Great start to Centenary
Centenary celebrations got off to a start when the season opened, with the Hudson family raising the new Centenary Flag which had been donated by them in memory of their late parents, Leoni and Bill Hudson, past members of the club.
Centenary celebrations got off to a start when the season opened, with the Hudson family raising the new Centenary Flag which had been donated by them in memory of their late parents, Leoni and Bill Hudson, past members of the club.With 88 players all looking forward to the opening Drive, yes, you guessed, the heavens opened up in the morning, the green was unplayable and the drive cancelled.The first men's match against Chardstock ended up very close with Chardstock just pipping us at the post 55-58: D Bridgman, R Daniels, J White (skip) 18-21; E Saunders, F Adlam, E Mills (skip) 15-21; R Tallent, J Mason, R Seldon (skip) 22-16.Sidmouth entertained the first touring team from West Wickham who are also celebrating their centenary this year. Ladies' Captain Jill presented their captain with a wooden plaque engraved with with a scene from Sidmouth. Sidmouth were the victors in this match, winning 134-53: S Mison, K Hutton, S Lewis, C Hewett (skip) 26-11; B Barber, P Gomm, B Daniels, C Smith (skip) 31-7; P Pritchard, J Davies, E Hewett, MFD Smith (skip) 25-11; P Mison, M Bristow, N Brimson, J Bishop (skip) 22-14; J Brimson, P Norvill, D Taylor, P Wilson (skip) 30-10.The Ladies v Gents match was very well supported and a close game, but alas the ladies beat us 109 shots to 103. Congratulations and well done. J Greenaway, d Mountford, J Wall, W Boddy (skip) 13-20; B Barber, W Turner, J White, n Brimson (skip) 24-15; R Talent, P Norvill, E Mills, C Hewett (skip) 15-18; A Appleby, B Hague, L Catford, P Wilson (skip) 17-20; B Smith, M Daw, J Mason, MFD Smith (skip) 21-13; M Watson, D Lever, B Mortimer, P Clements (skip) 13-23. In the Exeter & District over-60s League, the A side, playing against Exonia, won, taking all eight points. The B side won against Heavitree, taking six points.The men have recorded good wins in the last two matches playing Budleigh Salterton, winning 141 shots to 91: A Appleby, P Norvill, N Brimson (skip) 21-15; T Godfrey, K Bridgeman, MFD Smith (skip) 25-13; J Davies, P Mison, P Wilson (skip) 21-21; A Holland, R Marston, E Mills (skip) 25-18; M Watson, W Turner, J Mason (skip) 23-10; B Barber, J Richardson, W Boddy (skip) 26-14.Against Madeira, Sidmouth won 126 shots to 89: R Tallent, B Mortimer, C Hewett (skip) 16-13; B Smith, T A Pritchard, J Mason (skip) 20-19; R Denning, R Graham, P Clements (skip) 23-10; D Bridgeman, L Catford, R Seldon (skip) 24-14; T Lee, B Hague, R Daniels (skip) 31-12; E Wise, D Mountford, J White (skip) 12-21. The mixed touring side from Westlecot was also a win for Sidmouth, 131-100: P Pritchard, P Mison, D Taylor, C Hewett (skip) 20-19.P Hague, J Chew, J Mason, C Smith (skip) 26-12. F Wilson, D Mountford, P Wilson, A Newman (skip) 30-13. B Jones, J Mountford, J Richardson, MFD Smith (skip) 15-19; S Mison, B Hague, T A Pritchard, E Hewett (skip) 18-19; P Chew, K Hutton, K Bridgman, J Bishop (skip) 22-18. Our mixed friendly match against Starcross was a defeat for Sidmouth 66-76: D Bridgeman, E Saunders, W Turner, E Hewett (skip) 20-22; P Norvill, J Chew, M Smith, C Hewett (skip) 18-13; R Tallent, F Humphreys, C Turner, E Mills (skip) 14-24; B Smith, D Taylor, P Norvill, J Fricker (skip) 14-17.On Monday, May 12, the club have a match with Bowls England as part of the centenary celebrations, three rinks men and three rinks ladies - your support will be very welcome. Sidmouth's green has played very well and is a credit to greenkeepers Alan, Barry and Noel who have worked hard on the greens during the close season.