Madeira in-house Championship reaches semi-final stage

PUBLISHED: 10:47 04 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:47 04 July 2013

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The internal competitions are moving on with the Hunter Cup now at the semi-final stage, writes Matt Marriott.

The last four games will see Richard Taylor take on Robert Berry whilst David Mears goes head to head with Mike Orchard and both matches are due to be played by August 4.

The Championship has reached the quarter finals stage and all other in-house competitions are now well under way.

There was success achieved against Ottery St Mary in the County Trophy with all four rinks winning handsomely!

The final score of 117-49 means Madeira are top of the table with only two more matches remaining.

First up it’s Seaton followed by Budleigh. We wait with baited breath!.

The Top Club semi-final against Sidmouth went Madeira’s way with win’s in the 2-wood, 4-wood and singles.

This proved too much for Sidmouth who conceded the match before all the games were completed. Madeira now face either Feniton or Axminster in the section final on August 1.

At last the league tables are available for the Over-60s which show; as at week 8, the A team sitting eighth in Division 1, (perhaps that’s why no cards were in the press box!), the B team sit top of Division Two, the C team are seventh in Division Six, the D team 9th in Division 7 (say no more!) and the E team, also in Division 7, well placed in second spot.

There remain a number of matches to be played so things will no doubt change as anything can yet happen.

Six rinks of men travelled to Sidmouth for a friendly which also went Madeira’s way (124-105), with the captain, David Macaulay, leading his team of Mike Boman and Chris Fox to a top rink win by 12 shots.

The mixed matches started off with a visit from Melksham who turned up two players short so two of our members filled in for them.

The result ended up in Madeira’s favour at 203-153. The highest rink was skipped by Sandy Cox (Yes, her again!) with Richard Prince, Myra Furminger and Tim Bevan, who enjoyed a 14-shot difference.

They did enjoy the post match meal before wending their way home.

However, this was reversed when five rinks travelled to Bitton Park and were defeated by 20 shots at 95-115 despite winning on two rinks.

A mixed match at home against Tiverton also had Madeira licking their wounds after a loss by 24 shots at 102-126. There’s still time to get our own back when we visit them later in the season.

Sunday saw the turn round when Bridport visited and on a sunny afternoon the game went to Madeira by 39 shots courtesy of a 132-93 score line.

The highest scoring rink was skipped by Jacky Howle with Ian Sowdon, Joyce Coggin and Matt Marriott winning by plus 22.

There were mutterings of exacting revenge on us when we play them in September at Bridport.

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