John-Paul Moberly won the National Forest Championship at Ashby Croquet Club
Although the tournament was oversubscribed at the allocation date, later cancellations meant that all entrants were able to take part. The field included players from Ashby, other Midland clubs, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Australia.
One of the top seeds, Nick Mounfield, was unfortunate when he suffered mallet failure early in his first game and had to adjust to a substitute mallet with somewhat different characteristics.
By Saturday evening the block placings were decided. J-P Moberly, having won all his games and securing a semi-final against Peter Freer, while Mike O'Brian was to play Will Gee.
Sunday morning, saw J-P beat Peter in 2 games and Mike edged his way past Will in three closely fought games. The final saw J-P narrowly beating Mike.
This was Jean-Paul's first major win, it certainly will not be his last! Both finalists earned places in the Ascot Cup to be played at Nottingham later this year.
Consolation events took place during Sunday morning. The 'Headers' victory went to Nick Mounfield and the 'Footers' event was won by Philip Wood.
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