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Seniors Reach the Final!
By Tom James
Victory in the final league match of the season against Reddish ensured New Mills reached the final of this year’s Manchester and District Seniors' league.
Needing 5 points to ensure a place in the final on Thursday 22nd September a victory from Keith Wright and Phil Smallman together with a win by Bill Sutton and Graham Elliott and a half by Dave Holt and Arthur Oliver was just enough to ensure that the team will go to the final at Dukinfield to play against Dukinfield, Shrigley Hall and Macclesfield.
The team to represent us in the final will be as follows:
The format for the final is as follows:
Seniors versus Dukinfield 23rd June
by Tom James
Having never played the course before I was looking forward to this match especially since we had enjoyed a narrow victory just a few weeks ago at home. Did I get the spelling slightly wrong? Where were we playing? Was it ‘Duck in Field’? Not sure I saw any ducks, but it was certainly wet enough for them!
Despite the atrocious conditions New Mills managed a creditable 4-4-draw with victories for Clive Garside and Alec Holland; Pete Christian and Tony Broster; Bill Sutton and Richard Boffey and Tom James and Alan Blakeman. Let’s hope for drier conditions at New Mills when we entertain Macclesfield next Monday!
New Mills Senior Team draw level
by Steve Price
After a slow start to the season the senior team have now managed to have won as many games as they have lost against other clubs. The victory at Avro (four and a half to three and a half) on June 11th ensured a respectable record of play for this stage of the season. The league games were halved (4pts-4pts) which also means we are keeping a high position in the Manchester Senior League.
The Avro course was in fine condition as was our golf, with wins for Bill Sutton/Graham Hawkins, Keith Wright/Steve Price, Dave Good/Alan Blakeman, Harry Howe/Mike Blake (6 & 5). The hospitality was great and the food almost as good as that at New Mills!
Not quite revenge at Chapel - Thurs 19 May
After days of rain and wind it was a relief to visit Chapel golf club with a team hoping to reverse the defeat in March. The sun emerged and a strong Senior side showed good form in the early holes. Keith Wright, who chipped in from 30 yards for his “two” went home richer,and his partner Mike Blake helped to win their match comfortably. Other wins by Tom James and Pete Christian as well as Dave Good and Peter Griffiths (again) allowed us to halve a fixture which ought to have been won (had not the Chairman and Alan Blakeman lost a 4 shot lead over the last 7 holes).
Anyway-always look on the bright side- it’s Dukinfield on Tuesday followed by a league game against Avro on June 9th.
Senior's Match v Shrigley Hall - Tue 10 May
New Mills lose League game but win Friendly by Tom James
The Seniors played their second league game on Tuesday 10th May against last year's League champions Shrigley Hall. Sadly they lost the league match by 5 points to 3 with only Dave Good and Harry Howe winning their game. Graham Elliott and Alec Lyndsey halved their match but unfortunately Tony Jones and Dave Holt and Pete Christian and Mr. President both lost.
However, all was not lost as when the remaining four fixtures in the 'friendly' games were taken into account New Mills won the friendly fixture winning 4 of the 8 games, losing 2 and halving 2.
Clean Sweep for New Mills Seniors - Tuesday 3rd May
by Tom James
At long last a comprehensive victory for the Seniors! The windy conditions proved too much for the visitors as New Mills completed an 8-0 victory against Reddish Vale.
This was the first league match of the season and the 4 pairings of Mike Richardson and Mr. President (5 and 4); Tom James and Mike Howard (3 and 2); Bill Sutton and Keith Wright (6 and 4); and Harry Howe and Trevor Jones (6 and 5) secured maximum points for the home team.
In the four friendly games there were equally impressive wins for Dave Good and Mike Bryant; Terry Johnson and birthday boy Andy Lyndsey; Arnie Merrick and Pete Griffiths and Harold Tague and Bernard McGrath.
The next game is an away match at Stamford on Thursday 5th May. Let’s hope we can achieve a similar result to this one!
First win for Seniors
by Steve Price
On April 26th the senior team chalked up a first victory at home against Mellor. The team performed well to win four and halve three of the eight matches. Don Cooper and Dave Good both shot “twos” as well as winning in their respective pairs. Trevor Jones and Harold Tague were a welcome addition to the team,while Keith Wright also made his first appearance of the season to good effect.
The Mellor players seemed impressed with our refreshments, many having already tried them in the Devonshire Arms! The next game is away to Buxton.
GLORIOUS DAY V GLOSSOP
The Seniors third fixture of the 2011 season was eagerly awaited by players (some of whom were there so early there were questions asked as to whether they had sleeping bags in the boot). On a glorious day, against a very good side, The New Mills team put in a good performance but were shaded out of it by one match yet again. Once more Harry Howe picked up the prizes - this time for the twos pool!
The winning matches came from Harry and Terry Johnson, Bill Sutton and Peter Griffiths, and Steve Price and Andy Lindsay (the latter playing a blinder on his debut fixture).
Graham Hawkins' entertaining speech was supplemented by Liz’s cordon bleu Shepherd’s pie. Brill!