Lady Captain – Gilly Briant
8th August 2017
July has been supplanted by August but with no apparent improvement in the slightly patchy weather!
This did not stop July from being a very busy month both internally and externally to the club, with the defence of our Druce Trophy win last year taking place on 6th July. Janey Logan, Madge, Jane Britton and Virginia put in a valiant performance and were placed 5th out of 60 competing teams.
A new fixture followed on 27th July with our first golf and bridge match against Roehampton at home. We played the first 10 holes and then came in for a welcome lunch before sitting down to 16 hands of duplicate bridge. There was much discussion as to how the two separate halves of the day should be scored, but we managed to come away with a win on the golf and a creditable second on the bridge. They have already asked us back to Roehampton for the same event next year and we may well include the same format for one or two other clubs as well. We do not have an enormous pool of doubly skilled ladies so more additions to the pool would be very welcome! (Trust me, if I can be included to play the bridge then I am sure many more of you should be stepping forward…!)
Our Summer Meeting on 19th July was well attended and I just squeaked in a point ahead of Jane Britton with 42 (probably never-to-be-repeated!) points. However, Jane and I (this time in unison!) managed to come top of the Ping table internally and we wait to see if our 43 points is sufficient to qualify us for the Regional round.
The Captains’ Day on the Common on 29th July was also well attended with 80 players including guests, and although the rain tried to dampen spirits, with slow play testing some of the later teams’ patience, there was a real club spirit under the awnings outside later. We were greatly fortified by Emma’s excellent BBQ and regaled by Gordon House’s exuberance in auctioning 4 ball vouchers to play at other clubs, so a jolly time was had by all and a large sum raised for the MS Society, although the precise sum is still being calculated! The sad note in the evening was saying good-bye to Janey and Toddy (who with their customary generosity, bought everyone a drink at the bar) and we presented Janey with a beautiful necklace (well chosen by Joanna and contributed to by you all) which she was very touched by. They are on a short UK tour before flying back to NZ. We shall miss them both greatly and our good wishes go with them.
Fortunately, our Summer Party on 23rd July enjoyed slightly better weather and it was lovely to see 28 of us all enjoying each others’ company and playing other games than on the Common. A big thank you to Lindy for organising it, and to all those who so generously brought food and who helped wash up etc. afterwards. Given that it was not particularly warm, we could only eye up the pool, but there was lots of tense times on the ping pong table and devilish croqueting on the lawn, to say nothing of the badminton court…!
August is always a slightly disjointed month with so many people away at different times but I hope to see most of you either in the bar if not on the course! Keep well and swinging.