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Nick Steiner won the Selectors' Weekend

[<<] [>>] by Clive Goode at Nailsea
21st September 2021 (AC)

The strength of the field was back to the usual range after the Covid affected tournament
of 2020 with handicaps ranging from -0.5 to 3, with no less than 5 Nottingham entrants.
The lawns were slow on Friday due to 16mm of rain on the previous day but speeded up
over the weekend as the weather improved. Cliff Jones managed the tournament with his
usual efficiency, ably assisted by Andrew Gregory from time to time.

The entrants were divided into two blocks of eight and to avoid a late finish on the final day
it was agreed that the two block winners would play off for the trophy, with the two runnersup
playing for third/fourth place.

At the end of day 1 Killick was the clear leader in Block A with 3 wins and there was a 4-
way tie in Block B between Steiner, Bennett, Gregory and Thompson. Despite a time limit
being imposed for the last round 3 games had to be pegged down.

Thankfully an early start on day 2 ensured that all the pegged-down games were
completed by the scheduled 9:30 start. More time limits were imposed to ensure that there
would be no pegged-down games, and at the end of the day Block A had a 2-way tie
between Killick and Upton (both on 5 out of 6) with Upton having beaten Killick. Block B
had a clear leader with Steiner on 5 out of 6.

With Day 3 underway, Killick eased to another win and sat patiently hoping that McGlen [S]
would beat Upton - however that was not to be the case and Upton prevailed. In Block B
Steiner won his sixth game to reach the final.

The final was a fairly tense affair culminating in a 2-ball ending in which Steiner eventually
triumphed to take the trophy. In the play-off for third place Killick overcame McGlen [B].

There were no TPs throughout the three days but Jones did complete a TPO. Andrew
Gregory managed to achieve two in-lawn cannons in the same turn which may be some
sort of a record.

Huge thanks are due to Nailsea CC for hosting the tournament and for cutting the lawns
prior to each days play.

Selectors' Weekend Finishing Order:
KO: Steiner, Upton, Killick, McGlen [B]
Block A: Killick(6 wins), Upton(6), Goode(4), Dibben(3), Pristavec(3), Gunn(2), Jones(2),
Block B: Steiner(6), McGlen[B](5), Gregory(4), Bennett(3), Ross(3), Thompson(3),
Draper(2), Brind(2)


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