Great effort from Honiton's youngsters

PUBLISHED: 09:01 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:51 16 June 2010

Honiton's talented young bowlers Gamma and Hannah.

Honiton's talented young bowlers Gamma and Hannah.

Honiton Bowls Club's young players were out in force this weekend when at home Hannah Morfey and Gemma Newham, both 15, were picked to lead in the Ladies Lingford Trophy competition for the U60s against the strong, 1,000 member Dolphin Club from Poole.

Honiton's young players were out in force this weekend when at home Hannah Morfey and Gemma Newham, both 15, were picked to lead in the Ladies' Lingford Trophy competition for the U60s against the strong, 1,000 member Dolphin Club from Poole.

Gemma, who led for Sue Evans' team, played particularly well in her first match at senior level and they came out the winners by one shot.

Unfortunately the Carole Binmore rink, that have won all their games in this competition so far, came up against a strong triple skipped by ex-Berkshire player Margaret Steele.

Her lead, who has only been playing for two seasons, was absolutely devastating, giving young Hannah and the rest of the team a very hard time.

They lost and Dolphin Club go through to the semi-finals and finals to be held at Bedford next month.

What a performance from the young Honiton side to get to the quarter-finals of this national competition at their first attempt. Well done, congratulations to you all.

Five more youngsters were also in action at Isca against an U21 side from Somerset, a match that Devon won by 112-95. Those from Honiton were Kieran Daniels, Tom Fenegan, Jimmy Smith, Scott Eveleigh and Jordanna Broom, who is greatly improved for her matches at this level showing so by playing in the top rink. Well done to you all and Anne and Dennis Hillyear and the other coaches for the great work they do with our young players.

l Rosemary Hirons' efforts in the National Singles were cut short when England international Sue Harriott finally got the measure of the short jacks on Honiton's rinks. Harriott now goes through to the zone finals.

Harriott has always struggled to find the greens at Honiton and did again on Saturday morning, when she brought a team from Madeira to face Ann Brown, Julie Grant and Shirley Hiscocks in the semi-final of the County triples. Shirley's girls came out the 20-12 winners and now face Sidmouth in the sector finals.

l The ladies' friendly against Axminster was a narrow win 40-36. The top rink, 24-10, was Pearl Hackwood, Berry Maynard, Thelma Flynn and Corrine Galinski.

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