Our first game this week was in the Percy Baker Trophy League E4. On Tuesday we travelled to Branksome Park and, in the on and off rain, had a good overall win of 39 shots to 30, winning on one rink and drawing on the other, so 5 points gained. The rink of Tony Bell, Barrie Tatman and skip Jim Kelly were 5 shots all after 10 ends, only 1 shot scored on each end! On the 11 end Branksome scored 4 shots to take the lead but Swanage fought back on ends 15, 16 and17 scoring 5, 5 and 2 shots respectively to take a 19-11 victory. Tim Luscombe, Clive Bryceson and skip Gordon Wallis were going well until Branksome scored 4 on the 14th end to draw level at 17 shots all, then pulled out a 2 shot lead, however, Swanage took out Branksome’s shot wood on both the last two ends and earned a 20 all draw.
The ladies travelled to Wimborne on Thursday and had a fine win on both rinks, in the Bournemouth & District Ladies League, 35 shots to 24. Sue King, Gill Bryceson and skip Judy Smooker held on to their opponents and at 12 ends were 10 all, then took 4 shots on the 14 th end and kept the lead to win 16-14. Jan Cherry, Linda Wallis and skip Uta Keats went well ahead, by the 8 th end were 12 shots to 3 up and kept the pressure on over the next 10 and won 19-10. Maximum 6 points gained to maintain their position as league leaders.
On Saturday both Bournemouth & District teams travelled to Braeside to play their matches. This being a trial, as the green has an artificial playing surface, not natural to us! However, in the morning the Mixed Triples team won overall 35-25 winning on one of the two rinks. Lil Bell, Paul Knapman and skip Judy Smooker took the game by ‘the scruff of the kneck’ and went ahead by 13 shots to 1 after 6 ends and continued their dominance to win 23-11. Dave Wright, Linda Wallis and skip Gill Bryceson kept their loss to a minimum to ensure the overall win, 4 points taken. Second in this league, 2 points behind the leaders.
In the afternoon the Premiership section 4 team, arrived to play on the carpet, and also won overall. After 6 ends Swanage were 22-28 shots down, then started to ‘learn the green’ and were 43-40 shots up after 12 ends, leading to a 68-63 shot win at the end of 18. Tim Luscombe, Dave Hogsflesh and skip Gordon Wallis fought a hard close game holding their nerve to win 14-13. Tony Bell, John French and skip Brian Beeston also had a close game being 12-13 down after 16 ends but on the last two scored 5 shots to win 17-13. Roger Senior, Graham Smooker and skip Terry Buck were always holding a lead but this was reduced to 2 shots by the 17 th end then they bowled in 5 shots on the last for a fine 24-17 shot win, 12 points to the good, second in this league 12 points behind the leaders, with a game in hand.