So close to county glory at Honiton

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:09 16 June 2010

It s been a story of missed opportunities this week for all the ladies involved in County Finals.

It's been a story of missed opportunities this week for all the ladies involved in County Finals.

Thursday saw them play in the Grace Mathews Trophy known as the Devon Top Club Competition at Madeira.

It is played over five disciplines and in the morning's semi-final Honiton played Barnstaple United Services.

It was a very hard-fought match. Rosemary Hirons was first to finish with a 17-11 win in the Two Wood Singles. Carole Fisher was next in the Four Wood Singles after a tough fight against Chris Lake, one of Devon's Johns Trophy squad, the game stood at 20-20. Chris gave Carole the mat and she soon had a bowl right on the jack. Chris managed to move it and expose the jack but she just missed the conversion by a whisker and Carole won 21-20.

The next tight match was the Triples. Yvonne Rayner, Ann Hillyear and Dulcie Broughton managed to hold a very strong trio to 15-15 going into the last end. The opposition was holding four shots when Dulcie went to the mat but, with the last bowl of the match, she trailed the jack for two shots to win 17-15.

Rita Barwick and Brenda Harris did well to win the Pairs 18-12 and Lynda Dommett, Chris Nex, Joan Heard and Sue Evans just missed out in the fours at 18-20.

The final in the afternoon was against Plymstock, Plymouth. The rinks were changed in direction and proved very tricky to find. Plymstock had a stronger, and I must say, a little younger, squad and proved too much for Honiton who came out second best at 1-4. Honiton Ladies did brilliantly to finish second out of 51 clubs that entered, well done, girls!

Friday saw Jean Mitchell and Rita Barwick playing for the honour of being crowned Devon Over 70's Ladies Pairs Champions. In the morning semi-final their opponents were a pair from Plymstock skipped by Mary Player, whom they beat.

In the final they played against Wendy Barnard and Genny Moore, a very tight match that resulted in a 1 shot defeat for the Honiton pair. How close can you get?

Friday also saw Carole Fisher and Sue Evans up against Madeira's England pair Liz Smerdon and Sue Harriott. After a thrilling last end in which Sue was 4 down on the match she did managed to get 2 shots so missed out on County Championship by 2 shots.

Sue and Carole were in action again later, this time joined by Joan Heard, for the 2 wood triples final now they were up against a triple from Tavistock skipped by Sue Wilcox, but again they could only manage second place.

Later in the week Rita Barwick was in action with Carol Pidgeon and Pearl Hackwood. This time at Tiverton West End Club in a Two Wood Triples, and guess what they were runners up again. Still not bad second out of 24 teams.It just goes to show how good a bowler you need to be to become County Champion. But it shows how competitive the Honiton Ladies are, to have so many in the County Finals is a magnificent effort and we are all very proud of them.

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