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More Success for Hornsea Bowlers in DBE Events – Irene Cheer in the Northern Region Outdoors Team
Hornsea IBC was yet again represented at a DBETop 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!