Soberton Shield 2020 Rules and Guidance

WHEN: 6:45pm on 13 March, 3 April, 1 May, 4 September, 2 October, 6 November.

WHERE: At the Paterson Centre, Swanmore. Table money is £2.00 per player including tea/coffee and biscuits.


  1. The competition is for up to 9 teams only with each team consisting of six players. There are 8 teams in this year's competition.
  2. All teams to have a playing name (assigned by the team) and a team number (assigned by the organisers).
  3. Each player will be assigned an individual handicap, based on their NGS grade as at the date of play. These will be as follows: 2 +16, 3 +8, 4 +8, 5 +4, 6 +4, 7 0, 8 -4, 9 -4, T -8, J -8, Q -12, K -16, A -20. In the absence of an NGS ranking, players will be asked to disclose their percentage on these dates. For those with no ranking, handicaps will be assigned commensurate with playing experience.The handicap of each team will be calculated on this basis. The maximum handicap for a team will be 48.
  4. Each team will field 4 players to play on the evening. There are no restrictions on which 4 players can play on any night.
  5. Team captains are encouraged to let their teams know at the start of the year which sessions they will be playing during the year. This will help alleviate the search for substitutes just before a session.
  6. Any team unable to field 4 of their chosen 6 shall be entitled to bring in a player who has not previously played for any other team. The substitute does not become a permanent member of the team. The handicap of the substitute player shall be the NGS percentage as on the date of play.
  7. The Captain of each team to disclose to no later than 9am on the Friday of play, the identities of the players for that week.
  8. Any team not fielding 4 players shall be assigned the lowest score of the evening minus 1.


  1. Please arrive at 6.45pm to help set up for a 7pm start.

    A. Setting up. 8 tables will need to be set up with chairs, cloths, bidding boxes, boards, travellers, curtain cards and scorecards. The Director for the evening will unlock the Paterson Centre and the cupboard containing the equipment.
    B. Catering. This involves setting out the tea cups, biscuits etc. and putting on the immersion heater. The role also involves serving the tea and coffee overseeing washing up and putting away and turning off the immersion heater.
    C. Putting away. The chairs and tables need to be returned to their resting places. The equipment needs to be returned to its cupboard.

    NOTE: although these roles are assigned in the rota below, it is hoped that all players will assist as normal. Many hands make light work! Dummies will be asked to wash up after the break as usual.  The rota is as follows. The numbers are the number of the team:
            A   B   C
    Mar.    1   2   3
    Apr.    4   5   6
    May     7   8   1
    Sep.    2   3   4
    Oct.    5   6   7
    Nov.    8   1   2
  2. A list showing team members and handicaps will be made available on the evening and will have been emailed to the captains on the morning of the event.
  3. When the 8 tables have been set up please, as a team, go and sit at the table corresponding to your team number. Please shuffle the boards and fill in the curtain cards and number and insert the travellers.
  4. Please put table money of £2.00 per person on the table.
  5. When the 3 boards have been played, agree the scores with your opponents. All players must complete a score card to facilitate accurate scoring for your team.
  6. A break for refreshments for about 15 minutes will be held after the 5th round.
  7. After having played each of the other teams you should return to your original table.
  8. After play is completed players are asked to score their results and inform the Director of them. Until the Director confirms that the scores have been correctly calculated (the sum of the positive scores must equal the sum of the negative scores), players should remain in the room.
  9. Once play is completed all teams should help return the chairs and tables to where they came from. Boards, bidding boxes and table covers should be put in their boxes.
  10. If you would like to view the board analysis please take some curtain cards home and enter them into the web page here using SobertonShiels as the club name.
  11. The scores and board analysis will be entered into the web page where a copy of these rules may be found.

Team members, team numbers and team names

Graham Lawrence (1 - Six Hearts) 
Jane Lawrence 
Richard Green-Wilkinson 
Anne Green-Wilkinson 
Ian Borrow 
Liz Borrow 
Gill Flexon (2 - Acolytes) 
Sue Lowe 
Edward Willmott 
Margo Glover 
Georgina Erskine 
Rita Johnson 
Pauline Forrest (3 - Bridgemates) 
Franky Watkins 
Adrian Rutter 
Bev Rutter 
Anna Jacobs 
Dale Hinton 
Maggie Flood (4 - The Cards) 
Tony Flood 
Gill Howard 
Tim Howard 
Helen Scott-Howell 
Kevin Scott-Howell 
Jackie Kershaw (5 - Ruff Diamonds) 
Marcus Kershaw 
Hazel Kellett 
Linda Eales 
Mark Welford 
Linda Jeffcott 
Tony Allen (6 - Crazy Diamonds) 
Simon Broadly 
Elaine Labram 
Henry Labram 
Jo Carter 
Roger Carter 
Sarah Smallwood (7 - Queens of Clubs) 
Jane Baskerville 
Joan Clarke 
Sue Carpenter 
Janet Sinclair 
Jenny Steiner 
Ellis Morgan (8 - Rowlands Rats) 
Rupert Parker 
Elaine Hopcraft 
Nicola Gaffney 
Ann Milne 
David Milne