The Hornsea Leisure Park Pairs Cup
On the 27th December Hornsea Indoor Bowls Club held the first running of the Hornsea Leisure Park Pairs Cup.
Generous sponsorship from Dave and Megan of Hornsea Leisure Park resulted in 40 bowlers turning up for the event.
The event was a draw partner out of the hat and play four games with each player leading in two games and skipping in two games. Due to the very good number of entries the competition was divided in to Pool 1 and Pool 2 with the winners – runners up and third place finishers to come from either group.
The draw saw some very strong pairings and with first out of the bag being Cliff Holmes and Dave Tooley all were ready to head home – other strong pairings of Pete Oliver and Katie Baxter, Stuart Kemp and Carl Stokes, Jim Whitchurch and Holly Baxter and Terry Sellers and James Baxter would mean that nothing could be taken for granted.
We also had a number of skills challenges consisting of mat to mat where the bowler sends a wood T to T and has to land the bowl on the mat – this is a lot harder than it appears and we had no winner – next was the 3 jack in the ditch with four firing woods and again no winners. The funds sponsored by R&S Wealth rolled into the corner to corner challenge with 22 entries and 44 woods in place and woods eliminated on each end played. It came down to the final 3 woods and one was Jim Whitchurch but more surprisingly Graham Watson had both his bowls in play and so it was that he took advantage and won the pot and corner to corner challenge.
The Hornsea Leisure Park Pairs Cup results were in and there was only one team who managed to win all four games and 4 teams who won 3 games. What was even better was that every team managed at least one win and all players played all four games.
Last years winner Holly Baxter along with partner Jim Whitchurch were on 2 wins and a draw going into their last match but fell at the last hurdle to Ann Watson and Ken Merritt but it must be said that a partisan crowd including husband Graham Watson were giving some stick to Holly and her partner all in good fun.
With one team winning all four matches and four teams winning three and losing one it would be decided on a count back.
In fifth place were Ron Bulless and Steve Webster and Ron apologised to his partner as he had nudged the opponent in on the last end of their match when they were two up which would have meant winning all four. In fourth place and also out of the prize money were Norman Smith and Janet Farnsworth. Tied for second place with 6 points and a plus shot difference of 27 were pre match favourites Cliff Holmes and Dave Tooley and Terry Sellers and James Baxter. The winners and on a maximum of 8 points and a shot difference of plus 25 were Stuart Kemp and Carl Stoakes who breathed easier after a narrow 7-4 win in their last match.
All gave a big thank you to Carol and Linda for running the catering, to Ron Bulless and Graham Watson for organising and running the event but the biggest thanks must go to Hornsea Leisure Park and their generous sponsorship of the event which they have committed to for the next 5 years.