Madeira’s 2013 Tournament was a roaring success

PUBLISHED: 11:35 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:35 18 July 2013

The Madeira singles champion is presented with the award by Madeira President Matt marriott.

The Madeira singles champion is presented with the award by Madeira President Matt marriott.


With temperatures touching 42 degrees on the greens and slick rinks the Annual Madeira Tournament was a resounding success, writes Matt Marriott.

Soft drinks and ice creams were a sell out and the bowling was superb.

The results for the week showed a few surprises and started with Friday holding the Open Triples final ending in a win for Colin Healy, John Flockhart of Madeira and Ron Simmons of Gillingham over R Bessell, Jenny and Derek Whitlock of Yeovil.

The Men’s Singles title was secured by M Bishop of City of London defeating Heavitree’s D Joslin in the final.

The Ladies Singles title was lifted by Edna Bessell of Yeovil, beating Sue Cridland of Hemyock in a thrilling encounter.

The Men’s Pairs was won by Madeira pairing Mike Gorman and Mick Powell who got the better of M Bishop and Dave Clarbull and the Mixed pair’s title was won by Sue Cridland and Mick Powell who defeated B and B Evans of Ystrad Fechan.

The final matches really were brilliant games to watch, well done to all, both winners and losers.

A great week was of course only made possible by the Tournament Committee led by Chris Fox and Derek Dommett and their team; the Greens Committee, led by Ian Healey, who brought the greens to the condition we all enjoyed, all the ladies’ and men who kept us fed in the kitchen all day, the bar stewards who kept us from dehydration, the Umpires and markers and not forgetting those who sat patiently by the raffle table selling tickets.

It’s also very important not to forget the part played by our wonderful sponsors who help with trophies. Thank you very much, one and all.

On Sunday we got our greens back with the post Tournament meeting of the men versus then ladies.

It was a close match up to tea, but after that the men decided to wake up with the final outcome the men winning yet again by a margin of ten shots at 162-152 (the ladies’ are getting closer!).

The rinks were drawn at four each with one men’s rink highest shot difference of plus 13 and one ladies highest rink at plus 13, so it could be called a draw, (but it wasn’t really)!

Hard luck ladies, but you live to fight another day.

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