The annual AC Tour of clubs in the South West region took place as usual in late July, with one-day matches at the same five clubs as last year. This year the weather gods were in a good mood and the tour was dry, sunny and warm for the whole time. At Swindon the tourists managed to register a 4-4 draw, halting the run of defeats there in the previous couple of years, but could not sustain that form on the next day at Bristol where they lost 4-6.
This year there were more tourists participating than ever before, so the third day at Nailsea was the big change-over day with several leaving after a half tour and others arriving to replace them for the second half. Nailsea kindly accommodated this with a plentiful supply of opponents so that a full 13 games were played on fast and quite tricky courts, every one of which went to the full time-limit, the tourists ending with a healthy 9-4 win.
On day four at Dyffryn the hosts managed to accommodate a full 9 games on only 2 courts, using stripy balls and treble-banking on one court in the afternoon, winning on time in the last game to hand the tourists a 4-5 defeat. Then on the final day at Blewbury with the hosts on top form everything came unstuck for the tourists, losing 0-8 for the first ever whitewash on tour. Better luck next year!
Tour organiser: Mark Homan.
Tour photos by year:
||Tour results by year:
|Date||Opponents||Venue||Results (Watford names first)|
|Thu 24 Jul||Swindon||Away||
DREW 4-4All games: (Net index points: 0)
|Fri 25 Jul||Bristol||Away||
LOST 4-6(Net index points: -28)
|Sat 26 Jul||Nailsea||Away||
WON 9-4(Net index points: +38)
|Sun 27 Jul||Dyffryn||Away||
LOST 4-5(Net index points: +3)
Handicap change: Robin Barry 10 to 9
|Mon 28 Jul||Blewbury||Away||
LOST 0-8(Net index points: -60)