LODDON Vale Indoor Bowls Club, based on the Leisure Park in Basingstoke, hosted a disability bowls tournament with clubs from the South and West counties on the first Sunday of March.

Partially sighted, physically or mentally impaired bowlers turned up in a very sporting environment to play round robin matches.

The league winners then went onto the final and the league runners up played for third and fourth place.

So it prove to a long day of bowls for both the bowlers and their many helpers, but everyone really enjoyed themselves which was what the event was about.

Very exhausted but none the less happy bowlers battled through the day with the home club Loddon Vale providing the eventual winners of the competition.

Roger Banister, club director, in his presentation speech praised the many helpers and coaches that made the day very successful.

Their unselfish support in pushing wheelchairs, guiding partially sighted bowlers is unsurpassed in these days of competitive sport.

Everybody is looking forward to the next event.

Many bowlers would have slept soundly that evening with a big smile on their faces.

Maybe some will have worn their medal to bed.