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.