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Chairman's report 2019

Once again it's time to produce the Annual Report.

As usual I will begin with the Green. Lots of work has been done throughout the season by Geoff and his band of regular helpers and in spite of the varying weather conditions it's been in good order if a little heavy at times. My thanks to the Green Team for all the time they put in to keep it in good condition.

Changing the playing direction on a regular basis seems to work well so will be continued in 2020.

The highlight of the season was getting to the final of the Waltham Cup, a competition where we had not even got in to the second round before. It was a nail biting semi final at Thirsk but we pulled it off winning by 1 shot which put us into the final at Kirkbymoorside where we finished runners up. Well done to all who played in the match and here's to next season.

All the leagues finished mid table but making teams still remains an issue. Earlier in the season we considered dropping a league, however there have been changes to the Hovingham league for 2020 which should ease the situation for us and many other clubs.

This season there have been 3 members on the sick list but hopefully they will recover over the closed season and be back with us in the new year. You have been missed.

Once again we hosted two county fixtures. Three members played County competitions and 3 members played for the County Teams. We also hosted the Topham Trophy on a lovely sunny afternoon in August.

The biggest disappointment of this season was the lack of interest in the club competitions. Consequently the only ones played were The Philip Eden and The Rounthwaite Cups; these were played for on finals day.

Finals day was another disappointment when only 13 members attended. Perhaps we need to discuss this at the AGM.

My thanks to team Captains/Selectors for all the work they put in, sorting teams etc and to Phyllis for her master stroke as our Secretary and very willing dogs body.

And last but not least our wishes to Earnest Pearson who reached the grand age for 80 in September. Happy Birthday.

My personal thanks for your continued support, winter well and return in good spirits. Thank you.

Pat.


Waltham Cup, Hovingham League.

Our chairman Pat Bee is delighted to report on our success in the Walham Cup competition.

Under the captaincy of Doreen Till, Sessay have gained a place in the Waltham Cup Final, to be played on neutral green on 1st August 2019 at Kirkbymoorside against Pickering.

It is the first time anyone can remember Sessay getting through any round in this competition, so reach the final this year is fabulous.

This year has been the most difficult in match selection due to shortage of member availability. Thanks to those who made themselves available and being available to further rounds.

The first round was played against Settrington on their green with a win for Sessay. A week later at the semi-final on neutral green at Thirsk, Sessay played against Stillington. After all 21 ends the score was equal so each rink had to play an extra end as a decider; Sessay were the victors with a win by two shots.

This is a fantastic achievement so far for Sessay and we are looking forward to what will be a hard game against the Pickering team on the Thursday 1st August at Kirkbymoorside.

2019 Fixtures

Monday November 4th - Sessay AGM - 7.30pm


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Club Chairman Pat Bee. Email chairman@sessaybowlsclub.info.     Tel: 01845 501 491