Learn to play the game at Sidmouth

Sidmouth ladies entertained the Devon County Ladies Indoor Bowling Association Patrons to a match with very satisfying results.

The Sidmouth team won on all three rinks but the icing on the cake was a ‘hot shot’, that is winning the maximum of eight shots on one end. This was especially gratifying as it was against the County President and the County Vice President!

S Mison, B Sparkes, M Smith, J Bishop 23-16 (hot shot); B Farmer, P Harvie, P Wrench, J Fricker 24-9; I Rogers, M Price, J Painter, DV Taylor 21-12.

Sidmouth were disappointed that Dawlish could not raise a full team so we had to play triples. Disappointed too that they won by 52 shots to 45. Well done to the one winning team of S Rose, S Mison E Stribling 20-17.

In the Lane League, Sidmouth braved the pouring rain to go to Plymouth (it was very sunny in Sidmouth).

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Plymouth are in the process of building a grand new sports centre which is due to be opened late next year so we did not mind wading through the muddy car park.

Sidmouth won one rink at home and one away but an overall shot total gave Sidmouth six points. Home teams: L Lever, S Graham, M Price, M Smith 11-20; A Smith, S Rose, B Sparkes, E Stribling 20-13.

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Away teams: M Watson, J Green, A Constable, P Harvie 15-19; G Cronk, S Cook, J Painter, D V Taylor 18-8.

Against Honiton, in a friendly match, Sidmouth lost 51-72. However, Margot Beauchamp, playing in her first match, had an excellent game and was on the winning rink. Well done M Beauchamp, S Mison, J Fricker, J Bishop 25-13.

?With only two mixed friendlies it was a week off for most of Sidmouth Men’s section. Unfortunately, the mid week match at Exonia had to be abandoned at 13 ends when an Exonia lady member collapsed on the rink requiring paramedic treatment.

?In the Potbury’s sponsored Sidmouth League there was a very good result for the Sidmouth Matadors, beating Exmouth Beachcombers 31-10.

Due to illness the match was reduced to triples, with each side agreeing to reduce their match score by 25 % to keep a correct balance in the gross shot difference result. This was the first defeat for Beachcombers this season. Matador’s team was Brian Smith, Tony Brown and skip Ron Cook.

John Mason and Ron Cook progressed to the area quarter finals of the National Pairs beating a Madeira team 24 8.

On Thursday, the club held a training course on “Playing The Game” A total of 32 members attended which created a great deal of interest and positive response from those who participated. One of the key elements was head building with the “Phantom Bowler” including reading the head.

For those who could not attend, a second repeat course will take place on December 12.

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