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Duffield League: 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, for 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

Broadland League: 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

N Norfolk League: 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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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).
Games can be played at any mutually agreed convenient time.

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 v Trish

Byes into second round: Jack and Ralph

ROUND 2
John S v Angus or Trish
John B v Ralph
Mike v Laurie
David v Jack
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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. My picture shows the losers gazing hopefully at the head at the conclusion of a very tight last end. 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

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

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

Other competitions:
St Benet's Trophy Apr 28th: Horning...6 Neatishead...2, June 29th Horning...6 Barton Turf...2

Charity Shield June 28th and July 5th Horning...76 South Walsham...56, South Walsham...70 Horning ...69

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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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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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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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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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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