Tournament Report - Week Ending 11th August 2019

Men's Singles

A week of mostly fine weather and some excellent bowling saw that the 40th anniversary of the Phear Park Open Tournament was a great success.

The week started on Sunday 4th August with the mixed triples. This is an all-day round robin competition, with 20 competing teams playing a total of 4 matches each, playing 9 ends per match. The worthy winners were Viv Kirkland, Peter Davis and Janet Griffiths, all from Okehampton Bowling Club.

The men’s pairs followed, which this year was won by Norman Owens and Frank Prince from Babbacombe Bowling Club, who needed a deciding extra end in the final to defeat Leighton Burston (Ottery St Mary BC) and Richard Hardman (Exonia) to take the title 15-14.

Success for Phear Park followed, with Sarah Westacott and Margaret Ratcliffe winning the round robin ladies pairs, with an impressive score of plus 20.

More success for Sarah Westacott followed, when she teamed up with Rick Tatchell for the mixed pair’s competition. The final was played in deteriorating weather, and was against fellow club members Margaret Ratcliffe and Rod Davidson. Sarah and Rick won 21-8 to claim the title.

Moving on to the men’s singles competition, Phear Park player Brian Summers had a splendid win, beating several fine players along the way, culminating in a final against the defending champion “Storming” Norman Owen, which Brian won 21-12.

Many congratulations to all the winners, and competitors from Phear Park and elsewhere, for contributing to a fine Tournament. Many thanks also to the many club members who assisted in the organising and running of the Tournament with their commitment and hard work, with a special mention for Bob Baker and helpers, who kept the kitchen running all week, providing hot meals, snacks and drinks to keep everyone going.

Paul and Kay Beresford


Match Report - Week Ending 4th August 2019


The men’s over 60s triples league dominates this week, with all three teams in action as the business end of the season approaches.

The A team lost their top of the league position, gaining just 2 points away to Marina (Dawlish) and then again at home to Feniton Eagles. Brian Summers, Gordon Cook and skip Mike Ebdon were the success at Marina, with a fine 27-9 win and Rick Tatchell, Gordon Cook and skip Mike Ebdon won a closely fought match 22-20 against Feniton.

The B team fared better, with two 6 point wins against Bradnich and Uffculme. John Dill, John Whyte and skip Simon Weclawek won 22-12 at Bradnich, helping to secure an overall 32-29 win, whilst Paul Beresford, John Dill and Simon Weclawek had a comfortable win against Uffculme, where Park won overall 36-27.

The C team, who only had one fixture during the week, lost overall to Seaton but the triple of Patrick McCahearty, Peter Sydenham and skip Tony Dealler gained 2 points with their win of 16-13.

No friendlies to report this week, as they give way to Phear Park’s annual Open Tournament, which began last Sunday. This is the 40th such tournament, and reports of the action will be coming next week!

Paul and Kay Beresford


Match Report - Week Ending 28th July 2019


With an away game at Exeter St Thomas cancelled, there are four mixed triple friendly matches to report on this week, with a 50% success rate for Phear Park.

A home win against neighbours Budleigh Salterton saw the winning triples of Bob Baker, Christine Hatchard and skip Rod Davidson; Doreen Pope, Mike Killoran and skip Brian Summers help secure an overall win for Park 65-63.

The other overall victory was at home to Hatherleigh, where Park won all 4 triples. Well done to John Horne, Roland Heale and skip Brian Summers; Sue Smith, Rick Tatchell (captain of the day) and skip John Anderson; John Robins, Margaret Ratcliffe and skip Rod Davidson; and Marg Lock, Mike Passmore and skip Simon Weclawek who secured the spoils with an emphatic 71-48 overall win.

On to a home game against Exonia (Exeter) where the triple of John Horne, Christine Hatchard and skip Brian Summers; and a rink of Margaret Ratcliffe, David Downden, Ron Rooke and skip Simon Weclawek both narrowly won. Unfortunately defeat on the remaining rink meant an overall loss to Park of 45-51.

Our friends from Chudleigh took two of the five triples, with one being drawn. Again, defeat on the remaining rinks saw Chudleigh safely to an overall win of 92-69. The triples of Kay Beresford, Sue Smith and skip Brian Halsey; and Liz Nelson, Paul Beresford and skip David Evans were Park’s winning sides, with Margaret Ratcliffe, Roland Heale and skip John Anderson drawing their match.

In the men’s over 60s league, only the B team secured points with an overall 32-28 win at home to Culm Vale. The triple of John Horne, Roland Heale and skip John Pope was victorious with a good 24-11 win.

Following on from some very good recent results, the A team sadly were carpeted at Axminster on both rinks, and it was no better for the C team who also lost on both rinks at home to Wellington (Somerset). Hopefully, better days ahead with the important fixtures coming up this week!

Paul and Kay Beresford


Match Report - Week Ending 21st July 2019


The over 60s A team score another 8 point victory in their bid to win the league (Division 4). Gordon Cook, Tony Hanson and skip Mike Ebdon, and Brian Summers, David Adams and skip Rod Davidson secured an impressive 61-17 overall home victory, winning on both rinks against Chardstock.

The B team however suffered a heavy loss at Heavitree to come away pointless.

The C team also lost on both rinks at home to Hemylock but then shared the spoils away at Marina (Dawlish), with 1 rink each, and an overall score of 36 all. The triple of Peter Sydenham, Patrick McCahearty and skip Tony Dealler were Park’s winning rink.

In friendly matches, Pinces Gardens (Exeter) won fairly comfortably at Phear Park, winning 3 of the 4 rinks, and 88-47 overall. Rick Tatchell, Doreen Pope and skip Simon Weclawek were the sole successful triple of the day, winning by 24-16.

A better day followed at North Tawton, with an overall victory to Park of 83-49. David Downden, John Anderson and skip Mike Ebdon; Bob Baker, John Dill and skip Brian Summers were the winning rinks, with John Horne, Mike Killoran and skip Rod Davidson drawing their match 14-14.

Paul and Kay Beresford


Match Report - Week Ending 7th July 2019


The mens’ over 60s league dominates our weekly report this time, with the A team maintaining top position of Division 4, following an 8 point win against Heavitree. The triples of Rick Tatchel, Tony Hanson and skip David Evans, and Brian Summers, David Adams and skip Rod Davidson were triumphant with an overall score of 39-24. A great performance, especially as David Evans’ triple was 15-5 down after 12 ends, but came back to take 14 unanswered shots on the last 6 ends to win 19-15!

The B team had two fixtures, with mixed results. Paul Beresford, Peter Burch and skip John Anderson, and John Dill, John Whyte and skip Simon Weclawek beat Madeira D on both rinks, and overall by 35-25. Against Tiverton West End however, they could only gain 2 points, coming from the triple of John Dill, John Whyte and skip Simon Weclawek winning 28-11. Unfortunately the other Park triples went down 30-8, resulting in a losing overall score of 36-41.

The C team had even less fortune at Feniton (Falcons), losing on both rinks, going down overall 23-49. Perhaps Park should try giving their teams a cool name!

There was only one friendly played this week, and visitors Exeter St Thomas took all 4 rinks to win the match 46-81.

Heres hoping for better luck next time, and long may the days be dry (it can rain overnight if it wants)!

Paul and Kay Beresford


Match Report - Week Ending 30th June 2019


Sunny days return to Phear Park, with the weather finally producing lovely bowls-playing conditions.

Whilst an away match to Seaton was abandoned after 14 ends, fixtures against Sidmouth, Heavitree (Exeter) and Okehampton were completed in glorious weather and friendly rivalry. The sun certainly shone on the triples of John Horne, Roland Heale and skip Simon Weclawek; Margaret Ratcliffe, Mike Killoran and skip John Anderson; Peter Burch, Joan Cowing and skip Brian Halsey, who secured an overall 72-56 win at home against Sidmouth. The other triple of Christine Hatchard, Ron Rooke and skip Bob Baker drew on their rink, so almost achieving a clean sweep for Park.

A visit to Heavitree followed, where Park lost overall by 98-77, albeit winning two of the five triples. The successful rinks were Sue Smith, Rod Henderson (kindly loaned by Heavitree) and skip Rod Davidson (17-15), and a superb performance by John Horne, Roland Heale and skip David Evans (23-7).

Okehampton next, where their annual dog show next door provided interest for some (ok, me) before the match. Only the Captain’s triple of John Horne, Margaret Ratcliffe and skip Paul Beresford (Capt) were successful, with Park’s other three triples going down to a very good Okehampton side. The hosts won overall by 76-56.

In the over 60s league, both the B and C teams lost at home to Ottery St Mary and Uffculme respectively. However, the A team had a more successful afternoon at Crediton, winning on one rink by 5 points, and drawing on the other. The winning rink was Brian Summers, Rod Davidson and David Adams, whilst the Park rink that drew were Gordon Cooke, Peter Ebdon and Tony Hanson. This rink were, at one stage, 1-17 DOWN, but fought back to secure the draw, and so contributed to the A team garnering another 7 points, which means that, at time of writing, they are TOP of Division 4! Very well done.

Paul and Kay Beresford


Match Report - Week Ending 16th June 2019

Axon Cup

The weather struck again at the start of the week, with our aptly named Umbrella internal competition rained off .

We start therefore with the excellent results of Park’s three over 60s teams. A heavy green and long jacks saw the A team take the honours, and maximum 8 points with an impressive 54-19 overall win at Okehampton. The triples of Brian Summers, David Adams and skip Rod Davidson, and Rick Tatchell, Mike Ebdon and skip David Evans triumphant with scores of 34-5 and 20-14 respectively.

The B team also secured maximum points with a 39-24 score at Crediton. John Dill, John Whyte and skip Simon Weclawek (20-16), and Peter Burch, Roland Heale and skip David Horne (19-8) were the winning triples.

At home against North Tawton the C team almost made a clean sweep of maximum points but narrowly missed out, going down on one rink by a single shot. The triple of Patrick MacCahearty, Mike Killoran and skip Bob Baker achieved victory on their rink 17-14, to secure an overall win of 30-28, gaining 6 points.

The annual event of the Axon Cup, a multi-club round robin triple competition, took place on an unusually sunny Saturday afternoon. The event was won by Heavitree with a score of + 16, who had been asked to play for Phear Park, due to a shortage of home side players. The runners up spot was shared by the home side and Topsham. Park’s triple of Mike Passmore, Joan Cowing and skip Rod Davidson finished on +7.

Many thanks to the teams from Madeira, Exonia (Exeter), Budleigh Salterton, Topsham, Belmont (Exeter) and Heavitree (Exeter) for taking part.

The week’s fixtures concluded with a trip to the English Riviera for a friendly game of triples against the Torquay club (not West Ham) of Upton Park. Phear Park won the day, winning 3 of the 4 rinks, and by an overall score of 58-54 (despite a Phear Park skip putting the scores on the wrong sides of the scorecard, which initially confused everyone!).

The winning triples were Liz Nelson, Rick Tatchell and skip Peter Burch (16-13); Sue Smith, Paul Beresford and skip Margo Allen (17-12); Kay Beresford, Mike Ebdon and skip Brian Halsey (15-13).

Unfortunately the second round of the Foxlands Trophy against Seaton was postponed due to rain, and is re-scheduled for Friday 21st June.

Paul and Kay Beresford


Match Report - Week Ending 9th June 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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