Teams for this annual one-day event, to be held this year on Sat 9th May (11.30am for 12noon start):
A League representative side; B League representative side; President's select VII; Chairman's select VII; Redhill Ladies A team; Redhill Ladies B team; Men's County team; 'Guest' team: An Oxford VII. [line-up amended as per thread below]
Handicaps based on current league average - or as appropriate. Men's County team all play off Scratch.
Clive, Does this mean that an Oxford side will not be able to play, as someone just said to me that if they were invited they would love to come down to take part?
I'm sorry to say, Keith, that I've just returned from a Redhill Committee meeting and Colin Robbins reported that we have the line-up of 8 teams and it's the same ones as last year.
I will pass on your interest, and hopefully we'll find a way of accommodating you in a future year's competition. We did this for Horsham a couple of years ago when they were very keen, and I believe I can recall when a team from Wokingham used to take part, so we would very much like to encourage those willing to travel the distance.
An open invitation to Keith Sheard..............
At a meeting of the Redhill committee tonight, it was decided that the ideal number of teams to take part in our own domestic Inter-League competition this year would be eight, to fully utilise the 10 tables that Brian and Tony are supplying for the First Surrey Open taking place the day after.
There will now be two Redhill ladies' teams taking part which would turn the seven teams mentioned into eight, but we have now given up on the idea of the 'Golden Oldies' team as virtually no-one has committed to it. The team to make up the numbers will therefore be a Guest Team.
In view of your interest in our other earlier Invitation (see quotation above) we have decided to offer the place to an Oxford(shire) side of Keith's selection. Please bear in mind that this is a fun event and any top players taking part will sometimes be giving handicaps of anything up to 6000 points - depending on who they are playing. We will trust Keith not to make the side too good, although you could probably include say 4 top-line players without words being said !
A long way to come, maybe, but it would however provide the selected seven with a unique opportunity to try out the tables and take in the atmosphere a day before the actual Open itself.
Let us know what you think, we have a reserve team lined up to ask in case the answer's 'no', but you have first refusal.
Not got my invite yet for the one man Yorkshire team
Of course you are invited, Martin. We rather cheekily had you earmarked for the 'Golden Oldies' team, but have drawn a blank with anyone else and no-one is prepared to do the footwork involved in running it.
But you could step into any of the other teams - ladies included excluded. ;D The Chairman's would probably be favourite. I'll speak to Gary.
Had a fantastic day at the Surrey Team Handicap tournament today. Fantastic team of guys from Oxford... great to be part of the team...
From the Guest 7 team... Trivia Question... Which long standing excellent player missed the break and didn't put a ball down at all saying quote ' I have never done that in my life I don't think'
A classic remark..
Venue, food and organisation was excellent...
Thanks Chris, echo your comments, and it was a memorable (though long) day. 8 teams of 7, all play all so everyone played 7 games - except the two Chrisses who shared the last place for the Guest 7 from Oxford.
It was a nostalgic return to school for many bar billiards players, heralded by the Surrey Ladies County team dressing up in St Trinians gear for the occasion. :o :o :o :o :o ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D This had to be seen !
Anyway have to leave in a few minutes so this report will be added to later: A big thank you to the organisers, well done once again to Dave and Caroline and this is how it finished.
The biggest cheer was for the gallant Oxford side who had made the long journey and who had led the table into the final round of games.
Presidents Select 29.5pts Mens County Team 28.5pts Chairmans Select 28pts Guest VII (Oxford) 27pts Ladies County Team 24pts Redhill Ladies Team 24pts A League Representatives 22pts B League Representatives 13pts
Martin Pellett gained a tie in his game against the County which proved decisive. Thanks for coming down for the day from Leeds, Martin, and hope you made the journey back okay.
Teams: Presidents (Clive Thompson, Martin Pellett, Thomas Gillick, Lorraine Hamlin, Richard Wickham, Mike Fortune, Steve Baldwin) Mens County (Richard Plaw, David Jones, Geoff Jukes, Alison Norman, Laurie Roberts, Jim Greensted, Graham Holman, Colin Robbins) Chairmans (Gary Powell, Terry Oakley, Aaron hill, Chrissie Butler, Paul Norris, Keith Wilkinson, Neil Palmer, Angie Turner) Oxford (Ian Gordon, Sean Stratford, Lewis Stratford, Mark Trafford, Keith Sheard, Craig Mace, Chris Toner, Chris Newson) Ladies County (Denise Wills, Sheila King, Sally Mortimer, Sho Nicholls, Genette Nicholls, Linda Tidy, Caroline Jones) Redhill Ladies (Bobbie Davis, Sharon Ward, Fiona Doyle, Sue Oakley, Sharron Balcombe, Karen Bacchus, Anita Blackman) A League (Frank Doyle, Mark Fraser, Mark Farragher, Cliff Wayland, Tony Cross, Karl Tidy, Baz Symonds) B League (Alex Hornby, Barry Hood, Colin Frost, Gary Dinsmore, John Wallace, Maurice Oliver, Cherry Dinsmore)