At the start of this week it appeared that all roads led to Wimborne. On Monday evening we travelled to the said town for the Bowls Dorset Men’s League game, but the game was forced to an early conclusion due to a rain storm of Biblical proportions, flooding the green within 5 minutes. Swanage won overall by 12 shots and 2 rinks to 1, giving us 4 points out of 6. The rink of Roger Senior, Graham Smooker, Clive Bryceson and skip Terry Buck won by 6 shots 21-15, but Mike Keats, John French Dave Hogsflesh and skip Brian Beeston bettered that winning by 8 shots 19-11. On Tuesday morning the Percy Baker Trophy League, E4 team followed them there, unfortunately we lost this by ONE solitary shot 30-31. The rink of Tony Bell, John Brudenell and skip Gordon Wallis won by 11 shots 23-12 giving us 2 point.
We stayed at home for the Percy Baker Trophy League E2, hosting Gillingham BC, this one we held on to by the ‘skin of our teeth’, winning overall by 2 shots, rink points shared, Roger Senior, Steve Newland and skip Terry Buck, won by 21 shots 25-4. Also on Thursday the Ladies travelled to Argyll BC to play their ‘B’ team in the afternoon. They narrowly lost by 3 shots overall 30-33, Sue King, Gill Bryceson and skip Judy Smooker, gallantly hung on to their lead and won 16 shots to 15, 2 points gained for the cause.
On Saturday morning Swanage ‘A’ travelled again to Argyll, also playing their ‘B’ team in the Bournemouth & District mixed triples league and amazingly won by the same score 33-30 shots, giving a 4 points to 2 advantage, maintaining their position on top of the league.
Saturday afternoon Swanage also travelled away to Ringwood to play their ‘A’ team in the Bournemouth & District premiership section 4 league. The green, although in great condition, took some getting use to and half-way through Swanage were 32-46 shots down but came fighting back to achieve a 73-67 shots win, Mike Keats, Clive Bryceson and skip Jim Kelly winning by 5 shots, 18-13. 12 points gained, so remaining second in the league.
This week we also played two friendly games. The first one on Friday afternoon, 5 rinks of Mixed Triples, against Godstone BC. This, as usual, was played in a great atmosphere and the outcome was reflected in a 70-70 shots draw.
Sunday afternoon saw the visit of Portland Victoria BC, a 6 full rink mixed game. This game was a disaster, they gave us a bowling lesson, we lost 69-113, the only bright spot was we had one winning rink, that of, Pam Roddick, Bergitta Dickie, Doug Fletcher and skip Barrie Tatman, 19 shots to 14.