Madeira Bowling Club

Madeira Bowling Club

Established in 1926

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Club members enjoy a weekend in Torquay

Author: Jean Healey, 21/01/20

Club members at Toorak weekend

Bowling, food and fun at the TLH Toorak hotel

The Ken Boobyer Memorial fixture brought 3 rinks of men from Ken’s club Bitton Park (Teignmouth).  Played annually since 1982, when Madeira’s Bob Burch and Ken were both England International players outdoors, Ken firstly brought a team when Madeira Indoor Bowling Club was inaugurated and although he sadly died in 2018 the fixture has continued in his memory.  Ian Munro, Martin Clook, Geoff Furminger, Ron Cook were well down 7-14 at 12 ends and still down 12-15 at end 17 but they then scored a 7 to take the lead and continued to score, ending up 26-15.  Bob Finch’s team led all the way but almost lost on the last few ends finishing at 19-18. Adding on the score of David Macaulay, Martin Eveleigh, Bob Burch, Vic Doidge at 22-8 the final result was 67-41 for Madeira but it is hoped that match will continue next year.

The next day a mixed triples met Topsham and whilst winning53-36, honours were considered even as Topsham won on 2 rinks out of 3, albeit by only 1 and 2 shots.  Lin Halpin with Dennis Huntley and Sandie Worcester raced away with high scoring to win 26-6 and in fact the whole match.

As so many matches have been cancelled this season, usually by default of visiting clubs finding it difficult to field enough players, the selection panel of Captains and Vice Captains decided to have an extra internal triples match for members to enjoy and to hone their bowling skills.  Ann Maloney, David Mansell, and Sandie Cox ramped up the shots showing their opponents no mercy to win 30-6.  Myra and Geoff Furminger played together with Roy Lemin in their team and won convincingly at 25-15, although Dave Moody, Penny Preece and Phil Thompson tried hard to catch up in the second half. The third rink had Jenny Smith, Mike Norman, John Hopkins, well ahead on 21-7 at 16 ends but a 5 and a 4 then brought opponents Vic Doidge, Pat Harris, Danny Doran up to a respectable score of 16-21.

In the ladies Foxlands League Madeira met Honiton, 2 rinks at home and 2 rinks away, and although both home rinks lost it was only by a 6 and a narrow 3. The away rink of Sue Harriott, Chris Macaulay, Jenny Smith, Dee Norman stayed ahead until the 18###sup/sup###end when Honiton gradually crept up finishing with a flourish of 4 on the 20###sup/sup###end and although Madeira regained 2 on the last end the final result was 20-23.  However because of the big shot difference by Janine Orchard, Dee Williams, Jenny Charles, Lin Halpin at 27-12 and 2 points for the winning rink, the unusual result was an overall result of 79-78 to Madeira for an extra 2 points, despite losing on 3 rinks.

In County competitions Madeira ladies will be well represented in County semi finals in February.  The Section Final in triples was an all Madeira battle with Jan Roberts, Catherine King, Janine Orchard winning 16-11 against sisters Chris Macaulay, Nicky Fiddimore and Sue Harriott.

Jan Roberts, Janet Grundy, Joy Penberthy, and Catherine King also won by 22-10 in the fours of the Section Final versus Isca on the neutral green at Honiton.

As Jean Rainton with Penny Preece won the Pairs Section Final 24-22 on the neutral green at Sidmouth against Honiton players Chris Barradell and Di Morley, Madeira can wish all of them good fortune in the County semi Finals and hopefully Finals in February.

In the National Pairs competition Catherine King and Jan Roberts did well to beat strong young National players Cassidy Lenton and Harriett Stevens, and their Area Semi Final will be against England players Sophie Tolchard and Nicole Rogers at Mid Devon at the end of January.

At the weekend 29 members and 3 non players went to the TLH Toorak Hotel in Torquay for a superb weekend of frosty sunshine for daily indoor bowling, much good food and good company amongst friends.  Four rinks played daily against mainly the touring side from Swindon Manor Indoor Club (although organised by Stratton Churchway outdoor club, including players from Super Marine and Wanborough) who came to Torquay by coach. Local clubs had been invited by TLH to bring teams to make up matches so Madeira also met Teignmouth Den or Bittton Park on Fiday, and Dawlish Marina on Sunday.  Although 14 ends were played in 2 hour sessions the results were mixed, but prizes were awarded each evening for top scoring rinks and choccy consolation for the lowest losers.  Sandie Cox had the best results, overall winning all three matches with different teams, but lost the last bottle of wine to Chris Reed (and team) who had the fortune to win handsomely on one day but also to lose by a narrow margin to get the Snickers bar in the next match.  Hilary Bird and Susie Roughton were thanked by everybody for their work in booking the hotel, managing the money, choosing the teams, advising procedures, providing score cards, providing fun with the quiz night, team prizes, and raffle prizes, and generally ensuring that all ran smoothly for all to enjoy – much appreciated and hopefully next year is already in the planning. 



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