Bobby's Banter




9th September

Seaham Rabbits pulled out all the stops in the final fixture at Stocksfield ending in 4th position on the day, beating close contenders Billingham and just pipping a late surge by home team Stocksfield capturing second place and qualifying for the regional play-offs.

In a low scoring last match, Seahams top scorer and individual finalist Will Rountree on his first appearance at Stocksfield, fired an impressive 39 pts leading the side through

12th August

A 13-1 defeat by Brancepeth confirmed them as Champions and sadly relegated Team Seaham.  In a season dogged by injuries, work commitments and off form players we now find ourselves in Division 2 next season hopefully bouncing back under the Captaincy of Peter Neal.  M Trippett gaining our point at Brancepeth.

5th August

Team Seaham doled out an 11-3 thrashing to Durham City in the last game but one, winning players being G Dixon, C Walton, S Pearson, G Bainbridge, K Booth and a half from D Patterson collected the points.

 Congratulations to Craig Walton on winning the Club Championship in an exciting 4 hole play off against Dave Patterson, some excellent golf played by both players.  The net  (Murley Trophy) being won by Michael Thompson

28th July

An 8-6 defeat at Ravensworth all but condemns Team Seaham into the second division of the ND Golf leagues.  Wins coming from C Walton, G Dixon and M Thompson, only two games remaining.

 In the penultimate Rabbits fixture in the Yellow Zone, Team Seaham had a hiccup at Parklands picking up only 4pts and dropping into 2nd place 3points behind leaders South Moor, two excellent rounds from Will Rountree 39pts and Simon Hodgson 38pts helped in a disapointing result, last game at Stocksfield now critical.

17th July

Team Rabbits shot to the top of the Yellow Zone League by one point in a great performance at Billingham picking up 7 points,. Six players recorded 30+points sending us to top spot, with two games remaining a great chance for glory.

 In the first division North Durham League a recent run of victories came to a halt in a 12-2 defeat at Boldon, halved games by W Neave and D Patterson collected our points.

12th July

With two home games on the trot and high scoring wins required to have any chance of avoiding relegation Team Seaham showed true mettle by beating Ch-Le-St 8-6 and thrashing Ramside A 14-0 giving ourselves at least a shout.

29th June

Divine intervention now required if Team Seaham are to avoid relegation after a 12-2 defeat at So Shields, Seaham scorer being G Dixon.

Seaham Rabbits kept the flag flying for the club gaining 3rd place and 6pts at the difficult South Moor venue.   Five players scoring 30pts + top man being Gary Head with 38pts.  Still 2nd in the league 3pts behind S Moor with 3 games remaining.

20th June

Our woes continue as Team Seaham went down 8-6 at Home to Brancepeth Castle wins coming from S Pearson, M Thompson and D Patterson.

17th June

Seaham Rabbits gained 3rd place at the Boldon event and picked up 6pts leaving us in second place 1pt behind the leaders.  Majority of the team scored well in the mid thirties and top scorer being Simon Hodgson having 37pts.  Next game at leaders South Moor.

15th June

Latest Team fixture away to Durham City saw an 11-3 defeat only win coming from D Patterson getting back to form and a half from M Trippett.

High point wins required especially at home to prevent the inevitable.


7th June

In atrocious conditions Team Seaham went down 9-5 at home to Ravensworth in the latest First Division game.  Wins coming from D Patterson and M Thompson and a half from K Booth.  Still rooted at the bottom, we definitely deserve a break with injuries, unavailability and bad form costing us dearly, skipper Laverick now renewing his Valium prescription.

 A great run from Mark Noble and Anthony Thirkell beating some good sides ended in defeat at home to Darlington 5 and 3 in the Daily Mail Foursomes.  Both players performed admirably in previous rounds but just came up short in the 5th round.

31st May

The woes continue as Team Seaham went down 11-3 at home to Boldon.  A concerted effort is now required to stave off relegation. 

G Bainbridge winning our only game and M Thompson gained a half for our 3 points.

28th May

Injuries and loss of form continues to dog Team Seaham in the ND League first division  A 10-4 defeat at the hands of The Ramside leaves us entrenched at the foot of the table, our wins coming from R Kelly and M Thompson.

 The best county golfers got together over the last two weekends at Chester-le-Street in the County Match Play Tournament and lifting the gloom a little our own Michael Thompson lifted the Trophy.  A fabulous performance from Michael, great recognition for him and the Club, Well Done !

19th May

In the 3rd round of the National Daily Mail foursomes, Seaham couple Anthony Thirkell and Mark Noble were handed an extremely difficult tie at Brancepath Castle, going 3 down after 6 holes.  The couple rallied strongly winning the match on the last hole, a truly great performance well done lads.

16th May

In the second game in the North Durham Golf First Division Team Seaham suffered a heavy defeat to Chester- Le- Street going down 10-4, only wins coming from M Thompson and an excellent win from Sam Pearson who at one stage being 3 down turned his game round winning on the last hole. Skipper Laverick the stress getting to him a little jetted off to the USPGA to recouperate ready for the next game a toughie at The Ramside

8th May

Second game in the NERGA  Rabbits Yellow Division saw Team Seaham hang onto top spot after this fixture at Dinsdale Spa, we came 5th collecting 4pts.  Top scorers for Seaham being M Doggett 33pts and S Hodgson 31pts - not a bad result played in awful conditions.  

 First game in the N Durham First Division saw Team Seaham with an injury laden squad go down 8-6 at home to South Shields.  Winning games coming from M Thompson, K Booth and G Bainbridge, not the start Skipper S Laverick was looking for.

27th April

In the Preliminary Round of this seasons Clarke Cup Seaham traveled to Seaton Carew although leading towards the end of the tie, sadly we just ran out of steam being defeated 3-2.  Winning contributors being G Dixon and K Booth, a tearful skipper S Laverick had hoped for a good run in the competition.

 Hosting the first game in Yellow division of the Rabbits, Team Seaham  ran out top dogs claiming the maximum 8 points and topping the league, top scorers Johny Thunder Whitehead 44pts and Paddy Henery 41pts claiming the glory.

13th April

In the Inter County Foursomes kicking off the Season, Seaham were paired against Heworth.  After being 2 up after 9 holes, Seaham pair C Walton and G Dixon lost after 18 holes 1 down.

 In the National Daily Mail Foursomes, Seaham received a bye in the first round, the second round saw us drawn at home to Whitburn.  First time entrants Mark Noble and Anthony Thirkell  triumphed 3 and 1 to go into the 3rd round. Big incentive for our pair in this National Event is the final is to be played at Slaley Hall.


Our best wishes go to Margaret Corkhill presently in hospital with a slight health scare, we all hope Margaret a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her on the course soon.















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