CoStAl3 - Countdown In St. Albans - Saturday 2nd July 2016

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CoStAl3 - Countdown In St. Albans - Saturday 2nd July 2016

Post by James Robinson » Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:07 pm

IT'S HERE ONCE AGAIN!!! ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-)

Back by popular demand, after a successful couple of years, I am delighted to announce that Countdown in St. Albans IS BACK!!!!

ST ALBANS - Saturday 2 July 2016
The County Club, 29 Ridgmont Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3AG

http://www.thecountyclub.org/
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Presented by James Robinson and Jeff Clayton, using the "Bristol" classroom format and playing along with big screen virtual studio graphics:

- Guaranteeing a minimum of 7 games for every contestant.
- The format will be 10 round games (LLNLLNLLNC) in 1/0 format, followed by a final phase of 9R QF and SF which will eventually lead to the 14R grand final.
- The grand final in Group A plays out as the tournament showpiece.

Doors open at 9am for a 10am start, with free tea & coffee available on arrival.

A buffet lunch will be provided at 12:30pm and light refreshments will be on sale from the bar throughout the day. (Please advise of dietary requirements, where necessary.)

The grand final starts at or just after 5pm, and we conclude with the prizegiving by 6pm -- prizes will be on offer for 1st and 2nd places in every group.

Admission costs just £15pp and you can secure your place now:
- By PayPal (jeffrey_clayton@hotmail.com / james_r_robinson@hotmail.com);
- By phone (Jeff: 07595 690 249 / James: 07817 750 544);
- By cheque (address available on request).

We have decided to cap the participation level at 40 contestants; spectators are also welcome.

The venue is a short walk from the mainline railway station (connections from the Midlands, the North and central London) and 15 minutes' walk from the city centre.
There is parking at the club; if the car park is full, there is also limited parking on Ridgmont Road, otherwise the rail station car park costs just £2 for the day.
Accommodation is available locally.

We look forward to hearing from you!

With thanks and regards,

James Robinson
on behalf of Jeff Clayton and Rob Gibney, President of The County Club, St. Albans

Confirmed Participants (27):
Adam Curran
Julie McCarthy
Adam Dexter
Mauro Pratesi
Natasha Pratesi
Mark Murray
Bertrand Adam
Tom Cappleman
Giles Hutchings
Eddy Byrne
Callum Todd
Jerry Humphreys
Zarte Siempre
Gevin Chapwell
Martin Hurst
Jon Elmer
Jessica Pratesi
Rob Foster
Graeme Cole
Callum Pickering
Matthew Brockwell
Jamie Ilett-Jones
Robin McKay
Stewart Gordon
Matty Artell
Horace Horlicks
Tony Atkins

Confirmed Watchers (1):
Adam Gillard
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Post by Thomas Carey » Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:24 pm

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Post by James Laverty » Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:11 pm

Playing in a concert on both days that weekend so almost certainly going to have to miss out this year :(




If a cancellation comes up I will pop down though, but it is unlikely
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Post by szodiac » Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:53 pm

Jessica wants to know if there will be cakes this year?

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Post by Tracey Anne Mills » Wed May 18, 2016 6:41 pm

Definitely in for this !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by James Robinson » Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:16 pm

After a slow start as usual, the train is now at full steam, and we're now up to 14 players.
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:52 pm

I'm now officially in this. I'm staying at the Premier Inn. Because it's a 10:00 start, I wouldn't normally consider doing the parkrun. But now I'm thinking that I could do the parkrun and then just it over for the start, and not bother with a shower or breakfast! I can just change in the toilets when I get there. This is looking more and more like a good idea the more I think about it.

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Post by Zarte Siempre » Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:31 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:I'm now officially in this. I'm staying at the Premier Inn. Because it's a 10:00 start, I wouldn't normally consider doing the parkrun. But now I'm thinking that I could do the parkrun and then just it over for the start, and not bother with a shower or breakfast! I can just change in the toilets when I get there. This is looking more and more like a good idea the more I think about it.
You're going to stink.

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Post by James Robinson » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:16 am

Just over 3 weeks to go now, and we're now up to 17 including debutant Martin Hurst. ;) :) :D
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:13 pm

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:I'm now officially in this. I'm staying at the Premier Inn. Because it's a 10:00 start, I wouldn't normally consider doing the parkrun. But now I'm thinking that I could do the parkrun and then just it over for the start, and not bother with a shower or breakfast! I can just change in the toilets when I get there. This is looking more and more like a good idea the more I think about it.
You're going to stink.

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True. Missing out on breakfast might make my breath smell.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Sat Jun 11, 2016 1:38 pm

James Robinson wrote:A buffet lunch will be provided at 12:30pm and light refreshments will be on sale from the bar throughout the day. (Please advise of dietary requirements, where necessary.)
I'm a vegetarian by the way, if that information is needed.

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Post by James Robinson » Sat Jun 11, 2016 3:16 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
James Robinson wrote:A buffet lunch will be provided at 12:30pm and light refreshments will be on sale from the bar throughout the day. (Please advise of dietary requirements, where necessary.)
I'm a vegetarian by the way, if that information is needed.
Yes, always helpful. :)
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Post by Zarte Siempre » Sat Jun 11, 2016 4:42 pm

James Robinson wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:
James Robinson wrote:A buffet lunch will be provided at 12:30pm and light refreshments will be on sale from the bar throughout the day. (Please advise of dietary requirements, where necessary.)
I'm a vegetarian by the way, if that information is needed.
Yes, always helpful. :)
I eat seafood, but it's always useful to lump me under vegetarian because it means they actually put enough vegetarian food out.
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Post by James Robinson » Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:22 am

Just under a week to go now, and the defending champion Matthew Brockwell has now signed up, which takes us up to 25. ;) :) :D
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Post by Tony Atkins » Fri Jul 01, 2016 4:03 pm

Sorry for lateness, but I can now come as the Go event I was being made to run tomorrow has been cancelled as they
cannot get a caretaker to open the venue - see you tomorrow!

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Post by James Robinson » Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:27 pm

Tony Atkins wrote:Sorry for lateness, but I can now come as the Go event I was being made to run tomorrow has been cancelled as they
cannot get a caretaker to open the venue - see you tomorrow!
Excellent, see you tomorrow, Tony. ;) :) :D
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:09 pm

Really enjoyed this event. Very well organised as always and managed to sneak in the parkrun beforehand with Giles despite the early start!

I also enjoyed the Pointless but probably would have done more so if it had been more inclusive. For something that took up quite a lot of the time, it was a shame that quite a lot of us were just randomly not included from the start. Maybe something like teams of more than 2 and/or eliminating more than one team per round in the early rounds could do the job. I don't think that something that takes up that much time should be open to just a select few.

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Post by James Robinson » Sun Jul 03, 2016 4:41 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:I also enjoyed the Pointless but probably would have done more so if it had been more inclusive. For something that took up quite a lot of the time, it was a shame that quite a lot of us were just randomly not included from the start. Maybe something like teams of more than 2 and/or eliminating more than one team per round in the early rounds could do the job. I don't think that something that takes up that much time should be open to just a select few.
Thanks for the feedback, Gevin. It was definitely a bit different than when I hosted it at COHUD last year, but I suppose it was because there were more players available this time, but it is something I will look at to make it more available to everyone. 8-)
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Jul 03, 2016 4:57 pm

James Robinson wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:I also enjoyed the Pointless but probably would have done more so if it had been more inclusive. For something that took up quite a lot of the time, it was a shame that quite a lot of us were just randomly not included from the start. Maybe something like teams of more than 2 and/or eliminating more than one team per round in the early rounds could do the job. I don't think that something that takes up that much time should be open to just a select few.
Thanks for the feedback, Gevin. It was definitely a bit different than when I hosted it at COHUD last year, but I suppose it was because there were more players available this time, but it is something I will look at to make it more available to everyone. 8-)
Cool. I mean it was still enjoyable and well run, and I definitely appreciate the amount of work that must have gone into it.

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Post by Zarte Siempre » Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:32 am

James Robinson wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:I also enjoyed the Pointless but probably would have done more so if it had been more inclusive. For something that took up quite a lot of the time, it was a shame that quite a lot of us were just randomly not included from the start. Maybe something like teams of more than 2 and/or eliminating more than one team per round in the early rounds could do the job. I don't think that something that takes up that much time should be open to just a select few.
Thanks for the feedback, Gevin. It was definitely a bit different than when I hosted it at COHUD last year, but I suppose it was because there were more players available this time, but it is something I will look at to make it more available to everyone. 8-)
Perhaps after each game before lunch you could hand out a slip of paper to ALL players with a single answer space, and put the question on the screen. People can answer them solo. Those with the lowest X scores get to play the rest of them in teams after lunch.
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Post by Martin Hurst » Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:11 pm

Re Pointless, I thought it was a great laugh, but the only change I would have made would have probably been to ditch the first 2 rounds and instead ask the same 6 (or so) questions for everyone to answer individually (quickly) on a bit of paper and then pass it to the person sat next to them to mark with the lowest 8 scorers then playing in the "main show" (you could even have done it in two rafts of 2/3 questions, then you could have had midway score-check(s) so tactics could then be used).

But that is a side point - what I mainly want to say is that overall the whole day was superb and I would thoroughly recommend anyone considering going to a FOCAL event to give it a try – from the big-name legendary players there was no snobbery or arrogance at all when I played them and they were all welcoming and friendly, and stayed humble, polite and encouraging throughout. The event was brilliantly and professionally organised and hosted, and a great time was had by all ages, abilities and personalities. A definite 5 star rating from me :)

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Post by Jennifer Steadman » Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:18 pm

Martin Hurst wrote:But that is a side point - what I mainly want to say is that overall the whole day was superb and I would thoroughly recommend anyone considering going to a FOCAL event to give it a try – from the big-name legendary players there was no snobbery or arrogance at all when I played them and they were all welcoming and friendly, and stayed humble, polite and encouraging throughout. The event was brilliantly and professionally organised and hosted, and a great time was had by all ages, abilities and personalities. A definite 5 star rating from me :)
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Post by Martin Hurst » Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:04 pm

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Martin Hurst wrote:But that is a side point - what I mainly want to say is that overall the whole day was superb and I would thoroughly recommend anyone considering going to a FOCAL event to give it a try – from the big-name legendary players there was no snobbery or arrogance at all when I played them and they were all welcoming and friendly, and stayed humble, polite and encouraging throughout. The event was brilliantly and professionally organised and hosted, and a great time was had by all ages, abilities and personalities. A definite 5 star rating from me :)
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Post by Jennifer Steadman » Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:32 pm

Martin Hurst wrote:
Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Martin Hurst wrote:But that is a side point - what I mainly want to say is that overall the whole day was superb and I would thoroughly recommend anyone considering going to a FOCAL event to give it a try – from the big-name legendary players there was no snobbery or arrogance at all when I played them and they were all welcoming and friendly, and stayed humble, polite and encouraging throughout. The event was brilliantly and professionally organised and hosted, and a great time was had by all ages, abilities and personalities. A definite 5 star rating from me :)
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Brilliant, will do - cheers Martin! :D
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