Phear Park bowlers decide ‘it’s not so good to talk’!

PUBLISHED: 10:07 09 July 2015




The Phear Park Over-60s triples squads had slightly disappointing results last week, writes Lawrie Harries.

The B squad drew at Cullompton when a victory seemed within their grasp.

John Anderson skipped Paul Beresford and Ron Rooke to a comfortable 19-10 victory.

The second rink went into the fifteenth end level when disaster struck and they conceded a seven.

On the last end Park needed two shots to win overall but could only muster one which was sufficient to draw. Each club gained four points.

Park’s A squad won again but failed to take the magical eight points,

and they settled for six. This was thanks to Peter Burch, John Robins and Bob Smith (skip) who finished 21-11 ahead.

The second rink led for most of the afternoon but dropped 10 shots on the last four ends to leave them nine down at the finish.

On the friendly front Park had a good win at Okehampton, not usually a happy hunting ground. Park won on two of the four triples played. John Whyte, Brian Halsey and John Robins (skip) completely overwhelmed their opponents and won by 24 shots.

John Horne, Faye Downend and Phil Baggs ended 15-10 up.

A visit to Belmont (Exeter) for a four rink triples saw Park lose on three rinks. After 16 ends Kay Beresford, Tim Flather and John Robins (skip) were 16-12 down and it seemed all four Park triples would go down, but five shots on the last two ends saw Park home by one shot.

Park never came to terms with a difficult green but there was another unusual factor. One of the Belmont skips had apparently entered a talk-a-thon competition, when all competitors must talk non-stop for four hours.

Unfortunately, this started at 2pm. It seems the successful competitors memorise pages of verse. But it’s a moot point whether reciting The Charge of the Light Brigade or half a dozen verses from The Lady of Shalott whilst delivering your woods enhances your game!

Needless to say this rink was one of Park’s losses.

It is understood that next season all Park skips will be issued with ear plugs when playing Belmont!

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