As the season rushes to a close, so the matches become more intense and competitive, and this can be seen in the results.
The first visitors to Strawberry Lane were from The Madeira Cub from Exmouth, and the result was a most unusual one in that Ottery lost on three out of four rinks, but the fourth rink was won by such a comprehensive margin that Ottery just won the match on the basis of most shots scored.
On Sunday 18th August, Chard Bowling Club were the visitors, and once again the result was very close with Ottery winning by two shots.
There is also an evening league that Ottery takes part in and Monday night was the last night of this competition. Ottery are in the Premier League, and they needed to win substantially in order to retain the title that was won so comprehensively last year. However, Ottery could only manage to win on two rinks and lost the other two, thereby allowing Illminster Bowling Club to become this years champions. There is always next year, and I suspect that some of this years new recruits will be good enough to represent the club at this higher level.
Finally during the last two weeks, Ottery opened the green and the clubhouse to The 41 Club , which is an extension of The Rotary Club. Once their members reach a landmark age, they transfer into the senior section. Many of the visitors have never played bowls before, so after a brief introductory session from club coaches John and Terri Ward, the gentlemen were let loose onto the green. There then ensued an evening of gentle competition, fun and much
laughter and hilarity as the guys tried to master a new skill. The Bowling Club were delighted to welcome this group, and hopefully some of them will decide that they enjoyed themselves so much that they will want to take up a new sport next year.
“Lets give it a go” was the phrase being heard at The Bowling Club on Monday 15th August as a group of men from The 41Club, based in Ottery, came down to the ground to try their hand at the game of bowls. This group forms part of The Rotary Club, but when they pass a landmark age, they move onto The 41 club. John and Terri gave the guys a brief instruction session, and then it was onto the green, accompanied by several volunteers, who were acting as mentors and encouragers. Naturally with a group like this there was a fair amount of laughter, teasing
and hilarity especially when the gentlemen bowled a wrong bias, creating havoc in the neighbouring rink! ( I think one of the guys was almost having to buy 4 rounds of drink!) As the evening drew to a close, thanks were expressed to The Bowling Club for our hospitality and it would appear that everyone thoroughly enjoyed their evening.