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Liz Wilson won the Cumbria Cup
Club Chair Dave Williamson presents Liz Wilson with the Cumbria Cupby Peter Wilson at Leven & Crake Valley [^]
17 Jun 2018 (Level-Play Tournaments)
Liz Wilson stormed through five unbeaten games, brushing aside all opposition and water by the hoops, yes folks, it did rain a little, but the lawns were extremely well prepared and fine to play on, they held up well. In contrast, Sunday lived up to its name.
There was trouble at mill for one player, forcing withdrawal, leading to an incomplete block. But with 5/5 Liz was unanimously declared the winner by the manager, Dave Nicholson and all those present.
Bowdon beat Woking 4-3
Ken Cooper & Colin Irwin by Jeff Dawson & Mike Town +16
Jeff beat Ken +26tp
Mike beat Colin + 15
Nick Harvey beat Brian Kerr +17
Martin Granger-Brown beat Alan Edwards +14
Martin beat Nick +8
Brian beat Alan +9
Bowdon 4 Woking 3
Northampton beat Croquet Durham 5-2
Northampton played Durham at Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster 13th June 2018
Results (Northampton first)
Lionel Tibble (-2) and Mike Hills (0) beat Malcolm Hobbs (2) and Roger Carpenter (1) 7-5, 7-3
Les Heard (0) beat Nigel Martin (2) 7-2, 5-7, 7-6
Stuart Smith (0) lost to Brian Johnson (1) 4-7,7-5,4-7
Lionel Tibble beat Malcolm Hobbs 7-5, 7-6
Mike Hills beat Roger Carpenter 7-5, 7-6
Stuart Smith beat Nigel Martin 7-4,5-7,7-3
Les Heard lost to Brian Johnson 5-7,7-6,4-7
Match Result Northampton 5 Durham 2
Many thanks to Brodsworth Hall and Club for allowing us to play at a neutral venue.
England won the Home Internationals
The teams gather at the start of the Home Internationals (Photo: Alison Jones)by Sam Murray at Bowdon [^]
10 Jun 2018 (CA Official News)
England won the Home Internationals at Bowdon, in fine Cheshire weather.
Some of the lower matches took a long time to resolve, with the dry weather exposing Bowdon's bumpy lawns. Only England completed their three tests, winning all of them.
Scotland's no.1, Jonathan Kirby, on a rare appearance, was the player of the tournament, not dropping a game.
Final Results Table
|Position||Team||England||Scotland||Wales||Ireland||Tests Won||Matches Won||Games Won|
+ The regulations declare the incomplete Scotland v Wales match as a 2-2 draw.
* The regulations award the incomplete Scotland v Ireland match 2-1 to Scotland
Lee Hartley (Fylde CC) Won the David Openshaw Claret Jug
Peter Wilson presents the beautiful David Openshaw Claret Jug to Lee Hartleyby Peter Wilson at Pendle and Craven [^]
10 Jun 2018 (Level-Play Tournaments)
We were lucky to have thirteen entries this year. Apart from the opening of play each day, thirteen allowed for very little sitting out. Sunshine, no breeze, tight hoops. Good to see many returning players who have had time out with injury including Dave Nick and Lee Hartley who both added to their TP tallies.
The only problem was how to award three equally weighted trophies at the end of the tournament given the usual demands of flexibility and voracious game Appetites.
Paul Hands to the rescue (CROQUET, January 1990, Issue No. 207, pp 26-27).
So it ran as a KO plus a combined F4 & F5 with the modification that every game was equally weighted. We had the luxury of no time limits which was well received by everyone.Several two and three ball endings were played out which may have otherwise been time affected.
With the favourable conditions everyone took all the games they could get, being 'ready to play' straight away. At least that is until after lunch on Sunday. At that point some players quite correctly took advantage of the 'resting' slot to see how things might unfold (Or had they simply seen the weather forecast?).
However the Jeremy Dyer Trophy Winner Chris Martin (Meadows) took a brave gamble and opted to be ready to play although his next opponent would be a minus player. Winning that game in fine style secured the trophy. Well played.
With only a few final games in play, a sudden and heavy thunder storm brought many of the non critical games to an abandoned end. The Chris Clarke Trophy went to Paul Rigge (Pendle & Craven) this was intended and fulfilled for the best handicap 1 or below performance but fittingly could also double as the KO runner up.
Sidmouth June Tournament
Sidmouth Annual June Tournament started with 2 days of Handicap Play followed by 3 days of Level Advanced Play. We were very fortunate to have the Tournament fully subscribed and a waiting list.
The Handicap event was played to an Egyptian format. At the end of the first day Colin Hemming (Colchester CC) was in the lead followed by Georgeen Hemming (Colchester CC) and Andrew Thomas and Julie Horsley (both from Sidmouth CC). The next day Andrew beat Julie and Colin beat Georgeen effectively making the afternoon game a final between Colin and Andrew which Andrew narrowly won +2t. In the meantime the Chairman of the CA, Brian Shorney had crept up with 2 wins to take joint 2nd place with Colin.
The Class Event started on the Friday and on the first day saw Roger Mills (Sidmouth/Budleigh Salterton CC's) claim 2 scalps - Dave Kibble and Dave Mundy but was then beaten + 26 by Keith Ross.
The winner of Block A for the Challenge Cup was Richard Wood ( Sidmouth CC) with 5/6 wins, runner -up was Dave Kibble (Bristol CC) with 4/6.
Block B for the David Rawkins Cup was won by Nigel Amos (Budleigh Salterton CC) with 5/6 wins
3 Sidmouth players tied for 2nd place with Philip Harris, Andrew Thomas and Colin Walls all the 4/6
Block C for the Fortfield Cup was won by Georgeen Hemming with 6/6 wins runner-up was Ian Friedlander (Sidmouth CC) with 5/6.
Many of the players attended a Tournament Dinner at the Bedford Hotel, where Andrew Thomas was able to celebrate his birthday with fellow players.
Nottingham 2018 Peel Memorials Report
The Peel Memorials tournament, first played in 1898, attracted twenty-six competitors to the Nottingham Croquet Club this year. The handicaps for the eleven ladies ranged from 11 to 20 and for the fifteen men the handicaps ranged from -1 to 11
The club had an anxious time leading up to the event since the main contractors, carrying out regeneration works within the Highfields Park, had gone into administration and left the site in January. This led to sub-contractors delaying works including work on the pavilions and filling ditches between old bowling greens, now croquet courts. Temporary arrangements were agreed for the tournament, club members rallied round and equipment was returned from winter storage.
Eight pairings competed in the mixed doubles knockout, their combined handicaps ranging from 6 to 11.
The final was played on Saturday afternoon between Omied Hallam (-1) & Pippa Hallam (16) [joint h/c 7.5] against Bob Thompson (2.5) & Patricia Duke-Cox (14) [joint h/c 8.5] The game was evenly matched until Omied had a10 minute spell when he was able to run several hoops for himself and also peel his partner's ball. This turned out to be a crucial period of play as later he was pegged out and Pippa had an anxious twenty minutes of solo play whilst their opponents were clawing themselves back into the game. Omied & Pippa won +4T in a 3 .5 hour game.
Both the ladies and mens single events were initially played as a flexible Swiss format with the top four competitors then in a straight knockout on Sunday.
Ladies semi-finals saw Sophie McGlen (12) v Diana Stevens (Hamptworth 16) and Patricia Duke-Cox (14) v Sue Wileman (11). In the Final of Sophie v Patricia, Patricia won 26 - 17. Sophie was unable to overhaul Patricia on this occasion as Patricia played some of her best croquet at this tournament.
Men's semi-finals were between Richard Stevens (Hamptworth 7) v Bob Thompson (2.5) and Martin Beacon (1) v John Bee (Watford 7). Both visitors won through to the final where Richard maintained his unbeaten run to win 26 - 21.
Earlier in the men's singles event, Richard Forman (Huddersfield 7) could possibly be the most disappointed player of the tournament. Whilst he had an exceptional game where he ran 12 hoops with an additional 2 peels in one turn to win one of his singles games, he learned that he would NOT to be awarded his silver Merit badge as he had started the turn with a bisque!
Many thanks to Diana Plant for organising an evening dinner for the competitors and to the Beeston Hockey Club for opening their clubhouse and restaurant to the players for a cooked lunch whilst the croquet club kitchen facilities were unavailable.
Patricia and Richard both earned a reduction in handicaps as a result of their victories.
Bob Thompson managed the event in his usual relaxed style and Brian Shorney, the CA chairman presented the trophies.
David Nicholson won the Woking One-Ball Advanced Handicap Tournament
David Nicholson won the inaugural Woking One-Ball Advanced Handicap Tournament on 8th June. He beat Kevin Carter by +1 in a gripping final, repeating their result earlier in the day in the block, although by a much tighter margin. Tim Russell came a close third, missing out on the final by a narrow margin.
The tournament was blessed with perfect weather - dry and sunny without being excessively hot.
Tyneside AC Handicap Tournament
As the last round of games commenced four players were tied on four wins each. With Chris Roberts (Phyllis Court) and Julian Gibson (Middlesbrough) meeting in their final match, one of them was bound to be in the mix. Bill Humphreys (Australia) and Fiona Crompton (York) were the other two in with a chance of featuring in a three-way tie-breaker.
Chris duly triumphed against Julian +11 to be "leader in the club house" and had to wait for Bill and Fiona to finish their games. In the end they both lost +5T, Bill to Frances Colman (Phyllis Court) and Fiona to Andrew Killick (Middlesbrough) leaving Chris as the clear winner.
Hunstanton Over-50s Report
In a close finish which could of gone one of three ways James Allcock (Crake Valley) ran out the eventual winner of the Hunstanton's Annual three day Handicap Tournament (The Jane Neville-Rolfe Salver) staged on the 8th - 10th June 2018. Attracting sixteen entries of mixed abilities the tournament was conducted using the Hands-Irwin Egyptian Format.
The weather for the first two days proved disappointingly cold with a typical North Sea northerly wind although thankfully dry. However, play was keen and despite an early promising start by last years winner Barry Pilgrim (Bodham) he never really succeed in drawing clear of the pack being hotly pursued by Jonathan Toye (Downham Mkt) and James Allcock. The second day proved just as close with Ken Anderton (Bury) ending the day in the lead closely pursued by Paul Hethrington (Peterborough), Veronica Carlisle (Hurlingham) plus Barry Pilgrim and James Allcock.
On the last day the Sun Gods smiled on Hunstanton at last and although bright and sunny all day that famous north wind still stayed with us but did not detract that summer seemed to have arrived at last. The morning play really started to sort out the wheat from the chaff and as we moved into the last afternoon session it was clear that the tournament could go one of three ways, with the trophy going to either Paul Hethrington, James Allcock or Veronica Carlisle depending on who beat whom. If Paul beat James than he would be the winner outright. However, providing James won and Veronica was also successful in her game over Ken Anderton than the Manager would have a two way tie to deal with. However, that scenario proved a non starter when Ken managed to see off Veronica, whilst in the other game despite suffering a gastric complaint and despite a valiant effort Paul eventually succumbed to James during the last turn.
Hunstanton - GC A-Level Series
Richard Bilton, winner of the Salverby David Boxell at Hunstanton [^]
26 May 2027 (Golf Croquet)
Results: The Salver was won by Richard Bilton and the Plate by Keith Pound.
Day 1 - Saturday 26 May 2018
The 16 players were welcomed to this inaugural 2 day event by David Thirtle-Watts, Chairman of Hunstanton CC. Day 1 was run in 2 blocks of 8 All-Play-All, with the top four in each block qualifying for the Main event; the rest to play each other in a round-robin for the Plate. All games were played without time limits. Martin French acted as Tournament Referee and Richard Bilton volunteered to run Croquet Scores. We are indebted to both of them and also to all the Club Members who supported the event. At the end of Day 1 the results of the All-Play-All blocks identified who would be playing in which event the following day.
Day 2 - Sunday 27 May 2018
The Main event was decided through a series of best of 3 * 13 point games through Quarter, Semi-Finals & a Final with Play-offs for the other places. Richard Bilton prevailed in straight sets. Three of the Quarter Finals were decided in 2 games and one went to best of 3. The final rankings were:
1st RICHARD BILTON (-2)
2nd STUART M SMITH (1)
3rd MARTIN FRENCH (-3)
4th DAVID WIDDISON (-1)
5th PETER DOWD (-2)
6th CHRIS SHEEN (-2)
7th ROGER GOLDRING (-1)
8th PAUL GUNN (1)
The Plate event was decided after 5 rounds of 13 point games in an All-Play-All round-robin. The 6th and 7th rounds were not played with the agreement of the players. Keith Pound produced a clean sheet with 5 wins out of the 5 rounds played. The final rankings were:
1st KEITH POUND (2)
2nd LESLIE HEARD (0)
3rd DAVID BELL * (0)
4th NOEL GILL (5)
5th LOUISE SMITH (6)
6th DAVID THIRTLE-WATTS (2)
7th MIKE BILTON (2)
8th PAUL DURKIN (2)
Tim King won Wrest Park's inaugural GC A-Level Tournament
The pleasure of playing in delightful surroundings on dry and mainly sunny days attracted a full field of 16 top players from around the country. Handicaps ranged from -3 to 2, with the sole exception of Jane Tewson (5) from Long Eaton Park.
The group was split into two blocks of 8 players, who were set the task of completing 7 games on the first day. In Block A, there was an early win for Mike Hills (Northampton) over Tim King (Ashby), but otherwise Tim's progress to the knockout stage proceeded serenely with a total of 6 wins. However, hoop count was necessary to decide who was to join him as 4 players recorded 4 wins each, with only 3 places available. Making the cut were Chris Sheen (Colchester), Jayne Stevens (Northampton and Wrest Park) and Paul Durkin (Long Eaton Park). Missing out, an unfortunate Mike Hills.
In Block B, Les Heard was pleased to record a rare win over his clubmate from Northampton, Lionel Tibble, but this was the only blemish on Lionel's day as he went on to record 6 wins. Second in his group was John Noble (Letchworth) with 5 wins, but hoop count was necessary to give the two remaining places to Raouf Allim (High Wycombe) and Les Heard, both with 4 wins. Peter Nalchin (Dyffryn and Newport) missed out.
With one exception, the Quarter Finals (best of 3 games) followed the form book with Tim King beating Les Heard (7-5, 7-3), John Noble beating Jayne Stevens (7-5, 7-3) and Lionel Tibble, proving too strong for Paul Durkin (7-6, 7-4). However, Raouf Allim surprised Chris Sheen by his calm and accurate play and won 7-6, 7-5.
Raouf's excellent form continued and he took the first game (7-6) in his semi-final against Lionel, but the latter's greater experience prevailed and he won the remaining games 7-5, 7-2. In the other semi-final, Tim King played some outstanding croquet to beat John Noble 7-3, 7-6.
The Final proved to be a masterclass for those watching, and an interesting clash of styles. Tim's crisp and hard-hitting stroke play produced some remarkable clearances and hoop runs. Lionel was relentless with his approach shots from all corners of the court and he adopted a gentler style of stroke-making. Inevitably, the winner was to be the one who made fewer mistakes and who was quick to capitalise on those made by his opponent. This proved to be Tim King, a worthy winner, by 7-5, 7-5.
The Plate competition was won by Chris Sheen.
High Wycombe beat Leighton Linslade 4-3
Sussex beat Merton 4-3
Sussex County CC beat Merton CC 4:3 at Southwick 10th June.
Doubles - Richard Carline & Morgan Case (SCCC) beat Julie Sheahan & Louise Taylor (Merton) 7:3 7:5
Singles - Richard Carline beat Julie Sheahan 0:7 7:2 7:5
Morgan Case lost to Louise Taylor 4:7 7:5 5:7
David King (SCCC) lost to Nick Furse (Merton) 4:7 7:5 5:7
David King lost to Simon Emdin (Merton) 6:7 6:7
Mike Kavannah (SCCC) beat Simon Emdin 7:4 7:4
Mike Kavannah beat Nick Furse 7:2 7:2
Cheltenham Golf Croquet Championship (Ascot Cup Qualifier)
The Cheltenham round of the Ascot Cup was won by Harry Fisher in a final against Simon Carter 7-2, 5-7, 7-5.
Harry was a late entry, filling in for a late cancelation, taking the thirty second place with just three days to spare. There were eight blocks of four contesting the eight places in the knockout. The top seeds made it through as expected. The next four were not in line with the rankings with Jayne Stevens, Graham Good and Stuart Smith beating the odds.
There were no time limits, apart from a few games at the end of day in the in the consolation block. I had hoped the first game of the quarterfinals would be played on Saturday. It was not to be and they started at nine o'clock on Sunday. The semi finals started at noon with the top seeds playing. The final started at three. It was a managers delight going to three games but it was over in two hours. The lawns at Cheltenham are a delight to play on, flat and the hoops were firm. The weather was sunny with some dark and white clouds. On Saturday we were distracted by some loud jets on afterburn, there was also a black plane with a distinctive twin rudder, a Lancaster.
My thanks to Jay Dyer, who was a non playing ROT, and my particular thanks to Dawn Bentley, who acted as my scribe on both days.
David Maugham won the Bowdon Advanced Weekend
Miranda Chapman (Photo: John Lucas)by Ian Lines at Bowdon [^]
3 Jun 2018 (Level-Play Tournaments)
The Bowdon Advanced Weekend (2-3 June 2018) was won by David Maugham, who beat Jose Riva in the final -22sxp, +18tp, +14, -26, +8.
The consolation Swiss was won by David Walters.
Surbiton won the SECF Team Handicap AC One-Ball
Canterbury CC Chairman Henry Bryant presents Martin Pulsford, Trudi Pulsford, and Charlie Sturge.by Jonathan Lamb at Canterbury [^]
3 Jun 2018 (Mixed AC Tournaments)
'Canterbury?' said a doubtful voice from the capital, when an SECF team handicap one-ball croquet tournament was first discussed, 'Not sure how many will want to travel to Canterbury. For one-ball?'
Playing association croquet with one ball is a white-knuckle ride, and not for the faint-hearted. In the normal game, if something goes wrong you have other balls to hit, but in this version there's only your opponent's. One slip - and a knife is at your throat. For a niche variant of a niche sport, however, it is suddenly becoming popular. GC players find it less complicated than full AC, a game takes only half an hour, and a fun tournament can be held in a day. That was what Canterbury had offered to host. With three new laser-levelled lawns, a sylvan valley view and a smart clubhouse, they wanted to make a mark. And they did.
Teams materialised from Ramsgate, Tunbridge Wells, Reigate and Surbiton, so with two local sides the lists were soon full. On the day, the sun shone, the sylvan valley shimmered, there was a cooked ham from Hedger's of Canterbury, and a champagne toast to the CA for helping buy a lawnmower. On the killing fields, Tunbridge Wells and the hosts were soon stacking up corpses: Ramsgate provided some star turns, such as a prizewinning seven-hoop break from Christina Rice; but Reigate and Surbiton kept a steady head, using their handicaps well, and in the end it was Martin Pulsford, Surbiton's original doubting Thomas, who took home the champagne bucket trophy and six bottles of wine. In a gracious acceptance speech he said that East Kent had been well worth the journey after all. He and his team would be back next year.
GC C-Level Tournament at Guildford and Godalming CC
by Andrea Huxley at Guildford and Godalming [^]
8th June (Golf Croquet)
A warm summer's day, 16 players and one of the new C level GC tournaments - what more could one want?
For some it was their first ever GC tournament and there was some apprehension as to how it would go. However the usual friendly spirit of croquet players won through and nerves settled for some competitive games.
The morning play provided a few surprises. Two of the competitors with high handicaps, Ken Hughes (10) and Diana Langridge (11) were among the top eight who went through to the knock out section of the competition.
Games continued to be fiercely fought but eventually it came down to the final two. Duncan Catterall (Sydenham CC) and Jan Honeysett (Guildford and Godalming CC) played in a close final game with Duncan eventually winning on the golden hoop.
An excellent start to the new C series so a big thank you to all those involved for making it such an enjoyable occasion.
Belsay Hall lost to Croquet Durham 3-4
Belsay Hall (3) lost to Croquet Durham (4)
Played at Belsay Hall 8/6/2018
Individual results (Belsay names first)
David Millener (2) and Hedley Parker (3) lost to Andrew Carpenter (2) and Peter Tymms (3) 2-7 7-4 4-7
Derek Johnson (4) beat Ken Wilson (11) 7-4 7-4
Robert Nixon (4) lost to Dave Parsons (4) 6-7 7-1 5-7
David Millener lost to Andrew Carpenter 5-7 4-7
Hedley Parker lost to Peter Tymms 6-7 6-7
Derek Johnson beat Dave Parsons 7-6 7-6
Robert Nixon beat Ken Wilson 7-1 7-6
Men's & Women's Player Information
The Mixed Doubles is a block followed by a final (or bigger KO in the case of ties). 2.5 hour time limits to fit (at least) 4 games in on Wednesday, then 2 more rounds on Thursday and the last round on Friday. KO games on Saturday and Sunday.
The Men's is Bo3/Bo5 Super Advanced. Given the entry, I am only planning on playing one round a day. The first round will be Bo3 to allow for the Mixed Doubles.
The Women's will be a block followed by a knockout. 1 round on Thursday (followed by the aforementioned Mixed Doubles), 3 on Friday, then the final round on Saturday, followed by a bo3 final on Sunday
Stephen & Alain will not be needed Thursday morning. Mark Suter won't be needed at all on Thursday, although there will be Du Pre games after the first round KO is finished.
Alison Jones and David Maugham Win The Mixed Doubles Championship
last updated at 19:03 on 18/06/18
| ||Bradforth, L &|
|Death, JF &|
|Giraud, AN &|
|Jones, AN &|
|Kibble, DJ &|
|Mills, RCM &|
|Morrison, CI &|
|Bradforth, L &|
|Death, JF &|
|Giraud, AN &|
|Jones, AN &|
|Kibble, DJ &|
|Mills, RCM &|
|Morrison, CI &|
|Jones, AN & Maugham, DB||Jones, AN & Maugham, DB|
+20tp (M) +22tp(M)
|Kibble, DJ & Malaiperuman, E|
Louise Bradforth Wins The Women's Championship
last updated at 19:03 on 18/06/18
| ||Bradforth, L||Jones, AN||Malaiperuman, E||McGlen, BA||Melvin, SA||Morrison, JIA||Ransom, FE||Wins|
|Bradforth, L||Bradforth, L|
-3 +11 +20
James Death Wins The Men's Championship
last updated at 19:03 on 18/06/18
|Maugham, DB||Maugham, DB|
+19tp +21sxp +26sxp
+26tp +7 +10
+26qnp +26qp -1 +12qpo
|Custance-Baker, S||Kibble, DJ|
|Suter, MA||Suter, MA|
-15tp -17 +26tp +4tp +26tp
|Death, JF||Death, JF|
+11stp +20 -22 -17tp +20tp
+20tp -13 +24tp +15
|Wolfe, J||Powe, JJ|
|Williams, CN||Williams, CN|
+26tp +10tpo +25sxp
Hunstanton lost to Letchworth 3-4
Duncan Hector -1 Nick Mounfield -3
David Thirtle-Watts 1 John Noble -1
Noel Gill 4 John Skingsley 1
David Boxell 6 Jeremy Scott 2
Round 1 Lawn Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Result
Duncan/David v Nick/John N 5 .7/4 .7/4 x H
Noel Gill v Jeremy Scott 4 .7/4 .6/7 .7/4 H
David Boxell v John Skingsley 2 .5/7 .5/7 x L
Duncan Hector v Nick Mounfield 4 .2/7 .5/7 x L
David Thirtle-Watts v John Noble 2 .5/7 .6/7 x L
Noel Gill v John Skingsley 1 .7/3 .2/7 .7/6 H
David Boxell v Jeremy Scott 5 .6/7 .6/7 x L
Hunstanton 3 Letchworth 4
Watford beat Camerton & Peasedown 4-3
GC Inter-Club (Murphy) Shield
Watford vs Camerton & Peasedown
5th June 2018 at Watford
Result: Watford beat Camerton & Peasedown 4-3
Teams & handicaps:
Brian Havill (2)
Anne Dennis (5)
Robin Barry (7)
Andre Machell (8)
Camerton & Peasedown:
Maureen Boys (2)
Rosalind Key-Pugh (3)
Robin Oldland (4)
Patrick Knight (6)
Scores (Watford names first):
Brian Havill & Anne Dennis beat Maureen Boys & Rosalind Key-Pugh 7-6, 6-7, 7-6
Robin Barry beat Patrick Knight 7-6, 7-5
Andre Machell beat Robin Oldland 7-6, 7-4
Brian Havill beat Maureen Boys 7-5, 5-7, 7-4
Anne Dennis lost to Rosalind Key-Pugh 7-6, 5-7, 6-7
Robin Barry lost to Robin Oldland 2-7, 7-6, 4-7
Andre Machell lost to Patrick Knight 7-3, 5-7, 4-7
GC Home Internationals Team Announced
The GC Selectors have chosen the following team to represent England in the 2018 Home Internationals:
- J-P Moberly (Captain)
- Jonathan Powe
- Rachel Gee
- Tobi Savage
Three reserves have been selected too, in the following order:
- Harry Fisher
- Tim King
- Nick Archer.
We wish the England team well in the Home Internationals.
I apolgise for this announcement being late - entirely my error.
Wrest Park beat Letchworth 5-2
Mary Rose 2018
Saturday 2 June at Wrest Park
Wrest Park beat Letchworth 5-2
Bryan Harral (0) & George Collin (1.5) beat David Tutt (0.5) & Keith Rhodes (2.5) +9
John Bevington (1.5) beat Heather Bennett (3.5) +9
David Morgans (3.5) beat Ian Mantle (3) +21
Bryan Harral beat David Tutt +18
George Collin beat Keith Rhodes +16
John Bevington lost to Ian Mantle -16
David Morgans lost to Heather Bennett -16
David Morgans, a new member having moved south from Shropshire, got things started with a win against Ian Mantle. Wrest Park won the doubles and went into lunch 3-0 up after John Bevington, on rover and peg, was able to take advantage of a rare but expensive miss from Heather after 2-back, conceding a lift with the balls usefully placed.
The top singles had moments to savour. David Tutt opened with white to corner 4. Bryan played pink (!) and went off the south boundary just east of A baulk. David then took croquet from the replaced correct ball, turning down the rush on offer. George, who had been hitting everything, had black on peg and was using it to try an angled penult peel on blue. Red was near the peg. The peel attempt put blue into the jaws of penult (OK so far), but black carried on to roquet red. This would have been all very well but for the fact that the roquet had been made via the peg.
David had been warned about Heather's accuracy but it didn't help him, and John exhausted the repertoire of unforced errors when he played the wrong ball at very much the wrong time.
Weather: a glorious second of June. Lunch and tea: Sharman Harral did us proud.
Colchester lost to Bristol 3-6
1 Fulford & Burridge beat Goacher & Smith +26tp
2 Dave Kibble beat Michael Heap +15
3 Ian Burridge beat Richard M Smith +9tpo
4 Robert Wilkinson beat Jonathan Hills +2
5 Robert Fulford beat David Goacher +20tp
6 Dave Kibble beat Jonathan Hills +26tp
7 Robert Wilkinson beat Michael Heap +25
8 Richard M Smith beat Robert Fulford +19tp
9 David Goacher beat Ian Burridge +26
Surrey won the 2018 Inter-County Championship
Surrey won the 2018 Inter-County Championship, winning every match.
The Channel Islands, Glamorgan, and Gloucestershire were relegated from division one.
Dorset won division two, and were promoted along with Oxforshire and Suffolk.
Match results on CroquetScores.com
Wrest Park GC C-Level Tournament (National Series)
A full complement of 16 players with handicaps ranging from 7 to 14 assembled in cool and breezy conditions to take part in this new tournament. Local interest was provided by Terry Collis and Chris Harrison, and Tracy Martin (Letchworth) and welcome groups from Northampton and Wingrave made up the numbers.
In the morning block play Tracy, Chris and Ann Udall (Northampton) each won all their games and Terry edged his block on hoop count. They were joined in the knockout stage by Gail Dowd and Vivienne Heard (both of Northampton) and Karen Gray and Christine Skidmore (both of Wingrave).
In the quarter finals, the form book prevailed with success for Tracy against Vivienne (7-5) and Chris against Gail (7-2). However, Ann had a good tussle against Christine (7-6) and Terry needed all his experience to beat Karen (7-5). In the semi-finals, local interest ceased with good wins by Tracy over Terry (7-5) and Ann over Chris (7-4).
The Final between Tracy and Ann turned into a classic with each hoop being closely contested. Inevitably, the 13th hoop was required to produce a winner. Ann eventually left a tap in, but was thwarted by a long clearance through the back of the hoop by Tracy, which left her own ball poised for a victory which she duly secured.
In the Plate competition, an all-Wingrave Final also produced a nail-biting finish with a win for Jill Branham against Bev Reekes (7-6).
Nottingham beat Newport 5-2
Overall: Nottingham won 5-2.
Staley (12) & Beaumont (11) vs Potter (6) & Haslam (20) Notts win 26-20
Lansdale (14) vs van Essen (5) Newport win 26-16
McIntyre (14) vs Yellar (10) Notts win 26-4
Lansdale (14) vs Potter (6) Notts win 26-1
McIntyre (14) vs Haslam (20) Notts win 26-15
Beaumont (11) vs van Essen (5) Newport win 26-17
Staley (12) vs Yellar (10) Notts win 26-13
Chester beat Bury 5-2
Chester beat Bury 5-2. The morning was a clean sweep for Chester though
by a very narrow margin in the two singles (John Dawson + 4 over Margaret
Eccles and Paul Taylor + 3 over Margaret Anderton) . The weather turned
grim in the afternoon and play became much more variable. John Dawson
had an early win over Ken Anderton but the other three singles went the
full distance. David Guyton ground out a solid win ( +6) over Margaret
Anderton but Phil Nuttall (last year's All England AC handicap
champion) hit another golden streak in the second half of his match with
Paul Watson to record a +11 victory for Bury. Similarly Margaret Eccles
took her revenge on Chester as she defeated Paul Taylor by + 7 despite
giving away 8 bisques.
In short a closely contested match in some pretty difficult conditions
Watford beat High Wycombe 5-2
Watford vs High Wycombe
30th May 2018 at Watford
Result: Watford beat High Wycombe 5-2
Teams & handicaps:
Alan Clark (1)
Nick Archer (2)
John Smallbone (4.5)
Adam Huby (8)
Mike Porter (1.5)
Keith Pound (5)
Richard Peperell (7)
Geoff Youd (14)
Scores (Watford names first):
Alan Clark & Nick Archer beat Mike Porter & Keith Pound +14
John Smallbone beat Geoff Youd +7
Adam Huby beat Richard Peperell +2(T)
Alan Clark lost to Mike Porter -19
Nick Archer lost to Keith Pound -5
John Smallbone beat Richard Peperell +9(T)
Adam Huby beat Geoff Youd +13(T)
The most exciting finish was in the game between Nick Archer and Keith Pound,in which Keith reached peg and box while Nick was still for hoops 1 and 2. But it wasn't until Nick had reached penult and rover that Keith finally managed to hit in and peg out his second ball.
Sussex beat Woking 5-2
Ian Cobbold beat Andrew Dutton 7 3
Ian Cobbold beat Andrew Dutton 7 4
Barry Huxley beat Roger Sutton 7 5
Roger Sutton beat Barry Huxley 7 2
Barry Huxley beat Roger Sutton 7 5
Mike Town beat Richard Brooks 7 4
Richard Brooks beat Mike Town 7 4
Mike Town beat Richard Brooks 7 5
Liz Farrow beat Bernard Jones 7 6
Liz Farrow beat Bernard Jones 7 3
Ian Cobbold beat Barry Huxley 7 6
Ian Cobbold beat Barry Huxley 7 3
Andrew Dutton beat Roger Sutton 7 5
Roger Sutton beat Andrew Dutton 7 5
Roger Sutton beat Andrew Dutton 7 6
Rachel Gee won the European GC Championship
Rachel Gee came from behind in the final to defeat Pierre Beaudry (BEL) by 3-7, 7-4, 7-5 to win the 2018 European GC Championship. Rachel had previously won the title in 2014. The Championship was full of surprises.
Based on recent form, the likely semi-finalists were the block winners, Andres Alvarez-Sala (ESP), Stephen Mulliner (ENG), Harry Dodge (ENG) and Ian Burridge (WAL), all of whom had won all seven of their block matches. In the event, not one of these four made it that far.
In the KO first round, Ian Burridge met the young Spaniard, Andres De Diego, in superb shooting and hoop-running form and lost 6-7, 7-2, 3-7. In the quarter-finals, Andres Alvarez-Sala lost to his fellow-countryman, Rafael Romero, 3-7, 7-5, 5-7 while Pierre Beaudry found his most inspired form to beat Harry Dodge 4-7, 7-2, 7-4. The young Irishman, Mark Stephens, who had played so well in the 2017 EGCC in Spain, beat Stephen Mulliner in a game 3 hoop 13 thriller by 7-4, 5-7, 7-6 to the dramatic accompaniment of a rapidly approaching thunderstorm.
All the while, Rachel Gee made quiet, steady progress and beat Andres De Diego in straight games to reach the semi-finals. These were less dramatic than the quarters and Rachel and Pierre defeated Rafael and Mark in two games.
The final began with Pierre in prime form and he soon took the opening game 7-3 and led 3-2 in the second. Rachel now rallied and squared the match 7-4. Pierre made an even better start in the decider and led 4-2. However, a long hoop 7 and long clearances before 8 and before 9 combined to turn the game and match in Rachel's favour.
It was an excellent performance under pressure and a very well-deserved victory. The club was very warmly thanked for its enthusiastic welcome and hospitality and the excellent state of the courts.
Availability Opened for the 2019 WCF Womens GC World Championship
Availability is now open and closes on 22nd July 2018, for any woman member who would like to be considered for a England place in the WCF Womens GC World Championship, from 2nd to 9th February 2019, in New Zealand. The event entry has more details, including a link to the WCF web page about the event.
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Bryan Harral won the Wrest Park AC Handicap Tournament
Mel Christie of Northampton in playby John Bevington at Wrest Park [^]
20 May 2018 (Handicap Tournaments)
Bryan Harral won the Wrest Park AC Handicap Tournament held on 19-20 May
The tournament was won by Bryan Harral, who had the lowest handicap, played the most games and won them all. A second prize was awarded to Jonathan Lambton who had the highest net points score of +72 from five games.
The 15 entries were evenly spread on handicap from 0 to 20, and manager Eric Audsley did his best to avoid the seven home members having to play each other. Our thanks to Tim and Gill Brewer for lunches and teas, and to whatever natural forces brought us such warm and sunny weather.
Bryan Harral (0) 6/6
Jonathan Lambton (8), Keith Harker (7), Robert Skeen (6) 4/5
Geoff Strutt (9), Tony Elliott (6) 3/5
Richard Keighley (14), John Bevington (1.5) 2/5
Andre Machell (7), Eric Audsley (2) 2/4
Mel Christie (20), Peter Aspinall (10), David Gillett (6), George Woolhouse (2.5), George Collin (1) 1/5
CA GC Grass Roots Qualifier at Hunstanton
Susan Debenham won the Hunstanton round of the CA's GC Grass Roots Level Play Tournament held on Thursday 24 May 2018. The day started overcast and was relieved by sunny spells, but with a cold wind. There were 8 entrants and play was organised in 7 rounds of 13 point games on an All Play All basis. During the third round one of the players withdrew from the tournament. After seeking advice from the CA's Grass Roots Manager, those games already played were excluded from the calculation of the overall results.
The final position was as follows:
1st SUSAN DEBENHAM (8)
2nd ROS ETHERIDGE (11)
3rd JANET CARPENTER (9)
4th CHRISTINE THIRTLE-WATTS (10)
5th GWENDA MACKENZIE (12)
6th SUSAN BOXELL (10)
7th JANET KENDAL (12)
8th ANNE GILL (14) (withdrew)
Our congratulations to everyone for a good day's play. Bath awaits the winner on Sunday 9th September 2018 for the National Final. Best wishes to Susan Debenham and hopefully also to Ros Etheridge.
Pendle & Craven Croquet Club B-Level Golf Croquet Tournament
On a scorching hot day, the round robin for the Pendle B level golf tournament was played, all players played 'in the spirit of the game' - the croquet was excellent with many fine clearance shots being played, but as the grass dried, hoop approaches just continued rolling! Finesse was at a premium - a delicate sense of pace was required. David Lloyd was the clear winner and will be playing in the final at Camerton and Peasedown in October.
Watford lost to Letchworth 3-4
Letchworth beat Watford 4-3 in the Longman Cup at Watford on Wednesday 23 May.
Letchworth names first
Jeremy Scott and Colin Davies lost to John Smallbone and Robin Harold-Parry -21
Martin King beat Adam Huby +4 (T)
John Hall beat Mark Homan +8
Jeremy Scott lost to John Smallbone -15
Colin Davies beat Mark Homan +2
John Hall lost to Adam Huby -5 (T)
Martin King beat Robin Harold-Parry +2 (T)
Dulwich beat Camerton & Peasedown 6-1
Camerton and Peasedown elected to travel up to us at Dulwich, enjoying some local hospitality the night before. We were blessed with good weather and our two newly treated lawns provided medium pace and accurate lines. The morning saw an upse tin the doubles with the 'croquet power couple' of Pierre Beaudry and Mark Daley (minus 4 and minus 2 respecitively) losing in straight games to Colin Britt (minus 2) and Mo Boys (2). In the singles Simon Carter (minus 3) had a 2-0 win against Patrick Knight (6), and Guy Scurfield (minus 3) beating Brian Wilson (3) also in straight games.
We gave our guests our legendary hearty Dulwich lunch and then rattled off the singles. These went to form with Dulwich claiming four out of four, all in straight games. It has to be said that Colin gave Pierre a scare on the 13th in their second, and only some very crafty split cannon clearing from Pierre saved that game.
Final result Dulwich 6 Peasedown 1.
Hurlingham lost to Woking 0-7
Woking beat Hurlingham 7-0
played at Hurlingham on 22th May 2018
reported by Alan Edwards
Woking names first
Alan Edwards & Nick Harvey beat Alan Chance & Andrew Wise by +11
Andrew Dutton beat Veronica Carlisle by +26
Ian Anderson beat Hugh Carlisle by +9
Nick Harvey beat Andrew Wise by +26
Alan Edwards beat Alan Chance by +10
Andrew Dutton beat Hugh Carlisle by +25
Ian Anderson beat Veronica Carlisle by +14
2018 AC Development Squad Selection Announcement
Congratulations to the following selected 12 players who will form the AC Development Squad 2018
Mark Van Loon
These players have shown significant improvement and dedication to improving their game in the last twelve months, where their achievements and potential have been recognised, and sonominated for a place in the development squad. The squad has been selected in agreement with myself, Lead Coach David Maugham and the CA Selection Committee Chair.
AC International Performance Director
New GC Grade 3 Elite Coaches Announced
We are pleased to announce the appointment by the CA Coaching Committee of 2 further GC Grade 3 Elite Coaches as follows:-
- Chris Clarke
- Dr Jenny Clarke
Congratulations to you both.
Sarah Hayes Won The Bernard Neal Challenge
Bernard Neal Challenge - Advanced Weekend - Cheltenham 19-20 May
A sun-baked Saturday morning at Cheltenham Croquet Club, and a draw of 36 entrants, saw a couple of major upsets with the number one and four seeds bowing out of the competition in the first round. The holder and number one seed, Mark Suter was knocked out by an in-form Dave Gunn +10 on time. Whilst Robert Wilkinson, seeded fourth, was defeated by local member and tournament Manager David Foulser +26, in an error-free match. Another local member who was impressive was Wendy Wu, in her first ever A-class event; she sailed through to the quarter-finals. Wendy is rapidly improving her croquet skills, and is definitely one to watch out for in the future. As expected, number 2 and 3 seeds, Chris Williams and Sarah Hayes respectively, romped through to the semi-finals fairly comfortably.
Sunday saw more glorious sunshine as the temperatures rose to a comfortable 23 degrees. In the semi-finals, Sarah defeated Chris +22 and David beat Louise Bradforth +17. The final saw old Cheltenham rivals, Sarah and David, go to battle; however, Sarah who was described by some spectators as a 'machine', put on a clinical performance and beat David +25. Overall the conditions were inconsistent between all the 9 lawns.
Some lawns were very quick and some more easy-paced. This saw very few peeling turns and only Robert Wilkinson and Mark Suter finishing the event with 2 TPs each. One of Robert's TPs was against Mark in the final of the plate where Robert put on an excellent performance and completed his TP with a very well controlled turn to win the plate. For full results, please see croquetscores.com.
European AC Championship, Stavstorp, Sweden 17-19 August 2018
Following the passing of the Closing Date on 20 May 2018, the following players have been awarded places:
Holder: Jose Riva (Spain)
Runner-up: Duncan Reeve (Scotland)
- Bruno Hess (Germany)
- David Houston (Scotland)
- Stephen Mulliner (England)
- Steinar Olsen (Norway)
- Roberts Stafeckis (Latvia)
- Anton Varnas (Sweden)
- Rich Waterman (Wales)
- Mark Suter (England)
- Robin Brown (England)
- Wolfgang Usbeck (Germany)
- Joern Vinnen (Germany)
David Maugham won the Western Championship for the 7th time
David Maugham receives the trophy from Alison Jones.by Jonathan Powe at East Dorset [^]
20th May (Championships)
Thirteen of us gathered for the Western Championship, played over 3 days (18-20 May) in glorious sunshine at East Dorset. The lawns have been much improved in recent months due to the sterling efforts of the excellent new groundsman Robin Wilcox, and so were in tip-top condition for the weekend. And the hoops were pretty tight - indeed slightly too tight as a couple of balls got jammed on the first day. With the cafe now in new hands, East Dorset is once again a first-class venue for top-quality croquet.
The top 4 seeds were Stephen Mulliner, David Maugham, Christian Carter and Duncan Reeve, who were joined by 5 East Dorset locals - Anthony Dix, David Harrison-Wood, David Kendrick, Jonathan Powe and Tom Weston - plus Andy Myers, Andrew Killick, Alison Jones and Richard H Smith.
In the semi-finals, Stephen Mulliner beat Jonathan Powe +1, +18qp and David Maugham beat Christian Carter +8, +16. So it was Stephen Mulliner and David Maugham who fought out the 9½-hour, best-of-5 final on Sunday. The first game saw quite a bit of interaction, but Stephen eventually got control of all 4 balls and made a very tidy standard triple to take the game +14tp (1-0). In the second, David pegged out one of Stephen's balls to leave himself on peg and 2-back against Stephen on 3-back and box. After some lengthy cat-and-mouse games, Stephen finally ran rover and pegged out from 10 yards to win +3 (2-0). Game 3 also concluded with a 3-ball finish, this time with David on 4-back and box, and Stephen on 1 and peg, which David won +4 (2-1). In the 4th game, Stephen did a tpo, leaving himself on peg and 1-back against David on 3 and box for another 3-ball finish. Stephen made one hoop but left David a 25-yard double, which he duly hit and finished +7otp to take the match to the decider (2-2). In the final game, Stephen made a 5th turn break to 4-back. After some interaction following the contact, David did a tpo and managed one pop to leave himself on peg and 1 against Stephen on 2 and box. After more toing and froing, David laid up in C2 with Stephen in C4. Stephen took the shot, missed, and David played a very controlled 3-ball break from hoop 1 to the peg to win the Westerns for the 7th time. Many congratulations to him.
Duncan Reeve took the Plate, beating Andy Myers in the final +26tp.
Mark Avery won the Newport Open Weekend
Mark Avery won the Newport Open Weekend, defeating Nick Mounfield in a best-of-2 final. He thus retains the Donald Cornelius trophy
A full complement of fifteen players gathered, including three affiliated to Cambridge University, which has a mutually beneficial association with the Club. Handicaps were spread from -2 to 3.5, and there were quite a few close games. The lawns were nicely quick, with interesting patches. 16 out of 47 games were decided by Triple Peels - Avery had 6, the Lineseses 3 each.
No real incident to report - just excellent weather, good pub meal, friendly company. An agreeable weekend.
Full results at croquetscores
Colchester Spring Weekend Handicap tournament
Debutant Ellen Thompson (Photo: Sam Murray)by Nick Steiner at Colchester [^]
20th May (Handicap Tournaments)
Paul Hetherington won the singles event (The John Foreman cup). Jeff Farrington & Ron Atkinson won the doubles at Colchester Croquet club.
The format was one full day of doubles, followed by 2 days playing singles.
Six pairs took part in the doubles, playing fourteen point games, with a time limit of one and a half hours. Five games were played, each pair playing all others. It was a tightly packed schedule, but we managed to squeeze in a delicious lunch and some cake for tea. Colin Hemming and Rob Waites won their first game, the other four ended in a draw. It was a close contest throughout the day, but for the second year running, the trophies were won by Ron Atkinson and Jeff Farrington.
Sixteen competitors entered the singles with handicaps ranging from minus one and a half to 18. The format was flexible Swiss handicap to the base 10. Ellen Thompson (alias Mrs. T-shirt) played in her first tournament, and managed to win one game in spite of playing off 18 instead of her present handicap of 22. Three players ended the day on 80%, but as Paul had beaten Rich and Neil decided not to play any more games, the trophy was won by Paul Hetherington.
The sun shone throughout the three days and an enjoyable time was had by all. Good food and drink, and excellent company.
1st Paul Hetherington 80%
2nd = Neil Chalmers & Rich Waterman 80%
1st Jeff Farrington & Ron Atkinson 1 draw 3 wins
2nd Colin Hemming & Rob Waites 3 wins
3rd = Georgeen Hemming & Bernard Yallop 1 draw 2 wins
Nick Steiner & Paul Hetherington
Ashby beat Church Stretton 4-3
Church Stretton, making their first appearance in the Secretary's Shield, travelled to Ashby on a gloriously sunny day to play this match. The lawn conditions were unusual, with brown but slowish lawns and very firm hoops in the hard dry ground. Will Gee & Arthur Rowe made short work of the doubles in the morning, and the singles games were shared with wins for Ashby's Adam Wheatley and Church Stretton's John Wilkins on time.
In the afternoon, Will was again the only player to finish, with the other games going to time. John Knowles played some nice croquet against Arthur to secure a second win for Church Stretton, but Adam Wheatley got the 4th win for Ashby. George James beat Richard Sanville making it 4-3 to Ashby.
(Ashby names first)
Will Gee (-1) & Arthur Rowe (3) beat Brian Christmas (3) and John Knowles (9) +19
Richard Sanville (8) lost to John Wilkins (12) -1T
Adam Wheatley (18) beat George James (11) +7T
Will Gee beat Brian Christmas +16
Arthur Rowe lost to John Knowles -8T
Richard Sanville lost to George James -9T
Adam Wheatley beat John Wilkins +9T
CA England Membership Places for the WCF Over 50s GCWC this October
The two ENG Membership Places have been awarded to Andrew Dymond and Roger Goldring. Six England players have already secured Ranking Places: Stephen Mulliner, Jonathan Powe, Tim King, Stephen Custance-Baker, David Widdison, and Peter Dowd.
CA GC Selectors
Charity One-Ball Report
Winner Margaret Murray congratulated by runner-up Tom Weston (Photo: Chris Roberts )by Kevin Carter at Surbiton [^]
13 May 2018 (Other News)
This year we had 37 heats of the Charity One-Ball and 497 participants. Because of the awful weather we had some cancellations and postponements, and some heats had lower attendance than they might have done without the cold and rain. So, this is excellent and yet another record.
We had 40 participants in the final on Sunday 13th May. It was again kindly hosted at Surbiton, with triple-banking across all seven lawns. Because of the numbers involved, there was a lunchtime 'cut' - a bit like in a big golf competition. The top twelve, who had lost no more than one game of the swiss during the morning, went into a separate section to compete for the main trophies, while the remainder continued for a 'Best of the Rest' prize.
Soon after teatime, we had the two finalists: Tom Weston (East Dorset) and Margaret Murray (Bath but who qualified at the Camerton & Peasedown heat). It was a nail-biting finale, watched by over 30 spectators. Tom's shooting was superb and, as Margaret's 4.5 bisques were whittled away, he looked to have it in the bag. However, Margaret displayed great tactical acumen throughout and was the first through the last ('rover') hoop, initially retreating to near the west boundary and then, when Tom set himself up for rover, she moved her ball a little north of the peg. Tom ran rover but not cleanly and he was hampered from both the peg and Margaret's ball. He tried a difficult shot back through the hoop and missed, so Margaret finished, to huge applause.
In the prizegiving Margaret collected this year's engraved decanter, and Tom the runner-up's goblet. Chris Roberts (Phyllis Court, and also well known for being the editor of the Gazette) won the 'Best of the Rest' goblet and a bottle of bubbly went to Jonathan Lamb (Punta Del Este, Uruguay) for the best break: ten hoops.
The prizes were presented by Leia, a lovely little five year old, who had prompted her grandfather to nominate the Downs Syndrome Association as this year's charity. Unfortunately, Peter Gunn (Merton) passed away in February and could not be there to see it. The total amount raised for the Downs Syndrome Association was £4471, which will be supplemented by £903 of Gift Aid - another record, and the first time that our nominated charity will benefit by more than £5000.
Roehampton lost to Surbiton 1-6
17th May 2018 at Roehampton Club.
Surbiton won 6 games to 1.
Chris Osmond and Roger Mackinnon (Surbiton) won +4t
John Dawson (Surbiton) beat Susan Davies +4t
Jonathan Edwards (Surbiton) beat Elaine Phillimore +1t
Chris Osmond beat Susan Davies +13
Elaine Phillimore beat Roger Mackinnon +20
Jonathan Edwards beat Frances Colman +24
John Dawson beat Nicholas Halton +1t
Enfield beat Wrest Park 5-2
Results, Enfield names first:
Ken Pickett & Brian Dawes beat Geoff Strutt & Peter Aspinall 26-10
David Frost beat John Tew 26-19
John Street beat David Woolley 23-22 on time
Ken Pickett beat John Tew 26-16
David Frost lost to David Woolley 16-26
John Street lost to Geoff Strutt 19-26
Brian Dawes beat Peter Aspinall 26-20
Croquet Durham beat Belsay Hall 5-2
Croquet Durham had the pleasure of entertaining Belsay in the opening round of the 2018 GC Inter-Club competition at our Chester-le-Street greens on Thursday 17 May (delayed because of problems with lawn availabilities).
The Durham team consisted of Nigel Martin (2), Roger Carpenter (1), Brian Johnson (1) and Peter Tymms (4), with Belsay represented by Phil Errington (-1), Ian Hunter (1), David Millener (2) and Derek Johnson (4) .
Croquet Durham won 5-2.
The match results were (Durham names first)
Nigel & Roger lost to Phil & Ian 3-7, 5-7
Brian beat Derek 7-4, 7-4
Peter beat David 7-5, 7-6
Nigel lost to Phil 5-7, 3-7
Roger beat Ian 7-5, 5-7, 7-6
Brian beat to David 7-6, 5-7, 7-6
Peter beat Derek 7-3, 7-4
Nominations for CA Council Election close 1st June
The deadline for nominations for election as officers and members of the CA's Council is 1st June. The following article, giving further information, was published in the April Gazette:
The 2018 AGM will be held at Hurlingham on the morning of Saturday, 20th October.
Any nominations for the posts of Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Secretary, membership of Council, or notice of motions to be put to the AGM, should be sent to the Hon. Secretary, Dr. I. G. Vincent, 21, Cedar Avenue, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 2HA, or e-mailed to email@example.com, by 1st June. Nominations should give the name of the candidate together with those of the proposer and seconder, and state that the consent of the candidate has been obtained.
There are expected to be at least six vacancies on Council, caused by the completion of three year terms by John Bowcott, Jeff Dawson, Dave Kibble, Tim King and Brian Wilson and the resignation of Martin French. Of those completing their terms, John Bowcott, Tim King and Brian Wilson have stated that they are willing to serve again and so do not need to be nominated. A ballot will be held if there are more candidates than vacancies.
Candidates should be aware that Council is currently considering the governance of the CA and has accepted in principle that it should be replaced by a smaller body, so those elected as members of Council may not serve the normal three year term.
Under clause 12 of the Constitution, Council is responsible for managing the affairs of the Croquet Association and for the fulfillment of its objectives. Its standing orders and practice book (see under https://www.croquet.org.uk/?p=ca/gov) state that it is responsible for deciding matters of policy, delegating day to day management to its standing committees. It normally meets three times a year: immediately after the AGM in October, late January and late March, at Hurlingham. Ideally its members should have experience of managing organisations, have a strong interest in croquet and be willing to serve on at least one of its committees. Please contact its Chairman, Brian Shorney (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Secretary, Ian Vincent (contact details as above), if you would like further information.
Chester Croquet Club gets a fly by on NCD
Airbus makes large commercial planes (Photo: Airbus)by John Dawson at Chester [^]
16th May (Other News)
Chester members were enjoying the sunshine with a social last Sunday when we had a fly past by a spectacular plane, an Airbus Beluga. We would like to have thought that the pilot and crew were merely flying over to watch croquet in action on National Croquet Day but in reality they were on a routine flight from nearby Broughton.
Perhaps I should explain; Airbus makes large commercial planes , notably the A380. The wings are made in Broughton but the final plane assembly is in Toulouse or Hamburg. Can't stick the wings in the post so what do you do? The answer is an ingenious modification of an A300 into the Airbus Beluga which can take wings in its "belly".
If you see an unusually large plane fly over your croquet club, you'll now know what it is.
PS an even bigger Beluga is under development to transport a pair of A350 wings in one go. The wings of the A380, which are too large for even the Beluga XL, have to go by sea.
My thanks to Airbus for providing the superb image and the accurate technical data.
The Western Championship Draw
last updated at 19:35 on 20/05/18
|Mulliner, SN||Mulliner, SN|
-14tp -3 +4 +7otp +12tpo
|Killick, A||Harrison-Wood, D|
|Weston, T||Smith, RH|
+1(t) -8(t) +20
|Powe, JJ||Powe, JJ|
-5 +26 +24
|Carter, CL||Carter, CL|
|Myers, AP||Myers, AP|
|Dix, AKM||Maugham, DB|
David G Hill won the Wrest Park GC B-Level
A blustery and chilly wind persisted throughout the day of this tournament which was keenly contested by a full field of 16 participants.
Block winners were David G Hill and Henry Hobbs (both of Enfield), Rob Chatwin (Wingrave) and Jane Tewson (Long Eaton Park). They were joined in the knockout phase byRoger Stroud and Jean Ball ( both of Leighton-Linslade) , David Wicks (Ipswich) and Gavin Taylor (Merton). Those missing the cut included top seed Mike Bilton (Richmond Park) and last year's winner, Louise Taylor (Merton).
Strength in numbers prevailed in the Quarter Finals with wins for Enfield's David G and Henry and Leighton-Linslade's Roger and Jean. The Semi-Finals pitched club mates against each other and the higher handicappers prevailed. David G (5) beat Henry(4) by 7-4. Jean(5) pipped Roger (4) 7-6.
Jean's play had been improving steadily throughout the day and she took a clear lead in the Final by 5 hoops to 2. However, David G had proved to be the fightback specialist and he clawed his way back to win by 7 hoops to 6. Both players deserved and received engraved glasses from the host club as a reward for their efforts.
The Plate competition was won by Andrea Huxley(Guildford and Godalming).
1. David G Hill
2. Jean Ball
3. Henry Hobbs
4 Roger Stroud.
Newport lost to Colchester 3-4
Tuesday 15th May at Newport
Mary Rose: Colchester beat Newport 4-3
A lovely sunny day greeted the Essex rivals. Colchester's aggregate handicap was 4 compared to Newport's 10, but 3 Newport players are up-and-coming chaps, and the match proved to be close. Home advantage helped Dan Neale to a quick win, but James Brind failed to negotiate a straight rover peel and Colin Hemming calmly capitalised. Thus at lunchtime we reached the archetypal score in such matches: 1-1 and a dire game of doubles pegged down on lawn 2.
In the afternoon the 2 singles on lawn 1 were again shared, and Rich Waterman comfortably beat Andrew Gregory. This left the two number ones, and Cesar Miranda's shooting saw him home against Nick Steiner.
By now it was nearly 6pm - I think we tarried over the excellent lunch cooked by Fran Lambert. We had to resume the doubles, and extrapolating from the morning an 8pm time limit seemed prudent. In fact Colchester had now got used to the lawns, and in the first turn of the resumption Nick Steiner played a neat 3-ball break to the peg. Shortly after Rich did likewise to win the competitive but friendly match.
(Newport names first)
Dan Neale beat Jeff Farrington +25
James Brind lost to Colin Hemming -3
Dan Neale beat Colin Hemming +14
James Brind lost to Jeff Farrington -13
Andrew Gregory lost to Rich Waterman -17
Cesar Miranda beat Nick Steiner +14
Cesar & Andrew lost to Nick & Rich -11
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