Davidson delight – Rod wins five trophies at Phear Park Finals Weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 September 2018

Sidmouth bowls mixed pairs competition. Ref shsp 23-17TI 3929. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth bowls mixed pairs competition. Ref shsp 23-17TI 3929. Picture: Terry Ife


Firstly, I have been accused of not including the ladies last week when discussing the finals and I do apologise for the omission, writes David Evans.

I am afraid that in common with a number of clubs there seems to be a shortage of lady members in the club, but without the ladies’ help, it would be difficult to run the annual tournament, catering, and fundraising.

The club is fully integrated and it would be nice to have some more lady bowlers. Bowls is a very sociable game for all standards of skill and the club is open every Friday afternoon for anyone to have a game free of any charge.

It was a cracking good weekend at Phear Park and possibly the only time in history of the finals were played over three days.

All the competitions were very well supported and Gillian Harding had a very busy week, first of all partnering Paul Berisford and David Horne in winning the Dick Mann triples and then, at the weekend, being successful in three singles finals including becoming the new ladies’ champion.

Rod Davidson, a new member from Budleigh Club, scooped most of the men’s singles and the mixed pairs, securing no fewer than five wins from as many finals!

The green continues to be difficult due to the weather conditions (and the dreaded foxes), but the standard of play was very high and all games were well contested.

In a summary of the games; Margo Allen, after being five down at 17 ends, successfully beat Kay Beresford by one shot in the Margaret Marsh two wood singles. This was the first of four finals for Kay.

Rod Davidson, in really unbeatable form, easily defeated Mike Killoran in the Captain’s Trophy.

On Saturday, Rod Davidson and Brian Summers played each other in the handicap and the men’s championship and Rod came off best, but both games were level pegging most of the time.

At the same time Peter Burch came up against Mike Ebdon in the Over-70s trophy and, after being well ahead at 23 ends and looking set to win, he did not score for four ends, and Mike had the trophy!

Mike has made a wonderful comeback after a long illness and we congratulate him on his win.

On the same day, Gillian Harding and Kay Beresford played the ladies’ handicap and the three wood singles. Gillian was in really top form and won both games fairly easily, but both games were very even for the first half until Gillian pulled away.

On Sunday morning John Robins and David Evans competed against John Dill and Brian Halsey in the two wood pairs and Robins and Evans were always in control and won by six shots.

On the other rink, Rod Davidson in his fourth final met Peter Burch in the prestigious Garbut Knott trophy, but with superb skill gave Peter little chance and won easily.

In the afternoon, the ladies’ championship involved Gillian Harding and Marg Lock and, although Gillian won easily, the game was keenly contested and good to watch and really decided on Gillian’s three fours in the second half of the game.

The final game involved again Kay and Rod against Margo Allen and John Robins, which turned out to be the most exciting game of the finals.

It was a four wood game of 18 ends and Rod and Kay were cruising at seven up at 15 ends, but Margo and John had seven shots in three ends and an extra end had to be played with a full length jack and the mat brought just short of the 25 yard mark.

With not a blade of grass by the jack it was inevitable to see most of the woods in the ditch apart from a close one from Kay with Rod to win a trophy from four brave attempts.

Altogether it was a very pleasant and happy weekend from a relatively small club.

Before the finals we had triples at Honiton and it was two rinks each, but a loss for us by 12 shots.

Our best rink was the one of D Dowden, M Killoran and M Allen.


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