Hornsea & District Indoor Bowls Club member and coach, Simon Wright had a memorable weekend when he earned his first England cap playing at the Home Nations Parabowls Championships at Newport IBC, Wales. On his first appearance for his country, Simon was a member of a fifteen player team, including five visually impaired bowlers, plus their Directors completing the team. Operating as three teams of five players, the tournament started with a pairs and triples game for each team with Simon playing lead in his pair with Mike Robertson. Feeling instantly at home on the slow rink, Simon soon made his mark and helped to produce a stunning 23-4 win against Wales shortly followed by a 17-11 win against Scotland. Day 2 saw the teams reformat into a single player and a four man team.
Originally due to play as lead for the four man team, Simon was asked to play in the singles game following his performance the previous day. Against Scotland Simon played a tight game to win 16-15 but had to wait until the third day for his final match – a singles against Wales. This turned out to be the match of the event with tied ends and resulted in a win for Wales by just one point (15-16). Simon’s performance was such that he was given the honour of collecting the keepsake trophy on behalf of the England team.
As for the result overall, it was a win for England with Scotland coming a close second (33 points to 30 points) and Wales coming third. Regardless of the result, the overriding memories will come from the camaraderie and team spirit over the weekend. It is a good job everyone went home on the Sunday, Newport may not have recovered had they stayed to party!
Picture: Simon’s five man team, back left to right: Jonathan Stokes, Gary Swift, Steve Angus, Mike Robertson and Simon Wright front.
Northern Region Disability Bowls Triumph
Hornsea provided a third of the players in the winning Northern Region team at the Disability Bowls England (DBE) Indoor Top Region Challenge. The six player Northern Region Team competed against teams from the Midlands, South East and South West with Irene Cheer and Simon Wright each playing lead in the two rink triples round robin format competition.
The closely fought competition was won on shot difference after three of the regions all won three games, lost two and drew one match.
Club round up
A quiet time of year for the Club but bowling continues on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, whilst the increasing popular Saturday morning roll-ups also continue.
The Final League Tables for the winter league season 2016/17 have now been finalised and the league winners are:
Mon. 10.30 – Ian Paddy, Mike Watson, Stuart Burn. 12.30 – Steve Webster, Adrian Thompson. 2.30 Richard Dixon, John Collett, 7.00 Katy Baxter, Mark Goodfellow. Tuesday 10.30 – Diane Oldroyd/Diane Washbourne. 12.30 – Neil Gabriel, Mike Ginelli. Wednesday 10.30 – Jim Moulds, Mick Binks, Ron Atherton. 12.30 – Mark Fairburn, Terry Willingham Gilroy. 2.30 – John Towle/Sue Towle/Les Watts. 7.00 – Brian Snowden, John Curtis, John Edkins. Thursday 10.30 – Sue Cotton, Di Jones, Janet Farnsworth. 12.30 – Dave Lee, Bridget Lee. 2.30 – Beryl Walker/Josie Dixon. 7.00 – Dave Tooley, David Grainger, Mark Goodfellow. Friday 10.30 – Terry Adkins, Pete Smith, B Skelton. 2.30 Mike Hainstock, Ron Holmes, John Collett.
Awards for all the league winners will be presented at the Club’s Annual Dinner and Presentation evening in October.
This summer the Club have two teams entered in the Yorkshire Double – Triples League and these matches started with defeat against a strong York side which had several ex Featherstone players to bolster their already strong squad. The 2nd team also started with a defeat against North Cave.
The next musical event at the Bowling Club is on Saturday, 3rd June, with Rod Stewart – A Night on the Town, and with tickets selling well this should be a very good evening. Tickets are still available at just £7.50 and doors open at 7.45 pm.
The next exhibition at the Seagull Gallery is by bowler, walker and reporter in this paper, Stuart Kemp, and is entitled ‘A Walker who takes Photographs’. It shows photos of 20+ years of walking and will be open during Club hours for the month of June.