Seaton ladies’ duo triumph in Madeira Open Pairs competition

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The outdoor bowling season may be drawing to an end, but the Sidmouth ladies continue to see plenty of action, writes Susie Bonnell.

The ladies hosted a friendly match of triples with three teams from Feniton. Played on a gloriously sunny Sunday there was an unexpected ‘happening’ for one section of the team!

That came on rink two where they got a surprise cooling down when the groundskeeper put on the sprinkler system on the bottom green.

The nice gentle breeze blew the spray straight back onto the players’ rink! The Feniton ladies managed to win on two of the three rinks - but it was skip, Elaine Reed and her team of Karen Hollingdale and Mary Smith, who managed to make a comeback and secure a winning rink for Sidmouth with a score of 18-14.

In one of the last open tournaments of the season, Jean Brimson and Eileen Hewett travelled to Exmouth from where they returned as winners of the Ladies’ Open Pairs Tournament at Madeira. Well done, to the bowls belles from all at Sidmouth Bowls Club.

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Sidmouth ladies sent a team to play on behalf of Devon County Section Three at the County Jubilee Trophy on Monday of this week.

Playing at Torbay Country Club, Sidmouth ladies’ captain, Valerie Newnham, Pat Ashton-Pritchard, Jean Brimson and Eileen Hewett joined other Section Three teams - Honiton, Ottery and Seaton - and managed to get through to the final playing the Section One teams. Sadly, Section One teams proved to be very strong opposition and Section Three lost the final by just nine points.

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So, despite being runners-up, it’s congratulations to all involved, particularly the Sidmouth Ladies.

Last, but most certainly not least, Sidmouth ladies Over-50s Yellow team played their final match of the season at Belmont, Exeter earlier in the month.

One rink, with ladies’ captain, Valerie Newnham and her team, Mary Bristow and Brenda Sommerfield had a resounding win, with a score of 21-10 but, despite a good rally at the end, the other team lost 22-16.

However, the overall score, 37-32, ensured Sidmouth Yellows took away four of the available six points.

At the time of writing, we still don’t know where the Sidmouth Yellows have ended in the league, but they have done the club credit with their good efforts.

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