Bowls club’s teams well placed as season nears conclusion

February 28 2018
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WELLS Breakaways Short Mat Bowls Club teams are doing well as they near the end of the season.

The club has two teams in the Mendip League – which consists of three divisions of 12 teams, 36 in total, from around the area – and the Wells teams are currently first in Division 2 and third in Division 3.

The evolution of the club began when two friends, Pat Knott and John King, bought a mat and equipment and arranged to play in the old EMI Club.

When the club moved to make way for Waitrose, they set up home in the new EMI Club, and it was there that other players joined from several other clubs and Breakaways proper was formed.

“On closure of this EMI Club, several moves were made as the club got bigger and more mats were purchased,” said chairman John King.

The club is now based at the Blue School’s Kennion Hall and currently has 25 members playing over four full size mats. It meets every Monday at 6.45pm, though not on bank holidays, and evenings consists of approximately 20 ends with a break for tea and biscuits.

“It can be played by all ages, and I would encourage people to come along and try it – I am sure they will enjoy it,” said John.

“People can try it for three weeks for free, then it’s just £3 each time you play.

“As a club we have several friendly matches home and away throughout the year and we play 52 weeks – we are not just a summer sport. The winter is very warm in the Kennion Hall, with doors to a patio in summer. We have equipment for people to have a try, all they need bring is a change to flat shoes.”

During the past year club members met for a Christmas meal and went on a five-day tour to Torquay where they played 10 matches and had 10 roll-up games. Similar outings are being planned for the year ahead.

“Beginners are very welcome. Just turn up to one of the regular Monday night sessions,” said John. For more information, call him on 01749 670671.