Madeira teams into last 16 of the County Ladies' Triples competition

PUBLISHED: 07:22 29 May 2015 | UPDATED: 07:22 29 May 2015


With the season now in full swing, Madeira bowlers have had a busy week, writes Mary Ann Dowrick.

“Well forward, forward, thus the bowl should run; and not unluckily against the bias” is a lesson clearly understood by numerous Madeira Pairs who all advanced in their respective competitions.

In the County Mixed Pairs, Ken and Jan Roberts progressed smoothly to the quarter finals of Group B where they will find the Madeira pair of Martyn and Lyn Eveleigh lying in wait.

Meanwhile in another all Madeira quarter final in Group A, Janine Orchard with Mick Powell will face club-mates Jenny Charles and Bill Davis. Janine and Mick are also making an impact in the National Pairs where they have moved into the third round.

As for the County Over-55 Ladies competition, three further Madeira pairs are through to the second round - Jan Roberts with Liz Healy; Jacky Howle with Sue Harriott; and Jenny Smith with Mary Ann Dowrick.

“When shall we three meet again, in thunder, lightning or in rain?” is a question now answered for the two Madeira teams who have won their way through to the final sixteen of the County Ladies Triples. Liz Healy with Jan Roberts and Jacky Howle, together with the trio of Sue Harriott, Liz Smerdon and Christine Macaulay will continue their quest for the title at Topsham on June 30th.

Good luck ladies.

Finally, Madeira made a successful start in the Over-60sTony Alcock Trophy, a National mixed two rink competition, beating our Honiton neighbours 43-33 in the first round.

In friendly matches, Madeira came out on top against Gloucester visitors, Churchdown Bowls Club, by a score of 114-85. Top rink comprised Ian Thompson, Angela Denner (Ladies vice- captain), David Charles and Ann Bellamy. The winning trend was continued with a victory over Broadclyst 101-58 when skip Jenny Smith with Graham Clarkson, Chris Fox and Lin Halpin led the Madeira charge.

It was not all unabated joy however as the home team struggled against Wooten Basset Bowls Club and finally succumbed to the visitors 118-126 despite a gallant rearguard action from skip George Perrin with Margaret Mahon, Jenny Turner and David Hay, who rolled back the years in a magnificent 32-12 win on their rink.

Don’t forget the Friday evening umbrella. Arrive at 6pm to register to play. A great way to improve your game and have fun.

Finally, a reminder to anyone interested, coaching is offered at the club on Friday evenings at 6.15pm. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Woods will be provided.

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