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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 hard work.  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 ten. 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 for five days.   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.  
Official Phear Park Bowling club website
                                                 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 hard work.  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 ten. 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 for five days. 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.