Madeira Open Day a huge hit with lots of interest shown

PUBLISHED: 09:18 04 May 2018

(Left to right) Jude Latta (Madeira ladies outdoor captain) - Vicky Hingston (Bowls Devon ladies president) - Margaret Jones (Bowls Devon ladies senior vice president) and Mary Solway ( Madeira Ladies outdoor vice captain) at Madeira during the visit of the Bowls Devon ladies team. Picture ANDY LOCK LRPS

(Left to right) Jude Latta (Madeira ladies outdoor captain) - Vicky Hingston (Bowls Devon ladies president) - Margaret Jones (Bowls Devon ladies senior vice president) and Mary Solway ( Madeira Ladies outdoor vice captain) at Madeira during the visit of the Bowls Devon ladies team. Picture ANDY LOCK LRPS

Andy Lock LRPS

The outdoor bowls season got off to a great start with the opening day drive, writes Mary Ann Dowrick.

Madeira coaches Andy Locke(left) and Dee Williams with potential new member Jeff Clark.Madeira coaches Andy Locke(left) and Dee Williams with potential new member Jeff Clark.

Eight rinks of players participated in the annual competition. Skip Geoff Furminger with his team of Jean Bagnall, Glynnis Byrn and Graham Ellis were the overall winners with a plus score of nine.

Then, the weather intervened. In quick succession, a few friendlies had to be cancelled due to rain, but the game against Cullompton did go ahead and resulted in a win for Madeira.

The Bowls Devon Ladies first friendly of the season was hosted by Madeira. Our ladies made up eight rinks to bowl against the County ladies.

Five bowlers received their county badges on the day. Madeira was fortunate to win on two of the eight rinks. Top rink for Madeira was skipped by Sue Harriott with Janet Grundy, Jude Latta (ladies’ captain), and Lyn Eveleigh, 25-18. Despite the cooler temperature, the club’s Open Day for new bowlers attracted a healthy interest with 18 aspiring bowlers attending.

If you were unable to attend but are interested, or know someone who may be interested, in learning how to play this sport, please attend our coaching, which will begin on Friday, May 4, from 6pm to 7:30pm. Wear comfortable clothing. Shoes and woods will be provided. Madeira Bowls Club is the largest club in Devon and has 12 manicured rinks. On a sunny day you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

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