Madeira ladies’ enjoy a very special visit

PUBLISHED: 10:34 01 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:34 01 May 2015

Margaret Brotheridge, lady president of Bowls Devon (left) with Madeira ladies’ captain Ann Doidge

Margaret Brotheridge, lady president of Bowls Devon (left) with Madeira ladies’ captain Ann Doidge

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Following the opening drive on Thursday, Madeira held a successful Open Day on Saturday, writes Jenny Smith.

Madeira captains for 2015 season (left to right); Ladies' captain Ann Doidge, men's captain Charles Darke together with the vice captains.Madeira captains for 2015 season (left to right); Ladies' captain Ann Doidge, men's captain Charles Darke together with the vice captains.

It was a great team effort supported by the captains, the coaching team and many others and the event attracted around 30 people to the club to see for themselves the facilities and have a go at bowling.

Many of them will follow this up with a coaching course to find out if bowls is the sport for them.

Despite dire weather forecasts, the rain held off so those who came were able to try out the game on the outdoor rinks.

Another open day will be held on Saturday, August 23, prior to the start of the next indoor season.

One of the highlights of the season for the ladies is the fixture always played early in the season against the ladies’ of Bowls Devon. Captain Ann Doidge and vice Captain Angela Denner welcomed Bowls Devon lady president Margaret Brotheridge and her team of eight rinks to Madeira on Sunday.

Again the weather was kind and the club looked at its best with those who prepared the greens and gardens having done an excellent job.

It was an important day for six ladies, including two Madeira Members Jean Rainton and Margaret Ratcliffe, who were presented by the President with their well-deserved County badges.

Madeira did well to win on five of the eight rinks although not the overall match which Bowls Devon Ladies won by 175 shots to 121.

The team comprising captain Ann Doidge with skip Sandie Cox, Janet Grundy at lead, and Jenny Smith at three, achieved the best shot difference of the day with a win of 24 shots to 12.


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