Our last club competition of the year was played on Saturday 7th October, no more competitions until next March.
Winter Start Time
Now that the clocks are back and there's a nip in the air by late afternoon, for the next few months our starting time at Stonards will come forward to 1pm.
Again this year we are holding an Xmas Lunch
and as last year have booked The Kings Oak, High Beech.
It will be held on 14th December at 12.00 for 12.30pm at a cost of £22.50 and again we are subsidising the cost.
This covers a welcoming drink, 3 course lunch and gratuity, but does not include other drinks or tea/coffee.
16 players i.e. 8 teams took part on a pleasant
but cool afternoon.
Playing in one league, 6 rounds were played to 6 ends each round (rather than being timed, and everyone preferred not feeling the pressure of the whistle). All teams won at least 1 game, and all along it looked as if John P and David were almost certain winners - by the end of 5 rounds they had won 5 times (shot difference of +28).
However John Adams and Peter Giblin, who had got off to a bad start losing their first round match 2-8 to Marion & Jill, thereafter improved and after 5 rounds were on 4 wins (+27).
In the final round these 2 teams came up against each other, and with Peter G pointing extremely well he & John A managed to beat John P & David 9-0. So this year's winners were John A & Peter G with John P and David as runners-up.
In 3rd place were Marion & Jill with 4 wins (+12), followed by Brenda & Linda with 4 wins (-1) and Joan & Tony with 3 wins (+6).
Epping Ongar Challenge
In good conditions we were welcomed by Ongar for the
away leg, having drawn at home in the summer with 6 games each. However Ongar did take a +20 points-difference
advantage away with them.
With the score line at 12 games to Epping and 11 to Ongar, everything hinged on the result of the last match. As Ongar had increased their points-difference to +37, only a win could secure victory for Epping. The score advanced very slowly, reaching 9 points all, when Ongar managed to pull away and win 13-9. So with games tied at 12 each it went to points-difference for the result, which made Ongar clear winners.
This is the 6th year we have played the Epping-Ongar Challenge, and this is the first time Ongar have won. Congratulations to Ongar and commiserations to us. But we certainly made a big fight of it.
Our thanks go to Carolyn who put on an excellent piste-side spread for us, and treated our players to their drinks in the Two Brewers pub (The Cock being closed for refurbishment).
Mention has to be made of Joel's daughter Emilie, who made up our numbers and was probably our 'B' team's best pointer on the day.
We will make sure to win the trophy back again next year!
Gardens of Hanbury
From the 9th March our visits to the Gardens of Hanbury will be weekly, every Thursday until 7th December
FIPJP Official Rules
The recent update of the FIPJP rules
take effect from Ist January 2017
The amendments are high-lighted in blue