Madeira Open Tournament is yet another huge success

PUBLISHED: 08:58 23 July 2015

Robert Barry, Ian Goff, Mark Stephens and Keith Prew, who won the Exonia Victory Cup invitational competition.

Robert Barry, Ian Goff, Mark Stephens and Keith Prew, who won the Exonia Victory Cup invitational competition.


The Madeira Open Tournament this year attracted entries from across the South West, Wales and beyond, writes Mary Ann Dowrick.

Competition was of a high standard and both the Men’s Singles and Pairs trophies went to members of the Brush Bowls Club in Leicestershire.

However, a trio from Honiton/Exonia prevented a clean sweep by the ‘Brush Brigade’, just squeezing past them in the Open Triples.

The Ladies Singles crown went to Val Osmond from Ardagh Bristol. Despite several Madeira members surviving to the later rounds of various events, only Mick Powell emerged a winner, as he teamed with Sue Cridland (Hemyock) to take the Mixed Pairs title.

A week-long event requires the support of many of the Club’s members to make it a success.

Big kudos go to Ian and Jean Healey who organised the competition and catering respectively. Thanks are also due to the Greens Committee who kept the playing surface in top condition and to an army of volunteers, too numerous to mention, who marked games, manned the kitchen, bar and raffle table and so much more, throughout the week. ‘Light is the task where many share the toil’.

In other club news, Robert Barry, Ian Goff, Mark Stephens and Keith Prew, representing Madeira, swept all before them to win the prestigious Exonia Victory Cup invitational event.

Not to be outdone, in a similar competition, Jean Rainton with Sandie Cox and Jenny Charles achieved a notable success for Madeira in winning Budleigh Salterton’s Jubilee Shield.

Continuing the winning theme, in County Interclub competition, Madeira Ladies B team outgunned Topsham in a match played at Culm Vale, winning on both rinks. The semi final and final of this competition will both be played at Hemyock on July 29. Tiverton West End, stand between Madeira and a place in the final. Good luck, girls!

Madeira are also heavily represented in the semi-finals of The Devon County Mixed Pairs.

Mick Powell with Janine Orchard will contest Group A against fellow members Cliff Skinner and Liz Smerdon. Meanwhile, in Group B, Ian Thompson with Jean Rainton will fight for their place in the final. Watch this space!

Finally, in the Walker Cup, a ladies national competition played on two rinks, the Bowls Devon elite squad included Jan Roberts and Liz Smerdon of Madeira. With victories over Worcester by eight shots and Somerset by five shots, Devon will now head to Leamington Spa for the semi-final.

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