Sidmouth men played their second round of the Devon TopClub against Madeira (Exmouth), writes Carol Smith.
Sidmouth were the challengers and so all five disciplines should have been played at home. However, owing to the unfortunate fact that the leather jackets have caused havoc to our green over the last couple of seasons, the County advised us to play two disciplines at home on our best two rinks and the other three disciplines at Madeira – thus losing home advantage.
Andrew Lowe had a good win at home in the two-wood singles. The fours, also playing at home, were involved in a very tight, close game, doing so well and at the 19th end were level at 20-20.
Sadly, they lost the 20th end by several shots and so that made it a very difficult game to come back in.
I had the pleasure of watching this game and I have to say I blame the hundreds of seagulls and flying ants who invaded the green!
As a bystander, they drove me to distraction, so they probably affected the players concentration too!
In the away element of the fixture the triples of John Richards, Roger Stewart and skip John Mason also had a good win, but the four-wood singles and the pairs both lost.
To make progress in this competition a team needs to win three of the five disciplines and so, our overall two successes means that’s it for this year in terms of Sidmouth men at the Devon TopClub competition.