After the fun and excitement enjoyed by many club members at Presidents Day, the normal timetable of matches consisting of friendlies, internal competitions and regional matches have take over during the last two weeks.
The first visitors to visit The Bowling Club in Strawberry Lane was Lyme Regis, who returned home having been heavily beaten. As the losing captain often says in circumstances like that “the result is immaterial, it’s the game that matters”
The ladies of the club then started a series of matches where they excelled themselves. Firstly the dynamic duo of Gail Hawke and Sharon Kenny won the section match of The County Pairs and they are now through to the last 16 in the County Finals. This triumph was swiftly followed up by a victory in the Ladies County Triples, but as two Ottery Teams had been drawn together, it is hardly surprising that one of them was the winner. In this instance the winning trio comprised Marion Kelsey, Sue Cole and Sandra Brockington. We wish all the ladies every success as they proceed in their competitions.
On Saturday 17th June, a team was sent away to Chardstock, who always try and play their home matches when the cricket team has an away match, in order to alleviate parking problems. Chardstock welcomed The Ottery team very warmly, which even extended to allowing Ottery to scrape home by one shot. Someone was heard to say “It’s not the result that matters….”. In this instance, the top team comprised Dot Luff, Gerry Beighton, Melvin Trayhurn and skip, Ryan Seers.
Sometimes the draw in the internal competitions throw up some unusual matches, and such was the case this year, when in the men’s three woods singles tournament, Gerry Beighton was drawn against Ryan Seers. A mere difference of 66 years in ages did not prevent Gerry (with his new bionic bowl assistant) from beating Ryan by a couple of shots on the last end. Ryan was magnanimous in his congratulations to Gerry, wishing him well as he proceeds in this
To repeat a phrase “It’s the game that matters”, and as can be seen, age is no barrier to the playing of a game. It is also so good to see players who have only taken up the game this year.
already taking part in friendly matches and not letting their team down.