Busy time for Madeira men in early season

PUBLISHED: 10:13 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:54 10 June 2010

THE outdoor season is beginning to get into full swing, with something going on most days, writes Ron Stares.

THE outdoor season is beginning to get into full swing, with something going on most days, writes Ron Stares.One of the main things going on this year will be the celebration of the Ladies 75th anniversary, but they will tell you all about that themselves. The club entertained two visiting clubs during the week and played one away game.The first, on Monday, was Ottery St Mary who brought six rinks and provided an up-and-down sort of game. Madeira led by eleven shots after five ends but, by the half way time, Ottery had not only pulled this back but went into a 2 shot lead themselves. This was when the home side took charge and, in the run up to the end of the game, scored 42 shots, whilst the visitors could only manage 37, so Madeira ran out the winners by 127-94 (33+)The highest winning Madeira rink was Tony Wiseman, Josie Hall, John Bellamy and skip Jean Healey, they won by 17 shots.The next was the away game against Topsham which is always a keenly contested match and this was to prove the same but with the home side always just in front. At 5 ends the home side had opened up an 11 shot lead and held on to it to the end of the game. At half way they had increased the difference to 13 shots and by full time had increased this again to 20 shots, winning the game by 99-119 (20+). The best Madeira rink was Deborah Fox, Jean Rainton, Mary Ann Dowrick and skip Ken Roberts, they won by 5 shots.Then we had a visit from Lyme Regis who brought a six rink men's team and a two rink ladies team. The men's encounter was close, with the visitors just a few shots in front all of the way up to the final 5 ends. Madeira trailed by 5 after five ends, 12 at the half way mark and it was six shots between the sides after 15 ends.However, the home side produced a superb fight back scoring 27 shots whilst the visitors could only manage 12 and so Madeira ran out the winners by 76-67 (11+). The best home rink was Tom Williams, Chris Phillips, Rob Prescott and skip David Hay who won their match by a margin of 14 shots.

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