Lively end to Honiton's indoor bowling season

PUBLISHED: 16:35 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 15 June 2010

Honiton Bowls: What a lively and exciting finish to the indoor season - a time of congratulations and commiserations.

Honiton Bowls: What a lively and exciting finish to the indoor season - a time of congratulations and commiserations.

Through to the county finals at the weekend were Ann Hillyear in the Champion of Champions, Aaron Chalk in the under- 21 singles, and the two-rink team in the men's Charles Parrott Shield, plus the clubs own finals.

In the Champion of Champions, played at Isca, Ann had to contend with the extra length of the green and the long jacks thrown by her opponent, who had played her semi-final in the morning, and got off to a slow start. She was 1-18 down when she took possession of the jack and threw it a shorter length and came back to 13-18. Unfortunately, the jack went back to her opponent after Ann threw an illegal length and her opponent took advantage, went back to the longer jack, and went on to win 13-21.

Aaron Chalk, who is only in his second indoor season, found himself playing in the under-21 county final against experienced bowler Ryan Whitlock.

Aaron found the Madeira green difficult to master and never really got going and, unfortunately, lost the first set 2-9 and the second 3-11. As a consolation, he has learned that he is to be given a trial for the Devon County team. Well done.

In the Charles Parrott shield, the team from Honiton met two rinks from Mid-Devon IBC. It was a disappointing performance by the Honiton teams, who lost on both rinks 7-33 and 13-24. Well done to all the players for reaching the finals of each event.

Congratulations go to the "Lilies" for winning the Honiton ladies external triples league. In fact all three Honiton teams claimed the top three places - Lilies, Daisies and Roses.

The winner's cup was presented to team captain Rita Barwick by club stalwart Arthur Dimond. Other members of the winning team were Jenny Gordon, Brenda Harris, Berry Maynard, Phyllis Milner and Jane Taylor.

The ladies also performed well in the Foxlands, finishing close to the top of Division 1.

On Thursday, they played Teignbridge in the final match of the season. Surprising their opponents, who were above them in the league, by picking up 8 of the 10 points available,. Result Honiton 79 Teignbridge 72. Home: P Miler, C Nex, S Hiscocks, P Hackwood 12-27; A Brown, B Maynard, R, Barwick, C Fisher 26-14. Away: R Hirons, J Mitchell, J Grant, A Hillyear 19-18; C Galinski, D Broughton, B Harris, S Evans 22-13.

On Friday this week, (2.30pm), four Honiton veterans, with a combined age of over 360 will take on four Honiton youngsters, combined age 56, in a two set - six-end challenge.

There will also be a demonstration by other youngsters of their bowling skills, some of whom have been playing only a few months. It would delight them all if a good group of spectators came along to support them.

The club finals were still being played at the time of compiling this report, so they will be reported upon next time.

By Tony Tooley

Honiton Bowls

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