Newsletter June -September 2019

September Newsletter 2019

Congratulations to  ladies over 50`s  Blue triples team who  finished Division 1 champions with 2 games still to play, with an excellent win at home against Sidmouth Yellow  the top rink was Di Morley, Lillian Hurley- Smith,and Chris Barradell who played her first game of the season after a long injury, good to see you back Chris. Also congratulations to the men`s over 60`s "C" triples team who finished the season as champions of their division, the newly formed team played outstanding bowls all year not only winning the division but recorded the highest shot difference in the whole league, promotion to the next division well earned and high expectation to do well again next season. The men's "A" team finished a very creditable third in the top division, playing at times sublime bowls including being the only team to take a rink from the otherwise 100% record of the champions Topsham. Unfortunately, the "B" team found life a tad difficult in division 2 but hope to relight their fires in division 3 next season. In the EEML the club finished second in the league with a well-earned draw at home against a very good Wellington team winning on 2 rinks, drawing on one and losing the fourth with an overall score of 63 shots each, the top rink was Ruby Grigg, Andy Ross, Linda Stone and Dave Yardley. The ladies team reached their first-ever semi-final in the Grace Matthews Top Club, competition sadly losing to Kings Club Torquay after putting up a spirited fight in a match played ay Madeira.

 A good win away at Chardstock in a 4 rink friendly played in perfect bowling weather with an overall score of 89-73 winning on three rinks, the top rink was "Super" Steve White, Chris Anton Peter Grigg and Dave Yardley. On a really hot muggy afternoon at Phear Park, the club won again, winning 3 of the 4 triples and overall 67-51 in a thoroughly enjoyable game against very amicable opposition the top rink being Steve White, Andy Ross, and Angie Mayhew. The club played hosts to a touring team of Brookfield Electric Bowling Club Leicester, on a beautiful sunny afternoon by the sea, winning all 4 rinks and overall 102-63 with the top rink being, that man again Steve White  Norman Stone, Lillian Hurley-Smith and Di Morley.  The club raised £210 for the Seaton carnival committee in its annual carnival drive with the top rink of Steve Potter, Matt Tyne, Don Yaxley and Maria Johnson being presented with the trophy by the Carnival Princess.  The Perham Trophy was won this year by the team of Peter Grigg, Hillary Sunderland, Ed Backhouse and Sue Mathews who competed against 40 other club members enjoying a fabulous day of bowls with a wonderful lunch and tea created by the clubs very talented catering team.    Perham)                   


  The weather was extraordinarily bright for Finals Weekend as was the bowling of Ken Taylor, playing with total consistency on his way to lift 4 trophies including the men's pairs with Ron Rowley. Club vice-captain Angie Mayhew who deservedly won 3 trophies including the ladies handicap against the amazing Maria Johnson who also took home 3 titles perhaps the best of which were the two wins in the open competitions against strong male players . The clubs new Men`s champion is Phil Critchard, who also won the men`s handicap, playing in his own very relaxed unique style The Club Ladies champion is once again Pat Whitworth playing smooth precision bowls.  Roger Woolland once again won the men`s 2 wood.


Steve White with Dave Yardley were the Ray Jeffery`s trophy victors, and Kathleen Manley with Carol Armitage lifted the Iris Aymes trophy. Lin Vieth in blistering form won the Harman Trophy, Andy Ross with Liz Wilde and club stalwart David Ford stylishly out bowled their opposition to win the Mixed Triples title Delightful wholesome food was served all weekend by the clubs amazing catering team, the Ladies Invitation where Lillian and Terry - Hurley Smith took on Maria Johnson and her invitee Peter Barradell .The final end full of pressure, provided more oustanding bowling by all four combatants, the end and the enthralling match was decided by a caliper measure on the last wood delivered ,that was to be adjudged as shot by 2 millimeters giving victory to Maria and Peter


     In the final friendlies of the season, the club won away against a very strong team at  IIminster by just 5 shots with top rink honours going to Andy Ross and his team of Mike Clarke, Rob Hudson and Carol Armitage. In the away tie at Chardstock the club won by 16 shots having taken 3 of the 4 rinks with top rink of Steve White, Chris Anton, Peter Grigg and Dave Yardley. Also a couple of defeats one away against local rivals Lyme Regis though by only 2 shots having shared the rinks 2 each with a good performance by Peter Newton, Rod Armitage ,Liz Wilde and Roger Woolland winning 25-15 as top rink, the other loss was at home against Ottery St Mary who inflicted a drubbing with a superb performance of bowling winning on 3 rinks but kindly allowing Seaton a draw on the other rink thanks to the efforts of Kathleen Manley, Mick Brown, Pierre Anton, and Dave Yardley. In the final match of the season against Taunton, there was success on all four rinks and an overall points win of 106-50 with top rink of Margaret Nicholas, Matt Tyne, Angie Mayhew, and Les Tooze scoring a wonderful 39-7 victory. The club has had a very good year winning 25 of 32 friendlies played, all of them in good spirit and light-hearted banter as becomes the very nature of the game.