Bancroft’s Phab Club Boccia Tournament Report
Three clubs descended on Bancroft’s School Sports Hall on Sunday 17th February for the latest boccia tournament to be run by Bancroft’s Club, formerly known as Epping Forest Phab Club. In total seven teams competed - two each from Chelmsford Phab and Unity 70 and three from Bancroft’s. The initial leagues stage saw some tight matches, not least the match between the Chelmsford Vipers and the Foresters, finishing three a piece. The Vipers were also involved in tight match against Unity 70, winning by just one, 7 to 6. The Foresters, one of the Bancroft’s teams produced a couple of superb displays to dispatch Unity 70 and their own club side, the Oaks.
In the other league, the Chemlsford Cobras dominated their two matches against a strong Unity 70 team, the aptly named Happy Wanderers and the Crofters from Bancroft’s.
The semi finals saw the two Chelmsford sides compete, with the Cobras coming out on top in a hotly fought match, and the Happy Wanderers finding form to beat the Foresters in tense semi final. The final pitched the Chemlsford Cobras against the Happy Wanderers from Unity 70, with the latter producing the best boccia of the tournament to win 6 to 4. The number of times the referee sought a second opinion on the end score reflects the quality of play by all the participants.
Particular mention should go to the winning team made up of Paul and Christine Hunt, June Tokins and Les Franklin and the player of the tournament, Ben Alder representing Chelmsford and pictured above on the right with Club Leader Steve Read, who not only played some superb boccia but also encouraged a number of other players and embodied the friendly and competitive spirit of the day.
A huge thank you to Dave Bish and his team at Bancroft’s for marking up the courts, Phil Chittock and Neal Crowley for their expert refereeing and to Karen Chittock and Lynne Hague for organising the day. Julia Giles, SE Trustee, presented the winning team with their certificates on the day. And Karen visited Unity 70 at their club night to award the trophy to the Happy Wanderers team.
The next tournament is already being planned for late autumn. George Whittingham will email South East clubs with information as soon as a date is confirmed. Let’s make the next tournament the biggest yet!
Bancroft’s Phab Club and Trustee Phab
(See more photos below including the overall winning team Happy Wanderers from Unity 70 receiving their certificates from Julia Giles, Phab Trustee and SE Chair)