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European GC Club League - Ealing Heat

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pictureEuropean Club League event at Ealing CC.

by Simon Tuke at Ealing Croquet Club
5 Jun (International)

It was in March 2023 that Charles Sale, a member of Ealing Croquet Club and a man who had earned his living from travelling the world reporting on major sports events, spotted an opportunity to visit one capital city for the first time while also indulging his passion for playing croquet. Ealing was duly entered into the Latvian heat of the inaugural GC European Club League, which was to take place in Riga later that year.

Fast forward 15 months and, bitten by the European league bug, Ealing is now hosting a heat of its own. Players from Croquet Club Zurich, Real Club Puerta de Hierro and Sussex County Croquet Club enjoyed a sunny Saturday in Ealing's Lammas Park on day one of a keenly fought contest.

Read the full report in the August Croquet Gazette

Final placings:
1st An emphatic win by Real Club Puerta de Hierro with 3w, 0d, 0l.
2nd The surprise package of the weekend, Ealing CC with 1w, 1d, 1l.
3rd Following their loss to Ealing on day 2, Sussex County CC with 1w, 0d, 2l.
4th With a tough final day against our visitors from Spain, CC Zurich with 0w, 1d, 2l.

As Tournament manager I'd like to thank all the players for their impeccable behaviour, Richard Carline who was a constant source of good advice in his role of Referee of Tournament, Jane Powell for her deft handling of Croquet Scores and for generally helping out whenever needed, Christine Mason for lots of help with the catering, John Hutchinson for manning the BBQ and Jane Hutchinson and Sali Turner for their help in providing food.


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