Juniors show the way

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:37 15 June 2010

There was an exciting conclusion to the Thursday evening men's external league, with Honiton A needing to win their final match v Seaton to claim second spot, the Falcons having clinched the top position in the previous week.

There was an exciting conclusion to the Thursday evening men's external league, with Honiton A needing to win their final match v Seaton to claim second spot, the Falcons having clinched the top position in the previous week. However, Seaton again proved to be their bogey side and hung on to a rapidly diminishing lead to gain a worthy one-shot triumph. This allowed Honiton C team into second position, beating the Honiton B team, who had equal points, into third on shot difference. The final positions were Falcons 25pts, Honiton C 24pts, Honiton B 24pts and Honiton A 22pts. The club chairman congratulated the Falcons' captain, Kevin Lovering, and awarded the team the prize money.In the DCLIBA Foxlands Trophy Honiton lost 72-85 to a strong Torbay team, but picked up four points for winning on two rinks. Sue Evans, along with Corinne Galinski, Dulcie Broughton and Brenda Harris, won a tight game at home by one shot, 18-17, whilst away Carole Fisher, Ann Brown, Berry Maynard and Rita Barwick came good over the last five ends to also snatch a one shot victory, 21-20. Other rinks were: Phyllis Milner, Chris Nex, Shirley Hiscocks and Pearl Hackwood 14-23; Rosemary Hirons, Jean Mitchell, Julie Grant and Ann Hillyear (H) 19-25. In Devon under-21s v Wiltshire under-21s at Chippenham, there was a superb performance by Devon's young stars on the Chippenham IBC green, which saw the visitors ahead from start to finish. Five Honiton bowlers were in the county team, Hannah Morfey playing in Joe Melmore's rink which topped the day's performance with a 36-11 win. Ashley Sampson teamed up with William Stevens' rink and won 29-11; Gemma Newham with Rhys Tremain's 21-10, Hollie Holman with Ryan Whitlock's 19-16 and Aaron Chalk with Josh Ellis' four who met Wiltshire star Wayne Snook, losing 12-23. Overall it was a fine win by the Devon youngsters 135-83.The final match of the season for the juniors was at Taunton Deane on Saturday where they met the stiff opposition of Somerset under-25 team, who can field some England U25 players. Honiton was again well represented with six players from the club, with young Scott Eveleigh making his debut in the Devon side, where he helped his four to a 34-11 win. Honiton's Hollie Holman featured in the final rink to finish, with the score at 19-19. Her final wood finished on the jack, encouraging the opposition to bowl heavy. This rink provided great excitement when Devon's Gareth Hill took the jack in ditch with his last bowl to get a one-shot win, ensuring all six Devon rinks came out on top, with a 171-90 victory. Ashley Sampson's four finished 33-8, Hannah Morfey's 38-22 and Gemma Newham and Aaron Chalk's 24-15. The men's over-60 County Trophy against Kingsley was an up and down performance with a one rink defeat and win, both home and away. George Selvey's away four almost saved the day with an astonishing 26-6 win and Fred Cowey's home four came back from the doldrums, 8-16 to win 21-20, but the other two rinks saw the opposition score 24 shots. Result: Honiton 72 Kingsley 74. Home: J Ritchie, K Clark, G Hoare F Cowey 21-20; T Tooley, B Long, P Crockett, R Milner 13-24; Away: H Hind, D Hillyear, C Maynard, M Dart 12-24; A Evans, K Parsons, E Sharman, G Selvey 26-6.County ladies president Sonia Bowden was delighted with the welcome for her team at Honiton, where an enjoyable match was played. Honiton won by 92-68, and provided a lovely after-match meal. Honiton Ladies: C Galinski, C Nex, J Grant, S Evans 29-8; Y Rayner, L Dommett, D Broughton, C Fisher 14-28; A Brown, J Mitchell, J Gordon, B Harris 28-8; B Maynard, M Pipe, R Barwick, A Hillyear 21-24.County un-badged singles - at the Mayflower Plymouth - Ed Sharman beat Ian Sampson, 21, for a place in the semi-final in which he will have the home advantage.

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