Although the general trend appears to be that overall participation in all sports is on the wane with all of our clubs struggling to field as many teams as they used to, there have been some positive signs in 2017. Of particular note are the developments at the Hollis Recreation Ground following the public meeting which has produced renewed support and help with administration, as well as the formation of a women’s rugby team.
With the switch to the Yorkshire Eastern Merit League the men’s rugby team appear to have found a standard of rugby more in tune with their current capabilities although there is still plenty of room for improvement as they lie in 11th place (see page 27).
A season in Division 1 proved to be a blessing, helping Hornsea Town to rediscover that winning feeling and they have returned to the Humber Premier League this season playing with far more confidence. A series of defeats in recent weeks has dented that confidence somewhat but the club still have high hopes of retaining their Premier League status. The club struggled with numbers for the Third team last season and so has been reduced to two teams for this one. Despite that the reserves continue to struggle at the bottom of Division Two of the East Riding County League. The team most enjoying their football this season (and reporting on it! See page 26) are, without doubt, the veterans who are riding high at the top of the Hull and District Veterans League Division 3. The 3G pitch is proving to be a huge asset for football in the town helping Hornsea Sporting in particular to enable a wide range of children to enjoy the sport (see page 27). This still requires many people to give up their time for free to organise and coach though, so recognition must be given to all who do so.
Both of our cricket teams struggled in their respective divisions this year but managed to retain their status and there were encouraging signs of improvement from the second team.
Our Women’s Hockey team, which unfortunately has to play its home games in Hull, did really well to finish fifth in the Yorkshire Women’s League Division 4 East last season. This year has also seen the formation of a netball club- Hornsea Wrens.
For fitness enthusiasts, Hornsea Harriers and Hornsea Peloton continue to be very active and supportive. The harriers regularly travel far and wide to take part in running events whilst cyclists can join up with the Peloton four times a week if they so wish.
We saw the birth of our very own Superbike team as Everquip Racing made its debut in the British Supersport Championships.
Our Golf Club continues to be one of the best in the East Riding as well as producing some talented golfers with a promising range of young talent coming through.
Our Indoor Bowls Club has to be one of the most popular in the country and we have featured several players: Simon Wright, Katie and Holly Baxter, Lydia Cutmore and Dani Martinson who have represented us successfully at national level this year. Our two outdoor clubs are also very popular.
Other sports people we have featured have been Carla Lane who has played for England at Ice hockey, Yorkshire archer Steph Constable, record breaking veteran rower Bob Jones and North East of England hockey player Ruben Swanborough-Hepworth. Perhaps we should have a Hornsea Sports Personality of the Year award!
All of our Sports teams would appreciate more help and support so if you are a sports lover with some free time why not get involved? At the very least you can give them some moral support and enjoy some free live action down at the Rec on match days.
Fixtures Coming Up
Sat 23rd Dec 14.15 Home v Hull Ionians 2nd XV
Sat 6th Jan 14.15 Away v Scunthorpe 3rd XV
Sat 20th Jan 14.15 Home v Bridlington 2nd XV
Hornsea Town Vets
Sun 7th Jan 14.00 Home v Cherry Burton