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Hornsea Ladies to play for England
Congratulations to Hornsea & District Indoor Bowls Club members Danni Martinson, Katie Baxter and Lydia Cutmore who have all gained England team places after last weekends trials. Lydia has been named for the England Under 25’s ladies team, Danni is in the Senior Ladies Team and Katy has been named in both squads! Katy and Lydia both played in the 2015 under 25’s team but this is a well earned recall for them and a new experience for Danni.
The under 25’s will be representing their country at the British Isles Women’s Indoor Bowls Council (BIWIBC) Under 25’s International Series in Nottingham on 11th & 12th February whilst the Senior Ladies play in the BIWIBC International Series on 9th-11th March at Paisley IBC.
Unfortunately a pre-booked commitment meant that Holly Baxter missed the trials for the England Ladies team but she will still get to wear an England shirt when she joins her Hornsea Nationals fours team mates at the British Isles Indoor Bowls Council Championship in Paisley on 12th-14th March 2018. As winners of the EIBA National Fours, Holly, Katy, Danni & Lydia won the right to represent England in the fours competition at this prestigious Championship, again playing teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands.
Good luck ladies!
More Success for Hornsea Bowlers in DBE Events – Irene Cheer in the Northern Region Outdoors Team
Hornsea IBC was yet again represented at a DBE Top Region Challenge. This time Irene Cheer was the solo Hornsea representative in the Northern Region team at the Disability Bowls England (DBE) Top Region Outdoors Challenge in Daventry in mid-September. Irene played in triples games within the seven man team on some heavy greens after overnight rain. At the end of the day, Irene and her team mates finished the event undefeated and were presented with a lovely trophy for their efforts. This success now makes the North champions in both the Indoors and Outdoors DBE Inter-Regional events. Irene also represented the Northern Region at the Indoors event earlier in the year with club mate Simon Wright.
Simon Adds Another Indoors Title
Simon Wright added another title to his name at the beginning of July when he joined Helen Wood of York IBC and Kevin Vernon of Devon to win the Disability Bowls Plant Welding National Triples Championship at Gedling IBC. The terrific triple were undefeated in their round robin matches to get into the final which proved to be a very close match with them just pulling ahead in the last two ends. Hornsea’s other competing, Irene Cheer gained a credible 4th with Bob Love from Tamworth and Gary Swift of Harrogate IBC, just losing out for the bronze medal position.
Disability Bowls England Success
Hornsea & District Indoor Bowls Club member and coach, Simon Wright had a memorable weekend when he earned his first England cap playing at the Home Nations Parabowls Championships at Newport IBC, Wales.
On his first appearance for his country, Simon was a member of a fifteen player team, including five visually impaired bowlers, plus their Directors completing the team.
Operating as three teams of five players, the tournament started with a pairs and triples game for each team with Simon playing lead in his pair with Mike Robertson. Feeling instantly at home on the slow rink, Simon soon made his mark and helped to produce a stunning 23-4 win against Wales shortly followed by a 17-11 win against Scotland.
Day two saw the teams reformat into a single player and a four-man team. Originally due to play as lead for the four-man team, Simon was asked to play in the singles game following his performance the previous day. Against Scotland, Simon played a tight game to win 16-15 but had to wait until the third day for his final match – a singles fixture against Wales.
This turned out to be the match of the event with tied ends and resulted in a win for Wales by just one point (15-16). Simon’s performance was such that he was given the honour of collecting the keepsake trophy on behalf of the England team.
As for the result overall, it was a win for England with Scotland coming a close second (33 points to 30 points) and Wales coming third. Regardless of the result, the overriding memories will come from the camaraderie and team spirit over the weekend. It’s a good job everyone went home on the Sunday, Newport may not have recovered had they stayed to party!