Gents defeat ladies as outdoor season gets into full swing

PUBLISHED: 10:18 30 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:51 10 June 2010

ANOTHER outdoor season is upon us and, as usual, we welcomed the dawn of a new campaign with the regular indoor coffee morning at the club on a Wednesday morning, writes Ron Stares.

ANOTHER outdoor season is upon us and, as usual, we welcomed the dawn of a new campaign with the regular indoor coffee morning at the club on a Wednesday morning, writes Ron Stares.The coffee morning was very well-attended and, as I understand it, left a wide smile upon the face of a delighted treasurer!It was then time to get outside and enjoy all the wonderful hard work that the greens committee have been doing during the past months.Greenkeeper Noel has done a magnificent job alongside the many who offer various levels of assistance.The long hours that have been put in through the winter months have most certainly paid off, for the green looked resplendent for the opening sessions.What's more, not only did the greens look mighty fine, but they played superbly as well.The following day was not only that of the annual opening drive but it also coincided with it being St George's Day and it added to the occasion that so many members donned suitable attire to celebrate the day.For once in the bowling calender the standard uniform colour of all white was liberally replaced with white and red! Needless to say, a good day was enjoyed by all and, when it came to the count up at the end of the day, two teams drew with a shot difference of 14 which, on count back, made the winners to be the team skipped by Carole Worth supported by Nicola Fiddimore, David Helman and Alan Porter.The first match was against a side from Reading, who provided a very close game. At the 5th end mark there was only one shot difference and that went to the home side who were still in the lead at the halfway point, this time by two shots, and so the scoring went right up to the 15th end when Madeira were just one shot up. Then came the only time during the game when the visitors were in the lead but it was the time that mattered, the last, which, when the cards were added up, it was found that the visitors had won by 2 shots with a score of 121 to 119.The best winning Madeira rink was Elizabeth Haynes, Colin Shaw, May Dyson and skip David Hay, they won by 11 shotsThen, to finish the week, came the annual meeting of a Gents team versus a Ladies side which showed that the men were able to get used to the outside conditions much sooner than the ladies. Good relations prevents me from telling you the final score, enough to say that the men won and an afternoon's bowling was enjoyed by all!And so another very full outdoor fixture list has started. All we bowlers can do now is hope that the weather will play its part and provide some nice sunshine to allow us all to get out and play.

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