Madeira ladies unruffled by unsettled weather

PUBLISHED: 22:43 20 May 2015 | UPDATED: 22:43 20 May 2015

Madeira bowler Brenda Marks bowls in the County Over 55's at the club on Saturday. Ref exsp 6946-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Madeira bowler Brenda Marks bowls in the County Over 55's at the club on Saturday. Ref exsp 6946-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, but unsettled weather is not enough to keep the ladies of Madeira away from the greens, writes Mary Ann Dowrick.

Five hopeful teams headed to Seaton to contest the opening rounds of the County Fours.

Alas, this brave armada was blown off course and only one quartet advanced to the final sixteen. Upsets were the order of the day, but congratulations go to skip Pat Boman with Jenny Smith, Dee Williams and Dee Normanwho will continue their quest on June 29.

Next, in the County over 55 Pairs, the suspiciously youthful pairing of Janet Grundy and Penny Preece overcame Angie Fish and Jean Rainton (22-11) in an all Madeira first round face off. Other results will follow as matches are played.

Then, the first shots were fired in the Grace Mathews Top Club competition and Madeira A got off to a grand start, beating their opponents from Sidmouth. Job done girls!

The County Ladies Triples’ gets under way this week with seven teams of Madeira hopefuls entering the fray.

Meantime, the men sloshed their way through the first round of the Club 2 wood singles in dire conditions. The advantage of bowls over golf is that you seldom actually lose a wood, but nonetheless more than a few were blown off course.

In friendly competition, Madeira saw off visitors from Braeside by an overall score of 206-192 thanks to stellar contributions from skip Liz Healy with Nick Paris, Joyce Coggin and Matt Marriott with a 27-17 victory and Skip Charlie Dark (Men’s Captain) with Margaret Mahon, Dennis Fears and Ann Doidge with another ten point victory, 24-14.

Finally, West Sussex Touring Bowls Club put Madeira to the sword winning 168-140 thanks to crushing victories on two of the eight rinks, only partially offset by stern resistance from skip John Bellamy with Gordon Medlock, Dave Clarbull and Alan Halpin who had a fine 20-10 win on their rink.

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