Honiton make losing start to East Devon league campaign
07:05 14 May 2014
It was another busy past week for the Honiton players, writes Tony Broughton.
First up on Monday the ladies played Crediton at Honiton in the East Devon Ladies League. Honiton won this league last year at the first time of asking. However, the defence of the title did not start well as, despite winning on one rink they lost on the other and also lost the match!
The second outing in the same league on Friday did not go any better! Playing Madeira at Honiton they lost both rinks. Thank goodness these are home and away fixtures so plenty of time to redeem the situation.
They did much better on Wednesday away at Sidmouth in their first Over-50s Ladies’ Triples League match when Lynda Dommett, Carole Pidgeon and Brenda Harris drew 21-all and Joan Mackintosh, Carol Armitage and Carol Smith won 22-10 winning the match and the team banked five points from the six available.
Next day saw the first match in the Two Counties League, (Devon and Somerset) against Ottery St Mary at Honiton.
An excellent result was achieved, winning three of the four rinks and drawing the fourth winning the match overall by 84-44.
Also on Friday, four triple’s travelled over to Taunton to play Vivary. Sadly the outcome was not good as the match was lost 80-50, but the Tooley brothers, Dave and Tony, accompanied by Owen Cleverdon, had a convincing rink win at 20-15.
On Saturday Sidmouth got their own back when two mixed rinks went there to play in the National Two Mixed Fours knock out competition. As well as the occasional rain showers to deal with it blow a gale. Hats, rink markers, score boards and trollies were all fair game and blew about like paper!
Trevor Pipe’s rink did not start well and were 14-0 down before there hospitality cup of tea had gone down.
The second team of Dulcie Broughton, Shirley Hiscocks, Mike Dart and Ken Large had a tough game, but came out the 19-15 winners. Trevor’s’ team never recovered from the poor start and lost by 18 shots.
Finally, on Sunday Seaton’s ladies visited Honiton for the Grace Matthews County Top Club competition and went home winners.
Dulcie Broughton, 2 Wood Singles, had a tough match losing 16-14. Tracy Crawford and Shirley Hiscocks lost heavily in the pairs. Carole Pidgeon, Ann Hillyear, Carol Smith and Julie Grant were unlucky to lose the Fours by three shots after dropping five on the 20th end. The triples, Joan Heard, Lynda Dommett and Sue Evans won as did Carole Binmore in the 4 wood Singles.
In the Exeter Over-60s League there were good results from all three teams. In Division Six the A team against North Tawton C saw Gerry Stafrace, Ernie Gregory and Mike Uniacke win 20-12 whilst the others lost 13-18. In their Division 4 game the B team lost one 23-13 but there was a 22-11 success for Barrie Singleton, Bill Sheerman and Tony Broughton won 22-11.
In Division One the C team faced last years champions Madeira A. Denis Hillyear, Keith Parsons and Eddie Sharman won 22-18. The others lost 17-20.
All teams played at home and all gained six out of 10 points.