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Wednesday 18 May 2022

Ladies Tennis News - FFT "RAQUETTES" tournament

The RAQUETTES FFT 2022 tournament will be taking place between April and June. It is a fun friendly tournament against other clubs of the Hauts de Seine. It is for anyone who wants to enjoy a bit of fun and team spirit and who has a SAC license and is either « non classée », 40, 30/5, or 30/4 and never had a ranking above that. If you have never done any competitive tennis or taken part in a team, now is the time to start!
We are looking for about 2 or 3 more players to make up the team, knowing that on the day there will be 2 singles and 1 doubles so just 4 players but we need some reserves. The 1st round takes place against 3 other clubs and each player plays 1 set against each club. The matches can be played during the week or at weekends.
If you are interested and would like to take part or know more about the tournament, please contact Gigi Cothier ().
We have had loads of fun over the years taking part in the tournament so please help us make up a team this year!
Sally Cangardel

Work on Tennis Courts

The Club is well advanced in the renewal of its tennis facilities: Court 3 in 2021; Courts 1 and 2 completely renewed this year, with 4 and 5 to follow in 2023.
The work on Courts 1 and 2 is advancing well, overseen by our team of Philippe Ayme-Jouve, Raphael Kahane, Mikael Jayet, and Roland Tchertoff. The new courts will be ready for this season. 
We look forward to welcoming current and new tennis players in the Spring!
Read on to see some photos of the work in progress.

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.

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. 

Football News - Season's closing match vs VSCI

On Sunday 24. April, the adult football team played its last game of the competitive season.
We played Vésinet Sport Club International (VSCI) and it was a beautiful football game.
After trailing 0-2 at half-time, we ended the game with a  3-3 draw.
SAC-goals by Arnaud Pâquier (1) and Joseph de Rosen (2)
 (Click here for a photo)

In May and June, football at SAC will keep going. We will hold training sessions on Sundays from 9:45 to 11:00. Juniors are welcome and it is extremely fun when parents and kids are playing together. Please email if you would like more info.

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.)

David Gertler (1934-2022), RIP

We are sad to announce that David Gertler (1934-8/5//2022) passed away last Sunday. David was a long-time member of the Club and participated in many activities, including using his financial skill in the past as Club Treasurer. Our deepest sympathy goes to his beloved wife Dominique and to his two sons, Anthony and Jerome.
Please read the main article for a tribute to David by Ian Cully. 

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). 

SAC Football News - Kerala Tuskers this Sunday, and how we've trained for it!

The club’s footballers are set for a tough grudge match this Sunday against the Kerala Tuskers after an intensive training regime over the past two weekends.
With Covid-19 laying waste to our scheduled opponents’ ability to field full teams, SAC played two highly competitive in-house matches in contrasting weather, with last Sunday’s game in mercifully spring-like conditions.
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Our teenagers – among them Alexander, Elias, Lucien, and Rhys – are gaining in confidence and experience. Joseph is showing off his all-field skills. Taha is back to his best form. Rich “you’ll never get it past me” Parkin was put through his paces last Sunday and kept a clean sheet in goal. Henry is unflappable. Gerald remains indefatigably indefatigable. Ignacio’s right boot looks as dangerous as ever…

For any adults and teenagers still hesitating about donning the famous SAC red and black, please get in touch with Laurent Brault at about playing. Sunday’s match is as usual 10:00 at the ground for 10:30 kick-off.

SAC Football News - Oh woe! SAC 1 - Kerala Tuskers 3

How cruel the beautiful game can be! Back in action playing a full match with outside opponents in the form of the cricket-loving Kerala Tuskers, the SAC put in an inspired performance until, with fatigue on the muddy pitch setting in, the red-and-blacks let a 1-0 lead slip in a desperate end-of-game onslaught. The Tuskers netted three quick goals to pull off a last-gasp victory, thanks in part to their deep bench of substitutes.
All credit to SAC goal-scorer Joseph de Rosen in SAC's youthful attack alongsideTaha, Rhys Parkin and Elias Appert, with Mikael Jayet in support. Tireless midfield play by Henry Colburn, and stubborn defense by Gerald Strouts and Alexander Curtin, kept the Tuskers at bay for most of the match.
With Covid again running amok among our scheduled opponents, we have another internal game scheduled this coming Sunday for the usual 10:30 kick-off so please be at SAC at 10. All adults and teenagers are welcome. Please let Laurent Brault know at

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). 

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 

Renewal of wooden benches

We have 6 wooden benches around the Club (by the sports field and in the pool area). They were beginning to suffer a little. The most heavily damaged wood is being replaced with new oak. Thanks to Andrew Jackson for the great carpentry work. Read on to see the before and after pictures. 

Renewal of wooden benches

The Club has 6 wonderful red cedar benches (by the sports field and in the pool area) — time had not been kind, and they were worn and, in the case of 10 of the 30 boards, rotten.
The old benches have now been restored to give us:
* 4 spectacular red cedar benches
* 2 oak benches from the 10 new boards (since red cedar wood can no longer be bought in France)
Thanks to the team who have worked on this for the past 5 months, particularly to Andrew Jackson and John Hardy as well as Caroline and Patrick.
Read on to see some before and after pictures. 

Golf News: Wimereux Weekend Results

 Golfers went off to Wimereux Golf Club for their Spring Weekend from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May. Most enjoyable despite some wind!
The two main prizes for Saturday's Stableford competition are the Kiwi Cup (donated by Alan Kerr) for the best Net score and the Dean Trophy (donated by Andrew Dean) for the best Gross.
This edition of the Kiwi cup was won by Ian Jones with 41 points and the Dean Trophy went to John McCammum with 21 points.
The other competition, a Scramble 'à deux' was won by Jean-Pierre Delage and Jeanne Delacroix. Read on for more complete details.

Golf News: Spring Cup - Sat 21 May

Continuing our long term relationship with the Golf de Villarceaux, we will be organising the 41st Spring Cup at Villarceaux on Saturday 21 May.
The Section will offer green fees at a discounted rate for section members and for those who might be interested in discovering the Section and the joys of playing golf in the wonderful surroundings of the Vexin Français.
Contact  or more info.
(And a quick reminder to Section Members that their subs for this year are due - 25€ for ordinary members, 50€ for 'Villarceaux' members.)