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 Triples Bowls League 2021 – Report
WIth the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, and the Government having issued a roadmap to recovery, the Executive Committee decided that play could start for the Over 60’s league midway through the season starting on 7th July, meaning we had just half the number of our usual matches to play.
Our first match was due to be played at Wellington but we were unfortunately unable to raise a team of six players. This match was subsequently played at the end of the season.
The next three matches, two at home and one away, resulted in Chagford wins which set us on top of Division 7 for a short while. The third match of these played at St.Thomas’s was played under extreme heat conditions, with 30+ degrees recorded temperatures, but our men prevailed and won by 24 shots.
We lost our next match at home to Madeira, who eventually finished above us in second place.
The sixth fixture, away to Chardstock, was not played and we conceded the points. With there being no promotion nor relegation this year due to only half a season being played, we did not consider the long journey worthwhile from both a time & cost point of view. Several clubs throughout the divisions did not complete their fixtures for this same reason.
Our next match, at home, resulted in our best win of the season with a shot difference of 28. Our next two matches saw very tight games both with shot differences of 4, one won and one lost.
Our final match played at Wellington resulted in a drawn match. So five wins, one draw and two losses saw us finish in third place. Our overall shots difference being 58.
Next season, due to a club pulling their team from division 6, means a vacancy in that division. The Executive Committee have therefore decided to “promote” Belmont “C” from division 7 and “promote” North Tawton “B” from division 8 to division 7.