Sport

Sport provides hoops of joy for all

Ahead of competing in a national tournament this week, Pinchbeck Croquet Club’s Gordon Mills has stressed why you should give croquet a try. Gordon is off to Colchester for one of the first national tournaments to be held in any sport. Croquet is fairly easy to play socially distant, and Pinchbeck has been back playing as a club for a ...

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South Lincs just keep swimming (training) during the lockdown

They may be set to be one of the last sports clubs that return to action, but that’s not stopped South Lincolnshire Swimming Club from continuing to train during the lockdown. Some members have even been able to create mini-pools and fitted them with restraints to continue to train. Esther Skells That’s just one of a host of creative measures ...

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Gearing up for a new season

Their bikes may have been stranded in Spain at one time, but the new British Superbikes season is finally in sight for G and S Kawasaki. While the championship should have started in March, a new calendar has been drawn up for the series to get back underway in August. There will be six meetings. It all starts at Donington ...

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Angling club first to return after lockdown

The first Tydd Gote Angling Club match of the season attracted a good number with the club delighted to see new faces joining in. Fished following the Angling Trust COVID-19 guidelines, there was strict social distancing in place. Conditions looked good with a bit of colour in the water, warm but overcast conditions and a bit of breeze but the ...

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Cricketers await the go-ahead

There was confusion as to whether the cricket season would be allowed to start following government announcements on Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said non-contact sport can be played, so long as club’s avoid using dressing rooms together. Cricket is classed as non-contact sport, but when asked about cricket in the commons he said that “the ball is a natural ...

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Two new faces come in as duo depart Tulips

It’s two in and two out for Spalding United as the plans for the 20-21 season continue to develop as much as they can. Manager Lewis Thorogood is hopeful that the club will be able to begin pre-season next month ahead of the 20-21 Evo-Stik Division One South East season. The Tulips have brought in two players from Lincoln United ...

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Promotion or relegation ruled out if cricket season resumes

No promotion or relegation is being proposed for any cricket leagues in Lincolnshire if the season is ever re-started. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak not a single ball has been bowled in the leagues so far this season. But despite there being no guarantee playing restrictions will be lifted before winter, Lincolnshire Cricket said in a statement that it is ...

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Club’s anniversary on hold

It’s not just the summer season that’s on hold for Welland Yacht Club – it’s also their 70th anniversary celebrations. The Spalding club has been a fixture on the local waterways for seven decades this summer. But they’re yet to test the waters after the COVID-19 outbreak led to the postponement of the summer season that was due to start ...

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Group keep on running through lockdown

The Halmer Harriers are continuing to meet up and be as sociable as possible despite a host of their events being cancelled – including this year’s hugely popular West Pinchbeck 10k. Virtual relays and attempting to collectively run around the globe are among the initiatives being taken on by the Spalding running group. To keep the competitive instinct going, the ...

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Legal challenge on season decision fails

The decision to null and void semi-professional football leagues including the Evo-Stik League and United Counties League has been ratified. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the seasons were ended without outcomes by the Football Association. However South Shields FC, who were 12 points clear at the top of the Northern Premier League, took the case to an independent tribunal arguing ...

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Break will leave Dunn ready to go

Pinchbeck United boss Ian Dunn says he needed the long break that’s been afforded to him. Last season was a miserable one for the Knights as they sat rock bottom of the United Counties League Premier Division with just one win from 27 games. But with the season cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pinchbeck won’t be relegated. After regularly challenging ...

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Hoggard’s still motoring online

Racing driver Johnathan Hoggard is continuing to make a name for himself across the world, even without leaving his house. The 19-year-old should have been flying around the other side of the world competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia for Team StarChase. Instead he’s stuck with his parents in Weston Hills due to the COVID-19 lockdown. But he is ...

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Help at hand for Spalding CC

Local businesses have helped rally around Spalding Cricket Club as the wait for the cricket season continues. The South Lincs Premier Division side had been looking forward to the 2020 season and running three Saturday teams, a Sunday team and an U19s as well as the ladies’ South Holland team and numerous junior teams. Matt Gill is set to make ...

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Smith lands Hussey’s award

Holbeach United celebrated the many positives from the curtailed 2019/20 season with an online awards ceremony last week. Former manager Danny Hussey helped put on the ceremony to mark the end of the season and his era in charge before Phil Barnes took over. And he named Tom Smith as his Manager’s Player of the Season. “At the start of ...

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Aaron still has Olympics in his sights

At this point Long Sutton shooter Aaron Heading was hoping he’d be finalising plans to realise his Olympic dream in Tokyo. Instead the closest he’s getting to sporting action is throwing Fisher Price pieces around with 14-month-old son Hennessey. The 32-year-old is loving spending more time than usual with his family having not been able to train since mid-March. But ...

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Barry’s wheelie good birthday

Donations came from as far as France a 72-year-old celebrated his birthday by biking for more than eight hours and raising more than £1,100 for charity. Due to his age, Barry Drew is having to self-isolate and he was getting frustrated at seeing his Spalding Cycling Club colleagues out volunteering to help the community. So he decided to complete ten ...

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Sport starts teeing off in South Holland

Local golf clubs say they have been inundated after the government announced some sports could be played again under certain conditions. Even as The Voice went to press on Tuesday night clubs were seeking assurances from central government and Golf England. But players were expected to be back on the tees from Wednesday morning. It marks the end of around ...

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Long Sutton enjoy a cash boost thanks to National Lottery grant

Long Sutton Cricket Club have been given a grant to help them through the COVID-19 crisis. As reported last week, the South Lincolnshire Premier Division club have had to deal with vandalism as well as the loss of income from not playing so far this season. But they’ve now been awarded £2,310 of National Lottery funding from Sports England’s Community ...

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Tulips sign new striker

Former Northern Ireland U21s striker Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson leads four signings announced by Spalding United. A former Sheffield Wednesday and St Johnson youth team player, the 25-year-old has played for a host of clubs including the Tulips league rivals Wisbech Town and Loughborough Dynamo during the previous campaign. He joins a trio of the club’s young players in signing on for ...

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GALLERY – Spalding Hockey Club celebrates its season with online awards ceremony

Spalding Hockey Club weren’t going to let the current COVID-19 crisis get in the way of their annual end of season awards. Instead the households of 57 players came together last week to hold the ceremony online and celebrate a successful season, albeit one curtailed prematurely. The awards ceremony included the announcing of the votes for the various teams’ Player ...

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