Jack Davies won the Isle of Wight Championship
Jack Davies won the Isle of Wight Championship. He dominated the event and remained unbeaten even though he completed four of his matches on Saturday as he had to return home early because of a family accident. The B Class singles was won by Jack's club mate, Jamie Angus on his first visit to Ryde.
The Championship, which has been competed for since the 1930s, is the main event of the Ryde Festival of Croquet and to this has been added other events over the years.
Although not part of the main event, it has now become traditional for Tuesday to see a golf croquet singles handicap event for Club members, to which early comers to the festival were invited to take part. After block play in the morning, the top eight players went into a knock-out competition, which was won by Janet Lewis from Watford beating Ryde's Robin Thornton in a close final.
From Wednesday the tournament changed wholly to Association Croquet, with two days being put aside for handicap singles, this was won by Ryde's Phillip Kennerley who had been runner up in 2010. As lighter relief after the singles events, late afternoon and evening play was given over to alternate stroke handicap doubles and started on Wednesday evening, following a barbecue. Burgers and sausages certainly helped some of the players after a long day. This event was won by the manager, Cliff Jones, paired with Ryde's Richard Harris.
Because of an overlap with the Inter-Counties championships, numbers were slightly down, but all who attended enjoyed the events in which they took part.