Ottery St Mary men make winning start to County Trophy campaign

Steve Goodenough playing in the Ottery bowls club's Ladies & Gentlemans Tea Party Competition. Ref s

Steve Goodenough playing in the Ottery bowls club's Ladies & Gentlemans Tea Party Competition. Ref shsp 23 19TI 1020794. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The Ottery St Mary men began their County Trophy campaign with a home tie against Seaton, writes Michael Smith.

Steve Goodenough playing in the Ottery bowls club's Ladies & Gentlemans Tea Party Competition. Ref s

Steve Goodenough playing in the Ottery bowls club's Ladies & Gentlemans Tea Party Competition. Ref shsp 23 19TI 1020794. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The team won on three of the four rinks to take the overall match honours with a 91 shot to 63 final score.

The top Ottery rink was the one of Tony Bushell, Richard Bland, Tony Panzeri and skip Terry House, who won 30-12.

Ottery played host to their fourth touring side of the year and, on this occasion, the visitors were the City & Port of Bristol who arrived with six rinks.

A close encounter followed with the visitors winning the rinks, 3-2, but Ottery took the match honours to the tune of a 108-100 final score.

Steve Goodenough playing in the Ottery bowls club's Ladies & Gentlemans Tea Party Competition. Ref s

Steve Goodenough playing in the Ottery bowls club's Ladies & Gentlemans Tea Party Competition. Ref shsp 23 19TI 1020794. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant


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In the match there was a fine 22-9 success for the rink of Eric Richardson, Sheila Lapping, Clive Russell and skip Tony Luff.

Ottery then visited Bovey Tracy playing exceedingly well, with two players short, to come away with a 79-all draw. What's more, Ottery managed wins on three of the four rinks with the top one; Paul Cole, Fred Dart, Terri Ward and skip Richard Bland, who won 27-12.

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In the men's Over-60s League, the 'A' team continued their poor start to the season, losing 45-26 to Exonia 'A'.

To celebrate the first day of summer, over 60 members got together for a 'Ladies and Gents Tea Party' and, thankfully, the weather was glorious, and, with the 'Tea Cups' playing the 'Pimms' after a refreshing fruit punch, the afternoons play began.

Steve Goodenough playing in the Ottery bowls club's Ladies & Gentlemans Tea Party Competition. Ref s

Steve Goodenough playing in the Ottery bowls club's Ladies & Gentlemans Tea Party Competition. Ref shsp 23 19TI 1020794. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Halfway through the game players stopped for a magnificent high tea, thanks must go to a number of members for their hard work, especially Margaret and Melvin Trayhurn and Sharon Kenny, for organising the event, and to Ann House and Cathleen Lawrence for helping during and after tea, and of course, to all those members who made cakes etc.

The club's appreciation also goes to McCarthy and Stone, who generously supplied some of the raffle prizes including lunch for two at the Tumbling Weir Hotel, which was won by Ottery's oldest member, Mr Ken Pollitt, who still occasionally plays at the grand age of 96!

The match ended with a win for the 'Tea Cups' and a glass or two of Pimms for everybody!

The best rink on the day was the one of Maurice Flower, Frank Jones, Gerard McCarthy and skip Jean Rainton, who had a fine 29-4 success.

Steve Goodenough playing in the Ottery bowls club's Ladies & Gentlemans Tea Party Competition. Ref s

Steve Goodenough playing in the Ottery bowls club's Ladies & Gentlemans Tea Party Competition. Ref shsp 23 19TI 1020794. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Finally, in a match curtailed by the weather to just 15 ends, at Severalls Jubilee, Ottery lost 60-36 with the only success coming from the rink of Eric Richardson, David Roberts, Ryan Seers and skip Terri Ward, 13-12.

To learn more about all things Ottery St Mary Bowls Club visit www.otterystmarybowlingclub.com

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