Victorious start for Phear Park

PUBLISHED: 10:15 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:51 10 June 2010

CLUB President Avis Bartlett opened the 2009 season with the traditional President's drive. Encouraged by the warm sunshine, members soon shook off their winter rustiness and, after a not too serious afternoon's bowling, a winning triple eventually emerg

CLUB President Avis Bartlett opened the 2009 season with the traditional President's drive.Encouraged by the warm sunshine, members soon shook off their winter rustiness and, after a not too serious afternoon's bowling, a winning triple eventually emerged of Janet Martin, Jack Coates and Brian Green (skip). A pleasant afternoon was rounded off with a bangers and mash tea.Later in the week, Madeira member and qualified coach, Ian King, spent a day helping improve the technique and knowledge of the game of Phear Park members.This was a most instructive day and the club, to a member, is grateful to Ian for the time and patience he gave to the project.The first of what are going to be numerous friendlies this season saw a visit from regular tourists Island Bohemians.The Bohemians are regular visitors to the county but this was their first visit to Phear Park. Based in Reading, Berkshire, an unusual feature of their club is that they play on a green on an island in the middle of the River Thames!The match itself turned out to be a close encounter, with just seven shots between the sides at the close, the hosts claiming a 126-119 victory. The rink of Richard Cooper, Mike Pope, Margaret Adams and Gerry Sharland (skip) won their encounter 24-19.Isabel Richards, Roy Harding, David Martin and skip Sarah Westacott did well to come back from 18 shots to 9 down after twelve ends to win by 24-22.Shona Forrester skipped Jack Coates, John Walker and Hilary Higgins to a relatively comfortable 22-17 win and they were always ahead from early stages.Phear Park's Gillian Harding, John Anderson, Stuart Forrester and Betty Bourne (skip) tied 18 shots all after leading by 14 shots to 4 at one stage. The two remaining rinks saw narrow wins for the Bohemians.Report by Lawrie Harries

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