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End Of Season Tour - 2019

In September the Somerton Bowls Club Jolly Boys and Girls summer tour took us to Bournemouth. On the first afternoon the club played against  Knyveton Bowls Club. The opposition were able to field 6 rinks and Somerton used rink 7 to play a friendly 4s match between the Somerton reserves of the day. Congratulations to Ray Kelly for skipping the winning rink. Ray Smith skipped his rink win the tour donkey for being the losing rink. The squad were based at the Trouville Hotel in Bournemouth from where they travelled to the bowls club for the daily match. 

Saturday afternoon took us to New Milton Bowls Club in the New Forest on another beautiful afternoon. We fielded 7 rinks and won on 5 of the 7. Well done Somerton. A couple of snaps show today’s squad and the get together with New Milton in their club for the end of match .esults, awards, and raffle. A big welcome back to the green to Geoff Thompson this afternoon. Congratulations to Dave Forsyth on skipping the ‘winning’ rink and commiserations to Ian Badmin and his rink for ‘winning’ the donkey 😂😂. Welcome to the club Ian.

Sunday’s venue was a visit to Lymington Bowls Club. It was another beautiful day and once again Somerton fielded 7 rinks. On a lightening quick green with a couple of ‘challenging’ rinks, Somerton won on 3 of the rinks and went down overall by 6 shots. The winning  Somerton rink was skipped by Chrissy Jones and the rink skipped by Don Gibbs ‘won’ the donkey.

The club completed the summer tour to Bournemouth with a game against Fordingbridge Bowls Club. On Monday morning the squad left the hotel, packed bowls kit and suitcases onto the coach, and set off for Fordingbridge. Having enough time before the game we had a walk around Fordingbridge for shopping and lunch. We arrived at the bowls club to be warmly met by their club officials. Prior to the match, photos were taken to remind us of the the afternoon. The match was completed in the right spirit of bowls and a smashing afternoon was had by all. Somerton won on 5 of the 7 rinks. Dave Sutton skipped the winning Somerton rink to bag a diary for each member of his Somerton players. Yours truly, for the second time, skipped the rink to ‘win’ the tour donkey!! After the match Fordingbridge Bowls Club served up a smashing tea and with ample refreshments taken Somerton set off on the final coach journey of the tour.

Ian Badman, the Somerton tour director, has already started arrangements for next year’s tour to Torquay. We just hope the weather will live up to this year’s !! The tour was a massive success and much fun was had by all.

Ray Smith