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.

Saturday 15th May

I’m afraid Saturday 15th May was not a ‘good day at the office’ for Swanage Bowling Club, from 3 games we only managed 3 rink wins and one game overall, giving 8 point from 26 total over 3 leagues! Swanage ‘A’ entertained Southborne ‘C’ at home in the Mixed Triples League, a win by Dave Wright, Linda Wallis and Norman Love by 9 shots, gave the team an overall win by 2 shots, thus 4 points. Swanage ‘B’ played away against Southbourne ‘G’ but the win by new skip, Tim Luscombe, was not enough to take the match win points so only 2 here.

Swanage played in the afternoon, hosting Knyverton Gardens ‘A’ in the Premiership game but only managed a win on one rink, skipped by Gordon Wallis, 2 points gained.

Saturday’s game on Monday

Due to adverse weather conditions forecast our B&D Mixed Triples games were postponed this Saturday. Section 1 game is in doubt, but the Section 6 game was rearranged for Monday 10th in the afternoon and a fine day was had by Swanage in the bright sunshine as they entertained Fordingbridge ‘D’.

On rink 1 the trio of Lil Bell, Roger Senior and ‘skip’ Nadine Evans went on the rampage. After 6 ends we were 8 shots to 4 up, then the screws were turned as they held the opponents to only 2 shots over the next 7 ends but scored 20 themselves, giving a 28-6 lead. The last 5 ends gave Swanage a further 11 shots but lost the last end by 5. Giving a wonderful win of 39 shots to 11.

The team of Tony Bell, Julie Lomas-Smith and ‘skip’ John French had a ‘ding-dong battle’ after 6 ends they had a 2-9 shot deficit, but doggedly held on and cut this to 10-15 after 12 ends. They rose to the challenge and over the next 4 scored 9 shots, now leading 19-15.

However, Fordingbridge ‘tightened the belt’ and hit Swanage with 5 shots on the last two giving them a 1 shot victory. A fine game with many twists kept everyone engrossed.

The outcome of a win and 4 point to 2, moved Swanage up a place to 4th in the league!

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!


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.


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.


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.