Introduction to the 2019 Fixtures BookWelcome to another croquet year. 2019 is just as packed as previous years - perhaps slightly more so - and will provide plenty of opportunities for players of all standards.
This year will see the introduction of the GC Federations Shield, a new inter-club GC tournament. Each Federation may select one Club to enter based on the results of the Federation's handicap competitions in 2018. We hope each Federation will enter a team.
In AC, the South of England Week, which is one of the oldest fixtures in the CA calendar, has had a re-vamp for this season. It consists of a 3-day handicap and a weekend class event (plus handicap and advanced One-Ball), so do please consider entering one or both of the main events.
The Short Croquet Inter-Club Competition, introduced last year at very short notice, is now fully established so all clubs, big and small, are encouraged to persuade their high-handicap players to make a team of 4 and have a go at a national competition.
We are also hosting two World Championships in 2019. The Under-21 GC World Championship will be held at Nottingham on 20-24 July, and the WCF Simon Carter GC World Championship will be based at Sussex County from 27 July-4 August. If you are not playing yourself, it is well worth popping in to watch - there should be some high-quality Golf Croquet on display from the world's best GC players.
Alongside the raft of AC and GC tournaments throughout the year, there is also an increasing number of AC and GC coaching opportunities for all players at the three coaching academies (the Northern Academy based at York, the Croquet Academy at Sussex County, and the South West Croquet Academy at Budleigh Salterton). Please do take a look at what they have to offer - there is something there for everyone.
Enjoy your croquet year.
Beatrice McGlen, Chairman of the AC Tournament Committee
Jonathan Powe, Chairman of the GC Tournament Committee
Directors for CA Tournaments and their 'Areas of Responsibility'These should be your first point of contact with any queries on tournament matters.
Association CroquetInter-Counties, Challenge and Gilbey: Bill Arliss
The Opens, MacRobertson Shield, Solomon Trophy: Samir Patel
Ladies' Sixes (Barlow and Longman), Peels, Men's & Women's, Short Croquet Inter-Club: Beatrice McGlen
Home Internationals, Ian Maugham Salver: James Hopgood
Eights, South of England Week: Mike Town
South of England Championship, Inter-Club Championship: Sam Murray
Secretary's Shield, Mary Rose, Students, Schools, Juniors, Next Generation: Eugene Chang
Veterans, Seniors: Jonathan Powe
All-England Handicap, Longman Inter-Club: Hilary Smith
Golf CroquetThe Opens, English National Doubles Championship: Jonathan Powe
English National Singles Championship: Stephen Mulliner
Eights (Musk's Cup and Kate Jones Memorial), Home Internationals: Tobi Savage
Inter-Counties, Veterans: Bill Arliss
A-Level Series, B-level Series, C-Level Series, All-England Handicap: Chris Roberts
Federations Shield: Frances Colman
Inter-Club Championship, Murphy Inter-Club Shield: John Bowcott
Grass Roots Competition, Students Championship: Richard Bilton
Mark Suter [CA Manager]