Pirates on parade at Phear Park

PUBLISHED: 17:14 21 September 2011 | UPDATED: 17:14 21 September 2011


Captains' Day at Phear Park provided another end-of-season fun day and an opportunity for members to show their sartorial ingenuity by dressing up as pirates or peasants, writes Lawrie Harries.

Not that the peasants had much chance in the roll-up after most of them were invited to concede or “walk the plank” before the end of the afternoon. Needless to say the pirates claimed victory.

A more conventional game took place later in the week when Park entertained the White Horse tourists and swept to victory on all six rinks and by 123 shots to 85. No doubt the visitors decided that discretion was the better part of valour after hearing about the pirates.

David Evans’ rink of Eileen Burnham, David Dowden and Richard Cooper dominated their game winning by 33 shots to 11.

Mary Thomas, Terry Norwood, John Robins and skip Dave Martin finished 18 – 14 ahead. While Liz Young, Rob Mottershead, Ron Rooke and Glenda Pope (skip) took five shots on the final two ends to complete a win by 18 -13.

Bob Smith’s rink of Joan Evans, Christine Hatchard and Joy Mottershead had a very close game all afternoon before ending ahead by 17 shots to 14. Harry Wilkes, Anne Harding, Mike Pope and skip John Walker did well to finish 18 – 15 up after being behind for two thirds of the game.

But the most impressive comeback was supplied by John Dill’s rink of Janet Martin, Mike Thomas, and Peter Burch who took eight shots over the last four ends to finish 19 – 18 ahead.

Park’s ladies finished their programme with a good win in a friendly at Abbrook Park by 16 shots. Jackie Cruse, Faye Downend and skip Betty Bourne finished winners by 26 shots to 12.

Isabel Richards, Liz Young and Joan Evans (skip) took three shots on the last two ends to secure a win by 20 shots to 17. In a low scoring game Margaret Lock, Jenny Derbyshire and Eileen Burnham (skip) lost by 11 shots to 10.

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