Sheffield and District League 2017/18 Season

Last Season Results (2016/17)

1st Team — Division One
Date Opponents Venue
Mon 2 Oct Woodseats Home
Mon 16 Oct Ecclesall Home
Mon 6 Nov Hillsborough Away
Mon 20 Nov SASCA Away
Mon 4 Dec Chesterfield Home
Mon 15 Jan Barnsley Home
Mon 22 Jan Woodseats Away
Mon 29 Jan Nomads Home
Wed 26 Feb Ecclesall Away
Mon 5 Mar Hillsborough Home
Mon 9 Apr Chesterfield Away
Tue 17 Apr Barnsley Away
Mon 30 Apr SASCA Home
3rd Team — Division Five
Date Opponents Venue
Mon 25 Sept Hillsborough Home
Mon 16 Oct Worksop Away
Mon 30 Oct Nomads Home
Mon 13 Nov Woodseats Home
Mon 4 Dec Ravenfield Away
Mon 15 Jan SASCA Away
Mon 29 Jan Hillsborough Away
Mon 19 Feb Ravenfield Home
Mon 26 Feb Worksop Home
Tue 6 Mar Nomads Away
Mon 9 Apr Woodseats Away
Mon 16 Apr SASCA Away
2nd Team — Division Four
Date Opponents Venue
Mon 25 Sept Sheffield Deaf Home
Wed 4 Oct Ecclesall Away
Wed 18 Oct Aughton Away
Mon 30 Oct Ravenfield home
Mon 27 Nov Chesterfield home
Tue12 Dec Barnsley Away
Fri 2 Feb Sheffield Deaf Away
Mon 19 Feb Ecclesall Home
Mon 26 Feb Aughton Home
Mon 19 Mar Chesterfield Away
Mon 26 Mar Barnsley Home
Mon 23 Apr Ravenfield Away
4th Team — 400 League
Date Opponents Venue
Mon 9 Oct Nomads Home
Mon 23 Oct Ecclesall Home
Wed 20 Dec Ecclesall Away
Mon 8 Jan Hillsborough Home
Tue 23 Jan Nomads Away
Mon 5 Feb Barnsley Home
Tue 13 Feb Barnsley Away
Mon 12 Mar Hillsborough away

D&H 6½ – 1½ Woodseats

2 Oct, 2017 (home)
Board D&H Result Woodseats
1 black Rob Woodford ½ – ½ Daniel JS Sullivan
2 white Adam N Raoof ½ – ½ Mark S Allison
3 black Aram Ter-Gevorkian 1 – 0 Stuart Jones
4 white Szilard Tamas ½ – ½ Shane Frith
5 black Geoff D Brown 1 – 0 David Toft
6 white Danny Dawson 1 – 0 Steve Moon
7 black Marek Gajdosz 1 – 0 Brendan Ashmore
8 white Robert Black 1 – 0 David Margerison

Hillsborough 3½ – 4½ D&H

6 Nov, 2017 (Away)
Board Hillsborough Result D&H
1 white Paul Fletcher 0 – 1 Chris N Ross
2 black Carl Walker 1 – 0 Rob Woodford
3 white Khaled Muflehi 0 – 1 Adam N Raoof
4 black Keir Morton ½ – ½ Aram Ter-Gevorkian
5 white Mike Grimsley 0 – 1 Szilard Tamas
6 black John R Mercy 1 – 0 Geoffrey D Brown
7 white Bryan Wood 0 – 1 Marek Gajdosz
8 black Dave Grobler 1 – 0 Craig Chatterton

D&H Chesterfield

4 Dec, 2017 (Home)
Board D&H Result Chesterfield
1 black      
2 white      
3 black      
4 white      
5 black      
6 white      
7 black      
8 white      

D&H 3½ – 4½ Ecclesall

16 Oct, 2017 (home)
Board D&H Result Ecclesall
1 black Rob Woodford ½ – ½ Jim Burnett
2 white Adam N Raoof ½ – ½ David M Adams
3 black Aram Ter-Gevorkian ½ – ½ Farshad Ai
4 white Szilard Tamas 0 – 1 Peter W Hempson
5 black Geoff D Brown 0 – 1 Ewan Cormack
6 white Marek Gajdosz 1 – 0 James Marley
7 black Danny Dawson ½ – ½ Ken A McIntosh
8 white Robert Black ½ – ½ Alan S McIntosh

SASCA/RJ D&H

20 Nov, 2017 (Away)
Board SASCA/RJ Result D&H
1 black      
2 white      
3 black      
4 white      
5 black      
6 white      
7 black      
8 white      

D&H Barnsley

15 Jan, 2018 (Home)
Board D&H Result Barnsley
1 black      
2 white      
3 black      
4 white      
5 black      
6 white      
7 black      
8 white      

D&H 5 – 1 Sheffield Deaf

25 Sept, 2017 (home)
Board D&H Result Sheff. Deaf
1 black Danny Dawson ½ – ½ Mark Kirkham
2 white Marek Gojdosz 1 – 0 Peter T Sharpe
3 black Craig Chatterton ½ – ½ Michael Freund
4 white Robert Black 1 – 0 Mick W Simmons
5 black Joanna Kromka 1 – 0 David Whiston
6 white Harry Feather 1 – 0 H Cooper

Aughton 2½ – 3½ D&H

18 Oct, 2017 (away)
Board Aughton Result D&H
1 white Patrick Connolly 0 – 1 Danny Dawson
2 black John R Reynolds ½ – ½ Craig Chatterton
3 white Andrew Nettleship ½ – ½ Ian Barker
4 black Peter G Swanson ½ – ½ Joanna Kromka
5 white Kevin Randle ½ – ½ Harry Feather
6 black Steve Forster ½ – ½ Mick Turnidge

D&H Chesterfield

27 Nov, 2017 (Home)
Board D&H Result Chesterfield
1 white
2 black
3 white
4 black
5 white
6 black

D&H 3 – 3 Ecclesall

4 Oct, 2017 (away)
Board Ecclesall Result D&H
1 white Daniel Mooney 1 – 0 Danny Dawson
2 black Denis Mason 0 – 1 Marek Gajdosz
3 white John Speck 0 – 1 Craig Chatterton
4 black Safdar Alam 1 – 0 Robert Black
5 white Robert Walton ½ – ½ Harry Feather
6 black Ken Scott ½ – ½ Mick Turnidge

D&H 5½ – ½ Ravenfield

30 Oct, 2017 (Home)
Board D&H Result Ravenfield
1 white Marek Gajdosz 1 – 0 George D Boothman
2 black Danny Dawson ½ – ½ Brian England
3 white Craig Chatterton 1 – 0 Andrew Shaw
4 black Joanna B Kromka 1 – 0 Barry Shaw
5 white Ian Barker 1 – 0 Roy Evans
6 black Harry Feather 1 – 0 Andy Rangecroft

Barnsley D&H

12 Dec, 2017 (Away)
Board Barnsley Result D&H
1 white
2 black
3 white
4 black
5 white
6 black

D&H 2 – 2 Hillsborough

25 Sept, 2017 (home)
Board D&H Result Hillsborough
1 black Geoff Facer 1 – 0 James Allen
2 white Joel Fair 1 – 0 Chris Allen
3 black R (Bob) Lindsay 0 – 1 Francis L Kay
4 white Colin Creighton 0 – 1 Glen Marvin

D&H 1½ – 4½ Nomads

30 Oct, 2017 (home)
Board D&H Result Nomads
1 white Joel Fair 0 – 1 Robert Nield
2 black Geoff Facer 0 – 1 Les Day
3 white R (Bob) Lindsay ½ – ½ Eric McKenna
4 black Colin Creighton 0 – 1 Josephine Woollard
5 white Nigel Williams 0 – 1 Gordon Shaw
6 black Ralph Batty 1 – 0 Ashley Rogers

Ravenfield D&H

4 Dec, 2017 (Away)
Board Ravenfield Result D&H
1 black
2 white
3 black
4 white

Worksop 4½ – 1½ D&H

16 Oct, 2017 (Away)
Board Worksop Result D&H
1 black Nigel Baxendale ½ – ½ Ian Barker
2 white Andrew J Smith 1 – 0 Geoff Facer
3 black Alan Story ½ – ½ Harry Feather
4 white R Pavier 1 – 0 Colin Creighton
5 black Cliff Briggs 1 – 0 Nigel Williams
6 white David Bedwell ½ – ½ Ralph Batty

D&H Woodseats

13 Nov, 2017 (home)
Board D&H Result Woodseats
1 black
2 white
3 black
4 white

D&H 1½ – 2½ Nomads

9 Oct, 2017 (Home)
Board D&H Result Nomads
1 white R (Bob) Lindsay 1 – 0 Josephine Woollard
2 black Colin Creighton 0 – 1 Sam Humphrey
3 white Nigel Williams ½ – ½ Gordon Shaw
4 black Andrew Turnidge 0 – 1 Ashley Rogers

Ecclesall D&H

20 Dec, 2017 (Away)
Board Ecclesall Result D&H
1 white
2 black
3 white
4 black

D&H 0 – 4 Ecclesall

23 Oct, 2017 (Home)
Board D&H Result Ecclesall
1 black Joel Fair 0 – 1 John Speck
2 white R (Bob) Lindsay 0 – 1 Ivan Basarab-Horwath
3 black Ralph Batty 0 – 1 Ken Scott
4 white Andrew Turnidge 0 – 1 Mick O'Hanlan

D&H Hillsborough

8 Jan, 2018 (Home)
Board D&H Result Hillsborough
1 white
2 black
3 white
4 black

2017/18 Season

1st team

Division 2 Champions and promoted to division 1 next season.

Team P W D L F Def Pts
Darnall & H 14 12 1 1 57 1 25
Chesterfield 14 8 3 3 48½ 0 19
Worksop 14 7 3 4 48 1 17
Rotherham 14 6 3 4 42 1 15
SASCA/RJ 14 5 3 6 40½ 2 13
Aughton 14 3 3 8 36½ 0 9
Clay Cross 14 3 3 7 31½ 0 9
University 14 1 1 12 26 5 3

2017/18 Season

2nd team

Won play-offs and remain but decided to go in division 5 next season.

Team P W D L F Def Pts
Nomads 16 13 1 2 68 0 27
Stannington 16 10 3 3 53 0 23
Clay Cross 16 7 4 5 49 2 18
Rotherham 16 4 6 6 48½ 2 14
Chesterfield 16 6 2 8 47 1 14
Darnall & H 17 6 2 9 46 2 14
SASCA/RJ 16 6 2 8 43 0 14
Ecclesall 17 5 2 10 43 1 12
Barnsley 16 4 2 10 38½ 1 10

2017/18 Season

3rd team

Won play-offs and remain but decided to go in division 5 next season.

Team P W D L F Def Pts
Nomads 16 13 1 2 68 0 27
Stannington 16 10 3 3 53 0 23
Clay Cross 16 7 4 5 49 2 18
Rotherham 16 4 6 6 48½ 2 14
Chesterfield 16 6 2 8 47 1 14
Darnall & H 17 6 2 9 46 2 14
SASCA/RJ 16 6 2 8 43 0 14
Ecclesall 17 5 2 10 43 1 12
Barnsley 16 4 2 10 38½ 1 10

2017/18 Season

Captain’s (A) Team Report

The ‘A’ team have enjoyed an excellent season finishing as champions of division 2, the Weston Trophy.

This was accomplished by winning twelve matches, drawing one (with only a 5 man team) and losing one (the away fixture at runners-up Chesterfield B).

What was meant to be a year of consolidation, in a higher division than the previous year, quickly became a push for promotion after the recruitment of Aram Ter-Gevorkian, Szilard Tamas and Martin Moxon. Even so, we still needed occasional help from other sources: Chris Ross played one game for us when he was visiting the area for a training course; Alan Bramall’s friend Ismet Berisha played a game when we were otherwise struggling; and Bob Lindsay and Keith Booth had to be drafted in on occasion to secure vital points.

Praise must go to Rob Woodford with a score of 86.36% from eleven league matches, seven of which were on board 1.

In total we used fourteen players throughout the season and all but one of them (no names, no pack drill) scored 50% or better.

The only ever-present in the team was captain Geoff Brown though mention should be made of Danny Dawson and Craig Chatterton who both played nine times and yet were regulars in the ‘B’ team.

In the Richardson Cup we had a stunning first round win on board count against Chesterfield’s first team before succumbing to another first division side, Barnsley, in the second round.

All in all, a memorable season in which everybody played their part.

2017/18 Season

Captain’s (B) Team Report

This season was the first for quite a while in which the club entered a B team. While the A team concentrated on successfully continuing the sequence of back to back promotions the B team's main aim was to provide opportunities for competitive games for those who might not play that often in the A team. With this in mind a total of thirteen different players played for the B team over the course of the season. Of these five never played for the A team all season and two others only played once, so I would say that the B team fulfilled its primary objective.

The second aim of the team was to avoid relegation and it also succeeded in this, but in the most dramatic way possible. After all the teams in the division had played their sixteen fixtures Darnall and Handsworth B lay joint 7th, tied with Ecclesall D. This meant that these two teams had to have a play off to decide which team would join 9th place Barnsley C in relegation to the 5th division. This play off took place on the 1st of June and had its own share of drama. With 5 of the games completed the result depended upon how the last game on board one finished. With only a few minutes remaining on both players' clocks Danny Dawson turned a poor position into a winning one and then went on to win on time. The B team thus avoided relegation and can look forward to another season in Division four.

Danny Dawson was clear choice for player of the season. He was the only player from our team to play in sixteen games, and only one of six players in the whole division to do so. He also won more individual points than anyone else with ten points won and only two defeats from sixteen games. Many of his games were against players with a higher rating too, with a draw against Henry Withington (rated 150 at the time) probably his most noteworthy result.

However, it was definitely a team effort with five players playing twelve, or more, games. The best team result was probably the away game versus Barnsley C which we won 5½ to ½.

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