Madeira men show fine form in representative competitions

PUBLISHED: 08:55 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:29 26 July 2018

Madeira bowls. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5291. Picture: Terry Ife

Madeira bowls. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5291. Picture: Terry Ife

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Madeira men have had a good week in representative competitions, writes Jenny Smith.

On Thursday, the men’s double rink played Feniton in the Section Final of the Foxlands with one rink at home and the other playing away, both rinks were well up in their respective matches and Feniton conceded therefore Madeira go into the last eight of the county.

On the same night, the EDL team played at home against Crediton winning the match by two shots, with the top rink comprising C Reed, R Berry, M Langford and B Walker.

Angela Fish’s good run in the Champion of Champions came to an end this week when she played Natalie Chestney at Madeira in the qualifying round for Leamington.

Angela appreciated all the club support and, although she lost, enjoyed the game and recognised Natalie, who was Commonwealth Games singles champion in 2010, for the great bowler she is.

The Madeira Six; Sandie Cox, Liz Healy, Jacky Howle, Jean Rainton, Angie Fish and Jan Roberts, played in with South West Counties game against Wiltshire at Castle Cary - Devon won overall 112-104.

Janet Grundy, Christine Macaulay and Sue Harriott played fellow Madeira members Jan Roberts, Mary Ann Dowrick and Jacky Howle in the closest of Section finals in the Benevolent Triples which Sue Harriott and co won 20-18. They now play Section One in the quarter-finals.

Jan Roberts, Lyn Eveleigh and Jacky Howle were disappointed to lose to Crediton in 13-16 in the Section C qualifying round for the National Finals at Leamington. However, Jan playing with husband Ken Roberts, did well to beat Sidmouth 22-13 in the Mixed Pairs for a place in the section final against Ottery St Mary.

Every year Madeira Ladies invite teams from eight local clubs to participate in the Pomeroy Trophy Invitation match, held in honour of Mary Pomeroy who was President of Bowls Devon in 1971.

It was a blistering hot afternoon with greens running very fast, but a terrific tea prepared by Madeira ladies buoyed up any flagging spirits.

The Exonia team (skip, Hazel Hooper with Nicky Gray, June Smith and Sarah Fuller) were the winners with a plus 19 shot difference, beating runners-up Feniton by just two shots.

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