Indoor Bowls season starts

PUBLISHED: 10:47 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 10 June 2010

DSC00907. Colin Healy 2-wood champion 2008

DSC00907. Colin Healy 2-wood champion 2008

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THE NEW Indoor campaign got under way with two games on the opening day of the season, one away to Sidmouth and the other at home to Taunton Dean. The encounter at Sidmouth saw the hosts take a three shot lead after five ends

THE NEW Indoor campaign got under way with two games on the opening day of the season, one away to Sidmouth and the other at home to Taunton Dean. The encounter at Sidmouth saw the hosts take a three shot lead after five ends and by the half way stage the advantage had risen to six shots.During the third quarter of the match the home side had further enhanced their lead to 28 shots and eventually the game closed with Sidmouth claiming a 79-46 (31+) victory. Madeira could only win on one rink and this by just a single shot, that by the team skipped by David Hay, supported by John Hopkins, Keith Smith and Alan Porter. The game against Taunton Dean served up a completely contrasting match to that endured at Sidmouth. After five ends both sides had registered twelve shots but then Madeira then took charge. By the halfway mark the lead was nine shots and after 15 ends the advantage was 15. The visitors clawed some back in the final quarter but Madeira ran out 66-55 winners. The best Madeira rink was Jennie Smith, May Dyson, Nigel Denner and skip (indoor Captain Ivor Morris, who won their game by 11 shots. The last game this week was a visit to Padbrook Park and, once again, Madeira were able to record a win but they did not have it all of their own way. At 5 ends they were 6 shots down and by 10 the deficit had increased to 10 shots. The deficit at the three-quarter stage of the contest was five shots but then came the fightback and in the final quarter they scored 27 shots to the hosts' 15 to run out winners by 60-56 (4+). The best Madeira rink was skipped by Annette Flockhart, supported by Joe Bate, Noel Allen and Bob Finch.The other news item this week was the Outdoor section dinner and prize giving. This was held in the Magnolia Dinning Room at the club and attended by a full house when all of the winners and runners-up were presented with their prizes and trophies.Madeira Bowling Club 2008 Outdoor Competition Winners.Ladies: Championship winner: Mrs J Roberts; runner-up Mrs S Harriott.Handicap winner: Miss C Hadfield; runner-up Mrs S Harriott.Two wood winner: Mrs S Harriott; runner-up Miss C Hadfield.Three wood winner: Mrs E Haynes; runner-up Mrs P Harris.Madeira Cup winner: Miss C Hadfield; runner-up Mrs N Fiddimore.Blackmore Cup winner: Miss C Hadfield; runner-up Mrs C Worth. Pairs winners: Mrs A Flockhart and Mrs D Aldridge; runners-up; Mrs E Healy and Mrs M Whittle.Men's Competitions: Championship winner: J Hadfield; runner-up W Davis.Axon Cup winner: J Hadfield; runner-up C Healy.Two wood winner: C Healy; runner-up M PowellPairs winners: R Prescott and J Flockhart; runners-up A Porter and C Skinner.Triples winners: T Bevan, J Bradford and R Burch; runners-up T Stuart, K Roberts and M Gorman.Morning Triples League winners: B Smith, D Blatchford, A Roiz De Sa and H Clark; runners-up Les Williams, R Finch and J Bate.Hunter Cup winner: C HillTHE day after the outdoor season finished, Madeira ladies played in the Opening Drive of the indoor season. Many went indoors reluctantly because the weather was the best for outdoor bowling that they had seen this year but, with the October storms coming in at the end of the week with high winds, heavy rain and cold, they were all suitably grateful to be indoors after all.The Opening Drive went well and raised a considerable amount for the RNLI, members paying 10p for each time they went in the ditch. This was followed on Tuesday with twenty-four ladies playing in the Captain's Invitation, the ladies' captain for this season being Pat Cain with Jacky Howle as her vice captain. Many members were struggling to keep out of the end ditches with the change of pace and green that indoor bowling presents, but there were many encouraging performances so early in the season.The first all-ladies friendly of the season was played away against Dawlish on Friday when Madeira did well to win over three rinks by 21 shots. Julie Gilbert and her team of Janet Allen, May Dyson and Pat Boman had a close game but won by 15 shots to 12. Thelma Wildon's team of Jill Perrin, Millie Powell and Jean Healey won comfortably by 28 shots to 10, whilst the team skipped by Liz Healy with Captain Pat Cain, Jean Rainton and Vee Bevan managed a nail-biting draw. Dawlish will be playing a return fixture at Madeira tomorrow (Friday).

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