News in Honiton

Honiton 2nd XI commenced the second half of their season on Saturday, July 3 in similar fashion to the first half, with a game against Whimple, this time at Ottery Moor Lane, and a backdrop, at least in certain less reputable quarters, of a doom-laden weather forecast.

Fortunately our own beloved national meteorological service had come up with something rather less ominous and as it turned out a lot more accurate as the teams were able to play to a conclusion without interruption – a rare event in what has by and large been a soggy summer of squelch. Still, it's been good for the mushrooms, as the outfield and foraging pensioners bore testament.

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As the season enters the second half, Honiton took the short trip through the lanes to Ottery for a local derby on Saturday, July 3. With the uncertain weather conditions predicted there were concerns the game could be reduced or ended by rain, however as the day progressed the weather improved and large spells of the game were played in bright sunshine whilst the rain thankfully stayed away.

Skipper Dave Haysom confidently called heads at the toss and the coin came down tails and the Ottery skipper asked us to have a bat. With a firm dry wicket and drying outfield this wasn't a bad outcome for us.

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Honiton Hawks under 12's played their first game in 14 months when they travelled to Sidmouth for a derby encounter on Sunday morning (2 May).

Due to a couple of injuries the Hawks had a squad 11 available – Arran Hansford, Charlie Wheeler, Digory Nash, Hamish Terry, Harry Evans, Jack Hodder, Kyle Moore, Liam Webber, Logan Symons, Miles Salter and Will Parris.

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Last weekend, four Honiton gymnasts took part in the global Acrobatic Blocks Competition (ABC) where they performed virtual handstand events against some of the best acrobatic gymnasts and circus performers in the world.

Hallie Bennett, Max MacDonald, Sky Shute and Oscar Felice took part in the event, which was held on Zoom and broadcast live on YouTube, featuring more than 350 competitors from 25 countries in four age-group categories.

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