MARLDON OPEN MIXED FOURS TOURNAMENT 2018
In weather that could not have been better this year (in fact it was very hot!), everyone had a marvellous day. As the day commenced the club and surroundings looked absolutely superb and was a testament to the incredible work put in by many Club members leading up to and running this event.
The entire day went without a hitch and after some excellent bowling and three matches completed for each and every team it was time to identify the winners. In third place were P Grant, C Parker, R Parker & B Dunm. The runners up position was taken by P Phillips, M Symons, T Berry & G Heaven. In first place was a team consisting of R Woolland, C MacDonald, R MacDonald & S Fewtrell. The winners cheques and the trophy were presented by Marldon Bowls Club President, Mr. R Knapp. Well done to everyone taking part and especially to those that won!
The green was in very good condition bearing in mind the extremely hot weather and lack of water in the lead up to the tournament, so many thanks have to go to Paul Stretton and his team for their work to provide such a good playing surface.
None of this could have occurred without the planning and preparation behind the scenes to make the day go without a hitch, well done and thankyou to Fran Vallis for taking up the mantle and organising the day (again) along with the support of Kevan Davey who created and printed all the programs and scorecards.
Alongside Fran on the day were the scorers Colin Cradock and Colin Whiley who recorded and posted ongoing results. Lynda Taylor did a fantastic job meeting and greeting all the visiting bowlers and spectators.
Car parking was again under the control of Keith Durbridge who marshalled the parking with great aplomb and made sure everything went smoothly.
As previously stated the Club looked superb for the day with lovely planted pots and hanging baskets – supplied by Barry & Linda Hodges, Dave Alcorn and others. Allan Coombe and his team ensured furniture was arranged to provide maximum seating capacity for bowlers and spectators.
The draw was once again excellently run by Pat Edwards who with her helpers put their heart and soul into selling a fantastic number of tickets.
With the weather being as warm as it was Dave Alcorn who had a great time and did a fantastic job selling ice creams. He was also instrumental in getting two extra match day sponsors in the form of Cox of Torbay Garage (who provided a free car/van valet and a free car van MOT test). The second extra sponsor was Ye Old Smokey House pub which offered up a complimentary meal for 2 with a bottle of wine. These extra prizes were auctioned and raised £82.50.
It’s not just the bowling that makes the day go well, the social aspect was first class as ever. Special thanks have to go to Gordon Page and his trusty team of helpers, Carole Page and Lynda Taylor who ensured the bar was manned at all times to provide the much needed drinks. The catering was first class so our thanks must be extended Carole Page and to all those involved, especially Chris Read, Jane Lake, Betty Amos, Maureen Stanley, Sue Muller, Theresa Cornelius, Marcia Piper, Derek & Pat Denbow and Anne Bailey in the provision of lunches, teas, coffees, etc . We also had a trusty team of food logistics personnel who made sure meals and sides were delivered to the right place at the right time. They were Barry Bailey, Ricky Knapp, Gordon Page, and Bryan Salter. There were plenty of compliments regarding the catering. Last but by no means least on the food front we have to thank everyone who baked and supplied a cake for the day.
At the eleventh hour we had to put a substitute rink in to cover a late withdrawal so many thanks to Barry Hodges, Maureen Morgan, Ray O'Brien & June Gibbons for forming the substitute rink.
Ricky Knapp, our Club President looked resplendent in his finery presenting the winning teams with their cheques and the trophy.
This was a superb day with the club showing itself off really well – the feedback and comments heard around the green throughout were nothing short of fantastic. We have named some people here who helped make things happen. There were many other members who helped out in advance of and throughout the day, too many to mention (and too risky for Editor to miss someone out) but you know who you are – A MASSIVE THANKYOU.
Fran Vallis - Tournament Organiser