At this year’s AGM the Committee undertook to give further consideration to two matters raised under any other business, namely the awarding of pin badges to players who have played skittles for 50 years and lady skittlers in the open league being allowed to enter the Ladies Pairs. As a result of their deliberations the Committee have made the following decisions.

Pin Badges

It would be impractical to implement this proposal as there are no records available to substantiate any claim.

Ladies Pairs

Under the League Rules entry to this competition is restricted to teams in the Ladies Section and this will remain the case for the 2022 / 23 season.

Collection of fixture list, scorecards etc.

Please note that the new folded fixture list with team contact details for each section will be available for collection from the Colliton Club from 8pm on Friday August 26th, as well as the fixture list there will also be scorecards, cup draw, invoice and signing on sheet to collect.

Please would all captains do their best to collect the packs for the forthcoming season, anyone with any questions about collecting their items should contact Brian Newton nearer the collection date.

Dribs ‘n’ Drabs

The Open League will have 47 teams for the forthcoming season, we have three teams re-joining, Alcotops, Colliton Rebels and Jokers while we have lost one team from the Open League with Dribs ‘n’ Drabs not entering.

Dribs ‘n’ Drabs were formed in 2010 playing on alley three at the Trinity Club and finished ninth in their debut season in Section D. After two third place finishes Dribs ‘n’ Drabs won the Section D title in 2014.

The Drabs spent one season in Section C, 14-15, finishing second bottom. Back in Section D for season 15-16 it was a bottom place finish, before a fourth and a fifth place finish over the next couple of seasons.

Last season saw Dribs ‘n’ Drabs finish fifth.


The Ladies League will have eight teams in it for the forthcoming season which is one less than last season as Breezers have not entered.

Breezers were formed in 1999 and played their home matches at the Top Shots Pool Club on a Tuesday night. The team was initially called Top Shot Breezers and in their debut season won the Ladies Section B title winning 22 of their 26 matches.

Breezers debut season in Ladies Section A saw them playing on alley 2 at the Trinity Club on a Tuesday. A ninth place finish in their first season was followed by relegation in 2002 as they finished bottom of the table.

The next five seasons were spent in Section B until they finished top in the 06-07 season.

For the 07-08 season Breezers moved to the Colliton Club playing on alley 2 on a Tuesday. Their early days at the Colliton saw them relegated from the top section but then promoted straight back as runners up in 2009.

Back in the top section Breezers were to become one of the top ladies teams winning the Ladies Plate in 2010 followed by their finniest achievement  a year later when they won the Ladies Cup Final against Oakettes, a season that saw them finish third in Section A, their best finish.  They were now known as Colliton Breezers and the team appeared in two more Plate finals in 2012 and 2015 but both times they were to finish as runners up.

Breezers returned to the Trinity Club in 2017 on alley 1 and then a switch to alley 2 the following year. Last season they were back on alley 1 but it was a tough season for Breezers both on and off the alley as they struggled for a team and finished bottom of the Ladies League.

The Breezers were certainly one of the more colourful teams in our league, always full of fun whether they were playing their games or entertaining us at the end of season Presentation Evenings in their fancy dress outfits.

Thank you ladies. 

Skimmers make it 40 years in Section A

Skimmers have been in Section A since 1982 making them the team with the longest current unbeaten run of seasons in the top section. Formed in 1978 Skimmers climbed to the top section which they have won on five occasions.

Teams current continuous years in Section A

Skimmers 1982

Breakaways 1988

Imps 1995

Wide Boys 1998

Royal Oak Wanderers 2002 (promoted as Marco)

Patriots 2003

Barmy Army 2011

Dewlish Monsters 2012

Jolly Green Giants 2016

Puddletown Wanderers 2018

Woodmen 2022

Hammers 2022

Although Skimmers record is very impressive Dewlish Monsters were in Section A from 1957 (at the time Milborne Monsters) until relegation in 2011, but the Milborne outfit were in Section B just one season as they gained promotion as champions which means they have played over 60 years in Section A.

Another long run in Section A was from Colliton Spares who as Colliton B (formed in 1956) played in the top section from 1959 until Spares were relegated in 2009 (They became Colliton Spares in 1985 after one season being called Colliton 7-2 Bang 15)

The oldest teams names still going from the information that we have our Puddletown Wanderers and Puddletown Nomads who were both in the fixture book in 1954.

Brewers Bees are another team that can be traced back to the 50’s. As Brewers Arms ‘B’ they played in 1957 with the name change to Brewers Bees in 1960.

*This info is as accurate as possible with the history records that we have.


The fixtures for the new season can be found by going to the fixtures menu. The season starts the week commencing 5th Sept and these are the first weeks matches.

Section A

Patriots v Colliton Wide Boys
Dewlish Monsters v Puddletown Wanderers
Hammers v Royal Oak Wanderers
Skimmers v Woodmen
Breakaways v Colliton Imps
Barmy Army v Jolly Green Giants

Section B

Brewers Bees v Wareham Legionaires
Heathens v Vic Reeves
Hotshots v Swankers
Essentials v Trinity Allsorts
Hartstoppers v Steamers
Colliton Magpie Imps v Half Pints

Section C

Colliton Flingers v Misfits
Goldies Gorillaz v Plodders
Country Boys v Yokels On Tour@Colliton
Muckspreaders v Vic’s Brown Bullocks
Untouchables v Villains
Swan Abbots v Colliton Spares

Section D

New Inn Chuckers v Funseekers
Jokers v Rollers
Alcotops v Unpredictable Strimmers
Merrymen v Puddletown Nomads
Bye v Strugglers
Colliton Rebels v Ship Wrecked


Crackerjacs v Vixens
Woodpeckers v Oakettes
Hot Cheese Stampers v Trinity Mix Ups
Wonder Women v The Easy Beats

Composition of the league

This is the composition of the league for forthcoming season which will start the week commencing 5th September 2022.

Section A: Barmy Army, Breakaways, Colliton Imps, Colliton Wide Boys, Dewlish Monsters, Hammers, Jolly Green Giants, Patriots, Puddletown Wanderers, Royal Oak Wanderers, Skimmers and Woodmen.

Section B: Brewers Bees, Colliton Magpie Imps, Essentials, Half Pints, Hartstoppers, Heathens, Hotshots, Steamers, Swankers, Trinity Allsorts, Vic Reeves and Wareham Legionaires.

Section C: Colliton Flingers, Colliton Spares, Country Boys, Goldies Gorillaz, Misfits, Muckspreaders, Plodders, Swan Abbots, Untouchables, Vic’s Brown Bullocks, Villains and Yokels On Tour@Colliton.

Section D: Alcotops, Colliton Rebels, Funseekers, Jokers, Merrymen, New Inn Chuckers, Puddletown Nomads, Rollers, Ship Wrecked, Strugglers and Unpredictable Strimmers. (Section D will have one bye in it).

Ladies League: Crackerjacs, Hot Cheese Stampers, Oakettes, The Easy Beats, Trinity Mix Ups, Vixens, Wonder Women and Woodpeckers. (The teams will play each other three times in the Ladies League).

Committee changes

After 12 years of service Sheila Cummins has stepped down from her role on the committee, the officers of the league would like to thank Sheila for all the help and dedication to our league throughout her time on the committee.

We welcome three new members to the committee for the forthcoming season, Denise Jones, Harry Ackerman and Charlie Gosney.

Rule changes passed at the AGM

Rule 11
Delete: the temporary rule for the 2021/22 season
Reinstate: the previous Rule 11 amend to read as follows: –
All matches shall be played in the week specified and on the declared night of play for the home team, as detailed in the fixture list, unless brought forward or rearranged within the specified week by mutual consent. Any team who is unable to fulfil a fixture on the specified date shall notify their opponents, and the Secretary, at least 24 hours before the due date and shall automatically forfeit the match, their opponents being awarded the points. (See Rules 7 and 13). However, should the cancellation result from what the Committee deem to be an exceptional circumstance then the Secretary, whose decision shall be final and conclusive, can order the game to be played within 14
days of the original date provided that the new date does not extend beyond the completion of the final week of fixtures. If the teams are unable to agree a date within 48 hours of the original date then the Secretary will set the date for the fixture. For the avoidance of doubt the inability to raise a team other than the death of a registered player or a member of their immediate family, a national emergency or an extreme weather event, will not be deemed exceptional. As a matter of courtesy, the home team shall immediately notify the landlord/club steward of that the match will not be played. No team, irrespective of the year of their joining the league, shall be permitted to have a home night on a Saturday or Sunday.
Delete: by noon on the Monday
Insert: by 6pm on the Sunday
Amend: the wording of the following sentence to read: Cards can be submitted electronically, both sides if a player or players have been
signed on, via e mail, text, WhatsApp or messenger. Teams must keep any electronically submitted cards until the end of the season in case there is any dispute.
RULE 14 para 9
Add: before the sentence “All playoff matches” the sentence: –
If both head-to-head fixtures have not been played then the team who cancelled shall, as appropriate, either forfeit promotion or be
Rules for the Singles, Pairs, Secretaries Shield & Sticker up Cup
Rule 10 Amend to read:-

Where a competition is played to a conclusion in one evening the Committee may, depending on the number of entries, elect to run the competition using an alternative format whereby a draw will be made at the beginning of the evening to determine the order of play. Where more than one alley is used the first drawn is on alley one, second to alley two, third to alley three, fourth to alley one and so on until all players who have registered have been allocated to an alley. Players will throw a hand of three balls, in the order drawn down the board, as in a league game, each player throwing a minimum of FIVE hands. Depending on the time available a cut may be made once all players have thrown 5 hands although, further hands may be thrown before a cut is made with those players with the lowest scores dropping out to leave 8 or 16 + ties, depending on the initial number of players. The threshold for elimination will be based on the scores hit and may differ on each alley.
For those players who make the cut their scores will be reset to zero. A further THREE hands will be thrown before the two players + ties with the lowest score(s) are eliminated a process which will then be repeated after every second hand until a winner is found.
Where the competition is played on more than one alley then the alley winners shall play off over 5 hands to determine the champion.
Players will draw lots to establish the order of play their scores being reset to zero for the final.
Any player not available to take their throw will be awarded 4 pins for that hand.


The Annual General Meeting will be held on FRIDAY, JUNE 10th, 2022 at 8 p.m. in the Dorset Room at the Colliton Club, Dorchester.

Only one team member is allowed to attend, please note that teams not attending will incur a £20 fine.

Any Rule changes or nominations for the Officers of the League and the Committee shall be submitted to the Hon. Secretary 14 days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting.