09:09 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:09 05 April 2018

Bowls. Ref exsp 25-16SH 9103. Picture: Simon Horn.

Bowls. Ref exsp 25-16SH 9103. Picture: Simon Horn.


In the final match of the Budleigh Salterton Evening League sponsored by Coast Wealth Management, bottom of the league Budleigh Buzzards, against the odds, won comfortably on both rinks against the Exmouth Robins, writes David Roberts.

The defeat cost Robins a third place finish – that ‘honour’ has now gone to the Budleigh Falcons.

Rod Freer, Tony Hanson and skip David Roberts of the Buzzards all played well together to win their rink convincingly 21-5, whilst Peter Cooper, Andrew Cardy and Paul Griffin again impressed winning well, 19-10, making it the best season’s performance for the Buzzards.

The Maderia Robins, though, fought out a very exciting and tense Les Thwaite final to win through by one point, 33-32, against the Exonia Eagles.

There were good wins for both teams on their respective rinks and the Eagles won impressively 20-12 on rink one, keeping ahead throughout, whilst on rink two the Robins scored a seven shot end halfway through to make the difference and then kept well ahead to clinch overall victory by that one bowl.

Coast Wealth Management Budleigh Evening League final table


Bluebirds 10 14 6 0 7 363 266 42

Eagles 10 14 6 0 7 380 283 42

Falcons 10 11 8 1 5 344 331 33

Robins 10 9 11 0 5 326 317 28

Hawks 10 6 14 0 3 296 390 19

Buzzards 10 5 14 2 2 269 391 16

RW = rinks won; RL = rinks lost; GW = games won

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