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Omied Hallam Won the Selectors' Weekend

[<<] [>>] by Andrew Gregory at Nottingham Croquet Club
9-11 Sep 2016 (AC - Championships)

The Selectors' weekend has had the same format for a number of years. Flexible Swiss Friday and Saturday, top 4 plus ties progress to a knock-out on Sunday. And every year I can remember, the qualifying mark has been 4 out of 6. However, the conditions at Nottingham were easy, so quite a few players squeezed 4 games into a day. With that, plus 3 players more than the prescribed 16, some speculated that 5 out of 7 would be needed.

At the end of Friday two players were unbeaten: Phil Cordingley and Omied Hallam. Phil won their Saturday morning game 26tp, a result which was to prove irrelevant. So to Saturday teatime. Phil and Omied had safely qualified, but 4 players reached 4 out of 6 around this time. Should they twist or stick? Commendably, all wanted an extra game. It wasn't a Burridge Swiss (not sure that would work!), so Phil and Omied were involved, playing Dave Gunn and David Mooney respectively. Nick Steiner seemed to have the easiest draw, playing Kevin Carter who had played most games but not won too many of them. And Alan Chance was unlucky - perhaps his game finished a few minutes later than others, but the Manager couldn't find him a suitable opponent. Also Alan was the late starter on Friday, otherwise he might have played one game more.

Dave Gunn inflicted the only defeat on the PhilOmeid diarchy to reach 5 out of 7. But Omied beat David and Kevin beat Nick. So after all the qualifying mark was 4 out of 6, and the only player on that score was the no longer unlucky Alan. So for the third year running there were exactly 4 qualifiers, so only 2 rounds necessary on Sunday. Phil this year and Colin Hemming last year achieved this through luck and cunning; Kevin Carter did it by eliminating some 4-out-of-6-ers on quality of opponents (a not unreasonable idea).

Sunday morning saw Phil and Omied win their semis. In the final Omied made the first hoop, but Phil the first break. Omied missed the lift, but a big croquet stroke after hoop 2 saw Phil fall 5 yards short, and he then missed. Omied hit a 12-yarder, and 2 turns later was penult and peg. Phil missed, Omied 2-balled round penult and rover but left himself a 6-yard pegout. This missed, and it then seemed that he missed the peg with his second ball. But Phil missed his long shot, Omied hit to leave himself another 6-yard peg-out, and this time there was no mistake. Omied thus won the trophy that was won by his father in 1988.

Nick Steiner won the non-existent consolation trophy, Jeff Race the similarly imaginary peeling prize with 3 triples.

Omied and Phil should prove too good for this event next year, along with the fast-improving Alison Girdlestone.

Andrew Gregory adds:

Sorry to bang on about the format, but I do feel something more transparent should be employed for a "serious" tournament. 16 players, 3 days - it's crying out for a Draw and Process!

Play Offs

Omied Hallam

Omied Hallam
+10

Omied Hallam
+15

Dave Gunn
Phil Cordingley

Phil Cordingley
+10

Alan Chance

Final Swiss Table

Rank Full Name Pld Won Lost %
1 Omied Hallam 8 7 1 87.50
2 Phil Cordingley 6 5 1 83.33
3 Alan Chance 7 5 2 71.43
4 Nick Steiner 9 6 3 66.67
5= Derek Watts 8 5 3 62.50
5= Dave Gunn 8 5 3 62.50
7= Jeff Race 10 5 5 50.00
7= Alison Girdlestone 10 5 5 50.00
7= Chris Roberts 8 4 4 50.00
10= David Mooney 9 4 5 44.44
10= Peter Moore 9 4 5 44.44
10= Bob Thompson 9 4 5 44.44
13 Tim Jolliff 7 3 4 42.86
14 Kevin Carter 10 4 6 40.00
15= Richard Wood 8 3 5 37.50
15= Clive Goode 8 3 5 37.50
15= Beatrice McGlen 8 3 5 37.50
18= Peter Thompson 8 2 6 25.00
18= Andrew Gregory 8 2 6 25.00

Detailed Swiss Results

Lawn Player 1 vs. Player 2 Result
1 Chris Roberts beat Derek Watts +14
1 David Mooney lost to Bob Thompson -15
2 Clive Goode lost to Jeff Race -10tp
2 Peter Moore beat Peter Thompson +9
3 Omied Hallam beat Alison Girdlestone +6
3 Phil Cordingley beat Tim Jolliff +10
4 Nick Steiner beat Richard Wood +7
4 Andrew Gregory lost to Kevin Carter -2
5 Dave Gunn beat Beatrice McGlen +6
5 Alan Chance beat Clive Goode +14
4 Chris Roberts lost to Alan Chance -6
1 Jeff Race beat Bob Thompson +3
2 Dave Gunn lost to Kevin Carter -20
4 Peter Moore lost to Omied Hallam -5
1 Phil Cordingley beat Nick Steiner +25
3 Beatrice McGlen lost to Andrew Gregory -6
5 Peter Thompson lost to Alison Girdlestone -12
2 David Mooney beat Tim Jolliff +12
3 Derek Watts beat Richard Wood +12
5 Jeff Race lost to Omied Hallam -5
4 Bob Thompson beat Dave Gunn +9
1 Peter Moore beat Kevin Carter +5
2 Clive Goode beat Beatrice McGlen +12
3 Andrew Gregory lost to Alison Girdlestone -7
1 Peter Thompson beat Tim Jolliff +7
5 David Mooney lost to Nick Steiner -4
2 Omied Hallam beat Kevin Carter +9
3 Jeff Race lost to Peter Moore -13
5 Bob Thompson lost to Phil Cordingley -17
1 Dave Gunn beat Derek Watts +15
5 Richard Wood beat Beatrice McGlen +2
4 Alison Girdlestone beat Alan Chance +10
3 Andrew Gregory beat Chris Roberts +10
4 Omied Hallam lost to Phil Cordingley -26tp
1 Peter Moore lost to Alison Girdlestone -11
2 Alan Chance lost to Nick Steiner -21
2 Jeff Race beat Derek Watts +3tp
5 Bob Thompson beat Kevin Carter +5
5 Chris Roberts lost to Dave Gunn -25
1 Richard Wood lost to David Mooney -15
3 Clive Goode lost to Peter Thompson -2
4 Beatrice McGlen beat Tim Jolliff +22
4 Andrew Gregory lost to Tim Jolliff -25
1 Phil Cordingley beat Jeff Race +7
5 Omied Hallam beat Bob Thompson +8
2 Beatrice McGlen lost to Chris Roberts -5
4 Derek Watts beat Kevin Carter +5tp
2 Alison Girdlestone lost to Nick Steiner -14tp
3 Dave Gunn beat Peter Moore +10
1 Richard Wood beat Clive Goode +15
5 David Mooney beat Andrew Gregory +14tp
3 Alan Chance beat Peter Thompson +5
5 Tim Jolliff beat Kevin Carter +5
4 Derek Watts beat Bob Thompson +14
2 Omied Hallam beat Nick Steiner +15
2 David Mooney beat Alison Girdlestone +7
1 Andrew Gregory lost to Clive Goode -23
4 Chris Roberts beat Richard Wood +16
1 Beatrice McGlen beat Peter Thompson +19
3 Phil Cordingley lost to Dave Gunn -25
5 Alan Chance beat Peter Moore +15
3 Jeff Race beat Kevin Carter +25tp
2 Omied Hallam beat David Mooney +9
2 Alison Girdlestone lost to Jeff Race -23
1 Nick Steiner lost to Kevin Carter -17
4 Jeff Race lost to Nick Steiner -9
3 David Mooney lost to Derek Watts -23
5 Alison Girdlestone beat Chris Roberts +11
2 Peter Moore beat Bob Thompson +3
4 Kevin Carter beat Peter Thompson +3
2 Richard Wood beat Andrew Gregory +12
3 Tim Jolliff beat Clive Goode +15
5 Beatrice McGlen beat David Mooney +17
5 Dave Gunn lost to Nick Steiner -17
3 Alan Chance beat Richard Wood +8
4 Derek Watts beat Alison Girdlestone +3
4 Jeff Race lost to Chris Roberts -7
3 Peter Thompson lost to Bob Thompson -20
2 Peter Moore lost to Clive Goode -24



 

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