The League’s annual prizegiving took place at its usual venue of the Manor Hotel, Exmouth, followed by a match.
The winners’ names were announced by League President, Brian Aldwin, and the presentation was made to a representative of the winning team concerned. (see photographs below). Details of the various sections can be summarised as follows:
|Div. 1: 4 Bds – U-640|
|1||Exeter Rooks||X||2||0||2||2||2||8||Cottew Cup|
|4||Exmouth Eagles||0||0||0||X||2||2||4||GP: Turner Cup|
|Div. 2: 4 Bds – U-480|
|1||E. Budleigh||X||0||2||1||2||5||Polsloe Cup|
|3||Sidmouth||0||0||X||2||2||4||GP: Mainstay Cup|
|4 Bds - U-560|
The presentations were followed by a match between those present. In the past this has been between teams drawn from the 3 coastal clubs and those inland i.e Coast vs Country, but this formula has become somewhat redundant in recent years, with the arrival of Newton Abbot on the one side and the demise of Sidmouth on the other. Therefore it had been agreed to try a revival of an old formula, not used in Devon for over 20 years. That is a President’s vs Match Captain’s match, with teams drawn from whoever turned up on the night. The way it worked was as follows:
(a) Players likely to be presnt should submit their names beforehand.
(b) The players are the listed in grade order, top to bottom, and pairing cards made out.
(c) Once it is ascertained they are present in the room, Team A has the top-graded player. Then Team B is then allocated the next 2 top-graded players, and then Team A gets the next 2 – and so on to the bottom of the list. This guarantees two teams of approximately equal strength. The only slight adjustments that need to be made is where this formula pairs 2 players from the same club. It is unlikely that two players from Newton Abbot or Seaton would wish to travel a long distance only to play a club colleague they’d played in their club the night before.
(d) It had been decided to make it a rapidplay match – 30 minutes per player per game, with colours reversed for a 2nd game.
The evenness of the teams was demonstrated by the outcome. All the President’s men won the 1st round by 9-7, but lost the 2nd round by the same score, making it 16-all at the end. Details as follows:-
|Captain’s Team||President’s Team|
|Bd.||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 1||Rd 2|
|1||T. J. Paulden||1||1||K. J. Hurst||0||0|
|2||S. Martin||½||½||A. W. Brusey||½||½|
|3||M. Shaw||½||1||G. Body||½||0|
|4||C. J. Scott||½||0||T. F. Thynne||½||1|
|5||K. P. Atkins||½||0||O. E. Wensley||½||1|
|6||E. Palmer||1||0||B. G. Gosling||0||1|
|7||K. Hunter||1||1||M. Belt||0||0|
|8||A. Dowse||1||1||J. Maloney||0||0|
|9||R. H. Jones||½||0||R. Scholes||½||1|
|10||M. Hussey||0||0||R. Player||1||1|
|11||Mrs. H. Welch||0||1||G. Fotheringham||1||0|
|12||S. Blake||0||½||M. Maber||1||½|
|13||G. J. Jenkins||0||1||A. Brinkley||1||0|
|14||M. Lee||0||1||G. Elliott||1||0|
|15||T. Murray||0||0||P. Darlow||1||1|
|16||T. Miner||½||1||B. Marsh||½||0|