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Summer league 2020 Update

Unfortunately and after quite a lot of soul searching regrettably the Committee have decided that like the league all of our planned competitions will be also cancelled for 2020. The reasons for this are quite simple,the Covid virus is despite all of our hopes clearly still with us.Despite the easing of the lockdown several of our pubs and clubs have still to reopen and of those that have it will difficult to maintain the guidelines particularly social distancing. there is also a genuine reluctance of many individuals to return to normality particularly time spent in pubs.That is not surprising as many of our players are classified simply because of their age and known health conditions in the vulnerable category.

We have not taken this decision lightly and we did consider several options, but on balance it was felt the right decision was to cancel this years league and competitions entirely. The only exception may possibly be The Founder members trophy where no pre – entry is required you just turn up and play at a single suitable location.We will look at the possibility of holding that perhaps on a Sunday in the latter part of August and will let you know.

Competition entry fees already paid will either held over,donated to an NHS charity or repaid to the entrants.Please could secretaries/Captains let The Treasurer know your preference by the end of July who  will be arranging repayments including to those  teams who have already asked for their entry fees to be repaid.Please also indicate to whom cheques should be made payable to as we have no record of who made payments back in February !

On a slightly brighter note we know that a few teams have or are arranging friendlies which is great and we are sure your venue is also delighted.In doing so can we please ask you to follow all the relevant guidelines relating to social distancing,sanitizing hands, equipment (dolls and sticks) regularly,ensuring track and trace is in place at the venues.You might also want to consider using a lazy doll, picking up your own sticks and giving food a miss !

Sod’s law that much of the summer so far has been really good weatherwise and cruelly it seems especially so on Wednesdays !!

Stay Safe,take care and lets look forward to all getting back playing together again safely in 2021

Your 2020 Abingdon Aunt Sally Committee

 

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Summer League 2020

As a result of the government advice issued yesterday the committee have met and discussed options available to us, it has been decided to delay the start of this seasons league and competitions until further notice in the interests of all of our players.

The committee will keep this decision under review and if government advice changes we will endeavour to facilitate some play this year, one option we have discussed is to play fixtures from the 8th July which would mean teams only playing one match each and fit in as many competitions as possible. We have  planned to review this situation at the end of April and will communicate any plans as soon as we are able.

This situation is beyond any of our control and the first major interruption to our league since inception 60 years ago, we hope that you will accept that in the best interests of us all we had no alternative course of action, when we make final decisions we will keep you all informed, in the meantime stay safe, we want to see you all ready to play again as soon as is humanly possible

Abingdon Aunt Sally Committee

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Summer League AGM

Please note that our Annual General meeting will be held as usual at Abingdon United FC Northcourt Road on Monday 27th January 2020 starting at 8.00pm.

We need to have representatives from as many teams or venues to attend to see how the league is performing and to assist the committee in the  running of our league, it usually only takes an hour or so of your time so please make the effort you will be very welcome.

Registration night details will be made public when agreed at The AGM watch this space  this years Team registration forms will be also published on the website  after confirmation at the AGM.

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Photos for Summer (and Winter)

Presentation Night for the Summer was last Friday and the photos are now available online. Many thanks to Ellen Downes for snapping on the night.

The previous Winter League Presentation Night (April) were loaded but a bug prevented their viewing. They have now been reloaded for you to view. 

Go to PHOTOs on the menu and take some memory lane trips while you’re there – we have 10 years worth and more in the History section !

If you have any old photos, programmes or clippings that you want to share get in touch with the Committee.

 

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Summer League : Week 10 Results & Comp News

SPECIAL OFFER!

As you know the League is sponsored this year by Dyno Plumbing & Heating and they are offering an exclusive discount for registered players of the league off the cost of all new boilers they install. From now until the end of the season they will be offering a 10% discount off all new boilers installed. The boilers come with a 7-year warranty and you’ll need to quote DYNOAASL17 when making an enquiry. This offer is open to all registered players of the League.

So give them a ring on 01235 523708 and get a great deal!

Competition News:  5s Competition – The Committee have decided that because the Spread Eagle B team withdrew from the competition voluntarily that Spread Eagle go through to the Final. 

Singles Competitions: with the 4 venues hosting 30 players with games running to repeat 3/1/6 stick legs in places and some high 5/6s being challenging in some of the later matches the semi-finalists are:   Dave Dix (Ab Utd B), Barry Parker (Ab Utd B), John Simmons (Spread Eagle) and Nicky Biggs (Tandem). Semi-finals/Finals will be held as part of Presentation Night on Friday 20th October at Abingdon United FC.

THIS WEEK :  Fours competitions are at Ab.Con Club and Ab.Utd FC (as per Competition Fixture list not poster or Player lists – I know we rushed it – apologies) this Thursday. Registered players are listed here.

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Aunt Sally and Uncle Sam – some history of the game

In 2015 the then Secretary Graham Brown received an unsolicited email from a chap in the US wanting to use some of the photos from our website. Graham passed the email to me and I corresponded with the chap over a few images and thought nothing further. We get a few emails like this – the last USA one was asking about the specification for a doll (I sent a couple in the post).

A couple of weeks ago the same chap, Rhett Krause of Massachusetts contacted the Chairman for his address as ‘I have something to mail to the League, but need an address.’  James passed the email to me and I immediately recognised the name. Oh. He’s written the leaflet! 

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Welcome to the Kennel

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So what do you give a World Champion to say congratulations? Well the committee at Abingdon UTD Aunt Sally HQ were quick to decide that our own Barrington ‘Mutley’ Parker needed some formal recognition for his achievements and Abingdon United presented him the Special Club Events award.
Recognition from his friends and fellow tossers was always going to have to be a bit different ,but the combined brains, mainly from the Sporting Icons that are the AUFC ‘C’ team, came up with a solution. With permission granted from AUFC the Aunt Sally shed has been named ‘The Kennel’, home of the dog. A fitting tribute that will be seen by all visiting players, just as it should be.
Well done again Barry.

Matt Ashmall (Abingdon UTD C)

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