B&D BA First week

Saturday 1st May start of the B&D BA league fixtures and Swanage came through quite well.

In the morning Swanage ‘A’ played at home against Argll ‘B’ in the mixed triples, the result being a good one for starters. Paul Knapman, Gill Bryceson and Judy Smooker’s rink, twice cut the opponent’s lead back to only one shot and kept the loosing diff. to a minimum. Thus, enabling the rink of Dave Wright, Lady Captain, Linda Wallis and Norman Love’s win of 15 shots to take the day giving us a 4 points to 2 win in section 1.

Swanage ‘B’ travelled to Iford Bridge to play their ‘A’ team. The rink of Terry Roddick, John French and Barrie Tatman, pulled out a good lead over the first 5 ends, played through a short comeback and finished with a 10 shot win. Julie Lomas-Smith, Lil Bell and Jean Thomas’ rink held their opponents to a one shot lead over the first 9 ends but following a downpour of hail, they pulled away and gained 5 shots on the last 2 ends. Iford Bridge won overall but we gained 2 points.

In the afternoon Swanage entertained Ringwood ‘A’ as our visitors in the B&D Premiership section 4. During the afternoon we experienced a deluge of rain and a temperature drop of 10 degrees, so the game was limited to 15 ends.

In the normal sporting manner of Swanage BC, we loaned Ringwood two ‘subs’ as they were short of a full squad. This put the wind up our rink of Tony Bell, Graham Smooker and Gordon Wallis, as our Mark Crompton played a ‘blinder’ for them, after 11 end they were 1 shot up but we scored 6 over the last 4 ends and won by 3.

The rink of Mike Keats, Jim Kelly and Mark Sheppard, had a near perfect day, after 9 ends they only conceded 1 shot, we will remain quiet who gave them that one! By the end they conceded 2 more but we ran out 35-3 winners! Well played is an under-statement.

Mr Captain, Brian Beeston with John Brudenell and Clive Bryceson played a dogged, catch-up game over 4 ends then stuck in a ‘6’ on the eleventh and went on to a handsome 17-9 win.

Terry Buck skipped, Roger Senior and Dave ‘Hoggy’ Hogsflesh on rink 1, this was a ‘nip & tuck’ game with only 2 shots between the teams up to the 14 end, Swanage were 1 shot down 1 end to go, with true determination, as we know, Terry and crew rolled in a five, to win by 4 shots. A magnificent 4 rink overall win giving maximum 14 points.

Out of a total 26 points on offer to-day we won 20 of them, not bad at all!

LEAGUE STANDINGS:

Swanage are top of the Premiership, section 4, league of 9 teams 2 points clear.

Swanage ‘A’ are 4th out of 9 teams B&D Mixed triples, section 1.

Swanage ‘B’ are 5th out of 9 teams B&D Mixed triples, section 6.

A WIN FOR THE MEN

The men’s team had their first friendly game on Saturday 24th April against Pelhams Bowling Club. This is a traditional game played , home and away, on alternate years for the ‘SWANHAMS SHIELD’  and started in the late 1990’s.

This year we played three triples rinks, rather than the normal four full rinks, due to the restrictions imposed by ‘Covid’.

The number of wins is almost equal between the clubs but this year Swanage held on to the trophy by a small margin of five shots overall. The rink skippered by Terry Buck lost 16-18, Gordon Wallis’s rink lost 15-18 and the rink of Mr. Captain, Brian Beeston having kept their boot on the jugular, won handsomely 21-11, giving us the overall win.

OPENING DAY

The green was opened for the 2021 season on our opening day Saturday 17th April.

The proceedings started with presentation of ‘Honorary Life Membership’ certificates to Jean Broadbent and Mary Vye, in recognition of their ‘long distinguished support and service to the club’, along with thanks to the many members for their hard work and donations, by President, Barrie Tatman.

A lively, friendly game, with much cross-rink banter, took place between club members, on this bright sunny day, leading to the outcome of a top rink comprising lead: Tony Finch, 2: Enid Ball, 3: Mark Crompton and Skip: Brian Beeston, all received a prize bottle of wine (although a small one) for their achievements.

The ‘outdoor hospitality’ of our bar, provided by Graham ably assisted by Roger, kept the day flowing, thirsts quenched and the world was put to right.

At 3pm. a one minute’s silence was observed in respect of HRH, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The day was conducted under strict observance of the Government and Bowls England ‘Covid-19’ guidelines.

 

PRESIDENT’S UPDATE

 

We now know where we are going, following the Government’s 4 step road map and Bowls England ‘Return to Play’ guidelines.

At present we can only play bowls at events organised and run by the club, without any open events.

We will, at the first opportunity, run open days for members of the general public to ‘have a go’ at bowling.

We welcome both experienced and novice bowlers to join our club, they can ‘have a go’ if they telephone and book an appointment.

Should members wish to bowl outside club events they must book a rink with Barrie as last year. These booking will make sure that the bowling will take place under the guidelines set out.

The rink diary is now open for bookings, for use after opening day 17th April.

As from Monday 12th April, stage 2 of the Government’s road map, members will be able to access the pavilion under the following conditions.

A maximum of 12 people in the pavilion at any one time. Only 2 people in a locker room at any one time, this to access equipment from their locker, not to stay and change!  Or to get a coffee/tea, if on sale.  (As in a shop enter get what you want and leave.)

This, however, will not be the same for ‘THE BAR’ drinks can only be ordered and served OUTSIDE.

This will also allow access to ‘sign up sheets’ and ‘selected team sheets’ on the noticeboards

When in the pavilion FACE COVERINGS MUST BE WORN

THE VIRUS IS STILL ABOUT, it is important to remember social distancing and to sanitize any common bowling equipment that has been used before returning it to store.

Having said all that lets get on and enjoy our bowling and the company.