Supporting the fisherman

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 15 June 2010

On Friday the members of Axe Cliff Seniors' and Ladies' Sections were delighted to be able to present to Gina Moore, the South West Regional Organiser of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen a cheque for a magnificent £1,420.

On Friday the members of Axe Cliff Seniors' and Ladies' Sections were delighted to be able to present to Gina Moore, the South West Regional Organiser of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen a cheque for a magnificent £1,420, representing the fund- raising during the year of office for David Bruce and Dawn. Gina travelled up from Truro to receive the cheque and gave a very appreciative talk and thanks to those members present at the clubhouse. David and Dawn picked this charity for their year as fishing is so important in the South West and this is the only UK one that cares solely for our Fishermen and their families. We all love our fish and chips but, sadly, on average every year, in the UK, 100 fishermen are killed or seriously injured and some 28 boats are lost, wrecking lives and livelihoods. The charity does wonderful work in supporting the brave fishermen and their loved ones in difficult and traumatic times.If anyone would like to become a friend of the Fishermen's Mission please write to: The Fishermen's Mission, Mather House, 4400 Parkway, Solent Business Park, Whiteley, Hants PO15 7FJ. There are a number of collection boxes with the business community in Beer as wellThe picture shows Gina, in the middle of David and Dawn, receiving the cheque.The main club competed in good conditions for a change for the April medal. Winner of Division one with a nett 68 was David Quinn (9), second was Ryan Smith (12) with a nett 70 and in third place was Nigel Pritchard (11) with a nett 72. In division two the winner was Phil Hellier (15) with a nett 68, second was Shane Brown (19) with a nett 69 and in third place was Brian Board (18) with a nett 70. On Saturday, the A team played their first East Devon League match of the season in persistent rain against Exminster. Axe won 3-2 with the best win of the day a 7-6 victory by Paul Curtin and Simon Vincent.The ladies played their Centenary Cup with a medal round in glorious sunny conditions. The winner of the cup and the Silver division was Sandra Walker (15) with a nett 77. Winner of the low bronze division was Janet Dack (24) with a nett 84 and the winner of the high bronze was Lucille Bannister (26) with a nett 84.The seniors had two matches this week. The first an inter-club fixture with Vivary Park at Taunton which despite some close encounters ended in a 4-2 victory for the home club. Winning pairings from Axe Cliff were Brian Blackwood/Iain Bain and Keith Wilson/Paul Burgess.The second and slightly more important game was in the Emerton Court Trophy, which is an annual Seniors' knock-out event between all registered Devon clubs. It is on a home and away basis and, after a bye in the earlier round, the first leg of the second round tie against Hele Park was played at Axe Cliff. Despite fluctuating fortunes in the final match, the home team triumphed in all games to take a 5-0 advantage into the return leg. To rub salt in the visitors' wounds, the home club also won the match between the travelling reserves. The entire team comprised Gerry Turner/Chris Jowett, Cyril Hellier/Geoff Hubbard, Brian Blackwood/Iain Bain, Bill Collier/Hugh Willis, Brian Wilkes/Bryan Dale and Chris Walker/ Malcolm GlassOn Friday a gale force easterly wind played havoc with the competitors in the April Medal. Only nine players managed scores of 79 nett or less and the eventual winner, out on his own with 76, was Tony Strong (8). Three players returned scores of net 78 and second place on countback went to Peter Knighting (14) and third place to Keith Wilson (12). John Gooding (20) was the unlucky player to miss out on the prizes.

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