Our Trip To Algarve by Barrie

OUR TRIP TO THE ALGARVE

On Thursday 3rd October we started our bowling tour to the Algarve at 4-30am (middle of the night) outside the club. We arrived at the hotel ‘Holiday Inn Algarve’, in Armacao de Pera at around 12 noon. Our first task to understand the ‘resort manager’ Sue, from Blackpool, not a ‘shrinking violet’!
The hotel was great standing on the beach edge facing the Atlantic, what views and not a cloud in the sky! Good food and the bar had a happy hour 25% off between 6 and 8 pm!!!!!!!!!

We had 4 games to play during the week, the rinks were selected by different Captains of the day for each game.
The first game on Friday 4th was Vs. Floresta BC, rinks selected by Clive & Gill. This was played on carpet, 7 rinks 2 wood triples, we won on 3 rinks but lost overall by 10 shots, not bad in 26 degrees with no shade! The top rink was Jean T/Pat A (shared lead), Clive B & Barrie T.

Our next game was on Saturday 15th Vs. Valverde BC, this club was up in the hills, with a breeze, a good job as the temperature was heading towards 30 degrees, again with little shade! The rinks were selected by Gordon & Linda. This was played on grass, 7 rinks 2 wood triples, we only, however, won on one rink loosing overall by 49 shots, we thought the green to be heavy and couldn’t find the lines! The top rink was Kath S/Mary V (shared lead), Lesley F & Uta K, an all ladies victory!

The next two days we had ‘rest & recuperation’, although some of us, on Monday, went on a Land Rover Safari in the mountains. Driving ‘off road’ through the orange and lemon groves, seeing how to harvest cork, then stopping off for a 2 hour 5 course Algarvian lunch, with wine flowing like water. Then followed by a visit, and a tasting session, of fiery ‘Medronho’ a local drink made of berries, at the distillery. A nice day out ‘HIC’.

Tuesday we had our next bowling adventure but this was played in the afternoon, (V. HOT!) at the Pedras da Rainha BC, against another English touring team, Horsell BC, Surrey. This green was in the middle of a holiday complex, where our opposition stayed. The rinks were selected by Terry & Ken, this was 7 full rinks, played on ‘GRASS’ reputedly, a very funny surface almost like an Axminster carpet, when you walked on it you left footprints! To make up our numbers we ‘borrowed’ some Pedras da Rainha bowlers. We won on four rinks but lost overall by 4 shots (getting better) the top rink was Mick W, Lesley F, Barrie T & guest Lorna.

Our last game of the tour was at Alvor BC, again in the middle of a holiday complex and an afternoon game!
The green was grass as we know it and played like home. The rinks were selected by Jean & Julie, 7, 2 wood triples. Our opposition was a little different this time as we had four Portuguese Nationals playing against us, the bowls club owner amongst them.
We did, however, win on 5 rinks and WON overall by 27 shots. During the game two maximums of 6 points were scored, Gordon’s rink on the 12th end and on their last end giving them top rink was Kath S/Mary V (shared lead), Roger S & Clive B.
After dinner on this last bowling day we had farewell drinks with the resort manager. Both she and Gill gave out prizes for many weird and wonderful reasons, I think everyone won something.
Well organised Gill and Clive.

During the trip Gill handed out many fines for varying misdemeanours, like, not listening to ‘how to turn your lights on’, not knowing where your room was and the normal wrong bias etc. From this Ken’s charity pot gained quite a few Euros!
On each game day Gill also ran a coach fiddle, guessing the overall scores or differences etc. these were mainly won by Linda W!

On Thursday 12 of us left for home, the remainder of our group staying on for an extra week to enjoy the sun, at 8-30am, heading for Faro Airport then via Gatwick and coach to Swanage, arriving at 7pm nearly 11 hours traveling, we estimated this as an average speed of just over 120 mph.
Good week had by all !!!!!!!!

Finals Weekend

On the final weekend of the bowls season eleven finals were played in glorious weather at Beach Gardens.

No less than 21 different players competed for the various trophies.

The headline winners were Gordon Wallis and Uta Keats who won the men’s and ladies singles finals, congratulations to them and to all the other winners and commiserations to the runners up.

Here is the ‘Roll Of Honour’ for all the competitions.

SWANAGE KNOCKOUT WINNERS & R/U 2019
MEN’S SINGLES CHAMPION
GORDON WALLIS
R/U
MIKE BARRON
LADIES SINGLES CHAMPION
UTA KEATS
R/U
JUDY SMOOKER
MEN’S SINGLES HANDICAP
MIKE BARRON
R/U
TIM LUSCOMBE
LADIES SINGLES HANDICAP
LINDA WALLIS
R/U LIL BELL
MEN’S TWO WOOD
MIKE KEATS
R/U
BRIAN BEESTON
LADIES TWO WOODS
NADINE EVANS
R/U
UTA KEATS
FIRST TIME SINGLES MEN
ROGER SENIOR
R/U
JOHN FRENCH
VETERAN’S TROPHY
BRIAN BEESTON
R/U
GRAHAM SMOOKER
MEN’S PAIRS
PAUL KNAPMAN & ROGER SENIOR
R/U
BARRIE TATMAN & BRIAN BEESTON
LADIES’ PAIRS
LESLIE FLETCHER & JUDY SMOOKER
R/U
JULIE LOMAS-SMITH & KATH SENIOR
MIXED CHOSEN PAIRS
MIKE KEATS & UTA KEATS
R/U
LINDA WALLIS & GORDON WALLIS
AUSTRALIAN PAIRS
TONY PERKINS & MIKE BARRON
R/U
LIL BELL & TONY BELL
CONSOLATION FOURS
JULIE LOMAS-SMITH, PETER DAVIES,ROGER SENIOR &
GRAHAM SMOOKER
R/U
ENID BALL, TONY BELL, LINDA WALLIS & PAUL KNAPMAN
MEN,S CLUB NIGHT
DICK WOODFORD
R/U
ROGER SENIOR
LADIES, CLUB NIGHT
CONNIE PALMER
R/U
LESLIE FLETCHER
TRIPLES LEAGUE
MIKE BARRON, GILL BRYCESON, LEW FLETCHER,
BIRGITA DICKIE, TINA WRIGHT, TONY FINCH
R/U
to be confirmed

 

 

 

Men’s B&D Promotion Push

Following Saturday’s much needed 12-2 win against 2nd placed Wimborne A moved us back into 2nd position.

We are now 3 points ahead of Argyll A and 5 ahead of Wimborne A.

Our last two games are both away. Next week we travel to runaway leaders Ferndown (we beat them at Beach Gardens) and then in the final game we go all the way to lowly Downton (South of Salisbury). Two wins would probably be enough depending on what Argyll and Wimborne do but I also think 4 points at Ferndown and a big win at Downton should secure promotion to Section 3.

Onwards and Upwards, good luck everyone.

Two Wood Competition

On Saturday 3rd of August many Swanage bowlers competed in the men’s and women’s Two Woods day.

In the men’s competition the experienced Mike Keats beat three good opponents to take his place in the final where he took on Brian Beeston. The final was a very close game with Brian’s final wood of the day falling a centimetre short of winning the game. So the cup went to Mike Keats who bowled consistently well through a long day and many many ends. Congratulations Mike.

In the Ladies competition the inexperienced Nadine Evans won through to the final where she played multiple champion Uta Keats. Nadine was bowling very well and took the scalp of Uta for a well deserved trophy, congratulations Nadine.

A much needed lunch was provided by Linda so many thanks to Linda and to  Barrie who organised the competition.

 

B&D Men’s Team

20 July 2019
Fordingbridge A
Home 10:30am
Whites
Rink 1
Derek Hudson
Tim Luscombe
David Farley
Graham Smooker
Rink 2
Roy Scott
Peter Davies
Paul Knapman
Gordon Wallis
Rink 3
Brian Beeston
Tony Bell
Roger Senior
Clive Bryceson
Rink 4
Mike Keats
John French
Mark Cropton
David Hogsflesh
Reserves
none

Bowls Dorset Men’s Team

15 July 2019
Branksome
Away 6pm
Greys
Rink 1
Tony Bell
Roger Senior
Graham Smooker
Brian Beeston
Rink 2
Derek Hudson
Tim Luscombe
John Brudenell
Gordon Wallis
Rink 3
Mike Keats
Barrie Tatman
Clive Bryceson
David Hogsflesh
Reserves
none
Drivers
BB takes Tbe,Dhu,Dho
CB takes GS.JB,
GW takes TL,MK,BT

Wimborne Match Abandoned

Please be aware that today’s men’s match at Wimborne in the B&D League has been postponed.

Graham had a call from the Wmborne captain to say their green was flooded and it was pouring down over there.

After trying to re-arrange for this coming Monday , Wimborne have now informed us that this is not now possible as another match had been re-arranged for then.

Graham will now try to agree a date and time in the next couple of weeks to play the game.

We’ll keep you posted.

Mike

Our Sponsors for 2019

Swanage Bowls Club now has no less than eleven sponsors.

Your support of Swanage Bowls Club is very much appreciated.

Many thanks to Kath for confirming existing sponsors and adding a few new ones.

I’m sure others were probably involved in securing sponsorships so thanks to everyone involved.

Our sponsors can be found on our sponsors page

https://www.swanagebowlingclub.org.uk/sponsors/

Name Contact Details
Nixons Home Hardware
01929 426377Tilikum Wealth Management

07739 698469

26 Station Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1AF
http://nixonshomehardware.co.uk 

https://www.tilikumwealth.co.uk/index.html

Village Inn, Ulwell
01929 427644
Ulwell Road, Swanage, Dorset
http://www.villageinn-swanage.co.uk/
James Smith Funeral Directors
01929 422445
The Swanage Bookshop

01929 424088

60a Kings Rd, Swanage

https://www.funeraldirector.co.uk/about/our-branches/james-smith-swanage/

 

35 Station Rd, Swanage

https://www.facebook.com/The-Swanage-Bookshop-492084750934544/

Berkeley Leisure Group01929 422080
 

A F Joy Menswear

01929 552903

Cauldron Barb Rd, Swanage

https://www.berkeleyparks.co.uk/

35 North Street, Wareham

http://afjoy.co.uk/

Miles & Son
01929 423333
Railway House, Rempstone Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1DW
https://www.milesandson.co.uk/
Haymans Bakery01929 422594

MKL Accountants

01929 425552

Regency Dental Practice

01929 422515

Institute Rd, Swanagehttps://www.facebook.com/swanagebakery/

Herston Cross House, 230 High Street, Swanage

https://mkla.co.uk/index.php/contactus

71 Kings Rd West

https://www.regencydentalpractice.co.uk/