Weekly Reports 2022
Report for weekending 15-5-22.
I’ll start this week’s report with a couple of last week’s games.
The men’s over 60’s A team played at Madeira on Wednesday, losing on both rinks.
B Kerslake, B Pulsford and R L Clarke 12-19
D Blackwell, T Sykes and R K Clarke 19-24.
Overall West End A 31, Madeira A 43.
In the afternoon on Friday the Clarke brothers played a county pairs game (The Grater Pairs) against a pair from Uffculme and won 20-11.
Moving on to this week we had our first friendly of the week on Monday when we welcomed North Tawton to West Exe Park. We won on two rinks, lost on two and overall. Barry Kerslake’s team struggled although their game, Gill Callaghan was in front at tea but had a disappointing second half. Whereas John Clapp and Angie Hill’s teams were in control throughout.
M Slade, B Moore and A Hill 20-14
J Cole, K Powney and J Clapp 14-11
S Moore, B Husbands and G Callaghan 11-17
E Payne, E Browning and B Kerslake 8-23.
Overall West End 53, North Tawton 65.
In the men’s O60’s, the A team were due to play at home, but unfortunately their opponents, Uffculme, were short of players as several of their members had Covid. The game was postponed.
Both the B and C teams were away, the B at Topsham and the C at Bradninch.
Last week the B team beat Topsham White and at the weekend the Club played and beat Topsham in a friendly, so hopes were high that the B team could win away at Topsham and so it proved to be the case, we won on both rinks.
B Enright, C Hammett and B French 27-11
T Gribble, B Moore and J Barrie 21-15.
Overall West End B 48, Topsham Red 26.
The C team had very mixed fortunes winning well on one rink but losing badly on the other. That’s bowls for you these things happen.
G Lee, M Newcombe and G Reardon 21-8
E Payne, M Slade and K Powney 8-27.
Overall West End C 29, Bradninch B 35.
On Thursday afternoon in the County mixed triples Richard came up against a team from Bradninch, in an even game his team scored two on the last end to win.
S Moore, B Moore and R K Clarke 19, J Harries & co 17.
The friendly due to be played on Friday, at home against North Petherton, had to be cancelled as N. Petherton could not raise a team.
Friday evening saw Club Roll-up night well attended, having sorted out teams Barry sat out, having injured his leg.
On Saturday two members, Gill Callaghan and Angie Hill were at South Molton, playing in the Ladies County pairs. Winning two games they now move on to the next round at Uffculme later this month.
Our final friendly of the week was against United Services on Saturday. This was the return game, as we played United Services back in April, finishing with a deficit of 12 shots.
In a match played in a good friendly spirit, we started well and by tea were up 7 shots overall. Tony Sykes’s team only dropped 2 shots in the first half, whilst pumping in the shots themselves, going on to a big score. Bob French’s team had a close game, 2 behind at tea, they dug in and came out winners. Bob Pulsford was always in control of his game and was another high scorer for West End. Andy Masons’ Team started well, and although they eased back a bit after tea still won a tight game. Nether Dennis Blackwell or John Barrie’s teams seemed to get to grips with the game this week and both lost. So, in the end we won on 4 rinks but lost heavily on 2. However, the overall totals put West End up by the 12 shots we lost by in Barnstaple, how friendly is that, over the two games we were level on scores.
E Payne, B Husbands and D Blackwell 8-22
M Slade, B Berry and T Sykes 31-5
C Harder, C Hammett and B French 16-12
B Enright, M Robertson and B Pulsford 21-8
J Cole, B Moore and A Mason 20-18
S Moore, T Gribble and J Barrie 5-24.
Overall West End 101, United Services 89.
Sunday saw a ladies county rinks game played at West Exe with Gill Callaghan, Caroline Harder, Chris Slade and Angie Hill matched against a strong team from South Molton. The Ladies got off to a flying start and were 11 nil up after 7 ends, South Molton won an end, changed the jack length and started to close the deficit, however the West End players held their nerve and at 18 ends the final score in a very enjoyable game to watch, was West End 14, South Molton 11.
The week started with an away trip to Morchard Bishop, in a close game we were ahead on three of the four trips at 10 ends but finished up narrowly losing on three at the end. However, the one trip that did win gave the Club an overall winning score.
D Knowles, B Husbands and C Slade 15-17
J Coles, S Andrews and T Sykes 12-17
C Andrews, C Harder and G Callaghan 12-13
M Slade, R Harder and B Pulsford 21-10
Overall West End 60, Morchard Bishop 57.
Wednesday saw the return of the men’s Exeter over 60’s league, this week the A team were away at Madeira, the B and C teams were both at home to Topsham White and Bradninch A respectively.
I’ll have to give the A team report next week as I’ve not seen the cards or know the result at the time of writing.
It was nice to see Bob Gregory back up at the Club giving his support to the home teams.
The B team had a good first game, John Barrie’s team were always in control and from 4-11 down at 8 ends Bill Berry’s team pulled it back to win.
R White, R Harder and J Barrie 18-15
T Gribble, B Moore and B Berry 19-12
West End B 37, Topsham White 27.
Unfortunately, the C team’s first game did not go well, losing on both rinks.
S Andrews, M Newcombe and K Powney 11-22
Husbands, M Slade and G Reardon 12-21
Overall West End C 23, Bradninch A 43.