Full house for bowls finals

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 15 June 2010

P9825-16-08TI Honiton Bowls club held a indoor match between the clubs Youth's and the Veterans team on Friday the 18th.
photo Terry Ife

P9825-16-08TI Honiton Bowls club held a indoor match between the clubs Youth's and the Veterans team on Friday the 18th. photo Terry Ife

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What dreadful weather greeted the opening of the green on Saturday!

What dreadful weather greeted the opening of the green on Saturday! The excellent surface prepared by Allan and Chris Nex could only be admired from the inside of the clubhouse, whilst club president Doug Hirons performed the opening ceremony indoors. Eight rinks had been prepared, as so many bowlers were keen to get started outdoors, among them 14 newcomers to the club's outdoor section,Club Indoor FinalsAs promised here is a summary of a very exciting finish to the indoor season, with the club finals held last weekend. First up was the Davies Mixed Pairs contested between two strong teams of Yvonne Rayner and Trevor Pipe versus Sue Evans and Gareth Mettam. Trevor killed the second end and trailed the jack for shots on its replay, establishing early superiority. He and his partner romped away into a convincing lead 15-3 after seven ends and maintained that standard to take the match 26-10.In the Nex Men's Singles club newcomer Paul Crockett was level with Michael Dart 9-9 after 12 ends, but from then on Paul went into the lead and drew consistently to win 21-12. The Harris Ladies' Singles was contested between Julie Grant and Jean Crockett, and had a very exciting finish. Julie scored four shots on the first end and quickly went into a 9-2 lead, increasing this to 15-7 by the 15th end. Jean fought back and was within one shot at 17-16 but continuing steady play saw Julie home, winning 21-19.What a start from Ken Clarke and Michael Dart in the Mees Men's Pairs with a hot-shot of 8 on the first end which was followed by a four. But remarkably their opponents, Dave Roberts and Mike Sellick, came back to take the lead at the ninth end 13-12. There was no stopping their progress and they ended up winning an amazing match 26-20.Sue Evans and Carole Fisher were the all-female finalists in the Pipe Open Singles competition, and gave the spectators a good-to-watch match - level at 6-6 after ten ends, 11-11 at 14 and 16-16 after 21, with nothing to separate the two ladies. Carole had the best of play over the next three ends to edge home 20-16. Great finish!Jean Crockett was up again with her partners Harry Hind and Don Russell against Ron Taylor, Paul Crockett and Dulcie Broughton in the Hirons Mixed Triples. All the earlier scoring belonged to the Russell team and, at the ninth end, they were 15-2 up. Broughton's trio scored a great six shots to give themselves a chance and later reached 13, but then got stuck there whilst Russell's team reached 20 to clinch the match.The tough Westbrook 2-Wood Pairs was contested by veteran Doug Hirons and finals weekend organiser Roger Binmore against Ian Veitch and Trevor Pipe. The latter soon made their bowls count and hurried into an 8-3 lead, but a fine spell by Hirons and Binmore brought them level after 10 ends. It was nip and tuck with Hirons and Binmore smiling after a 17-15 victory.Just to show that bowls can be enjoyed by all ages, a mini challenge match of two, six end sets took place on Friday between the up-and-coming youth and the club veterans, who had all passed their 90th year. One of the chosen veterans, Ida Noah, had to drop out, as she could not get the time off work! Frank Jull stepped in. There was a lovely atmosphere and a full-house of spectators who saw the teenagers win both sets.

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