Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The first of Phear Park’s individual competitions was played on Saturday, writes Lawrie Harries.
The John Tucker trophy is a competition open to both ladies and men and is a knockout event played over 10 ends.
This year’s winner was John Dill who defeated Joy Mottershead in the final. Mrs. Mottershead was only the third lady to reach the final, and in doing so, overcame three men in earlier rounds.
However, she found Dill’s experience and overall ability just too much. Both finalists played 40 ends in the day in wet conditions which may have also had a bearing on the outcome.
The form of the over 60s triples squads is still a cause for head scratching. Playing visitors Topsham, a Park A rink galloped into the lead from the start and maintained this for each of 16 ends.
But just as they were approaching the winning post they had a Devon Loch moment and collapsed. (Younger readers should Google Grand National Devon Loch). Mind, if they were horses they might have been off to the knackers yard weeks ago!
This rink conceded six shots on the last two ends and went down by four shots. Some credit must be given to Topsham skip Goode who saved his triple eight or nine shots during the course of the game.
The second rink of Roland Heale, John Horne and David Horne (skip) also got off to a flying start and built up a useful eight shot lead.
However, Topsham finished strongly and chipped away at this lead, but the Park trio did well to contain the opposition to single shots and they clung on to win by 15 shots to 14. Two points to Park but it seemed like six points given away.
Devon Loch also haunted the rinks used by the B squad in their home fixture with Pinces Gardens. David Maunder, Ron Rooke and Dave Martin (skip) played steadily all afternoon and were two shots ahead going into the penultimate end when they lost a six and eventually finished five shots down.
Mike Thomas, Mike Pope and John Anderson (skip) started the last end one shot ahead but dropped two to lose 18-17. A blank day for the B squad which is a little unusual.