What a great way to finish at Frenchies Club with the redhill invitation, hope once invites go out that either Worthing or Brighton if invited will invite myself as I was at the first one playing for Brighton.
That said shame the club has been forced to leave its home.
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.
Yes well done to all who played and to the winners brighton but a speical biased well done to mid sussex who reached the finals and lost a 4-3 and was closer than a white van driver in the end narrowly missing out. thanks to all te venue staff and all the orginisers it was a great day cheers all adam
Many thanks to everyone who put on the competition. Commiserations to Mid Sussex who ran us very close in the final.
But most of all well done to Captain Gina Sherratt and all our Brighton team of Bill Kerr, Tony Jenner, Charlie Cooper, Rick Cunningham and Gary Mallory (also known as Terry Molloy) Brilliant team effort well done all.
A great day once again and thanks to the organisers - who had to overcome a few 'last minute panics' to rustle up an extra team to fill the place of Pompey B.
Congratulations indeed to Brighton on beating Mid Sussex in the Final, taking 3 out of 4 after facing a 1-2 deficit.
And for the runners-up, a successful day at last in this their third year of playing in the Invitation. (Team: Lorraine Hall, non-playing capt; Adam Bateup, Henry Brooks, Bob Hall, Kevin Hall, Dave Ingram, Graham Sparksman and Clive Thompson).
At the presentation, the Frenches Club were given credit for having been a great venue for competitions for 'X' number of years, but the good news was shared with us that arrangements will be perpetuated at a band new venue no more than 300 yards away from the Frenches. So, business as usual next year. :D
Another great day at Frenches, and looking forward to supporting the new venue for next year. Well organised, good food, tremendous support all round for those on the tables, great banter all round fun day. Great win for my team under Ginas captainship. final befitting with it all going down to the final games and two going to the time the bar dropped. Unlucky to Mid Sussex in the final, but consilation on a tremendous effort beating Worthing in the semi finals.
Well done to all the organisers over the weekend. The Frenches club is a great venue and will be sadly missed :'( , regardless of how good the new one is.
Well done to Brighton for winning & Mid Sussex for reaching the final :-X ;)
Blimey :-/ where did the weekend go ??? Work saturday morning, making the Mixed doubles with 5 minutes to spare, playin all day, back home for 9.45pm (after a quick stop at Asda) . Then our friends from Doncaster turned up at 10.45pm after a slight detour round Worthing (from the M23). Up the next morning for a fry-up and to pick the team up on the way back to Redhill . Play all day and then take them all back to Lancing before we go back to Brighton for a Mixed Doubles match at the Montreal :P phew !!!!!!
Yes, once a King always a King but once a Knight and happy
Here, better late than never, are the full details of yet another really great day of competitive bar billiards (the Team Invitation on Sunday 25th January at the Frenches Club):
Group One Tunbridge Wells 3, Worthing 4 Portsmouth 5, Redhill A 2 Tunbridge Wells 5, Portsmouth 2 Redhill A 3, Worthing 4 Redhill A 4, Tunbridge Wells 3 Worthing 6, Portsmouth 1
Group Two Mid Sussex 4, Redhill B 3 Brighton 7, Redhill Z 0 Redhill Z 1, Redhill B 6 Brighton 5, Mid Sussex 2 Redhill B 1, Brighton 6 Redhill Z 0, Mid Sussex 7
Group One 1 Worthing 14pts 2 Tunbridge Wells 11pts 3 Redhill A 9pts 4 Portsmouth 8pts
Group Two 1 Brighton 18pts 2 Mid Sussex 13pts 3 Redhill B 10pts 4 Redhill Z 1pt
Worthing 3, Mid Sussex 4
Kevin Tunstall 13,080, Graham Sparksman 2020 Dave Jones 2140, Adam Bateup 6080 Ian Lelliott 6330, Henry Brooks 4790 Dave Alder 1660, Dave Ingram 2720 Stuart Mepham 680, Kevin Hall 5640 Hayley Tunstall 5130, Robert Hall 4040 Steve Aylemore 3620, Clive Thompson 6600
Brighton 4, Tunbridge Wells 3
Gina Sherrat 1060, Pete Sainsbury 10,410 Alan Messer 2140, Vinny Mitchell 2030 Terry Molloy 4340, Martin Leach 1250 Charlie Cooper 6840, Bryan Stevens 1140 Bill Kerr 9160, Martin Russell 780 Ric Cunningham 2460, Doug Phillips 9270 Tony Jenner 1000, Paul Sainsbury 4050
Brighton 4, Mid Sussex 3
Gina Sherrat 2080, Graham Sparksman 1210 Alan Messer 2440, Adam Bateup 4960 Terry Molloy 2550, Henry Brooks 10,080 Charlie Cooper 8200, Dave Ingram 1050 Bill Kerr 4620, Kevin Hall 5200 Ric Cunningham 9350, Robert Hall 800 Tony Jenner 3440, Clive Thompson 2900
Highest break awards for each of the teams taking part went to : Tunbridge Wells - Paul Sainsbury (10,550) Portsmouth - Chris Toner (4500) Worthing - Kevin Tunstall (10,490) Brighton - Bill Kerr (10,580) Mid Sussex - Adam Bateup (8820) Redhill B - Tony Cross (8010) Redhill A - Geoff Jukes (11,600) Redhill Z - Mick Donaldson (2190)
(Thanks very much to Caroline for providing all the information of which the above is an extract.)
Two important announcements were made during the course of the day.............AEBBA Secretary Dave Alder, who had been taking part as a guest for the Worthing team, addressed the company, stressing the importance in raising the required funds to save the Championship Set of tables and giving a few details of the scheme; ... and the Frenches Club Secretary made a closing speech assuring all present that despite the Club closing, it would be 'business as usual' next year in a new venue less than 300 yards away.