Madeira duo march on in national pair's competition

PUBLISHED: 13:23 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:23 12 November 2015

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A number of our Madeira ladies were to be seen enjoying lunch at the Langstone Cliff Hotel last week, writes Jude Latta.

They weren’t there just for the fine dining, but to justifiably celebrate their success in winning several trophies last season.

Jan Roberts and Angie Fish won the Over-70 Pairs Championship while Janine Orchard, Sue Harriott and Liz Smerdon were the Benevolent Triples Champions.

However, the Madeira squad weren’t finished yet!

By beating every other Devon team they played against in the competition, they also collected the prestigious National Top Club Devon Trophy. The trophy was presented by the Bowls England president, Marcia Dunstone.

The team continued their success against other counties to reach the national finals. They were convincing winners in the quarter-finals where they won by three disciplines to one, but lost 3-1 in the semi-final to Egham who proved to be the eventual winners of the national competition.

There was also some fine bowls played this week. In the National Pairs Competition Catherine King and Jan Roberts beat ISCA pair M O’Callaghan and N Parsons by four shots to win 19-15.

The result was even closer in the National 2-Wood Triples when Madeira played away against Honiton. Just two shots separated the two teams, but it was our ladies Jan Roberts, Janine Orchard and Catherine King, who were victorious over A Brown, J Grant and S Hiscocks with a final score of 17-15.

In friendly matches we played host to Torquay United, winning handsomely. Madeira won on all three rinks and David Bagnell with his team May Dyson, Stewart Grainger and Norma Cureton had a great game with their result of 28-14 contributing to our 68-49 win. Torbay were our next visitors. This was a much closer match, but even a valiant 12 point win by Jacky Howle, Carole Worth, Mike Ball and Alan Porter couldn’t prevent us losing by just two shots with a final result of 54-56. Madeira Ladies went to ISCA and although we won one rink we lost overall 53-59. Back at home we played Mid Devon with Madeira winning all three rinks. Skip Annette Flockhart with John Bellamy, Penny Preece and Colin Hughes could almost have won single-handedly with their terrific rink score of 32-8 significantly aiding our 71-42 win. Our game at home to Budleigh gave us our closest result this week with a difference of just one shot. Sad to say, it was Budleigh who were the better team on this occasion. We lost 63-64. Here’s to the return fixture!

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