Phear Park Open Triples title win for Okehampton team

PUBLISHED: 12:33 10 August 2017

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Phear Park’s annual open tournament got under way last Sunday with the open triples, writes Chris Cleaver.

In this competition, each triple plays four matches of around an hours duration.

Each match won is worth two points. After an excellent day of bowling where the rain stayed away, the Okehampton trio of Sue Hearne, Roger Pedrick and skip Alan Mataias emerged victors. They were the only team from the field of twenty two to win all four games, with a combined shot difference of plus 24. It was the second year in succession an Okehampton triple had lifted the trophy. Last year’s winners Janet Griffiths, and Viv and Mike Kirkland put up a strong defence of their title, finishing runners-up with six points and a combined shot difference of plus 24.

Despite Okehampton’s dominance, there was still plenty of cheer for our local teams. Three teams were in contention going into the final round of matches. Exeter’s Zoe Wellicombe and Alex Cowley, skipped by Phear Park’s Tim Flather, must have fancied their chances after winning their first three games. With a combined shot difference of plus 26, a win in their final game would have been enough for overall victory. However, perhaps with one eye on the trophy, they were well beaten in that final encounter. The Budleigh trio of Bobbie Vanstone, Rod Davidson and skip Gerry Roberts also won their first three games, but fell agonisingly short with a 8-7 defeat in their final match.

As it was, Okehampton’s triple held their nerve with a resounding 14-3 victory in their final match. The other Okehampton triple, who were last year’s winners, won their final game, and it was their superior shot difference which allowed them to claim second place ahead of six other teams (including those skipped by Flather and Roberts) who finished on six points.

Other disciplines in this year’s tournament are being played throughout this week. The final of the men’s singles is scheduled for 3pm on Thursday (August 10), with the finals of the mixed pairs and ladies singles due to take place at 3pm on Friday (August 11).

Light refreshments are available in the clubhouse, and members of the public are invited to pop by and enjoy the action!

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