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History was made in Europe last week –  Wales reaching the quarter finals of the European championship -  but an historic event took place nearer home at Phear Park,  writes Lawrie Harries.   The John Tucker trophy is a club competition played over 10 ends and is the only  singles competition open to both ladies and men.   Over its 20 years history it has never been won by a lady member - until now.   Joy Mottershead defeated husband Rob in an absorbing final, by one shot after an extra end.  Mrs Mottershead was a losing finalist two years ago.   In the semi-final she defeated experienced John Dill while husband Rob overcame club  champion Tim Flather.  Not only was this an historic win it was also the first time a husband and wife had contested  a final.   It was a week of surprising results at Phear Park. Phear Park B squad won their first  game of the season in the Over-60s Triples League.  It came in the home match against Honiton and was largely due to the efforts of  Paul Bersford, Bob Baker and Rob Mottershead (skip) who found some form at last  and finished 23-10 ahead.  The second rink battled well, but went down by four shots. This was certainly a very  welcome six points that Park banked fro the match.  The A squad were scheduled to host a fixture with Chardstock, but the visitors  could not raise a team.  Park’s fortunes were less favourable on the friendly front.  A visit to Belmont resulted in a win for the home club by 12 shots.   Park won one and drew one of the four rinks played. The successful rink was Roland Heale,  Joy Mottershead, Faye Downend and John Anderson (skip) who finished 14-10 ahead.  Peter Burch skipped Jackie Cruse, David Dowden and Margo Allen to a 15- all draw.   The Park rink that conceded 16 shots over the last four ends to lose by eight shots  shall remain nameless!  Phear Park’s Jim Letten still bowling strongly - at 90!   Phear Park’s week was a bit like the weather, damp, miserable with fleeting  glimpses of sunshine,writes Lawrie Harries.   The week started brightly enough with a win against visitors Chagford.  Park won two of the three triples played and overall by 23 shots. Christine Hatchard,  Brian Halsey and Rob Mottershead (skip) had a convincing 29-8 win.   While Barclay Wood, Joy Mottershead and John Dill (skip) had a much closer game before  emerging winners by three shots.   Jim Letten is Park’s longest serving member with over 30 years membership clocked up..   He is still bowling regularly – and bowling well – as he showed against Chagford.  A small celebration of Jim’s 90th birthday was held at the club following this game.   Jim claims he holds a unique record at the club as he is the only member to receive a  ban following an altercation with another member some 25 years ago.  The disagreement was over who should play lead or some such minor infringement of club  etiquette.   It must have been a minor offence as the penalty for major misdemeanours – such as not  turning up to help with teas - brought a three match ban.  Unfortunately, the afternoon did not have a happy ending as his triple lost by one shot.  He played very well – but his team mates?!   Over his 30 plus years membership Jim has won a number of club competitions,  the l ast being he John Tucker six years ago.  Jim is still ambitious and he was one of the first entries for Park’s annual tournament  in August.  Park’s A squad in the Over-60s Triples League travelled to Seaton where the home team  won by 11 shots although the score cards were so damp from the rain it was hard to tell.   Park did gain some compensation for the soaking as Peter Burch, John Robins and  Bob Smith (skip) won by 9 shots to give Park two points.   The B squad were at home to Tiverton West End and the good news is they did not lose.   The rain drove the players off the green permanently after just two ends! Park went  on to play Budleigh Salterton in the second round of the Foxlands Trophy.   This is a competition played over two rinks one home and one away.   Park were comprehensively outplayed on both rinks – and it wasn’t even raining!  The Phear Park week started with both Over-60s Triples League teams playing  at home, writes Sarah Westacott.   The A team took on NorthTawton and the B faced Bradninch.   There was a win against North Tawton of 35 shots to 27 with the rink of Peter Burch,  John Robins and Bob Smith (skip) ending with a 15-15 draw.   North Tawton won more ends, but Phear Park was able to score a five and a four on  two ends to bump their score.  In contrast the team of John Horne, John Whyte, and David Horne (skip) played steadily  to win 20 shots  to 12.   The B Team were not so lucky and went down 20 shots to 49 against Bradninch. However,  the rink of Paul Beresford, Ron Rooke and John Anderson (skip) fought well and only  went down by a margin of two shots, their contest ending 16-14.   On Friday, Phear Park were hosts to Devon Presidents and lost by only three shots, 96-93  with Park winning on three rinks and losing on the other three.   The rink of John Horne, Joy Mottershead, Brian Halsey and Peter Burch (skip), won by  the biggestmargin, 20 shots to 15.   The other two winning rinks both won by 16 shots to 14 with steady playing by Kay Beresford,  Margo Allen,  Ron Rooke and John Robins (skip) on one rink and on the other Marg Lock,  Paul Beresford, John Dill and Bob Smith (skip).   On Sunday five rinks visited Budleigh Salterton and came away with a very close win of  88 shots to 87, with Park winning on three rinks and losing on two.   The rink of Marg Lock, David Dowden and Peter Burch (skip) won 22 shots to 17 and  scored a five on three ends.   There was also a win from Rick Tatchell, Brian Halsey and Sarah Westacott (skip)  of 20 shots to 11  playing on a very tricky end rink. However, the stars of the afternoon  were the rink of Ron Heale, Tim Flather and John Anderson (skip) who managed to  score an impressive eight shots on the seventh end and go on to win 28 shots to 15.   We were also treated by two fly pasts by the Red Arrows during the afternoon. Last week proved to be a good one for Phear Park bowlers, writes Lawrie Harries.   It started with a home friendly against Paignton which Park won by 31 shots.   Leading the way was the triple of John Horne, Roland Heale and skip David Horne who  piled up 24 shots t o their luckless opponents six   Christine Hatchard, Brian Halsey and Peter Burch (skip) took a five on the last end to  win by 13 shots.  Another comfortable win was clocked up by Marg Lock, Paul Beresford and skip  Bob Smith who ended 20-10 ahead.  The over-60s triples A Squad took both rinks and all eight points in a home fixture with  Dunkerswell.   Roland Heale, Peter Burch and Bob Smith (skip) took seven of the last eight ends to  finish 20-7 ahead. On the second rink John Horne, Bob Baker and John Dill (skip) came  from 10-6 down after eight ends to win by 26 shots to 10, winning the last ten ends  It was almost ‘hold the front page’ as far as the B squad was concerned as they  gained their first points of the season.  This was at Okehampton. The winning trio was Paul Beresford, Ron Rooke and  John Anderson (skip) who led all afternoon and finished 19-10 ahead.   Unfortunately, the second rink failed to emulate their team mates and Park slipped to  defeat overall.   Park sent five triples to Topsham and ended winning by 11 shots although only winning two  triples.  No doubt Topsham will claim a moral victory!  Park’s win was largely due to a fine performance  by Brian Halsey, Joy Mottershead and  Sarah Westacott (skip) who rattled up 27 shots to their opponents 9
Joy Mottershead re-writes the Phear Park history books with John Tucker Trophy success