Thursday, April 24, 2014
Phear Park Bowling Club’s season got off to a less than propitious start when the President was locked out of his own club, writes Lawrie Harries.
To rub salt into the wound the first day of the season is usually known as President’s Day!
The official explanation is he got the starting time wrong, but the strong suspicion is he dropped off to sleep for 20 minutes after a heavy lunch. To spare the officer’s blushes the president will remain anonymous.
After much banging on doors and arm waving the president was ushered into the club. However, it was all too late for the traditional start-of-season photograph and too late to be included in a team on the green!
Given the long holiday weekend the turn out was excellent with a welcome sprinkling of new members, some of whom were experienced bowlers.
An enjoyable afternoon wound down with a glass of wine.
At the end of these occasions it is the practice to manipulate the score cards so that the president‘s rink is favourably placed.
Manipulator-in-chief this season is club captain Peter Burch who was initially perplexed over who should be declared the afternoon’s winners when the president’s name was missing from the cards.
Mr Burch resolved his dilemma by resorting to an unusual solution by declaring the winners to be the triple with the best score.
That meant victory for the trio of Brian Halsey, David Dowden and Dave Martin (skip).
At the end of the afternoon members chipped in to buy the president an alarm clock which will be set 30 minutes ahead of British standard time.