From rain to sun in 7 days

Due to weather and County restrictions, only 4 games to report on this week!

Mondays Bowls Dorset Men’s League against Branksome Park ’A’ was, due to a rain storm of biblical proportions during Swanage’s 40 inches of rain, not started and rearranged for Thursday 5th August. The ladies Edna Paisley League game on Wednesday was rearranged for Wednesday 11th August, due to the Blandford Badger’s lack of player availability. Thursdays Percy Baker E2 game was cancelled versus Broadstone due to their players playing County knockout game that evening!

Thursday saw the Men host their Percy Baker Trophy League E4, against Blandford. This was a tightly fought game on two rinks, John French, Jim Kelly and skip Gordon Wallis were 7 shots to 6 up after 6 ends, after 12 ends it was 11 all and at the 18 end held out to win 17-16. Tony Bell, Barrie Tatman and skip Clive Bryceson were 7 shots to 4 up after 6 ends, but went down 5 on the 7th, after 12 end this rink was also 11 all and on the 18 they took 1 shot and won 18-16. An overall win by 3 shots and maximum points.

Also on Thursday the Ladies travelled to Poole Park in the Bournemouth & District Ladies League, again the overall score was very close, we lost by 5 shots 38-43.The rink of Jan Cherry, Linda Wallis and skip Uta Keats were down 2 shots to 11 at 8 ends, after the penultimate end came back to 19 all but lost 2 shots on the last to go down 19-21. Sue King, Gill Bryceson and skip Judy Smooker, were up 13 shots to 4 at 8 ends but were 7 shots down after their penultimate end then scored 4 on the last end to cut the loss down to 3 shots, a good hard fought close game with no points to show.

Saturday saw the Mixed Triples away at Southbourne BC playing their ‘C’ team. Although this was a loss by 20 shots overall, 40-20, Dave Wright, Linda Wallis and skip Gill Bryceson came back from no shots scored after 5 ends to finish up 4 shots adrift at the end,13-17.

The Men went to Knyverton Gardens BC to play their ‘A’ team in the Bournemouth & District Premiership section 4, this again was a tight game of triples on 4 rinks. Swanage won on 2 rinks and by 2 shots overall 66-64, giving a 10-4 points in the league. The bright light was the rink of John French, Ben Cross and skip Brian Beeston, winning by 15 shots  28-13.

Overall a good weekending 11th July

This week began with the men travelling to Poole Park for the Bowls Dorset Men’s League game. It was a miserable and wet evening and the captains agreed that it be a 15 end game, this being the minimum ends to constitute a completed game. Swanage won the game 38-33 shots and 2 rinks to 1 so 8 points gained. Roger Senior, Dave Hogsflesh, Clive Bryceson and skip Terry Buck were the top rink with a 9 shot win 19-10.

On Tuesday the Percy Baker E2 game was played at Wimborne this was only a 3 shot loss 28-31, Terry Buck was ably aided by Mike Keats and Steve Newland to a 12 shot rink win  20-8.

On Wednesday the Ladies hosted Blandford ‘Otters’ in the Edna Paisley League, unfortunately we lost this one 25 shots to 38, our rink of Pam Ruddick, Connie Palmer and skip Jenny Carter, however won handsomely 21-5 giving us 2 points in the league.

Thursday the game was at home against Broadstone Wessex in the Percy Baker League E4, this was an overall win by 15 shots 42-27, one rink each, the rink of John Brudenell, Barrie Tatman and skip Gordon Wallis won handsomely 29 shots to 11. Also the Ladies travelled to Braeside, who have an artificial surface, to play their Bournemouth & District Ladies League game. This was a very tight game but we came out winners on both rinks, with an overall score of 37-35 a 2 shot win. Jan Cherry, Linda Wallis and skip Uta Keats, were 19 all after 17 ends and took a 1 shot win with the last wood of the game 20-19. Sue King, Gill Bryceson and skip Judy Smooker held off their rivals to also take a one shot win 17-16. Maximum league points here.

On Saturday in the Bournemouth & District Mixed Triples League we entertained Ferndown at Swanage. This was an overall loss of 35 shots to 39, the rink of Lil Bell, Paul Knapman and skip Judy Smooker were one shot down after 16 ends but took 4 shots on the 17 and kept the opponents to 1 shot on the last to win 19-17.

Both the Ladies and the Men were involved in County, club knockout matches this week, the Ladies went to Branksome Park to play in the ‘June Culpin Trophy’ and won well on both rinks, Jan Cherry, Julie Lomas-Smith, Linda Wallis and skip Uta Keats won 26-18 and Sue King, Nadine Evans, Gill Bryceson and skip Judy Smooker won 25-16. So through to the next round, they will again be away to either Greenhill BC or Poole Park BC. This to be played before 16th August.

The men played in the ‘County Cup’, this is a 4 rink match, 2 played at home and 2 played away, against Blandford BC. The two rinks playing away at Blandford both won, Roger Senior, John Brudenell, Dave Hogsflesh and skip Terry buck won 19-15 and Mike Keats, Barrie Tatman, Jim Kelly and their skip Gordon Wallis won 23-18, however we lost overall by 68-72 shots, so better luck next year!

Match reports weekending 4th July

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.

Dorset Youth Bowls Academy visited

Sunday afternoon Swanage played host to the youngsters of ‘Dorset Youth Bowls Academy’ in a 4 rink mixed triples game. They graced our green with their attitude towards the game and the skills they possess. So, thanks to Marc, Kaitlyn, Oli, Matthew, Emma, Will, Zach, Ryan, James, Max, Liam and Millie for coming and playing in the rain. Oh we lost 46-84, our best rink was Lil Bell, Ben Cross and skip Brian Beeston, they managed a draw 16 all.

League matches weekend 27th June

This week we have had a full fixture card, playing on 6 days!

It all started on Monday evening with the Bowls Dorset Men’s League, this was the first game of the season in this league. Swanage hosted Verwood BC in a Three full rink game and won Two of them. In doing so the rink of Roger Senior, John French, John Brudenell and skip Terry Buck had a maximum score of 8 on the 19th end, this is called a ‘HOTSHOT’, not achieved very often, and went on to win 28 shots to 13. Swanage won overall 67-46 shots.

The Percy Baker Trophy League also started this week, both the E2 and E4 division teams played Poole Park teams. E4 at home, we lost overall 30-39 shots but the rink of Tony Bell, John Brudenell and skip Gordon Wallis had an amazing win, they trailed behind all the game, after 16 ends, 4 shots behind, pick up 4 shots on the 17 end, 15 shots all, sitting 3 down Gordon sends in his last wood of the game trails the jack and hides it, 1 up winning 16-15 and 2 points, very exciting! E2 went to Poole and met a team ‘on fire’ loosing on both rinks 9-14 and 12-19, no points today.

Saturday saw the Swanage men travel to West Moors BC for the Bournemouth & District premiership game. This turned out to be a closely fought game, after 6 ends West Moors were leading by 16 shots 18-34, at 12 ends Swanage had come back and lead by 1 shot 49-48 but at the finish after 18 ends West Moors won 68-70, two shots and two rinks each so points split 4-10. On rink 2, Steve Newland, Graham Smooker and skip Clive Bryceson won by 7 shots 20-13 and on rink 5, Roger Senior, Barrie Tatman and skip Terry Buck won by 5 shots 22-17.

Both the Ladies and Men’s teams played in their respective National knockout ‘Top Club’ competition. On Wednesday the Ladies hosted Gillingham, unfortunately we only won one of the four disciplines played, that of the full rink, Julie Lomas-Smith, Carole Knapman, Lesley Fletcher and skip Uta Keats.

The men went to, one of the strongest clubs in the County, Branksome Park on Friday evening and came away with only one discipline out of five won, that of the 2 wood triples, Roger Senior, Dave Hogsflesh and skip Terry Buck.

Weekending 20th June Match Reports

On Wednesday morning Swanage Ladies entertained Poole Park in the Edna Paisley League. The rink of Pam Roddick, Connie Palmer and skip Julie Lomas-Smith had a 17 shot lead at the half way stage but Poole Park dug in and fought back, scoring 10 shots on the last 3 ends, not quite enough, Swanage running out 21-18 shots winners.

Lil Bell, Jenny Carter and skip Jean Thomas were only 2 shots adrift after 9 ends but could not get back with a 3 shot loss 13-16. Overall a 34 shot draw and point shared.

Pelhams BC was the destination of the ladies, this Thursday, when they travelled away in the Bournemouth & District Ladies League. Julie Lomas-Smith Linda Wallis and skip Uta Keats played a very close game, after 10 ends the score was 5 all, averaging only 1 shot an end, however, Pelhams scored 3 shots on the 11th and 15th ends to make the difference, finishing with a 5 shot loss, 9-14.

Sue King, Gill Bryceson and skip Judy Smooker had a fine win keeping on top the whole game, winning 28-6 shots. Overall a 37-20 shots win and 4 points gained in the league.

The Bournemouth & District Bowling Association league teams on Saturday, however, had a bad day at the office. In the morning Swanage ‘A’ travelled to New Milton to play in the Mixed Triples League, section 1. We lost on both rinks, 15-24 and 14-17 shots, no points today.

In the afternoon Swanage also played away at Argyll BC in the Premiership, section 4. This game had one rink to help save face, it was that of Roger Senior, Graham Smooker and skip Terry Buck who at 10 ends were even steven but raced away to a 21-17 shots win. Our rink of Tim Luscombe, Dave Hogsflesh and skip Brian Beeston were very unlucky as they were 11 shots all after 10 ends, 17 shots all after 17 ends but Argyll took 3 shots to win on the last end. The other 2 rinks lost giving a 59-78 shots overall loss but 2 points gained.

Match Reports weekending 12th June

Only 3 games this week due to Covid re-arranged leagues.

On Wednesday, the Ladies set off early to play their away game in the Edna Paisley League at Shaftsbury. Unfortunately they lost 28 shots to 37, however the rink of Lil Bell, Jenny Carter and skip Judy Smooker won 19 shots to 14 giving the team 2 points in the league.

On Thursday, the Ladies hosted Wimborne ‘B’ in the Bournemouth & District Ladies League at Swanage. This turned out to be a great win for Swanage Ladies of 45 shots to 25 overall.

Jan Cherry, Linda Wallis and skip Uta Keats had won well with 25 shots to 7. Lil Bell, Sue King and skip Judy Smooker kept up the good work winning by 2 shots, 20-18. 6 points were won on this game!

In the Bournemouth & District Premiership, Boscombe Cliff BC came to Swanage, this turned out to be a ‘ding dong battle’. The overall scores after 6 ends was 23-23, then Swanage pulled away slightly to a 47-39 lead after 12 ends, as the final ends were played Boscombe Cliff fought back and after 18 ends the score was a 64 shot draw and points shared. Our best rink was Roger Senior, Tim Luscombe and skip Terry Buck who had a 26 shots to 6 win! Skip Jim Kelly’s rink was last to finish and on the last end were 4 shots down with one wood to deliver, Jim sent it in with the accuracy of a stealth bomber and took second shot to achieve the draw.

It’s congratulations to Bournemouth & District BA squads, both the Mixed Triples and Premiership teams are TOP of their respective leagues.

Week ending 30th May Match reports

On Wednesday, we played in the Edna Paisley League, our Ladies travelled to Blandford BC and played their ‘Badgers’ team. Unfortunately we fought hard and lost on both rinks by a small margin so gained no points in this league.

On Thursday, we played in the Bournemouth & District Ladies League, a local derby, as our Ladies hosted Poole Park ‘A’ at Swanage. The rink of Sue King, Gill Bryceson and skip Judy Smooker were 6 shots all after 8 ends but then steadily pulled away to a fine win of 19 shots to 12 at 18 ends

Jan Cherry, Linda Wallis (Lady Captain) and skip Uta Keats fought hard and were 11 all after 15 ends, they kept their nerve and took 5 shots over the last 3 ends for nail biting win 16 shots to 11. Well done a maximum 6 points taken!

On Saturday morning we had two teams playing in the Bournemouth & District Mixed Triples League. Swanage ‘A’ team entertained Braeside BC ‘Belles’ team in section 1.

Many shots were scored in this game, whilst the rink skipped by Norman Love pulled out a lead in the middle section, the ‘Belles’ came back and forced a 25 shots draw. The rink of Paul Knapman, Gill Bryceson and skip Judy Smooker was close after 6 ends but they put the foot down and roared off to a 27 to 10 shots win, an overall win of 52-35 and 5-1 points gain.

Swanage ‘B’ team travelled to Bournemouth BC and played their ‘Buffalos’ team in section 6. The rink of Pam Roddick, Ben Cross and skip Tim Luscombe kept constant pressure on the opposition and gained a good win 19 shots to 11. Julie Lomas-Smith’s rink fought hard but went down 19 shots to 10, bad luck loosing overall by only 1 shot! but 2 points gained.

On Saturday afternoon Swanage were at home in the Bournemouth & District Premiership League Section 4 and played host to Braeside ‘A’. Two rinks skipped by Gordon Wallis and Jim Kelly went down 12-16 and 15-21 respectively, these rinks fought hard and kept the loses to a minimum. Whilst, Roger Senior, Clive Bryceson and skip Terry Buck had a ‘ding-dong’ game, firstly leading then trailing but with tenacity gained 6 shots over the last two ends and won by 17-14 shots. The icing on the cake, however, was the rink of John French, Dave ‘Hoggy’ Hogsflesh, and skip (Mr. Captain) Brian Beeston, who having taken a substantial lead in the first section, kept the boot on the jugular, and gained a wonderful win of 23-13 shots, giving the team an overall win by 3 shots (67-64) and 10 points to maintain our league position.


The day was started with raffle ticket sales and a ‘Spider’ competition before starting the main event.

Despite the adverse weather, Captain’s Charity Day was enjoyed by many of the club bowlers. Brian and Linda organised six rinks of triples to be played over 18 ends, however, the clouds opened and before getting totally drenched we finished after 10 ends and headed to the bar!

Following presentation of ‘Top Rink’ prizes to Ken Morgan, Betty Crackle and skip Terry Buck, an auction for a water colour painting of the club and the raffle took place.

After all the cash was counted Dorset Air Ambulance, the captains charity, was £400 better off. Well done Brian and Linda.


Saturday 22nd May was as good a day as last week was a bad one, from 20 points on offer for the two games Swanage took 19 of them!

In the morning Swanage ‘A’ travelled to Bournemouth Electric BC and took on their ‘Hydro’ team. The rink of Paul Knapman, Gill Bryceson and skip Judy Smooker won by a magnificent 20 shots. On the second rink Swanage fought with determination to force a 15 all draw. Well done another 5 points in the bag. Now sitting second in the league.

Swanage were also on the road and, via the 12-30pm ferry, their convoy wended its way to New Milton BC. This Premiership section 4 game was an important one to Swanage after their loss last week. All rinks knuckled down and forced a maximum 14 points victory of 84-56 shots. The outstanding rink was that of John French, Tim Luscombe and skip Jim Kelly, a newly tried combination, who won by 23 shots to 10. Well done Swanage! Also now at number two in this league.