July 26th, 2022
It seems that the ladies of Ottery can’t stop winning! As well as a delegation from the club going up to Leamington to represent the county in the national finals, a team from the club entered a local invitation event organised by The Exonia Club. The Babs Barlow trophy was duly handed over by The Exonia captain to The Ottery team consisting of Carol Keating, Eileen Burston, Gail Hawke and Terri Ward. Very well done ladies!
Glorious July weather
In my last update I concluded by saying that it is true of the game of bowls that ”You win some, you lose some!”
This trend has continued this week as firstly Ottery travelled to Starcross where a very warm welcome awaited us. However, this did not extend to the match itself, where Starcross were the winners, but not by a huge points
This match was followed by two home matches on Saturday 9 th July and Sunday 19th July respectively. Sidmouth were the visitors on the first occasion and Ottery, enjoying playing at home, ran out the winners by 71 shots to 55. On this occasion, the top team comprised of Jill White, Graham Ward, Gerard McCarthy and Brian Baker.
The second match was against Exonia who travelled the short distance from Exeter. On this occasion the visiting team won on 3 out of 4 rinks, but it was the sterling efforts of Richard Chapple, Celia Russell, Tessie Hill and Terri
Ward that saved the day for Ottery by winning their rink by 34 shots to 9.
In the Top Club Competition, the men’s team beat Seaton by 98 shots to 84, and therefore go through to the Semi Final of this competition. Furthermore in the East of Exe League, Ottery have had such good results that they are
top of the league by some margin.
There is a saying which states that “Success breeds success”, and this has been the case at the Club in the last two to three weeks.
At the beginning of the season, there are numerous regional and County competition matches to be played, and if the teams are successful, it can lead on to being part of the National Finals held annually at Leamington. To the uninitiated, Leamington represents Lords to a cricketer and Twickenham to a rugby player.
Firstly our ladies foursome consisting of Sharon Kenny, Gail Hawke, Marion Kelsey and Dot Luff overcame all opposition to become Devon’s representatives in the National Finals. They are not yet champions of Devon as they have to beat Tiverton West End to claim that title, but both teams are going to Leamington. We wish them every success and without putting pressure on them, it would be a great achievement to have national champions as part of Ottery St Mary Bowling Club! It should also be noted that for three of these ladies, this is the second consecutive visit that they have made it to the finals.
Not to be outdone, there have been successes for the men as well. Tony Panzieri and Richard Bland won section’ B’ of the men’s county pairs competition, and then had to play winners of another area. However, they could not overcome the team representing The US Services from Barnstaple. It was a great achievement for them just to get this far. Two
other gentlemen, namely Steve Hall and Terry House, won The Group ‘A’ Final of The Grater Pairs by beating Madeira, and are now through to the last eight of this Minor County competition.
A further success in the Foxlands Trophy preliminary rounds followed when one of the Ottery teams
included a young man who promptly helped beat his grandfather who was playing for the opposition.
Finally in an evening competition entitled “The East of Exe League,” Ottery are doing very well and find themselves sitting on top of the league.
Regular friendly matches continue to be played and as much as I would love to report roaring success, the results are best described as “Win some, lose some”. Perhaps more gratifying is to see new players proudly wearing the
blue and gold club colours and playing very well in these matches. In the internal competitions which are proceeding at a pace, some of the new players are making a name for themselves by winning against more established players.
With the continuing success outlined above, one can probably say “The future is bright, the future is Blue and Gold!"
More from our roving reporter, Mr Clive Russell who brings us news from the Ottery St Mary matches and competitions