CA Logo
CA Logo

GC B-Level Series National Final at Guildford and Godalming

[<<] [>>]

picturePhoto of winner, Andrea Huxley and runner-up Ron Carter (Photo: Mike Huxley)

by Mike Huxley at Guildford and Godalming
10th September (GC)

Not over until it's over.

A field of 16 assembled at Guildford and Godalming by 9am on Saturday 7th September to contest the seventh GC B Level Series National Final. Most of those present had qualified by winning B level tournaments around the country and three by accumulation of points.

Conditions were tricky, with fast lawns and challenging hoops. The decision was made to time-limit the games so that the full all-play-all matrix could be completed in daylight. It was a wise decision, with Saturdays 8 games finishing at 7.40pm (sunset 7.32pm), to the sound of the manager's huge sigh of relief. Sunday's 7 rounds were completed before sunset!

Now to the competition. By Saturday evening, 8 rounds having been completed, the leaders were Ron Carter (Ealing) and Brian McCausland (Nailsea) each with 6 wins out of 8. Five others had 5 wins .

With 13 rounds completed, Mike Bilton (Richmond Park) had just reeled off 5 successive wins to sit on 9 wins, co-leading with Ron Carter. The two qualifiers from Guildford and Godalming, Andrea Huxley and Julie Tremble, were hot on their heels with 8 wins. With 2 rounds to go, if either Mike or Ron won their remaining two games they couldn't be caught. At this point, Andrea beat Ron 7-1 in the crunch game, while Mike lost to Jane Tewson on the 13th hoop. Julie, meanwhile had beaten Rob Chatwin by 7-5, leaving four people tied on 9 wins. So it all hinged on the last round. Julie and Mike each lost their last games, while Ron and Andrea won, Andrea finishing with a run of 5 straight wins. Net hoops came into play, giving the following results.

1st Andrea Huxley 10 wins Net hoops +29
2nd Ron Carter 10 wins Net hoops +10
3rd Mike Bilton 9 wins Net hoops +9
4th Julie Tremble 9 wins Net hoops +2

A hard fought tournament that I thoroughly enjoyed managing.



 

For results, news, reports, corrections, updates, etc. see contact the CA. As an anti-spam measure when not logged-in, # replaces @ in email addresses - click on the link as usual to send an email.

The CA will not share your personal details with any other organisation and undertakes to keep them confidential as described in our Security, Privacy, and Cookie Policies and Information.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed on this news web page are those of the Editor and contributors. The Croquet Association is not responsible for statements other than those clearly identified as being made on its behalf. The full editorial policy is available online. The Web News Editor is Sam Murray.