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Colchester - Saturday 22 April

Manager: Terrey Sparks

Staged at Colchester this year, the entries were slightly down due to unforeseen late withdrawals. The 12 remaining players were however treated to a bright but slightly chilly day to battle out the 3 classes on the superbly prepared Colchester lawns. As the 'A' and 'B' Blocks had attracted only 3 entries each, to even the balance of play it was decided that the players sitting out would engage in playing a non-scheduled Handicap Advanced game. All the games had time limits of 2½ hours, and due to expedition in play only very few went to time.

'A' Block: (Level Advanced)

Comprising Jack Wicks (-2, Colchester), Simon Hathrell (-1, Watford) and Jeff Race (0, Hunstanton), play went as per handicap, in that in his qualifying games Jack recorded wins over both Simon and Jeff +21tp to run out the undisputed winner. Simon was runner up due to recording a +6 win over Jeff.

'B' Block: (B-Level Advanced)

The 'B' Block also comprising 3 entrants Jonathan Toye (6, Downham Market), Jeff Farrington (2½, Colchester) and John Bee (5, Watford) proved to be very close, ending up on 1 win apiece. The Manager Terrey Sparks decided to apply the Nottingham Tie Break to determine the winner. In the first attempt Both Jonathan and Jeff managed to reach hoop 5, with John failing on hoop 4 and therefore being eliminated. In the second attempt Jonathan managed to run hoops 4 & 5 whilst Jeff only managed hoop 4. Jonathan was then declared the winner.

'C' Block: (Handicap)

Always a popular block, this year it had again attracted 6 entries from clubs around the region. Again play was competitive, and at the end of the day's play the Manager was again faced with a tied position with 4 players on 2 wins each, which he decided to settle by using the Hemming Tie Break in which players hit 4 balls at hoop 1 from baulk, scoring 3 points for a hoop run, 2 points for a ball lodged in the hoop and 1 point for a ball hitting the hoop. Nick Archer and Peter Brown went first but only managed to record low scores. John Street upped the ante by scoring 5, leaving David Wicks the task of scoring 6 to end up the overall winner. Not to be outdone David in his first attempts ran two consecutive hoops with his first balls to emerge victorious.

Report & photos by Terrey Sparks
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Level Advanced'A' Block
  Club H'cap JW SH JR Wins Rank
Jack Wicks Colchester -2   +21tp +21tp 2 1
Simon Hathrell Watford -1 -21tp   +6 1 2
Jeff Race Hunstanton 0 -21tp -6   0 3
Level Advanced'B' Block
  Club H'cap JT JF JB Wins Rank
Jonathan Toye Downham Market 6   -18 +6 1 1*
Jeff Farrington Colchester +18   -3 1  
John Bee Watford 5 -6 +3   1  

*Resolved by a 2-ball break test

Handicap'C' Block
  Club H'cap DW JS PB NA DR JC Wins Net
David Wicks Ipswich 14   +14 -12   +1   2 +3 1†
John Street Enfield 9 -14   +4     +17 2 +7  
Peter Brown Hunstanton 12 +12 -4   +3     2 +11  
Nick Archer Watford     -3   +5 +9 2 +11  
David Rose Histon 16 -1     -5   +11 1 +5 5
Jane Collier Colchester 14   -17   -9 -11   0 -37 6

†Resolved by a hoop shoot-out

See also:

AC Club Champions Tournament - past winners
GC Club Champions Tournament