1st round Handicap KO Cup announced; 8 teams & Southbourne in reserve

1st round Handicap KO Cup announced; 8 teams & Southbourne in reserve

10 Jan: Organiser Martin Simons has sent this note out to the participating clubs:

8 club teams have entered which is great news, with a Southbourne club team potentially as reserve, but happy not to take part.

The draw for the 1st Round is …

Dorchester v Weymouth

Purbeck v Poole

Bournemouth v Wimborne

Ringwood v Highcliffe

Last year’s winners – Highcliffe

The 1st named team has the choice of venue.

In view of the likely traditional poorer winter weather conditions I have once again regionalised the pairings for the 1st round to help reduce travelling for the away team.  I have also ensured that teams have been paired against a different team than in any of their knockout matches played last season.

Please can you ensure all matches are played by Friday, 28th February 2020.  This gives you 7 weeks to play the match. Please remember that you can select a different average team grade for each of the rounds without penalty so this will mean there is no pressure to play the same 6 players in each round and also gives each club more flexibility when selecting teams. The handicap system is designed to give clubs who play with a lower average team grade a sporting chance to win the match.

Could all home captains please contact the away captain within 7 days to agree a date. Please can you let me have the agreed details once they are known so these can be added to LMS. Please contact me if you are having any problems or if you have any questions.

I attach the latest set of rules and a match scoresheet (please familiarise yourselves with rule 7 on tie breaks). Please remember only grades at the start of the season are to be used (i.e. July 2019).  if you can, please use only players with an ECF A to E grade as these are more reliable. If you intend to use a player with an F or local grade then please contact me prior to the match (we can then use the player’s January 2020 A to E grade or, if there isn’t one, an agreed estimated grade). Rule 3 has been amended to reflect this.

Match results can be reported on LMS and I am happy to receive the results too.