Otter Trophy triumph for Ray Luscombe

Ottery St Mary bowler Shirley Fewtrell

Ottery St Mary bowler Shirley Fewtrell - Credit: Archant

The last weekend in August saw Ottery host its own internal Finals Weekend, writes Michael Smith.

Saturday proved to be the better day weather wise, but all matches were completed, though those involved in finals on the Sunday morning were tested in the wet conditions.

In the ladies events Shirley Fewtrell won the 4-Woods beating runner-up Sharon Kenny, unfortunately in the 2-Woods Terri Ward had to withdraw due to a hamstring injury, which meant that Sharon Kenny was declared the winner without a wood being bowled!

Carol Keating and Gail Hawke overcame Molly Parker and Shirley Fewtrell to win the ladies’ pairs, with Terry House and Kevin Vernon beating Peter Jones and Ray Luscombe to win the men’s pairs.

The men’s 4-Woods saw Steve Hall win a very close match against Terry House, and in the men’s 2-Woods Tony Luff proved once again that age is no barrier in winning trophies as seventy-one year old Tony beat the much younger John Ward to take the honours!


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In the Open Events Shirley Fewtrell added another 4-Woods victory to her tally, overcoming Dave Brown and so becoming club champion in the process.

John Pethick won the Open 3-Woods with a nail-biting extra end victory over Richard Chapple.

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The Otter Trophy, which is open to anyone who has not won a singles trophy, was won by Ray Luscombe with Chris Hawke taking the runners-up spot. The Nominated Mixed Pairs was won by Molly Parker and Terry House, with Sharon Kenny and Mike Smith runners-up, while in the Maurice Jennings Mixed Pairs, Sharon Kenny and Mike Smith this time got the win over Margaret Bright and Tony Luff.

The final event of the weekend was the Mixed Triples, and though the previous weekend had seen Mike Smith reach his 70th year, he was part of the winning team with Mick Cissell andMargaret Bright, who narrowly beat Sharon Kenny, Steve Hall and skip Norman Lawrence to lift the trophy.

To round off a great weekend’s sport Terri and John Ward with the help of Terry and Ann House, supplied the members with a fine barbecue, and with Dot Luff and her team supplying lunch and snacks throughout the weekend, thanks go to them all for their hard work, and also to Eric Saunders for organising all the matches over the two days.

So, with just three weeks to go before the end of the season, there are still three Friday club nights for any new players to the sport to come and try their hand from 6pm onwards. Prospective players just need to wear flat shoes or trainers.

Contact Mike Smith on 01404 811195 for more information.

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