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Coronavirus: COVID-19 latest

Following the latest announcements by the French President and the Government, the Club will be open for children's football, adult and children's tennis and other individual outdoor sporting activities. This week the Club will be open from 8 am - 5 pm Monday to Friday. Entrance will be through the front door, but the usual 'protocoles sanitaires' and social distancing will apply. Toilet facilities are available, but the changing rooms and bar remain closed so please come prepared.

Tuesday 1 December 2020

Bridge News - Playing Bridge safely

The FFB has communicated COVID safe play guidelines to regular (licensed) players. The guidelines are reproduced here for the casual player, who may not have seen them.

Briefly, it is now strongly recommended that everyone wear a mask, that we wash our hands often, in soap and water or with the "gel hydroalcoolique", keep a certain distance from the other players at the table by using a larger table the surface of which can be cleaned regularly and using the same bidding box for a whole afternoon/evening session. Read on for the full guidelines (in French). 

Bridge News - Licence time...

Unfortunately, no tournaments or workshops are in view, but that doesn't stop you from playing your friendly games of bridge, provided, of course, that you respect the health guidelines - see this article.
We now have three 110x110cm boards to be used to enlarge the bridge tables (with a mat underneath and another one on top) to increase the separation between players. A maximum of 2 tables should be used in the Bridge Room, but there's usually plenty of space in the main room and the bigger black tables can be used too.
It is time to renew your FFB licences - for the same amount as last year, i.e. €56 (cheque made out to the SAC Bridge Section). The Committee and the Federation need the income in order to keep functioning and if you are playing in a club or on Funbridge or BBO, you will need to have a valid licence (preferably before 1 November). A renewal form is attached to the main article but only needs filling out if your personal details have changed. 

Peter Gill (17/9/1927 - 30/8/2020) - RIP

Peter Gill, 82, passed away on Sunday 30 August after an illness. Always an accomplished sportsman with nimble tennis skills, Peter was an active and long-standing member of the Standard Athletic Club. His involvement in activities will be greatly missed and he will always be remembered with great fondness. Our condolences go to Peter’s wife, Linda, and to their daughter Adina and her family.
There will be a funeral service is at the Clamart crématorium at 3 pm on Tuesday 8 September and there will be a small reception at the Club on the same day at 5 pm. 

Cricket News - Frederick Delius, the composer, was an avid cricketer in Paris in the 1890s

This fascinating and little known side of Frederick Delius has been uncovered by Leslie S. Woodcock, who has written a series of articles that were published in successive editions of the Northern Cricket Society Booklet. Attached you will find an article centred around a match between the 'Eleven of Notts County' against the 'Sixteen of Paris’ played at the Tir aux Pigeons ground in the Bois de Boulogne on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th August 1898. The Paris team comprised expatriate Englishmen including Delius, was formed mainly from the larger Standard Athletic and Albion Cricket Clubs of Paris, though it is uncertain as to which club Delius belonged to or played for.   

War on Wasps - 2

We are pleased to announce that the number of wasps in and around the club has been considerably reduced thanks to the intervention on Friday 14 August of a specialised company FRANCE ECO 3D.
The MC was compelled to intervene with this wasp issue as the sheer number of wasps was getting totally out of hand, with members and staff being stung on a daily basis.
The contract signed with this company (for 3 interventions) offered us the most cost-effective solution. (See full article for photo & video.)

Cricket News - SAC vs Thoiry CC (2/8) Match report

On Sunday 2 August Thoiry visited SAC for the second in the “best of three” John Hardy match series. After losing the first game, revenge was on the cards for Standard’s players and they were the first to bat after being put in by the visitors. Through some excellent bowling, Thoiry managed to restrict the home team to 164 runs. In return, Thoiry made light work of the opening bowling attack and chased down the total with relative ease meaning that they retained the John Hardy Shield. Needless to say, both teams enjoyed themselves and the celebrations continued in the bar afterwards. Although a dead rubber, the third instalment of the series will take place in September with Standard looking to regain some pride. 

Cricket News - SAC vs Chantilly (25/7) Match report

Last Saturday 25 July saw Chantilly visit the SAC. The SAC elected to bat first and finished with 266, with Imram the top scoer on 71. Chantilly's reply started badly withthe first 3 wickets falling for 20 runs. However Chantilly's Chetan nearly made his maiden century but was trapped LBW on 99! After that, the bowlers polished off the rest leaving SAC with a comfortable victory by 60 runs. (Read on for more detail.)

Cricket News 26 July - SAC vs Kerala Tuskers Asnières (KTA) Match report

After losing the toss and being made to field, SAC made early inroads into the opposition line-up with their opening bowling attack of Shakeel & Kismat. KTA were reduced to 20 for 4 after first 8 overs. KTA never recovered from their disastrous start as they eventually folded for 85. Money Singh was the destroyer-in-chief taking 4 wickets, while Shakeel & Kismat taking 2 wickets each. The other 2 wickets came as a result of Run-outs.

In the chase, after a hiatus of 2 years, Steven Byng was back to open the innings for SAC with Thodi. Both scoring runs with ease before Thodi got caught at mid-off for 9. Steven Byng struck some sublime cover drives to compile 43. SACC eventually crossed the line with 6 wickets in hand.

MC Report Summer 2020

Since the restructuring of the MC on July 6, the MC and its advisory team has been doing their very best to guide the club through the Covid 19 crisis, and beyond. 

Cricket News - LFP CC (18/7) Match report

On Saturday 18 July playing against LFP CC, the SACC registered its first win of the season. LFP chose to bat and after an early fall of wickets managed to make 168 all out. SAC made light work of chasing down the score, at the cost of two retirements - openers Thodi (74)and newcomer Malith (54) - and two wickets. More detail in the full article.

Swimming pool

Pefect conditions for swiming! Please remember to take a shower before you bathe and clean the deck chairs with the sprays provided.

July Tennis Camps for Adults and Children - places available - act now!

Our new tennis coach, Carole Dacheux, will be offering Tennis Camps for both adults and children from Monday to Friday during the weeks of 6-10 and 13-17 July. For information and registration for the Camps visit http://www.coachcarole.fr/2020/06/01/summer-camp-2020/, or more generally register for the Tennis School at:  http://www.coachcarole.fr/  or Carole at: 07.60.24.24.58 or  .

Tennis News

The clay courts have just recieved a new layer of red and we will be starting a new treatement aimed at improving the longevity of the clay surface.
Covid reminder: Please remember to wear your mask indoors, and clean the tables and chairs with the sprays provided.

Tennis News - clay court inspection

The Tennis Comittee has undertaken a ‘Diag Technique’ of our clay courts with the French Tennis Federation experts this week.
They will be back for more tests at the beginning of winter but these preliminary tests have shown our courts to be in a much better state than we originally thought. The main message from the FTT was that they need to be watered as much as possible and preferably after every match.  Great news!

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