Winning four of five rinks not enough!

PUBLISHED: 18:08 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 15 June 2010

Seaton Bowls: leaving the showers behind in Seaton, five triple mixed teams went to Tiverton on Saturday and played in glorious sunshine.

Seaton Bowls: leaving the showers behind in Seaton, five triple mixed teams went to Tiverton on Saturday and played in glorious sunshine.

Although Seaton won on four out of the five rinks, it was still a win for Tiverton 96-69.

Seaton's best team was Shirley Fewtrell, Michael Follenfant and skip Sue Rutter winning 20-8. Thanks to Tiverton for a wonderful afternoon of bowling.

On Sunday 3rd, the weather changed when Seaton men travelled to Cullompton for the return match in the Two Counties League competition. The rain started after the trial ends were completed and did not stop until the final bowl had been delivered. Despite the atrocious conditions, both sides played extremely well, a nail biting match. The overall lead was first held by Cullompton then by Seaton, so it was a seesaw game. After fifteen ends, Cullompton led 53-52. In a concerted effort by Seaton they eventually secured a 85-68 victory, with all four rinks winning. Brian Kenning, George Mabon, Ron Rowley and skip Alan Wood won 22-14. Well done to Bill Rogers, Laurie Skipper, Don Yaxley and skip Les Tooze who won 18-17 despite being down 16-8 with just five ends to go. It proves never give up until the last bowl is delivered.

On Wednesday, Ron Rowley, who was captain for the day, welcomed Warwickshire V-P BA tour. The final score was a win for Warwickshire 103-92. Seaton's best team was Malcolm Carvell, Bob Benfield, Colin Halsey and skip Peter Greenwood winning 23-11.

On the same day, the two Over-60s triples teams played away against Budleigh Salterton where they lost 31-34. Keith Richards, Ray Thompson and skip Roger Woolland won by nine shots 18-9. Unfortunately the other Seaton team lost by 12 shots.

On Thursday, four ladies' rinks played against Madeira at home. Seaton had hoped all would change after tea, but no such luck; Madeira won 80-71. Seaton's best team was Olive Blunden, Pat Fullerlove, Shirely Fewtrell and skip Rhonda Follenfant winning 20-15. Unfortunately the match against Feniton was cancelled, so the men had an afternoon of rest!

Seaton want to congratulate David Ford on passing the first stage of his coaching exam, and wish him every success in the future.

On Friday, the men played in the Perham Cup where teams of four were invited from Budleigh Sulterton, Chardstock, Feniton, Honiton, Lyme Regis and Sidmouth. This was a round robin competition, started in 1980 when Win Perham presented the Perham Cup in memory of her late husband. Win unfortunaltey died in 2002, and so the Perham Trophy was presented by her sons in her memory, this being the ladies' competiton.

Seaton would like to extend their sincere thanks to the Perham brothers, one who lives in Salt Lake City and the other in Stanmore Middlesex, for their continued support for this event. It is very much appreciated and always enjoyed by all who take part. It is over 24 ends in total and the winners this year were Chardstock who have been Seaton men's main challengers in many competitions this year. But Seaton would like to congratulate Chardstock who won by +18. Their team was T Bird, G W Bodily, P Compton and skip N Denshaw. Keith Miles, the men's captain, presented each member of the team with a small bottle of Jack Daniels and a hip flask. Two teams, Honiton and Sidmouth, tied on +12 and had to have a play-off which was won by Honiton, who became the runners-up.

Congratualtions to the Honiton team of Ken Clarke, George Hoare, T Young and skip Don Russell; they were presented with a small bottle of Glenlivet and a hip flask. Fortunately the sun shone which made it a very pleasant afternoon.

l On August 2, three ladies went to Honiton to play in their Invitation Round Robin. Although they did not win, they had a superb afternoon and were treated to a cream tea.

Seaton ladies Sheila Pike, Ann Wright and skip Shirley Parkhouse thank Honiton for their warm welcome, and congratulate their winning team.

By Jenny Wilde

Seaton Bowls

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