The following report from roving reporter Marilyn Steward who was present for the competition.
The annual PDI inter-club championship was held on Sunday 10th February 2019. It has been a while since Edmonton CC entered this championship and this year they performed brilliantly. After Round One (when 15 images per club were judged) Edmonton CC were in 4th position, securing their place amongst the top 13 clubs going into Round Two. The three clubs ahead of Edmonton CC at that point were the three clubs that were to be Top club, Runner-up and Third club at the end of Round Two. We were indeed in extremely good company and it should not be underestimated how good that result was for Edmonton CC.
It was a very good day of photography, seeing the other 33 clubs’ work. I noted that there were lots of images of speedway and motor bikes. Table tennis images made their mark as did images of dogs. There were more images of nudes than I have come to expect at these championships but that might have been due to two of the judges liking that particular genre. Steam punks that have been popular for a few years did not do so well and neither did mono pictures of snowy scenes. Sport, on the whole, was favoured by the three judges. It was a super day out and I am extremely pleased I went, as were the three other Edmonton CC members who were there too.
By the end of Round Two we had dropped to 7th position which was a tremendous end result. The clubs above us are all well-known clubs and all of them have represented the EAF at the PAGB national championships on one or more occasion and several of the clubs we beat have also represented the EAF. Those clubs have some excellent individual photographers in them and they also have a very large membership to draw on. To be amongst them is definitely something Edmonton CC should be very proud of.
Our top scorer was Malcolm Rapier gaining a score of 14 out of 15 for ‘Pulling Together’. Sue Webster, Chris Demetriou, Marion Rapier and Malcolm Rapier got marks of 13 while 12 points went to Andrew Ridley, Phil Dockerill, Roland Bermel, Sue Webster, Marion Rapier and Malcolm Rapier.