Next event: New Years Day: members' Midwinter Cup.
Club AGM- this is postponed until sometime in the new year, when hopefully the situation might be clearer as regards next season.
Review of 2020
That it was a difficult season is undeniable, but with worse things going on in the world, let's be thankful that we managed to open our green at all!
In the end we held nearly all our usual competitions, and roll ups were better attended than for many a year. This despite the fact that some previous members quite reasonably were shielding and unable to come.
We also played eleven friendly matches against local teams, and won ten of them, though the results were less important than the fact that we managed to socially distance and enjoy the company of other clubs.
Next year is full of uncertainty. We really hope for better times, and a return to normality, but if this ain't possible, let's look forward to another season of friendly fun, like this year, because unlike most seasons, 2020 was marked by hardly a single disputed measure or argument about infringement of the rules!
2020 Singles Championship & Horning Mini Cup.
Details of our 2020 Friendly matches
Club Members may play on our green without charge. It is essential that social distancing is observed, as well as complying with the full special rules of play, which are posted on the outside noticeboard and on the clubhouse door.
These additional rules are: 2 Players only handle their own bowls. 3 Use two cots, two mats, cots to be kicked into position by skips, mats to remain on green throughout. 4 Score should be kept with scorecard, or if a scoreboard, only one nominated player to use. 5 Wash hands thoroughly before coming and after playing, using our Club Sanitizers. 6 The clubhouse not to be used except in case of emergency, please do not change in the clubhouse. 7 Players at a roll up will have their names recorded on a temporary list
Club Events The President's Cup September 6th
Winspear Shield Sunday August 23rd
Well done to winners John B and David C who amassed 28 points, scoring ten in their final game against Ralph and Trish. Runners up Craig and Laurie had been in the lead going into the final game, but could only win 5-4 against Derek, and thus they ended up one point behind the leaders on 27 points. Thirteen members took part, and they and several supporters enjoyed the half time refreshments courtesy of Trish, Christine and Maureen
Swan Cup Aug 15th 2020
This season's first club event saw eleven members participating.Well done to winners John Bond and Craig Bassam who scored 32 points, with the result hanging on their final match against Ralph and Laurie who finished runners up on 28 points. Third equal were John Saunders (playing solo) and David Moore and Gilly. Also taking part were Derek, David C, Christine and Trish, who also very kindly provided a delicious cake
January 1st: Midwinter Shield
Nine members took part in our annual new year's romp. Played as three singles matches, Laurie with five shots beat Sonny and Christine on rink 2, while David scored seven in overcoming Derek and Craig on rink 4. The closest game was on rink 3, and after the eight ends, John B and John S were tied on four shots apiece, while Ralph, last year's winner, was only one behind. In a play off John Bond triumphed, going on to the final against the other two winners. In an exciting game, John B scored four shots, Laurie was one behind on three, thus John Bond deservedly won Horning's first trophy of 2020.
Singles Competition 2020
Derek Melton beat John Bond 10-7. Congratulations to our 2020 Horning Champion!
Horning Mini Cup
John S beat Jack
Club Matches in 2020
Sixes League Friendly Sept 14th: South Walsham...2 Horning...9
It was too hot to play really. Eight players per side competed in this friendly. Rink 4 tailed 0-6 after three ends, so their fightback was highly commendable. Rink 6 had a ding dong game, scores tied at 3 apiece, 6 each and 8 all before they pulled away to win the last three ends.
Rink 1 John B & Christine 15-11. Rink 3 Craig & David M 28-5. Rink 4 John S & Trish 15-10. Rink 6 Sonny & Gilly 8-12
Sept 7th Sixes League Friendly: Horning...7 South Walsham...2
Rink 6: John S and Trish: 17-12. Rink 7: Craig and Christine 11-7. Rink 8: Sonny and David M 7-13.
Friendly: August 27th: Plantation Park...2 Horning...7
The wide open spaces at Plantation provided an enjoyable afternoon, with rink 2 our Winning pair from the previous Sunday almost catching up from 4-13 down: in fact we needed four to tie going in to the final end, and we scored three, even having a chance to get four. Rink 4 had a tight (but good natured) tussle, tied at 6-6 before we won six of the ends in the second half. Rink 6's only problem was coping with the lack of bowls collectors at the end of each end.
Rink 2 David C & John B: 14-15. Rink 4 Gilly & Christine: 12-9. Rink 6 John S & David M: 17-2
Aug 20th Sixes League Friendly: Rollesby... 7 Horning...2
Rink 1 Ralph & Trish 9-15. Rink 4: Maureen & David C 22-5. Rink 6: Craig & Gilly 6-21
Aug 17th Sixes League Friendly:
Congratulations to rink 4 who staged a fine comeback from 1-7 down to win six ends in a row. Rink 2 enjoyed a tight game, five apiece at the interval, but they knocked off our two shots on the penultimate end to clinch victory. Rink 1 had a comfortable win, with a fine sequence forging ahead from 1-1 to 13-1.
Rink 1 David M & Gilly: 18-7. Rink 2 Derek & Trish: 8-12. Rink 4 Maureen and Christine: 15-11.
Aug 14th Sixes League
Our unbeaten run continued as we beat last year's champions. On rink 5, we were heading for victory when 10-3 up, but Rollesby turned it all round. Rink 7 made steady progress, while rink 8 started with a 5. Still, the return match next week may prove a different story.
Rink 5 John S&B 11-13, Rink 7 Maureen & Christine 20-8. Rink 8 Craig & David M 23-5
Aug 10th Sixes League Friendly:
We all agreed that it was too sweltering to fully enjoy a good game of bowls. Nevertheless we stepped into the midday sun like Mad Englishmen (and women and Scotswomen) and enjoyed ourselves as best we could.
Rink 5: David M & Christine 9-12, Rink 7: John S & B 29-4, Rink 8: Jack & Trish 13-9
Aug 3rd Sixes League Friendly:
The away team was a player short, so Christine of our side generously stood out, to enable rink 7 to be played as a straight singles. Alas, our kindness was not rewarded with a win here. But our other two pairs both won, Craig and Maureen from 4-5 down, finished on a high, while David and John B forged ahead from being tied at 6 all.
Rink 5: David M (skip) and John B 16-10, Rink 7: John S 9-15, Rink 8 Craig (skip) and Maureen 20-6
July 30th. Friendly: Horning...62 Neatishead....39
Our return friendly was closer than the score suggests. At half time we were 8-6 up on rink 7, but 9-10 down on rink 8 and 7-9 down on rink 5. A surge on rink 8 with a six and a four effectively clinched the win, while rink 5 pulled back from a nadir of 3-9 to win.
Rink 5: David M (skip) with John B 20-14, Rink 7: John S (skip) with Christine 19-11, Rink 8: David C (skip) with Gilly 23-14.
(Gilly has now played 7 matches for our club, and remains undefeated!)
July 23rd. Friendly: Neatishead....43 Horning....45
While some clubs have abandoned this season, it was good to play a game against our neighbours. I would say the result was unimportant in comparison with the enjoyment of playing some competitive bowls again! The format was 3 pairs over 18 ends, with subs allowed. With the last end to play, the match was tied! Yes, we won that last end.
Rink 1: Jack (skip) and Craig 13-16. Rink 3: Derek (skip) and Gilly 18-12. Rink 5: David C (skip) and Trish/John B: 13-14