Padbroke prove to be stronger

The highlight of the week was an Inter Club match against Padbroke Park.

The highlight of the week was an Inter Club match against Padbroke Park. The format in this competition is two rinks played home and away, with the aggregate score deciding the winner. Both teams played a close game in the first ten ends with Padbroke slightly ahead by three shots. At 15 ends Sidmouth had reversed that to take a three shot lead. However, Padbroke came back strongly and ran out overall winners by 84 to 72.Best winning rink for Sidmouth was Ray Tallent, David Lever, Ron Cook and skip Bill Boddy with a score of 22-14. The away winning rink was Ken Bridgeman, Stuart Hamer, John Wall and skip Trevor Wilkins 19-18. On Sunday we entertained a team from Chudleigh who, although not having an indoor rink, play 12 friendlies away from home during the season.Sidmouth proved a little too strong for Chudleigh with a win by 78 to 53 shots, in a very enjoyable and friendly game. Best winning rink for Sidmouth was Lorna Lever, Bill Turner, Adelina Constable and skip Ron Cook. We are now in the last eight weeks of the season and perhaps it is timely to review the situation of our leagues.One of the strongest leagues in East Devon is the Sidmouth Triples League, sponsored by Potbury's, which is now in its 36th year. The current standing is Exonia in first place with 20 points followed by Sidmouth Red on 18 points and Madeira are third on 16 points with two games in hand. Sidmouth have three squads playing in the league, Red led by John Mason, Blue led by Cliff Hewitt and Green led by Eddie Mills.In the Budleigh League, Sidmouth are currently in third place behind Exonia and Madeira, with 32 points. Exonia are in first place with a lead of 58 points.Our internal leagues prove very popular with two triples and a pairs format. The latter is played as a three set match, each of seven ends. If you lose badly in the first set you are still not out of the game as the scores count for each set to give a win or loss. Currently in the lead are the Twitchers led by Norman Brimson with 49 points.In the nominated Triples league, the Otters lead with 20 points, having won all their matches. In second place are the Whisperers on 13 points, followed by the Magpies, who have three games in hand, on 10 points.Squad "C", led by Brian Smith, are the leaders of the second indoor triples league, on 22 points, closely followed by squad "E", led by Norman Brimson, on 19 points.

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