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                                                 11/8/17 With the cancellation of a friendly fixture against Devon Masonic Phear Park took the opportunity to play their Captains Day match. The format of the match being different from usual in that a yard stick was used to measure and all shots falling within a yard arc of the jack being counted. Eight teams of triples Park bowlers took to the green in the round robin match. Competition was both fierce and scores close. It was however the triple of Kay Beresford, Ron Rooke and skip Rob Mottershead who came home with a narrow one shot overall victory even though they dropped three shots on the very last end. All appeared to enjoy the change in rules and the banter on the green. A tea followed where club the captain stated that much had been achieved during the season and all Park bowlers passed on their thanks to Margo for all her A friendly fixture was held mid week. Four teams of Triples journeyed to play near East Devon neighbours Sidmouth. Phear Park won on two rinks and Sidmouth on the remaining two. Overall it was the home team who were victors by twelve shots. The pick of the Park bowlers were Marg Lock, Paul Beresford and skip Peter Burch who won by eleven shots. The other winning Park rink were Mike Killoran, Christine Hatchard and Skip John Robins who won by twenty shots to fifteen. The weekend was reserved for the finals of Phear Park’s internal competitions. The finalist had not only to compete against each other but also the Devon weather. Players manfully played through both fair and foul weather and keep to a hectic timetable of events First up was the ladies two wood twenty one end competition. This was competed for by Key Beresford and Joy Mottershead. It was Joy who was first into her stride and she led from the beginning to end to win by nine shots and lift the “Margret Marsh Cup”.  It was much closer in the Men’s Pair’s Cup where Paul Beresford and John Robins saw off the challenge of Peter Burch and David Evans. Burch and Evans won the last two ends by one shot to close the gap, but it was Beresford and Robins who held their nerve, as they held on to win by a single shot and lift the trophy. Many congratulations to Paul as he added his name to the Park honours board for the first time after many near misses over recent years. Barkley Wood and David Adams won through to the Captains Cup final. This is a competition which competitors are only allowed to win on one occasion. Adams was in fine form and got off to the best possible start by taking a four on the first end and steadily built on his lead to win by twenty one shots to In the ladies three wood eighteen end Challis Cup final club Captain Margo Allen came up against Joy Mottershead. Margo proved to be on top form and playing through wind rain and finally sunshine came home to lift the cup by winning by sixteen shots to eleven. The Men’s Championship Shield was destined not to have a new name on it as David Evans had won the award previously. This time round Evans proved to be on the top of his game and gave John Robins little opportunity as he established an early clear lead which he maintained to the end to become champion for a fourth time. The Mans Handicap Cup was competed for by Brian Halsey and John Robins. Halsey got off to a fine start to establish a healthy lead but in the later stages Robins applied pressure overcame his applied handicap and finished with a winning nine shot victory. The ladies handicap was competed for by Joy Mottershead and Marg Lock. Mottershead dominated from start to finish to win a second trophy. The over seventies cup proved to be one of the closest and fiercely competitive matches of the week end. David Adams established a nine shot lead by the fourteenth end. From there on David Evans fought back strongly.  The septuagenarians would need to play thirty one ends before a weary Evans managed to wick off an Adams bowl with his last bowl to reach the necessary twenty one points and win the cup. In a busy week end for Evans he was well practised when he took to the rinks for a fifth week end appearance in the “Garbutt Knott” trophy. Again he had to come from behind as his much younger opponent Barclay Wood made a sound start. This time it took twenty four ends before Evans reached twenty one shots and claim a three shot victory to lift the hansom trophy. The final event of the week end was the mixed doubles trophy. Kay Beresford and John Robins were in the driving seat through most of the twenty one end match, though by end fourteen scores were tied at eleven shots each. Margo Allen and Rob Mottershead scored four over the last two ends but went down by a single shot to lose by sixteen shots to fifteen.                                                2.8.17 It was with regret that Phear Park Bowls Club learned of the demise this week end of long term member and club official Jack Coates. Many members will treasure fond memories of Jack, and be thankful for the help and encouragement he afforded in his gentlemanly way. Phear Park near the end of the men’s over sixty’s league fixtures. In a rearranged penultimate match Park “A” squad played away against Tiverton Bowling Club. Peter Burch, John Robins and skip Bob Smith raced away to an eleven shot lead before Tiverton got onto the score card. Over the remaining eight ends the Park trio coasted on to win by eleven shots. The second triple of John Dill, John Whyte and skip David Evans were also in good form and won by a score of twenty shots to eleven. In the last fixture Park “A” kept the winning habit.  After taking eight points from Tiverton fixture they gained a further six points in their away match against Exeter Exonia. This time it was John Dill, John Whyte and skip David Evans who was the star turn and won by eight shots. Peter Burch, John Robins and skip Bob Smith fought hard but went down by seven shots. The fourteen points gained moved Park back up the table and they looked to have finished in third place just two points outside the promotion places. Parks over sixty’s “B” squad were also in action on Wednesday. This week they came up against Exmouth neighbours Madeira “C” in a home match. This was an important fixture for both teams. Madeira looking for four points to ensure promotion and Park looking for eight points to fight off relegation. Parks trio of Rick Tatchell, Brian Halsey and skip Rob Mottershead got off to a flying start as they led throughout the game and secured an eleven shot victory. The second trio of nonagenarian Jim Letten, John Anderson and skip Bob Baker also played their part as they limited Madeira victory to nine shots ensuring a much needed victory for Park over their highly placed opponents. The result was that Park took six points and Madeira two. This result which though pleasing too ninety one year old Jim and Park may not be sufficient to ensure their place in league.  They have one match still to play and need to secure several more league points in it. The first fixture of September saw Park in action in their popular Centenary Cup triples competition. This round robin competition is played against Devon Clubs who share Phear Parks 2011 centenary date. On the greens competition was fierce. Phear Park’s trio of John Greenslade, Faye Downend and skip John Dill played well to achieve a score of plus thirteen. It was good enough to secure the runners up spot, but it was the Bovet Tracey triple of Mike Russell, Anne Russell, and skip Nick Chapman who emerged as champions with a score of plus fifteen to take the cup as well as prize bottles of wine down the A38 to Bovey Tracey. It was rumoured that a celebration drink stop was to be made on their way home. A good day was enjoyed by all; many thanks go to the Park kitchen team and the friendly spirit shown by all taking part in the competition.                                                    16.7.17 A warm welcome was extended by Phear Park to a strong Gloucester Ladies Presidents team. The tourists brought five rinks of Ladies. In order to fulfil the fixture Park had to supplement there numbers with the help of lady players from both Budleigh Salterton and Topsham. The tourists and the Park ladies were also supplemented by several Phear Park men. Park’s men also took over in the kitchen to provide the ladies with a tasty tea. Although Park were defeated they gave the tourists a good run for their money. Park managed to win on two rinks. On rink one Liz Nelson K Coleman, R Mottershead and Skip Joy Mottershead played steadily and led through most of the game. It took however a superb last bowl on the last end from the skip to secure a victory. Joy took the jack back to score four and win by three shots .On rink two B Harrison, F Ash, P Burch and J Nortey were also in control for most of the match and although they dropped five shots over the last two ends, they had sufficient points on the board to also win by three shots. This was the first match of the tour of East Devon for the visitors who are staying in Exmouth In the Men’s over sixty’s league there was a welcome return to form by Park “A” team when they recorded a fine win on both rinks to ensure that they took maximum points in their fixture away at North Tawton. The triple of John Whyte, John Dill and skip David Evans played steadily to record an eight shot victory. Their victory was mirrored by the triple of Peter Burch, John Robins and skip Bob Smith who also won by eight shots. It is to be hoped that the return to form will continue over the coming weeks In Division six Parks “B” team were also in good form in an away fixture against third placed Bradnich “A”. The triple of Rick Tatchel, Brian Halsey, and skip Rob Mottershead led throughout most of the match but had to dig deep as the home team came back strongly over the last four ends. Paul Beresford, John Anderson and skip Bob Baker also won on their rink by seven shots. The haul of eight points from the fixture was very welcome in Parks efforts to climb away from the foot of the table. With both the “A” and “B” teams winning away from home it was a good day at the Office for Phear Park. Saturday saw Phear Park in action against clubs from East Devon in their Axon Cup Competition. Teams from Topsham, Heavitree, Belmont and Madeira were amongst the twelve teams taking part. It was good to see the rinks full in the mixed triples competition. On the greens the fine weather brought out the best of play. Competition though always friendly, was also fierce. After completing twenty four ends and enjoying a good tea members met at the end to discover the result. Park’s home triple of Tim Flather Rob Mottershead and skip Sarah Westacott secured runner up spot with a plus ten on the score sheet. It was however Park’s Exmouth neighbours from the Madeira who lifted the fine looking Trophy. S Brown A Lock and Mary Solway finished with a score of plus thirteen to put Madeira name on the trophy and each take home a bottle of wine to celebrate a well won victory.                                                  2.7.17 High summer and high temperatures arrived in Exmouth on Tuesday 20th of June with the visit of Belmont from Exeter. The temperatures on the green were in access of thirty degrees.  Phear Park also found their visitors too hot to handle. Belmont took the honours in each of the four rinks in the four rink triples match. In fact no team completed the prescribed eighteen ends. Bowlers were happy to escape to the clubhouse for an early tea and shelter from the fierce Seaside sunshine. Bowlers were quoted as saying that they would have been happier on the beach with an ice cream and a deck chair and a shady parasol. Last Sunday’s fixture was also a four rink triples match at Honiton. Phear Park found the cooler temperatures more to their liking and recorded a seventy five shot to sixty shot victory. David Dowden, Margo Allen and skip Peter Burch did well to recover from a poor start to win by a single shot. Two Park rinks went down by one and two shots respectively. Park’s star rink of Rick Tatchell, David Adams and skip John Robins led throughout and came home to win by seventeen shots, ensuring a comfortable victory for Phear Park. Wednesday saw Phear Park over sixty’s “A” team in action against Exonia. Park’s winning rink of Peter Burch , Roland Heale and skip David Horne might have thought they had done enough to ensure a victory when they won by ten shots, only to see their compatriots on the neighbouring rink drop three shots over the last two ends and lose their rink by eleven shots. The two league points rather than six means that Phear Park fall away in their quest for top shot in the league. Perhaps however all bowlers should be congratulated  for completing a game that started in sunshine and ended in a downpour and dampened Phear spirits. Parks “B” team also encountered similar conditions in their match with near neighbours Madeira. Although the score sheets indicate a strong victory for Madeira play on the greens was closer than the one might have imagined Paul Beresford David Dowden and Bob Baker were fourteen shots down after six ends but did well to close the gap to three shots by end thirteen. It was about at this stage the heavens opened and the remaining ends were played in a downpour. The rain refreshed the Madeira bowlers and they won the remaining ends to emerge comfortable though wet winners, taking a maximum eight points from the fixture. Thursday saw Phear Park on their travels to Seaton. Phear Park winning on two rinks and Seaton winning the remaining two. Pick of the Parks rinks were Margaret Lock, Brian Halsey and skip John Dill who won by a comfortable nine  Kay Beresford, Christine Hatchard and John Robins also did well to win by a single shot. In the overall score it was Seaton who took the honours. Saturday saw Park bowlers taking part in their popular internal John Tucker Cup competition. The competition is a knockout competition, with competitors completing ten ends in each round. Men and Ladies play on an equal basis. With the last year’s lady winner on holiday, a new champion was ensured.  It was good to see Faye Downend win through to the semi-final where she met her demise at the hands of Nic Paris. The other semi final saw David Evans and John Dill in a closely contested match before Dill edged home to win by a single shot. In the final between Paris and Dill it was a leg weary Dill who after forty ends, found the extra stamina to lift the trophy. The final fixture of the week saw Park in a Saturday fixture with their friends from Okehampton. Friends they may be but the game was closely fought. Of the five rinks of triples Phear Park came out on top on three.  Margaret Lock, Brian Halsey and skip John Anderson won by nine shots .Jackie Cruse Nick Paris and Rob Mottershead won by eight shots. Not to be outdone Christine Hatchard, Joy Mottershead and skip John Robins played well to win by four shots. It was thus a bit of a shock to learn in the clubhouse that the Park captain had gone down by seventeen shots and Okehampton, even after a recount, had won the match by one shot. No doubt an enquiry will be called for. Well as they say that’s bowls, a good day was enjoyed by most (if not the captain).                                                11.6.17 The first fixture of the week was on Sunday. Phear Park took to the greens fora  friendly home fixture against Tiverton Park. Heavy rain restricted the game to eleven ends with Park winning on one rink, drawing on two, and losing on the remaining two rinks.  The overall score was slightly to Tiverton’s advantaged. Whatever happened to the summer? In the over sixty’s men’s league the Phear Park Men’s “A” team were in very good form and returned to winning ways. The team moved upwards after taking a maximum eight points from their home fixture against Tiverton Borough. The wining triple of John Dill, John Whyte and David Evans were in the lead from early in the match and secured a thirteen shot victory. The other triple of John Horne, Roland Heale and skip David Horne finished strongly taking nine shots over the last three ends to win by seven shots. The win keeps Park in touch with the early league leader. Unfortunately the same could not be said for Parks “B” team who for the second week running were well beaten. This time in the away fixture at Uffculme.  Certainly results will need to improve significantly if they are to stop the recent slide down the league table following the bright start to the season they had made. On Thursday a rink team of Phear Park Ladies was invited to play for Devon Ladies Presidents in their fixture against Plympton Bowling Club. The club were happy to accept the honour and dispatched a rink of ladies. The game was eventful as play was slotted in between the rain showers on Election Day. A minutes silence was held for the former president Ruth Vousey who passed away earlier in the week.  The Phear Park ladies were successful winning by fifteen shots to thirteen, and helped the Presidents team to win the match. .A flat tyre on their return journey delayed the ladies from casting their votes. That said the day out was enjoyed by all especially the hospitality offered to them by their West Devon hosts. Phear Park’s Axon Cup competition which is looked forward to by both Park and neighbouring clubs bowlers also fell foul of the weather. A wise decision was taken to cancel the fixture based on the poor weather forecast. This prevented unnecessary travel. No doubt the fixture will be rearranged. The new week sees Park scheduled to play friendly fixtures against Heavitree, Hatherleigh and Okehampton as well as league fixtures against Crediton and Heavitree. Also planned is a Foxlands Cup round two match against neighbours Madeira. Let’s hope that the weather improves to allow play to                                                  4.6.17 Last week was not a good one for Phear Park Bowling Club. Though enthusiasm was high as Park took a full six rinks of triples to play against friends and near neighbours Topsham. The game is one of the more popular ones on Phear Park’s fixture list. Unfortunately Park were not able to match the standards set by the Topsham bowlers and lost the match by seventy four shots to ninety eight. There were several rinks where scores were very close. The star rink for Park was Barkley Wood Faye Downend and John Anderson (skip) who edged home to win by a single shot. Jackie Cruse Paul Beresford and skip Peter Burch also did well to score four on the last end to tie the rink at scores of fifteen shots each. Two other Park triples finished within two shots of the Topsham hosts but overall it was to be Topsham’s day and Park returned home after renewing many old acquaintances. In the over sixty men’s league Parks “A” team had a reversal of recent good form when they visited Dunkeswell and came home empty handed. Park were unable to come to terms with Dunkeswell’s artificial green’s and were well beaten on both rinks. The “B” team were involved in a very tight match with Tiverton West End. The triple of Rick Tatchel, Brian Halsey and skip Rob Mottershead dropped two shots on the last end as they tied on their green seventeen shots each. Paul Beresford, John Greenslade and skip John Anderson fought hard in a low scoring match but lost by a single shot with scores of twelve shots to thirteen. The single league point gained by Park seemed scant reward for all the team effort exhibited. On Friday Park’s “B” team travelled to Okehampton to fulfil a re-arranged fixture caused by inclement weather. Unfortunately the conditions were no better on the second time around as rain fell on the Dartmoor town. Play was abandoned after twelve ends with the scores very much not to Parks The “Top Club” is a competition where a club sends one rink of players to play away whilst another rink plays at home. The winner being the one with the best aggregate score. In the first round Phear Park were drawn against Chardstock. The away rink of Peter Burch, Rob Mottershead, John Robins and Skip Bob Smith lost by three shots. It was good fortune that the home rink of  Tim Flather, Roland Heale, John Horne and skip David Horne (skip) battled to win by four shots and send Phear Park through to the next round. On Saturday Phear Park welcomed St Thomas from Exeter in a four rink triple match. Again the scores were not to favour Park and they were well beaten especially on the writer’s rink. The one winning rink for Park was that of Peter Burch (captain for the day) Faye Downend and skip John Anderson who bowled well to secure a hansom fourteen shot victory. All in all Phear Park were not sorry to see the week close. 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 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 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 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.