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New members welcome. Practice sessions are free, held each Tuesday at about 6.30pm, and Wednesday 2pm, weather permitting. Come along and have a go! Bowls of all sizes can be borrowed free. All you need to wear are flat soled shoes.

Broadland League Aug 14th Horning...1.5 Dilham...5.5
Our last Broadland match of the season saw us playing the league leaders. The form book nearly got upset early on, as Ralph's block held a 10-2 lead, and John's block were 9-1 up. But Horning know their place, down among the dead men (and women), and Ralph's block despite tying at 17-17 after end 20, succumbed by 4 on end 21. John S's block were 14-9 up, then conceded a four and needed one to tie going in to the final end. We did hold two but after this was reduced to one, we shared the point. Jack with Richard and Maureen were our only winners, a fine performance given that Maureen arrived a quarter of an hour into the game, not her fault. But it seems probable that Horning are now relegated from the top flight
Rink 1 skip Ralph 17-21 Rink 2 skip John S 15-15 Rink 3 skip Terry 11-24 Rink 4 skip Jack 13-11

Duffield League Aug 10th: Horning...2 Plantation Park...6
This is a match that should not have been played. Bowls in driving rain is never enjoyable, the best that could be said is that it is the same for everybody. Unpleasant, that is. Undoubtedly Plantation Park mastered the slippery conditions much better than us. As a top of the league clash, this deserved better conditions. Jim with John B and Neil scored our only win. Sonny's block were holding an 11-6 lead, when they conceded a six, from then on it was all utterly downhill.
Rink 2 skip Ralph 7-14 Rink 3 skip Jim 22-9 Rink 4 skip Sonny 11-22

Horning Match Results . . Club Events 2018 .. Singles Championship
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HORNING CLUB EVENTS 2018

April 21st: Swan Cup
A good turn out for our first event of the new season. Sixteen members competed in random pairs in beautiful spring sunshine. Five enjoyable rounds later, clear winners had emerged: Derek and Christine who scored 35, four ahead of Richard and David on 31. Third with 29 were John B and Maureen, while John S and Trish scored 28. Of the other pairs, let's single out Craig who was a rookie, with Jack, who won two of their five games.
This pleasant afternoon included some delicious cakes, along with a happy reunion with old members after the long winter lay-off

January 1st 2018 Midwinter Shield
Our annual event was blessed with lovely sunny weather, and eleven members competed and enjoyed the mulled wine and minced pies.
John S, Sonny and Christine thrashed Ralph and David, while John B, Trish and Craig won their final end to narrowly beat Laurie, Graham and Angus. The final was over six ends and was decided by one end. John B's block were 4-1 up but fatally conceded a maximum six.
The three winners then played a two end playoff, in which John S and Christine scored one apiece.
A deciding end saw Christine emerge as this year's Midwinter Champion

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Horning Singles Championship 2018

PRELIMINARY ROUND
After a slow start, matches finally began in July. The outgoing champion traditionally fares poorly, thus Sir Laurie found himself in a dramatic tussle (not literally) with Trish Wishart. Going in to the final end, scores were tied, with the 2017 champion just scraping over the line. Jack Wright overcame Sonny Probett: this was 6 all going into the final end, so was very tight. Ralph Morris overcame John Bond in a final end thriller. John Saunders also beat Mike Newlove on the last end.

FIRST ROUND
Maureen beat Craig
Christine 8-5 Jack
David 7-6 Sir Laurie
Ralph v John S
Last season's champion Sir Laurie bowed out after a close struggle with David which went the distance, tied at 6 apiece. Last season in the final Sir Laurie had won the extra end to clinch the title, but this year David got his revenge

SEMI FINAL DRAW
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Horning League Results 2018

Broadland League
May 29th:
Horning...1.5 Happisburgh...5.5 June 7th: Horning...2 Blofield Heath...5 June 11th: Neatishead...5 Horning...2
June 15th: Rollesby...5 Horning...2 June 20th: Happisburgh...1 Horning...6 June 21st: Horning...7 Rollesby...1
June 25th: Potter Heigham...6 Horning...1, June 27th: Horning...5 Stalham...2 July 10th: Horning...1 Potter Heigham...6,
July 12th: Dilham...7 Horning...0 July 16th: Blofield Heath...4 Horning...3 July 23rd: Horning...6 Wroxham...1
July 31st Horning... 2 Neatishead... 5 Aug 2nd Stalham...6 Horning...1 Aug 7th Wroxham...6 Horning...1

N Norfolk League
May 9th: Horning...8 Stalham...0, May 11th: Horning...6 New Road...2 May 14th: Aylsham...2 Horning...6,
May 21st:Horning...8 Happisburgh...0 June 6th: Horning...8 Mundesley...0, June 8th: New Road...6 Horning...2
June 14th: Buxton...6 Horning...2, June 28th: Southrepps...2 Horning...6 July 3rd: Happisburgh...6 Horning...2
July 5th: Horning...2 Neatishead...6 July 19th: Horning...6 Buxton...2 July 24th: Horning...6 Southrepps...2
Aug 8th: Mundesley...6 Horning...2

Duffield League
May 4th: Horning...2 Rollesby...7 May 8th: Buxton...9 Horning...0, May 15th: Horning...7 Spixworth...2
May 24th: Horning...7 Buxton...2, May 31st: Banningham...0 Horning...9 June 18th: Horning...9 Hoveton...0
June 22nd: Rollesby...2 Horning...7, June 29th: Horning...2 Aylsham...7, July 6th: Horning...7 Banningham...2
July 11th: Horning...3.5 Ormesby...5.5 July 20th: Spixworth...0 Horning...9 July 25th: Ormesby...0 Horning...9
Aug 3rd: Aylsham...2 Horning...7

St Benet's Trophy
May 22nd: Neatishead...2 Horning...2 July 30th Horning... 2 Barton Turf...6
Broadland Cup: June 4th: Horning...87 Hickling...53, July 2nd: Neatishead...74 Horning...51

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Broadland Cup: June 4th: Horning...87 Hickling...53

Last year we were dumped out of the cup by Hickling, this year we got our own back! A clean sweep on all rinks, Jack with Sonny and Richard, Terry with John B and Barry both won convincingly.
On rink 4 John S, David and Graham were six shots ahead at the half way stage, but got pegged back to become uncomfortably two in arrears going into the final end. By the time the skips came to the mat, we were holding three, but our shots were in line with the jack making an attractive target for the opposition. John put in a shot slightly short of the jack but still counting, to protect our vulnerable bowls, and we snatched victory from the jaws of etc.
Actually rink 2, Ralph with Christine and Craig had the tightest game, even if the final score does not suggest it. Every other end the lead changed, and it was only on the final few ends that we surged ahead. On the final end we held a convincing four, and although their skip cut it down to one, we took this game by five. Thus we proceed into round two

Rink 1 Skip Jack 23-8.
Rink 2 Skip Ralph 21-16.
Rink 3 Skip Terry 26-14.
Rink 4: Skip John S 17-15.

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Broadland Cup Round 2: July 2nd: Neatishead...74 Horning...51

Horning dropped outof the cup, our loss of several players from last season was all too painfully obvious. Like many clubs, we need to recruit more players!
In fact on rinks 1 and 2, we were leading well into the match, albeit never by much, but both blocks faded poorly.
Rink 3 fell well behind, but then rallied to nearly catch up... only they didn't quite.
Our only joy came with Ralph, Sonny and Craig on rink 4 who showed us how to do it. That's the way to do it!

Rink 1: Skip John S 9-18.

Rink 2 skip Terry 9-24.

Rink 3 Skip Jack 15-21.

Rink 4 Skip Ralph 18-11.

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May 29th: Horning...1.5 Happisburgh...5.5

The unseasonably cold weather marked the belated start to our evening season. We might as well have stayed at home! Having lost four players from last season, our new team managed only one win and a draw.
John S with David and Graham were never behind, and went into the final end three up. Somehow we contrived to fall three shots behind, with their skip to play the final bowl- luckily for us he did not convert it into a win for them!
The tightest game was undoubtedly on rink 4 with Terry John B and Laurie emerging as our only victors. Every time I glanced at the scoreboard, the lead was changing, and it was only on the final end that we grabbed one shot to ensure we didn't leave entirely pointless

Rink 1 Skip John S 17-17.
Rink 2 Skip Jack 13-21.
Rink 3 Skip Ralph 11-23.
Rink 4: Skip Terry 21-18.

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June 7th: Horning...2 Blofield Heath...5

Never was it more true, that Every Shot Counts. In this league you get a point for a winnnig block- that gave us two points today. Then for the better overall team shot score, you get another three points. We scored 73, they 74.
Rink 2 never showed up, while rink 1 enjoyed a nice lead before being pegged back. On the last end they held a narrow lead of one, but conceded five!
Ralph with Craig and Christine on rink 3 forged ahead for an easy win, while on rink 4 Jack with Richard and Sonny were well behind but caught up to win their game by one shot.

Rink 1 Skip Terry 18-22.

Rink 2 Skip John S 14-22.

Rink 3 Skip Ralph 20-10.

Rink 4: Skip Jack 21-20.

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June 11th: Neatishead...5 Horning...2

Our Broadland League record now stands at played 3 and lost 3. As with our previous match, we won on two of the four rinks, but our overall shot score was way behind theirs.
Jack lost 11-35, exactly the same score as on his previous visit to Neatishead. John S with David and Maureen enjoyed the easier win, with the skip sneaking a couple of outrageous lucky wicks to snatch two ends, but also coming up trumps to win two other lost ends.
Much closer on rink 1 with Ralph helped by Craig and Christine. Always close, we were 15-13 up going in to the penultimate end. That they won by one, and on the final end held 2, before their number two kindly knocked the jack back to give us shot. Craig then trailed the jack for a brilliant two before Ralph slotted in a third for victory

Rink 1 Skip Ralph 18-14.

Rink 2 Skip Jack 11-35.

Rink 3 Skip Terry 15-25.

Rink 5: Skip John S 21-11.

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June 15th: Rollesby...5 Horning...2

Pass over rink 1 where we were a player short, and John B and Richard valiantly even held the lead at one point! Rink 5 saw John S, David and Trish rally from 4-10 behind to grab a win.
The drama was all centred on rink 6, where Jack, Sonny and Maureen had a woeful beginning, falling 0-8 down before a change of skips saw them fall even further behind, 0-12. Then came the rally.As the final end started, scores were level! It looked like a measure before Maureen's bowl knocked the jack to our bowl, and victory was ours, though overall we lost the match.

Rink 1 lost 8-28.

Rink 2 Skip Ralph 11-33.

Rink 5: Skip John S 20-13.

Rink 6 Skip Jack 19-18.

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June 20th: Happisburgh...1 Horning...6

Our first win this season in the Broadland League! Emphatic too. Ralph had two rookies with him, so did well in the circumstances. Terry with John B and Neil enjoyed a straightforward victory on rink 2, but the two outside rinks saw much closer tussles.
Jack with Sonny and Maureen were tied around the half way stage. Ditto John S with David and Angus. But then both blocks sailed away, like the nearby North Sea, and we claimed victory on three of the four blocks

Rink 1: Skip John S 22-16.
Rink 2 skip Terry 26-14.
Rink 3 Skip Ralph 12-24.
Rink 4 Skip Jack 29-11.

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June 21st: Horning...7 Rollesby...1
Our second win in two days, with straightforward victories on the outside rinks, for John S, David and Barry, and for Terry, John B and Angus.
The drama was reserved for the middle rinks. Jack's block were ahead, but just came out on the wrong end of the scoreline by one.
But the opposite happened to Ralph, Christine and Craig- at one stage they lagged badly 3-15, before they rallied and went into the final end only one behind. On this, they held one, bringing hopes of a draw. Then their skip knocked ours up, so we held two! A remarkable turn round

Rink 1: Skip Terry 23-14.

Rink 2 skip Jack 20-21.

Rink 3 Skip Ralph 21-20.

Rink 4 Skip John S 28-10.

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June 25th: Potter Heigham...6 Horning...1

Newspaper headlines read Woeful Horning! or maybe Clueless Clots from Horning.
I never read the green myself, and I fancy that went for several others also. Our only point, and comfort, came from Ralph with Christine and Craig, otherwise it was a pretty dreadful performance.

Rink 1: John S 11-24.

Rink 3 skip Jack 12-29.

Rink 4 Skip Ralph 23-17.

Rink 5 Skip Terry 12-22

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June 27th: Horning...5 Stalham...2

Horning returned to winning ways by means of victory on two rinks and a superior shot score.
The two middle rinks, not for the first time, were decided early on, John S, David and Maureen enjoying a good win without ever playing brilliantly.
Much tighter on rink 1 with Jack, Sonny and Laurie fighting hard and eventually with both teams reaching double figures, we surged suddenly and successfully ahead.
Ralph's block had been our only victors in our last match, and experienced a titanic tussle with us holding four on the penultimate end, before their skip killed off our hopes by scattering our hard earned shots.
Nevertheless, we bagged the overall win.

Rink 1: Skip Jack 19-14.

Rink 2 skip John S 40-8.

Rink 3 Skip Terry 9-27.

Rink 4 Skip Ralph 16-19.

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July 10th: Horning...1 Potter Heigham...6

We went down heavily on two rinks, though Terry did point out he saved us eight shots on the last two ends- not that it affected the grander scheme of things. I
t might have been so much different on rink 4, where after forging ahead, Jack's block were overtaken, then recovered to lead 21-17 with three ends remaining. Alas, two self inflicted bursts of generosity meant we were only one up going in to the final end, as you can see the rest wasn't history.
Our only win came from John S David and Angus

Rink 1 Skip Terry 8-40.

Rink 2 Skip John S 30-13.

Rink 3 Skip Ralph 10-31.

Rink 4: Skip Jack 21-22.

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July 12th: Dilham...7 Horning...0

Nothing much to write home about. Smallburgh and Dilham must be the longest named team we play, and are also top of the league. We were like moths round a flickering flame, or if you prefer rabbits in the proverbial headlights.
I could add that rink 5 led 6-3 before they conceded a maximum six, thus setting in the rot. Rink 4 had made it to 9-13 before losing all the last ends. Rink 3- when did the rot set in? 'Twas always there. Only rink 2 exhibited any spunk, and from over ten behind, suddenly found themselves in the dizzy heights of actually leading! But at 18-18, with the other blocks finished, they found the pressure of so many onlookers too much to cope with, and Horning slunk away with ne'er a point

Rink 2 Skip Jack 18-25.

Rink 3 Skip Terry 9-35.

Rink 4 Skip John S 9-25.

Rink 5: Skip Ralph 15-25.

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July 16th: Blofield Heath...4 Horning...3

One more shot to us, and the match would have been ours! We scored 71 shots to their 72, and as in our earlier match this season, we lost to Blofield Heath by a single shot!
Jack with Maureen and Christine fought back from 2-10 down to win splendidly, while Ralph Sonny and Craig had a close battle but emerged as happy victors. Only Terry's block went down. John S, David and Angus began with a four and never looked back. But, if only we had scored one more shot...!

Rink 2 Skip Jack 20-15.
Rink 3 Ralph 20-15.
Rink 4 Skip Terry 11-30.
Rink 5: Skip John S 20-12.

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July 23rd: Horning...6 Wroxham...1
Horning enjoyed an emphatic win against local rivals Wroxham.
After a sluggish start, Jack Barry and Christine won easily on the tricky rink 1, while Ralph Sonny and Craig romped home on rink 2. John S David and Angus also won straightforwardly on rink 4, only Terry's block struggled. After holding the lead at 9-8, they were "outplayed."

Rink 1 Skip Jack 21-9.
Rink 2 Ralph 39-5.
Rink 3 Skip Terry 15-27.
Rink 4 Skip John S 22-9.

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July 31st Horning...2 Neatishead...5

A grim night, writes our captain Jack.
But at least Ralph, Craig and Sonny scraped home by two shots on the last end, and Jack, Barry and Richard were never in trouble, Barry played very well, says Captain Jack.
Otherwise, it was indeed grim.

Rink 1 skip Ralph 17-15

Rink 2 skip Terry 11 -27

Rink 3 skip John S 5-25

Rink 4 skip Jack 23-10

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Aug 2nd Stalham...6 Horning...1

Horning completed an unwanted hat trick of losses this week, with a resounding defeat at the hands of Stalham.
Our solitary point came from Jack who had Barry with him and one player kindly supplied by the opposition. It says something that this block were the only ones to win.
However Terry's trio were tied at 15-15 before wilting on the final two ends.
John S's block also recovered from a poor start and tied their game at 14-14, before succumbing.

Rink 1 skip Terry 15-20

Rink 2 skip Ralph 15-26

Rink 3 skip Jack 17-14

Rink 4 skip John S 16-19.

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Aug 7th Wroxham...6 Horning...1

Horning all but clinched relegation to Division Two with another feeble effort. Our team is a sorry shadow of its past championship winning team of only two years back.
Terry John B and Maureen were our only winners, but Ralph and Jack's blocks at least had the excuse of being on the very tricky outside rinks. John S's block did have a chance to tie the game on the final end, in which we held one, but a very fragile one, before their skip pounced, not that we really deserved any point.

My photo might prove the best part of the night. Are the two leads on some kind of mystic experience, or maybe the skips have banished them to the naughty chair?

Rink 1 skip Ralph 10-28

Rink 2 skip John S 15-17

Rink 3 skip Terry 27-21

Rink 4 skip Jack 10-25.

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St Benet's Trophy May 22nd: Neatishead...2 Horning...2

Honours even with all credit going to Ralph's block: Ralph played with rookie Craig, and newcomer Neil, and pulled off a fine victory.
Our other success was on rink 5 with David Sonny and Christine, who surged into an unassailable lead. Actually this was our best Benet's result at the opposition ground for many a year

Rink 2 Skip Ralph 20-16.
Rink 3: Skip John S 10-18.
Rink 4 Skip Jack 11-35.
Rink 5 Skip David 21-10.

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July 30th Horning... 2 Barton Turf...6

All in all, writes the captain truthfully, a pretty poor performance by us all with the possible exception of Rink 3 where Ralph, Craig and Merv scraped home 18-15 having been 3 down with three ends to go and taking 3 shots on the final end.
On rink 4 John S's block came back valiantly from 12 down after 8 ends but ran out of ends and lost 15-18.
On rink 1 Laurie, Richard and John B were never in it while on rink 2 Jack Angus and Sonny were 9 down after 15 ends and finished losing by 3, 11-14 in a low scoring match.

Rink 1: skip Laurie 9-19.

Rink 2 skip Jack 11-14,

Rink 3 skip Ralph 18-15,

Rrink 4 skip John S 15-18.

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May 4th: Horning...2 Rollesby...7

After a couple of rain postponed fixtures, we marched out in glorious sunshine for our first match of this season.
The result however was less glorious, with only Derek, recent Swan Cup joint winner victorious, his block with Richard and Laurie won easily. But the other two blocks went down tamely, John S with Jim and Craig at least reviving from 4-16 to gain some modicum of respectability. Ralph Trish and David were always behind and conceding a five and a four was a recipe for failure.

Rink 2 Skip John S 10-18.
Rink 3 Skip Ralph 13-21.
Rink 4 Skip Derek 21-6.

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Duffield League May 8th: Buxton...9 Horning...0

Not quite as humiliating as suggested by the scoreline.
Terry with Richard and Mike never mastered the tricky outside rink, but Ralph with Sonny and Barry A scored a moral success by recovering from 0-10 down to only lose by 6. John with David and Craig took an early lead of four shots but then wilted in the hot sun and went 7-14 down, before reviving to tie at 14-14 with the last end to play. On this we did hold shot but their skip had a wick and somehow landed in the holding position. You can't beat a bit of Luck

Rink 1: Skip Terry 8-18.
Rink 2 Skip John S 14-15.
Rink 3 Skip Ralph 11-17.

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May 15th: Horning...7 Spixworth...2

Ralph with Trish and Sonny fell 1-3 down but tn proceeded on a remarkable sequence of winning ends to go 26-3 up, before generously conceding the final end,
Even more amazing was the turn round on rink 4 with John S, Laurie and Maureen. At our zenith we were leading 11-2, but they do say that the tea interval can change things, and so it proved in this case, losing the final end by three, and thus the game by one.
Rink 2 with David, Mike and Craig was close but we always had our noses in front.

Rink 2 Skip David 17-12.

Rink 3 Skip Ralph 28-5.

Rink 4: Skip John S 12-13.

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May 24th: Horning...7 Buxton...2

John S with John B and Craig had a close match until we forged ahead to win convincingly.
On the middle rink, Ralph's block fell well behind but almost caught up, but ran out of ends.
David with Maureen and Mike enjoyed a purple patch, winning thirteen ends on the trot. All in all, we redressed the drubbing we received earlier in the month on their green

Rink 2 Skip John S 17-10.

Rink 3 Skip Ralph 11-15.

Rink 4: Skip David 29-3.

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May 31st: Banningham...0 Horning...9

The cold mist had dissipated by the end of the match, and the sun beamed brightly down on Horning's three winning blocks. By the tea interval, John S with John B and Craig had not conceded a point, though the second half definitely produced a much closer game.
Ralph with Sonny and Maureen were always in the lead, and ditto Jim with David and Christine, though on rink 3 our score might have been better had we not conceded four shots- twice.

Rink 1 Skip John S 29-6.

Rink 2 Skip Ralph 16-8.

Rink 3: Skip Jim 21-10

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June 18th: Horning...9 Hoveton...0

This was a bit of a non event with Hoveton a player short on rinks 2 and 3. All credit to them that at the tea interval they led on rink 2 by three shots. However, John S with John B and Maureen pulled themselves together and finished fairly easy winners.
No such worries for Sonny with David and Laurie on rink 3- it's just a shame Hoveton could not muster a full squad.
On rink 4 Ralph with Trish and Craig also enjoyed their afternoon in the hot sun, and our only minor disappointment was that our overall shot score was just one short of the magic hundred.

Rink 2 Skip John S 19-12.

Rink 3: Sonny 46-5.

Rink 4 Skip Ralph 34-6.

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June 22nd: Rollesby...2 Horning...6

'Twas the second match against Rollesby in successive days, the third in a week, anybody would think we love them like brothers... and sisters.
This time we won on two rinks, with Sonny, Maureen and David tied at the tea interval, but then pulling away with a seven.
John S with Richard and Angus were 3-8 down at this tea break, but refreshed, they came back strongly for a win on this pleasant breezy sunny afternoon.

Rink 2 Skip Sonny 24-11.

Rink 4: John S 14-10.

Rink 6 Skip Ralph 13-18.

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June 29th: Horning...2 Aylsham...7

John S's block had a bit of a disaster. From sevn nil up, they lost by ten. Conceding a seven on one end never helps. Ralph's game was decided on the final end, sadly it went against us. Sonny Mike and Richard forged ahead, slightly fortuitously from 10-10 and were our only winners.

Rink 2 skip John S 8-18.

Rink 3 Skip Ralph 11-12.

Rink 4 Skip Sonny 14-11.

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July 6th: Horning...7 Banningham...2

John S's block were the only losers, and this despite scoring seven on one end!
Ralph Trish and Craig were on top from the start, going in at the interval with the opposition yet to get on the scoreboard. A cheer rang round the green when they won an end.
Sonny Barry A and Maureen also started off well, were almost pegged back, but rallied for a final flourish.

Rink 2 Skip Sonny 19-11.

Rink 3 Skip Ralph 35-5.

Rink 4 skip John S 13-18.

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July 11th: Horning...3.5 Ormesby...5.5

Undoubtedly this was the closest match of the season thus far. All three rinks witnessed fierce competition, the lead swaying almost from end to end.
At one point as we all began our tenth ends, we held the lead on all three rinks. Yet after this end, suddenly we were down on two, and John's block from 10-5 up had been pegged back to 10 all. The lead swung this way and that, Ralph's block only yielding on the final end.
David with Mike and Richard proved our only winners, a titanic battle in which we fought back from 12-13 to win the final three ends.
The overall team shot score was tied at 46 apiece, but they had won, narrowly, on two of the rinks to claim overall victory.

Rink 2 Skip Ralph 13-14.

Rink 3 Skip David 17-13.

Rink 4 skip John S 16-19.

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July 20th: Spixworth...0 Horning...9

Horning grabbed all the points, though at one stage this looked highly mission impossible.
Sonny with David and Maureen led from start to finish, but not so easy on the other rinks.
At teatime, Ralph with Craig and Trish were ten in arrears, but made a remarkable recovery after the refreshment- as is well said, it's a game of two halves!
John S with John B and Mike were also battling hard and surged ahead over the final ends for the biggest margin of victory.

Rink 1 Ralph 18-14.

Rink 2 Skip Sonny 17-7.

Rink 3: Skip John S 24-8.

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July 25th: Ormesby...0 Horning...9

After our first close encounter with Ormesby at home a fortnight before, we expected another dogged fight, but in reality the hardest part of the afternoon was finding the location of their green, as we'd not been here before.
John S with John B and Maureen were well ahead at the welcome tea break, though had a much closer second half.
Ralph with David and Trish won comfortably, while Sonny with Richard and Christine had a very sharp battle, though they kept winning ends by single shots and were 7-2 up after eight ends. The opposition rallied after the break, but a final flourish saw Horning home.
Rink 3 Skip Sonny 16-9. Rink 4 Ralph: 32-7. Rink 5 Skip John S 18-14.

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Aug 3rd: Aylsham...2 Horning...7

You could hardly guess from the above scoreline that this was a close match, but look at the rink scores below, and you'll see that it was!
Our only win came from Derek Jim and Maureen, and as a result of our drawing the other two blocks, we gained the three points on offer for higher overall shot score. Which was a little hard on Aylsham, but those are the rules. Sonny John S and Jack were well behind at the tea interval, but fought back to lead 15-12 going in to the final end. Alas! Their skip plunged the jack into the ditch enabling them to score three on this final end, thus getting a draw.
So all in all a very tight match- indeed at one point with a few ends to go, all three scoreboards indicated tied games!

Rink 1 skip Ralph 11-11

Rink 2 skip Derek 12-9

Rink 3 skip Sonny 15-15.

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May 9th: Horning...8 Stalham...0

Our first win of this season! Emphatic too, with David Sonny and Craig easy victors, and John S Laurie and Richard pulling back from a poor start to win by six, in fact our seven on end 13 was the decisive blow, unluckily for them! Ralph with John B and Maureen had a very tight match, but they held their nerve on the final end to clinch victory by the odd shot.

Rink 2 Skip David 31-9.

Rink 3 Skip Ralph 14-13.

Rink 4: Skip John S 19-13

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May 11th: Horning...6 New Road...2
John S with John B and Mike enjoyed a convincing win which included three fours and a final end winning by 5 shots. Sonny with David and Craig struggled to make any progress, they were too good for us. Ralph with Laurie and Christine enjoyed a good win, even though we actually lost the final five ends!

Rink 2 Skip Ralph 20-12.

Rink 3 Skip Sonny 8-25.

Rink 4: Skip John S 28-12.

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May 14th: Aylsham...2 Horning...6
It's not often you concede a four and a five AND a six in the same game and still win, yet David, Christine and Craig managed just that on rink 4.
On rink5 John S with Maureen and John B were always in control, while Ralph Trish and Sonny fought back from 3-12 down, but were unable to pull back quite enough.

Rink 4 Skip David 25-20.
Rink 5: Skip John S 22-9.
Rink 6 Skip Ralph 11-17.

Picture: our victory on rink 5

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May 21st: Horning...8 Happisburgh...0

Horning enjoyed a convincing win in the warm afternoon sunshine.
The closest match was on rink 2, with John S, Laurie and Christine fighting from 1-6 behind to go in at the tea interval 9-6. Thereafter it was nip and tuck, with us holding on, despite their late surge winning the final three ends.
The other two games ended with identical scorelines, Ralph with Trish and Sonny, Jack with David and John B both enjoying a dominance that made for a very pleasant afternoon of bowls, Happisburgh did better than the scoreline suggests

Rink 2: Skip John S 15-13.

Rink 3 Skip Ralph 24-6.

Rink 4 Skip Jack 24-6.

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June 6th: Horning...8 Mundesley...0

Summer finally bloomed as we sweated out a victory against the seaside team. Perhaps having endured the sea fret at Mundesley, they found our tropical conditions too much. Rink 2 with John S, John B, and Maureen were a shot behind, before a brilliant seven gave them a convincing win. Ralph, Trish and Jim scored a three and then a five to forge into a lead, while David, Sonny and Christine found the biggest excitement was when measuring started with one bowl still to come

Rink 2 Skip John S 20-13.

Rink 3 Skip Ralph 18-12.

Rink 4: Skip David 22-10.

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June 8th: New Road...6 Horning...2

On rink 3 Jim's block were outplayed by a very strong group. On rink 4 Ralph, Christine and Craig won our only points with a comfortable win.
It was very close on rink 2: though we had begun poorly, falling 2-9 behind, we rallied and evened up at 11 all and 13 all. After sixteen ends we led by two, but their skip, on the penultimate end, took off our holding shot, to score five and our fate was sealed

Rink 2 Skip John S 15-20.
Rink 3: Skip Jim 9-32.
Rink 4 Skip Ralph 20-9.

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June 14th: Buxton...6 Horning...2
This was a whisker away from being a draw! John's block had a very tight game, the fact that at the tea break after nine ends, the score was only 2-8 shows each end was only being lost by the odd shot. And there was the difference- often we held, only for their skip to force our bowls off the jack. We rallied after tea and were one shot behind at the final end. On this we held four, only for the same thing to happen and we lost by two.
On rink 2 David with Sonny and Richard fell 2-9 behind before a change of skips, and/or the tea interval saw a change in fortunes. Their skip had had some lucky wicks- as well as a few excellent saving shots- but we grabbed two fours in a row to take the lead. Thereafter it was closer, but we triumphed. Photo shows the winning rink, with inset, Trish on her knees. I think she is measuring

Rink 1 Skip John S 12-14.

Rink 2: David 22-19.

Rink 3 Skip Ralph 11-22.

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June 28th: Southrepps...2 Horning...6

In the midsummer heat, Horning secured wins in two of the blocks.
John S's trio never quite got going.
David, John B and Craig enjoyed a straightforward unspectacular victory.
Ralph, Mike and Sonny had a much tougher start, behind 7-8 after the seventh end, but then won nine ends in a row to secure a fine win. Afterwards we shared an enjoyable tea, so all in all, the long trip proved worthwhile!

Rink 2 skip John S 10-24.

Rink 3 Skip David 19-6.

Rink 4 Skip Ralph 24-11.

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July 3rd: Happisburgh...6 Horning...2

The fact is every shot counts! In this game our shot count totalled 51. Theirs came in at 52. Thus they grabbed two bonus points for this and won the match easily. A swing of one shot to us instead of them, and the whole match would have been drawn.
Ralph's block started well but from 5-1 up conceded nine ends in a row. Sonny's block were trying, and Sonny even grabbed a fine five to equal the score at 15 apiece. Thereafter we never scored again.
Only John S with John B and Trish salvaged any pride, and this they did convincingly, winning fourteen of the eighteen ends.

Rink 1 skip Sonny 15-23.

Rink 2 Skip Ralph 9-22.

Rink 3 Skip John S 27-7.

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July 5th: Horning...2 Neatishead...6

Our second match against our local rivals within three days. But same result. >br?Things were looking hopeful at the tea break, with Jack's block leading by 12-7. They surged to 15-9 up before their utter collapse over the last six ends was very disappointing.
John S's block found it tough going also, being 6-13 down at the interval, but then rallied strongly to get within two shots. However they couldn't quite make it.
Our only win came thanks to Ralph, David and Trish

Rink 2 Skip Ralph 18-9.

Rink 3 Skip Jack 15-23.

Rink 4 skip John S 16-19.

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July 19th: Horning...6 Buxton...2

In the hot July sunshine, we won on two of the rinks. Sonny with David and Christine had a comfortable victory, but the other two matches were tight until the dying ends.
Ralph's block led 14-12 with four to go, but couldn't quite keep hold of their lead.
By contrast John with Laurie and Craig tied at 5-5, and again at 10-10, and again at 11-11 before exploding into life and winning by a full ten shots

Rink 2 Skip Sonny 17-11.

Rink 3 Ralph: 15-19.

Rink 4: Skip John S 22-12.

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July 24th: Horning...6 Southrepps...2

The sun was even hotter today, no wonder players wilted in the blazing heat. All credit to one and all for getting through what became something of an ordeal.
Horning came out better with John S, Laurie and Trish enjoying a smashing victory.
Derek with David and Maureen had a six one end, which turned their game right round. But in the end the sun was the real victor today.

Rink 2 Skip Derek 21-12.

Rink 3 Ralph: 10-16.

Rink 4: Skip John S 28-3.

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Aug 8th: Mundesley...6 Horning...2

Our winners were John S with John B and Trish. Ralph's block started poorly, caught up, then faded. Sonny's block won by 11 ends to 7, but it's the shot score that counts so actually we lost!

Rink 3 skip Sonny 14-17

Rink 4 skip John S 19-12

Rink 5 skip Ralph 11-17

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