I AM LOOKING FOR A CLAIM FOR THE HIGHEST AWAY SCORE BY A PLAYER UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE, THE HIGHEST I CAN FIND IS 58, HAVE YOU ANY IN YOUR TEAM?   I AM ALSO LOOKING FOR CLAIMS FOR THE HIGHEST 3 AWAY SCORES CUP, THE HIGHEST I CAN FIND FOR THAT IS 218.

THE CONTENDERS FOR THE FIRST CUP FINAL HAVE BEEN DECIDED. THE HUNTERS WILL PLAY LANGTREE B IN THE MAN-FOR-MAN CUP.SINCE THEN LANGTREE B HAVE ALSO MADE IT TO THE FINAL OF THE FRONT PIN CUP WHERE THEY WILL PLAY BEE GEES. APART FROM THAT, THEY ARE DIVISION 1 CHAMPIONS. REDS B ARE DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONS AS ARE BACKSCUTTLERS IN DIVISION 5 AND SIX AMIGOS IN DIVISION 4. WE NOW KNOW THAT FLOPPERS HAVE WON DIVISION 3 AND WEARE GIFFARD A DIVISION 6.THE HUNTERS HAVE ALSO MADE IT TO THEIR SECOND CUP FINAL, THE PRESIDENTS CUP, WHERE THEY WILL PLAY ALLSORTS. REDS B HAVE ALSO REACHED THE JUBILEE CUP FINAL WHERE THEY WILL PLAY FELLOW DIVISION 2 SIDE WALLABIES. STRIKERS & MASHERS WILL REPRESENT BIDEFORD AT THE NORTH DEVON CHAMPIONSHIPS, THEIR PRIZE FOR REACHING THE BRIDGMAN CUP FINAL.      OUR TWO TEAMS  IN THE COUNTY CUP FINALS ARE OLD PROS OF DIVISION 4 AND SUPERSTUDS FROM DIVISION 1 WHO BEAT FELLOW DIVISION 1 TEAM MASHERS AFTER TIEING AND PLAYING 3 EXTRA RUBS.                                                                                 TEAMS FINISHING RUNNERS-UP ARE THE HUNTERS, SIX OF CLUBS, NEWTON HOPEFULS, LOVACOTT LADS, GERRY'S BOYS @ LEG IRONS.                                                                                    ON THE RELEGATION SIDE THE ONES TO GO ARE ROYS BOYS,BEE GEES, POT BELLIES, HARTLAND A, THE DRAGONS,LANGTREE A, WELCOMBE RUNABOUTS, REJECTS, RATS RABBLE & HOTSHOTS

 LAST UPDATED ON 26/03/2017 @ 1940 HRS. 

THE FINAL OF THE CAPTAINS CUP HAS BEEN PLAYED EARLY AND WAS WON BY RICHARD WATSON FROM DIVISION 4's YOUNG BUCKS, DEREK WALTER FROM REDCOATES OF DIVISION 3 WAS THE RUNNER-UP.

WELL, IT SEEMS THAT WHAT HAPPENS IN FOOTBALL CAN ALSO HAPPEN IN SKITTLES! THE DECREASE IN POPULARITY OF THE FA CUP HAS TARNISHED THE COMPETITION RECENTLY AND NOW THE SAME THING HAS HAPPENED TO THE DEVON COUNTY SKITTLES CHAMPIONSHIP. SOUTH DEVON & EXETER AREAS ARE ENTERING THREE TEAMS SHORT OF THEIR 10 TEAM ALLOCATION THIS YEAR. TO MAKE UP THE NUMBERS SOME NORTH DEVON LEAGUES ARE BEING ASKED TO ENTER TWO TEAMS EACH! SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T EVEN HAPPEN IN THE FA CUP! BY THE WAY, OUR COMMITTEE HAVE AGREED TO SEND TWO TEAMS.

IT IS WITH REGRET THAT I INFORM YOU THAT THE ANGLING CLUB HAS CLOSED AND THEIR TWO SKITTLE TEAMS HAVE FOUND NEW HOMES, JOINERS ARMS & CONSERVATIVE CLUB. THEY WOULD LIKE TO SELL THEIR FIXED SKITTLE ALLEY.    MORE BAD NEWS, THE LIBERAL CLUB IS UP FOR SALE AND WILL CLOSE IN APRIL. TWO OF THEIR TEAMS HAVE FOUND NEW HOMES AT POLLYFIELD & HIGH STREET SOCIAL CLUB BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, HOTSHOTS HAVE COME TO THE END OF THE ROAD.

FINAL'S DAY IS ON THE 1ST APRIL 2017.

IF YOU HAVE ANY OLD PHOTOS THAT YOU THINK MIGHT BE OF INTEREST TO THE PEOPLE WHO READ THIS WEBSITE PLEASE e-mail THEM TO ME AND I WILL MAKE UP A PAGE CALLED 'OLD PHOTOS'.

THE FINAL OF THE PAIRS WILL BE CONTESTED BY FATHER AND SON COLIN & SIMON LARKWORTHY FROM LANGTREE B, AND TREVOR MAYNE & MIKE BURTON FROM THE SINKERS. APOLOGIES TO EVERYONE WHO PLAYED AT THE ANGLING CLUB, I WAS PROMISED THAT THE ZUMBA CLASS WOULD FINISH AT 7.15PM BUT UNFORTUNATELY THEY CARRIED ON UNTIL 7.35PM MAKING US 20 MINUTES LATE STARTING. I WILL DEFINATELY BE HAVING A WORD!

Our entrants in this year's Devon Open are: A-The Hunters,        B-Superstuds, C-Notorious Pigs, D-Mashers, E-Simply Reds (CLB OB), F-Strikers.

Acouple of dates for your diaries: Devon Open- 20th May at Torquay Riviera Centre. Devon County-27th May at Barum Ex-Servicemen's Club. North Devon Championships - 22nd April at Brayford Village Hall, South Molton.

This season's KO Threes final will be between Superstuds (Chris Bulled, Colin Webber & Fred Avery) and Langtree B (Tony & Tom Down and Colin Larkworthy). Colin is also in the final of the KO Pairs.

THE LEAGUE'S ORIGINAL WINNER'S SHIELDS HAVE RECENTLY COME TO LIGHT AT ABBOTSHAM. THEY DATE BACK TO WHEN OUR LEAGUE STARTED IN 1929. NOT ONLY HAVE THEY GOT THE TEAM'S NAMES ON THEM BUT THEY HAVE THE PLAYER'S NAMES ALSO. SO IF YOU HAD A GRANDAD WHO WAS PLAYING THEN PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND IF YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOGRAPHS THAT WOULD BE EVEN BETTER.


BIDEFORD ARE DEVON COUNTY CHAMPIONS.OUR REPRESENTATIVES, THE HUNTERS, WON THE TROPHY IN TORQUAY BY BEATING THE HOSTS IN THE FINAL AFTER TIEING AND WINNING THE EXTRA RUB. IT WAS THEFIRST TIME THE CUP HAD COME TO BIDEFORD SINCE 2001 AND IAN BRAUNTON WAS A MEMBER OF BOTH TEAMS. IAN HAS NOW WON THE TROPHY 4 TIMES, HE ALSO WON IT WHEN PLAYING FOR BARUM AND BRAUNTON.

IN THE PICTURE ARE CAPTAIN FRANCIS THORNE WITH THE CUP AND FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: CHRIS SYMONDS, COLIN THORNE (FRANCIS' SON), IAN BRAUNTON,ROGER SYMONDS (FATHER OF CHRIS), BILL SOBY, JAMES DOBLE AND KENNY WHEELER.

BRIAN DOWN PLAYED WELL IN THE SINGLES TROPHY WHICH WAS WON FOR THE THIRD YEARRUNNING BY THE SAME TOTNES PLAYER.


THE PHOTO ABOVE IS FROM THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AT THE LIBERAL CLUB. IT SHOWS THE PRESIDENT WILFY BEER PRESENTING A CHEQUE FOR £300 TO PATRICK KIVLIN, TREASURER OF PARKINSON'S UK TORRIDGE BRANCH.

MATTERS DECIDED AT THE MEETING INCLUDED KEEPING THE ENTRY AT £36 & STARTING THE SEASON ON 5TH SEPTEMBER, MOVING THE PAIRS AND INDIVIDUAL COMPETITIONS TO MONDAY NIGHTS HAD PROVED A GREAT SUCCESS AND IT WAS HOPED THIS WOULD ATTRACT A BIGGER ENTRY NEXT SEASON. ALL 33 ALLEYS WERE REPRESENTED AT THE MEETING. MALCOLM SKINNER REPLACED WILF AS PRESIDENT AND SIMON SHACKSON VOLUNTEERED TO BE THE NEW VICE-PRESIDENT.

The Hunters have become the star team of the present era.
They started the season as Devon Open Champions and went on to virtually sweep the board, winning the First Division,
Champion of Champions, Front Pin Cup, Bridgman Cup and County Cup. This year they have become Devon County Champions.
As a footnote to other teams in North Devon, they play their Skittles by the book in the Devon and North Devon competitions. Keith Hillier also plays in the Braunton league, so when they play in these competitions he is replaced by pub-mates Roger Symonds and his son Chris.

THIS WEBSITE HAS NOW HAD 55678 HITS by 11589 DIFFERENT VISITORS from 80 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. FROM BRAZIL to TUNISIA to SINGAPORE to AUSTRALIA to MOZAMBIQUE to JAPAN to ALGERIA to VENEZUELA, SINCE IT'S CONCEPTION IN DECEMBER 2009 UP TO 29TH OCTOBER 2016.

THIS SEASON'S AGM WILL BE HELD ON 5TH JUNE.

 I KNOW OF A FEW OF OUR SKITTLING MATES WHO ARE NOT FEELING TOO WELL AT THE PRESENT TIME.  I'M SURE YOU WILL ALL JOIN ME IN WISHING THEM A SPEEDY RECOVERY AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU BACK ON THE ALLEY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 

 
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