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.