Rotary clubs from across Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire entered this popular annual event, and throughout the summer the 42 clubs battled in the early rounds to win a place in the finals which took place at Lymington on Sunday 17th September. The six finalists included last year’s winners Bournemouth North RC.
The quarter finals saw wins from Southampton, Southsea Castle and Bournemouth North, who were joined in the semi-finals by Sturminster Newton as the highest scoring losers.
The semi-final matches were keenly contested, evidence of the much-improved standard of play from clubs throughout the competition, but it was Bournemouth North and Southsea Castle who went through to the final.
In the final, a hard-fought contest in the triples saw the clubs standing level at one game each. After two of three legs in the doubles games the score stood level at two games each. The third and final leg took place in a similar close manner and with the score at 11 – 10 it could have gone either way. However, Bournemouth North just managed to gain the thirteen points required to win the game 13-11 and thus the competition.
The plate competition was won by Verwood RC who defeated Andover by three games to two.
The weather on the day was glorious and although the terrain proved difficult for all players everyone enjoyed the day and we look forward to another exciting competition next year.
At the end of the presentation a vote of thanks was given to Rotarian Steve Maidment who has organised this tournament for the past 3 years but is now stepping down to pursue other duties and interests.