Manager: Terrey Sparks
|Area League||2017 winners||2017 Play-off winners||
The Chairman's Cup
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AC League play-off results by year:
After a tense finish Watford were declared the winners of the 2017 EACF AC Handicap League and will go forward in 2018 to represent the region in the national event "The Secretary’s Shield".
Played at the Hunstanton Club, this year’s regional finalists Watford, Norwich and Ipswich met to decide who would be the overall winner of the league. The match started under rainy and downcast conditions but at least the lawns ran well and the rain clouds gradually dispersed leaving a basically dry day although a little windy at times.
The morning session which consisted of three doubles proved interesting in that the Norwich team fielded a -2.5 and a -1 player, whilst Ipswich fielded two younger members playing off 18 and 16 and both still at school. As expected both Norwich pairings teamed up with higher handicap players and both recorded wins, whilst in the remaining game Watford ran home comfortable winners against Ipswich. So at lunch Norwich led the field with 2 wins to Watford’s 1, with Ipswich yet to score.
The afternoon’s play consisted of singles games, and the two young players Albie Willett and Eden Rogers came into their own playing with panache and without any fear, usefully using their bisques, both recording wins to bring Ipswich back into contention, whilst play appeared even in the remaining games. So at the end of the day honours were shared with each team finishing even on three wins, leaving the Manager to scour the Regulations to break the deadlock.
The Norwich team were quickly eliminated being the only side to have a game go to time, which meant that Watford and Ipswich proceeded to a shootout using the "Hemming Tie Break", which determined Watford the winner scoring 5 points to Ipswich’s 4.
|Watford||Nick Archer (2½), John Smallbone (4), Adam Huby (7), Jonathan Lambton (7)|
|Ipswich||Martin Hart (8), David Wicks (14), Albie Willett (16), Eden Rogers (18)|
|Norwich||Jonathan Kirby (-2½), Nick Harris (-1), Neil Chalmers (8), Sarah Barley (11)|
At the end of the day's play Nick Harris and the Manager Terrey Sparks, both appointed C.A. Handicappers, decided after conferring to reduce the handicaps of the young Ipswich players by two each, as they had clearly demonstrated by their play that a reduction was due. Thus: Albie Willett 16 to 14, Eden Rogers 18 to 16. Meanwhile (in spite of their team victory!) John Smallbone also increased from 4 to 4½ and Adam Huby from 7 to 8.Report & photo by Terrey Sparks