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John Cundell won the Edgbaston GC Tournament

[<<] [>>] by Richard Thompson at Edgbaston Croquet Club
11 September 2012 (GC)

John Cundell of Leighton Linslade won the Edgbaston GC Tournament, in fine style.

The Handicap Range for this event has remained fixed over its 7-year history, but the standard is noticeably better - both in shot-making execution and in tactical "nowse". Players from 7 different Clubs, and many hundreds of miles, came to Birmingham for this well-supported Tournament. No-one left without at least one win, nor did any player escape unbeaten. Surely a good sign of tough even competition. Good planning and scheduling, along with expeditious play, meant that time limits were never required (other Managers, please note) so that the closest matches could run their full course.

The four semi final places were all in doubt, right up to the final round of Block matches. Most players bemoaning a particular 6:7, when 7:6 would have seen them placed. In many ways, the Final was untypical of the day's play. John, showing why his Handicap HAD been better than this Range, played quite imperiously to secure a comfortable victory over John Steel of Broadwas. There are times when an opponent can just do nothing against consistent excellence. This was one such instance and all the more unusual for being in the key game of the day. All the other competitors watched in awe, while enjoying their deserved afternoon tea. Good to see a full spectator gallery for the Final.

Edgbaston's lawns and hoops behaved beautifully, with much praise for Paddy Heath and his grounds team. David Bell kindly volunteered to take on the role of Tournament Referee. Redundant: never needed ! Margaret, Sybil & Linda produced a delightful hot lunch to supplement refreshments throughout-the-day and won universal praise for their efforts. Richard's task as Tournament Manager was a "breeze", thanks to accommodating players and proven planning.


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