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Thursday 20 January 2022

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. 

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. 

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. 

Snooker Tournament 2021/2022 - on hold for the time being

As you may already have seen, all Club members are now requested to wear a mask inside and outside the Club except to practice sport or coaching. Though snooker is considered a sport, it is practised among other members inside the Clubhouse and therefore if you do play a game, you must keep wearing your mask.
We are well aware that these are not the ideal conditions for playing tournament matches and so we have decided to put the Tournament on a hold for the moment.

(For anyone interested in how snooker used to be played, this video might be instructive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37JAQIiUEOE.)

Golf News - 40th edition of the Autumn Vase - Saturday 9 October

The 40th edition of the Autumn Vase, one of the two major events organised by the Golf Section at Villarceaux, which was cancelled last year because of COVID, will finally be played this Saturday 9 October. The competition will be followed by a prizegiving and cocktail at around 6 pm. Read on to see the start times.

Golf News - Saturday 9 October 40th Autumn Vase results

The 40th Autumn Vase was blessed with lovely weather and some good scoring. Overall Autumn Vase Winner (best Net Stableford) and best SAC scorer: Emile Freiha with a whopping 41 points. The Best Ladies' Gross score winner is Sue Hall, and the Best Men's Gross score winner is Dimitri Ansart from Villarceaux, who also went home with the Men's Longest Drive bottle of champagne. Ladies' longest: Sarah Stortz. Nearest the pin: Ladies: Catherine Gauzeran (19m); Men: Paulo de Oliveira (2.90m). More details are in the main article. 

Tennis News - Family Doubles Tournament

Last Sunday, September 26, we had a Family Doubles Tournament with about fifty players in a very good atmosphere and great conviviality.
It was a very good experience which gave rise to some very nice tennis and human encounters. Read on to see some pictures of the day. 

Golf News: Weekend Sablé-Solesmes

Sunday Competition results: 1) Kiwi Cup (Net) - Ian Jones (44!); 2) Dean Trophy (Gross) - Emile Freiha.
Monday: Friendly Scamble à la Française - J. Delacroix + E. Freiha + P. Leroy (37) 

Cricket Match reports 18 & 19 September

SACC hosted Valencienne Vipers on Saturday the 18th September 2021; unfortunately, the Vipers won by 2 wickets. On Sunday 19th September 2021 SACC did better against the Embassy, winning by 8 runs. Read on for full details.