Great end to Honiton bowlers' outdoor season

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:14 16 June 2010

This has been the last week of the 2009 season for the Honiton Bowls Club and it started with a loss against a very strong Spreadeagle Bowls Club touring side.

This has been the last week of the 2009 season for the Honiton Bowls Club and it started with a loss against a very strong Spreadeagle Bowls Club touring side.

This club is what is left of the old Barclays Bank Sports & Social Club, with members coming from all over the country and they were all of a high standard.

There were five rinks of Men and two triples of Ladies. The men lost on all rinks and, despite the ladies' triples win with Rita Barwick coming out top at 26-10 aided by Jean Crockett and Pearl Hackwood, the overall loss was 113-140.

Tuesday saw four mixed rinks win away at Bradninch. Top rink on this occasion was David Tooley, Pearl Hoare, Janice Sharman and George Hoare at 34-8.

Wednesday was the Round Robin Competition and Presentation day for the Over-60s league at Budleigh Salterton. Honiton sent a triple to compete in the competition but the eventual winning team was from Chagford at plus 25, runners up were Seaton at plus 15. Thirty clubs took part, the weather could not have been better and a really super afternoon was had by all.

Four rinks travelled to and won at Feniton. All four rinks won and just to rub it in we won all the raffle prizes as well.

Top rink was Lynda Gadd, Doug Hirons, Rita Barwick and Tony Broughton at 28-13.

I must say what an improved green Feniton is - one of the best greens I have played on this season. Congratulations to Martin Eveleigh and his wife Lynn and everyone else that has put so much effort and work into the green over the last few seasons, you can all be truly proud.

Saturday was the Captain's Day. Tony Broughton and Brenda Harris, the Ladies' Captain, entertained six rinks in a friendly competition over 16 ends. The eventual winners, well, as it was three winning rinks each Tony maintains it was a draw, but in fact the score was 100-92 to the Lady Captain's side - well done Brenda's gang. However, Tony took pride in having the top winning rink of George Selvey, Lindsay Crosthwaite, Rod Isaac and Norman Oliver who walked away with the prize of a bottle of wine each with plus 10 shots.

It was nice to see so many of our young players taking part in this match. After a tea supplied by the two captains, Doug Hirons, the club president, presented the Merit Trophy and Medal for the most improved Young Player of the season to Jordan Wiltshire and The Junior Competition Trophy to Hannah Morfey. This competition is played for over the Indoor and Outdoor seasons with points added each game played and won.

On Sunday the ladies of the catering committee organised a lunchtime meal which was followed by a Final Fling, arranged by Arthur Dimond the club fixture secretary. This takes the form of a Round Robin competition played over 20 ends. The winning rink was Pearl Hoare, Arthur Dimond, Chris Nex and Denis Hillyear. Runners up were Gina Morfey, Maureen Parsons Ken Clarke and Tony Broughton.

The ladies laid on a splendid buffet tea and, with great weather, good bowling, good food, good friends, a great afternoon, what better way to end the season?

l On Monday the Club's four Indoor Rinks will be in full use for the first evening match of the new 2009/2010 season.

If you think you could be interested in Bowling come along to the club located off Salters Meadow, Honiton, or telephone Tony on (01395) 515253.

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