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Phear Park Men’s over 60 win. 29.5.17 The change in the weather coincided with a return to form for Phear Park following on from their visit to Truro last Sunday. On Tuesday Park entertained Paignton in a five rink triples match. The warm but at times overcast conditions suited Park and they were on top form to record a fine victory of eighty six shots to sixty. In fact they were the on four of the five rinks. The pick of the results was Jackie Cruse, Nick Paris and skip Rob Mottershead. They won on twelve of the eighteen ends and finished with a thirteen shot Similar good form was shown by the triple of John Horne Faye Downend and Margo Allen they managed to win on fourteen ends to record an eleven shot win. Not to be outdone was Jacqui Bishop (one of the newer Park bowlers) with John Whyte and skip Peter Burch who won by nine shots. On rink six the scores were much closer as Margret Adams, Christine Hatchard and John Anderson scored a three on the last end to win by five shots and complete a good day for Wednesday saw the return to action of the men’s over sixty league matches. The previous week had been a wash out with the inclement weather. The Park “A” team carried on from where they left off, and recorded another maximum point’s victory. Their opponents in the home fixture were Chardstock. John Horne, Roland Heale and Skip David Horne soon established a good lead and went on to win by seventeen shots.  Peter Burch, John Robins and David Evans (Skip) overcame a poor start to win by a healthy twelve shots to secure a maximum eight point victory. The “B” team also at home were in good form. David Downend, Rick Tatchell and Rob Mottershead skip won ten of the eighteen ends but were edged out by their opponents to loose on their rink by three shots. It was just as well that the other triples were in good form. Jim Letten, John Greenslade and skip John Anderson won by ten shots to ensured that Park took six points of the eight on offer from the fixture against St Thomas’s “B” squad. Thursday saw Park taking part in the “Devon Top Club” competition against a useful Honiton team. This is a men’s competition where teams compete in a singles two singles four wood, pairs, triples and rinks, the object to win on three or more go through to the next round. Park won on two wood singles where Rob Mottershead won twenty one shots to eleven. Tim Flather played well to take the four woods by twenty one shots to eighteen. Unfortunately Phear Park were unable to press home their advantage and win any of the other elements and sadly lost the match... A friendly match saw the visit of Bradninch in a four rink triples mach. The game was played to a musical background as strains of music reached Phear Park from the Exmouth Festival where “Loss No Boss” were performing. Perhaps a suggestion should be made to the English Bowls Association as a way to encourage younger bowlers!! Both teams won on two of the greens. It was however Park who came out on top to record a fifty five shot to fifty two shot victory. This was mainly thanks to a twenty six shot to six shot victory by the strong triple of Kay Beresford (Challis Cup holder) Joy Mottershead (Ladies club champion) and Tim Flather (Men’s Club Champion). Also playing well were Liz Nelson Faye Downend and skip David Adams who collected a six on the sixteenth end to win by four shots  Lets hope the sun (and the music) continues into those lazy hazy crazy days of summer Phear Park take to the Greens at City of Truro Bowling Club.                                                                   22.5.17 After a string of Home Fixture’s Phear Park Bowling Club took to the road on Monday this week as they travelled to play an away match at Madeira. Not to be confused with the Atlantic tropical island but to their friends and near neighbours on the Exmouth sea front. The start of the four rink triples match was delayed by rain, blustery conditions and parking difficulties for the visitors. Park found the cups of tea and hospitality provided very much to their liking as they waited for the rinks to dry out. When play did get under way it was Phear Park who made most of the early running and soon established a healthy lead. The pick of the rinks was Barclay Wood John Whyte and Sarah Westacott who led from start to finish to finish with a fourteen shot The strong Park triple of Peter Burch, club captain Margo Allen and David Evans skip were also in fine form and won by twenty one shots to nine.  As reported last week captain Margo had fallen foul of the club selectors and was relieved of her skip duties and found herself playing number two in this match. On rink two John Greenslade, Joy Mottershead and skip David Adams also won Madeira saved face and won on the remaining rink winning by one shot with a score of eighteen to seventeen. The writer who skipped the only loosing Park rink will no doubt have to face up to the wrath of the selectors. Park enjoyed the hospitality and their away day, and as the Madeira’s captain remarked “Park enjoy winning their matches” they certainly do as the final eighty five to fifty shot score shows. No doubt the return fixture at the end of the season will be vey much looked forward to.  Wednesdays men’s league fixtures for both the “A “ and “B” teams both fell foul of the weather without a bowl being sent down the greens. It will cause a few headaches for the fixture secretary as they try to find a spare date for the rearranged fixtures. Thursday saw the visit of Seaton. Initially things looked good as players took to the greens in some afternoon sunshine. After breaking for tea the Exmouth weather had taken a turn for the worse as also did the Park The visitors were in control on all four rinks in the triples friendly match by the time the weather closed in and players were forced off with only eleven of the ends completed in the eighteen end match. The result stood and Seaton recorded a fifty three to thirty one The best rink for Park being that of Nick Paris, Joy Mottershead and skip John Robins who though winning throughout managed to loose their way to loose by two shots on the last end they played.  Saturday, Phear Park Bowling Club held an Open Day. Unfortunately conditions on the green were quite cool and unsettled weather caused an early close to the day. That being said several prospective new players did turn up to try their hand on the Park greens and others who had played bowls previously showed an interest in playing. The club look forward to seeing them again in the future. Phear Park Club and the greens are open each Friday afternoon for practise “roll ups” and any who missed the open day and wish to have a go will be warmly welcomed. Park look forward each year to their annual away day fixture and had to be up early on Sunday in order to catch the team coach. This year the trip was to Cornwall to play the City of Truro Bowls Club. The morning coffee stop at Jamaica Inn was welcomed as bacon sandwiches and latte coffee were enjoyed. Some encouragement was needed in order to get the party back on board to continue their journey. The Truro hosts proved to be friendly and welcoming hosts at their smart at modern clubhouse. On the green however they proved to be too strong for Park in the six rink The Truro Club won by twenty one shots. The best rink for Park was that of Freda Relph , Doreen Richards, Roger Musket and John Though they were Topsham bowlers guesting for Park two of them had previously been Phear Park members. They powered home to win by thirteen shots. On two other greens Phear Park ran the hosts close, but overall were second best to the Cornish Club. Evening meals and refreshments were taken in the city centre on the way home. The two members who were hoping to attend choral evensong at the cathedral and perhaps pray for better Park fortunes were disappointed as they were too late by some Driver Geoff gave the party a safe and pleasant trip home, arriving back at Phear Park twelve hours after setting off.