Thermal underwear helps winning triple at Phear Park

PUBLISHED: 19:24 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 19:24 24 April 2013

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Phear Park's opening drive of the season took place last Sunday on a chilly afternoon when the sun tried hard but could not break through the cloud covering, writes Laurie Harries.

It was encouraging to welcome a good sprinkling of new members: some experienced bowlers and others novices. The experienced bowlers were easily spotted by their cold weather garb – each wearing two sweaters and a fleece!

It seems only a short time ago we were queuing up for ‘flu jabs yet here we are on the brink of another outdoor season.

However, the winter is not that easily forgotten! We have ‘“enjoyed’ the coldest or wettest, periods since records began – or so the experts tell us.

Thanks to these experts we know about changes in the gulf stream, north Atlantic drift and the jet stream. The length of seaweed on the clubhouse door seems a bit superfluous.

Not for the first time the opening session of the season echoed to choruses of ‘Oh my back’.

The slight air of superiority adopted by those members who had spent the winter bowling indoors was soon dispelled when their woods only reached half way down the green.

But, as the afternoon progressed muscles relaxed, the green quickened and jacks were peppered. A winning triple did emerge, namely Freda Ralph, Jackie Cruse and Richard Cooper (skip).

Their secret apparently, was thermal underwear. Despite the chilly weather this was an enjoyable start to the season rounded off with a glass of wine.

A word of thanks to Margo Allen who prepared the refreshments - and had the good sense to enjoy the afternoon in the warmth of the club house.

By five o’clock the seaweed was predicting rain – and down it came. Who cares about the gulf stream!

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