Ron Stares steps down as madeira men's scribe and Matt Marriott takes over the pen.

PUBLISHED: 14:08 21 June 2011

Peter Harvey. Madeira bowls. Mens pairs club match from Saturday 4th June. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 2399-23-11AW

Peter Harvey. Madeira bowls. Mens pairs club match from Saturday 4th June. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 2399-23-11AW


AFTER five years as the Madeira press reporter, Ron Stares has decided to put away his pen so he can concentrate more on playing, writes Matt Marriott.

On behalf of the Club, thanks Ron for keeping us informed over the years. Enjoy yourself. In the meantime allow me, Matt Marriott, to introduce myself as the new press correspondent. I am going to do so, at this stage, in a temporary capacity and hope to maintain the high standards set by Ron.

Six rinks of men travelled to Budleigh for a local derby which after a friendly afternoon ended with Madeira coming out on top, winning by eleven shots at 120-109.

No doubt Budleigh will seek to exact their revenge when they visit Madeira in July.

All the internal competitions and leagues are well under way now and nice to see the new bowlers taking part.

As the season progresses I will endeavour to deliver results. The over-60’s league is in full swing and at this point all four teams are round about middle of their tables.

This will without a doubt change as the men change up a gear. In the Foxlands the team has reached the semi final and will play Feniton. The Top Club has also reached the semi final stage in which Madeira are set to play Seaton.

Adding to the current success story there have been two recent wins in the County Trophy. So things are going very nicely across the greens at the moment.

Last Tuesday we were visited by the English Bowls Umpires Association who brought players from all the Counties surrounding and including Devon. A very enjoyable game was had by all with the umpires just managing to win by a dozen shots at 99-87.

Last Friday the Club took on a return visit by Paignton who were hoping to reverse the result of our visit to them in May, but, unfortunately, rain stopped play after just four ends had been completed.

Sunday saw ten rinks from Bristol based Ardagh visit for a friendly match. The visitors certainly proved to be too strong on the day. They departed, after enjoying a hearty meal as winners by eighteen shots at 193-75.

It seems that some of the Ardagh players will be returning later I the year for the Club Championship.

Sports Editor – We must put on record our sincere thanks to Ron Stares for al his efforts with his reporting and also welcome Matt aboard and wish him well during his term as the Madeira Men’s correspondent.

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