The Brunel Trophy

In May 2013 an anonymous benefactor came up with an idea to stimulate activity at our Thursday events.

The deal, worth a minumum of 250 per year, initially for two years (2014 and 2015) and renewed every year since then -- albeit with a different qualification emphasis -- centres around a year long double elimination tournament, with draws performed, FA Cup style, every few weeks.

The tournament, named the Brunel Trophy, is scheduled to run for the greater part of the calendar year.

Qualification for each tournament was traditionally gained during the calendar year prior to the tournament.

For the first two years qualification points were exclusively via membership of leagues and attendance at Thursday tournaments.

Since then the emphasis changed, and players were rewarded by a combination of playing achievements and Thursday tournament attendance.
Later still, the event was thrown open to all players, although the qualification process was still relevant for deciding on intermediate sponsorship (see below).
But on the abolition of the distinction between Premier Status players and intermediates at the end of 2022, there is no longer a qualification process.

In addition to the 250 annual cash pool, the sponsor has provided a permanent trophy (see left), plus mementoes for the top two finishers each year. Furthermore, until 2022, any intermediate qualifying had his/her entry fee paid in full.

Current year Brunel Trophy details
Past Brunel Trophy details
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