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Sunday 28 May 2023

Golf News - Lessons at Meudon, Tuesdays in June July

The Golf Section is thinking of organising some golf lessons with a PGA pro, Mathilde Cassaignau, at Meudon on Tuesday evenings in June and July. 
Currently, the proposal is to use the cricket field on Tuesdays 20 and 27 June and  18 and 25 July all from 5 to 8 pm.
The format will be 30 min individual lessons, €40 per lesson, with your own clubs and 20 of your own balls. The scope will be full swing (up to about 7 iron for long hitters), pitching and chipping technique.
The idea was trialled the idea last year and it worked really quite well.
Please let John McCallum know if you are interested so as to gauge interest and numbers. John will also act as the booking agent for your chosen time slot(s).

Cricket News - SAC vs Lisses CC Match Report Sunday 21 May 2023

A week on from their back-to-back victories against Kensington CC, Standard Athletic CC were back in action once more for a 40-over game against Lisses CC. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Standard posted an impressive 257 all out, with top scorers including Praneeth, Girish and Nikhil. 

In return, Lisses got off to a flyer and were 100 for the loss of 1 wicket in no time before a combination of accurate swing and spin bowling began to pay dividends for Standard. With the Lisses’s batters proving more resolute than expected, however, they began rebuilding and after a couple of useful partnerships, they were left needing less than 100 runs off 10 overs. With victory in sight, captain Henry turned to the left-arm leg breaks of Nikhil whose second spell produced two quick wickets leaving Lisses still requiring 13 runs to win. Praneeth had other ideas, however, and after having a plumb LBW decision turned down, the very next delivery beat the batter’s outside edge and hit the top of the off stump to send the SAC players into raptures!

The result – a 13-run victory for Standard Athletic CC

Bar & Restaurant: Massive thanks to Astrid as she steps back...

… and an opportunity to volunteer for anyone who always wanted to run a Bar!

The Bar and Restaurant is the social heart of our Club.  As the Club emerged from Covid, Astrid Ghokassian Freiha stepped forward to lead this activity, as well as our internal events.  She has given much time to the Club and achieved an enormous amount. After nearly 3 years of volunteering, Astrid will be stepping back from the Bar and Restaurant after the AGM, sure in the knowledge that the hardest work has been done and we now have great suppliers and contractors in place. We are therefore looking for Members willing to take on the oversight of this activity.  If you are interested and would like to learn more, please speak to Astrid (), or Rich ().

Bar and Restaurant - Pentecost weekend menus 27/28/29 May

Mains: Thai chicken with rice, Fresh homemade hamburgers, Spinach/ricotta Cannelloni
Desserts and pastries: Red velvet cupcakes, Tangerine cake, Raspberries almond crumb cake, Chocolate cake, Lemon poppy seed, Cheesecake
As always, all prepared with fresh ingredients by Janine Springall

Tennis News - Spring Doubles Tournament 2023

The Spring Doubles Tournament starts this weekend 27 May and will run until Saturday 24 June (finals day!).
The finals will be followed by the Tennis Committee's annual party. 
The tournament has three categories: Women's Doubles, Men's Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. All matches will be played in two winning sets.

It's BBQ time again

BBQs have now been set up in the Rose Garden. Please book by phone or at the Bar.
Pricing: BBQ: 28€ - includes charcoal and tools; Charge per person (plates, glasses, cutlery): 2.5€; Corkage:  wine 4.50€; soft drinks 1€
Closing times are 9 pm from Sunday to Friday and 10 pm on Saturdays.

Golf News: Roncemay Weekend Results: 5-7 May

Golfers went off to Roncemay to escape the Coronation from Friday the 5th to the 7th of May.
The two main prizes for Saturday's Stableford competition are the Kiwi Cup (donated by Alan Kerr) for the best Net score won by Ian Jones (37) and the Irish Trophy for the best Gross score won by John McCallum (19).
On Sunday there was a Scramble à la Française won by the team consisting of Muriel+James+Frédéric+Simon with 42 points.

Lucien Jourdan, RIP

It is with great sadness that the Jourdan family announce that Lucien passed away on the 21st of April aged  77, after losing his battle against cancer. Husband of June, father to Emma, Olivier & Marc, loving grandfather. He was a member of the Club for more than 30 years and he will be very sadly missed by the Bridge and the Snooker sections.
There was a funeral service on Saturday 29 April at 10.30 am at the Clamart Crematorium.
If you wish to make a gesture, donations can be sent to the ARCAD foundation -


Members - a great offer for your friends and free drinks for you

Many of us want to bring our friends as new Members. The Management Team has put measures in place to make this as simple and rewarding as possible until the end of May.

  • Waiving of entrance fee for new Members accepted before the end of May
  • For each new Adult you sponsor, the drinks are on us! €100 credit to your Bar Account (and pro rata for other Member categories).

Please refer any applications to , and any questions to the Management Team.

Bridge News - Friday 21/4 Tournament Results and Tuesday 25/4 Workshop

Congratulations to the big winners of last Friday's tournament in both lines: Ghislaine & Raphael in NS and Françoise & Dominique in EW - with exactly the same score of 63%! Elise and Jenny came 2nd in EW with 61%, and Jean and Francis were 2nd in NS with 52%. Thanks go to Christiane and Alain who kindly enabled us to be 5 complete tables, and to Anne for her delicious cocktail!
We are still intending to hold a workshop on Tuesday, 25 April on the "Michael's Cue-bid" theme. We will begin at 2.30 pm. Please let Claude ) and Jenny if you intend coming.
We are proposing Friday, 26 May for our next Tournament.

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Cricket News - New season starts 22 April; seasonal memberships due soon.

The new cricket season starts on 22 April. The Committee will be sending out details on fixtures in due course (see here). Our team consists of full and seasonal members of the Club. For those under 35 and students, costs are very attractive to join the Club, rather than just the Cricket Section. Please contact SAC President Rich Parkin at  for details.

Cricket News - Kensington CC match reports (13/14 May 2023)

SACC  welcomed Kensington CC from London, the first tourist of the 2023 season, for back-to-back games over the weekend of Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May.
On Saturday 13 May we played a 40-over game and SAC won by 24 runs. On Sunday we played a 30-over game that resulted in a 13-run victory for Standard Athletic CC
Two victories for SAC against a competitive opposition meant that it had been a good weekend for all involved!
See the main article for full reports and photos!

A short history of the SAC Pavilion

The original clubhouse at Meudon, the Tomalin Pavilion, was destroyed in 1944 during the war and replaced by a temporary wooden structure until a new clubhouse was built and opened by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1957. The old wooden structure was moved to the other side of the Club and has since served as storage for ground-care equipment and as our Cricket Pavilion. By 2018 this was in a poor and potentially terminal condition. The building has been entirely renovated and is now ready to face the next 80 years. Thanks to all those who have volunteered their time and energy to save this part of SAC history, with particular thanks to Andrew Jackson.
See the main article for more details and photos.

SAC Football News - SAC XI vs FIFFA, British School - home team falls short in high-scoring games

On the first two Sundays in March, SAC fought hard but came off second best in two fast-action, high-scoring games against FIFFA and the British School.
In the first game, SAC led 3-2 at half-time against the experienced FIFFA squad. Unfortunately, the visitors took advantage of some changes in defense and midfield and won 6-4.
Last Sunday, seeking to avenge a drubbing the previous time they played the British School, SAC had to overcome the absence of Rich Parkin in goal against typically well-organised opponents. The 7-2 final score flattered the visitors in an otherwise keenly contested game.
Next up is another rematch against Ludovic Cohen XI.
Read on for a full report and a team photo.

SAC Football season comes to a feisty end & final family tournament on Sunday 23 April

SAC finished a fabulously entertaining 2022-23 season with a hard-fought game against FIFFA, a physical side that tends to take no prisoners, who won 4-1. The match brought to an end a great season for SAC. The handful of victories was a big improvement over the previous year.  Nearly all the games were highly competitive, often high scoring, setting up the team for an even better season in 2023-24. The teenage team members are coming into their own.
And huge thanks need to go to Laurent Brault for his organisation and his fair-play refereeing in the face of some occasionally theatrical visiting players.
This coming Sunday, the 23rd, all members are welcome to participate in our end-of-season family matches - for parents, children and other lovers of the beautiful game. Registration for the matches is at 10:30, games start at 11. See you there. Read on for more details.

TGI Friday fun - next one on Friday 30 June

Relax, dance and enjoy a low-key Friday evening once a month; next is Friday 30 June from 8 pm to 11:30 pm. Bring something for a sucré or salé potluck The bar will remain open all evening. More info from section heads: Libby Macintyre-Davi, Jan Grondrup, Georgina Marrison