Smerdon the toast of Madeira Ladies' as she gets International call-up.

PUBLISHED: 16:06 01 June 2011

Madeira boiwling club.  Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 7088-31-10SH

Madeira boiwling club. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 7088-31-10SH


CORKS were poppin' this week with Liz Smerdon being the toast of Madeira ladies when she was selected to represent England in the 2011 International Series, writes Mary Ann Dowrick.

Meantime, in the Non Badged Triples league, Madeira shared the spoils in an encounter with Phear Park, each club winning on one rink. Jean Rainton with Freda Relph and Norma Cureton were the successful Madeira trio with a convincing 29-5 scoreline.

Thirsting for revenge after their defeat earlier this month in the National Top Club, Madeira A fielded a strong squad against Honiton in the Grace Mathews Topclub.

In a thrilling encounter Madeira edged towards victory but, with the prize within their grasp, was thwarted in the final ends on two rinks to allow their nemesis a narrow victory, Honiton winning four of the five disciplines.

Special mention goes to Janine Orchard who played a magnificent game before being edged out by Honiton’s Carol Binmore.

It was truly a game of inches which had the crowd on the edge of their seats as the ladies battled out every end in a contest that could have gone either way. Kate Andrews, playing in the 2-wood singles, needed all her concentration to claw one back for Madeira. The Fours went into overtime being all tied up at 18 apiece after 21 ends.

With Madeira holding shot, Honiton Skip Sue Evans drew to the jack with her final bowl to clinch the game and the match. Close for sure, but not quite meant to be - Oh well, there’s always next year.

In the National Mixed Fours, Madeira had better fortune with a clean sweep on two rinks.

Skip Cliff Skinner, together with Jan Roberts, Pat Harris and Mick Powell, won 17-12 whilst Skip Bill Davis, ably supported by Ken Roberts, Jacky Howle and Sue Harriott, won 19-17.

The next round of this competition will be against Heavitree.

There’s a big day coming up on Saturday, June 11 when Madeira Bowling club hosts an Open Day for new bowlers from 10am until 3pm.

If you have every thought you might like to try the game, this is an excellent opportunity to do so. The greens are at their best and the setting is idyllic for the challenging game of bowls.

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