by Alice Fleck at Pendle
The weather was good to us at the start of the Easter Tournament, so was Roger Schofield's wife, Kathryn, assisted by his daughter, Charlotte, who were managing the tournament for the afternoon, while also preparing afternoon tea, providing us with tea and coffee as we arrived, keeping score and entertaining their delightful two year old grandson, sporting a new haircut.
How many men could do all these things at once? "Whoops" Sorry Roger!
John Beech must have been looking down on us on Saturday with yet another hot and sunny day.
The day started with a short speech from Kathleen, his wife, at a short ceremony to unveil a plaque in memory of John. (The John Beech Lawns) She said that John would be pleased with the lawns today and hoped that they would stop that way to perpetuate his memory. No problems in that direction with their son and lady friend cutting the grass for us, with the help of Abdul after the games were finished on Saturday evening.
David Maugham retained the Cup again for the overall winner this year although his performance did not come up to last year's standard, when he won twelve games in a row. This year he played more games and lost to David Turner, Roger Staples, Abdul Ahmad who beat him +26 in 48 minutes and Robin Delves who used only four bisques to get his first ball round and had nine remaining to finish the game.
Because David lost four games, Roger should have kept him behind after hours to write 100 lines - "I must get it right first time." Instead he made him plat three out of the four games against the same opponents until he did get it right!
The games were un-timed, so Wharrad Turns were introduced if games seemed to be prolonged. A wonderful way of speeding up the end of a game.
At the dinner on Saturday The company was fine. The food was delicious The wine was divine But the singer! Oh how she did whine. (It wasn't me!)
Thanks to Roger for his part time management!! To Kathryn, Charlotte and the ladies who sustained us for the weekend.
Her opponent was joined up at rover.
Alice only had one hoop to do.
So she tried to hit in to finish the game
And ran rover from corner two.