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pictureCheltenham B level GC event

by Ivor Brand at Cheltenham Croquet Club
24th June (GC)

This weekend's event was quickly oversubscribed, which prompted behind the scenes discussions as to whether or not we could manage 32 for a one-day event. Although I did have some reservations, it was decided not to disappoint entries and make use of Cheltenham's 8 lawns. The day started with the 32 players seeded into 8 blocks of 4. This would then allow for the 8 block winners to go into 2 blocks of 4. The same format was used for the runners-up, 3rd place and 4th place blocks. Fortunately, the weather was good and players enjoyed the extra rest over lunch while I wrote out the 8 new blocks and order of play!(Note to self, get an assistant to help next year) There were 5 block winners who were undefeated, Jim Beach, Paulj Williams, Brian Jamieson, Keith Davis, and Patrick Coulter. Paul New got through on net points while Brian McCausland and Steve Durston survived a 3 way tie to win their blocks. The 2 winner's blocks were also tight affairs, with both finalists going through on net points.

The final playoff games between the 2 blocks would result in an overall position, however most people felt happy to retire after their block games with the exception of the final Patrick Coulter beat Steve Durston 7-5, while Jim Beach beat Brian Jamieson 7-6 for the 3rd/4th places. (All scores are on CS.) In all an excellent if not busy day on Cheltenham's lovely lawns.


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