Busy end to season for Seaton bowlers

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:22 15 June 2010

A beautiful sunny day was appreciated by all at Seaton Bowling Club on Men s Captains day, writes Jenny Wilde.

Saturday 13th brought forth a beautiful sunny day which was much appreciated by all at Seaton Bowling Club as it was the clubs Men's Captains day. It was enjoyed by all those members who attended, beginning with a match with the Captain's Team playing against the Vice Captain Team. Unfortunately for captain Keith Miles , his team lost against the vice captain's team, whose best line up was: Alan Cook, Keith Richards, Tony Swindells and skip Roy Carnell, After the match the players and guests were treated to a superb meal, prepared by Ann Messenger and Keith thanked her and Brian Pike who helped, for such a wonderful meal. Keith was then presented with a beautiful cake decoarated with the Seaton Bowls Club Badge and a set of bowls by Betty. The meal was served by Ann Wright, Veronica Witheridge, Betty Powell and Sheila Pike who acted as waitresses. Shirley Parkhouse acted as the wine waitress and ran the bar. Keith thanked everyone for coming and gave each person who had helped a lovely present. Keith then asked the members to buy a raffle ticket for a bottle of whiskey and bottles of wine which he supplied, which raised £105.80 for Seaton League of Friends. Well done Keith from the club for all your hard work this year. On Sunday, September 14, Seaton played South Petherton in the final of the Two Counties League. The match was played on a neutral green at Crewkerne, This was the first time South Petherton had reached the final in this competition, whereas Seaton have been winners seven times and runners up four times since 1990. This competition is sponsored by Roger Woolland of Lyme Bay Auctions and is organised by John Packham who is the Chairman from Seaton and Derek Carter from Ilminster who is the secretary and organises the matches for which we thank both Lyme Bay Auctions John and Derek for their time and support for this event. When the match got underway, in the early stages we saw both teams secure a substantial lead on one rink while the other two rinks remained close. As the afternoon proceeded Seaton began to forge ahead on a third rink and as the final ends approached, Seaton were leading comfortably on two rinks and South Petherton on one. Tension was in the air as to whether Seaton could secure a win on the remaining rink, and this was achieved on the final end, so this meant Seaton won 89-77 and also on three rinks. Seatons top rink was Brian Kenning, George Mabon, Les Tooze and skip Bob Rutter with a magnificent score of 31-14, but we must applaud all the other bowlers, and congratulate them not only for their fine bowling in the final but for the consistent bowling they have shown throughout the season in this competition, they are Ray Thompson, John Wright, Roy Carnell,and skip Ray McDonald, Ivor Steer, Gerry Barry, Colin Halsey and skip Peter Greenwood and finally Don Yaxley, Laurie Skipper, Roger Woolland and skip Phil Critchard. Well done gentlemen.After a superb meal which was provided by the ladies of Crewkerne Bowling Club, both for players and supporters. Marilyn Woolland who presented individual trophies to both teams. The Cup was accepted by Don Yaxley on behalf of Seaton Bowling Club On Monday at Seaton the Ray Jeffreys 2 Wood Pairs competition was played and the winners for this competition was Dave Yardley and George Mabon who beat Don Yaxley and Brian Kenning in a very close contest by one shot. Congratulations to the winners who were presented with the cup. Tuesday 16th six mixed teams went to Taunton, and apart from an excellent tea provided by Taunton Bowling Club unfortunately the bowling was not so good and Taunton won 147-87. The best team for Seaton was Olive Blunden, Smiler Jenkin, Ted Talbot and skip Sue Rutter 24-21. Never mind you cannot win them all !!! At Honiton Chris McDonald played in the Champion of Champions section final against Carol Fisher and Seaton were so pleased when she won 21-14. She then went on to play in the final of the whole of Devon Champion of Champions section finalists, which was played at Seaton as this is Julie Grant's home club, President for the DCLBA. There were many supporters from all over Devon and food was provided by Kate Knott, Barbara Smith, Brian and Sheila Pike, who worked hard all day. The days bowling was thrilling, as there were two finals, Champion of Champions and also the final of the DCLBA Officers Competition. Everyone watching were treated to such accurate and consistent bowling by all the bowlers, it is a shame there has to be losers and winners. But, after three games the final Champion of Champion for Devon was Laura Tucker from Totnes, it was a long game taking over 2 hours, and the final score was 21-17. In the final of the Devon Officers Competition Sue Evans from Honiton played against Christine Lake from Barnstaple United Services, and after a very close and exciting game Christine was the eventual winner. Sue has been runner up in this very prestigious competition on several occasions and we wish her every good wish from Seaton for next year. On Tuesday four bowlers went to Lyme Regis to play in the Frank Stone Charity Trophy Invitation, and Ann Wright, Jenny Wilde, John Wright and skip Roy Carnell would like to thank Lyme for their warm hospitality and for the wonderful buffet that was provide. John Wright thanked Lyme Regis on behalf of the visitors. On Friday, Sept 19 the last friendly game of the season took place. Four men's rinks went to Madeira, and although the sun shone brightly and a lovely tea was provided, the game was not so brilliant for Seaton with Madeira winning 104-61. Seaton's only winning team was Keith Harris, Peter Newton, Ted Harden and skip Ivor Steer 24-18. On Saturday, four Seaton ladies went to play in the all Section County Competition at Madeira.After two games Seaton were in the final and played against Section 1 who come from North Devon. It was a very close and exciting match but the eventual winners we are proud to say were Seaton and they were presented with the Section Cup. Congratulations to Angie Mayhew, Shirley Fewtrell, Sue Rutter and skip Barbara Harden, what a great way to end the season. At Seaton the Harvest Supper Drive was held to close the bowling season. This year it was a fun drive where everyone wore red white and blue. The afternoon was organised by Jill and Keith Richards, and the club thank them for a very successful and a very enjoyable afternoon. The drive was followed by a supper which was prepared by Joan Miles and Margery. Jill and Keith then presented the prizes to the winners and runners up which they also generously provided. The top team was Malcolm Carvell, Beryl Pearson, Keith Miles (the outgoing Men's Captain) and skip Don Yaxley (the incoming captain). A few dates to put in your diaries. On Friday, Sept 26, the club will be holding a Coffee Morning as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning to raise money for the McMillan Nurses. Please come and support this worthwhile event. Then on Oct 20 is the Ladies' AGM, on Oct 22 the Men's AGM, and finally on Feb 16 will be the club AGM. The club look forward to seeing as many members as possible for these meetings. As this is the last report for 2008, the club wish all the members a great winter season whether they are playing indoor bowls or just taking a break and look forward to seeing you all again next April when the bowling season starts all over again.

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