We do not have detailed reports on every game this year but will add a monthly summary.
Wed May 1st (From Graham Brough)
Over 55 W Team had a good 8-0 win against Ipplepen at Marldon
Wed May 1st Over 55 (V) v Torquay away. (From Colin Whiley)
New member Dave Thompson with Ray O'Brien & Tony Mason had a steady if not slow start against Alan Jordan, with both teams sharing the points up to the 5th end 3 points each. Torquay then found their line opening up a 16 - 7 lead after 15 ends. Dave did manage to pick up 3 shots on the last end but too late as Torquay ended winning 18 - 10. The Triple of Colin Whiley, Terry Grant & Barry Hodges had a very steady start from the boys saw them pick up 1 shot on each of the first 5 ends. 5 - nil up. What could possibly go wrong. Well as it happened Terry's pencil broke, Barry's pen stopped working. Colin became deaf, at Tea after 11 ends the score was Torquay 18 Marldon still on 5.... Marldon did manage to score another couple of single shots when play resumed, to Torquay's 11. Final score Torquay 29 Marldon 7. Overall Torquay 47 (8) Marldon 17(0)
May 2nd (From Maureen Heath)
RMTL played at Torquay winning on all three rinks.
23 16 Theresa, Lyn and Martin 23 7 Pat Edwards, Ray and Carol 16 15 Pam Hills, Gordon and Maureen Heath
Good game had by all but very chilly day.
May 4th - Saturday’s MDL/A v MDL B game for the Barry Keenor Trophy was won by the A team this year with a score 89-62, getting 2 winning rinks, I draw and I losing rink.
The ‘A’ team rink of, Ray Sandercock, Bob Tame, Ed Sosnowski and Tony Powell fell behind early on against Ray O’Brien, Dennis Quincy, Dave Thompson and Shaun O’Leary and were 7 shots down at tea. Changing the rink around for the second half stopped them from falling further behind and they eventually lost 14-21.
‘A’ team rink of Graham Dowell, Colin Mills, Terry Bowles, and Kevan Davey had a close game against Terry Grant. Harry Swan/Colin Whiley (half game each), Martin Rolfe and Paul Stretton and finished with a 18-18 Draw.
‘A’ team rink of C Cradock, A Pearson, G Brough and A Routledge took a seven shot lead into tea but then dropped 9 shots in three ends before recovering to be level at the 17th end 17, but a 5 on the 18th end and three more shots on last two ends gave the ‘A’ team a 25-17 win.
The fourth ‘A’ team rink of J Gibbons, T Mason, D Potter and G Routledge totally overpowered Barry Hodges, John Gilbert, Chris Lockyer and Bryan Salter winning 15 of the 21 ends for a 32-6 victory.
May 10th - The Rivera B Team played their rearranged game away to Babbacombe this morning. Winning two of the three triples and drawing the other. Val Howe winning 38 - 6. Ginny Murphy winning 23 - 12 & Terry Grant drawing 15 all. Overall score Babbacombe 33 (1) Marldon "B" 76 (9)
Mon May 13th – A rearranged Over 55 V team, at home to Torbay Country Club, lost 0-8. One rink briefly led at 14th end but lost game on last 4 ends. Other rink was always in trouble and lost heavily.
Tuesday May 14th MDL ‘A’ v Newton Abbot, our first game of the season.
With three A team players missing this was always going to be difficult.
On Rink 1, Paul Stretton Bob Tame, Ray Sandercock and Tony Powell pulled out a 13-5 lead but were then pegged back to 13-14 down before a 4 on the 17th end gave them a three shot lead with 4 ends to play. Newton Abbot scored one on 18th end to reduce deficit to 2 shots but a two on the 20th end gave Marldon a four shot lead with one end left. Newton Abbot did their best and by moving the jack managed to pick up three shots on last end, which meant Marldon won by one shot. 19-18 was final score, and two points for Marldon.
On Rink 2, John Gibbons, Tony Mason, Doug Potter and Gary Routledge looked the strongest rink on paper and so it turned out as they pulled out a lead on Newton Abbot only to be pegged back to within one shot after 19 ends. A good finish from Marldon saw them win 19-16, Another 2 points
On Rink 3 Graham Dowell, Colin Mills, Terry Bowles and Kevan Davey fell steadily behind and lost by 13 shots (11-24) while on Rink 4 Colin Whiley, Barry Bailey, Graham Brough and Alan Routledge got off to a poor start, only winning 2 of the first ten ends to go 3-23 down. Although they won 6 of the last 11 ends it was not enough to stop a heavy defeat 13-32. So, no points from Rinks 3 and 4 and the overall result was a loss 62-90 and a 4-10 result for the table.
Wednesday May 15th - all games were called off due to Former Fixture Secretary, Peter Gadd’s funeral.
Thursday May 16th – Friendly Game against returning tourists Lancashire Lads and Lasses
A pleasant afternoon spent with our friends from Lancashire. Game finished 3 Rinks to both teams. Marldon won 96 - 92 on total scores.
With only one friendly game left in May, 2 players are vying for the Captains Player of the Month. Maureen Heath & Patsy Edwards… (only the captain knows the criteria for winning this award)
May 22nd- Fantastic Result Today in the Ladies Inter-Club competition Marldon Ladies Won both rinks against Morchard Bishop, 21 - 13 & 16 - 15. Well done Valerie Howe, Pat H, Rosemarie & Steph. Pam Neale, Sue Muller, Leigh & Ginny. Round Two is against Bradworthy at Tavistock (neutral ground) on the 5th June.
May 28th - Ladies ‘A’ team played their first game today at Upton Park. Only one winning rink, 18-16, other rinks lost 15-16 (unlucky) and 35-13 (ouch). 2 Points from the game.
May 29th - Another tale of woe for the Over 55 'V' team again this morning at Brixham as we played in drizzly conditions and lost 0-8 again. Dennis Quincey, Bob Tame and Dave Thompson started well enough and were 14-5 up by the 8th end before a dropped six encouraged the opposition to try harder. Marldon still had a 3 shot lead after the 14th end before a second dropped six gave our opponents the lead for the first time. They then added another 5 shots to Marldon's 3 and this Marldon rink lost by 5 shots. The other rink of Terry Grant, Barry Hodges and Martin Rolfe were five one down after 4 ends but a four on the sixth end put them 7-5 up. The Brixham rink then slowly pulled away for rest of the game and finished 6 ahead of Marldon. End result 36-47 and 0 points.
May 29th - Well done national 2 4s, both skips scored on last end to give us victory by one shot beating a strong Torquay side.
Well after what seems like forever the Men's B Team got their season started with a visit to Babbacombe. Score: Babbacombe "B" 67 (4) Marldon 76 (10)
With our 2 old stalwarts of Shaun & Bryan winning their respective rinks. Our new boy's Martin Rolfe & Colin W losing their rinks by small margins. A great result to start our year. Next up we are away to Totnes on Saturday afternoon.
May 31st Foxlands Trophy
The home rink of John Gibbons, Colin Mills, Gary Routledge and Kevan Davey played well to win against the TCBC 4. Our away rink of Doug Potter, Andy Pearson, Graham Brough and Alan Routledge got an 11-5 lead before allowing TCBC to catch up. Marldon then dropped a three and a six to go 20-11 down, however a late comeback allowed them to finish only 3 shots behind with final score of 18-21. This was sufficient when added to the Home team’s win to take Marldon through to next round where they will play Stoke Fleming.
A summary of the games for which reports have been submitted.
Saturday June 1st Second MDL/B team game
Totnes A 95 (12) Marldon B 75 (2)
For our second league game this week we travelled away again, this time a short journey to Totnes. A very difficult afternoon with 3 of our Rinks finding the green very tricky. Only a solitary win by Colin Whiley’s Rink by 29 - 14 giving us a couple of points.
-- Monday June 3rd – County Pairs. Gary and Alan Routledge took on the King’s BC international pairing of Louis Rideout and Sam Tolchard tonight. In a very close game Marldon were level until half way but a four from the King’s Duo gave then a slight advantage for second part of game. However Marldon kept trying and Kings were forced into killing ends to keep their lead. Although Marldon took the game to the full 21 ends they narrowly lost 18-23.
--- Wednesday June 5th - Marldon played Newton Abbot at Marldon in the National Top Club competition.
The Two-wood between John Gibbons and Jack Lenton was neck and neck right up to the 19th end with neither player able to score consistently and at 19 end scores were level at 11 all. Jack, from Newton Abbot, then scored 2 2’s to clinch the game.
In the four-wood singles Doug Potter faced W Stevens and by end 7 Stevens had built up a 12-4 lead. He then failed to score for the next 6 ends as Doug pulled the score back to 11-12 but then dropped a 4 followed by a 3 to leave himself 11-19 down. Although Doug got another shot on the scorecard it was too late as he lost 12-21.
Having lost 2 of the five rinks we now needed wins from the pairs, triples and rinks. Our pair of Tony Powell and Kevan Davey started slowly allowing the away team to build up a 15-7 lead by the tenth end, but then won the next 5 ends to take the lead 17-15 with 6 ends to go.
Meanwhile the rink, Tony Mason, Terry Bowles Graham Brough had got themselves 17- 12 up with five ends to go.
Our triples rink, Colin Mills, Ed Sosnowski and Gary Routledge had fallen 5-13 behind but a 2, a 3 and a one brought then to within 2 shots with only two ends left. At this point the match could have gone either way.
In the triples game Newton Abbot scored three shots on the last two ends to win the game 16-11 and end Marldon’s chance of an overall win.
Meanwhile our pairs rink dropped a three but levelled game again at end 17, but a second dropped three put us 3 behind with three ends to play. We picked up a shot on end 19 but it was not enough and Newton Abbot finished with 2 5’s for a 31-19 win.
The fours game was no longer going to make any difference and from 17-12 up Marldon dropped 9 shots on last three ends to lose 18-21. So that marks the end of our National Top Club competition for this season.
Friday 7th June – Foxlands games against Stoke Fleming postponed due to heavy rain.
Sat 8th June 2019 Marldon MDL/B v Kingsbridge.
The players gathered at Marldon at 12:00 in the rain, waiting to see if the game would be on, and (with passports ready) they set off for Kingsbridge. The sun was shining by the time they got there and the game went ahead. Marldon were unlucky to lose by one shot on two of the rinks and three shots on a third rink. The fourth rink also lost, so no points for Marldon today. We’re hoping for better results when we play our home games.
Sunday 9th June 2019 Marldon A v Paignton at Paignton BC.
At 10am it was raining so we gave it a few minutes before starting. Colin Whiley, Bob Tame, Ed Sosnowski and Tony Powell had a steady start and had a 5-4 lead after end 7, this was unchanged after end 8 which was tied. A 4 from Marldon on the 9th end put a bit of daylight between the teams and a further 10 shots on next four ends gave Marldon a 19-4 lead by the 13th end. Although Paignton pulled back five shots on next five ends an even finish saw Marldon win 24-14.
Colin Cradock, Andy Pearson Graham Brough and Alan Routledge would have won by two shots if the score was counted from after 6 ends, however on the first 5 ends Marldon had scored 16 shots without reply and turned this 16-0 lead into a final score of 31-13.
With a 28 shot lead from these two rinks, Marldon looked on course to take the overall win regardless of the results of the other two rinks who were having more even games.
In a close game, Graham Dowell, Colin Mills, Terry Bowles and Kevan Davey were level on the 9th and 15th ends and still 2 shots behind after 18 ends but picking up five shots on ends 19 and 20 and only dropping one shot on last end was enough to pick up a two shot win. 19-17.
John Gibbons, Tony Mason, Doug Potter and Gary Routledge also found themselves in a close game but a 4 and a 1 on ends 14 and 15 gave the Paignton Rink a 6 shot lead. The next two ends gave each team one more shot but end 18 was Marldon’s end as they scored a 7 to go one shot ahead, and a 2 on the 19th end increased the lead to three. Although Marldon did not score on the last two ends they only let the opposition score one each end which resulted in a 25-24 win for the Marldon Rink giving us a final points total for the match, 14-0.
Sunday June 11th – Gary and Alan Routledge, who had both played in the ‘A’ team game earlier in the day at Paignton, were beaten in the National Family Pairs event by a younger brother and sister pair.
Wednesday June 11th - Over 55 V Team. Away at Babbacombe.
Barry Hodges, Dennis Quincey and Martin Rolfe got off to a slow start and were 1-10 down by the 6th end, but then picked up 9 shots to opponents 2 to reduce the deficit to 2 shots by the 14th end. (10-12) Marldon dropped one more shot on the 15th end before a very good finish from the Marldon Trio gave them scores of 5, 2 and 1 on last three ends to win their game by 5 shots (2 points to Marldon).
Ray O’Brien, Bob Tame and Terry Grant were in a much more even game and were level after 6 ends. By end 14 Marldon had built up a 5 shot lead, reduced to 4 shots after end 15. At this point the aggregated score was 25-24 to Marldon and the potential of our first win of season looked close. Babbacombe had other ideas and a poor 16th end allowed Babbacombe to pick up 6 shots to gain a 2 shot lead (aggregate 30-30). A further one shot on end 17 gave Babbacombe a three shot lead on this rink but the aggregate score still favoured Marldon at 32-31.
The other rink finished with a one, so all this rink needed was second wood for an overall win, even if this rink couldn’t win its own game. It was at this point the wheels fell off Marldon’s wagon. The Babbacombe front end surrounded the jack leaving Marldon in trouble, and Terry, who was having a good game overall, had the unenviable task of trying to find a way to the jack through five Babbacombe woods. He knew he couldn’t afford to be short but his last wood was a little too quick, found all the gaps between the Babbacombe woods and took out Marldon’s only close wood for a score of 7 to Babbacombe creating a final score of 25-15 to Babbacombe on this rink and an overall score of 38-33 to Babbacombe (Final points score Marldon 2- Babbacombe 6).
Wednesday June 11th ,10am - Over 55 W Team. Home to Babbacombe.
Wed June 11th – 2pm Marldon Ladies v Paignton (4-3-2-1 Competition) (Report from Maureen Heath)
Our Ladies took on Paignton today, but Paignton soon got the upper hand. Our single went down 32 8 after 21 end, and triples losing 11-23 Fours were level at 18 ends, but aggregate on three games was now -36 Pairs were in the lead, but after dropping a 6 to go 19-14 down, Marldon realised they couldn’t catch up the aggregate score and conceded the match.
Wed June 11th – 6pm Marldon v Kings (away) - National 2 - Fours game
Kings BC, on their own green, were too strong for Marldon tonight and won on both rinks.
Thursday June 13th – Unlucky for some, as our RMTL ‘A’ team game and our friendly against Northampton Old Boys were cancelled due to waterlogged green and heavy rain.
Friday June 14th Devon Top Club Knockout Competition V Totnes at Marldon
Having lost in the national Top club recently we had a better game tonight as our ’Top Club’ Team beat Totnes and go forward to the next round. Doug Potter raced into an 18-0 lead in 9 ends of the four wood singles before dropping a 4 on tenth end. his opponent only managed another three shots before Doug closed out the game with a 22-7 win. John Gibbons had a closer game in the 2-wood singles. After 23 ends John had a narrow one shot lead at 18-17 but a two and a one saw him win 21-17. (unlike normal 2 wood games, which play only 21 ends, Devon Top Club still plays to 21 shots which was the old rule for all 2 wood competitions). The Triple of Colin Mills, Bob Tame and Ed Sosnowski also had a close game which was 8-3 to Marldon after 11 ends, but Totnes fought back to get within one shot on 15th end. Some very good Bowls by Ed allowed Marldon to close out the game with 6 more shots to give Marldon a 16-9 win which meant with three winning scores Marldon had won the game. Kevan Davey and Tony Powell were only two shots down with three ends to go and the Rink of Colin Cradock, Colin Whiley, Graham Brough and Alan Routledge were 19-12 up with four ends to go, at which point Totnes knew they had lost and conceded the game.
Tuesday 18th June – MDL ‘B’ How things change, after last week's defeat at Kingsbridge where we lost 14-0. (Losing by a small margin on 3 of the rinks) Tonight our B Team welcomed league leaders Chudleigh. The rink of Paul Stretton, Les Clarke, Peter Collings & Angus McMartin got off to a great start 8-2 up after 5 ends. A very even game from then on ended in a 20 - 16 win for Marldon. Shaun O'Leary, John Gilbert, Terry Grant, & Ray O'Brien also started well taking 6 shots on the first end. Never looked back continuing to tot up the points finishing with a 13 point victory, 29 - 16 to Marldon. Not such a good night for Bryan Salter, Carlo Bragagnolo, Harry Swan & Barry Hodges losing 5 shots on the first end. It was always going to be a hard task from then on. However, they kept on plugging away scoring what was to be very important 5 shots on the last 3 ends. Losing 11 - 22 Colin Whiley, Gordon Page, Chris Lockyer, & Dennis Quincey were 11 shots up before the Chudleigh boys scored. Although our boys never picked up any points over the last 5 ends they had done enough to win by 27 - 23. Final score on the night, Marldon 87 (12) Chudleigh 82 (2).
Wednesday 19th June - Over 55s
This morning both our V & W Teams had home games. The W team v Brixham St Marys. Gordon Hewer, Terry Bowles & John Gilbert never got going 0 - 13 down after 5 ends. From then on the two teams shared the points. Marldon losing out 13 - 27 Bryan Salter, Colin Mills & John Morgan also found the morning hard going losing by 11 - 20. Final score Marldon 0 Brixham St Marys 8
The other game saw our V team play Totnes. Martin Rolfe, Barry Hodges & Keith Hollings had a even game up until the 12th end when they picked up 6 shots eventually winning 21 - 14. Terry Grant, Ray O'Brien & Dennis Quincey also shared the points for the first ten ends. It was then that they took control winning 6 of the last 8 ends winning 24 - 15. This gave Marldon ‘V’ team their first win of the season 45 (8) 29 (0). Was a bit of a wet morning all round rained non-stop all morning.
Saturday June 22nd. MDL ‘B’
Marldon B Team visited Upton Park this afternoon in the MDL.
Bryan Salter, Dave Alcorn, Barry Hodges, & Dave Thompson opened up a 8 shot lead after 5 ends. The teams shared the points up until the 15th with Marldon still in control. However, Upton picked up 12 shots over the last 4 ends to win 24 - 18.
Shaun O'Leary, Carlo Bragagnolo, John Gilbert & Ray O'Brien had quite a steady start and were leading by 9 shots to 6 when the teas arrived at 11 ends. They then picked up 13 shots on the next 3 ends. Although Upton fought back Marldon won by 26 - 18
Terry Grant, Pat Walton, Angus McMartin & Les Clarke had a close game all the way with nothing between the two teams, with Terry picking up 4 shots on the last 4 ends Marldon win 17 - 14
Colin Whiley, Dennis Quincey, Gordon Page & Chris Lockyer were 6 - 4 down after 6 ends. It was then Dennis and his new woods (His first game with them, Duh !!) got into the game, What with Gordon & Chris playing their normal steady game. Marldon scored at steady rate and never at any time looked in any trouble, with Colin also adding to the points tally. Marldon won 20 - 14.
Final Score:- Upton Park 70 (2) Marldon 81 (12).
Tuesday 25th June - MDL ‘B’ Division 3 Game Tonight home to Bitton Park.
Tonight was all about 29s & 23s Colin Whiley, Gordon Page, Dennis Quincey & Chris Lockyer found the opposition in fine form. Right from the start they were out bowling us, scoring steadily from the start. After picking up 11 shots in 3 ends at the halfway point, Bitton won with a score of 29 - 12
Shaun O'Leary, John Gilbert, Colin Egan & Ray O'Brien suffered much of the same. Also losing 11 shots in 3 ends just before tea. Bitton winning 29 - 15
Paul Stretton, Angus McMartin, Terry Grant & Les Clarke could do nothing wrong leading by 15 - 1 after 7 ends. Picking up more points over the second half of the game, Marldon won 23 - 17
Bryan Salter, Dave Alcorn, Barry Hodges & Harry Swan played a steady game and were never in any trouble throughout, Marldon Winning 23 – 15 Final score Marldon 73 (4) Bitton Park 90 (10)
Wed 26th June Over 55 V (It’s a funny old game)
O 55’s V team were at Brixham St Mary this morning Rink 2. Dennis Quincey Ray O’Brien Terry Grant Rink 3. Les Clarke, Carlo and Martin Rolfe
At tea Martin was 10-8 up with Terry not having gained a point for 12-0 down. Come the 16th end Terry had picked up 10 points to trail 21-10. Martin picked up a 6 for 20-10 17th end Martin picked up 2, Terry 1 and we were suddenly winning overall . Last end Martin dropped 1 shot for a great 22-11 win Terry picked up another 2 to make it 12-21 Overall Marldon 34 Brixham St Mary 32 Points 6-2 Great result for us . Well done all. (Report from Ray O’Brien)
Thursday 27th June - County Trophy.....
End of the road tonight as Torquay turned the tables tonight beating us on 3 of the 4 Rinks Overall score Torquay Win by 17 points.
Men's Devon Top Club - Friday June 28th
Result Brixham St Marys 1.5 - Marldon 3.5
After a minor misunderstanding tonight's Top Club game v Brixham St Mary's got underway at 6.30. While we were arriving at Brixham our opponents were at Marldon. Phone calls Brixham came back. (Good job we were not playing Dartmouth)
2 wood singles - John Gibbons had no problem and was always in control from the start opening up a lead from the off. Winning his game convincingly by 22 - 9
4 wood singles - Doug Potter was level after 9 ends score 9 all. After 15 ends all had changed Doug was 20 - 11 down. Then all changed Doug never lost another end, completing a great comeback Winning 21 - 20
Triples - Paul Stretton, Colin Mills & Colin Whiley struggled to keep with their opposition and were trailing by 12 shots after 9 ends 3 - 15 down. All changed from then on Brixham never picked up another shot. Marldon just ran out of ends. Final score 14 - 15. A creditable performance by the two B team players & CM.
Pairs - Tony Powell & Kevan Davey lost 5 shots on the first end. However, they put that well and truly behind them. They scored freely for the rest of the game and were 36 - 19 up when Brixham conceded after 19 ends. This giving Marldon the 3 disciplines required to win the match and go through to the next round.
Fours - Graham Brough, Shaun O'Leary, Terry Bowles & Tony Janet Mason. Marldon were 14 - 7 down after 11 ends. Graham and the boys staged a comeback and had managed to draw level when the game was halted with 2 ends to go.
Well done to all
Next round is on Friday July 12th. Away to Torquay or Babbacombe
It’s never easy playing on the carpet at Kingsteignton, but remembering we won 14-0 on a similar surface at Dartmouth last season we were hopeful of picking up a few points, but sadly it was not to be and we went down on all four rinks for a 0-14 result.
Rink 1 Tony Powell, Ed Sosnowski, Bob Tame and Paul Stretton went 0-7 down after 4 ends before starting to score and had pegged back to 5-8 down at 9 ends before a dropped six saw our opponents take a nine-shot lead. Marldon kept on trying and frequently held shot but the opposing Skip Kevin Taylor was on top form and could do nothing wrong, usually removing Marldon’s nearest wood from the head to win the end. Marldon only managed to score on three more ends and eventually lost 9-30.
Rink 2 Alan Routledge, Graham Brough, Dennis Quincey and Barry Hodges also let opponents get 6 shots on the board in three ends, before scoring a three. Marldon continued to fight back and were level at 10 all by the 13th end but Kingsteignton then scored 9 shots in next three ends to put daylight between the teams. Marldon did edge the last few ends by 4 shots to 2 but it was not enough and they lost 14-21.
Rink Three Gary Routledge, Doug Potter Tony Mason and John Gibbons put up a fight and were neck and neck until the 13th end where scores were level at 12 all. Ends 14-16 was where this game went wrong as opponents scored 11 shots without reply. Both teams scored 5 shots on last five ends which left Marldon trailing 17-28.
Rink 4 Terry Bowles, Graham Dowell, Andy Pearson and Colin Mills had a difficult time and only managed to score on 5 of the 21 ends, losing 6-26 (BT)
Overall Score 46-105.
July 4th Marldon ladies were busy again today playing re-arranged match against Dartmouth managed to get 8 points to add to the nine scored yesterday, so good two days bowling. (MH)
Marldon ‘A’ (Apes) 8 - Brixham St Mary 2, winning on 2 rinks of three rinks with overall win.
July 4th MDL ‘A’ v TCBC at Marldon
A better night for Marldon, winning on three of the four rinks for a 12-2 win.
Rink 2 - Gary Routledge, Doug Potter Tony Mason and John Gibbons raced into a 13-0 lead in 4 ends before the opposition scored 7 shots of their own in next three ends. Marldon never let the opponent get any closer and ran out comfortable 34-22 winners (2 points)
Rink 3 - Alan Routledge, Graham Brough, Andy Pearson and Colin Whiley got off to a slow start in a low scoring game and were 4-13 down after 12 ends, but then stepped up a gear to win 8 of the last 9 ends for a 17-14 win (2 points)
Rink 4 – Kevan Davey, Terry Bowles, Colin Mills and Graham Dowell also made a good start to be 13-0 up after 5 ends and continued in the same way only allowing their opponents to score on 5 of the 21 ends. Final score 29-8 (2 points)
Rink 5 - Tony Powell, Ed Sosnowski, Bob Tame and Paul Stretton struggled to get any consistency and after briefly being 6-4 up found themselves 9-18 down after 11 ends. More effort from the Marldon Team brought them back to within 2 points by the 15th end (17-19) but a stronger finish from TCBC winning 4 of the last 6 ends saw them win 28-20 (0 points). (BT)
July 8th MDL ‘B’ v Paignton Torbay B--- Hot Shot! - Ooops.
Marldon B (87) 12 - Paignton Torbay B (66) 2
The B Team had another good win tonight.
Bryan Salter, Barry Hodges, Harry Swan & Terry Grant lost a couple of shots on the first end, however the second end proved to be magical Bryan drew his second wood for a perfect 8 (Hot Shot), followed by another 4 on the third. At tea they held a 19 - 5 advantage. Over the next 10 ends Bryan & the lads could only manage 1 more point. Going into the last end the game was all square at 21 points. You've guessed it Paignton /Torbay won the last end by one shot, completing a great comeback to win 22 - 21.
Shaun O'Leary, Dave Thompson, John Gilbert & Ray O'Brien started slowly against P.Dewinne finding themselves 5 - 1 down after 5 ends. After the 6th they picked up shots steadily, with 5 ends left they were winning 19 - 8. Final Score 24 - 16
Paul Stretton, Les Clarke, Martin Rolfe & Angus McMartin. Another Rink where Paignton/Torbay took early advantage always with a 4 or 5 shot lead up until the 14th. Leading 13 - 8. Marldon then scored 9 points in two ends taking the lead. Never looking back Marldon went on to finish with a 22 - 16 victory.
Colin Whiley, Gordon Page, Pat Walton & Dennis Quincey started off at a steady rate opening up a slight lead by tea 10 - 6. The second half of the game went much the same way, with the final score being 20 - 12.
All in all, a good 12 points secured tonight. (CW) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
July 9th Ladies SDL Marldon B vs Abbrook Park It was quite exciting without any of the ladies realising how close the game was .
Lynda Taylor, Ginny Murphy, Lin O’Brien won 23-17 Carole Page, Gill Hartley, Maureen Stanley lost 19-22 Jane Lake, Chris Read, Sue Muller somehow were 2 ends behind and were losing by 6 points at which time we were also losing overall.
A fine 3 on the 17th end by Jane meant they could lose 3 points and still obtain a draw . However, we were holding 1 shot on the last end and with the last bowl of the game their skip took the jack and for a moment we thought oh bugger. But they only got 2 shots.
Abbrook were now jumping up and down but hadn’t realised they’d lost 56-55 Result = Marldon 6 Abbrook Park 4 (Ro’B) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
July 9th MDL ‘A’ v Shaldon ‘A’
Marldon’s MDL A team took on Premier league leaders Shaldon tonight and soon discovered why they were league leaders. Kevan’s rink (with Terry Bowles, Colin Mills, Graham Dowell) managed to keep game close and was level at 14 ends but Shaldon then took 16 shots to none in last seven ends. (12-27)
Alan Routledge’s rink (with Graham Brough, Andy Pearson and Martin Rolfe) also kept game close and were only 4 shots down on 16th end before a stronger finish from Shaldon saw the win on this rink too (23-15).
Gary Routledge’s rink (With Doug Potter, Tony Mason and John Gibbons) briefly took the lead after 8 ends but then failed to score on next 10 ends and the five shots picked up on last three ends were no more than a consolation prize as they lost heavily. (15-31)
Tony Powell’s rink (With Ed Sosnowski, Bob Tame and Bryan Salter) could only score in 1’s and 2’s while Shaldon were scoring heavier and three 3s, a 5 and a 6 gave them a healthy lead. (12-28)
Final score was Marldon 54 Shaldon 108 (14 points to Shaldon. Nil for Marldon.) (BT)
July 12th MDL B Team - Result Marldon B 6 Upton Park 8
Another sun-drenched night we welcomed Upton Park to our green this evening.
Rink 2 Colin Whiley, Pat Walton, Gordon Page & Dennis Quincey had a very close game against Olly Keeson. At tea after 10 ends the score board read 10 - 10 - 10. The next 3 ends Marldon picked up 7 shots for a 17 - 10 lead. Although Upton picked up a few shots they ran out of ends, game ending in Marldon’s favour 22 - 19 (2 - 0 )
Rink 3 Paul Stretton, Les Clarke, Martin Rolfe & Angus McMartin. A similar story, at tea the score was 14 - 13 in Marldon’s favour. After gaining a 24 - 14 lead Marldon saw out the game winning 25 - 20. (4 - 0 )
Rink 4 Shaun O'Leary, John Gilbert, Dave Thompson, & Ray O'Brien started steadily finding themselves 8 - 0 up after 5 ends. Points were shared from there on. With Marldon Winning 18 - 14 (6 - 0 )
Rink 5 Bryan Salter, Gordon Hewer, Barry Hodges, & Harry Swan. This rink a completely different story was taking place. Upton Park were in total command after 12 ends Marldon were still to trouble the scoreboard (0 - 22) After stopping for a cuppa, things didn't get much better for Marldon. They managed just 6 points on the night. Score when last wood had been bowled 6 - 32 (6 - 2)
Final Score on the night ended then with Marldon 71 (6) Upton Park 85 (8) (CW)
July 12th - Very close ‘Top Club’ Game at Torquay tonight. Doug lost four wood, John Gibbons got to 20 all in two wood before a toucher on last end saw him win 21-20. Triples finished four shots down, so we had to win on rink and pairs games. Alan Routledge, Graham Brough, Terry Bowles and Bob Tame managed to open up a lead and keep it to the end in the fours, which meant everything now depended on the pairs game. Kevan Davey and Tony Powell were also in a close game and with one end to go Torquay had pulled level at 22 all. On last end Kevan drew shot and opponents failed to beat it with their last two woods meaning Marldon won the match by three games to two. (BT)
July 13th - MDL Cup. This morning 19 teams turned out at Torbay Country Club. Both A & B of Marldon were represented. B Team (Colin Whiley, Paul Stretton, Bryan Salter & Shaun O'Leary) 13 v Torquay C Club 18 The A Team of John Gibbons, Tony Mason, Terry Bowles & Doug Potter played Brixham. I have no scorecard for this game. However, the A Team won the game. They were then given a Bye to the semi finals.
Semi's & Final to be played @ Paignton bowls club on Saturday 14th September. (CW)
Losing the above players from the Friendly team for the game at Credition that day proved too much as Marldon lost on all 6 rinks. (BT) -----------------------------------------------
Tuesday July 16th Ladies SDL ‘A’ - Marldon v Brixham St Mary
Maureen Heath Pat Edwards & Teresa Cornelius started well and were 8-6 up after 7 Ends before a poor 8th end saw them drop a 7 to go 8-13 down. Good bowls on the next 4 ends saw Marldon reclaim the 7 to reclaim their 2 shot lead. Dropping 6 shots on the next three ends looked bad but Marldon held themselves together and finished with 8 shots on last three ends for a 23-19 win.
June Gibbons Val Howe and Pat Haynes dropped a seven on the first end and although they scored on 10 of the 20 remaining ends it was not enough and they lost 10-16.
Pam Neale Pam Hills and Jane Lake build a 5 shot lead and then dropped a 5 on end 7 then built another 5 shot lead before dropping a 6 on end 15 to be one shot behind with three ends left. 3-2 to Marldon on last three ends made this a tied game at 18 all. Overall result 51-53 Close but not close enough. (BT)
Men’s over55’s V Team result Yet another very close game this morning at Country Club . Carlo B , Dave Thompson & Martin Rolfe At tea 9 ends were leading 12-4 Ray O’Brien , Dennis Quincy & Terry Grant were drawing 7-7 Come the 17th end TCC had made ground on Martin but Martin still leading 15-12 Terry losing by 3 ... 13-10 game all square . Come the last end Martin lost a shot to win 15-13
Terry’s rink were holding 3 when their Skip missed on his last shot so we asked for 3 telling Terry to not take his last bowl to draw 13-13 Marldon win 28-26 points 7-1
Wednesday July 17th - MDL’A’ v Torquay (away) Less said the better 0-14 was score
Our best rink lost by 8 shots, our worst rink lost by 30 shots, the other two both lost by 19 shots.
Thursday July 18th - MDL ‘B’ v Torquay ‘B’ (away) A good win for Marldon.
Rink 1 Brian Salter, Pat Walton, Barry Hodges & Ricky Knapp. With the return of Ricky making his first appearance of the year, we could be forgiving for expecting high hopes. After 5 ends Bryan found himself 7 - 1 down. However, after 10 ends Marldon had managed to get themselves back into the game at 10 all. From then on they managed pick up points at a steady rate finishing with a 21 - 15 victory. (Torquay 0 Marldon 2)
Rink 2 Shaun O'Leary, John Gilbert, Dave Thompson & Ray O'Brien. This proved to be a very evenly contested affair with neither side taking control. both teams taking in in turns to score. 5 - 5 at 5 ends. 16 - 16 at 15 ends, so no surprise that the game finished at 21 points each. (Torquay 1 Marldon 3)
Rink 3 Paul Stretton, Les Clarke, Martin Rolfe & Angus McMartin ) Marldon opened up a 15 - 7 lead at the halfway point. After the Tea Break much of the same as the lads kept the pressure on final score 24 - 16 in Marldon's favour.
(Torquay 1 Marldon 5)
Rink 4 Colin Whiley, Gordon Page, Dennis Quincey & Terry Grant. After a slow start found themselves 5 - 2 down after the first 5 ends. They then won 9 of the next 10 ends opening up a 20 - 7 lead. Although Torquay rallied from then on, Marldon were never in danger of losing their grip on the game, finishing with a 24 - 17 victory. (Torquay 1 Marldon 7)
Final Score on the night Torquay B 69 (1) Marldon B 90 (13)
Thursday 18th July - RMTL . Marldon Apes result - Playing at home Vs Totnes .
Tony Till , Chris Gilbert & Maureen Heath never put a foot wrong and won comfortably . Theresa Cornelius Lin O’Brien & Martin Rolfe started slow and were 7-0 down after 3 ends but went on to win by about 6 shots . John Gilbert Pat Edwards & Ray O’Brien started awful and were 12-1 down at tea but came back strongly to lose by only three shots 13-16 Overall win for The Apes 8-2 ⟂≳
July 22 MDL A v Kings at Marldon
14 ‘A’ team players and two subs from B team took on Kings tonight. Alan Routledge, Graham Brough Ray O’Brien and Colin Cradock took on a rink skipped by England international Louis Ridout and had a very competitive game, briefly taking the lead on 12th and 18th ends before Kings scored 3 on 20th end to win 19-17. (0 Points for Marldon.)
Ed Sosnowski, Ray Sandercock, Bob Tame and Barry Hodges also found themselves in a close game and were level on 11th and 14th ends before Kings scored 6 shots in three ends to open up a six point lead with four ends to go. Marldon reduced the deficit to 2 shots before Kings won last two ends to win 24-19. (0 points to Marldon)
The rinks skipped by Gary Routledge and Terry Bowles both found themselves in one sided games where the opposition had the upper hand and both lost heavily.
Overall result Marldon 62 (0) Kings 108 (14), another bad result for Marldon.
Wed 24th July- Another bad day at the office for the Over 55’s V Team Away to Paignton Ray O’Brien , Demi’s Quincy & Martin Rolfe Lost 31 – 14 ( a lot closer than it looks ) Carlo Boombang , Dave Thompson & Terry Grant Lost 25 – 15 ( gave away 6 on the last end ⟃⇔ Overall 56 – 29
Well done the ladies ‘A’ team for winning on all 3 rinks at home against Paignton/Torbay, 10 points, well done all !!
Wed 24th July Colin Cradock, Bob Tame & Colin Whiley. Played & lost their unbadged triples semi final to a fine team from Upton Park. Finally going down by 23 - 10.
Wed. 24th July. MDL Marldon B v Babbacombe B
This evening Marldon welcomed Babbacombe for a 3rd division MDL game.
Rink 1, Bryan Salter (Barry Hodges, Harry Swan & Chris Lockyer) started off like an express train picking up 6 shots on the first end. This was followed by 4, 3, & 1. After 10 ends when tea arrived Marldon held a 14 - 4 lead. What happened next (Who knows) Babbacombe picked up 1 or 2 shots on all remaining ends except 1. Final score Marldon 15 (0) Babbacombe 23 (2)
Rink 2, Shaun O'Leary (John Gilbert, Dave Thompson & Ray O'Brien) found themselves 6 - 1 up after 5 ends. Babbacombe rallied and by 10 ends the game was all square at 8 all. The visitors had the best of the second half of the game finally winning by 4 shots.
Marldon 18 (0) Babbacombe 22 (4)
Rink 3, Paul Stretton (Dave Alcorn, Angus McMartin & Martin Rolfe) Babbacombe were in complete control of this game right from the off, only losing 3 ends in the whole game.
Marldon 8 (0) Babbacombe 36 (6)
Rink 4, Ricky Knapp ( Terry Grant, Gordon Page & Dennis Quincey) A very even game played out on this rink. Nothing could separate the two & at the tea break the scores were level 11 all. Babbacombe picked up 5 shots on the 3 ends straight after the brake, scores were then shared until the end giving them a 22 - 17 victory.
Marldon 17 (0) Babbacombe 22 (2)
Final Score Marldon 58 (0) Babbacombe 103 (14)
Friday July 25th Devon Top Club Section Final v Kings at Marldon
Didn’t get off to a great start when the two singles both lost. 5-22 in Two wood, John Gibbons never really got started against Louis Ridout, Doug Potter went down 10-21 in four wood. This meant the Pairs Triples and Fours all had to win.
Triples Ed Sosnowski won a tight game 17-14, pairs (Kevan Davey and Tony Powell) fought well but lost by one 16-17 , Rink was losing at this point and conceded once other results were known.
Sat 27th July – Friendly game, away at Bovey Tracey (at least I thought it was friendly)
Only Ed Sosnowski’s rink managed to win as our other three rinks went down heavily on a green that was very different to Marldon’s green.
We went here hoping for a good result but unfortunately it was not to be as we lost the overall game by 5 points despite having two winning rinks.
Tony Powell, Ed Sosnowski, Bob Tame and Ray Sandercock started well enough with a four-shot lead (4-0) but then dropped 10 before scoring again. (5-10). Trying hard we narrowed the gap to one (10-11) before a dropped 4 gave the opposition a bit of breathing room (10-15). Although we narrowed the gap to 13-15 after 15 ends, a better finish from TCBC saw them win 22-16. (0 points)
Alan Routledge, Graham Brough Andy Pearson and Colin Cradock were 7 -0 down after two ends but pulled back to level game in next 4 ends. A dropped two was a minor inconvenience as we picked up 8 shots in next 3 ends to go 15-9 up. The second half of the game was just in Marldon’s favour as we pulled away by one more shot for a 24-17 win. (2 Points)
Kevan Davey, Terry Bowles, Colin Mills and Graham Dowell found themselves well down after 8 ends and even narrowing the gap to 4 shots during ends 9 to 11 was just temporary respite before TCBC raced away to a 26-10 win. (0 Points)
Gary Routledge Doug Potter, Tony Mason and John Gibbons were 5 shots up before opponents got on scoreboard and had increased their lead to 10 by end 10. A TCBC comeback which included a 6 on end 13 brought them back within 3 shots, but Marldon closed the game out winning the last 6 ends for a ten-shot win (24-14) (2 Points)
Tuesday 30th July - Marldon B v (league leaders) Bitton Park. MDL Division 3 game.
On a very wet and windy evening before the game got underway the discussion amongst the players was how many ends had to be played to achieve a result.
Rink 1. Shaun O'Leary, John Gilbert, Dave Thompson & Ray O'Brien started well and were 5 -1 up after 5 ends. However, Bitton Pk. won all but 3 of the remaining ends to finally win convincingly 25pts to 10. Bitton Park 2 Marldon 0
Rink 2. Bryan Salter, Barry Hodges, Pat Walton & Harry Swan found themselves 12 - 2 down after the first 5 ends. When the long-awaited tea arrived, they were 19 - 8 down. It didn't get any better in the second half of the game Bitton Pk. winning by 38pts to 11. Bitton Park 4 Marldon 0
Rink 3. Paul Stretton, Angus McMartin, Martin Rolfe & Chris Lockyer. Not much between these two teams early on. Although Bitton Pk had managed to move 4 shots clear after 11 ends when tea arrived 11 - 7. When play resumed Marldon only managed to score 2 more points, Bitton Pk. scored quite heavily. The game finishing Marldon 9pts Bitton Park 34 Bitton Park 6 Marldon 0
Rink 4. Colin Whiley, Gordon Page, Dennis Quincey & Ricky Knapp. Marldon started very well and were leading 13 - 6 at the halfway point. It was just after the break for tea the rain was at its worse. Bitton Pk. rallied and very quickly turned the game round and by the 16th end they were leading Marldon by 15pts to 13. However, our lads fought back and never lost another end. Marldon winning by 23pts to 15. Bitton Park 6 Marldon 2
Final Score Bitton Park 112 (12) Marldon 53 (2)
Wed 31st July Over 55 Leagues
Marldon’s V team lost 31-43 to Brixham but one winning rink gave us another 2 points.
Marldon’s W team lost heavily to Torquay. 12-50.
We also had a friendly game against a Touring team from Ware, Hertfordshire today which finished as a tie, with three winning rinks for each team and scores level after 21 ends.