Phear Park's Dick Mann triples the most keenly contested for some time..

PUBLISHED: 09:45 16 June 2011

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PHEAR Park contested their first internal club competition of the season last week, writes Lawrie Harries.

The Dick Mann triples is an annual competition and the 2011 winners were Rob Mottershead, John Anderson and Sarah Westacott who prevailed from arguably the most competitive entry for some years.

The runners-up were Margo Allen, John Walker and Gerry Sharland.

Park’s good form in the over-60s triples league continued when the A team travelled to Uffculme and won on both rinks with the overall winning margin being 41-24 which was somewhat flattering!

Bob Smith’s triple of Peter Burch and John Dill went into the last end all square but took six shots to win 19-13.

The second triple of Richard Cooper, Bob Chapman and David Evans (skip) had an easier ride and they finished 22-11 up.

Phear Park B were away at Ottery St Mary and were beaten by a combination of their opponents and the weather. After thirteen ends Park were four shots down when a deluge of rain and hail brought proceedings to a halt, and, as more than twelve ends had been played the score stood.

There was further disappointment for Park when they lost to Madeira on both rinks in the second round of the Foxlands Trophy.

However, a visit to Budleigh brought better news when Park won a closely fought game by 78 shots to 76. Park’s most impressive rink was that of Jim Letten, Peter Burch, John Anderson and skip David Evans who finished 25-12 ahead.

Chas Coates, Mike Pope, John Robins and Gerry Sharland (skip) got home in their encounter by a single shot at 22-21.

Although keenly contested this is the friendliest of fixtures and this was demonstrated at tea when Budleigh presented Park with a birthday cake in recognition of the centenary - although fire regulations meant only a token number of candles!

A six rink triples with visitors Uffculme resulted in a win for Park. Best performing triple was John Dill, Rob Mottershead and skip Richard Cooper 28-13 winners.

There was a good win also for John Robins triple of Eileen Burnham and Peter Burch by 21 shots to 8 whilst Tom Russell skipped Fred Wood and Jenny Derbyshire to a win by 15-8.

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