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 Hornsea Ladies win Yorkshire League Div 2

Hornsea Ladies won promotion to the Yorkshire Ladies Division 1 next season after winning the Division 2 title. 

After the five league matches Hornsea had just a single point lead (and 17 shot difference) over second place Doncaster, with Leeds, Thornaby, Selby and New Earswick below them in the league table. The twenty four ladies who represented the club during the season were Sylvia Charter (Captain), Ann Ash, Dorothy Bartle, Brenda Buttall, Irene Cheer, Angie Cleveley, Sue Cotton, Sylvia Dunn, Janet Farnsworth, Margaret Ginnelly, Di Jones, Betty Lawrensen, Bridget Lee, Kath Lockwood, Jenny Marshall, Di Oldroyd, Patsy Paddy, Doreen Padgett, Ursula Pullen, Sue Towle, Beryl Walker, Anne Watson, Lis Watson and Cath Winter. 

A number of the ladies were able to join a celebration Luncheon in Brandesburton and are pictured below. 

Hornsea Ladies Team celebration lunch


Hornsea Ladies Fours win British Isles Title

HIBC is very proud of the Ladies Fours team from the Club who have added to their title of National English Indoor Bowls Association (EIBA) Ladies Fours Champions by winning the British Isles Women’s Indoor Bowls Clubs (BIWIBC) Ladies Fours Championships in Paisley this last week. The team consisting of Lydia Cutmore, Holly Baxter, Katy Baxter and Dani Martinson are bringing home The Irish Association Trophy after three days of tough competition. The ladies won the right to represent England in the ladies fours competition at this prestigious event when they won the EIBA National Fours Championship last year.

On the Monday they had a preliminary round match against Northern Ireland where they had a convincing 25-10 win. Their semi-final on the Tuesday afternoon saw them pull back from being 5 down to a 22-18 win in a very tight game against the talented Channel Islands team.

In the final, they faced Wales who had narrowly beaten Scotland earlier in the week to get through. The girls played a solid game winning by another convincing margin of 21-10 to take the title. 

This win came immediately after a successful weekend in Paisley for Katy and Dani who were members of the England ladies team in the BIWIBC International series. This involved six rinks of fours with Katy and Dani playing together. They won two of the three matches on their rink helping England to become the BIWIBC champions.

Last month Katy also played in the Ladies Under 25s International Series with team mate Lydia in Nottingham, again playing against teams from Scotland, Wales and International. This time the pair had a clean sweep of wins so helping the England team to take that title too.

All four girls are coached at Hornsea & District Indoor Bowls Club by Ian Paddy also from Hornsea. Holly in turn now coaches at the club.

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.

Simon Wright (left), Kevin Vernon and Helen Wood of York celebrate their win at the DBE Triples event

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!