Sunday 8th September saw twelve hopefuls from all over the country arrive at Ashby CC to attempt to become this year's Centre Stage national champion.
Despite being threatened with continuous rain, the weather was kind to us, (no rain at all!), and packed agenda kicked off with a block stage with two blocks of six, all-play-all, producing four contestants for the semi-finals.
Chris Jackson from Nottingham CC narrowly beat David Pickard from Ben Rhydding CC by 7-5 in semi-final one, whilst Geoff Johnson from Watford CC beat Ken Eccles from Bury CC by 7-3 in semi-final two.
The final was very tightly contested, but in the end Chris Jackson won on the 13th hoop, to record a 7-6 victory and lift the 2013 trophy!
This was an excellent day's golf croquet and a good way for mid handicap players to experience competitive play, and start entering 'B'-level tournaments. I think all present really enjoyed it, and I can only encourage all clubs to consider entering a team in next year's competition, (details can be found in the CA handbook).
Thanks to Ashby CC for hosting us, and thank you to all the players who participated in such good spirit.