LUC Ronchin Tournoi Jacques Lévy - Arrangements
Lille, France Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March 2018
This is an excellent, well run and sociable tournament in which Scottish Thistles have been regular participants, never finishing lower than fourth in the last six years. As with all Scottish Thistles events, everyone is guaranteed a fair share of pitch time.
Hotel accommodation will once more be organised by LUC Ronchin Hockey Club in the Hotel Mercure Lille Aéroport at €85 per night for a double or twin room, including breakfast; single room €75. There is a taxe de séjour of about €3 per person per night in addition. The tournament fee for 2018 is €290 per team (around €18 per player) plus lunches on the Saturday and Sunday (€16 each day). On Saturday evening there will be a dinner in the Mercure (€45 per person) - this is optional but you are encouraged to attend.
There will be a 'cultural visit' for non participants on the Saturday afternoon - details of this are not yet available.
Taxis to and from the ground (if there are not enough cars) are an additional expense. You should also budget for a taxi to and from the station if you are travelling by train, though you can take public transport at a much lower cost. We normally present a bottle of club whisky to each opposing team and to the organisers.
Matches begin at 13:30 on Friday 16 March and the final match will start at 14:00 on Sunday 18 March, with the prizegiving soon after the finish of the match, at around 14:45.
For the first time, we will be entering two teams for the Jacques Lévy Tournament: Scottish Thistles Blue, captained by Derek Johnstone and Scottish Thistles White, captained by Tim Lorimer. As suggested by the names, the Blue team will normally play in blue shirts and the White team in white shirts, but everyone should bring both blue and white shirts.
Scottish Thistles Blue
Derek Johnstone (cpt), Nigel Dixon (gk), Ian Downie, David Ballingall, John Bennett, Ian Pett, Murdoch Shirreffs, Ian McCreath, George Pickett, Dannie Onn, Gerry McBride, Kieran McLernan, Sandy Weir, John Candlin
Scottish Thistles White
Tim Lorimer (cpt), Dick Pearce (gk), Alan Parker, Mike McInally, Graham Conkie, Tony Walker, Neil Ward, Duncan Mitchell, Peter Klein, Peter Haines, John Smith, Donald Dunbar, Brian de Mattos, Keith Raper, John Sudale
Marion Bennett, Catherine Downie, Sue Klein, Mairi de Mattos, Jackie Parker, Eileen Pearce, Jenny Shirreffs, Ros Sudale. There will be a Ladies Tour on Saturday 17 March but details are still not available.
Following the withdrawal of Egypt, there are seven teams in the tournament: England LX, France A, France B, Scottish Thistles Blue, Scottish Thistles White and Welsh Dragons. They will each play all the other teams in the round robin on the first two days. The teams finishing in the first three positions in the round robin will play off on the final day against each other for the first three places overall and the teams finishing fourth to sixth will do the same. All teams will play a total of seven matches of two twenty minute halves.
Friday 16 March
14:30 England LX v Scottish Thistles White
15:30 Scottish Thistles Blue v France A
17:30 France B v Scottish Thistles Blue
18:30 Scottish Thistles White v France A
Saturday 17 March
09:30 Welsh Dragons v Scottish Thistles Blue
10:30 France B v Scottish Thistles White
12:30 Scottish Thistles White v Scottish Thistles Blue
15:30 Welsh Dragons v Scottish Thistles White
16:30 England LX v Scottish Thistles Blue
Sunday 18 March
09:00 4 v 6
10:00 1 v 3
11:00 5 v 6
12:00 3 v 2
13:00 4 v 5
14:00 1 v 2