The ‘Swans’ mixed triples team completely dominated this year’s top division, winning by an impressive 31 points. As well as the ‘Swans’ we were delighted to be able to enter 3 other teams for the first time. The ‘Seagulls’, ‘Dolphins’ and ‘Puffins’ all played well, with everyone enjoying a friendly Bournemouth & District league.


The ladies of Swanage Bowls Club won Division 1 of the Bournemouth & District Triples league for 2023 by an impressive 8 points, amassing a shot difference of 132, 31 more than their nearest rivals. Congratulations go to Julie Lomas-Smith, Gill Bryceson, Lil Bell, Linda Wallis, Kath Senior, Sue King, Judy Smooker, Sue Bird and Uta Keats.



FINALS WEEKEND Sat. 9th & Sun. 10th September 2023



Saturday 9th, 10-30am. start                                              

LADIES’ PAIRS: Julie Lomas-Smith/Sue Bird Vs. Kath Senior/Connie Palmer

                                                                      or Pam Roddick/Lil Bell

VETERAN’S SINGLES: Terry Buck Vs. Tony Bell

Saturday 9th, 2pm. start                                                             

CAREY TROPHY: Julie Lomas-Smith Vs. Lil Bell


LEVI CUP: John French Vs. Vince Nunn or Neil Towlson

MEN’S 2 WOOD SINGLES: Clive Bryceson Vs. Jim Andrews

Sunday 10th, 10-30am. start                                                                                          

AUSTRALIAN PAIRS: Tony Perkins/Linda Wallis Vs. Lil Bell/Terry Buck


CHOSEN MIXED PAIRS: Julie Lomas-Smith/Brian Beeson Vs. Clive & Gill Bryceson


Sunday 10th, 2pm. start

MEN’S SINGLES CHAMP: Clive Bryceson Vs. Terry Buck

LADIES’ SINGLES CHAMP: Julie Lomas-Smith Vs. Sheila Wickens

LADIES’ H’CAP: Lil Bell (1) Vs. Uta Keats (0)

MEN’S H’CAP: Tim Luscombe (1) Vs. Jim Andrews (2)

This game date to be arranged.

MEN’S PAIRS: Tim Luscombe/Roger Senior Vs. Clive Bryceson/Vince Nunn



Friday 28th July saw 3 Swanage ladies’ triples teams play in the Dorset East Benevolent competition. With 20 teams competing we were delighted when all 3 teams progressed through to the second round . A complicated qualifying system meant that some teams had to win 2 matches to reach the County quarter finals, with only 2 teams having to battle it out over 3 rounds to get through. Despite the odds 2 of our 3 teams drew each other in the second round only to then to find we were going to be one of the only 2 teams to have to play 3 rounds (hope you are following this, because we weren’t on the day!). Our star team of Connie Palmer as lead, Pam Roddick as number 2 and skip Jenny Carter moved through to the 3rd round and then beat Poole Park in a tight game to go through to the quarter and semi final stage on 7th August at Shaftesbury. GOOD LUCK LADIES!


Dorset Ladies Pairs Champions


Sue Bird and Gill Bryceson represented Swanage Bowls Club in the Ladies County Pairs Competition. Their first game at Broadstone Wessex started their winning streak. The next two games against a different pair from Broadstone and then West Moors were very close and down to almost the last bowl of the game for a win.

Sue remembers the tension as they played the quarter finals “we played at Lyme Regis against Blandford when again it was down to the very last bowl to make sure of a win.”

The Semi Finals were played on the same day at Lyme Regis against probably their toughest opponents from Poole Park. The scores were all level going into a very tense last end. Gill said “We took a slender lead but needed to protect it while the opposition fired 3 times attempting to remove our holding shot. Although they succeeded in removing two of our close bowls, we still held on to one shot to win the game.  We were both thrilled to win.”

The Final at Dorchester against Sherborne was scheduled for Saturday afternoon 22 July at 3pm. Nerves were intense for the excited supporters from Swanage Bowls Club especially as the rain was lashing down. Gill and Sue were relieved in the end when the game was postponed until Sunday morning. On Sunday the sun shone and a very vocal bunch of supporters cheered Sue and Gill all the way through the match.

The game started well and they managed to take a good early lead which they held until the end.  The opposition from Sherborne conceded on the 17th end as it was impossible for them to win on the last end.  Sue and Gill told us that “We overcame our nerves to win 19 shots to 9.  We were again both thrilled with the result and will now go on to represent Dorset in the National Finals to be held at Leamington Spa on August 15th.”

The National Finals are the pinnacle of bowls and Leamington Spa is a wonderful place to play. Some of our Club will be there to cheer Sue and Gill on and whatever the result at Leamington Spa, Swanage Bowls Club is immensely proud of them.