In the end there were 28 bridgers, who had great fun on the bridge tables, plus 10 who came for dinner. Thanks to their generous donations € 3.530 were raised, which is very nice addition to BCF funds.
Congratulations to the winners Mary and Remy Cauchard in North-South and Guerin and Leon Goldstein in East-West.
SAC pulled off a second successive victory last Sunday in a typically physical encounter with the Kerala Tuskers, edging the visitors out 3-2.
Fielding a strong team, SAC dominated large periods of play and might have put more goals into the net with more accurate finishing.
Sunday’s win followed a more emphatic 6-3 victory against the Pascal Gastebois XI the previous Sunday. The two sides were evenly matched until early in the second half, before SAC ran away with the game. More details in the main article.
SAC take on La Salernitana this Sunday 3 December, with kick-off at 10:30.
On Saturday 21 we hosted the Salts Staff Football Club (SSFC), a group of teachers from the Titus Salt School of Baildon, West Yorkshire. The game was drawn 2-2 in weather that was not ideal for spectators! See some team photos in the main article.
Please see the main article for some photos taken on the occasion of the 12 November Remembrance Sunday Internal Football Tournament.
We had 8 full tables for the tournament, so warmest congratulations go to the big winners - in EW - Noelle and Raphael - with 68.75% and in NS - Jean and Gerard - with 64.29%! 2nd in EW - Ann and John with 60.12% and in NS - Remy and Marc with 53.87%.The full results are attached to the main article.
The next tournaments are planned to be held on Tuesday, 14 November, and Tuesday, 12 December.
The next tournament will be at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 14 November. A quiz on the "Forcing 4th suit" is attached to the main article, which will be reviewed at 2 p.m. as usual before the tournament proper. There will be a little cocktail afterwards, for which there will be a small charge of 5€.
Please contact Jenny if you would like to play, if you will stay on for the cocktail, and if you would like Jenny to find you a partner.
Note that there will also be a tournament on Tuesday, 12 December.
This tournament also was part of an FFB nationwide one with 1087 participating pairs. Using the FFB's scoring, our big winners were Ghislaine and Nicole (Doyle) with 61.36% in NS and Raphael and Max with 59.17% in EW. 2nd in NS, Nicole (Devaux) and Jean-Paul with 54.9% and in EW Christine (Clement) and Jean (de Catelin) with 53.92%. Click here to see the FFB SAC Results.
Please note that the next tournament will be on Tuesday 9 December at 2:30 pm, but will be preceded by the Bridge Section AGM at 2 pm!
Please note that the next tournament, the last of the year, will be on Tuesday 12 December at 2:30 pm. Please let Jenny know if you would like to take part and if you will be staying on for the little cocktail. If you would like us to find you a partner, Anne and Jenny are available as jokers.
The Section's AGM will start at 2pm. The provisional agenda is attached to the main article.
If you would like to submit motions to be discussed or nominations to the Committee, please get them seconded by another member. Please feel free to volunteer if you feel you can contribute in any way to the running of the Section.
7 players participated in this year's Summer Eclectic which took place over July and August, putting in 1 to 5 cards! (of a maximum of 6)
Sue Hall had the Best Gross score, 74, from her 5 cards. Best Net was David Colson with a 56 from 4 cards. The best Stableford points score of 51 points was shared between Jeanne Delacroix (3 cards) and David Colson.
Following France 24's investigation (see here) into claims that France Cricket has been fabricating the results of women's cricket matches in order to maintain its ICC funding, the Cricket Committee at Standard Athletic Club would like to share with its members the full response in the main article.
(Available as a PDF here)
Match report: SACC vs. Thoiry CC (John Hardy Shield match 3/3) - Format: 35 overs
Both sets of players took the field for this final John Hardy Shield game knowing that the result had already been decided after Standard’s two previous victories. With the pressure off, the home team began proceedings with the bat and ended up on exactly 200 all out. Notable scores included 46 from middle-order specialist Anser, 27 from captain Niseem and 24 from opener Henry. This score offered Thoiry the chance of regaining a bit of pride and things started promisingly as they passed 50 without losing a wicket. From then on, hope faded as wickets began to fall regularly and they were finally bowled out for 138.
The result – a 62-run victory for Standard Athletic CC - thus winning the John Hary Shield for 3 years in a row!
With the 2023 season coming to an end on a hot, sunny day last Sunday it's time to reflect on another successful season for the cricket section at Standard Athletic. The club has played in approximately 30 games of cricket this year, including two trips overseas. Back in February the team jetted off to Spain and hopped over the Channel to take on 3 teams for their annual trip to Kent. In addition to regular weekend games against teams from Ile de France, Kensington CC were welcomed to Meudon at the beginning of May and Valenciennes arrived from close to the Belgium border in September. With a 3-0 victory over Thoiry CC in the John Shield as well as a home-and-away triumphs against rivals Chantilly, there was even time to include a record-breaking attempt at fielding 11 players from each of the 12 ICC-full member nations, a photo of which is included in the main article of all four full final match reports. Special thanks must go out to members of the SACC committee - Rich Parkin, Andrew Jackson, Niseem Burkule, Andrew Macintyre, Chris Mccarthy, Henry Colburn and Shaunak Knot - whose hard work and dedication to the section have resulted in another successful cricketing season at Standard Athletic Club!!
An occasionally damp or very damp weekend at Belle Dune golf course (Baie de Somme) was much enjoyed by 21 golfers and some 7 non-golfers. The course proved very difficult, as some of us already knew, but some at least of the usual suspects came good on the day, as the results below show.
The Irish Trophy for the best Gross was won by John McCallum with 16 Stableford points and the Kiwi Cup for the best Net went to Ian Jones with 34 points.
The Men had 2 Series: the 2nd Series was led by Ian Jones (34) and David Colson (29) and the 3rd Series featured Claude Jacques and Jean-Charles Saden.
For the Ladies, Muriel Jones won with 33 points, followed by Monica Greenwood, Corine Balleyguier and Grainne Keating tied for 2nd place with 26.
On Saturday there was a 3-person Scramble won by Corine Balleyguier, F.Thiriet, J. McCallum with a gross 74 (45 stableford), closely followed by Pearse Keating, David Colson, J.Greenwood with 74 gross, and 43.
We had the season's opening Individual Tournament on the afternoon of Tuesday 19 September.
2 players tied for 1st place in the overall ranking: Nicole Devaux and Raphael Guenoun; 3rd overall came Monica Greenwood. You will find all the results attached to the main article.
The Henri Natanson Cup, awarded for the best performance over the whole season, was won by Ghislaine Dubau.
The next tournaments will again be on Tuesdays - these are the provisional dates: 24 Oct, 14 Nov, 12 Dec.
Thanks also to Taha Habi and Isabelle Isabelle Szczepanski, now in charge of Bar & Restaurant who kindly came along to help with the cocktail in the absence of the staff.
On Saturday the SACC will be attempting a record of fielding one team made up of players from each of the 12 official Test match-playing nations - the Nationals Team.
On Sunday the match will be the third and final John Hardy Shield game against Thoiry. (Though the outcome will not change the fact that the SACC have already won their two games to take the Shield this year.)
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