Hornsea Indoor Bowls 4s team on the road to National glory.

The Club’s team in the national over 60s doubles rinks competition, organised by the English Indoor Bowls Association in which teams throughout England take part, has made remarkable progress getting through to the Quarter Finals where they will meet Nottingham home and away on Tuesday 7th March starting 12.30 pm. The Team consisting, of two teams of four (one playing at home and one away), has defeated the best of Yorkshire, Featherstone, New Earswick and North Cave, before overcoming Shildon (near Durham) and finally Stanley (near Newcastle). The players representing the Club have been Tony Cawthorne, Jim Whitchurch, Philip Hargreaves and Dave Tooley at home matches, whilst playing away have been Ian Paddy, Jim Moulds, Ron Atherton and Pete Oliver. The Men’s Yorkshire League over 55s and Ladies Yorkshire and North Eastern fixtures have been coming thick and fast recently with the final fixtures of the season coming up. The remaining fixtures in the Yorkshire Leagues for both the Men and Ladies are as follows. Men’s Yorkshire League: Division 1, Saturday 4th March v Scarborough at 12 noon Divison 3, Saturday 25th February v Doncaster at 12 noon Saturday 4th March v Selby at 12.00 noon Men’s Yorkshire over 55s League: Division 2, Friday 24th February v Selby at 12.30 pm Friday 3rd March v York 12.30 pm Ladies Yorkshire League: Saturday 25th February v Leeds at 12.00 noon Ladies North Eastern League: Saturday 11th March v Harrogate at 12 noon Saturday 25th March v Scarborough at 12.00 noon Saturday 8th April v North Cave at 12.00 noon. Result not included 12/2/17 Hornsea 8, Featherstone 6 The art exhibitions at the Seagull Gallery are proving very popular. The next one is by Blanche Lee Riding, a very talented, well respected member of Hornsea Art Society. Her exhibition, which is on during March should be well worth a visit and it is open during the Club’s regular opening hours. With the Winter Leagues drawing to their conclusion, thoughts turn to the summer. Although many of the Club’s bowlers start to play outside, there are those who wish to continue playing indoors, and Summer Leagues will start on Tuesday 18th April. There will be Leagues each morning, Tuesday to Friday 10.30 – 12.30 and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings 7.00 – 9.00 pm. Lists for people wishing to play in the Summer Leagues are now up on the Club notice board. National Bowls Success Two members of Hornsea bowls club have made an excellent start to the year Competition at the Disability Bowls England’s (DBE) National Indoor Pairs event at Solihull.   Veteran Hornsea member and Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist, Irene Cheer and her team mate Gill Platt were on form when they met fellow Hornsea member Simon Wright and his Harrogate based partner Gary Swift in the first round. After succeeding in this hard fought match, Irene and Gill continued through to the semi-finals where they were lost to the overall event winners, Bob Love (who bowls with his feet) and Kieran Rollings. Meanwhile Simon and Gary went into the Plate competition where they stormed through all subsequent matches to reach the final where a 16-1 win gave them their first silverware of the year.  Having just made it into the Disability Bowls England (DBE) bowls team, Simon hopes this will the start of a successful year.  He finished 2016 by reaching the semi-finals of the invitation only DBE Masters Singles Event featuring 16 of the country’s top bowlers. Simon won all his qualifying matches and was just beaten by the eventual overall winner, Bob Love. Bowls is a sport for all ages and abilities. Hornsea Indoor Bowls Club offers four free lessons to anyone interested in trying the sport and ongoing coaching to members. Why not give it a go? Following on from the Club’s Christmas activities the Club re-opened on Wednesday 28th December with a pairs bowls tournament for the Dave Bielby Christmas Trophy.  An entry form had been on the Club’s notice board and a draw was made on the day to form the 34 pairs.  All pairs played three games of 45 minutes each and at the end of these matches the best 4 pairs took part in the final and 3rd/4th place playoff. The only two teams to win all three matches met in the final.  These were James Baxter and Dave Grainger versus Dave Tooley and Carl Stokes, whilst the 3rd/4th place playoff was Stuart Kemp and Dave Lee v Graham Watson and Tony Cawthorne. The winners were James Baxter and Dave Grainger, runners up Dave Tooley and Carl Stokes, 3rd place Graham Watson and Tony Cawthorne, 4th place Stuart Kemp and Dave Lee.  The prizes were presented to the winners by Dave Bielby’s wife Doreen, assisted by Nick Cabriel and Jim Whitchurch.  Thanks go to Neil’s wife Diane and Margaret Connelly for doing all the work organising matches, score cards etc, to Neil Gabriel for arranging and the bar staff on duty during the day.   The Club’s New Year’s Eve disco and buffet was enjoyed by those who attended and this concluded events for 2016.   On January 2nd the Club reopened with the Club leagues restarting and working through to their conclusion in the week commencing Monday 4th April.  There should be some exciting bowling in the next three months!  Not only are there the team matches but also the club competitions for members.  These have now started and the club’s finals weekend this year is to be on 1st and 2nd April.   The men’s 1st X1 over 55s team had a good win 12-0 against New Earswick whilst the 2nd X1 in Division 3 played Harrogate on 14th January.  In a very tight match they triumphed 8-6.  The overall aggregate was an incredible 80 points each!   Games Coming Up All 12 noon start Saturday 28th January – Yorkshire League Div 1 – v Featherstone.  Div 3 – v North Cave Saturday 11th February Div 1 – v New Earswick Div 1, Div 3  – v Featherstone. Saturday 25th February – Div 3  – v Doncaster   All 12.30 pm start Friday 27th January Over 55s Div 1 – v Thornaby. Friday 3rd February Div 1 – v North Cave Friday 17th February Div 3 – v North Cave Friday 24th February Div 3 – v Selby   The ladies had a good run in the Yetton Plate competition reaching the last 16 before losing by 7 shots to West Newton from Newcastle in a match played at New Earswick. Ladies Yorkshire League Saturday 28th January – v New Earswick, Saturday 4th Feb – v Leeds, 12 noon start. Saturday 18th February – v Selby 12-00 noon start. Saturday 25th February – v Thornaby.  North Eastern League   The next dates for the Club quiz evenings are Tuesday 7th and 14th February, both starting at 8.30 pm.   The latest exhibition at the Club’s Seagull Gallery is by members of the Southella Art Group and runs through to the end of January.  It is really worth visiting – the exhibition is open every day during the Club’s opening hours. The next exhibition, which will be in February, will showcase the work of Rod Hardwick, Gillian Fitzpatrick and Janet Stott, three members of Hornsea Art Society.  It runs from 1st to 28th February and promises to be well worth a visit.   During December Carol and Linda ran a Christmas draw and with many prizes on offer raised £780.00.  Dove House Hospice will receive £250.00 as will the Club’s motorised wheelchair appeal.  £280.00 will be donated to the ‘For Edward Appeal’ to Ben Ash.  Well done to Linda and Carol and details of when the presentations will be made will be in the next HCN issue.   Just before Christmas the Club sadly lost one of its most popular members, Chris Young, who passed away after a short illness.  Chris, in his younger days, was a rugby league player for Hull Kingston Rovers and also represented Great Britain.  After ending his rugby playing career he became a valued member of the Bowling Club playing all the year round.  He was well liked and respected by all who knew him, team mates or opponents.  The Club send condolences to his family.  
  1. A photo montage of the presentation of the proceeds to local charities from the Bowls Club Christmas Raffle
  2. A group of visitors to the Seagull Gallery discuss the art on view at the Hornsea Indoor Bowls Club.

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