Report for Week Ending 22nd September 2019

Peter Nelson Shield

The Peter Nelson Memorial Shield was contested for the second time at Phear Park on the 17th September this year. The round robin competition was inaugurated last year by Liz Nelson, in memory of her husband Peter, who was a club stalwart and Captain. This year, the Shield was won by the rink of Mike Killoran, John Robins, Simon Weclawek and Sarah Westacott who finished with a score of plus seventeen shots. Runners up were Rick Tatchell, Liz Nelson/Marg Lock (who shared a game), John Anderson and David Evans with a score of plus six. In third place came the quartet of Sue Smith, Mike Passmore (both in their first season), John Horne and Brian Halsey with plus one.

The last friendly matches of the season began with a visit to Uffculme, where despite a good win for the Park triple of John Horne, Christine Hatchard and skip Brian Summers (24-9), Park went down to an overall defeat 54-84.

At home to Paignton however, winning triples of Marg Lock, John Anderson and skip Peter Burch; Mike Passmore, Joan Cowing and skip Brian Summers; and Sue Smith, John Robins and skip Tony Hanson saw Park to an overall 79-70 win. The triple of Margaret Ratcliffe, Mike Killoran and skip Brian Halsey drew their match 11 all.

Alas, a further fixture away to Sidmouth resulted in losses on all rinks for Park.

Our season came to a traditional conclusion with Captain’s Day, a fun afternoon (with cream tea!) consisting of four triples matches using yardsticks, where every bowl within a yard of the jack scores a point. This year’s winners with a score of 64 and a points difference of plus 13, were John Horne, Joan Cowing and skip Mike Ebdon. The runners up were Kay Beresford, Rick Tatchell and skip Rod Davidson with a score of 54 points and a difference of plus 9 shots. Both these teams troubled the scoreboards, which only go up to 49 shots!

Well, that’s it for this season, where did the time go? All the best to Phear Park players who are continuing indoors during the winter, at different venues. Paul and Kay however are going into hibernation as far as bowls is concerned, and will be watching some Rugby (starting with the World Cup of course), Football and Athletics.

Here’s to next April and the 2020 season!

 

Paul and Kay Beresford

 

 

 

Finals' Weekend 2019

Men's Championship

It’s a Summer’s summer at Phear Park bowls, as Brian Summers concludes a great personal season.

He has won all four of the Park’s internal competitions that he contested at this years’ Finals Weekend, to add to the Dick Mann Triples title he had already won, together with John Dill and Joan Cowing. They won this round robin triples competition with a fine score of plus 15 shots.

Brian started the weekend with an exciting Men’s Handicap final against Rod Davidson, the defending champion. The two men were on fine form, and the lead changed hands several times, until both men reached 23-23. This was enough for Brian to take the title, with his handicap of 2, leaving Rod still 4 shots short with his handicap of 6.

Brian went on to play Tony Hanson later in the day, for the Captain’s Trophy, a competition for men who have not won this trophy previously. Brian won the match 21-7.

Next day, Brian was in action again, first winning the men’s’ pairs, where he was ably abetted by Mike Passmore. They beat the pair of Rick Tatchell and Simon Weclawek 17-12. This was a first trophy for Mike, in his first season with the club. Well done!

Finally for Brian came the Men’s Singles Championship where he was competing against Simon Weclawek again. He concluded his personal clean sweep with a 21-8 victory. Congratulations to our new Club Champion!

Now for the matches that Brian was not involved with.  In the Garbutt Knott, Rick Tatchell put aside his disappointment with the Pairs result, going on to win the final against David Adams. Rick had to come from behind twice, showing great tenacity against his more experienced opponent, to win 22-16, taking a 4 on the final end. He ‘never gave up’!

All was not lost for David Adams however, as he had a fine win in the Over 70s final against John Whyte, coming out on top 21-5.

 

Margaret Marsh 2019

On to the Ladies Finals, just the two this year. In the Margaret Marsh Cup which is a 2 woods competition, a very close competitive match played in great spirit, saw Sue Smith and Kay Beresford finish the final end 15 all, which meant an extra end was played. Congratulations to Sue Smith who got the final shot to win the cup. This is Sue’s first season, so very well done to her!

Finally, on a sunny Sunday morning, the same two players contested the Challis Cup, a 3 wood competition, although with a different result. This time it was Kay Beresford who came through to take the Cup 19-9. What a difference an extra wood can make!

Paul and Kay Beresford

Match Report - Week Ending 1st September 2019

2017 - Action from Phear Park triples match against Uffculme bowling club

The Phear Park over 60s A team take the Division 4 title, with a maximum 8 point home win against Crediton B.

The winning triples of Brian Summers, David Adams, skip Rod Davidson and Rick Tatchell, Tony Hanson and skip Mike Ebdon won 14-12 and 19-7 respectively to take the match and title 33-19. Sadly the club finances will not run to an open top bus celebratory parade through the town, so it will have to be the land train instead! Congratulations go to  Captain Rod Davidson and the A team squad of Brian Summers, David Adams, Rick Tatchell, Tony Hanson, David Evans, Gordon Cooke and Mike Ebdon for this triumphant season. Take a bow gentlemen!

The B team finished their campaign with two points at Ottery St Mary, with the winning triple of John Dill, John Whyte and skip Simon Weklawek scoring 24-13. Overall however Park lost by one shot – Ottery took the remaining 6 points which secured promotion to Division 5 for them.

The C team finished with an unexpected 8 points without bowling a wood, when Uffculme defaulted because they were unable to field a full team.

In friendly mixed triples, Park lost away to Bradnich and at home to Seaton. At Bradnich, Peter Burch, Roland Heale and skip Brian Summers, and John Horne, John Robins and skip Sarah Westacott won their matches 17-13 and 27-11 respectively. Overall though, Park lost 62-66.

At Seaton, John Robins, Christine Hatchard and skip Brian Summers were the only Park success, with a close 16-13 win. Seaton won overall 67-51.

With the over 60s league completed, and only 5 friendly matches remaining the close of the season will soon be upon us. Before then though, the finals of the club’s internal competitions will take place over the coming weekend (7th/8th Sept), which should produce some close encounters. Spectators are very welcome to watch the various finals which will start at either 10am or 2pm on both days. Entrance is free!

Paul and Kay Beresford

 

Match Report - Week Ending 25th August 2019

2017 - Action from Phear Park triples match against Uffculme bowling club

Promotion guaranteed for the men’s Over 60s League A team.

A fine overall win at Madeira 39-33 ensured at least second place in Division four, whilst an overall home game in the last game of the season against Crediton will see the Park side finishing top of the league (no pressure then)! The winning triple of Brian Summers, Rod Davidson and skip Mike Ebdon secured the six points with an excellent 27-14 win. Well done!

The B team were also triumphant, taking maximum points in a home win to a good Wellington side. Triples of Paul Beresford, John Whyte, skip Simon Weclawek and John Horne, Roland Heale, skip John Anderson won 19-12 and 14-11 respectively, to take a fine 10 shot overall victory.

Alas, the C team were heavily defeated on both rinks against Sidmouth to remain firmly rooted to the foot of Division 8.

It was a busy week for friendlies with matches against Topsham, Madeira and Budleigh. Although only winning 2 of the 5 triples against Topsham, Park ran out overall winners 78-73, thanks to an overwhelming 32-2 win by Sue Smith, John Anderson and skip Simon Weklawek. The captain’s rink of John Horne, Paul Beresford and skip Sarah Westacott came back from 5-13 down after 13 ends, to claim victory 15-14, with a winning shot on the final end!

The reverse away to Madeira, where Park only lost on one rink, with one drawn but narrowly lost overall 65-68. It was however a great afternoon with our friends and neighbours, with the winning triples being Mike Passmore, Mike Killoran, skip Sarah Westacott, and Kay Beresford, Peter Burch , and skip Brian Summers, who came from behind after tea to win 17-15.

Only one triple won at Budleigh, on what was a very hot and sunny day, with Sue Smith, Roland Heale and skip John Pope taking 3 shots on the final end to win 22-21. Alas, not enough to prevent an overall win to neighbours Budleigh 73-61. Never mind, the company was convivial, and the after match drinks went down very well, especially when we found out about the cricket! That Stokes can play for us anytime he wants!

Paul and Kay Beresford

 

Match Report - Week Ending 18th August 2019

measure for measure

Phear Park welcomed touring side Devon Masonics to the first friendly following our Annual Tournament.  Although Devon Masonics brought just two rinks, a good afternoon was had by all, with one win apiece, but an overall win for Phear Park 41-24. Our rink of Margaret Ratcliffe, Mike Passmore, Mike Killoran and skip Brian Summers ran out 29-4 winners.

Next up was a visit from Babbacombe, for what proved to be a closely fought match, with Park shading an overall win 58-55, although the visitors were victorious on 2 rinks, with one rink drawn. However, a fine win by Park triple Mike Passmore, Mike Killoran and skip Sarah Westacott made the difference, with a score of 21-7.

Okehampton were the visitors for a 4 mixed triples encounter, which also turned out to be a tight match, although this time Park lost overall 50-55. Sue Smith, Paul Beresford and skip John Robins drew their match 14-14, and the triple of John Horne, Doreen Pope and skip Peter Burch provided Park with their lone victory on the day, scoring 16-8.

All 3 over 60s teams were in action, with the A team continuing an excellent season so far with a win against Okehampton, taking maximum points. The triple of Rick Tatchell, Tony Hanson and skip David Evans won 18-10, and Brian Summers, David Adams and skip Rod Davidson beat the Okehampton triple 26-9. Keep it up lads!

Mixed fortunes for Phear Park B, with a narrow defeat on one rink, but a fine win by the triple of John Horne, John Dill and skip John Whyte of 21-6 ensured an overall victory of 35-25, and a valuable 6 points.

Paul and Kay Beresford

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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