Exeter and District Men’s Over 60’s Triples Bowls League
We had a men’s league team in Division Seven of this competition for 2021. (None of the matches in the 2020 season were played because of the Coronavirus outbreak.)
This year the season started on 7th July because of Covid and therefore just one match, either home or away, against nine clubs, namely Belmont, Chardstock, Feniton, Madeira, Ottery St Mary, St Thomas, Seaton, Uffculme and Wellington.
Games were usually played on a Wednesday afternoon starting at 2.30. Any club member aged 60 or over is eligible to join the squad of players for these matches.
Exeter & District Men’s Over 60’s League 2019 – Report
We have had an enjoyable season and have been able to maintain our strong showing in Division 7 by finishing in fifth place, with a points total of 66, although one place lower than in 2018. With Okehampton pulling their team out of the Division at the beginning of the season it meant that we only had 16 matches to play. We started our matches strongly gaining 14 points in our first two games, momentarily heading the table. We then had alternate losses and wins and had to concede all 8 points to Chardstock away due to unsuitable playing conditions, although the home side did not concur and claimed the full points. We had a very strong finish to the season with four wins from our last five matches.
Overall we had home and away wins against Pinces Gardens and Sidmouth, and home wins against Belmont ‘B’, Belmont ‘C’ and Chardstock. Our away wins were at St.Thomas ‘B’ and our greatest prize of an away win at Ottery St.Mary ‘D’ who were eventually promoted. This was our last match of the season and was played on a Friday morning. The scheduled play day of the previous Wednesday seemed fine until we joined the A30 at Whiddon Down. An exasperated five and a half hours later we had travelled 5 miles to reach our exit junction and return home! Fortified by Werther’s Originals!
So overall our wins were 9 and losses 7 including one match unplayed. Our overall points difference was a positive of 15 shots. We have used 11 players during the season on an as-available situation. Our new season starts on the 6th May 2020 with a home fixture against Wellington who were promoted from Division 8. We will also have to travel to Seaton who were also promoted.