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Annual Tournament - by John_Low 03/08/2016 @ 14:50

Sussex County Annual Tournament

Blustery conditions at Southwick  for the start of the Annual Tournament together with grey skies but the sun came out Wednesday and Thursday afternoons to make for reasonable playing conditions
This year saw three 1sts for this tournament:
For the first time it was held on weekdays alone rather than at weekends. Older long-standing players will remember of course when this tournament ran for six days (managed for many years by Paul MacDonald) but that format gave way - as it did at many clubs - to separate events on different days before reducing to a weekend class event.
Weekday timetabling seems to have been successful because (2nd 1st!) this year we had 22 entries and were able to run 3 class events for advanced play and so to award the three trophies: Abbey Challenge Cup (A class), Scott Cup (B class) and Daldy Cup (C class).

The third 1st this year was the decision to trial running a golf croquet event at the same time as the association competitions. This was advertised around the South East Croquet Federation clubs as a trial and attracted 10 entrants. The intention, subject to final agreement by the Committee is to continue this event next year and a trophy with an interesting and longstanding connection with the Club - the Jellicorse Cup - has been allocated. Like the Abbey Challenge and the Daldy Cups, this is one of the earliest trophies belonging to the club and all have some well-known names on them.

The full results of all the events can be found below.

Golf Croquet - the Jellicorse Cup

To provide sufficient play for the weekend this competition was run as an initial single American block. The same participants were then seeded into an 8 player knockout, with those being knocked out having consolation games as required. The top 4 players from the block stage were Roger Sutton, Jonathan Isaacs, Keith Webb and Richard Brooks in that order. The knockout stage and overall winner was Richard Brooks who beat Keith Webb in the final 7-6. Congratulations to him.


Association Croquet

Abbey Challenge Cup

Six competitors contested this event which was played as an American Block. Some high-class play, particularly from Luc and Cliff. Both suffered setbacks though: Luc was beaten in one round by David Boyd (h/c 2 to Luc's -1) and Cliff went down to Chris Roberts after persistent trouble with hoop 2 and a white ball (eventually checked and found to be oversize!).

The final round was effectively the final, between Luc and Cliff, with Luc emerging the winner. Congratulations to him.


Scott Cup

Eight players contested this trophy arranged in two preliminary blocks with cross-over sem-finals and finals. Daphne Gaitley and Brian Havill were placed first in their respective blocks and also emerged in the knockout stage as the finalists. Trailing through much of the game, Daphne fought back with an excellent break but eventually succumbed to Brian's higher hit-in rate. Congratuations to Brian Havill who won all his 5 games in the weekend.


Daldy Cup

Eight players contested this trophy arranged in two preliminary blocks with cross-over sem-finals and finals. David Gaitley and Clive Hayton were placed first in their respective blocks and they too contested the final. Both players had played some excellent croquet throught the competition and their meet in the final was worth watching; although Clive was ahead for much of the game, it was a match that could have gone either way until a tactical error by David in pegging out one of Clive's balls quickly handed the latter the victory. I believe this is Clive's first open tournament win so special congratulations to him.



GC Jellicorse Cup



Consolation games:
Maggie Webb beat Linda Gavigan 7-2
Tony Jolly beat Des Taylor 7-5
David King beat Jonathan Isaacs 7-5

AC Abbey Challenge


AC Scott Cup


AC Daldy Cup


Play-offs for both:


Additional consolation play-off games in Scott and Daldy cups:
Neil Coote beat Chris Coote +17
Caroline Denny beat John M Taylor +14
Caroline Denny beat Liz Farrow +23
Neil Coote beat John M Taylor +5

Phil Dunk beat Frances Colman +15
Arthur Lindley beat John Gosney +11
Chris Rolph beat Ray Hall +1
Phil Dunk beat John Gosney +4
Arthur Lindley beat Frances Colman +1


Ladies Day 2016 Results - by John_Low 07/07/2016 @ 22:27

Here are the results of this year's Ladies Day competition:


New section in website - by John_Low 07/07/2016 @ 22:21

There is a new page on the website for advertising the sale by club members of croquet related items. You can find the page under Club Info - Membership.

Summer Social - by Liz_Farrow 24/06/2016 @ 18:44


Lawns availability information on website - by John_Low 04/06/2016 @ 18:44

The webmaster is currently surrounded by water in France and until he returns in mid June the lawn information on this website is out of date. Members should check at the club instead.

National Croquet Day 5th June - by John_Low 03/06/2016 @ 16:06

We are participating in this event.

For details visit  

Directions for how to find us are on this website.

SCCC B Level Challenges - by John_Low 09/05/2016 @ 12:11

AC and GC tournaments for players of B level standard were played over this last weekend in pleasant weather and on Sunday strong sunshine.

The golf croquet event was an all-play-all block of 15 players which meant for quite a bit of play and the tournament did unfortunately overrun the usual ending time somewhat. 

It was nice to see 3 players from Latvia taking part; they, together with 2 players from Spain, were participants in the WCF GC coaching Course which was run by SCCC earlier in the week, so they had a chance to put their improved skills into practice.


The winner, winning 13 out of 14 games was Paul Gunn, so congratulations to him! Runner-up was Christopher Heath with 12 wins and by chance (since the players were in random order) the last game of the tournament was between the two of them so we had a real final. We have a new (for this tournament) trophy now and this was presented to Paul, together with an engraved whisky glass to keep.


This is a qualifying event for the National B Level Series and the first four players are notified in order to the Director for further rounds. They are: Paul Gunn (13 wins) , Christopher Heath (12 wins), David Gaitley (10 wins) and Andrea Huxley (10 wins).


Full results are laid out below.

The AC event had 18 players which is a very good number and was organised as a knockout competition with a progressive swiss comsolation event, arrnaged such that all players had 5 games.

The winner of the main trophy was Alex Jardine who beat Sandy Greig in the final.  The winner of the consolation event was Neil Coote with 4 wins in 5 games. Congratulations to Alex and Neil.



Further pictures to follow. If any player has a good one and would like it here, please send it to the webmaster!


Golf Croquet B level Tournament

1 HUXLEY Andrea beat PAIDERS Maris 7 3
2 GEIS George beat PEREIRA Maria 7 5
3 CLARK Alan beat SOFFE Reginald 7 3
4 TUCKER Graham beat PLAVINS Zigurds 7 3
5 GUNN Paul beat JOHNSON Tim 7 6
6 FREIMANIS Tomass beat ECKFORD-JONES Peter 5 3
7 HEATH Christopher beat GAITLEY David 7 1
8 CARLINE Richard beat PAIDERS Maris 7 4
9 HUXLEY Andrea beat SOFFE Reginald 7 5
10 PLAVINS Zigurds beat PEREIRA Maria 7 5
11 GUNN Paul beat CLARK Alan 7 2
12 FREIMANIS Tomass beat TUCKER Graham 7 5
13 JOHNSON Tim beat GAITLEY David 7 6
14 HEATH Christopher beat ECKFORD-JONES Peter 7 1
15 GEIS George beat CARLINE Richard 7 1
16 SOFFE Reginald beat PAIDERS Maris 7 4
17 HUXLEY Andrea beat GUNN Paul 7 4
18 FREIMANIS Tomass beat PEREIRA Maria 5 1
19 CLARK Alan beat GAITLEY David 6 4
20 HEATH Christopher beat TUCKER Graham 7 3
21 JOHNSON Tim beat ECKFORD-JONES Peter 7 3
22 SOFFE Reginald beat CARLINE Richard 7 4
23 GEIS George beat PLAVINS Zigurds 7 5
24 GUNN Paul beat PAIDERS Maris 7 2
25 GAITLEY David beat HUXLEY Andrea 7 6
26 HEATH Christopher beat PEREIRA Maria 7 6
27 CLARK Alan beat ECKFORD-JONES Peter 6 1
28 TUCKER Graham beat JOHNSON Tim 7 4
29 CARLINE Richard beat PLAVINS Zigurds 7 3
30 GUNN Paul beat SOFFE Reginald 7 6
31 FREIMANIS Tomass beat GEIS George 7 5
32 GAITLEY David beat PAIDERS Maris 7 0
33 HUXLEY Andrea beat ECKFORD-JONES Peter 7 4
34 JOHNSON Tim beat PEREIRA Maria 7 4
35 CLARK Alan beat TUCKER Graham 6 1
36 GUNN Paul beat CARLINE Richard 7 6
37 PLAVINS Zigurds beat FREIMANIS Tomass 7 4
38 GAITLEY David beat SOFFE Reginald 7 6
39 HEATH Christopher beat GEIS George 7 3
40 ECKFORD-JONES Peter beat PAIDERS Maris 7 4
41 HUXLEY Andrea beat TUCKER Graham 7 4
42 CLARK Alan beat PEREIRA Maria 7 5
43 FREIMANIS Tomass beat CARLINE Richard 7 4
44 GUNN Paul beat GAITLEY David 7 3
45 HEATH Christopher beat PLAVINS Zigurds 7 5
46 ECKFORD-JONES Peter beat SOFFE Reginald 7 6
47 GEIS George beat JOHNSON Tim 7 5
48 TUCKER Graham beat PAIDERS Maris 7 5
49 HUXLEY Andrea beat PEREIRA Maria 7 1
50 GAITLEY David beat CARLINE Richard 7 1
51 HEATH Christopher beat FREIMANIS Tomass 7 5
52 GUNN Paul beat ECKFORD-JONES Peter 7 3
53 JOHNSON Tim beat PLAVINS Zigurds 7 3
54 SOFFE Reginald beat TUCKER Graham 7 3
55 CLARK Alan beat GEIS George 7 2
56 PEREIRA Maria beat PAIDERS Maris 7 2
57 HEATH Christopher beat CARLINE Richard 7 1
58 GAITLEY David beat ECKFORD-JONES Peter 7 3
59 FREIMANIS Tomass beat JOHNSON Tim 3 2
60 GUNN Paul beat TUCKER Graham 7 4
61 CLARK Alan beat PLAVINS Zigurds 7 5
62 SOFFE Reginald beat PEREIRA Maria 7 1
63 HUXLEY Andrea beat GEIS George 7 1
64 ECKFORD-JONES Peter beat CARLINE Richard 7 5
65 JOHNSON Tim beat HEATH Christopher 7 6
66 GAITLEY David beat TUCKER Graham 7 2
67 FREIMANIS Tomass beat CLARK Alan 7 5
68 GUNN Paul beat PEREIRA Maria 7 2
69 PLAVINS Zigurds beat HUXLEY Andrea 7 4
70 GEIS George beat PAIDERS Maris 7 0
71 JOHNSON Tim beat CARLINE Richard 5 4
72 TUCKER Graham beat ECKFORD-JONES Peter 7 6
73 HEATH Christopher beat CLARK Alan 7 6
74 GAITLEY David beat PEREIRA Maria 7 1
75 FREIMANIS Tomass beat HUXLEY Andrea 7 5
76 PLAVINS Zigurds beat PAIDERS Maris 7 1
77 SOFFE Reginald beat GEIS George 7 4
78 CARLINE Richard beat TUCKER Graham 7 2
79 JOHNSON Tim beat CLARK Alan 7 6
80 ECKFORD-JONES Peter beat PEREIRA Maria 7 5
81 HEATH Christopher beat HUXLEY Andrea 7 5
82 FREIMANIS Tomass beat PAIDERS Maris 9 3
83 GUNN Paul beat GEIS George 7 4
84 PLAVINS Zigurds beat SOFFE Reginald 7 4
85 CARLINE Richard beat CLARK Alan 7 5
86 TUCKER Graham beat PEREIRA Maria 7 1
87 HUXLEY Andrea beat JOHNSON Tim 7 6
88 HEATH Christopher beat PAIDERS Maris 7 2
89 GAITLEY David beat GEIS George 7 6
90 SOFFE Reginald beat FREIMANIS Tomass 5 4
91 GUNN Paul beat PLAVINS Zigurds 7 6
92 CARLINE Richard beat PEREIRA Maria 7 1
93 HUXLEY Andrea beat CLARK Alan 7 6
94 PAIDERS Maris beat JOHNSON Tim 4 3
95 ECKFORD-JONES Peter beat GEIS George 5 4
96 HEATH Christopher beat SOFFE Reginald 7 4
97 GAITLEY David beat PLAVINS Zigurds 7 3
98 GUNN Paul beat FREIMANIS Tomass 7 2
99 HUXLEY Andrea beat CARLINE Richard 7 4
100 CLARK Alan beat PAIDERS Maris 7 2
101 GEIS George beat TUCKER Graham 7 3
102 SOFFE Reginald beat JOHNSON Tim 7 6
103 GUNN Paul beat HEATH Christopher 7 6
104 GAITLEY David beat FREIMANIS Tomass 7 3

Association Croquet B Level Competition

Main Trophy Event


Consolation event:

1    Daphne Gaitley     beat     Liz Farrow    +9
2    Alex Jardine     beat     Paul Wolff    +22
3    Jonathan Isaacs     beat     John Swabey    +14
4    David Cook     beat     Ray Hall    +13
5    Sara Anderson     beat     Phil Dunk    +17
6    Ian Anderson     beat     John Reddish    +12
7    Phil Dunk     beat     John Reddish    +6
8    Ray Hall     beat     John Swabey    +4
9    Bill Humphreys     beat     Caroline Denny    +8
10    Neil Coote     beat     Sandy Greig    +1
11    David Boyd     beat     Jonathan Isaacs    +12
12    Sara Anderson     beat     David Cook    +13
13    Ian Anderson     beat     Liz Farrow    +2
14    Neil Coote     beat     Daphne Gaitley    +25
15    Caroline Denny     beat     Jeff Rushby    +8
16    David Boyd     beat     Ian Anderson    +3
17    Jonathan Isaacs     beat     Sara Anderson    +15
18    David Cook     beat     Phil Dunk    +2
20    Ray Hall     beat     Liz Farrow    +4
21    John Swabey     beat     John Reddish    +2
22    Daphne Gaitley     beat     David Boyd    +3
23    Ian Anderson     beat     Jeff Rushby    +1
24    John Swabey     beat     David Cook    +3
25    Ray Hall     beat     Phil Dunk    +10
26    Liz Farrow     beat     John Reddish    +12
27    Neil Coote     beat     Caroline Denny    +25


(Photos by John Low and Ray Hall)

News for May - by Liz_Farrow 05/05/2016 @ 19:31


 Just a few notes on the very busy month of May!

You will have noticed from the calendar and the Academy lawn use (both on our website) that May is busy!

This week we host members of the WCF from various other countries for  academy courses.

Tomorrow and Wednesday there will be only 4 lawns available for members- so a lot of doubling up necessary, even if you are playing a club comp. perhaps . On Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th there are two tournaments taking place- so very little lawn space available for other use.  Saturday night is a theme dinner- there are spaces still, so do come and meet some of our WCF visitors. Let Jonathan know if you are coming.

On the 14th May (Saturday) there will be only two lawns available for members due to  a large group of Basketmakers having a Corporate Day with us.

And, the major event (probably of the year!) is the AC Intercounties  Championship from 28th to 31st May, when no lawns are available until play finishes for the day. 

Do come  and watch  and  volunteer to help at the intercounties- it is a great  event.

A parking problem- when both clubs are busy we do have parking issues. Now the grass is dry- please park right up to the hedge and well on to the grass by lawn 9. Also PLEASE leave  a space by the grass stores so that other cars can go through and out that way. Too much manoeuvring to turn round can cause (and has caused) issues with other cars.   There is space in the roads around the club to park free- even if it isn’t  as convenient.

Hopefully  we will have a good May- I gather the weather is set to get hotter at the end of the week- at last!


ONE DAY GOLF CROQUET TOURNAMENTS - by John_Low 05/05/2016 @ 19:16

For players of all abilities
Handicaps 0 -12
You will be grouped with players of a similar standard
May 10th 2016
June 10th 2016
July 22nd 2016
August 26th 2016
September 16th 2016
Play 13 point games, 10am start
Members £8 Non members £10
(Tea, coffee & light refreshments available, bring your own lunch)
Email Manager: Roger Sutton

New Zealand Themed Dinner - by Liz_Farrow 18/04/2016 @ 23:10

SCCC Themed Dinner

Saturday 7th May 2016 (7pm for 7.30pm)

A New Zealand Evening

(Specially prepared by our very own Kiwi Chef)

NZ Minestrone Soup


Smoked Salmon Roulade


New Zealand Chicken Casserole


Beef Goulash (Kiwi Style)

Assorted vegetables (Down under style)


Pavlova ( A New Zealand Invention)

Charlotte Russe a la Nouvelle Zealand

Apple & Pear Crumble

Fresh Fruit Salad


To book email Jonthan or sign up on the club noticeboard, indicating your choice of Starter and main course.

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