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From the CAPTAINS of the DAY
Arderne Home - from the Captain of the Day - Gordon Holland
After a very strange year, because of the impacts of COVID, we had an unusual finish to our season of seniors interclub matches. In our home match against our colleagues from down the street (Arderne), we only played 10 a side and, even with these reduced numbers, our side needed to be boosted by two brave ladies (Daphne Earl and Sue Groves) who kindly stepped in to make up our team. Hopefully we will move back to more normal circumstances next year and regain the enthusiasm of our seniors to play in these very enjoyable interclub matches. David Capper has been organising the matches this year and has worked tirelessly to make each match a success. Unfortunately, a lot of his efforts has had to be been directed to drumming up the numbers to make up the teams.
One of the aspects of the interclub matches is the socialising and camaraderie you get from interacting with the away team. This was very evident with the Arderne side who were all present for the “pre-match” tea and coffee. The match itself was played in some very pleasant weather (the majority of the Arderne lads wearing shorts) and Portal came away with a 4-1 win. We did have the advantage of being used to playing on our 18 hole “long” course which some of the Arderne team found a bit of a challenge. Nevertheless, it was played in good spirit and it looked like everyone enjoyed the day.
Ladies with Seniors
Another very pleasant morning played over ten holes and the rain kept away!! Prize winners were :-
1st - Cooke, Houlton, Irene Ross and Pauline Doyle - 46 points
2nd - Wilson, Tidd, Janis Turner and Pauline Cheshire - 45 points
3rd (1st 3 Ball) - Holland, Walsh and Judith Youngson - 43 points
Mere Away - from the Captain of the Day - Peter Wilson
Well what a treat our away match at Mere was. Driving into a car park full of Lamborghinis, Porsches and indeed Man Utd and England's Sancho's £200,000 Mercedes jeep sets you in a good mood. Walking around the back of the hotel to the patio and views of the golf course and surrounding lake were fantastic.
We were made to feel very welcome with coffee to start in a very plush lounge. The weather was warm, bordering on hot when the sun shone through. The course was in very good condition and the greens were the best I have played on this year!
Bob Crampton and I played a lovely pair including their COD who was 86 and hit the ball further than Bob or I? He once owned one of the big houses you see looking across the lake from the clubhouse!! We finished with a lovely two course meal in their restaurant amongst the Cheshire ladies set.
Having beaten them 5 1/2 to 2 1/2 at Portal we drew 3 1/2 to 3 1/2 at Mere. They were short of players as their club captain had taken a big group out to Spain and we provided two players to play for Mere. My only complaint was the all Portal match was halved. You would have thought they could have engineered a Portal win?
The individual results were;
Peter Wilson and Bob Crampton W
Steve Sambell and Alex Miller W
Gordon Holland and Philip Earl L
Adrian Cross and Ron Poole L
David Capper and Jerry Tweddle A/S
John Walsh and Alan Groves W.
Ray Houlton and John Marlor L
Helsby Home - from the Captain of the Day - Neil Tidd
After a convincing win in the away match (5 1/2 - 2 1/2) the teams did battle again on the Premier course. The sun broke through on a couple of occasions and certainly shone at the end for the food and reliving of those Poulter putts and DeChambeau drives.
Colin Albel sank the birdie put on the 17th to complete the win in the opening match. With wins in 4 other matches and 1 honourable draw, the scoreline was an exact repeat of the away leg.
Well done to the team and after a brief appearance of the trophy, it is now settled again in our trophy cabinet for another year.
Tidd and Albel W
Sambell and Crampton AS
Groves and Marlor W
Clark and Cooke L
Tweddle and Reis W
Wilson and Doyle W
Hargreaves and Millar L
Walsh and Holland W