Bill Arliss and Dennis Moorcraft Triumphed at the Veterans' Championship
The 2006 National Veterans' Championship was held in mostly excellent weather at Southwick from 12-17 June. There was a much better entry than in 2005 and there was quite a fight for the championship itself with, at one time, the possibility of 4 players with the same number of wins. In the end two tied on 5 wins each, with a much back-to-form Bill Arliss of Southwick taking the Rothwell Challenge Cup from Alan Linton now of Parkstone on a who-beat-whom basis.
The Pidcock Trophy (over 70s' Championship) was won by Dennis Moorcraft of Cheltenham with 6 out of 7 wins, with Mrs Gene Mears of Southwick runner up with 5 out 7 wins.
The Felixstowe Cup (advanced singles for those not in the two championships) was won by Donald Mears of Southwick with John Hobbs of Tunbridge Wells runner up.
The Strickland Cup (handicap singles those not in the above events) was won by John Timberlake of Surbiton.
The Meredith Cup (unrestricted handicap singles) was won by Tony Whateley of Glasgow who saw his handicap brought down from 18 to 12, with John Hobbs as the runner up.
In the X doubles, The Longman Trophies (The Sussex Trugs) were won by John Taylor and Mike Bottomley (Reigate Priory), with Richard & Pat Jackson (Southwick) as runners up.
In the Y doubles, the Gilbert Spoons, were won by Martin Granger Brown (Bowdon) and Tony Whateley (Glasgow) with Dennis Shaw (Ramsgate/Compton) and Robert Bateson (Guilford/Godalming).
All enjoyed the week with Sussex County Croquet Club being friendly hosts and providing excellent lunches and teas.