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The Golf Croquet Inter-County Championship 2019

The Golf Croquet Inter-County Championship 2019 takes place 17-18 Aug 2019 at Sussex County and Compton (Eastbourne) croquet clubs. Click on the tournament name for entry conditions and details.

Director: Bill Arliss
Manager: Bill Arliss

Draw updated: 19 Jun; Details: 19 Jun.

See previous winners in the history section. Make sure you register your eligibility.


Entrants

Updated: 19 Jun


Click on a county to highlight its matches in the Order of Play below (AC only).

Please note the news item A Firm Basis for Determining Player Eligibility.

Order of Play

See below


Tournament Instructions for GC Inter Counties Championship 2019

  1. General Introduction

This data will be displayed on the CA web in due course but is being prepared as a single document initially to brief the County Organisers. The arrangements reflect the new two divisional structure introduced last year and it appears most likely that this structure will now be the norm for the future.

In the provisional entries this year we have had one brand new entry from Essex plus all of the 2018 entries bringing us up to a total of eighteen and hitting the maximum for the two venues we are using, Southwick and Compton. The populate the two venues we have followed the general principles describes for AC Inter Counties in that all new teams must now start in division two and we follow a two up/two down promotion/relegation practice. However as we are increasing division one from eleven to twelve in 2019, only one team, Sussex will be relegated whilst two top teams from division two this year, Glamorgan and Surrey will be promoted.

Should there be any withdrawal before the event, a replacement will be raised via a CA Select team and should the withdrawal be from division one, Sussex as a 2018 entrant will be promoted back to division one.

An opportunity has been taken to change the scheduling so that teams involved in a full match share adjacent lawns. Games scheduled for lawn seven during normal rounds will only play half of their match on this lawn with two players sitting out for a bye. As indicated it will either be their two singles or one doubles match. All the games missing after a visit to lawn 7 will be played in the preliminary round. To prevent misunderstanding in reporting results, all games played in the preliminary round must be reported as if they were played at the same time as this lawn seven game. The result sheets do not contain a preliminary round space.

Captains please down load new copies of all paperwork, they have all been changed

  1. Division One Format

This is a simple all play all arrangement but as we only have eleven lawns and we require twelve to complete the all play all, there will be one un-played half of a match in each round. The eleven un-played half matches will be played on all eleven lawns as a preliminary round.

After completion of round eleven, teams will be ranked in the following manner:

  • Number of match wins
  • Number of individual games won
  • In the event of matters still being equal, the game between the pair involved will predominate
  • In the unlikely event of having to separate three teams, overall net points will be used if iy is necessary to identify a winner or the relegation/promotion pairing
  1. Division Two Format

This will be an all play all twice format with the second game between pairs being played after all first meets are completed. No player may play both doubles or both singles in the match between two specific opponents but the Captain may substitute a player in the second meeting of two teams. On completion of the two rounds, the teams will be ranked in performance order. Firstly on number of match wins and then on net games. Should the top two ranked teams be level after this process, a deciding match will be played. The Captains will not be limited on their selection for the play off.

  1. The Entrants

Division One

Division Two

County

Code

County

Code

Nottinghamshire

Kent

Somerset

Durham/Yorkshire

Northamptonshire

Hertfordshire

Dorset

Middlesex

Leicestershire

Hampshire

Glamorgan

Surrey

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

J

K

L

M

Sussex

Berkshire

Oxfordshire

Worcestershire

Buckinghamshire

Essex

A

B

C

D

E

F

  1. Playing Schedule for Division One

All games scheduled for rounds 1 to 11on lawn groups other than 7 & bye are represented by two capital letters, the code letters of the team playing one another. Each game comprises one doubles and two singles with the singles being played on the odd number lawn.

Games scheduled on lawn 7 are singles for lower case and doubles for capitals. Similarly for all games scheduled in the preliminary round. First name pair takes lower number lawn.

     

LAWN GROUPS

Day

Time

Round

1 & 2

3 & 6

4 & 5

8 & 9

10 & 11

7 & Bye

Bye

Sat

9.30

Prelim.

AB/FG bg/dj mk/ce HK/hl EJ/CL af DM
 

10.40

1

KL CD EF MJ GH ab AB
 

11.50

2

AL HM BC JK DE fg FG
 

1.00

3

DM FK EL CJ AH BG bg
 

2.00

       

LUNCH

     
 

3.10

4

FL BH AG CM EK DJ dj
 

4.30

5

BD AC EG FH JL MK mk
 

5.40

6

HJ GM DF AK BL CE ce
                   

Sun

9.30

7

GJ ML AD BE CF hk HK
 

10.40

8

DK AE FJ BM CG HL hl
 

11.50

9

EM BJ CH DL GK AF af
 

1.00

       

LUNCH

     
 

2.15

10

CK DH AM GL BF ej EJ
 

3.30

11

EH AJ BK DG FM cl CL
 

5.00

 

PRESENTATION

  1. Specific Requirements for Team Selection

There has been a requirement for many years that each player should approximately balance the number of doubles and singles match that he plays and this arrangement will be continued

The overall requirement allows any county to register up to a maximum of eight players and a fully completed team entry format must be provided by each Captain before the start of play. It must contain all player's latest handicap.

In division one the Captain may select any of his team members play in each round but the total of singles and doubles played for each and every player must balance to within one for the single and doubles played in all the all play all rounds.

In division two, the requirement for balancing singles and doubles totals to within one is not so necessary as players may not play both doubles or both singles against the same team. Thus unless a Captain brings many substitutes the balancing will be automatic and it is not considered necessary to impose any further restrictions for this division..

  1. Playing Schedule for Division Two

In all scheduled games, capitals represent doubles and lower case singles.

LAWNS

1

2

3

4

5

Bye

ROUND

TIME

 
Prelim 9.30 AB bd CE af DF  
1 10.40 DE de CF cf ab AB
2 11.50 EF ac BD ef AC bd
  1.00

LUNCH

3 2.00 AD bf BF ad ce CE
4 3.10 BC bc AE ae df DF
5 4.20 AF cd BE be CD af
Prelim 5.30 AB bd CE af DF  
     
6 9.30 DE de CF cf ab AB
7 10.40 EF ac BD ef AC bd
8 11.50 AD bf BF ad ce CE
  1.00

LUNCH

9 2.00 BC bc AE ae df DF
10 3.10 AF cd BE be CD af
  4.30

PRESENTATION

  1. Specific Requirements for Play
  • Before each round the Captain is required to provide his opposite number a written slip giving the names of players they intend to use for that round. This must show all players handicaps
  • Each game will be subject to a 60 minute time limit and players must make their own arrangements for timing. When the time expires, the normal eight shots will be taken . If the score is not equal after the eight shots, then the present score will be taken as the result and the game will stop immediately. If the scores are not equal, play will continue until a golden hoop is scored.

It is considered that most games will be completed within the hour but a limit is considered essential to prevent the vast majority of players having to wait for the next round to start. This is a weekend event and there is not sufficient time to allow schedules to slip to any great extent. If play is still in progress when the next game is due to start, the Manager reserves the right to suspend a game for later completion. Failure to start a clock may result in a limit being imposed by the Manager and based on the scheduled starting time

  • The player with the lowest handicap must play as player one in all pairs of singles games.
  • The winning Captain is responsible for notifying the scores immediately after completion of the game in the manner explained during the initial briefing.
  • Pegs will be provided for indicating the score and their use by both sides is a mandatory requirement.
  • The first team to place a ball at the next hoop shall have priority at that hoop unless mutually agreed otherwise.
  • The scores in all singles games will be used for ranking purposes. However this requires all teams to complete the individual score card for the event and hand it to the Manager by the end of the tournament. Captains are requested to keep this card up to date during the event. Requests to return scores after return home from the event are not acceptable.
  • An electronic package of pre-printed forms for team member registration, player selection for each round and result recording will be provided prior to the event and Captains are asked to supply their own hard copies.
  • All qualified referees are regarded as referees for the tournament.
  1. Tournament Managers

Bill Arliss is the Tournament Director and will manage the event at Southwick. Ivor Brand has offered to manage on the day at Compton. All enquiries prior to the event should be addressed to the Director.

  1. Catering

It is a specific requirement that all lunches must be pre-booked and are unlikely to be available without booking.

At Southwick please book with Linda Gavigan via lindagav23#gmail.com

At Compton please book with Hilary Smith via compton.sec#gmail.com

Even if you do not require lunches, a negative report to the caterers would help to establish final numbers and remove the need for chasing.

  1. Documentation

All of the documents have been slightly updated and as some of you like to prepare these in advance by typing the information where known, I am supplying a word version. However please do not reformat before use, as it is much easier to read info if its in the same place on each sheet. Copies of each document will be found at the end of these instructions. The Tournament Instructions occupy pages 1-6, the other documentation, pages 6-12. You will need at least two copies of the player selection sheet. Please bring all copies for your own use. Copied of the documantation will be sent to all Organisers.

  1. Future Developments

It is quite probable that interest in this competition will increase in future years especially as we now have a second division which quite obviously will be weaker than our top division and this may encourage other counties to give a try. The Tournament Committee will of course encourage new entries but must point out that further increases over the present arrangements will take some organising as we are at a maximum with our present venues of Southwick and Compton which will take a maximum of eighteen teams. To expand further we need to replace Compton with a bigger venue and such venues are rather hard to find. If there is a larger demand we will try our best to meet it but this takes planning which in turn takes time.

If there are further counties who would like to consider entering, we ask that you make your intentions known before the end of October in the year prior to the event. The Director will be quite happy to discuss potential entries with any new Organiser.

It is most likely that odd entries in the next year or so may be asked to join a play off with a bottom team from the previous event for an additional place

Bill Arliss

Tournament Director

 

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