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Devon Team Blitz Tournament 2011

Trefor Thynne again offered to host this annual tournament at the Newton Abbot Clubhouse on Sunday 9th October, and the growing popularity of the event was evidenced by the increase in entries.

The avian influence in team titles, pioneered by Tiverton in recent years, was followed by Exmouth who named their 1st team “Exmouth Eagles”, not only nicely alliterative but giving out a suitably strong image. The question of what to call their 2nd team was given some thought and they came up with “Egrets”, as a small number of these noble birds may be found on the Exe estuary. Trefor was reminded of a letter from a Cornish reader to the editor of the Telegraph some time ago, on the subject of keeping track of endangered bird species. It said simply, “Egrets, we have a few, but then again, too few to mention”. Exmouth could also supply the basis if a 3rd team, which was made up by two Brixham players. The question of what to call them was also considered, and moving down the scale of size and potential aggression, Exmouth Tits was a distinct possibility, but it was thought better of and, to reflect its eclectic membership, we settled for “Exmouth Allsorts”.

First prize was the Thomas Cup, donated by the great A. R. B. Thomas of Tiverton, but there was a new trophy, purchased by Trefor at my suggestion, for the more mostly graded teams – to give them something to play for, even after a couple of heavy beatings by the top teams.

The Controller, Vic Cross, finished the draw for Rd. 1 and Trefor called everyone to order, and the games got under way. Three rounds and then a break for a splendid tea provided by John and Elizabeth Doidge. The noise in the foyer as 48 hyped-up players talked excitedly was nearly deafening.

On resumption, Victor explained that the natural break for the grading prize came at 550, and any team below this uppr limit was eligible, and true to form, these teams did take the bottom 4 places, with the erstwhile Tits just edging it.

At the end of the day, the spoils went to Tiverton, whose 4 players came from 3 counties. Summary of all team  results were:

Pos. Team Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot.
1st Tiverton Buzzards 710 3 3 4 19½
2nd Exeter 710 4 1 2 4 4 16½
3rd N. Abbot Rooks 647 4 3 ½ 3 3 16
4th Exmouth Eagles 684 4 1 2 3 15
5th Torquay 591 3 1 2 2 0 4 12
6th= Exmouth Egrets 567 4 ½ 2 1 0 11
6th= TBGS “A” 561 ½ 3 2 ½ 11
8th Tiverton Kestrels 566 0 2 2 2 1 10½
9th Exmouth Allsorts 443 1 1 2 1 10
10th TBGS “B” 494 0 ½ 2 3
11th Teignmouth 539 0 2 2 2 2 0 8
12th N. Abbot Knights 397 0 2 1 ½ 0 5

More detail is contained in this more comprehensive chart. Gaps have resulted from team captains failing to update their team charts.

  Opponents   6b 5 2 3 4 6a  
1st Tiverton Buzzards Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot.
1 B. Edgell 208 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
2 B. Hewson 178 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1
3 M. Richardt 162 1 1 ½ 1 1 1
4 S. Bartlett 162 1 1 1 1 ½ 1
  Total 710 3 3 2 4 19½
                   
  Opponents   8 3 1 4 5 11  
2nd Exeter    1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot.
1 G. Bolt 198 1 ½ 0 1 1 1
2 T. Paulden 172 1 0 ½ 0 1 1
3 D. Regis 175 1 0 ½ 1 1 1
4 S. Pope 165 1 1 0 0 1 1 4
  Total 710 4 1 2 4 4 16½
                   
  Opponents   10 2 4 1 6a 8  
3rd N. Abbot Rooks   1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot.
1 D. Mackle 192 1 ½ 1 0 1 0
2 S. Homer 175 1 1 1 ½ 1 1
3 T. Thynne 168 1 1 1 0 1 1 5
4 J. Barber-Lafon 112 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
    647 4 3 ½ 3 3 16
                   
  Opponents   11 6a 3 2 1 9  
4th Exmouth Eagles Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot.
1 K. J. Hurst 186 1 1 0 0 0 1 3
2 J. K. Stephens 173 1 1 0 1 1 1 5
3 O. E. Wensley 164 1 ½ 0 0 0 0
4 B. G. Gosling 150 1 1 1 1 ½ 1
  Totals 673 4 1 2 3 15
                   
  Opponents   9 1 6a 8 2 12  
5th Torquay Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot.
1 A. Clarke 170 1 0 ½ 0 0 1 2½ 
2 A. Dunn 167 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 4½ 
3 G. Rosser 144 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
4 S. Greeno 110 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
  Tot. 591 3 1 2 2 0 4 12
                   
  Opponents   12 4 5 6b 3 1  
6tha Exmouth Egrets Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot.
1 P. J. Kennedy 147 1 0 ½ ½ 0 0 2
2 J. Dzenis 139 1 0 ½ 1 0 0 2½ 
3 R. H. Jones 147 1 ½ 0 1 0 0 2½ 
4 T. Slade 134 1 0 1 1 1 0 4
  Totals 567 4 ½  2 3½  1 0 11
                   
  Opponents   1 9 8 6a 12 10  
6thb Torquay BGS “A” Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot.
1 A. Billings 162 0 1 1 ½     4
2 F. Sugden 159 ½ 1 1 0     3½ 
3 L. Stegenk 120 0 1 0 0     2
4 S. Bealing 120 0 0 0 0     1½ 
    561 ½  3 2 ½  3½  1½  11
                   
  Opponents   2 10 6b 5 11 3  
8th Tiverton Kestrels Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot.
1 J. Morrison 165 0 ½ 0 1 0 1 2½
2 I. S. Annetts 153 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
3 J. Duckham 124 0 1 1 1 1 0 4
4 J. Knowles 124 0 1 1 0 1 0 3
  Totals 566 0 3½ 2 2 2 1 10½
                   
  Opponents   5 6b 12 11 10 4  
9th Exmouth Allsorts Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot.
1 J. Clarke 129 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1
2 F. R. Hodge 107 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 1½
3 N. Mills 107 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 4½
4 O. Ebanks 100 0 1 1 1 0 0 3
    443 1 1 2½ 2 2½ 1 10
                   
  Opponents   3 8 11 12 9 6b  
10th Torquay B.G.S. “B” Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot.
1 J. Leung 167 0 ½     ½    
2 J. Frazer 107 0 0     0    
3 D. Nie 110 0 0     0    
4 S. Head 110 0 0     1    
  Totals 494 0 ½ 2 3
                   
  Opponents   4 12 10 9 8 2  
11th Teignmouth Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot.
1 A. W. Brusey 178 0     1 1 0  
2 K. Hindon 135 0     1 1 0  
3 N. F. Tidy 117 0     0 0 0  
4 G. Bramley 109 0     0 0 0  
  Totals 339 0 2 2 2 2 0 8
                   
  Opponents   6a 11 9 10 6b 5  
12th N. Abbot Knights Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot.
1 S. Thorpe-Tracey 100 0         0  
2 J. O’Grady 108 0         0  
3 J. Doidge 106 0         0  
4 V. Chornesky  80 0         0  
  Totals 397 0 2 1½ 1 ½ 0 5

Before proceedings began, Tiverton were presented with the Newman Cup they won in the 2010-11 season. L-r: Ivor Annetts; Jon Duckham, John Knowles & John Morrison.

Tiverton won the Newman Cup 2011.

Victor Cross (Controller) gets the show on the road.

Tiverton Buzzard, Brian Hewson, receives the Thomas Cup from Trefor Thynne.

The "Buzzards": l-r: Ben Edgell; Brian Hewson, Mike Richardt & Simon Bartlett.

The new Graded trophy was presented to Fred Hodge of Exmouth Allsorts.

The Exmouth Allsorts team: l-r Nathan Mills, John Clark, Fred Hodge & Obie Ebanks.

Rd. 5: Rooks vs Egrets - Theo Slade v Jacqui Barber-Lafon in foregorund.

Dave Regis models matching trilby & braces with chessboard motif. Unusual.

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