Phear Park celebrate president Harry’s 97th birthday

06:59 19 September 2012

Phear Park bowlers celebrate with Harry Wilks on then presidents latest birthday!

Phear Park bowlers celebrate with Harry Wilks on then presidents latest birthday!


After the excitement of the centenary celebrations in 2011 this season has been a more subdued affair, although there was nothing subdued about club President Harry Wilkes’ 97th birthday celebrations, writes Lawrie Harries.

Harry played 18 ends and the afternoon ended with members drinking his health.

An excellent turn out for Captain’ Day which was a variation on the normal drive as it was played with a yard-stick. The winning rink was Joy Mottershead, Roland Heale, David Horne and Jim Letten.

The afternoon concluded with a sumptuous tea prepared by Clare Cooper and Julia Sharland.

Two friendlies concluded proceedings for the season. Park entertained neighbours Budleigh who avenged a narrow defeat by Park at their place by winning by 12 shots.

Park produced two winning rinks – Janet Martin, Jackie Cruse. Richard Cooper and Bob Smith (skip) won by six shots.

Mike Pope’s rink of Margaret Lock, John Horn and Mike Thomas finished 26 – 16 ahead.

But what are we to make of Dave Martin’s rink of Jim Letten, Joy Mottershead and, John Dill) who were leading by ten shots and cruising; then lost the final seven ends to end up losing by three shots.

This is not the first time Park rinks have been generous to the opposition. Apparently it’s inspired by Olympic year and the Olympic ethos – it’s not the winning but the taking part.

Park’s final home friendly was against Splott Phoenix (Cardiff) and the hosts finished their season with a win by 92 shots to 72.

Best performing rink was Margaret Lock, Mary Thomas, Ron Rooke and John Robins (skip) who won by ten shots.

Mike Pope skipped Harry Wilkes, Liz Nelson, and Richard Cooper to a 24 – 16 win. While Christine Hatchard, Faye Downend, John Whyte and Bob Smith (skip) finished three shots ahead,

However, the story of the afternoon came on the rink of Jim Letten, Gillian Harding, Margot Allen and Dave Martin (skip) who were 21 – 6 down with five ends left. But they produced 15 shots in four ends to finish one shot down.

Splott hadn’t quite got the Ulympic message!

That’s the final bowls offering this outdoor season from Laurie and on behalf of all the Journal Sport readers we thank him for this excellent efforts putting the Phear Park action into print – Sports Editor.


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