ICKLESHAM CASUALS 4 v SOVEREIGN SAINTS 0
Wisdens Sports Challenge Cup Final
The Pilot Field - Monday 9th April
A memorable evening at the Pilot Field on Monday, 9th April, one the club can be proud of and that will be recalled for a long time. An excellent performance by the 1st team to beat Sovereign Saints 4-0 to win the Wisdens Sports Challenge Cup.
In an evenly contested opening period both sides had half chances with Jack Davies and his opposite number in the Saints goal making saves. Icklesham took the lead on the half hour mark when Charlie Cornford's finish bobbled into the back of the net and Charlie doubled the lead four minutes later when he neatly lifted the ball past the advancing Saints keeper.
Sovereign Saints, who the previous Wednesday were victorious in the final of the Sussex Junior Cup, put the Casuals under pressure as half-time approached and a pivotal moment came in stoppage time when a cross was only half cleared and Jack Davies could only watch as a shot from the edge of the area came back off the foot of the post.
Icklesham took advantage of the escape in the early minutes of the second half when Charlie received a pass from Steffan Davies, beat two Sovereign Saints defenders before firing into the net to complete his hat-trick.
The deficit was almost reduced mid-way through the half when the ball narrowly failed to cross the line following a goalmouth scramble in the Casuals area but in the 74th minute Charlie put the result beyond doubt when his initial shot was saved before it fell to Steffan and then Charlie again who netted the rebound for his fourth of the match.
A deserved victory in a game that was played in an excellent spirit throughout with every player contributing to the win. Congratulations to Michael Rogers and his side on a brilliant night.
Ollie Beaumont lifted the trophy becoming the first Icklesham Casuals 1st team captain to do so in a final since Bob Baker raised the Eastbourne and Hastings League Division One Cup in 1987.
The winning team was Jack Davies, Mike Amar, Ollie Beaumont, Jack Pullin, Jack Swan, Val Newman, Jack Hobden, Kieran Dighton, Charlie Cornford, Adam Sully and Steffan Davies with used substitutes Phil Badrock, Asa Croucher and Solly Cooke and unused sub Bill Beaumont.
We must also remember the contribution made by Sean Baker, unavailable for the match, in helping the side make it to the final.
The club would like to thank the East Sussex Football League and Hastings United F C for organising and staging the final, all those who came along to support the team and sponsors Littlewoods Fencing and H R S Rail for their backing during the season.
If anyone has any photos from the final please let the club know at email@example.com.
In the 1957-58 season John Dunk scored 52 goals for the club. That record has stood until last night when Charlie Cornford's first goal broke the record. So appropriate that it was broken in a winning cup final.
THE CIDER CUP (6th September 2017)
The inaugural Cider Cup golf event took place last Friday at the Weald of Kent Golf Club.
This was a six man team competition based on the Ryder Cup between the Icklesham Casuals Golf Society and former 1st team captain Steve Beale's Golf Society. The event was played over 27 holes - 9 holes of four balls, 9 holes of foursomes and 9 holes of singles.
Steve Beale's team came out on top with a 9-3 victory with Icklesham winning half a point in the four balls, one point in the foursomes and one and a half points in the singles.
The Icklesham Casuals team was Bob Baker (captain), Chris Baker, Mike Beaumont, Tony Forster, Tim Linch and Dave Stannard.
The photograph shows Bob Baker presenting Steve Beale with the Cider Cup.
80 Hole Charity Golf Challenge
A 6 a.m. rendezvous at the Tudor Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club in Bearsted for the seven intrepid golfers - Bob Baker, Steve Beale, John Cooper, Adam Forrest, Richard Forrest, David Mayne and Nick Sparks - and a quick photo call before the first ball on the 80 Hole Charity Golf Challenge was struck by Bob Baker at 6.15 a.m.
18 holes later and after a short stop for a well earned coffee and roll and an unexpected but welcome if brief meet-up with former Casuals players Dale Glazier and Martyn Goldfinch it was off to catch the 11.50 shuttle to France.
After losing an hour on arriving on the Continent as our watches were put forward and a drive to Lille it was time to tee-off on the next 18 holes at the Blue Green Lille Metropole Golf Course.
36 holes completed and a long drive to Belgium, a welcome few hours sleep at the Henri Chappelle Golf and Country Club near Liege and it was up bright and early for holes 37 to 54 on Les Viviers Course at Henri Chappelle.
A short trip to Germany and the next round with a 1.40 p.m. tee-off at the Haus Kambach Golf Course in Eschweiler before another short drive and with many aching limbs to play the final 8 holes in Holland at International Golf Maastricht where the final putt was sunk by David Mayne at 9.30 p.m. local time and completion of the 80 hole challenge in 38.5 hours.
It was a tiring but rewarding two days - many weary legs, a few blisters, very little sleep but some great camaraderie and most importantly £3733.17 raised to date for the Alzheimer's Society and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Steve Beale was champion golfer over the two days (according to Steve anyway!) and he duly arranged for a member of staff at Henri Chappelle to present him with one of their own trophies to mark his performance!
A huge thank you to Adam, Bob, David, John, Nick, Richard and Steve who completed the challenge and we must give a special mention to John of 19th Hole Golf Getaways who put in all the hard work and research to find the courses to allow not only the challenge to take place but for it to be completed within the target time. Our gratitude also goes to Adam, Bob and Steve for doing the driving.
A massive thank you to everyone who supported the event by either sponsoring a hole or donating through the Virgin Money Giving page. It was your generosity that made the challenge worthwhile and provided the incentive to keep going when our limbs told us otherwise! Thank you as well to all those who backed the Golf Day held in May.
The Virgin Money Giving page will remain open until the 25th September so there is still time to make a donation to the Alzheimer's Society and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The link for the page is http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/IckleshamCasualsFootballClub
The 10th Icklesham Casuals Golf Tournament
The 10th Icklesham Casuals Golf Tournament took place on a sunny afternoon at Sweetwoods Park Golf Course near Edenbridge on Friday, 14th July with thirteen competitors taking part including first time participants John Cooper, Nick Sparks and Luther Sullivan.
Another closely fought event saw Tony Forster taking the trophy for the first time with Mike Beaumont as runner-up and Dave Coombes in 3rd place. Dave also won the award for the longest drive on the 13th hole and Andy Vickers was nearest the pin on the 17th hole.
Thank you to Bob Baker for once again organising the event.
Club Merchandise Sale (August 2017)
The club has a number of items of merchandise for sale.
These include enamel club badge, 75th anniversary enamel badge, polo shirt, t-shirts, sweatshirts, baseball caps, pennant, badge mug, team mug and mugs to commemorate the Sussex Junior Cup win in 1963-64, the Lower Divisions Cup win in 1997-98, the Division Two Championship in 2005-06 and the Veterans Cup win in 2007-08.
Mugs to celebrate the Veterans Cup wins in 2014-15 and 2015-16 can also be supplied if there is a demand.
Only limited sizes are available for some items of clothing.
Copies of the souvenir handbooks from seasons 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12, the 75th Anniversary Brochure and programmes from the 75th Anniversary match and Veterans Challenge match against Sedlescombe Rangers Veterans held at the Pilot Field in April 2015 are also still available.
If you would like to order an item of merchandise, want details of prices or sizes available or would like any further information please email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until the end of September all profits from the sale of any merchandise will be donated to the charity fundraising for the Alzheimer's Society and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The Virgin Money Giving page set up for donations in support of the 80 Hole Charity Golf Challenge will remain open until the 25th September so there is still time to make a donation to the Alzheimer's Society and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The link is http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/IckleshamCasualsFootballClub
Charity Golf Day Report (18th May 2017)
A Golf Day was held at the Weald of Kent Golf Course in Headcorn on Thursday, 18h May to publicise the 80 Hole Charity Golf Challenge raising money for the Alzheimer's Society and the Motor Neurone Disease Association and was a tremendous success.
A big thank you to John Cooper, Bob Baker, Steve Beale, Tony Forster and the Weald of Kent for their hard work in organising the event, to all those who took part - we hope you all enjoyed the day, to everyone who supported the 'Bus Stop', to Tony for obtaining the matched funding, Katherine from the Alzheimer's Society for joining us for the first part of the day and to everyone else who helped make the event such a success.
Six teams of four players took part with the competition being won by John Cooper's team - Cooper's Collective made up of John, Wayne Collier, Adrian Fisk and Stuart Chance. The best individual golfer trophy went to Colin Young and Iwan Lewis won the prize for nearest the pin on the 13th hole. Steve Beale took the top prize in the 'Bus Stop' winning the Ping Traverse Golf Bag kindly donated by Ping Europe. The trophy for the winning team was generously donated by Tower Trophies of Evesham.
The Golf Day raised in excess of £600 which means with the matched funding a total of over £1000 for the two charities.
THE WEALD OF KENT GOLF CLUB, HEADCORN
Thursday, 18th May 2017
The club is holding a Golf Day on Thursday, 18th May at the Weald of Kent Golf Course at Headcorn. This is to publicise the 80 Hole Charity Golf Challenge taking place in June and raising much needed funds for the Alzheimer's Society and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Arrive at 9.30 a.m. with tee-off times starting around 10.30 a.m.
This will be a team competition and is open to teams of four. The cost is £38 per player which includes a tea or coffee and bacon roll prior to the start, 18 holes of golf and a two course meal at the end of the competition with prizes for the leading teams as well as individual awards. There will also be a 'Beat the Pro' Competition.
We still have a few places available if any golfers out there would like to enter a team or if you are interested in taking part a member of an Icklesham Casuals team please email the club email@example.com.
Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society and the Motor Neurone Disease Association in support of the 80 Charity Golf Challenge can be made throughhttp://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/IckleshamCasualsFootballClub.
Please help us achieve our target of raising £5,000 for the two charities.
Weald of Kent Golf Course
|80TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS (11.02.2017)
This season is the clubs 80th and will be marked on Saturday, 22nd July with events in the afternoon at the Recreation Ground followed by an evening buffet at the Lodge at Winchelsea.
Further details to follow but please put the date in your diaries.