2017 Season Report

We enjoyed another good season on the Winchester Courts this year with our numbers and standards being boosted by the fantastically strong Winchester College Boys.

We have regulars on club evenings ranging from 12 years old through to 77 year olds (and maybe older… I’m too polite to ask!) and the Wykeham Arms continues to do good business from us afterwards.

This year we also welcomed Rory James-Duff back to fives after a nearly 20 year break from the game and he was soon back in the swing of things, but sadly needed a mid season break with a bruise so deep that the colour of the bruise could be seen on both the front and back of his hand!

A loss against a very strong RFA team 249-214 was respectable and leaves the series of these highly enjoyable matches tied at 3-3. Wessex also had a good representation on both the Jesters Tour to Edinburgh and for our road trip up to the Barnes Bridge in Sedbergh where we were very generously looked after by the school.

After 2 years of loosing the Wood Cup final to us, St Paul’s Old boys had had enough and so a stronger team including the previously missing Charlie Brooks ensured it would not be 3 in a row for Wessex.

The final of our end of season Letchworth Bowl competition was, as usual, a tough battle and Andy Passey with his partner, the ever sprightly RFA President Bernard Atkinson, did not make it easy for the eventual winners, Dave Butler and Bev Boag.