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West Moors Badgers v Wareham Saxons

For their latest league match the Saxons travelled to West Moors to play the Badgers and it turned out to be a very close encounter. The four of Ken McMillan, Tricia Stinchcombe, Don Hewitt and Ken Leonard got a creditable draw but the three of Tina Leonard, Jackie Beazer and Peter Orchard went down by two shots having been six ahead at one point. Some remarkable bowling by the Badger triple's number two turned several ends from Saxon wins to losses in the closing stages. The Badgers were good hosts and it it was an enjoyable evening despite the disappointment of just failing to clinch a creditable away win over the last few ends.

Notice Board: Update - November 2018


The annual Club 'mixed pairs' championship will take place on Tuesday 27th November 2018 starting at 2.00pm prompt. The entry sign-up sheet is on the Club notice board and we already have a good number of entries so if you want to be part of it get your names up soon. At the moment we have more men than ladies so, don't be shy ladies, get your names on the entry list!


For the Christmas lunch we will be returning to the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club (on the Studland Road) which proved so popular last year. It will be held on Tuesday 18th December 2018 and full details of the menu and the cost can now be found on the Club notice board. If you do not want to go hungry please put your names on the list as soon as possible.

Club Membership

It has been a joy to welcome the following new members to the Club recently:

Sue Barton
Adrian and Lorraine Nice
Richard O'Sullivan
Dennis Roulstone
Alex and Rose Sime
Barbara and Tony Smalley
Dennis Tillier

All are settling in well and we hope they will enjoy bowling with us for years to come.

With this influx of new members all three sessions are now buzzing and well supported and we need to take time for these new members to get established and for things to settle down. New members are the lifeblood of any club and should always be welcome but there is a limit to what we can cope with at any one time. For the time being we will have to put a stop on recruitment until the committee have had a chance to consider where we go from here; do we stick or do we twist? It would be good to see an evening session back as part of our programme but past attempts have failed, perhaps now is a good time to try again?

For the time being, if you know anyone who wishes to join PLEASE do not invite them along as we just cannot cope with new faces in the short term. Instead, please let us know of anyone showing an interest so that we can make decisions on the Club's future based on reliable information.

Our new members may not know (indeed some of more established members may not know either) that we have a Facebook group which they are welcome to join to get the latest news from the Club and from Short-mat in Dorset in general. - it can be found here:

Wareham Saxons v Ensbury Hawks

The Saxons came up against a strong Ensbury Hawks team at Furzebrook yesterday afternoon. The triple of Eileen Brown, Dave Wright and Tina Leonard did exceptionally well to win by 9 shots but the triple of Jane Hall, Ray Miller, Eileen Casey and Ken Leonard went down by 10 giving the Hawks a 1 shot win overall. Despite the loss a creditable performance from the Saxons who had two members of the four making their league debut. It seems Ensbury Hawks have won 4 of their 5 league games so far this season so they are no pushovers!

Club Ladies Singles 2018

The Club Ladies Singles was held yesterday afternoon and what a lovely afternoon it was complete with a little bit if late ‘drama’. After three games each it looked as though no one could stop Tina Leonard who had won all three of her games building up a massive 27 shot advantage in the process. However, in her last game Tina found herself on the mat, one wood left, two shots down and the score at 3-3; was what seemed like inevitable victory going to lost at the last minute? Tina was having none of it, cool as the proveriable cucumber she rolled up the perfect wood to clinch the game and become our Ladies Champion for 2018.

With that last wood from Tina Jackie Beazer, last year's winner, had to settle for second this year despite also winning all four games but that was a remarkable achievement given the difficulties she has overcome since breaking her arm not that long ago; well done Jackie.

Third place went to Jo Duncan whose only set back during the afternoon was defeat by the eventual champion and fourth spot went to one of our newest members and newest bowlers, Sue Barton, who also won three games - everyone had better watch out next year …

An afternoon of some fine bowling played in a competitive but good spirit and a fine reflection on the state of the club at the present time as was the fact fourteen members not involved still turned up to watch, support, mark. make the tea and sort out the equipment; a good day to be the Club chair.

Ladies Singles reminder

Just a reminder that next Tuesday, 30th October, is the annual Ladies' Singles championship and so the mats will all be in use for that so, unless you have not entered, there will be no bowls for you I'm afraid. If you have entered don't forget to turn up! Please be ready for a prompt 2.00pm start and it's white tops as usual for competitions.

Men's Singles Championship 2018

Congratulations to Peter Lane, the deserved winner of this year's Club Men's Championship. Peter won all four of his matches with a shot difference of +22. Norman Brown pushed him hard but eventually came in as runner-up despite winning all four games with a +14 shot difference. Third place went to Ken McMillan with three wins and a draw; these three were the only ones to go all afternoon without losing a game.

Wareham Saxons v Ensbury Eagles

A great start to our division 5 campaign (now 'trading' as Wareham Saxons) with a 6-0 home win against Ensbury Eagles. The overall score was 60-16 so well done to all involved.

Latest news ...

MEN'S SINGLES - Tuesday 25th September 2018

Just a reminder that the men's singles championship takes place next Tuesday and all the mats will be in use for this annual event so, sorry, unless you are involved there will be no bowls for you on Tuesday - you could try Monday instead!

LADIES' SINGLES - Tuesday 30th October 2018

The ladies singles will be held on Tuesday 30th October and the entry sign-up sheet is now on the notice board for those wishing to challenge Jackie for the ladies title! Closing date for entries is Friday 26th October so no immediate rush but make sure you get your name on the list before the 26th.


Due to increasing numbers attending the Friday session Fridays will be MEMBERS ONLY until further notice. Prospective members and lapsed members who have not yet renewed will need to to come along on a Monday or Tuesday only for the time being.


Sorry! My brains gone to sleep again ... the Men's Singles will be on Tuesday 25th September 2018 and the closing date for entries is the 18th September.


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