LUC Ronchin Tournoi Jacques Lévy - Arrangements
Lille, France Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2019
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, though in 2018 we sent two teams and only one finished in the top four. As with all Scottish Thistles events, everyone is guaranteed a fair share of pitch time.
Accommodation will once more be organised by LUC Ronchin Hockey Club in the Hotel Mercure Lille Aéroport at €89 per night for a double or twin room, including breakfast; single room €79 and triple room €109. There is a taxe de séjour of €2.48 per person per night in addition. The tournament fee is €290 per team plus lunches on the Saturday and Sunday (€16 each day). On Saturday evening there will be a buffet meal in the Mercure (about €30 per person including soft drinks) - this is optional but you are encouraged to attend.
There will be a visit to the Palais Beaux-Arts in Lille for non participants on the Saturday afternoon.
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 13:00 on Friday 15 March and finish at 15:30 on Sunday 17 March. The first match on Saturday and Sunday will begin at 09:30.
You will need to organise your own travel to Lille. The main possibilities are
- ferry to Dunkirk, Calais or Zeebrugge, or Channel Tunnel, and car to the hotel (right on the A1 autoroute)
- air to Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Beauvais or Charleroi and hire car, minibus or train to Lille/hotel
- Eurostar train from London to Lille (the most popular method in previous years)
You can fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and take the TGV to Lille - Easyjet and Flybe have flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow to CDG, and you can fly Air France from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. You will be much cheaper booking online than buying a ticket at Charles de Gaulle Station.
You can fly out on Friday 15 March (07:00) and back on Sunday 17 March (21:20) with EasyJet from Edinburgh to Paris Charles de Gaulle. There is not much difference in price with the Air France flights (06:15 out Friday and 22:05 back Sunday). There's no suitable EasyJet flight from Glasgow to CDG on Friday 15 March but there is an evening flight back to Glasgow on Sunday 17 March (21:15). Air France don't have direct flights from Glasgow to Paris.
You should be able to book Eurostar trains online from Friday 21 December but you may need to wait till the following week to book through trains from Scotland. You may be able to book separately for Scotland-London tickets on the Virgin Trains East Coast website from Friday 7 October, when they are likely to be at their cheapest.
Once again we have entered two teams for the Jacques Lévy Tournament: Scottish Thistles Blue, captained by Peter Burns and Scottish Thistles White, captained by Ian McCreath. 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 (15)
Peter Burns, Rob Campbell. Graham Conkie, John Connaghan, Ian Downie, Peter Haines, Peter Klein, Tim Lorimer, Mike McInally, Kieran McLernan, Dick Pearce, Martin Petty, Keith Raper, Murdoch Shirreffs, Tony Walker
Scottish Thistles White (15)
John Candlin, Brian de Mattos, Paul Docherty, Gurdial Duhre, Donald Dunbar, Chris Kalman, Alan Kerr, Ian McCreath, Clifford Martin, John Michalik, Duncan Mitchell, Alan Murray, Dannie Onn, Alan Parker, Ian Pett
We don't yet have a definite list of ladies but Catherine Downie, Sue Klein, Eileen Pearce and Jackie Parker will be there and hope to be joined by more cheerleaders. There will be a visit to the Palais Beaux-Arts in Lille on Saturday 16 March.
Seven teams so far have entered the tournament: Egypt (subject to obtaining visas) England LX, France A, France B, Scottish Thistles Blue, Scottish Thistles White and Welsh Dragons Invitations have been sent to teams from Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland but none of those has so far confirmed. The format of the competition over the three days will depend on the number of teams participating, as will the duration of the matches (2 x 15 minutes or 2 x 20 minutes).