Madeira continue to shine in the NBTL.
PUBLISHED: 14:37 28 June 2011
IT 'S that time of year again when the ladies' Captain selects a team to contest six rinks against a Vice-captain's selection, writes Mary Ann Dowrick.
On a muggy, overcast afternoon the Captain’s team enjoyed a convincing victory, stifling their opponents by 93 – 62.
The top rink for the victors was skipped by Ann Bellamy with May Dyson, Pat Daly and Margaret Whittle while top rink for the gallant losers was skipped by Jacky Howle with Margaret Mahon and Dee Williams.
Madeira continued its run of success in the Non-badged Triples league (NBTL) with two good wins this week. St. Thomas had no answer to the Exmouth onslaught as Skip Jean Rainton with Norma Cureton and Nicky Fiddimore 23-14 and Skip Shona Forrester with Fay Hughes and Ann Doidge 16-13 swept both rinks. In the second fixture Pinces Gardens suffered a similar fate when they were overwhelmed by Skip Shona Forrester with Debbie Fox and Brenda Marks 28-14 and Skip Veda Bevan with Fay Hughes and Freda Relph 19-16. Way to go girls!
Meanwhile, in an all Madeira encounter, Skip Ian Thompson with Jean Rainton edged out skip Cliff Skinner with Liz Smerdon 24-17 in the County Mixed Pairs and in a further Madeira triumph, Skip Catherine King with Jan Roberts had a convincing win against Barbara Bellamy and Mavis Wellington 22-12 in the Ladies National over 55’s. (Are they really over 55?)
Finally, Madeira’s own Liz Smerdon featured in the England team at the Senior Women’s International series played this year at Llandrindod Wells, Wales. The round robin tournament saw teams from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Jersey all going head to head.
In the opening round England faced Scotland in what was always going to be a key encounter. For two thirds of the match it was neck and neck until, presumably asserting their independence, Scotland cruised to a 20 shot victory over the auld enemy.
England regrouped and won their next match against Wales where we should note that Liz featured in the rink with the highest victory margin. Buoyed by defeating the host country, the winning habit stretched to two further successes, first against Jersey and then Ireland.
England’s slender hopes of capturing the Eve Trophy thus hinged upon Ireland defeating the Scots in the final game. Irish eyes were smiling as they defeated their fellow Celts by eleven shots in an epic struggle to leave England tied with Scotland at three wins apiece. However on a points count-back Scotland emerged narrow victors. Final positions 1. Scotland 2. England. 3. Wales 4. Ireland and 5. Jersey. Well done Liz!