PALMARES PALMARES PALMARES
This month has been dominated by our visit to Portugal for the 10th. European Legal Team Challenge.
A total of ten teams from the UK, Europe and Canada gathered at the Palmares Golf Club located towards the western end of the Algarve.
Your club was represented by the President’s team and teams Como and Sheridan. I am pleased to report that team Sheridan finished in the lead at the end of the round-robin matches but sadly succumbed to the Ontario Bar team in the semi-final finishing third equal with Ireland – St. Patrick’s. The eventual overall winners were Ireland- St. Brigid’s whose captain was presented with the Tony McAtamney Championship Trophy at our gala dinner and prizegiving on the final night. The attached picture shows Mrs. McAtamney presenting the prize to the captain of the St. Brigit’s team observed by her son, our secretary and, in the background, our President, Nic Stones.
The week was a great opportunity to make new friends and renew old acquaintances. There was a wonderful spirit of friendship and good fun as evidenced by one photo sent to me by a member in a bunker side by side with his opponent – their golf balls, of course !
During the week, participants, their friends and family were generous in their support for our charity, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and I am pleased to report that we raised nearly £3,000. If you would like to follow the progress of our fundraising this year, please visit our justgiving website at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lawsoccaptainscharity2019 .
The week proved to be a great success and I would like to express my thanks to all who worked so hard with the organisation and particularly our secretary David Barker, Tricia Gee., Peter Read and Gerry Johnson.
Many are already asking when are we doing it again.
Hardly had my feet touched the ground back at home and it was off to Maastricht for our match against the Dutch Bar. Maastricht is not the easiest place to get to but fortunately, I have a good friend called Peter Read! Thank you Peter for driving us there and back. The Dutch treated us royally, booking us into an old castle on the outskirts of town for our accommodation and taking us to two excellent courses although one had rather more hills than I had ever expected to see on a visit to the Netherlands !
Back down to normal life in the UK the annual triangular match with the Chartered Accountants GS and the Chartered Surveyors took place at it usual venue of Frilford Heath. Weary from our week in Portugal we struggled to find a team and did not do as well as we might but everyone enjoyed the day.
July is another busy month with six matches beginning this coming week with matches against the Brussels Bar in Liege and the Jersey Law Society in Jersey. Unable to be in two places at the same time, your captain has elected to visit Jersey !
With warm regards