Exeter and District Men’s Over 60s Triples Bowls League
We will again have a men’s league team in Division Seven of this competition for 2019.
We will be playing home and away games against nine teams, namely Belmont B, Belmont C, Chardstock, Okehampton, Ottery St Mary C, Ottery St Mary D, Pinces Gardens, St Thomas and Sidmouth
All games are played on a Wednesday afternoon starting at 2.30, please see “Fixtures for 2019” for further details. Any club member aged 60 or over is eligible to join the squad of players for these matches.
Exeter & District Men’s Over 60s League – 2018-Report
This was a very positive season for our over 60s players as we have finished a very commendable 4th place in our Division. All matches were played on the appointed day and no decisions had to be made on whether to cancel due to weather conditions. A perfect summer.
We have gained points in all matches except two which helped the points total mount up. In the final analysis we were just three points behind the 3rd place team from Chardstock. However the top two teams were over 20 points ahead of both of us. The 5th placed team were also some way below us with a margin of 15 or so points.
Of the 9 wins four were home and away victories against Belmont ‘C’ and Okehampton. Apart from two drawn matches the closest results were a 2 shot win over St.Thomas and a one shot win over Wellington, the eventual runners-up.This was a most unexpected victory for us as going into the final end, one rink held an 8 shot advantage whilst the other were 17 shots down. Terry’s team gained a further two shots and finished with a 10 shot margin. Not realising we had any hope of an overall victory Keith and Laurence secured a 6 shot advantage at the change over. John put in 2 further shots to take our total to 8 for the end and a one shot finishing advantage overall. Having only got 7 shots from 17 ends, to get 8 on the final end was quite a remarkable achievement.
Of the 7 lost matches 5 matches were below 13 shots, with 3 in single figures. Our worst defeat was against Pinces Gardens, away, by 26 shots. Apparently the state of their green had much to do with the loss.
We have had a fairly consistent set of players available this year using 10 members, on rotation, throughout the season. Congratulations to Keith for being available for all 18 matches.
Next season we play against two teams from Ottery St.Mary, both promoted from Division 8. There were no relegations from Division 6 so the other 8 teams remain the same, having lost Madeira and Wellington who were promoted.
We look forward to the new playing season in 2019, the first match is at home to Pinces Gardens on 1st May, and we remain positive that we can produce as good a result for the 2019 season.