Despite all the challenges the Bristol team travelled to Nottingham on Sunday 20th September to play their AC Interclub semifinal. Nottingham were looking for revenge after their 3-4 defeat at Bristol at the same stage last year.
The sun shone on us all day and the result was not decided until the final match finished.
Alain Giraud and Omied Hallam made quick of the doubles with a quick +26tp, Omied kindly setting it up for Alain. Robert Wilkinson quickly equalised for Bristol with a tidy +22tp. John Davis against Richard M. Smith lasted much longer and provided entertainment for the others before John finally triumphed +5. 2-1 to Nottingham at lunch.
The afternoon singles provided great entertainment and two very close games. Omied and Ed both tried to lose before Omied won +4. Robert completed his second tp of the day beating John +13tp and Richard beat Will +17 to leave the match hanging on the top match. Alain and David were having a great tussle and Alain seemed to have won it after David broke down having completed one peel. However Alain failed a difficult penultimate to leave David to finish with a double peel to triumph +4. So it is Bristol who will attempt to stop Surbiton winning again in a repeat of last year's final.
Nottingham names first
Alain Giraud and Omied Hallam beat David Goacher and Ed Duckworth +26tp (Giraud)
Will Gee lost to Robert Wilkinson -22tp
EJohn Davis beat Richard M. Smith +5
Alain Giraud lost to David Goacher -4
Omied Hallam beat Ed Duckworth +4
Will Gee lost to Richard M. Smith -17
EJohn Davis lost to Robert Wilkinson -13tp