Monday, 25 September 2017

Here we go again!

Thanks to some sterling last-minute work by Declan, we think we have 21 teams and so we can go ahead with 3 leagues of 7 teams, which will include a bye in each league every week, but give us breathing space to have some replay dates and still finish Mid-April.

With DCC and LWMC dropping out, and Cacklebury Kings (Hailsham), Happy Haddocks (Isfield) and Black Barbarians (Black Horse B) joining us, the leagues will be as follows

League 1 Rodmell, Royal Toads, Black Horse, Long Man TH, Laughing Fish A, Stand Up Comics and Blacksmiths Arms

League 2 Lindfield Lobbers, Plough Puddocks, Brewers, Snowdrop, Nellies, Black Swan and Royal Oak

League 3 Laughing Fish C, British Queen, ASBO, Volunteer, Cacklebury Kings, Happy Haddocks and Black Barbarians

All teams get 12 league matches. If you look at the fixture sheet and see that several members of your team are on holiday for a match, ring/email the opposing captain to move the match to another date, either one of the replay dates or another convenient day. THEN TELL ME!

Similarly, all the above teams are entered into the draw from the first round of the Toad Cup, plus any non-league teams, or any teams splitting just for the Cup, if you let me know by 20:00 on Monday 9th October. The draw for the first round will come out with the results that week.

Please have another look at the Rules, especially the new ones about throwing order and what happens if teams turn up without their full complement.

Finally, a brief call for teams of 4 to play at the Eastbourne Beer Festival on Thursday, 5th October. The organisers nearly pulled it, but relented under pressure and have restricted it to 8 teams, (free entry, free glass, one free drink per person). Please reply to me at, first come, first chosen.

I attach the fixtures list, the contacts list and the most recent rules. We look forward to seeing you all through the year, especially the Happy Haddocks, our first opponents.

2017 - 2018 fixtures list is available to view HERE

Wednesday, 13 September 2017


Please remember to send your registration forms in by noon, Monday 18th September!

If you can't get the form and money to Sally by then, get it to Declan at the Black Horse by 8pm Monday, where the Committee will meet.

If you have never played in the league before you will be most welcomed by the league.

Registration forms available to download HERE.

Rules available to download HERE.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

AGM 2017 summary

Morning All,

Here are the notes from the AGM as I remember them.

13 teams took the opportunity to enter then and there. The rest of you have until Monday 18th Sep. If you can't get the form and money to us, get it to Declan at the Black Horse by 8pm Monday, where the Committee will meet.

Happy Haddocks (Laughing Fish), ASBO, British Queen, Long Man Toadholers, Rodmell, Stand Up Comics, Cacklebury Kings (Hailsham), Black Horse, Blacksmiths Arms, Royal Oak, Royal Toads, Plough Puddocks, Brewers.

Cheers Dave


AGM 2017

After a welcome from Gregor (Chair), he just asked the Teams if there were any new teams around, because last year there had been too many games as we only had 2 leagues. He gave apologies from Neil Finney and Chrissie (Vol)

2. Minutes of previous meeting were to be covered in Rules alterations

3. Election of Officers, as all officers were happy to continue and no one else was dissatisfied, all were return unopposed.

4. Fixtures Secretary report. Dave agreed that last year’s timetable was too crowded but unavoidable. He thanked those teams who reported promptly, and said that those who didn’t delayed him sending out the full results to everyone, and while the occasional failure was understandable, there were still some regular offenders, so this year, after a reminder, the rules allowed for points deduction!!!!! Be warned!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please copy him into any emails about date changes.

5. Treasurer’s report. Sally reported that we had £273.92 in the bank and £17.80 petty cash and promptly bought everyone attending the AGM a drink. She recommended that Subs would remain at £20 a year.

6. Competition Sec report. Ben had only been able to attend the Singles which he felt had worked very well by using Bingo balls, (the completion, that is, not him not being at the Doubles!) and hoped that this year there would be a date spare for the Doubles not to be on Finals night

7. Rules alterations (Committee) Things were going so well, then . . . . . . .

1 Formalisation of who goes first in matches.

After much discussion(!) it was decided, (I think), that:

All games are best of three legs. The Home team would always name their player(s) first. There would then be a toss of a coin (or similar fair method), the winner to decide in which leg to go first. Players go first in alternate legs. The third leg need not be played if it is 2-0. If it is 1-1, another toss will be made for the final leg.

In Cup matches, there will an initial toss of the coin before the Singles matches to decide who will name their player first, with subsequent games alternating, and again before the Doubles and Team, if required.

2 Formalisation of what happens if teams arrive incomplete.

Again, after discussion, it was decided that teams turning up with a minimum of 4 players, for whatever reason, should play all matches, as if the missing person(s) was scoring 0! So, with 3 turning up, 3 singles matches would be played, the 4th one conceded (although it could be played as a friendly for the 4th player, who would chose his/her opponent but no 8s would count for that person). After the first doubles, the second doubles would be 2 against 1, with the 1 only getting 1 throw in a round, (eg a3, b3, a4, -, a3, b3, a4, -, etc, ie 2 throws against 1). Similarly in the team game, with 4 against 3, throw a1, b1, a2, b2, a3, b3, a4, a1, etc.

We’ll try it and see. If teams fail to turn up, they will be warned of future points deduction AND the games will still be expected to be played.

3 Change in rules for promotion

After a short discussion, it was decided to keep the current system, with games being counted before matches for League order.

9. Any other business

Everyone was talked out, so after thanks to the Committee and Andy and his staff at the Laughing Fish, we went home, tired and emotional!!!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

That's it!

That's it!!!! It's all over bar the shouting!! Well, if you're not coming to Finals, it is.

After 18 weeks without a break, the League has run with very few hiccups and problems. Hopefully next year will go even more smoothly, but thank you all for making this season go as well as it did.

Two matches could not be played because of serious problems for teams at this end of the season not allowing time to catch up. The Committee have therefore decided those results. Congratulations to Rodmell for going through the season undefeated and therefore becoming Division 1 champions, and to Lewes Working Men's Club for winning Division 2 and earning promotion to Division 1. Despite a late surge, The Volunteer have moved from having Div3 wooden spoon to Div2 wooden spoon (progress!) and The Brewers get the Div1 wooden spoon and will be relegated to Div2.

This year, there have been an unprecedented number of 8s, so congratulations to Jake Saunders (Rodmell) and Henry ? (LWMC - can we have a surname, please) for winning the 8s competitions.

Finals night is next Monday at the Elly, before 8pm, food only if you've told Gregor you're coming. Everyone welcome to take part in the Doubles competition while the Cup Final, Plate Final and Singles Final take place.

See you all next week, if not, enjoy the summer, go back to your pubs and play some toads and enthuse neighbouring pubs to get into the game.

Cheers, Dave and Sally

Match 18 results - Monday 3rd April

Lewes and District Toad in the Hole League Fixtures 2016-17

Match 18 Mon 3rd April

Division 1

Plough Puddocks 3 v Laughing Fish A 4
Stand Up Comics 2 v Royal Toads 5
Black Horse 4 v Long Man TH 3
DCC 7 v Brewers Arms 0
Rodmell TC 6 v Lindfield Lobbers 1

DCC v Long Man TH 4-3 (committee)

Division 2

Laughing Fish C 6 v Volunteer 1
ASBO 1 v Black Swans 6
LWMC v Snowdrop Played 2-5
British Queen 5 v Nellies 2
Royal Oak 5 v Blacksmiths Arms 2

Blacksmiths Arms v Black Swans 5-2 (committee)

Match 17 results - Monday 27th March

Lewes and District Toad in the Hole League Fixtures 2016-17

Match 17 Mon 27th March

Division 1

Lindfield Lobbers 3 v Plough Puddocks 4
Brewers Arms 1 v Rodmell TC 6
Long Man TH v DCC Post
Royal Toads 4 v Black Horse 3
Laughing Fish A 5 v Stand Up Cs 2

Division 2

Blacksmiths A 4 v Laughing Fish C 2
Nellies 5 v Royal Oak 2
Snowdrop 4 v British Queen 3
Black Swans 2 v LWMC 5
Volunteer 2 v ASBO 5

Match 16 results - Monday 20th March

Lewes and District Toad in the Hole League Fixtures 2016-17

Match 16 Mon 20th March

Division 1

Plough Puddocks 5 v Stand Up Comics 2
Black Horse 6 v Laughing Fish A 1
DCC 5 v Royal Toads 2
Rodmell TC 6 v Long Man TH 1
Lindfield Lobbers 4 v Brewers Arms 3

Division 2

Laughing Fish C 4 v ASBO 3
LWMC 6 v Volunteer 1
British Queen 1 v Black Swans 6
Royal Oak 4 v Snowdrop 3
Blacksmiths Arms 4 v Nellies 3