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Annual Tournament Results - by Jonathan_Isaacs 06/08/2018 @ 08:14

Stephen Leonard won the Jellicorse Cup at the Southwick on 1st August.

16 players competed for the cup. The format was 2 blocks of 8 (all play all) followed by a cross block final. In an exciting final, Richard Brooks went into a 3 hoop lead when Stephen suddenly stepped it up a gear, performing some stunning shots to eventually take the title 7- 6.

Chris O’Byrne won the Scott Cup for B level AC players.

The tournament was played over two days on 1/2 August over 5 rounds. In the final round Chris beat David Boyd (Rother Vally) to win the cup.

Sam Murray won the Abbey Challenge Cup at the SCCC Annual tournament..

The event was played as a 7 round American Block. Sam Murray and David Nicholson both won 6 of their 7 games; net hoops scored and who beat whom going in Sam’s favour.

The Isaacs Cup for C level GC players was won by Rosemary Faulkner with Hilary Bird of Guildford & Godalming second.

The tournament was played as an 8 round Block (All play all). Rosemary was a clear winner with 6 wins out of 7. Hilary bird had 5 wins and gained second place on a better net score than Jane Powell.


Results from the B Level Weekend Tournaments - by Jonathan_Isaacs 11/05/2018 @ 09:13

David Marcus wins the SCCC AC B level 5/6 May

This AC B level event was contested over 2 days in beautiful sunny weather at Southwick.

The tournament was played as a 5 round Swiss. After 4 rounds it looked as if David Boyd (Rother Valley) would be the runaway winner, being the only competitor with 4 wins.

The fifth round proved otherwise with 4 competitors ending up with 4 wins each – Liz Farrow (SCCC), David Boyd (Rother Valley), Alex Jardine (Tunbridge Wells) & Davis Marcus (SCCC).

The result had to be determined by net points difference and the final result was a win for David Marcus with Alex Jardine in second place.


Mike Bilton won the SCCC GC B Level tournament on 5th May.

The tournament was played with 2 blocks of 6 with the top 2 in each block plaing a final to determine the top 4 places.

Mike had one scare when he was beaten by Chris Rolph 7 – 5 . This meant it was all to play for going into the last round of the blocks. Mike finished in impressive style beating last year’s winner Gavin Taylor (Merton) in the final with Chris Rolph (SCCC) placed third and David King fourth.

After the bad weather we have endured this year it was a very pleasant change to be able to play the whole tournament without a cloud in the sky.

Rosemary Faulkner Wins the SCCC GC C level 6th May

12 competitors took place in the first GC C level event to be held at SCCC. Played in two blocks of 6 followed by a cross block to determine the first 4 places, the final was contested between Rosemary Faulkner (SCCC) & Sue Nicholas (Cheam) with Rosemary Faulkner winning 7 – 3. In the match to determine 3 & 4th place, Sue Rice (Reigate) beat Nigel Barton (SCCC) 7 – 5.

The tournament was played in beautiful sunny conditions and the competitors expressed a preference for this one day format.

Advanced Spring Tournament - by Chris_Constable 11/05/2018 @ 09:06

Spring Advanced Tournament

The Southwick Salver

First Round Second Round Third Round Semi-Final Final Winner
Stephen Mulliner Stephen Mulliner +26 Stephen Mulliner +26 Stephen Mulliner +26tp, -17, +13tpo Stephen Mulliner +4, +16
Colin Hemming
Phil Eardley Phil Eardley +22
Robert Alexander
Alan Chance Alan Chance +13 Alan Chance +26 Annabel McDiarmid +26tp
Phil Dunk
Liz Farrow David G Nicholson +23
David G Nicholson
Nigel Polhill Nigel Polhill +17 Annabel McDiarmid +23
Sarah Melvin
David Cook Annabel McDiarmid +25
Annabel McDiarmid
Mark Fawcett Paul Castell +15 Paul Castell +7 Paul Castell +14 Sam Murray +20tp, +25
Paul Castell
Neil Coote John Wells +5
John Wells
Chris Coull Chris Coull +4 Chris Coull +2
David Williams
Gabrielle Higgins
Phil Cordingley Phil Cordingley +2 Sam Murray +11
James Tuttiett
Alan Clark Sam Murray +25tp
Sam Murray

The Egyptian consolation event was won by Alan Chance.

National Croquet Day - by AdminJohn 09/04/2018 @ 14:42



(in Kingston Lane, opposite Shoreham College)

The club will be open to the public from 1.00 until 5.00 for free “have a go” sessions.  

All welcome.  

Afternoon tea will be provided.  

Please wear flat soled shoes.

For further information please contact the Club on
07717 058853

Opening Day, One-Ball and other News - by Liz_Farrow 25/03/2018 @ 18:49

Sussex County Croquet Club

Charity One Ball Handicap Heat

in aid of Down’s Syndrome Association

providing valuable advice and support to the 60,000 people in the UK with this genetic disorder and their carers

Sunday 29th April 2018

For a 9.30 start - Open to all Players


For Places in the National Final Sunday 13th May at Surbiton CC

This excellent charity has a 'house colour' of green, so for the heats and in the final

We are encouraging everyone to include green in their clothing

£10 (or voluntary donation in excess) payable on the day

Booking Essential, please, by 21st April 2018

Refreshments available: £11

(Coffee, Light Lunch, Tea, Cake & Biscuits)

or contact Deborah Marcus

Other News from Liz

A reminder that Opening Day is  Saturday 31st March. Do come and enjoy a game. After this the GC roll up currently on Monday will revert to Tuesday afternoon. Thursday as usual. People who come for Wednesday AC roll up, please note that it will start at 10am from  April. This is to allow time for far members to journey without all the traffic!!!

Handicaps. Please check the new address list for your handicap. If it is incorrect please email the correct one to Sandra or myself asap.

If you are unsure as to the lawn availability on days when the weather is bad, please do check the lawns page on the website. We cannot guarantee decisions being emailed out at the beginning of the day, but Clive does  the website  when he is available to. We know it is frustrating if you have come and cant play because a notice says lawns unplayable, but sometimes decisions are taken late due to the unpredictability of the weather. Hopefully spring will soon be here and all will be well.

The lawns are doing well, thanks to the care of Ben and his team and we are looking forward to a good season again !

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Opening day for new season - by AdminJohn 17/03/2018 @ 09:58

Opening Day Saturday 31st March

Starting at 11.00
A match between Clive’s team and Roger’s team

Members will be allocated to a team upon arrival and can opt to play GC, one ball or AC.

Once the initial game is finished and the result recorded, members are encouraged to make up further friendly games.

A light lunch of soup and bread will be available

Freezing weather closes lawns - by Liz_Farrow 23/02/2018 @ 07:53

The decision has just been taken to close the lawns while the very cold and frosty period is with us, in order to minimise damage. We have been very fortunate to have had so many days play this winter. So, as from Saturday this week (24th Feb) the lawns will be closed until further notice. We anticipate about a week, but will keep you informed and will open them again as soon as we can.

The quiz  and the tournament due on 2nd March will be postponed.

The AGM will go ahead as planned on Saturday 3rd March.

New dates for GC competition - by Roger_Sutton 19/02/2018 @ 16:39

New dates

Roger has  split the tournament he  is running on the 2nd March so that there is less pressure on lawn availability.

He has advised the higher handicaps involved of this. Lower handicaps still come on the 2nd!

If you are a handicap 7 or above and would also  like to enter, please see the new date below

9th March 2018

GC Level play tournament for handicaps

7 and above

This is a winter tournament

Whites not required

Please E Mail your entry

Skittles Evening - by AdminJohn 22/01/2018 @ 19:20


We will be having one of our famous skittle evenings on Thursday February 8th, starting at 6:30pm.

It will cost £12.00 to include a fish and chip supper.

Numbers will be limited to 32, so it will be on a first come, first served basis.

Please email Fran on Fran if you wish to come or sign up on the list in the clubhouse.

Fran would be very grateful for any offers of help to set up on the evening.

Club Competitions 2018 - by Liz_Farrow 22/01/2018 @ 18:28


It is time to be thinking about the competitions you might like to enter this year.

Please read the information carefully as it has been changed quite a bit from previous years.

We have separated out our internal competitions from the SECF and CA competitions . There is a sheet explaining more about the SECF and CA competitions and some guidance about player handicaps for each one- though this is not set in stone! We have also added the Captains for each team and they will be able to give you more info, as will Richard Brooks (GC Club captain) and Daphne Gaitley (AC Club captain).

We are hoping this will help you in your thinking and planning.

There are 4 documents regarding competitions.
1. Competitions Information, available here.
2. Brief details of the Club's internal competitions, available here.
3. SECF League information and entry form, available for download here.
4. Club internal competition entry form, available for download here.

A box will be in place at the club next Tuesday, but the forms detail other ways of giving in your entry forms.

We are hoping for many entries in both club and leagues this year!

For those of you wondering about the One ball heat at SCCC. This will be played on Sunday 29th April and be run by Deborah Marcus- so keep the date free if you are interested. Winner goes forward to the final at Surbiton.


PS:  watch out for AGM info which will be coming shortly

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