Monthly Archives: March 2022

Hammers and Woodmen to play off

The top of Section B saga continues with Hammers and Woodmen meeting to play off to see who takes top spot. Hammers beat Woodmen by 35-pins on Friday on alley one at the Trinity Club to draw level on points with the Milborne outfit at the top of Section B, and with Swankers, Vic Reeves and Heathens all losing it means that the top two can’t be caught and so both will be promoted back to Section A. The play off takes place on alley one at the Colliton Club on Wednesday 4th May to see who will win the section.

Plodders take the Section D title

Plodders clinched the Section D title on Friday night with a 20-pins victory over Dribs ‘n’ Drabs on alley three at the Trinity Club. The Plodders set up the chance of winning Section D after beating title rivals Swan Abbots a week ago and with the Abbotsbury outfit having played all their matches it left Plodders needing to avoid defeat to take the title. With two hands to go there was just 5-pins in it in favour of Plodders and two solid hands of 60 and 57 saw the title clinched with a 20-pins victory.

Plodders Secretary Dave Langdon is the longest running secretary in the league having taking over Section E team Royal British Legion ‘A’ in 1980. In the mid 80’s the British Legion club had moved from High East Street to Kings Road. For the 87-88 the team name was changed to RBLA. In the 89-90 season RBLA were relegated from Section E and the following season started life as Plodders in Section F. The leagues were restructured for the 91-92 season with Plodders in Section G. Plodders were back in Section F for the 96-97 season after Section G was disbanded but had to change alleys when the Legion closed so moved to alley three at the Trinity Club. The team finished 7th in Section F but the following season found themselves in Section E and finished 3rd in 97-98. in the 99-00 season Plodders finished 4th in Section E and were in Section D for the 00-01 season finishing 4th. For the 03-04 season the sections were put back to 16 teams and Plodders were in Section C and finished top to reach Section B. Plodders finished runners up in Section B in the 07-08 season and spent two seasons in Section A, finishing 13th before finishing bottom in the 09-10 season. For the 10-11 season Plodders moved from alley three to alley two at the Trinity Club but suffered a second relegation on the trot. In season 18-19 the team were relegated from Section C.     

Magpies take second spot in Section C

Colliton Magpie Imps are heading to Section B after pipping Top Pins for the runners up spot in Section C. Top Pins went into their away match on alley one at the Colliton Club one point above the Magpies and made a cracking start to the match when they replied to Magpies 64 hand with 77 which included a stick up of 17 from Neil Hayter. With two hands to go the Top Pins were leading by 11-pins but went into the last hand just 4-pins up. The home team had Jack Beale and Ryan Welch to thank as both hit stick ups of 14 but still only 63 was hit to leave the visitors 60 to win. The game looked over when Tristan Hayter hit a 16 stick up to leave the remaining six players 40 to win but it was the Magpies who got the victory as Top Pins finished the match with a hand of 55.

Colliton Magpie Imps are one of the newer teams in the league having been formed on the eve of the 17-18 season after 3CA who were in Section C unfortunately withdrawing from the league. Rather than have a bye in Section C Imps B were quickly put together and won their first ever match on their DTFC alley against Plodders by 21-pins.Imps B finished fifth in their debut season and for the 18-19 season changed their name to Magpie Imps and again finished fifth. The ill-fated 19-20 season was their last at the football club and when skittles resumed for the 21-22 season the team moved to the Colliton Club to play on alley one, changing names again to Colliton Magpie Imps.

Eleventh title success for Oakettes

Oakettes are the Ladies League champions for a record eleventh time after a narrow 5-pins victory over Hot Cheese Stampers at the Three Compasses, Charminster on Tuesday.

Oakettes only two defeats came within their first six games but since a home defeat at the end of October by Wonder Women the Bere Regis outfit have gone on a nine match unbeaten run to clinch the title with a game to spare. 

Oakettes origins can be found in Swanie Rivers ladies team from the Rivers Arms, Cheselbourne that played in the league from 1990 until the 98-99 season before the team folded. Team member Clare Ross formed the Oakettes team and took the Swanie Rivers place in Ladies Section A for the 99-00 season playing at the Royal Oak, Milborne. After finishing 6th in their debut season the Oakettes went on to dominate the ladies league for the next 11 seasons winning the ladies title nine times, the ninth coming in 2011. Jen Sims took over the team from the 13-14 season and from the 15-16 season the team played at the Royal Oak, Bere Regis. The Oakettes tenth title came in the 18-19 season. Alongside their league successes the Oakettes have won the Ladies Knockout Cup on seven occasions, 99-00, 03-04, 05-06, 06-07, 07-08, 09-10 and 16-17.        

Legionaires head to Section B

Wareham Legionaires have won Section C and will be heading to Section B two years late. The Wareham outfit were undefeated in the ill-fated 19-20 season before Covid struck and the season was null and voided. When skittles resumed Legionaires were still in Section C so had to do it all again. Four straight victories saw them top the table and although Magpie Imps went to the Legion and forced a draw the side carried on and won the next five matches to take control of Section C. Wareham’s only defeat came at the Goldies at the start of the second half of the season when Top Pins beat them. But since that defeat there has been no looking back and seven wins on the bounce including a 35-pins victory away to nearest challengers Magpie Imps have seen them deservedly win the section. Their recent score of 485 at the Wareham legion on the 28th February is the highest team score in Section C this season.

Wareham Legionaires joined the league in 2012 playing in Section D and in the 18-19 season won Section D only losing 4 of their 24 matches.  

Barmy Army crowned champions

Barmy Army’s 8-pins victory over Wide Boys on Tuesday at the Three Compasses in their rearranged league match clinched them the Section A title for the second time in their history.

The Army were 4-pins down after four hands but the match changed on the fifth hand with Wide Boys hitting 54 which allowed Barmy Army to get in front mainly thanks to two 13 stick ups from No.1 Rich Cole and anchor man Matt King which helped the Army to 66 and an 8-pins lead. Two 62 hands to end the match was enough for the home side to hold off Wide Boys and to clinch the title.

Barmy Army were formed in 1999 and played their home matches at the Bulls Head. Section E was won in their second season 00-01. In the 02-03 season the Army finished third in Section D which was good enough to see them promoted to Section C. Over the next two seasons they finished runners up in Section C and then won Section B in the 04-05 season.

Barmy Army’s first season in Section A (05-06) was fairly successful as they finished sixth, but the following season the team moved alleys to the Three Compasses, Charminster and were relegated from the top league after finishing third from bottom.

Back in Section B saw the teams first cup success as they won the Knockout Cup in season 08-09, while the Plate was won the following season.

The Army were on their way back to the top league after they won Section B in season 10-11. Season 12-13 saw Army win the Plate for a second time and also they finished as runners up in Section A.

From the 13-14 season  the team moved to the Goldies. The Army’s greatest triumph was in season 16-17 when the team completed the Section A / Knockout Cup double.

Barmy Army moved back to the Three Compasses, Charminster for the ill-fated 19-20 season.

With Section A sewed up  the teams attentions will turn to the Knockout cup where they will look to emulate their 2017 double success. The Army though face a tough quarter final match away to Wide Boys.