Match Report - Week Ending 9th June 2019

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The weather got the better of the first fixture of the week against Babbacombe who were visiting for a five rink friendly triples match. This was an especial disappointment, given that the game was to be the first visit by Babbacombe for several years. Happily, we can now report that the fixture has been rearranged for August, when we will hope for kinder weather!

Moving on to the men’s over 60s league, all three teams lost their matches overall. The A team lost to Marina B (from Dawlish) 23-32, but the triple of Rick Tatchell, Gordon Cook and skip Mike Ebdon secured 2 league points with a 19-12 win on their rink.

No joy at all for the B and C teams, who lost on all rinks against Bradninch A and Broadclyst respectively.

A closely fought second round tie against Madeira in the Top Club Trophy was up next, and ended with our neighbours winning 3 rinks to 2.

The rink of Simon Weclawek, Peter Burch, Mike Ebdon and David Evans, and the triple of David Adams, Tony Hanson and David Horne were Park’s evening successes. Good luck to Madeira in the semi-final against Seaton.

Sadly, we ended the week being thwarted by the weather once more. We welcomed lovely Starcross to Phear Park, and the match began in decent conditions, but it was not to last. The rain came down and kept doing it, and the match had to be abandoned after 8 ends.

Finally, our Open Day on Saturday bore some fruit, with 2 prospective new members. We look forward to seeing them at our next Club afternoon this Friday.

Paul and Kay Beresford

 

Match Report - Week Ending 2nd June 2019

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Phear Park loses out in the Exmouth derby game.

A visit from friends and neighbours Madeira saw them win on all 4 rinks on 28th May, with an overall score of 42-68. It was an enjoyable afternoon in spite of the result, most of the rinks being closely fought, with 3 of the rinks being decided by just 2 or 3 shots.

There were mixed fortunes in the men’s over 60s league, with both the A and B teams securing 2 points. The A team were away at Feniton where honours were shared. Our winning triple of Brian Summers, Rod Davidson and skip Mike Ebdon won 17-14.

The B team lost out by a single shot in the match at Uffculme overall, with John Horne, Roland Heale and skip John Dill being the successful rink.

Sadly, the C team returned empty handed from Seaton, losing both rinks with an overall score of 30-48.

Happier times awaited in the first round of the Foxlands trophy, where rinks of Brian Summers, John Dill, David Adams and skip Rod Davidson; and Rick Tatchell, Tony Hanson, Mike Ebdon and skip David Evans gave a fine performance, with wins of 21-17 and 23-15 respectively.

The week concluded with a visit by Tiverton BC, who took the honours on an initially dank and drizzly afternoon, in a 5 rink friendly 77-87 although Park did win on 3 rinks.

The successful rinks were Sue Smith, Rick Tatchell and skip John Anderson (13-9); John Horne, Margaret Ratcliffe and skip Rod Davidson (22-12); and Liz Nelson, Roland Heale and skip David Horne (16-15).

A special mention for the losing rink of Kay Beresford, Peter Burch (a late replacement, seconded from kitchen duties) and skip Brian Summers, who came back from being 3-15 down at tea, to losing by only 2 shots at the end, 18-20. What was in that tea?

Finally, Saturday 8th June is our Open Day, where the opportunity to try out the game is there for all. Refreshments are provided, along with information and coaching, so “come on down” as someone famous used to say!

Paul and Kay Beresford

 

Match Report - Week Ending 26th May 2019

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A welcome return to form in the men’s over 60s league, as all 3 Park teams gain maximum points.

The A team triples of Brian Summers, David Adams and Rod Davidson, and Rick Tatchell, Tony Hanson and David Evans (skip) won 23-7 and 21-8 respectively to take maximum points in a home game against Axminster.

The B team travelled to Culm Vale, and secured an overall win of 33-27. Park’s successful triples were John Dill, John Whyte and Simon Weclawek (skip); and Peter Burch, Roland Heale and David Horne (skip).

The C team first had a rearranged fixture at Hemyock, coming away with the 8 points following a 43-34 score line with the 2 triples of Mike Fowler, Patrick MacAulay and Tony Dealler (skip); and Mike Killoran, Peter Sydenham and Bob Baker (skip) winning 21-20 and 22-14 respectively. They were not so successful in their next fixture. The long trip to Wellington in Somerset saw them lose both triples, going down 19-58 overall.

The first round of this season’s Top Club competition saw Park entertain Sidmouth on 23rd May. Park’s John Dill won the 2 woods singles match 22-13, with Mike Ebdon winning the 4 woods single 21-8. Brian Summers and Rod Davidson won the pairs leg 18-15, and the triple of Rick Tatchell, Tony Hanson and David Horne won 16-7. The only defeat of the day came in the rinks leg (4 players) where Park went down 11-23. Round 2 beckons in June!

Finally, a friendly Saturday visit by Bradninch, which was played to a background of Festival music. Park were also on song, coming away with a fine win overall 83-55, with the rinks shared 2-2. Well done to the triples of Sue Smith, Ron Rooke and Simon Weclawek (skip) who won 17-14; and Bob Baker, Joan Cowing and John Dill (skip) who won 33-4.

A busy week to look forward to next, with more friendlies and over 60s league games.

Paul and Kay Beresford

 

Match Report - Week Ending 19th May 2019

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The winning streak for Phear Park came to an abrupt end with successive defeats in friendly matches against Uffculme and Chudleigh over the weekend of 11th/12th May.

The visit by Uffculme saw them win by 1 shot 63-64 overall, and on 2 rinks, with 1 drawn. The lone successful rink for Park saw the triple of Marg Lock, Simon Weclawek and Rod Davidson (skip) win 23-12.

Away at Chudleigh, Park again only won one rink, losing the match overall 66-92. The triple of Margaret Ratcliffe, Rick Tatchell and Brian Summers (skip) bucked the trend, with an impressive scoreline of 22-10.

Winning ways were resumed however with a close win on a fine day at Feniton. Park took 3 rinks out of 5, winning overall by 91-88. The successful rinks were John Horne, Paul Beresford and Simon Weclawek (skip); Kay Beresford, Roland Heale and Brian Summers (skip), and John Dill, Mike Killoran and Brian Halsey (skip). There were cows!

In the mens over 60s league, the A team shared the rinks against Chardstock, where Park won by 1 shot, but lost the other rink by 2. A bad day at the office for the B and C teams though, who each lost on both rinks, thus ending up pointless. The B team were playing against Heavitree, whilst the C team who were hampered by only having 2 players on one rink, were playing Marina (Dawlish).

The week concluded with 2 weekend friendlies, first welcoming Heavitree to Park, where we lost on all 5 rinks, going down 65-94 overall. Finally, Park completed a poor week results wise, with an away trip across the river to lovely Starcross and District, where the warm welcome, the enviable club house and the decent weather made for an enjoyable afternoon, despite losing on 4 out of the 5 rinks. The lone winning rink was Kay Beresford, Roland Heale and David Horne (skip), and the overall score was 66-101 (ton up, as a certain snooker commentator may have said).

Here’s hoping for better results next week!

Paul and Kay Beresford

 

Match Report - Week Ending 12th May 2019

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A short report this week, due to the absence of the reporters. Fear not though, we shall catch up next week.

Tuesday 7th May saw an away day to Babbacombe, a welcome return to a venue we had last visited some years ago.

Due to the warm welcome we received, we had a lovely afternoon, winning on 3 out of the 4 rinks.

Best of the day, was the rink of Kay Beresford, Paul Beresford and David Horne (skip) who finished with a score of 21-7. The other winning rinks were John Dill; Roland Heale and Brian Halsey (skip); and Peter Burch, John Anderson and David Evans. Park won overall by 71-43.

In the over 60s matches, The A team’s match against Topsham went down to the wire, with the very last bowl of the game, winning the end by half an inch.

The B team shared the rinks at Madeira, but won overall by 38-35.

Unfortunately the C team’s match against Hemyock B was rained off, and will be rescheduled.

Await news next week of the fixtures against Heavitree and Chudleigh to see if the winning streak continues!

Paul and Kay Beresford

 

Match Report - Week Ending 5th May 2019

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The winning streak continues as Phear Park win in friendly matches at Exonia (Exeter) and Paignton.

At Exonia, 2 rinks were drawn and the other 2 shared. It was all down therefore to the triple of John Horne, Christine Hatchard and Peter Burch (skip) to secure overall victory which they accomplished with a splendid 27-6 score, which meant an overall win for Park, 72-56.

A cold and windy visit to Paignton saw Park winning 4 of the 5 rinks, with an overall score of 89-62. The successful Park triples were Marg Lock/Liz Nelson (shared the lead role), Brian Halsey and Brian Summers (skip); Margaret Ratcliffe, Peter Burch and David Evans (skip); Paul Beresford, Ralph (kindly loaned by Paignton) and John Dill (skip); and Mike Killoran, Rick Tatchell and Sarah Westacott (skip).

The first week of the Mens’ Over 60s League saw a promising start for the 3 Park teams that will compete this season.

The A team shared the rinks at Heavitree but secured the bonus points with an overall score of 36-27. The winning rink was Rick Tatchell, Tony Hanson and David Evans (skip).

Against Tiverton West End the B team also shared the rinks with visitors Tiverton, but the winning triple of John Horne, Roland Heale and David Horne secured an overall win of 34-28.

To continue the theme, albeit with a different outcome, the C team also shared rinks at Phear Park. Our winning triple of Brian Halsey, Ron Rooke and Chris Silverthorne was not enough sadly to avoid a defeat overall against Feniton Falcons, going down 31-44.

Finally, the last fixture of the week on Sunday 5th May resulted in another fine victory, with Park winning on all 4 rinks against visitors Upton Park from Torquay, with an overall score of 73-39.

The winning triples were Marg Lock, Tony Dealler and Rod Davidson (skip); Rick Tatchell, Roland Heale and Sarah Westacott (skip); Sue Smith, Brian Halsey and Brian Summers (skip); John Horne, Joan Cowing and David Adams (skip).

Here’s hoping for brighter weather and more good bowls next week.

Paul and Kay Beresford

Match Report - Week Ending 28th April 2019

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For once, Bank Holiday Monday was blessed with good weather and Phear Park took full advantage, with a good turnout for the first club Bank Holiday Drive.  The best result of the day came from the triple of Rick Tatchell, Paul Beresford and Rod Davidson (skip).

Our first friendly of the season followed on Tuesday (23rd April) when Park welcomed Ottery St Mary. The afternoon proved to be a satisfying start with a clean sweep for Park, winning on all four rinks with an overall score of 77-49.  The most successful rink was the triple of John Anderson, Joan Cowing and Rod Davidson (skip) with a score of 22-10. The other winning triples were Mike Killoran, Simon Weclawek and Sarah Westacott (skip), Margaret Ratcliffe, Tony Hanson and John Dill (skip) and finally, Christine Hatchard, Bob Baker and Brian Summers (skip).

Sadly our friendly against Topsham on 25th April had to be called off due to Topsham’s waterlogged green. Hopefully this fixture can be rearranged for later in the season.

Storm Hannah did not stop our match against visitors Belmont on 27th April. Park won on 3 of the 4 rinks, resulting in an overall winning score of 61-54. The winning triples were Peter Birch, David Adams and Rod Davidson (skip), Sue Smith, Joan Cowing and David Horne (skip), and John Horne, Roland Heale and Sarah Westacott (skip)

The week concluded with a trip to Honiton, where the rinks were shared 2-2, but resulting in a win overall for Park with a score of 67-62. The winning rinks were Margaret Ratcliffe, Rick Tatchell and Bob Baker(skip) who won by 18 shots, and Kay Beresford, Ron Rooke and Rod Davidson(skip).

With the men’s over 60s leagues starting next week to look forward to, it has been a great start to the season, albeit with a long way to go!

Paul and Kay Beresford

PHEAR PARK BOWLS – PRESIDENT’S DAY

 

The cold and windy weather did not dampen the spirits of the Phear Park bowlers as the traditional start of the season began last Sunday 14th April with President’s Day. Our new President Peter Burch looked resplendent in his chain of office, as he opened the season by sending down the first wood, On a heavy green there followed a round robin triples competition, using a yardstick format (all bowls within a yard of the jack scores), which was won by Rod Davidson (skip), Rick Tatchell and Christine Hatchard with a score of plus eleven.

The club welcomed several new members for what hopefully will be an enjoyable and successful season.

Paul and Kay Beresford

President's Day Drive Winners