Madeira trio land Devon two-wood triples’ title at Newton Abbot

PUBLISHED: 17:04 09 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:04 09 September 2014

Generic Bowls. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 8464-28-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders

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Last Saturday, playing in the Bowls Devon All Finals Day at Newton Abbot, Madeira’s Liz Smerdon, who was skip to Christine Macaulay and Sue Harriott, won the final of the two-wood triples competition against a Topsham team, writes Jenny Smith.

However, the game was not without its ups and downs! Madeira were 10-1 up, but before they knew it, 11-10 down. That was as bad as it got though for they slipped into a new gear to march on and seal a 22-14 success. Congratulations from all at Madeira.

In the first year of the Bowls Devon Ladies Unbadged Pairs competition, Jill Perrin and Millie Powell also did well to reach the final rounds. Playing at Torbay they won their quarter final against Plymstock by a comfortable 24 shots to 17, but were disappointed to lose in the semi-final against South Moulton.

Last Thursday was Lady Captain’s Day, an opportunity for the members to thank captain Pat Wilkins for all her hard work. As it’s the 80th anniversary of the Madeira ladies’ section, captain Pat had asked the ladies to wear skirts as they would have been worn 80 years ago. In the event almost everyone dressed up adding ties and a variety of white floppy hats. The afternoon started well with a spider in aid of the captain’s charity CLIC, which had to the measured, and which was won by Myra Furminger. Myra had a successful afternoon as she was also in the team winning the drive, skipped by Jacky Howle with Lynne Eveleigh and Pauline Wratton, by plus 16. Captain Pat, a well-known animal lover, was presented with a magnificent bronze-effect figurine of two Siamese Cats as a memento of her year.

Finally, three Madeira bowlers did well at the Uffculme Triples Tournament this weekend. The tournament was supported by 16 strong south west teams from as far as Barnstaple and Launceston, so Eileen Bagley, Derek Blatchford and Jean Rainton did well to win it with an exceptional plus 40.

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