Madeira club championship final success for Christine Macaulay and Cliff Skinner
PUBLISHED: 09:20 13 September 2018
There's an end of term feeling at Madeira, the Club Finals having been played last weekend in beautiful late summer weather, writes Jenny Smith.
Thanks to the weather and the efforts of the competition secretaries Chris Reed and Dee Williams, all went smoothly and on schedule, and they appreciated the support of all umpires, markers and helpers who helped to make the weekend so successful.
There were many worthy finals, particularly the club singles championships.
In the ladies’ championship, Christine Macaulay edged out reigning champion Angela Fish, winning a thrilling contest 21-19.
In the men’s championship, Cliff Skinner and Aaron Southgate were all square at 14 ends before Cliff took the honours.
Both club champions then went on to claim other single competition trophies.
Cliff defeated Martyn Eveleigh 21-15 to win the Ashby Crane Open Singles and Christine won another tight game, defeating Joan Mansell to win the three-wood singles. Joan herself was in no less than three singles finals. Her match against Angela Fish in the handicap competition proved a challenge, with the more experienced player winning comfortably, but Joan had a decisive win in the Madeira Cup against Glynis Byrn.
Lin Halpin reached the finals of both the mixed and ladies’ pairs.
Playing with Gloria Taylor, the pair won the ladies’ pairs – and in some style too – with Janet Grundy and Ann Doidge the beaten finalists.
However, in the mixed pairs, Lin was a runner-up as that honour was won by Jean Rainton and Graham Cottey.
Janet Grundy enjoyed success against Myra Furminger in the Blackmore Cup, a singles competition for non-badged players and those who have not won a singles before.
Finally, for the ladies, Debbie Cole did well to win the two-wood singles against Jacky Howle.
For the men, Mark Perrott won the Axon Cup, beating Ian Sowden 24-18, but Mark then lost out in the final of the two-wood singles, going down 21-16 to Rob Walker.
Kevin McLean was a 21-17 winner against Gordon Medlock to lift the Hunter Cup and Ken Roberts skipped the winning men’s triples team.
Playing with Denis Huntley and Chris Reed, the trio defeated Bob Finch, Andy Lock and Denis Fears. Nick Cole and Jim Wherlock did well in the men’s pairs, to win against Peter Harvey and Cliff Skinner.
It was pleasing to see several newer bowlers reaching their first finals. Two or three of them have only been bowling for two years, so their bowling careers look promising!