. . . . . . . . Horning Bowls Club Norfolk
. . . . . . . . . . . . . Location: behind the village hall NR12 8LQ
Practice sessions ("roll ups") take place each Tuesday evening from 6.45pm, and Wednesday at 2pm, weather permitting. If you're a beginner, we can lend you bowls, and show you what to do. All you need is flat soled shoes.

Broadland League: 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 yo 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

Duffield League: 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

May 22nd: North Norfolk League 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

The season's matches, . . . Horning Singles Championship . . . Horning Special Club Events . . . Members' Saturday League. . . Bowls events at other local clubs
Any queries: please email me (David, Horning Bowls) or phone 01692 631 540
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Horning Bowls Singles Championship 2017
Current holder: John Bond

Entries are invited for our 2017 competition. Please sign your name on the clubhouse list before the start of June to be entered into the first round draw.

Matches in the early rounds are of nine ends each.
(Semi final and final rounds are of fifteen ends).

Games can be played at any mutually agreed convenient time.
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Members' League
Held on Saturdays 1.45pm about once a month. Next date: Saturday May 27th, other dates to be decided.
Each session will consist of two friendly games- or if time permits a max of three.
Every club member is welcome to take part in one or more of these afternoons.
However at the end of the season, to be eligible for a winners' Grand Medal you need to have played a minimum of 50% of the games played.
Each game is decided according to the number of shots scored and conceded.
At the end of the season, the winners will be those with the highest Shot Differences.
The final session will be made more exciting by all shots scoring DOUBLE.
Full rules are published in the clubhouse.

April 29th
The first session results
Laurie and David 6 Sonny and Jack 5
Jack and David 11 Sonny and Laurie 4

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Horning Bowls Club Events

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, while in a close fought match 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.

April 26th: Friendly match: A Broadland team v A Duffield team. The evening team won both matches Jack Mel and John S 18-10, and John B David and Sonny 9-6

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Local Bowls Tournaments 2017

Woodbastwick Pairs May 14th
Sonny and David played, winning two of their three games.

Yarmouth Bowls Festival Aug 27th- Sept 22nd
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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

Duffield League
May 2nd: Horning...6 Buxton...2

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

Other competitions:
St Benet's Trophy
Apr 28th: Horning...6 Neatishead...2

Rotary Shield
we are the holders, and have a bye in round 1

Broadland Cup
round 1 we are drawn against Martham

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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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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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May 2nd: Duffield League

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 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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