Honiton defeat Budleigh in Inter Club League match

PUBLISHED: 19:31 11 December 2013 | UPDATED: 19:31 11 December 2013

Last week was another quiet one for the club with two friendly matches and one Men’s competitive game, writes Tony Broughton.

On Saturday four mixed rinks of players came in from Feniton and were defeated by 86-48 the Honiton top rink was Bob Mackintosh, David Jones, Clive James and Ann Hillyear scoring 26-13.

Meanwhile the men were playing their third match in the Inter Club League series, this time against Budleigh two rinks home and two away and winning on all four rinks so maximum points. This was a good result because at the same time the supposed better men were playing in the Top Club competition against the Exeter, Isca club and won three out of five of the disciplines involved.

James Spreadbury, Roger Binmore and Kevin Lovering won the triples 27-14. Liam Crawford won the four bowl single 21-18 and Tony Tooley and Trevor Pipe won the pairs 22-18.

A good weekend for the men, well done.

Sunday and Budleigh could only field two rinks of which one won by one shot, but the other lost against Honiton’s Gina Morfey, David Lindley, David Downs and Cyril Dann by 38-20.

I attended the Annual General Meeting of Bowls Devon, the Outdoor play arm of Bowls this weekend and found it very interesting.

There is no doubt that Devon is one of the top counties for Bowls in England, certainly the one most others fear.

The Men were very unlucky to lose this season’s Middleton Cup final to Berkshire by just 10 shots.

The Ladies were much more successful winning the Johns Trophy for the first time since 1980 and Honiton bowler Sue Evans skipped one of the rinks, well done Sue.

The spectacular Under 31 Ladies side won the Amy Rose Trophy for the third year running, a great achievement.

Individually, Sophie Tolchard, sister to Kings, Torquay, England and Commonwealth Games player Sam Tolchard, won the England Ladies under 25 Singles and was also awarded the England ‘Young Player of the Year’ award. She was also awarded the Bowls Devon Centenary Trophy and Devon’s Bowler of the Year award.

This will give the readers a guide to the strength of young Bowls players in Devon and hopefully encourage more to get involved.

I cannot emphasise enough that like all sports, bowls is still in reality a young player’s sport, but equally, 70-year-olds can achieve great things, so come and give it a try, you may be surprised.

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