Yorkshire Under 18’s team place for Alfie!
Congratulations to Alfie Harvatt on being selected to play for the Yorkshire Under 18’s team in their forthcoming matches. Alfie and his sister Lillie attended an Under 18’s coaching and team trials day at North Cave Indoor Bowls Club where 13 year old Alfie was selected for the team and will be their youngest member. He will be playing at Redcar in a triples match against County Durham on Sunday 16th February with Hannah also playing in the team again this year.
All the youngsters enjoyed the day which saw them undertaking a range of bowls challenges, exercises and short games which covered a range of skill from basic bowling action, drawing, team communication through to head reading and tactics.
The Yorkshire Under 18’s team manager, Phil Parsons of York, hopes to hold an Under 18’s Singles competition at North Cave in March. Keep you eye on this space for more information.
Junior Bowlers Presentation Evening
An evening of bowls fun and games was enjoyed by the Hornsea Junior Bowlers on the 20th December with a special guest turning up to make presentations.
The juniors were unable to attend the club presentation night owing to it being after the AGM on a school night, but more than made up for it in December. The evening started with a bowls crazy golf challenge which was won by Lillie, before everyone enjoyed a light buffet, kindly provided by Sandra Bulless. The juniors were then introduced to Lydia Cutmore, a former club Junior Champion and a member of the current under 25’s England Ladies team. Lydia was also a member of the Hornsea ladies fours team who won the National and British Isles Championships.
Lydia was delighted to make presentations of achievement certificates to Jasper , Lewis and Anna. Hannah, Lillie and Alfie were all presented with their Bronze Level Certificates in the EIBA National Skills Award Scheme for Bowls.
The Juniors all competed in the Club Championships and Lydia made presentations of trophies to:
Junior Pairs – Winners: Hannah and Lillie. Runners Up: Maizie and Rowan
Junior Singles – Winner: Hannah. Runner Up: Lillie
The trophy for Most Improved Junior was made to Alfie.
The evening finished with a game of bowls cricket which was won by the ladies team of Lillie (captain), Hannah, Maizie, Anna and Judith.
Well done to all!
Fun for All!
Bowls is often seen as a game for older folk but Hornsea IBC has a tradition of encouraging and bringing on juniors; the 2018 British Isles Ladies Fours Champions are home coached Hornsea talent! It makes us as a Club proud to see the next generation coming through so successfully at the Friday evening junior coaching sessions. The section currently has eight members who learn about the game through skills coaching, challenges and games.
Three of the juniors have just passed the club’s Bronze Level Skills award and Juniors National Youth Awards at Bronze level. Hannah, Lillie and Alfie were some of the first club members to pass the club’s bronze award and are now training for the silver award. All three are now playing in an evening league and we look forward to the other junior section members joining them in the future.
Junior coaching takes place on Fridays 5.30 to 6.45pm and is open to anyone under 18 with an interest in trying bowls. The first four sessions are free and after that cost £1. New players are welcome and places can be booked by calling the club on 01964 537776 – please don’t hesitate to pop by or call for more information.
Our coaches are EBCS qualified and DBS checked. Parents normally stay to watch or help, or in several cases, to play having taken up the game after watching their children play! (Adult coaching can be arranged at the same time).
We have special junior sized bowls though ask that player bring their own slippers or flat soled indoor shoes. We currently have a shortage of small sized bowling shoes so the club would welcome the donation of any small sized bowls shoes in reasonable condition.
With one member of the section already having played her first matches for the county under 18’s team, we look forward to seeing the class of 2019 following in the footsteps of Hornsea’s previous junior members. In the meantime they are great little ambassadors for the sport and for young people!