The All England Golf Croquet Competition, which started in May with heats at home clubs, reached its conclusion on the weekend of 23rd/24th September. In glorious sunshine, at East Dorset Croquet club, seventeen qualifiers from all over England (and Wales) met to play the finals.
Saturday saw block play and on Sunday places 1 to 17 were decided by playoffs. The final, best of three 13 point games was won by Bob Donald from Budleigh Salterton, who beat Andy Kennedy from Letchworth 7-4, 7-4.
Although I was unable to attend (playing elsewhere), feedback tells me that it was a most enjoyable weekend, admirably hosted by East Dorset, and was played in a friendly and sporting manner.
As East Dorset had been unable to provide a manager/referee, a fellow club member of mine, Eugene Brady, who was accompanying his playing wife, ran the final on my behalf. I am told he managed the two days brilliantly and contributed greatly to a successful competition. Many thanks, Eugene and congratulations to the winner, Bob Donald.