Madeira's Eric Lewis Drive success for trio

PUBLISHED: 12:05 10 May 2018

Janet Grundy, Mary Solway (skip) and Graham Cottey, winners of the Madeira Eric Lewis Drive

Janet Grundy, Mary Solway (skip) and Graham Cottey, winners of the Madeira Eric Lewis Drive


After a difficult start to the 2018 outdoor season in terms of sub-Arctic conditions and rain, the past week saw the season begin to hot up, writes Jenny Smith.

Towards the end of the week the warm sun and no wind weather was perfect for bowling and the greens are rapidly drying out.

Friendly games have come thick and fast this week with fortunately no cancellations. Four men’s triples enjoyed their game and welcome at Chardstock and did well to win three games and overall by 59 shots to 51.

Men’s captain Dave Moody skipped the top rink. Playing with lead Graham Ellis and Ian Sowden, he won by 17 shots to 6.

The men’s section look forward to the return fixture at Madeira in July.

There was a six mixed rinks game at home against Topsham captained by ladies captain Jude Latta. As expected, it was a very close encounter with each club winning three games although Madeira won overall by 110 shots to 105.

Ann Bellamy and her team of Alan Halpin, Dee Williams and Geoff Furminger achieved the best shot difference for the home team of plus 17 shots.

The home team had a challenging game of four mixed rinks at home against Seaton unusually and unfortunately losing on all four rinks and overall by 46 shots to 79.

Finally, the Panther Tourists from Somerset on a mini bowling tour over the Bank Holiday weekend came to Madeira on Saturday.

They must be the most colourful team with their shocking pink bow ties and scarves and accompanied by an enormous stuffed pink panther and their visit was much enjoyed by all.

It was another very close game which the home team did well to win by three shots, winning three of the six rinks and drawing another.

All the games were generally very closely fought but on this occasion Jean Rainton playing with Chris Reed, Jean Bagnall and Tony Ralph achieved the best shot difference for the home team of plus seven shots.

The annual Eric Lewis Drive was played on May Day.

This was well supported with a good mix of 47 new and more experienced members taking part and was won by ladies vice captain Mary Solway who was skip to Janet Grundy and Graham Cottey.

Madeira men did well in their first EDL (Exeter and District League) fixture of the season against Pinces Gardens.

Madeira won on three rinks and drew the fourth with an overall score of 88 shots to 65.

Ian Thomson skipped the top rink, playing with Chris Reed, Roger Williams and Bob Finch, his team won by plus 16 shots.

Coaching is continuing outdoors each Friday evening between 6pm and 7.30 pm. Anyone interested in trying out the sport of bowls is assured a warm welcome by Sandie Cox and her coaching team.

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