Robins lands John Tucker trophy at Phear Park

PUBLISHED: 14:37 28 June 2011

Bowls Phear Park John Robins (John Tucker Trophy winner),  Mike Pope Competition organiser and Bob Smith (runner up)

Bowls Phear Park John Robins (John Tucker Trophy winner), Mike Pope Competition organiser and Bob Smith (runner up)


Another of Phear Park's internal competitions, the John Tucker trophy, was completed last weekend, writes Lawrie Harries.

The John Tucker is a knockout, singles competition – unusually open to both ladies and men and played over ten ends, was won this year by John Robins who defeated the 2010 winner Bob Smith 11-8 in the final.

In a match of fluctuating fortunes, Smith required two shots to win on the last end but two touchers by Robins secured victory.

There was an excellent win for Park ladies in the unbadged triples league when they travelled to Topsham and won by three shots.

Isabel Richards, Joan Evans and Sarah Westacott (skip) finished 20 shots to 10 up. The second triple of Margaret Locke, Janet Martin and Glenda Pope (skip) went down by seven shots but still ensured overall victory to Park.

Park’s A team in the over-60s triples league again failed to convert a reasonably strong position into a win; this time against Okehampton. Richard Cooper, Tom Russell and David Evans (skip) finished four shots up but the triple of Peter Burch, John Dill and Bob Smith lost by six and the net result was just two points to Park.

A similar fate befell the B team at home to Feniton. Dave Martin’s triple of Chas Coates and Mike Pope finished 16 to 13 ahead in a very tight game.

The second triple struggled all afternoon and went down by 12 shots. Again, two points to Park.

Park’s annual invitation ladies triple competition for the Margaret Roach cup, this year involving five clubs, was won by a trio from Abbrook Park – the first year they had been invited.

A five triples friendly at Okehampton saw five close finishes with Park emerge as 79-69 winners.

This was largely due to Peter Burch’s triple of John Dill and Eileen Burnham who won by nine shots. Paul Westabrook, Ron Rooke and Sarah Westacott (skip) finished 14 shots all. While Leighton Burston’s triple of Janet Martin and Faye Downend did their bit for the cause by winning 19-16.

Last but certainly not least this week, Joan and David Evans progressed to the next stage of the county mixed triples by overcoming a duo from Madeira.

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