Madeira duo edged out in last eight of National Finals

PUBLISHED: 14:32 16 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:32 16 April 2017

Madeira duo Catherine King and Jan Roberts at National Over 60s Pairs finals at Nottingham

Madeira duo Catherine King and Jan Roberts at National Over 60s Pairs finals at Nottingham


The big news of the week was the National Finals of the Ladies Over 60s Pairs held at Nottingham, writes Jenny Smith.

Catherine King and Jan Roberts had won their place to the finals for the second year running in this event.

They had a comfortable win of 18 shots to 9 against West Devon for their place in the quarter final, but lost against a strong performance by Yeovil in that round. Catherine and Jan were disappointed not to make the semi-final as they had last year, but thrilled to have got so far again.

The 2017 indoor season came to a close with a flurry of fixtures.

The Nomads who play to raise funds for charity came for their annual visit as they have done each year since 2012.

The mixed Madeira team led by men’s captain Ian Sowden did well on this occasion winning on two of the three rinks and overall by 69 shots to 58. All games were very close, but the captain’s team which included Margaret Humphrey, Graham Cottey and Penny Preece achieved the best shot margin of 26 shots to 19.

There was a final friendly fixture, again mixed, against Exeter’s Isca which resulted in a convincing win for Isca who won all three rinks and overall by 62 shots to 35.

There followed a couple of fun internal club games. The outdoor men’s captain, Vic Doidge, and his team played the men’s indoor captain, Ian Sowden and his team.

The outcome was significant wins on all three rinks for the indoor captain and his team with Graham Clarkson playing with Peter Hyett and Andy Lock achieving the best shot difference of plus 20.

The final game of the season, held on Good Friday, was the Lady Patrons versus the Men’s Vice Presidents.

The ladies did remarkably well only losing by 50 shots to 56. Vice-captain Jean Healey and her team of Myra Furminger, Debbie Cole and Ann Doidge were delighted with their 21 shots to 18 win.

Carole Worth and her team only lost by one shot on the last end against the men’s captain Ian. A fun end to the season with hot cross buns for tea.

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