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June 24th: NNorfolk League- Buxton 6 Horning 2
Rink 1 skip David M 23-15. Rink 2 skip Ralph 12-21. Rink 3 skip John S 15-19.
They say it's a game of two halves. This certainly was. David, Mike and John B went 0-6 before a slow but solid fightback to eventually grab our only win. The opposite happened on rink 2, who raced into an 8-0 lead before collapsing, even despite changing skips. Rink 3's disaster was even more spectacular. All looked rosy when they took a 15-5 lead. But never count your chickens!

Winspear Shield - June 23rd
A close fought contest with several pairs hopeful of winning at the tea break with two games to go. In retrospect, the key match was in round 3 when early leaders John S and Craig met Jack and David M. They were 2-1 up, but then suffered a mini collapse to lose. Even in the final round, three teams were hopeful of winning the shield, but Jack and David sealed the win with a full house six shots on the final end. They got 34, while John and Craig amassed 25. Ralph and Christine scored 23, Sonny and John B 19, David C and Trish 18

June 21st: NNorfolk League- Horning 4 Southrepps 4
Rink 6 skip John S 9-33. Rink 7 skip Ralph 16-14. Rink 8 skip Laurie 16-14.
A closely fought contest... except on rink 6! Ralph, Sonny and Maureen were always ahead, but never by enough to feel comfortable. Laurie and the two Davids went ahead 8-3, but then succumbed to nemesis just before the tea interval, at which time the scoreboard showed 8-9. However the tea revived us, and we nipped back into the lead, and held on, like Ralph's block, to win by two

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April 27th - Swan Cup
Our first tournament of the new season. The temperature had dropped markedly resulting in a turnout of only ten players. But despite the cold, we enjoyed a competitive afternoon with Ralph and David M emerging as clear winners with a shot score of 30. Runners up with 22 were Jack and one of last year's winners, Christine. John S and Trish got 20, John B and Craig 18, and Laurie and Maureen 13. Every pair won at least one game, and with the bonus of a lovely tea plus a warming drink, a good time was had by all

Midwinter Shield January 1st 2019
Seven members competed, with Sonny adding his support from the side. On rink 3 David, Ralph and Christine played six ends, after which the two men tied at 3 shots apiece. In a one end shootout, Ralph played better and won that game. On rink 4, John B, John S, Craig and Mervyn (not Mervyn King) competed, but after five ends it was clear there could only be one winner of the group- Craig.
So the two end final was between Ralph and Craig, old Ralph just triumphing over young Craig

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June 19th: Broadland Charity Shield (second leg)- Horning 90 Runham 66
Rink 1 skip Terry 18-20. Rink 2 skip Jack 32-10. Rink 3 skip John S 14-23. Rink 4 Laurie skip 26-13.
Horning had a one shot deficit to make up after the first leg on May 29th. Though at one stage it looked touch and go, in the end we emerged comfortable winners. Terry's block came back well from 2-12 down, to tie at 18 apiece. But their skip did a fine shot with his final bowl on the penultimate end, and grabbed a deserved win. John S's block started fine, but fell by the wayside. Laurie, Craig and Sonny were several shots in arrears when a six boosted their morale and they went on to score double their opponents. Jack, Richard and Maureen won but it should be said that the away team were a player short. If Runham had had a full complement, then maybe rink 2 might have been equal, making our victory one by only two points. However that would have been enough to clinch victory! My photo came during the only ten seconds of sunshine, for the most part it was rain, drizzle and more rain

June 17th: NNorfolk League- Overstrand 8 Horning 0
Rink 2 skip Ralph 6-42. Rink 3 skip Jim 12-21. Rink 4 skip John S 17-18.
I sensed the evil eye was upon us- one player got in a muddle over lifts and had to drive the twenty miles on his ownsome. Another, on the first end, unaccountably picked up an opposition bowl which was heading straight for the jack. An innocent mistake, but it reinforced my forebodings. After 15 minutes, glancing at the scoreboards made for dispiriting viewing: home team first: 9-1, 9-2, 9-3. From here, Rink 2 sunk without trace, conceding seven on the final end. Rink 3 at least made some sort of game of it, but Rink 4 offered our best endeavours, fighting hard and taking the lead with the last end to go! Nuff said

June 13th: Sixes League- Horning 8 Banningham 1
Rink 2 skip Ralph 13-9. Rink 3 John B 11-11. Rink 4 skip John S 14-12.
After three rained off matches in a row, it was good to get back into action! John Bond drew his singles match with a fine recovery from 1-6 down: he scored two shots on the last end to earn us a point. John S and David M experienced a bad patch moving from 3-1 up to 3-10 down. We changed skips and got a four, then a demoralising (for them) six, to win the game. Ralph Laurie and Christine started with a five and never really looked back after that

June 7th: Duffield League- Horning 2 Spixworth 6
Rink 6 skip Ralph 4-22. Rink 7 skip John S 16-14. Rink 8 skip Mike 12-14.
As the rain began to fall, so our chances of victory faded. Never any hope on rink 6, but on rink 8 Mike's block had caught up from 7-13 behind to within one shot on the final end. Now they held four, but then their skip struck, and we went one down! John S, Christine and David C were 15-9 up with two to go when the rain hurtled down. We lost the end by five, and suddenly all was tense going into the final end. We held our nerve to gain our only points

June 5th: Duffield League- Ormesby 4 Horning 4

June 3rd: Broadland League- Horning 6.5 Stalham 0.5
Rink 1 skip Jack 20-18. Rink 2 skip Terry 15-15. Rink 3 skip John S 23-13. Rink 4 skip Ralph 21-12.
Less than a fortnight back, we had scrapped only half a point against Stalham on their green. Now the roles were reversed, and Horning emerged victors, with Stalham only scraping half a point. Ralph Sonny and Craig romped away into double figures before their opponents even got on the scoreboard. Ditto John S with John B and Trish, though in their game Stalham did rally to within three shots before we went on to win by ten. Jack with Barry and Maureen had one of those seesaw matches, never much in it, with the lead changing hands frequently. Going into the final end, the score was 18 apiece. We nicked the final end to claim victory. Our half point came from Terry, David and Christine. Terry returning after a long absence soon showed his old skills, and though we were behind for nearly the whole time, we were only two down going into the final end. On this we held two as the skips went to the mat and we clung on for the draw

May 30th: Duffield League- Buxton 6 Horning 2
Rink 1 skip John S 10-19. Rink 2 skip Ralph 4-27. Rink 3 skip Laurie 25-19.
On seeing the result, I can only quote from the bible, Ezra 9:3, 'I ripped my clothes, I ripped hair from my head and chin, and I sat in stunned silence.' We were absolutely thrashed. Except for Laurie, Jack and Maureen who salvaged our only points, in particular thanks to a six just before the tea break, which made all the difference. Ralph's block succumbed utterly, John's block was 2-13 down at the break, so at least salvaged a modicum of pride in the second half. But the once great players that adorned Horning's green have deserted, where are they now? SOS - come back all is forgiven!

May 29th: Broadland Charity Shield- Runham 76 Horning 75 (first leg)
Rink 1 skip Jack 9-30. Rink 2 skip John S 30-11. Rink 3 skip Laurie 23-15. Rink 4 skip Ralph 13-20.
An icy cold evening of mixed fortunes. On the plus side, the two Johns and Barry provided us with a healthy advantage, and Laurie David and Trish also secured a win. But in the Shield, it's points that count, and in this Runham beat us by a solitary shot ("every shot is important"), and so take the narrowest of leads into the return leg

May 28th: Norfolk Sixes League: Horning 2 Rollesby 7
Rink 2 pairs skip Laurie 4-14. Rink 3 triples skip Sonny 7-11. Rink 4 Singles John B 12-10.
Not a good opening league match in the Sixes. Sonny's block were 7-4 up but blew it, losing the final three ends. John B's singles was the most exciting game, with him picking up from 5-10 down to win the final five ends. Our one success but a poor result overall

May 24th: NNorfolk League- Horning 8 Aylsham 0
Rink 6 skip John S 17-13. Rink 7 skip Jack 19-10. Rink 8 skip Ralph 21-18.
A first whitewash of the season- to us! John S, David and Mike enjoyed some good running of the bowls but by winning seven ends in a row clinched victory. Jack Laurie and Christine were never behind and won comfortably. Not so Ralph, Sonny and Craig who started like an express train, 14-0 up after 4 ends, before the opposition accustomed themselves to the rink. In the end it was touch and go with us holding a one shot lead after 15 ends. The sixteenth end was tied, but a tense final two ends saw us win them by one each

May 22nd: Broadland League- Stalham 6.5 Horning 0.5
Rink 1 skip Ralph 17-19. Rink 2 skip John S 12-19. Rink 3 skip Jack 19-21. Rink 4 skip Laurie 16-16.
Another Broadland defeat, with only the beautiful sunny evening yielding any compensation. Ralph's block had a very poor start, and were 1-10 down before they got going, and impressively caught up only to collapse at the final hurdle. John's block was never ahead, while Jack's held the lead for most of the game, but disappointingly lost at the finish. Preventing an utter whitewash were Laurie, David and Christine, who however also collapsed at the end, relinquishing a six point lead on the final four ends

May 20th: NNorfolk League- Horning 2 Mundesley 6
Rink 6 skip Laurie 10-17. Rink 7 skip JohnS 8-19. Rink 8 skip Ralph 24-8.
A second successive home defeat with Ralph Craig and Sonny once again our only winners, and convincing winners too. John S's block held a 5-2 lead but thereafter struggled. Ditto Laurie's triple who after end 7 were 7-3 up, but then waited until the final end before scoring again!

May 17th: NNorfolk League- Horning 2 Happisburgh 6
Rink 6 skip Laurie 8-23. Rink 7 skip Ralph 23-13. Rink 8 skip John S 13-19.
Our only success came courtesy of Ralph Craig and Sonny. Well done them! On a bleak windswept afternoon, Laurie's block struggled manfully, and trying very hard, were defeated by the skill of the opposition and a lot of luck perhaps. JohnS's block trailed badly but pulled up towards the end, winning the second half, not that that counts for anything

May 15th: NNorfolk League- New Road 4 Horning 4
Rink 2 skip Ralph 14-15. Rink 3 skip John S 25-14. Rink 4 skip Jack 20-25.
In the end, although we won only one of the three games, our overall shot score was superior and netted us a draw. Ralph's block had a mighty tight game until they surged ahead with a 5. Alas, they couldn't quite hold on, and losing the last two ends, went down by the odd shot. Jack's block started poorly before grabbing a seven point lead. Conceding a seven is never likely to help you win, and that's what happened here. John S with Bob and Richard were our sole winners, and by winning one end with a six, another with a five, another with a four and one with a three, they ensured our overall shot score was five better than theirs

May 13th: Broadland League- Horning 6 Runham 1
Rink 1 skip Jack 10-21. Rink 2 skip John S 17-12. Rink 3 skip Ralph 20-15. Rink 4 skip Laurie 32-12.
The evening sun shone as Horning enjoyed a straightforward victory, only Jack's block on tricky rink 1 failing to overcome the opposition. JohnS, Barry and Mervyn fell 1-5 behind but then surged ahead. Ralph with Craig and Maureen enjoyed a ding dong battle, the lead changing hands several times before we clinched victory. We were a player short on rink 4, and Runham sportingly lent us one of their reserves. In the end Laurie DavidM and our sub triumphed

May 10th: NNorfolk League- Horning 6 Buxton 2
Rink 6 skip John S 21-13. Rink 7 skip Ralph 13-15. Rink 8 skip Laurie 17-14.
All three games were close, though Ralph's block succumbed by losing their final three ends. Laurie, Mike and Trish fell 2-10 down but clawed their way back to tie at 11 all, then twelve all, then 14 all going into the final end. John S, Craig and David C were tied at 10 apiece before scoring a six on end 16 and the rest as they say is a win for Horning

May 9th: Broadland League- S Walsham 5 Horning 2
Rink 1 skip David 18-13. Rink 2 skip Ralph 9-23. Rink 3 skip Jack 18-23. Rink 4 skip Laurie 19-18.
The shades of night had fast fallen when Jack's block finally completed their game, having gamely recovered from a poor start to come close to the opposition, but alas not quite their equal. However although we won two matches, the overall shot score was in Walsham's favour and they bagged the three points for this. Some compensation were wins for David, John B and Richard who in a tight game, made a decisive spurt when scores were 11 all; Laurie, Christine and Trish made a shaky start but once they had read the green, crept into a narrow lead which they clung on to

May 4th: Norfolk Sixes Cup (first leg)- Horning 40 South Walsham 25
Tirples: Rink 2 skip Sonny 20-3. Singles: Rink 3 John B 14-6. Triples: Rink 4 skip Ralph 6-16.
In the inaugural Norfolk Sixes match, Horning secured a reasonable lead to take into the second leg of the cup. Sonny Laurie and David had a comfortable win on the tricky rink 2, with two fives and a four among our shots in the uphill direction. John Bond was Horning's representative in the singles and enjoyed a convincing win. Ralph's block found it tricky going on rink 4. The match was watched over benevolently by the league founder, Nigel Rudling and interrupted by a heavy sleet shower- see Craig's chilly photo

May 2nd: St Benet's Trophy- Horning 6 Neatishead 2
Rink 1 skip Ralph 13-20. Rink 2 skip John S 25-15. Rink 3 skip Laurie 17-11. Rink 4 skip Jack 23-15.
Our traditional opening fixture of the season saw us romp home with a convincing win, though it wasn't as easy as the scoreline suggests. Ralph's block were 1-10 down but fought back to within two shots before falling away at the death. John S, John B and Richard also trailed 1-10, but rallied splendidly for the clearest victory. Laurie David and Mervyn enjoyed a very close game, with scores tied at 11-11 with three ends to go. Jack Christine and Maureen forged ahead with a six, then never looked back. Thanks to Trish and the ladies for a delicious tea to finish

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Horning Singles Championship 2019

Matches in rounds 1 and 2 are of nine ends each.
Semi final and final rounds are of fifteen ends.
The first named player to arrange a time convenient to both players.

FIRST ROUND DRAW
Sonny v Trish
Ralph v David C
Jack v Mike
David M v Craig
Laurie v Christine

Matches to be played by Monday July 1st.
Note: these members have been given byes into Round 2: John B, John S, Barrie

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