Thursday, August 22, 2013
The Over-60s leagues come to a climax over the next two weeks with Phear Park’s A and B squads facing a critical point, but for different reasons, writes Lawrie Harries.
The A squad need to win their last two games to give them a chance of avoiding relegation while the B squad need to win both their outstanding fixtures to give them a hope of promotion.
Park’s A team played host to league leaders Morchard Bishop last week and went down on both rinks and overall by 19 shots.
The B team gained an excellent win at neighbours Madeira to keep their hopes of promotion alive. This fixture produced a fiercely competitive rink which Mike Pope’s triple of Rob Mottershead and Dave Martin eventually won by four shots.
The lead changed hands eight times and after 15 ends it was fourteen shots apiece. Park took four shots over the last three ends to win by 18 shots to 14.
The second trio of John Anderson, Ron Rooke and John Walker (skip) always had their noses in front and finished 22 to 8 ahead.
Park’s ladies had a night to forget when they entertained Crediton in the non badged triples league. Mishaps and minor disasters are a fact of life generally and the bowling green has it’s share. But what are we to make of a Phear Park triple who were 20 shots to six up after twelve ends, but still managed to lose by 22 shots to 20?
The second ladies rink was not quite so generous but they still lost by two shots although winning ten of the eighteen ends. Names have been omitted to avoid ladies’ blushes but the tea making rota has been revised until the end of the season.
The internal club championships are coming to the boil and it looks like being a busy time for Leighton Burston who has reached the final in all but one competition.
Burston will meet John Anderson in the men’s final; John Robins in the Garbutt Knott and John Robins again in the men’s handicap competition.
The only final Burston misses is the over-70s competition as he does not qualify.
A suggestion has been heard that he lied about his age!