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SIAS event reviews

Long cues at the SIAS Pool Tournament
The SIAS 2010 Pool Tournament was held on Thursday 28 October. The main problem for me, as organiser, came when the planned venue was flooded the day before the event. I would therefore like to thank the 85 players who were willing to travel to Shepherds Bush at the last minute.

As in previous years, the first round involved a group stage — and thanks go to Chris Tang from PwC for helping with this. A welcome change was that all four competitors from the SIAS committee made it through, with my playing partner Xin Jin from ACE sinking the crucial black to win our group. Social convenor Iain Ritchie of Aon Hewitt also won his group. The games were very competitive, and there was a high standard throughout.

The knockout stage came next, which meant that one mistake could end the tournament. However, this didn’t seem to faze the competitors, for whom qualifying was mostly rewarded with a trip to the bar. I was particularly impressed with one team who celebrated winning their semi-final game by downing JÄgerbombs...

The field was whittled down until we reached three teams in the final. This was played as a group, which meant The Pru Tigers (Vu Vuong and Ming Hau of Prudential), The Badgers (Chris Littlefair and Mark Bronklehurst of Amlin) and Bar Sports Inc (Daniel Hall of ACE and Tom Chamberlain of Allianz) had to play each other to determine the winner.

The final was of high quality, with The Pru Tigers pipped as runners-up, and honours going to the winners, Bar Sports Inc. This left the Best Team Name prize to be judged, and the award went to Foo Cue, although this may have more appropriately described James Lieu of PwC and David Severe’s response to being knocked out at the quarter-final stage.

Thanks to all the entrants and the spectators for another enjoyable tournament, and to Rileys at Shepherds Bush for hosting the event. We hope to see you at the next SIAS Pool Tournament.

By Alvin Kissoon


SIAS Centenary Ball
SIAS celebrated its 100th birthday in 2010 and as part of these celebrations the showpiece event was the SIAS Centenary Ball. This was a stylish black tie event held at the Old Billingsgate Market in London. Beautifully laid out for the occasion, it looked splendid with its creative lighting and large plasma screens — very different from its days as a fish market.

The evening began with wine and cocktails while stilt walkers mingled elegantly among the crowd. Over 700 guests attended, which was the largest event ever held by SIAS.

As the wine and cocktails flowed, guests were treated to a three-course meal and some interesting entertainment. First up was Axel, an expert in the art of poi, who put on an entertaining glow-in-the-dark performance, followed by four jugglers who put on a very impressive show. The entertainment finished in style with a dazzling spectacle by two trapeze artists.

After the meal, no time was wasted in hitting the dance floor to the accompaniment of an excellent live band. For those who preferred not to dance or were in need of respite, there was the opportunity to enjoy some games on the Nintendo Wii. Others gathered around an exquisite chocolate fountain, where there was a wide selection of food for dipping. The ball continued until after midnight, with a few continuing to party in a local pub until the small hours of the morning.

This was my last event as SIAS social convenor and I hope you have enjoyed the events over the year. I now pass on the pleasure to Mark Dainty and look forward to seeing you at the events this year.

By Iain Ritchie