Report on National Seniors' held at Budleigh Salterton CC on 8th to 13th July 2019.
45 players were due to play in the Class Event, which started on Thursday morning, but after a number of late withdrawals, mainly due to injury only 39 players contested the five trophies.
Block A for the Trevor Williams Cup. Saturday morning saw Simon Hathrell and Tim Russell both to 5 wins. Simon won his first game against Chris Roberts, but Tim lost his against Chris Williams, giving Simon 6 wins and Tim Russell still on 5 wins. In the meantime Tim Jolliff beat David Wise to have 5 wins. In the afternoon, Simon lost to Chris Williams so remained on 6/8 wins. Tim Russell lost to David Warhurst, leaving him on 5/8 wins. Tim Jolliff however beat Chris Roberts to equal 6/8 wins. With a tie for first place on "Who beat Whom" Simon was declared the winner.
In Block B Peter Thompson and Nigel Amos both had 4/6 wins. On "Who beat Whom" Peter took home the Colin Hemming Cup.
In Block C for the de Ansorena Cup- Ian Draper was aiming to finish his game early to catch a train, but in his last turn hit in and proceeded to go round to beat Charles Ostler +1t - and a very quick dash for the train. Ian had a clean sweep with 6/6 wins.
In Block D for the Nigel Graves Trophy there was again a tie for first place, between Wendy Dominguez and Charlie Martin, both on 5/6 wins but on "Who beat Whom" the trophy was awarded to Wendy.
In Block E for a small Goblet - Frances Colman had a clean sweep with 5/5 wins.
At the start of the week the handicap doubles was played. The final was between Tim Jolliff and Roger Mills and David and Eileen Magee with Tim and Roger winning +3t. and taking home the Croquet Association Cups.
The consolation event was won by Brian Shorney and Jane Hull
Tim Jolliff and David Magee also had to play each other in the semi-finals of the Handicap singles Knockout with David winning - in the other semi-final Charles Ostler beat Jim Field.
The final between David and Charles saw David win +16 to take home the Quiller Cup. The consolation event was won by Jim Field. The fastest game was won by Charlie Martin and the Tripe Peel prize went to Simon Hathrell.
Peter Death on behalf of the CA presented the trophies. He opened to proceeding by thanking Budleigh Salterton for hosting the event and thanked everyone who had been involved in putting on/running the tournament Simon on receiving his trophy echoed those thanks.