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             Phear Park trio dish up stunning success at Feniton                           Phear Park's John Horne, Roland Heale, and Rob Mottershead, who won handsomely at Feniton. The curtain came down on Phear Park’s season with a victory in the final friendly at Feniton, followed by Captains Day last Saturday, 22 September 2016 writes Chris Cleaver Only two of the five mixed triples were successful as Park defeated Feniton 91-84. Much of the team were indebted to John Horne, Roland Heale, and skip Rob Mottershead, who powered their way to a stunning 32-5 win. Post match in the locker room, many whispered whether this trio could line up together as part of Park’s A side in next season’s Exeter and District Over-60s League. Such an eventuality would require Mottershead to depart the B side, who will consider his options during the off season. Meanwhile, Roland Heale promised the Journal’s circulation would increase by 20 copies if the threesome got their photo in the paper! Back on the green, the other winning rink saw Bob Smith, David Dowden and skip John Anderson recover from 8-6 behind to win 20-11. The last action of the season was Captains Day. This saw six mixed triples play 18 ends in a ‘drive’ format. Club Captain Peter Burch was unable to follow his victory in the Dick Mann Triples with success here, but Faye Downend did just that, after finishing plus 15 alongside Lawrie Harries and David Evans. It was a fitting finale to Harries’s Park career, with a move away from the area on the horizon. The triple of David Dowden, Kay Beresford and skip John Dill were a close second after finishing plus 13. All members of the club would like to thank Peter Burch for his hard work as club captain. Many would go onto take it easy over the winter months, but Burch will do it all again as Budleigh’s indoor captain! As a small club, Phear Park relies on the dedication and commitment of its members each year. They will celebrate a successful season at the annual presentation evening on the October 15, at the Beach Hotel. Dick Mann Trophy triumph for Phear Park captain Peter Burch’s trio Last Saturday saw Phear Park’s players compete for the Dick Mann Trophy, an internal mixed triples competition, 15 September 2016 writes Chris         Dick Mann Triples winners John Dill, Faye Downend, and Peter Burch, with Phear Park club president John Anderson. Played in a ‘drive’ format, with each triple playing three others over a total of 18 ends, shot difference was the marker of victory. The winners were John Dill, Faye Downend, and skip Peter Burch, with a shot difference of plus 16. This was a first victory in the competition for club captain Peter Burch, who closes the season with Captains Day this coming Saturday (September 17). With plus 14, second place went to Marg Lock, John Horne and skip Tim Flather, who finished with a flurry of thirteen shots over the final four ends. A month after defeating Uffculme by 27 shots at Phear Park, four mixed triples travelled a short way up the M5 for the return fixture. The going was tougher this time, and at the halfway point Park were 27 shots behind. However, a remarkable fightback saw Park claim a four shot victory. The comeback was spearheaded by Chris Cleaver’s team of Jim Letten and Faye 15-4 down and leaking shots, they scored a remarkable 21 shots over the next six ends to lead 25-19, before going onto win 29-22. Not to be outdone, Jackie Cruise, Tim Flather and skip David Evans won their last seven ends to win 23-12, and claim top rink honours. Peter Burch steered his team of Liz Nelson and Christine Hatchard to a 19-12 victory. To further convey the comeback of the season, Park were six shots behind going into the last end on each rink. Burch scored a five, Cleaver a four, and Evans a three, as Park outscored Uffculme 12-2 on those final ends. Park made the trip across Woodbury Common to face Honiton in the penultimate friendly of the season. It was a closely fought affair, but the home side prevailed by eight shots. David Evans once again claimed top rink with a 20-12 victory. On this occasion, he was ably assisted by Marg Lock and David Dowden. Lawrie Harries, Margo Allen, and skip John Robins scored a three on the last end to win 17-16. Phear Park’s A team finished the season with a 6-2 defeat at Dunkeswell in Division Four of the Exeter and District Over-60s League. Dunkeswell’s artificial surface ensures this is a perennially tricky encounter, but John Horne, Peter Burch, and skip John Robins won 15-13, to ensure Park didn’t return                   Flather crowned king of the Phear Park green Last weekend saw the culmination of Phear Park’s club competitions writes Chris Cleaver. 08 September 2016 Tim Flather was the most successful competitor, winning three of his four finals. This included the men’s championship, with Flather overcoming John Robins to retain his title. The game was a close and low scoring affair early on, with the scores level at 8-all after 14 ends. However, two counts of four proved decisive as Flather clinched the title with a 21-13 win. Flather next defeated John Dill to claim the men’s handicap for the first time. His third success was in the two wood men’s pairs with partner Rick Tatchell. They overcame Paul Beresford and Rob Motterhead 20-11 in the final. Tatchell added a second title with victory in the Captains Trophy. Eligible for those who have not previously won a club competition, Tatchell defeated John Horne 21-13. This capped off a super day for Tatchell, in his first year of bowling. Flather did experience defeat in the mixed pairs, losing out with partner Marg Lock to Peter Burch and Sarah Westacott. Lock and Flather led 8-6 after 12 ends, but never scored again as Burch and Westacott After defeat in the men’s pairs, Rob Mottershead claimed victory in the Garbutt Knott. A 21-up 4-wood singles competition; he defeated Brian Halsey 21-5. In the Ladies Challis Cup, a three wood singles competition, Kay Beresford beat Margo Allen 15-9. In the only friendly last week, Phear Park emerged victorious at home to Devon Masonics. Three of the four mixed triples won as Park cruised to a75-50 success. Sarah Westacott’s team of John Horne and John Whyte recovered from 7-0 down to claim top rink with a 24-10 scoreline. Next up were Rick Tatchell, Joy Mottershead, and skip David Evans, who raced into a 11-0 lead, before finishing 21-8 winners. Chris Cleaver’s team of Brian Halsey and Margo Allen were staring down the barrel at 11-3 behind, but dropped only one shot over the last seven ends as they came back to win 16-12.