December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 1, 2013
The indifferent early season form of Phear Park’s Over-60s squads seems to have been transformed by the heat wave, writes Lawrie Harries.
Park’s A team won their sixth consecutive game last week when they won 34-30 at Crediton.
John Robins skipped Les Parr and Bob Smith to an eight shot win, and, although the second rink went down by four shots, Park took six points overall.
Earlier in the week Park travelled to neighbours Budleigh and came home with another six points. Roland Heale, Ralph Cook and skip John Dill coasted to a 21 – 9 win.
However, on the second rink it was a different story. Peter Burch (skip), John Horne and David Horne were 20 shots to three down after eleven ends and Budleigh were contemplating sending for a larger score-board.
Park seemed to wake up and bowling to short jacks they scored 11 shots over the last seven ends reducing the deficit considerably. Although losing by 22 shots to 14 Park’s late finishing burst ensured overall victory.
The B team have also hit a golden spell with another two victories last week. The first saw a superb game at Ottery St Mary. Dave Martin (skip) John Bell and Billy Handley battled to a win by 14 -13.
On the other rink the lead changed hands eight times. David Dowden, Ron Rooke and skip John Walker scored a single shot on the last end to secure a 19 all draw and victory to Park by one shot. A single shot win was rewarded with seven points.
Park B then visited high-flyers Chardstock and returned winners by five shots. John Bell, Ron Rooke and John Walker (skip) took their Ottery form with them but this time were comfortable winners by 22 shots to 12. The second rink looked like finishing ahead but they conceded ten shots in two ends and lost by five, nonetheless, six points to Park.
Park ladies completed their first internal club competition, the Joyce Kelly cup. This was won by Eileen Burnham who defeated Gillian Harding in a closely contested final.
Park took four rinks to Exeter St. Thomas for a friendly only to find the hosts could field just four triples. There is a convention that in these circumstances the triples scores are reduced by 25 per cent.
Unfortunately, a calculator was not available and after much head scratching and pencil licking it was not possible to agree on what constituted 25 per cent of 11 and 17. A draw was quietly agreed.