County call for Madeira stars

PUBLISHED: 10:45 28 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 10 June 2010

County callup

County callup

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Madeira's England stars Sue Harriott and Liz Smerdon, and local rival Maggie Dance (Budleigh Salterton), are among the 32 bowlers invited to trial for the Devon ladies' John's and Walker Cup teams for this summer's prestigious inter-county events

Madeira's England stars Sue Harriott and Liz Smerdon, and local rival Maggie Dance (Budleigh Salterton), are among the 32 bowlers invited to trial for the Devon ladies' John's and Walker Cup teams for this summer's prestigious inter-county events in the Bowls England calendar.The county selectors have also invited Madeira's Pat Harris, Jan Roberts and Liz Healy and Jenny Dawson from the Topsham club. A number of players from the Devon 31-and-under team that won the EWBA Amy Rose inter-county title for the first time last summer are also among the invitees.Last summer's Amy Rose triumph was the first in Devon's history and the squad of players owed much to the leadership and coaching skills of Smerdon and Harriott, who were enjoying their second year in charge of the team.Amy Rose player and Bowls England Young Player of the Year award winner Natalie Melmore (Newton Abbot) is among those listed for a trial. It's an exciting time for Melmore who flies out to Australia in just over a week's time to represent England at the World Junior Cup.The 2008 Devon president Julie Grant from the Honiton club is looking forward to the season. "Devon is one of the strongest counties in England, being finalists in the national knock-out competition last year and semi-finalists the year before," said Grant."I hope this year we will bring back to Devon the gold medal as our ladies are such good bowlers they justly deserve it."Devon have appointed Sue Silcox as team manager. "An excellent choice," said Harriott. "Sue has a wealth of experience with Jersey and I'm sure she will do a great job."DCLBA Trialists: Margaret Arscott (North Tawton), Wendy Barnard (Brixham), Barbara Bellamy (Newton Abbot), Gill Callaghan (Tiverton West End), Pat Clark (Crediton), Jean Cornwell (Plymouth SFD), Jenny Corps (Torbay CC), Maggie Dance (Budleigh Salterton), Liz Davies (Barnstaple US), Jenny Dawson (Topsham), Sue Evans, Carole Fisher (Honiton), Sian Gordon (Exonia), Sue Harriott, Pat Harris, Liz Healy (Madeira), Terri Kennard (Newton Abbot), Christine Lake (Barnstaple US), Val Lander (Plymstock), Natalie Melmore (Kings), Sharon Parnell (Plymouth City Bus), Nikki Payne (Morchard Bishop), Mary Player (Plymstock), Jan Roberts (Madeira), Muriel Scott (North Tawton), Liz Smerdon (Madeira), Tina Thomas (Kingsbridge Park), Chris Tossell (Barnstaple US), Hannah Tucker, Laura Tucker (Totnes), Nicci Wilkins (North Tawton), Christina Woollacott (Tiverton West End).MADEIRA Ladies got the latest round of fixtures off to a winning start with a 67-49 victory over Plymouth in the Lane Trophy.The match was the familiar two-home, two-away format and Madeira won both contests.Madeira's away team just finished in front, winning on one and losing on the other but finishing a shot up overall. Both home rinks were winners with a combined advantage of 17 shots.Overall, Madeira were a shot down at the fifth end, but soon went in front and stayed there. Eleven shots up at 10 and 21 up at 15 they were never going to be caught and finished the game 18 shots to the good with a score of 67-49.The best winning margin was posted by Jenny Turner, Mollie Cooper, Jean Healey and skip Shirley Smith (+13).The next game was the Men's Vice Presidents' Association against the Ladies' Patrons' Association which, at five ends looked like being a close affair with the score at 10 shots each. By 10 ends the men were 11 shots up and held on to the lead from then on. At 15 they were 40-25 up and finished the game with a 25-shot difference with the scores at 61-25. The men won on all three rinks with the best being Roy Bateman, Les Williams, Mick Powell and skip John Flockhart (+22).The last two games were a double header; both against Honiton with the ladies playing a three-rink game at home and the men travelling to Honiton for a four-rink match. The ladies' match started with the home side opening a gap of three shots by the fifth end. Then Madeira started to pull away and by the 10th end were 23 shots in front, a lead they maintained for the next five ends.Over the run in to the end of the game, Madeira scored just seven shots whilst the visitors scored just two and so, winning on two of the three rinks, took the match by 59-31 (28+). The best Madeira rink was Janet Allen, Margaret Mahon, Pat Bowman and skip Annette Flockhart; they won by 16 shots.The men had taken a four-rink team to play at Honiton in what turned out to be a close game. The home side was ahead for most of the game, opening up a 15-shot lead by 10 ends.Things were only a little better by 15 ends when Madeira had reduced the lead to 11 shots. On the run up to the end of the game Madeira put in a combined push and scored 27 shots to the home side's 15 and turned an 11-shot deficit into a one-shot win of 73-72.The result was two rinks each with the best Madeira one being Ian King, Jim Bradford, Francis Newton and skip George Perrin (+10).Two competitions to record this week in the club pairs semi-finals. Rob Prescott and Bob Burch beat George Perrin and Cliff Skinner 17-11.Peter Harvey and Ken Roberts beat Terry Clarke and Ron Cook 23-19.

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