Healey skips to a Probus victory.

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:15 10 June 2010

THE MADEIRA week began with a visit by Gloucestershire VP's who brought six rinks and provided another close game, writes Ron Stares.

THE MADEIRA week began with a visit by Gloucestershire VP's who brought six rinks and provided another close game, writes Ron Stares.Indeed, so close was the contest that at, the half way stage, just five shots separated the teams, and that in favour of the hosts.The Madeira lead had been extended to 16 by the three quarter mark and, at the close of play, the home side had won on four of the six rinks, and by a score of 121-98 (23+).The best Madeira rink was Chris Fox, Glyn Roberts, Mike Powell and skip Keith Weeks, they won by 13 shots.Two days later, Purnell brought a team of 12 rinks and between them the two teams provided a very large number of shots.By the fifth end Madeira were in the lead by 18 shots and they continued to hold the lead until the tea bell at the half way stage, when they were still in front by 10 shots, but both teams had passed the 100 shots mark.By the three quarter stage of the contest, the visitors had taken hold of the game to lead by 29 shots.They held this advantage to the close, by which time they were acclaimed 234-225 (9+) winners.The best Madeira, team was Mike Marks, Dorothy Mott, Vic Doidge and skip Jenny Smith, they won by seven shots.The next game vas a visit from Frome Valley Probus Club, they brought a team of eight rinks, but found the home team in good form, as they went on to win on seven of the eight rinks. Madeira went in front from the fifth end when they lead by 23 shots and by the 15th end they had passed the 100 shot mark ending up by winning by 155-125(30+). The best winning rink for Madeira was Frank Allen, Jill Perrin, Keith Ewins and skip Liz Healey, who won by 13 shots.Madeira had a convincing win against Ottery St Mary this week when they met in the County Trophy competition, whilst the two home rinks won by 37-46 the two away teams won by 102-63 giving Madeira a win by 39 shots.

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