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Thursday 27 January 2022

Golf News - 22 January 2022 - Scramble à 2 Results

On Saturday,  22 January the Section had a "Scramble à 2" Competition at Villarceaux.
John McCallum and Emile Freiha excelled with 41 points, followed by Joan Cosgrove & Sue Hall who also beat 'par' with 38 points.
Read on for the full results.

Sunday 3 April 2022 - Road races restrict access to club in morning

Sunday, 3 April 2022 will see another edition of the "La Foulée Meudonnaise" foot races, which will take place in the Forêt de Meudon from 10 to 12:30; consequently, road access to the Club will either be difficult or forbidden between 10.00 am and possibly up to 2 pm.

Kick off the New Year with family football at the SAC on Sunday 9 January

SAC Football wishes everyone a fit and healthy 2022.
So to put us all on the right foot, so to speak, we are pleased to announce a special New Year's family soccer special this coming Sunday morning for footballers young and old. Sign-up at 10.30.
Looking forward to seeing you booted up for the beautiful game, followed by a post-match fireside drink and snack.

SAC footballers take a bath - a mud bath!

Family football took a cold and muddy turn last Sunday 9th as our young footballers and selected fathers played a fabulously wet and freezing mini-tournament to bring in the new sporting year.
Not a finger was not numb by the end of the morning which saw the Jayet Reds slide past the Paquet Yellows in the decisive match as the Strouts Blues grappled with the Parkin Greens for third place.
Thanks to Laurent and Gerald for the organisation.
(Read on for some pictures!)
Adult matches start again this Sunday with a game against Les Italiens. We have room for players so please email if you would like a game. 

Lionel Pollard, RIP

It is with regret that we report the death of Lionel Pollard on Thursday, 16 December 2021, at the age of 87. He is survived by Pamela, his wife and their many children and families. Lionel was an active member of the SAC from 1967 until 2007; he was as Chairman of the Football Section for years but was also a VP of the Club in the 90s. His funeral will take place at the Crématorium du Parc in Clamart on Friday, 24 December 2021 at 12 o'clock. No flowers, please. 

Eric Lacey (83), RIP

We are sad to announce that Eric Lacey (12/10/1938-12/01/2022) died on Wednesday morning after a long illness. Eric was a long-time member of the Club and participated in many activities, including lots of football, tennis, golf, and bridge. Eric really cherished his membership of the Club and the many dear friendships he made there. He was on the Golf committee for several years and also captained one of the Bridge section's Interclub teams.
Eric is survived by his wife Elisabeth, to whom we offer our sincere condolences.
His cremation will take place at 10h30 on Wednesday, January the 19th at the Crematorium de Joigny, boulevard Lesire Lacam, 89300 Joigny. (No flowers, please.)

Bridge News - 14 December AGM and Tournament

Please note that on the 14th of December the Bridge Section will hold its AGM at 2pm (for Club members only); this will be followed by a Tournament at 3pm, and at the end of the afternoon the Section will offer a Cocktail.
For the AGM, please find attached the Provisional Agenda and Provisional Minutes of the 2019 AGM. Please let Jenny know if you have any suggestions for the Agenda and/or any offers to join the Bridge Committee or to replace the Head of Section.
Don't forget to sign up for the tournament and if you are in need of a partner. There was had a record of 7 tables this month and it would be great to have the same number in December! Unfortunately, masks will again be de rigueur along with the other hygiene precautions.

Bridge News - 14 December Tournament Results

Following the AGM there was a simultaneous tournament. 1st in NS Joan Cosgrove and Sally Buswell with 63.97 and  Roberte Levy and Remy Cauchard very close 2nds with 63.49%. Jenny Pratt and John Rose 1st in EW with 62.30% and 2nd, Jane Brooks and Francoise Sprang Bens with 55.50%.
See the main article for full details and also the answers to the quiz (How to respond to your partner's intervention when fitted). 

Football at the SAC - your club needs you!

Our club boasts one of the best natural-grass football fields in the Paris region.
There are few better moments than walking out onto the turf, dew on the grass, mist in the air, autumn leaves on the trees, the sun creeping over the forest on a Sunday morning just before one of our regular friendly Sunday matches.
But we need more players!
So it is time for members to dust off their inner Lionel Messi and Harry Kane and get in touch with section head Laurent Brault () about representing the SAC at Football.
We may no longer have much ambition to repeat our French championship league victory of 1894, but our opponents are friendly, the showers are hot, new beers are in at the bar and logs are on the fire.
Come play the beautiful game!  

Golf News - The SAC in winning form again in November at Villarceaux

After winning at Villarceaux in October (Emile Freiha, winner of the 40th SAC Autumn Vase), the SAC was honoured again in November.  A SAC Team consisting of John MacCallum, James Moore and Emile Freiha won the ‘Coupe du Beaujolais’ last weekend ahead of the entire field with a score of four under (48 Stableford points).  This was the last tournament of 2021 at Villarceaux.

Cricket Section AGM of 11 December 2021 - quick report

The Cricket Section AGM was held on Saturday 11th December in the Clubhouse.
The Committee reported on a successful season with ~20 games, despite Covid limitations.  The Section was able to generate €8K in cash flow for the Club after investments, with record levels of Seasonal Membership (€5.5K collected in 2021)
The Club is planning on renovating the pavilion (half of which is used by Cricket in the summer) over the winter, financed by the surplus funds generated by the Section in recent years.
The Cricket Section 2021 accounts are attached to the main article.

Bridge News - 18 Nov Tournament results

Warm congratulations to Monica and Jeanne, 1st in NS with 69.62% and to Murielle and Mary, 1st in EW with 59.17%. 2nd in NS were Michelle and John with 57.44% and in EW Elise and Muriel with 55.45%.
The full results are attached to the main article (and the commented hands from the Quiz.
Please note the next tournament will be held on Tuesday 14 December at 3pm; it will be preceded by the Bridge Section AGM at 2pm (for Club members only). 

Golf News - 13 November 2021 - 3 Clubs & Putter results

On Saturday, 13 November the Section had a "3 clubs and putter" Net Stableford Competition at Villarceaux.
John McCallum won the Men's with 38 points and Jeanne Delacroix was the best lady with 24 points.
Read on for the full results.

Armistice Day Football on Thursday 11 November - photos

A super event with Mums & Dads vs Daughters & Sons. More than 25 players half parents, half children participated, in great weather and they had some great games. And a super speech by Matt Curtin to introduce the minute of silence. Some photos of the event can be seen in the main article; read on. 

The Beer Drought is over!

After years of walking in the beer equivalent of the Sahara desert, our oasis has finally arrived “on tap”.

  • La Folie Douce — artisanal lager from Normandy
  • Theakstons Yorkshire Pale Ale
  • Theakstons Old Peculier 

Junior Squash News

Last Sunday (17th), Gaspar Lavigne, Kimi Freiha and Väinö Kaupilla represented the SAC at the Ken Chervet junior squash tournament in Chaville, in the U15/U17/U19 category. Gaspar had difficult matches against more experienced players, but I think he enjoyed taking part in his first tournament. Väinö and Kimi did especially well for their first official tournament, as they finished respectively 11th out of 23, with 3 victories out of 5 matches and 15th with 2 victories out of 5 matches. They might have done even better with a luckier draw, as they both played the 2 finalists in their second-round matches. Congratulations to our junior squash players!

Halloween Party - Wednesday 20 October 4 PM

The Halloween party took place on Wednesday afternoon with over 35 children participating from more than 15 families.
Although there was no service at the bar, members were able to organize tea and provide for fresh water and other needs. The last session of the Cariole's Tennis School in Halloween mode took place at the same time.
There was music and fun, and balloons and pumpkins so the kids had a great time.
All resulting from good coordination between the Tennis School and the Children & Teens Committee. 

Miriam Hodges (22.02.1942 Slovenia - 26.09.2021 Biarritz) RIP

Ken Hodges is sad to announce the death of his wife Miriam, aged 79. She was struck down by a debilitating illness but died peacefully in her sleep.
Miriam was a long-standing SAC member, enjoying the fresh air of the forest and always feeding the birds. She was a keen tennis player and swimmer. A long time ago she adopted the SAC stray cat.
Her other activities included writing a book on Slovenian women authors, which remained unpublished because of political events in Slovenia. She loved the theatre, the subject of her doctorate.
Her tennis partners will miss her. 

Tennis News - Autumn Tennis Mix-in Sat 9 Oct

Attention all SAC tennis players! Winter is coming… but not just yet. 
Come celebrate the October sunshine this Saturday at the Club by taking part in an impromptu mix-in tennis tournament from 2:30-5 pm with registration from 2 o'clock. 
Women, men, teenagers (15+), all welcome to take part in some friendly tennis, catch up with your tennis partners and meet new ones.
See you there.