On a blisteringly hot afternoon, 10 pairs of players competed in three matches of 8 ends against each other to decide the winners of the 2018 contest.
The skips were selected and their partners were drawn, plus each pair was then drawn against three of the other pairs. Additionally, each match had to be completed within one hour (strictly timed) with any unfinished match stopping immediately and the result standing at that point. In the event of a tie when all games had been played, ends scored counted and if still tied, shots scored would decide the victor.
At the end of the afternoon, a slightly sunburnt and overheated squad learned that three of the pairs had been undefeated over their three matches.
There was one clear outright winner - the team of Bro. Jim Lumsden and Maggie Pipe.
However the second and third placed teams were equal with the number of ends won so the shots scored were counted up. By the narrowest of margins i.e. one shot, Bro. Bill Pipe accompanied by John Mansfield were placed as runners up. Bad luck Bro. Neville Church and Bro. David Lord to fall short by such a fine margin.
The wooden spoon was contested by our past and present Presidents. Both lost all 3 matches, both won 11 ends, but Bro. Alan Brindle and Kirsten Seymour only scored 17 shots to Bro. Allen Wetherell and Bro. John Smith's 21 shots. Comiserations Alan and Kirsten.
Association members repaired to the bar to replenish their liquid levels and this was followed by a fine ploughman's tea and ice cream dessert. A raffle raised £32 and one of Margaret Hearn's excellent cakes was auctioned for £12, both sums being added to our President's charity fund.
Our next match is against North Hampshire Masonic Bowls Association on 1st August with the venue of Hook B.C.