Chairman’s clean sweep at Phear Park
PUBLISHED: 10:30 08 September 2011
Club chairman David Evans swept the board in Phear Park’s club competitions last weekend, winning all five of the disciplines he contested, writes Lawrie Harries.
He regained the men’s championship shield after a tough battle with John Dill. Evans took the men’s handicap competition by defeating Bob Smith in an intriguing final when both players were within a couple of shots of victory.
Evans won his third trophy by beating John Anderson in the over-70s final but the two bowlers joined forces to win the men’s pairs title overcoming Gerry Sharland and Leighton Burston in another excellent final.
Evans rounded off his successful weekend by taking the Garbutt Knott trophy despite a very strong challenge from Burston.
The ladies championship was won for the first time by Gillian Harding with Joan Evans runner-up. Mrs Evans gained some compensation by wining the Challis cup defeating Faye Downend.
The Joyce Kelly cup was captured by Glenda Pope with Joan Evans runner up. Betty Bourne made a strong comeback over the closing ends to
defeat Jenny Derbyshire and claim the Margaret Marsh cup.
Last week Phear Park entertained neighbours Madeira in a local derby. These are games where the clubs sort out their excuses early –on the off chance they might lose. The rink was too fast or too slow; the grass was too long or to short; it was too hot or too cold – or, perhaps we simply never play well on Thursdays!
However, in any sport, the team or individual who plays best on the day usually wins.
Last week it was Park who came out on top – on all four rinks.
Dave Martin’s rink of Les Parr, David Dowden and John Whyte took four shots on the last three ends to win 17-16 and there was another strong finish by Bob Smith and his rink of John Robins, Rob Mottershead and Mike Pope who stormed back from seven shots down to win 21-15.
Brian Green led his rink of Roy Bateman, Terry Norwood and Peter Burch to a 25 -11 win. While Lawrie Harries, Jim Letten, John Anderson and Gerry Sharland (skip) finished 25 – 20 ahead.
Park’s captain of the day was heard to instruct Park’s fixture secretary at the end of play “Make sure we play them again on a Thursday next year”.