Vets - Tonka Timed Out
By Paul Linaker
Change of date results in competition pulling out
VETS' FRIENDLY - TONKA TOURNAMENT
There have been some problems before in the organising / running of this End of Season Tournament by Chelmsford Evergreens, but it has always previously gone ahead.
Having pencilled in the usual date for this season's occasion as Saturday 28th April, it was only fairly recently clear that this would not happen, and a probable change to Saturday 21st mooted. Reasons were not explained, but a quick scan of their website revealed that their Dutch friends, Zevenbergen, were over for their Juniors' weekend. One year it is at Chelmsford and the next year at Zevenbergen. We actually went ahead with the Tournament one year when they were there, and it was a bit fraught both around the pitches and in the Clubhouse.
When the proposed alternative date, 21st April, ran into problems of Canterbury's availability, and also clashed with our Dinner, it was left in the air another week or two. We finally agreed yesterday that it should be cancelled for this year, but run on the normal date next year, when the Juniors' Weekend will be away.
As we won it last season, it looks like we are holding onto the Tonka Trophy for a bit longer!