Fareham suffered defeat in the Palmerston Cup final against a powerful Banister Park outfit.
And the club’s B team fared no better as they suffered late heartbreak in the third-place play-off.
When the open triples event reached its finale earlier this month, hopes were high of Fareham glory.
But the writing was on the wall after the early skirmishes as the reigning champions took a commanding lead.
Fareham skip Syd Ryves found himself up against a strong rink of Mickey Comley, Wendy Berry and Paul May – and they were completely swamped 34-4.
Sheena Mack led her trio into battle with Steve Whitehead’s Banister rink.
They competed well for the first six ends – trailing 7-5 – but the Southampton side’s strength soon told as they went on to win the rink 30-6.
Carol Pullin, Gina Pinar and Rosemary Bailey put up some resistance against the Banister Park rink of John Laidlaw, Mal Comley and skip Steve Rice.
After leading on the first four ends, the scores were tied 7-7 going into the 10th.
Banister then picked up a crucial five-point haul before holding on to win the rink 19 -11 – maintaining their record of not losing a single rink in the competition as they took the overall match 83-21.
Meanwhile, Fareham B roared into an early lead in their third-place play-off against Banister Park B.
They were winning the three rinks after eight ends and dreaming of joining their club-mates on the podium.
However, those dreams were short-lived as the wheels came off their charge in dramatic style. The Banister bowlers had levelled the scores at 44-44 with just three ends to play.
Midge Pitter, skipping for the Banister, side, then picked up five shots against the Fareham rink led by Paul Nicholls.
Nicholls & Co failed to reel in the deficit and ultimately went down 29-13.
Roy Lowe’s Fareham trio had led their rivals 10-1 after six ends – and 15-7 after 12.
However, Pete Lebbern inspired a late fightback by his Park rink as they picked up 13 shots in the next four ends and held on to win 20-17.
The Fareham rink of Ray Dorey, Lyn Dorey and skip Richard Horler offered the only ray of light for their side.
Although they only led the Park rink of Mike Hutt 6-5 after eight ends – the Southampton outfit only scored two more shots in the entire game.
This left Horler & Co celebrating a 20-7 success – although it mattered little in the final reckoning as Banister Park B took third place with a 56-50 win.
After the action, the Palmerston Cup was presented to the dominant Banister Park by competition sponsor Keith Matthews from Kestrel Guards Ltd.
And the prize cheques were awarded by Peter Carter, the president of hosts Palmerston IBC.
First prize was a cheque for £200, second took £150, while there were cash boosts of £100 and £75 for third and fourth respectively.