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Roving Cot Cup September 16th
Horning's final event until January 1st 2018.
The rain cleared long enough for the eight participants, plus a few others, to enjoy four games in surprisingly warm sunny conditions. Occasional clashes of bowls only increased the fun, and the clear winner emerged as Mel with 35 shots. Runner up was Laurie (29) with Ralph third on 27, despite winning all his games. Jack had 25, while Graham, John S and Christine scored 24

President's Cup September 9th
6 players took part in a singles match format. The photo is of president Ralph presenting the cup to the winner David, who won all his four games. Second place went to Mel who won two games and drew one. The real winners however were everybody who enjoyed Mike's delicious lemon cake, as well as the other goodies including a marvellous raspberry gateau

Duffield League Finals Day September 7th
Horning entered 3 blocks. The venue was again at Buxton.
Sonny with Graham and David finished in overall third position, while John S, Jack and Sid also won two games. Ralph played with Craig and considering they were a player short did well to only lose one match by one shot

North Norfolk League Finals Day September 3rd
Horning entered two blocks. It was a lovely sunny afternoon, with the event very well organised and with a delicious tea from the Buxton hosts at the end. The only down side was the poor condition of the green.
Skip Ralph with John S and Liz won two of their three games and finished as runners up. In fact the only game they lost was against the eventual winners from Happisburgh, in which they went down by a single shot.
Skip Sonny with David and Christine also took part, winning two of their three games

The season's matches, . . . Horning Singles Championship . . . Horning Special Club Events Any queries: please email me (David, Horning Bowls) or phone 01692 631 540
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Horning Bowls Singles Championship 2017
Matches in rounds 1 and 2 are of nine ends each. (Semi final and final rounds are of fifteen ends).

ROUND 1
John B 7 Christine 4
Laurie 9 Sid 3
David 14 Graham
Mike 8 Mel 3
John S 8 Johnny 7 (after extra end: tied after 9 ends)
Angus w/o Trish
Byes into second round: Jack and Ralph

ROUND 2
Ralph 8 John B 5
Laurie 7 Mike 3
Angus 7 John S 6 (after one extra end)
David 8 Jack 3

SEMI FINALS
Laurie 15 Ralph 7
David 14 Angus 7

FINAL
Laurie v David
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Horning Bowls Club Events

June 25th Winspear Shield
Ten players competed, in an all play all. Unfortunately since it lasted so long, two players had to leave before the final game, making a difficult logistics problem for the organiser, Jack. He came up with the fairest option, though it was not entirely satisfactory. Sonny and David, pictured, won with 28 points

Swan Cup April 23rd
Five randomly drawn pairs contested this opening event of the season in an all-play-all friendly competition. With the final round to go, John S and Sonny were the leaders on 20 points, with John B and Laurie a mere one point adrift of them, and they had to play each other in the final game! Sid and Christine had played all their four games, finishing on 19 points. The deciding match was closely fought, but John and Sonny eventually proved victors 7-2. However, up on the rails came Trish and David, playing Ralph and Graham, and by winning 14-0 they pipped John and Sonny by a single shot to win the event. The rules were that the highest shot score were winners, though a heavy word of consolation to the runners-up, who had won three matches and drawn their other

Midwinter Shield Monday Jan 2nd 2017
Our sixth annual event saw 10 competitors and one spectator assemble on a sunny but cold day. After some invigorating refreshments kindly supplied by Laurie, Ralph, John B and Christine, the fun began.
Graham and David beat Sonny and Bill (in what was Bill's last match), while in a close fought game Ralph Johnnie and Christine overcame John B Jack and John S. The rain was falling lightly as the winners took each other on, but the sun was shining again by the end. Ralph held a two shot lead after two ends, but then going into the final end the match was tied. A longer jack fooled the opposition, Graham put his first on the jack and it was only a brilliant fortuitous wick from Johnnie that saw the opposition at all near. So the winners were David and Graham, though in a playoff David beat Graham to retain his title, but the main thing was, everyone enjoyed the stimulating refreshments.

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MATCHES 2017 SEASON

Broadland League Division 1
May 10th
Horning...6 Rollesby...1 May 17th: Burlingham...5 Horning...2
May 19th Horning...6.5 Smallburgh...0.5 May 25th Horning...6 Happisburgh...1
June 14th Horning...7 Filby...0, June 23rd Rollesby...2.5 Horning...4.5 July 12th Filby...1 Horning...6
July 17th Horning...6 Burlingham...1, July 28th Wroxham...6 Horning...1 Aug 4th Stalham...7 Horning...0
Aug 15th Smallburgh...7 Horning...0, Aug 17th Horning...5.5 Wroxham...1.5, Aug 22nd Horning...6 Blofield...1
Aug 24th Happisburgh...5 Horning...2, Aug 29th Blofield...6 Horning...1, Sept 8th Horning...4 Stalham...3

Duffield League
May 2nd Horning...6 Buxton...2, May 23rd Horning...8 Rollesby...0, June 8th Buxton...5 Horning...3
June 13th Horning...6 Spixworth...2, July 4th Spixworth...6 Horning...2, July 11th Rollesby...8 Horning...0
July 19th Horning...6 Hoveton...2, July 20th Banningham...1 Horning...7, July 24th Horning...8 Aylsham...0
July 31st Horning...7 Banningham...1, Aug 7th Aylsham...4 Horning...4, Aug 18th Hoveton...0 Horning...8
Aug 23rd Plantation Park...7 Horning...1, Aug 25th Horning...8 Plantation Park...0

North Norfolk League
May 8th Mundesley...2 Horning...6, May 11th Horning...6 Stalham...2, May 12th Horning...6 Southrepps...2
May 15th New Road...0 Horning...8, May 18th Horning...8 Spixworth...0, May 22nd Horning...4 Neatishead...4
May 26th Hoveton...0 Horning...8, June 7th Horning...6 Aylsham...2, June 16th Horning...8 Happisburgh...0
June 19th: Horning...8 Mundesley...0, June 21st Horning...0 Overstrand...8, June 22nd: Horning...8 Buxton...0
July 6th: Stalham...2 Horning...6, July 14th: Horning...8 Hoveton...0, July 21st Neatishead...2 Horning...6
July 25th Happisburgh...6 Horning...2, July 27th Spixworth...0 Horning...8 , Aug 14th Horning...8 New Road...0
Aug 16th Aylsham...5 Horning...3, Aug 30th Southrepps...6 Horning...2, Aug 31st Buxton...6 Horning...2

Other competitions:
St Benet's Trophy Apr 28th: Horning...6 Neatishead...2, June 29th Horning...6 Barton Turf...2, Aug 10th Barton Turf...6 Horning...2, Sept 1st Neatishead...6 Horning...2
Charity Shield June 28th and July 5th Horning...76 South Walsham...56, South Walsham...70 Horning ...69, July 26th & Aug 3rd Hickling...89 Horning...60, Horning...60 Hickling...71
Broadland Cup June 5th: Horning...63 Martham...72
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May 10th: Horning...6 Rollesby...1

Rink 1: Skip David 22-10
Rink 2: skip Ralph 14-17
Rink 3: Skip Terry 17-14
Rink 4: skip John S 23-18

The light was fading when the last match on the tricky rink 1 with David Mel and Mike finally ended, with a strong victory for us. Ralph's block did well on rink 2 after falling 2-11 down, but couldn't quite catch up. On rink 3 Terry Jim M and John B were always ahead, while on rink 4 John S Sid and Johnny saw their strong lead of ten cut back to three before rallying to win the final end. So we start our campaign to retain our title with a home victory

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May 17th: Burlingham...5 Horning...2

Rink 1: skip Ralph 10-18

Rink 2: skip John S 12-10

Rink 3: Skip Terry 17-9

Rink 4: Skip Jack 11-20

One thing we learned, rain is no fun when you are trying to play bowls. Trying was the operative word tonight, with only two blocks winning. Terry Jim M and Richard had a comfortable win. John S Sid and Johnny were two down going into the final end, but scored four to achieve a fine win. But the real winner was the weather unfortunately, this was the third year in succession that it has been wet at Burlingham, is this the wettest spot in Norfolk??

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May 19th: Horning...6.5 Smallburgh...0.5

Rink 1: skip John S 19-11
Rink 2: Skip Terry 15-13
Rink 3: skip Ralph 22-10
Rink 4: Skip Jack 19-19

What was last year a top of the table clash saw us emerge clear winners, though with several close games.
Jack's block were well ahead at 14-6 when one of our bowls ricocheted into theirs and instead of holding we were down. This gave them heart and they fought back to achieve a fine draw.
Terry with Jim M and Laurie also had a good lead but got pegged back, though they finally pipped them.
Ralph with Sonny and Trish fell behind, but rallied strongly.
John S with Sid and Johnny never looked in trouble

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May 25th: Horning...6 Happisburgh...1

Rink 1: Skip Jack 19-22
Rink 2: Skip Terry 27-11
Rink 3: skip David 21-14
Rink 4: skip Ralph 27-10

A cloudless sunny evening saw Horning romp home. Terry with John B and Laurie, and Ralph with Sonny and Richard appeared to be trying to outdo each other to get the highest shot score. In the end, both notched up 27, with Ralph's block very marginally superior. But a fine effort by both. David with Sid and Johnny fought off a spirited comeback from Happisburgh, by grabbing the last three ends for a victory that was occasionally in doubt. Jack's block never quite recovered from a bad start, though they actually did, only to fall behind again

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June 14th: Horning...7 Filby...0

Rink 1: skip Ralph 41-4

Rink 2: skip John S 21-19

Rink 3: Skip David 40-9

Rink 4: Skip Jack 36-11

Poor Filby were promoted last season, and struggled on our rinks as the mosquitos swarmed in the warm evening sun. All the matches were fairly comfortable, except for John S Sid and Johnny who had a tough battle, a loud one too if truth be told. With a few ends left, they had a bad end and fell four behind, but fought back to snatch it on the final end.
Ralph Sonny and Graham scored our highest total, just pipping David John B and Jim M. Jack won his second match of the season, supported by Mel and Laurie

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June 23rd Rollesby...2.5 Horning...4.5

Rink 1: skip Jack 18-18

Rink 3: Skip Ralph 21-23

Rink 4 Skip Terry 14-22

Rink 6: skip John S 23-10

Though we lost two of the games and only drew one, by virtue of the thirteen shot margin that John S, Sid and Johnny scored, we gained the three points on offer for narrowly having the higher shot score, and thus took the game. Ralph's block fought back from well behind and looked stronger at the finish. Jack's block had a wayward but enjoyable game and might have snatched it on the final end

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July 12th Filby...1 Horning...6

Rink 3: skip John S 27-14
Rink 4: Skip Jack 28-12
Rink 5: Skip Terry 12-19
Rink 6: skip Ralph 20-12

We completed the double over Filby in convincing style. Despite a shaky start when we were getting to know the green, we came good. John S, Sid and Johnny never looked in any difficulty, while Ralph, Graham and Sonny recovered from their weak start to forge into a lead which at one stage was ten shots.
Jack, David and Mel were 0-6 down after four ends, but came good, and of course, despite starting before the other blocks, managed to finish last- though only by a whisker

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July 17th Horning...6 Burlingham...1

Rink 1: skip Terry 14-17

Rink 2: Skip Jack 17-16

Rink 3: Skip John S 27-13

Rink 4: skip Ralph 23-12

Nip and tuck on rink 1, though we just couldn't hang on to their coat tails. The opposite on rink 2 with Jack David and Mel: we started off well, holding a six shot advantage, before they came back and whittled away our lead, finally grabbing a two shot initiative. However a few long ends changed our fortunes and we sneaked in by one.
On rink 3 John S Sid and Johnny all played well, contributing to a convincing victory. Ralph Sonny and Graham finished last, so that everyone could admire their fine win

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Aug 4th: Stalham...7 Horning...0

Rink 1: Skip John S 12-19
Rink 2: Skip Terry 10-31
Rink 3: skip Ralph 11-27
Rink 4: skip Jack 16-24

The golden setting sun shed its sympathising tears on the embers of our dying title hopes. None of our blocks found anything like the form at this well laid out ground, that had witnessed the scene of our finest triumph only last year.
On rink 1, momentary hopes of victory were extinguished when we conceded three very poor ends. Rinks 2 and 3 found their scores stubbornly fixed at zero for far too long, though Ralph's block finished better and by finishing last, gave us a few cheers when they won their final end in style. Rink 4 were 0-10 down after four ends, thereafter the match was very even, though by then the damage had been done. Damage, damage, damage- we lie in the charred fragments of our tattered season

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Aug 15th Smallburgh...7 Horning...0

Rink 2: skip Ralph 15-23

Rink 3: skip Jack 14-28

Rink 4: skip John S 19-32

Rink 5: Skip Terry 11-20

Horning's flickering hope of retaining our title was extinguished in the setting sun at the splendid Smallburgh and Dilham ground. No excuses, we were outplayed.
On rinks 2 and 3, we had momentary hopes of victory, but on 2, from 11-5 up we withered to 11-17 down and that was that. Rink 4's game was quite close, if you discount the six and two fours they conceded, but all in all, we can truly say that the glory has departed from Horning

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Aug 17th Horning...5.5 Wroxham...1.5

Rink 1: Skip Jack 16-21

Rink 2: skip David 38-16

Rink 3: skip Ralph 19-15

Rink 4: skip Terry 18-18

We exacted some revenge on Wroxham for our heavy defeat there a few weeks ago. David Johnny and Sid enjoyed an emphatic win to give us an unassailable overall shot score.
Ralph Graham and Laurie also enjoyed a big lead, though they faltered near the end somewhat.
Jack's block struggled on the difficult rink 1. Terry John B and Jim were down most of the game, but came back strongly to hold a two shot lead going into the final end. Though they weren't able to sustain their lead, it was a good comeback

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Aug 22nd Horning...6 Blofield...1

Rink 1: Skip Ralph 19-18
Rink 2: skip Terry 30-11
Rink 3: skip Jack 36-15
Rink 4: skip David 16-20

Ralph's block were behind for the whole match yet wonderfully snatched a three on the final end to secure a win. Terry with Jim and Laurie, and Jack with Jim and Graham had strong victories. However rink 4 had a bad night, starting well after the other blocks

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Aug 24th Happisburgh...5 Horning...2

Rink 1: Skip Jack 15-24

Rink 2: skip Ralph 19-13

Rink 3: skip David 21-14

Rink 4: skip Terry 12-24

Our poor away league form continued with only two blocks winning. Ralph, Sonny and Graham had a good match, establishing a good lead, before the opposition came back to within one shot. But we pulled away to grab us a point. David, Sid and Johnny took an early lead at 5-3 but then lost a succession of ends to fall 5-12 behind. The skip had been on the pitch and put course and his play seemed to emanate from there. However a talk cleared the air and we fought back well

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Aug 29th Blofield...6 Horning...1

Rink 2: Skip David 15-16
Rink 3: skip John S 20-16
Rink 4: skip Jack 18-22
Rink 5: skip Ralph 12-20

A sudden change in the weather to dull grey did not witness any corresponding change in our recent woeful Broadland perfomances. Only John S's block won. Ralph's lot dropped a six and a four to begin with, so did creditably well after that tragedy. David's block found themselves 1-9 down before they rallied, and it was nearly a draw on the final end, but a measure confirmed we had lost by half an inch. Jack's block played on in the deepening dusk until nobody quite knew where the jack was, let alone what was going on- except that we lost

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Final league game of the season. Broadland League Sept 8th: Horning...4 Stalham...3

Rink 1: skip John S 14-15

Rink 2: skip Terry 18-20

Rink 3: Skip Jack 22-31

Rink 4: Skip Ralph 33-12
Our final match was also the closest, with Horning emerging victors, despite losing on three rinks, by virtue of our superior shot score.
Rink 1 was always tight, and we were unlucky to lose by the odd shot.
Rink 2 were also close until they pulled away. However a six brought us almost to parity, though we did lose the final end.
Rink 3 were well behind, so their late rally did contribute towards our better overall shot total.
Rink 4 with Ralph, Sonny and David ran away with it

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Apr 28th: St Benet's Trophy

Horning...6 Neatishead...2
Rink 1: skip Ralph lost
Rink 2: skip Jack won
Rink 3: Skip Terry won
Rink 4 Skip David won

A cold but satisfying start to the season, saw us overcome local rivals Neatishead in a friendly competitive match.
On rink 1 Ralph's block were well behind, but fought back well to only lose by four. The other three rinks were more comfortable for us

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June 29th Horning...6 Barton Turf...2

Rink 1: skip David 20-22

Rink 2: skip Jack 18-11

Rink 3: skip Sonny 17-14

Rink 4: Skip Terry 25-8

Half way through, we were down on three rinks, Terry John B and Laurie the only ones winning. But Jack Mel and Barrie's game was always tight and they won theirs, while Sonny Richard and Graham pulled back from five behind.
Only rink 1 failed, by conceding a six they were always struggling. Nevertheless going into the final end they only trailed by one, and were holding four shots, but while our skip dithered, theirs played the perfect bowl and took that end. Alas- yet we still remain unbeaten in the Benet's Trophy mini league

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St Benet's Trophy: Aug 10th Barton Turf...6 Horning...2

Rink 1: skip Ralph 12-17

Rink 2: skip Jack 9-23

Rink 3: Skip Terry 9-23

Rink 4: skip David 24-8

A disappointing result, but it should be said Terry's block were one player short, so they did well in the circumstances.
An identical score on rink 2, Jack's block's only consolation was winning the last four ends and achieving a modicum of respectability.
Ralph's block had the tightest game: they were drawing at 8-8 before Barton took the next few ends and raised their scored to 17. Ralph too won his final ends, but to no avail.
David Sid and Johnny were always in the lead and from 10-7 up surged to an unassailable victory, our only success on a poor evening

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Sept 1st Neatishead...6 Horning...2

Rink 1: Skip Jack 14-16
Rink 2: skip Terry 16-14
Rink 3: skip Ralph 15-17
Rink 4: skip John S 8-30

A miserable week ended in our fourth defeat in as many days.
Jack's block did not start too well, the opposition had 11 shots before we got on the board. Thereafter we played much better and almost caught up.
The middle two blocks both had tight games, with Terry Graham and John B emerging as narrow victors, while Ralph's block had the lead, then they did, but at the end it was just their game.
Thus the trophy is awarded to Neatishead, as usual

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Broadland Cup: June 5th: Horning...63 Martham...72

Rink 1: Skip Terry 14-23

Rink 2: skip John S 19-14

Rink 1: Skip Jack 14-18

Rink 4: skip Ralph 16-17

Last season we reached the dizzy heights of the final, but this year in pouring rain Martham dumped us out in the very first round. Our only success came with John Sid and Johnny on rink 2, who recovered from six shots down for an impressive win. Ralph's block started well and then it was one of those ding dongs, with us holding a one shot advantage going into the final end. Alas, they took that by two. Jack's block enjoyed a closely fought game, perhaps the turning point was when we were holding four and our advantage was reduced to one.... by our own skip. However we were one in the lead going into the final ends, but we lost the final four in a mini collapse. So we are now free to concentrate, as they say, on the league

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Charity Shield first leg: June 28th Horning...76 South Walsham...56
Rink 1: skip John S 24-11
Rink 2: Skip Terry 18-16
Rink 3: Skip Ralph 18-18
Rink 4: skip David 16-11
The first leg saw us take a twenty shot lead ahead of next week's return match. Our advantage was down particularly to John S, Sid and Johnny- though modest contributions also came from Terry, Jim and John B, also David, Laurie and Angus.
Ralph's block held a two shot lead going into their final end, but good play by their skip levelled their game. Whether we hold a sufficient advantage for the forthcoming decider, is anyone's guess

Second leg: July 5th South Walsham...70 Horning...69
Rink 1: Ralph 11-28
Rink 2: Skip Jack 11-19
Rink 3: Skip John S 24-13
Rink 4: skip Terry 23-10
By the tightest of margins South Walsham won this leg. Thanks to John S's usual trio, and Terry Jim M and John B we won two ends comfortably. Ralph's block however conceded the maximum six and never got going. Jack's block were up 9-3 but also conceded a six and thereafter collapsed. In fact, they were last to finish (as usual), and needed one on the final end to win us the match. By the time David, who was by now skip, came to the mat we were two down. His final bowl hurtled into the jack. We could win! It trailed the jack. But landing close to their back bowl, they claimed the shot by a centimetre. However some good news- over the two legs we won!
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July 26th: Charity Shield semi final first leg Hickling...89 Horning...60
Rink 2: Skip Jack 17-16 Rink 3: Skip Terry 12-28 Rink 4: skip David/Sonny 13-23 Rink 5: skip John S 18-22
Rainclouds hovered as we waited to begin. It was the first time we had returned to the dark ground where a few years back member John Corden had collapsed and died. Of more immediate concern, we were a player short. It did not bode at all well. On rink 4 our mood was never right, and our bowls were all wrong. But the others all began reasonably, John on rink 5 held a six shot lead, and Terry and Jack were in front also. Then the sun came out and somehow it seemed to ignite the home side with a new zeal. A change of skips saw the collapse of John's block. Terry's men, from being comfortable, never scored another shot. Only Jack, Barry and the late arriving Mel clung on, but we have the proverbial mountain to climb in the second leg.

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Aug 3rd: Horning...60 Hickling...71
Rink 1: Skip Sonny 18-16 Rink 2: Skip Jack 3-27 Rink 3: skip Terry 23-12 Rink 4: skip David 16-16
Holders Horning exited the Charity Shield with a slight whimper. Perhaps if we'd played our strongest side, who knows? As it was, rink 1 with Sonny Laurie and Angus fought valiantly in a battle that swung this way and that, before we clinched it on the final end. Terry with strong support from Jim and John B were always well in the lead. David with Sid and Christine had a tight game and we looked well set at 10-7 up. However by conceding the next three ends we suddenly found ourselves six in arrears. However we made a four and coming into the final end trailed by only one. As the skips came to the mat, we were one up- then we were two up! Alas, their skip took out one of our shots and perhaps an honourable draw was a fair result
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May 2nd: Horning...6 Buxton...2

Rink 2: skip Ralph 13-18

Rink 3: Skip Jim T 46-2

Rink 4 Skip John S 27-8

We began our defence of the Duffield with a home victory that owed much to the triple of Jim T, John B and Sonny who must have achieved a club record score. The closest match was on rink 2, which they nicked from 11-13 down, while on rink 4 we surged ahead from a 5-5 score to win comfortably

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May 23rd: Horning...8 Rollesby...0

Rink 2 skip John S 28-7

Rink 3 skip Sonny 19-10

Rink 4 skip Ralph 19-15

Horning took all the points against Rollesby, with John S Sid and Richard administering a hiding on rink 2.
On the middle rink, Sonny John B and Mike nearly did the same but though they won comfortably, they endured a mini collaopse from 19-3 up.
Ralph David and Laurie had a harder struggle and it was in the lap of the gods going into the final end with us two up. In the end we reserved our best bowls for this end, finishing four ahead

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June 8th: Buxton...5 Horning...3

Rink 1 Skip Sonny 20-15

Rink 2: skip Ralph 18-18

Rink 3: Skip John S 14-23

The result was nearly as close as that other event today, the general election.
While John S's block never quite got going, their result was balanced by a win for Sonny David and Graham.
On the middle rink, Ralph, Johnny and John B conceded a six, but then scored a seven! Going into the last end they were one in arrears, but held two, until their skip cut it down to one to level that game

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June 13th: Horning...6 Spixworth...2

Rink 2 Skip John S 32-4

Rink 3: skip Ralph 16-15

Rink 4: Skip Sonny 13-21

While John S with Laurie and John B were easy winners, Sonny's block found it harder going. A change of skip didn't alter things sadly.
The tightest game was on the middle rink, with Ralph David and Trish equal after 11 ends at 11 all. After 14 ends it was 14 all! After 15 we trailed by one. On the final end, we held one and a measure. By a millimetre or two after a measure, we scored two to take the game by one shot, though maybe a draw would have been a fairer result

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July 4th Spixworth...6 Horning...2

Rink 1: skip John S 22-5

Rink 2: Skip Sonny 10-19

Rink 3: skip Ralph 3-28

An afternoon to forget, only John S's block of himself Sid and John B achieving a degree of respectability for us. Otherwise, you'd have to confess that this is hardly the form of last year's champs, more like this year's chumps

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July 11th Rollesby...8 Horning...0

Rink 2: skip Ralph 10-21

Rink 4: Skip John S 7-19

Rink 6: skip Jack 14-21

Last year's champs slumped again to an ignominious whitewash. It is difficult to take any positives out of this one, and we left in the pouring rain in the lowest of spirits. Still, we had a few laughs on the way, not many, but a few.
On rink 2 Ralph's block surged into a 7-3 lead, before being outplayed and from 9-6 up we won only one further end. On rink 4 John S's block had an uncharacteristically poor game, while on rink 6, the ploy of putting three skips together, Jack, Sonny and Jim T, didn't seem to come off. But then very little did today

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July 19th Horning...6 Hoveton...2

Rink 2: skip Ralph 22-5

Rink 3: Skip John S 23-14

Rink 4: skip Terry 7-24.

Not quite deja vu for this second home match against Hoveton within a week, since this was a much more competitive affair.
Terry's block never got going, while John S, Sid and Angus saw their 8-0 handsome lead eroded into a deficit. However after the tea break they revived strongly.
Ralph David and Christine enjoyed a 12-0 lead before the visitors ever opened their score

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July 20th Banningham...1 Horning...7

Rink 1: skip Jack 25-25

Rink 2: Skip John S 21-8

Rink 3: skip Ralph 24-11.

The peaceful village green at Banningham looked much less attractive as the rain descended. But our victory was emphatic, with only Jack, Sonny and Angus yielding anything- in fact our team scored four on the final end to force a tie. John S, John B and Terry enjoyed a healthy lead before the opposition came back, bringing on a final Horning flurry. After two ends Ralph, David and Christine were 13-0 up, but that lead was whittled away to 14-11 before the final two longer ends saw us finish with a six and a four

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July 24th Horning...8 Aylsham...0

Rink 2: skip John S 21-10

Rink 3: Skip David 16-12

Rink 4: skip Terry 20-5.

Terry, Christine and Sid started well with a 6-1 lead and from 10-5 never conceded another shot.
David, Sonny and Laurie also began well, with an 8-0 lead before being pegged back somewhat.
By contrast John S, Trish and John B trailed 1-6 before perking up and winning decisively in the end

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July 31st Horning...7 Banningham...1

Rink 2: skip John S 17-17

Rink 3: skip Terry 21-11

Rink 4: Skip David 23-3

David Derek and Christine had a nice comfortable friendly game, while Terry John B and Sonny had a close fought tussle in the first half, ending it 7-8 down. Then they rallied and finished worthy winners.
John S's block was also down at the interval, at one point they were eight shots in arrears, but they fought back well, indeed held a three shot lead going into the final end, in which alas they lost that three shot advantage, and were disappointed to only achieve a draw. However if you'd offered that to them at the break, maybe they would have said it was a good second half!

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Aug 7th Aylsham...4 Horning...4

Rink 1: skip John S 10-22

Rink 2: skip Ralph 10-16

Rink 3: Skip Sonny 29-7

Honours even at the end of our pleasant match. Rink 1 struggled to master the green, while rink 2 also didn't make the grade. But though we lost both these games, the crushing win mastered by Sonny, David and Christine ensured we had a better overall shot score, and thus points were shared. Their win included a five and a seven- but all in all, a draw for the whole match was a fair result all round

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Aug 18th Hoveton...0 Horning...8

Rink 2: skip John S 15-13

Rink 3: skip Terry 27-9

Rink 4: Skip Ralph 17-12

Terry, Sonny and Sid enjoyed a straightforward win. However there was nothing so easy for John S, Jack and Christine who in a tight match, were tied at 13-13 with two ends remaining. But they pulled through winning the last two ends.
Ralph, David and Angus saw a remarkable turn round in fortunes. Sluggish would hardly describe their start, 0-11 down, before they grabbed a shot on the stroke of half time. It went to 1-12 before their revival began with a six, and from then on it was one way traffic

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August 23rd Plantation Park...7 Horning...1

Rink 2: skip Terry 13-13

Rink 4: skip Jack 10-17

Rink 5: Skip Ralph 11-14

A sound thrashing from the title favourites on the big but bumpy Blofield green. Terry, Graham and Angus achieved a very creditable draw, but that was as far as our success went. It looked as though Jack's block might win, but from 8-8 they tailed away. Ralph's block tailed away from the start and fell 5-12 behind before a slight revival of fortunes made the score look at least respectable

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Aug 25th Horning...8 Plantation Park...0

Rink 2: skip Laurie 24-6

Rink 3: skip Ralph 15-7

Rink 4: Skip Jack 23-13

Two days previously we had been on the end of a hiding at their ground, but today the boot was on the other. Laurie with Angus and Sonny were in double figures before they got off the mark. The other two games were tighter, Jack with Christine and Sid were tied at 10-10 at the tea break, while Ralph with David and Mike might have been behind at the same point, except for a fine firing shot from Ralph. But both these blocks forged ahead in the late summer heat to win at a canter

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

Rink 2: skip Jack 12-18

Rink 3: skip Ralph 18-14

Rink 4: skip John S 30-7.

The first hint of summer today- at long last- as the seaside sun smiled on Horning.
Rink 4 with John S Sonny and Christine enjoyed an emphatic victory, while the other two games were enjoyably close. In the end we went down on rink 2, but Ralph David and Johnny made a tiny surge from 9-10 down to take their game

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May 11th: Horning...6 Stalham...2

Rink 2: skip Ralph 22-8

Rink 3: skip Jim T: 10-28

Rink 4: skip John S 25-9

Our first North Norfolk home match ended with a win against Stalham, with Ralph Christine and David winning on rink 2, and John S, John B and Laurie triumphing by the biggest margin on rink 4. Only Jim T's block lost, unable to recreate their huge win on the same rink a week earlier, but their skip admitted he had most of the luck going, and we believe him

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May 12th: Horning...6 Southrepps...2

Rink 2: skip John S 10-21

Rink 3: skip Ralph 20-15

Rink 4: skip David 28-11

Horning started well on all three rinks, and despite a light shower looked set fair.
But John S's block conceded an unfortunate four, then a five and said they were outplayed.
Ralph with Richard and Laurie were 16-3 up, thereafter fought well to retain any sort of lead, to win in the end by 5.
David Christine and Sonny enjoyed a good win

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May 15th: New Road...0 Horning...8

Rink 1: skip Ralph 19-14
Rink 2: skip John S 21-13
Rink 3: skip Jim T: 17-16

Though this was a whitewash, the scoreline hardly does justice to such a close fought match.
True, John with David and Trish on Rink 2 had a comfortable time.
But on rink 1 Ralph's block endured some tense ends after hurtling into a 10-1 lead. They failed to win any of the next five ends, suddenly finding themselves 10-11 down. It was nip and tuck for the next few ends with us 13-14 down with four ends to play. But then we rallied strongly to win by five.
It was a very similar story on rink 3, where Jim T's block were enjoying a lead of 10-2. They lost the next four ends, so that they too were 10-11 down. A tight game saw us home by one shot, and really poor New Road hardly deserved such a scoreline

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May 18th: Horning...8 Spixworth...0

Rink 2: Skip David 27-6
Rink 3: Skip Ralph 20-11
Rink 4: Skip John S 19-9

A chill wind was blowing on this sunny afternoon as Horning snatched all the points with wins on every rink. David Laurie and Trish won a succession of short ends, while on rink 3 Ralph Sonny and Liz hurtled into a 9-2 lead before losing five ends in a row, to trail by one. However a fine finish saw them run out easy winners. John S Sid and Mike had a tough start with the score showing 4-4 after a third of the match. But thereafter they had a fairly comfortable afternoon

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May 22nd: Horning...4 Neatishead...4

Rink 2: Skip Laurie 14-13
Rink 3: Skip Terry 15-21
Rink 4: Skip John S 17-14

This was the tightest match of the season to date.
At the tea interval we were down slightly on all three rinks. But John S Sid and Johnny recovered from a five shot deficit to turn their fortunes around.
Laurie David and Christine had a see saw game, going into the last end two behind. But a three saw us home by one, and though we won two of the games, Neatishead's overall shot score was two superior to ours, so in the end the points were shared

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May 26th: Hoveton...0 Horning...8

Rink 2: skip David 20-18

Rink 3: Skip John S 20-18

Rink 4: skip Ralph 24-11

An exciting finish to our match on rinks 2 and 3. On rink 2 David with John B and Graham established a lead of thirteen, then frazzled in the sun to just complete a win. Ditto John S with Sid and Trish who also led by thirteen, and likewise nearly, but not quite wilted. Ralph with Sonny and Liz were much more convincing

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June 7th: Horning...6 Aylsham...2

Rink 2: Skip John S 17-7

Rink 3: skip Ralph 23-12 Rink 4

Skip Jim T 16-20

Horning's tight match against Aylsham ended with a fizz: John S with Laurie and Christine took the last five ends to achieve a comfortable win. On rink 3 Ralph with Sonny and John B forged ahead from 8-8 to win eight ends in a row.
On rink 4 Jim T David and Liz conceded a five just before the tea break to fall five behind. Changing our order of play saw us recoup the deficit and forge two ahead before we dropped a dreadful four. With two ends left we were four behind, but were holding six shots before their skip bowled the shot of the day to take out every single one of our shots!

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June 16th: Horning...8 Happisburgh...0

Rink 2 Skip John S 20-12

Rink 3: skip Jack 18-9

Rink 4: Skip David 25-17

A comfortable win, with rink 3 providing a scratch team of skip Jack who stood in at the last moment, Trish and Graham, who got called up at 2pm to play. Somehow they achieved a good win! John S with Sid and Richard had a tighter game, but from 10-8 up at the break pulled away emphatically. Rink 4 with David Laurie and Christine started well but conceded two 4's, which doesn't help matters. Then they held 5 but their skip did a great firing shot and suddenly we were 4 down! However we kept our nerve and thus all blocks won!

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June 19th: Horning...8 Mundesley...0

Rink 2 Skip John S 38-11

Rink 3: skip Ralph 15-14

Rink 4: Skip David 17-14

Never has the old saying proved more true, that it's a game of two halves! I rather question our club's wisdom in having a tea break, though on this, the hottest day of the year, it was essential.
As we sipped our cooling drinks, John S with John B and Liz led 31-0, David Mike and Christine led 13-4. Only Ralph with Laurie and Trish trailed, by 4-7.
You can see from the final scores how all rinks changed, though as we secured all the points, and everyone enjoyed themselves despite the boiling sun, we can be happy

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June 21st: Horning...0 Overstrand...8

Rink 2 Skip Sonny 10-15

Rink 3: skip Jim T 12-20

Rink 4: Skip John S 15-21

Champions Overstrand gave us a lesson, with our blocks only occasionally having a successful end. On rink 2 Sonny Laurie and David started abysmally falling 1-10 behind, so it was uphill thereafter. John S Mike and Christine by contrast started well, being 7-1 up after four ends, but then the opposition mastered the green, though it was a closer match than the score indicates- we conceded a sad four on the final end. Jim John B and Trish fought valiantly but never quite with much joy

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June 22nd: Horning...8 Buxton...0

Rink 2 Skip Ralph 23-17

Rink 3: skip Jack 22-15

Rink 4: Skip John S 13-12

From looking like winners, Buxton suddenly fell away after the tea break and we snatched all the points.
Rink 4 with John S, Liz and Richard was the closest, with the lead see-sawing between the teams.
Rink 3 with Jack, Christine and Laurie enjoyed a golden spell from a tie at 8 each to forge to 22-8 ahead. Though they lost the last four ends, they still won by seven.
On rink 2 Ralph, Sonny and David started well, then collapsed to six behind at the interval. However Sonny took over as skip and with a few longer ends we romped home

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July 6th Stalham...2 Horning...6

Rink 1: skip John S 17-13

Rink 2: Skip Terry 17-15

Rink 3: skip Jim T 16-17

A titanic game in thundery rain, all three games could have gone either way.
Jim's block missed out by conceding two on the final end, while Terry, though always ahead, just scraped a fine victory. John S's block had a see saw match with victory in the lap of the gods on their final end, with the jack pushed live into the ditch

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July 14th Horning...8 Hoveton...0

Rink 2: skip Ralph 32-9

Rink 3: Skip Terry 32-6

Rink 4: skip John S 28-6

An all round tough day for the bottom of the table team. They had some hopes on rink 2 when they forged into a 7-3 lead, but we hit back with a five, and thereafter Ralph Sonny and Christine never looked back.
On rink 3 Terry David and rookie Angus were also in complete control, while on rink 4, John S Laurie and Liz were 20-1 up at their zenith, before conceding a five. However with a shot score of 92, this was a day to remember

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July 21st Neatishead...2 Horning...6

Rink 1: skip David 27-6

Rink 2: Skip John S 33-4

Rink 3: skip Sonny 16-23.

We completed an impressive win over our local rivals, with returnee Trish helping the two Johns to an emphatic win that included a five and two fours. David, Johnny and Mike also scored steadily for a convincing win. On rink 3 our block played well, but their skip's local knowledge proved decisive

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July 25th Happisburgh...6 Horning...2

Rink 1: skip Jack 15-14

Rink 2: skip Sonny 14-15

Rink 3: Skip John S 12-25.

With one end to play both rink 1 and 2 were tied at 14 apiece (see inset). This was a very close match.
On rink 1, lead Johnny put one level with the jack, but they got one even closer. Richard played his bowls then Jack nicked the game for us. On rink 2 our luck wasn't quite in. It was a measure as Sonny came to the mat. He knocked our short one on to the jack! But with their final bowl Happisburgh nicked the end, turning an overall match score of potentially 4 all to a defeat by 2-6: that's bowls!

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July 27th Spixworth...0 Horning...8

Rink 1: skip John S 22-17

Rink 2: skip Derek 19-17

Rink 3: Skip Sonny 23-10.

Back to winning ways. John with Mike and Richard were 14-2 up before relaxing and only just holding on to victory. Derek, Liz and Johnny had a tight game but gradually got the upper hand. Sonny, David and Christine even had the luxury of conceding five, in their straightforward win

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Aug 14th Horning...8 New Road...0

Rink 2: skip John S 33-4

Rink 3: skip Ralph 17-14

Rink 4: Skip Laurie 22-8

On a hot afternoon, we completed the double over the North Walsham team. After four ends each, the opposition had failed to score! John S John B and Christine went on to win 15 of their eighteen ends convincingly, while Laurie David and Liz survived one scare when well ahead: Leading 15-8 we were six shots down, but their skip kindly promoted our nearest bowl, and that rather knocked the stuffing out of them. Ralph Trish and Sonny had a very tight game. After an early advantage, scores were level at 8-8, then with the final end to play 14-14. They won that by three to earn us all eight points

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Aug 16th Aylsham...5 Horning...3

Rink 1: skip John S 15-13 Rink 2: skip Ralph 17-17 Rink 3: Skip Sonny 11-18

Two close games. When rink 3 finished their sad game, the other two rinks both had tied scores! John S John B and Trish achieved a fine win, despite being behind for nearly the whole time. Ralph Jack and Liz lost their penultimate end, but then Liz put one near the jack to let us hold one on the last end. Their skip rested on to that to hold, but good old Ralph took the jack and achieved an honourable draw

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Aug 30th Southrepps...6 Horning...2

Rink 3: skip Skip Sonny 8-13

Rink 4: skip Ralph 12-8

Rink 5: Skip John S 11-22

In pouring rain, we managed to complete the required twelve ends, but only Ralph with Jack and Trish offered us any points with a fine win, after falling 0-6 behind. John's block conceded 11 on the first two ends, so after that they at least offered parity. Sonny's block won as many ends as the opposition, but hardly scored the same number of shots

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Aug 31st Buxton...6 Horning...2

Rink 1: skip Skip John S 13-21 Rink 2: skip Terry 17-14 Rink 3: Skip Ralph 12-21

A complete contrast to yesterday, at least as regards the weather. The sun shone. But the same result. Only Terry with Richard and Sonny secured us any points, with a strong win, despite stuttering at 6-2 up and losing the next seven ends. But they handsomely won the final three ends to snuff out the opposition. John S's block also stuttered from 3-1 up to 3-14 down. John moved to number 2 and that got us finishing better, but by then it was too late, they were the better side. Ralph says he didn't enjoy his game

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