The Exeter & Dist. League’s annual prizegiving was held on Tuesday 4th June at the Manor Hotel, Exmouth, by the kind invitation of the owners.
This year was marked by having all the cups available at the same time for presentation. This was due entirely to the efforts of League President, Brian Aldwin and Secretary Tim Paulden, who have invested considerable time and energy in getting all the existing trophies engraved up-to-date, plus the purchase of 2 new trophies to replace lost ones. The reduction in the number of leagues from 4 to 2, has been compensated for by having extra prizes in the new divisions – the equivalent of grading prizes in a congress.
The first business of the evening was to present the 6 cups. Photographs below
This was followed by the now-traditional match between the league clubs situated on the coast (Exmouth, Sidmouth & Seaton) and those inland (Exeter, Exeter Juniors, Tiverton & the Met Office), nicknamed the Coast V Country match. After a couple of last minute tweaks, two 18 player teams of very similar strength were produced, and battle commenced.
The Coast went into a 9-5 at one stage, on the verge of victory, but the Country got 2.5 pts from the last 4 games to finish, to haul back 1 point of the deficit. The final scores were as follows:
|1||J. K. Stephens||191||Exmouth||1||0||Dr. D. Regis||181||Exeter|
|2||K. J. Hurst||174||Sidmouth||1||0||Dr. T. Paulden||177||Exeter|
|3||Dr. D. A. Toms||161||Sidmouth||0||1||G. Body||162||Exeter|
|4||B. G. Gosling||154||Exmouth||1||0||J. Duckham||155||Tiverton|
|5||S. Martin||152||Sidmouth||0||1||I. S. Annetts||152||Tiverton|
|6||T. Bons||135e||½||½||W. Marjoram||146||Exeter|
|7||C. J. Scott||135||Exmouth||1||0||l. Ten Holter||100||Exeter|
|8||M. Belt||136||Exmouth||1||0||J. Knowles||128||Tiverton|
|9||R. H. Jones||128||Exmouth||0||1||E. Palmer||126||Exeter|
|10||A. Dowse||123||Seaton||½||½||J. Waley||123||Exeter|
|11||G. Susevee||121||Sidmouth||1||0||G. J. Jenkins||118||Exeter|
|12||F. R. Hodge||108||Exmouth||1||0||R. Scholes||109||Exeter|
|13||Mrs. H. Welch||104||Seaton||0||1||R. Whittington||106||Exeter|
|14||S. Blake||100||Exmouth||½||½||R. Player||100||Exeter|
|15||M. Haines||96||Seaton||½||½||T. Finch||98||Exeter|
|16||T. Badlan||88||Exmouth||½||½||A. Brinkley||85||Tiverton|
|17||G. Susevee||89||Sidmouth||1||0||J. Wheadon||83|
|18||T. Murray||70||0||1||B. Aldwin||100||Exeter|
The games scores will shortly become avaiable on the League section of the Exeter Club website.