Madeira ladies flying the flag

PUBLISHED: 12:09 19 November 2015 | UPDATED: 12:09 19 November 2015

Joy Penberthy in action for Madeira

Joy Penberthy in action for Madeira


Madeira Ladies have been doing the club proud again, this past week, writes Jude Latta.

In the Champion of Champions competition, Sue Harriott won against Marilyn O’Callaghan representing ISCA with a convincing 21-17 win and she will now meet Sophie Tolchard from Torquay United in the next round.

The Madeira team playing for the Masons Trophy (ebullient after their 57-10 win over Mid Devon B) were disappointed not to be able to play their next round match when North Devon had to concede.

Madeira meet Torquay United B next and a really close contest is anticipated.

It was left to another two of the Madeira ladies to provide the nail-biting drama when Joy Penberthy and Janine Orchard played in the National Ladies Pairs Championship.

They were against Marion Bessey and Sally Spreadbury who were representing Honiton. Joy and Janine were leading 20-19 at the final end and were holding four shots when the Honiton skip sent up her last wood to just rub past those woods and win the end by one shot!

At 20-20 an extra end was needed and this time Joy and Janine left no room for the opposition, winning the end by three shots for a final score of 23- 20. Phew, and well done, ladies. They will play a duo from Mid Devon in the next round. Best wishes all the Madeira ladies’ teams in their forthcoming matches.

Madeira were successful in all friendly matches during the past week.

The men beat the DCIBA Vice Presidents team by a hefty margin of 45 shots (73-28).

In a triples match against Exonia, the ladies won 57-44 and in the mixed friendly against Feniton, Madeira won 62-47 despite losing on two of the three rinks. Hats off, to Alan Porter, Sandra Worcester, Mary Clook and Colin Hughes, for their 36-7 point victory. You saved the day for Madeira!

It was to be hoped that the success in the County matches would rub off onto the ladies’ captain’s team when they played the Madeira Vice President’s team. Alas, it was not to be.

The men won handsomely, 76-36 - are the ladies downhearted? Not a bit of it!

Especially while there’s always the chance of revenge when the ladies’ vice captain’s team plays the men’s vice captain’s team next week.

Everyone really enjoys the friendly matches the club has. It’s a chance to meet up with acquaintances from other teams, to get out and about the county or to host teams at Madeira. If we win it’s a bonus; if we don’t, well that’s okay as long as we’ve had a good time. But internal leagues and competitions – that’s another matter!

Always enjoyable, but really competitive, you would think it was a championship game at times.

The lead changing from one team to another, often, only in the final ends. The ladies’ and men’s leagues, mixed fours and mixed pairs are all well underway by now. It’s still early in the season so there’s an air of studied nonchalance about where your team is placed in the league, but just wait until after Christmas when it gets slightly more cut-throat. That’s when the real fun begins!

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