The Phear Park season bowled to a conclusion and, amongst the final acts of the 2021 campaign were more trophies to add to the already overcrowded mantelpiece of Rod Davidson, as the clubs’ internal competitions came to a close, write Paul and Kay Beresford.
First up was the Dick Mann triples, a round-robin competition over a total of 18 ends. Rod skipped Nigel Oates and Joan Cowing to an overall shot difference of plus 14 to narrowly beat John Anderson, Mike Killoran and Sarah Westacott who finished with a score of plus 13.
In the John Tucker Trophy, a mixed singles straight knockout competition, Rod competed against Mike Killoran in a thrilling final that needed an extra end to decide the winner. Rod again came out on top, taking the trophy by 10-9.
With several cancellations, the only friendly to be played was an away match to Sidmouth. Sadly Park lost on all four rinks, going down 53-89 overall.
Finally, the season came to an end with the traditional Captain’s Day, in honour of this year’s captain, Margo Allen.
A wonderful day on and off the green saw the playing of three matches; two rinks (teams of four) and one triple.
The yardstick format, where every bowl within a yard of the jack scores a shot, was won by John Anderson, Rod Davidson, Joan Cowing and Bryan Stone with a score of plus 10. Runners up on a score of plus seven were Nigel Oates, John Whyte, Simon Weclawek and Sarah Westacott.
The day – and indeed, the season – was completed with a traditional cream tea.
The club wishes to thank this year’s Captain Margo Allen for her efforts in what has been a strange and difficult year.
Thanks also to the members of the committee who kept our ship afloat, and to all our members who came and competed in the various competitions and matches, making some sort of season possible.
We hope to see you all again next season.