I am so very sad to tell you that Steve Lewendon passed away today after a brave fight with cancer.He was a very valued member of our club for many years. Most of you will know him as the' man behind the bar' until this year. He was also coaching until very recently. He will be very much missed by all of us who knew him.
Steve during the 2016 Academy coaching season
If you might be interested in playing in a New Year's Day tournament suitable for both AC and GC players, please let Ray Hall know a soon as possible. Further information in due course when the level of interest has been ascertained.
SUSSEX COUNTY CROQUET CLUB
ALTERNATE STROKE DOUBLES AC HANDICAP TOURNAMENT
SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER
9.30am to 4.30pm. 14-point games.
Sorry this event is now fully booked!
BRING PLENTY OF WARM CLOTHING AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!
*To pay in advance online, please send the funds to Sussex County Croquet Club Sort Code 20-12-75 Account no 00842478. IMPORTANT: Please insert a payment ref: your name and ‘ASD’
A wonderful dinner on Friday night by Chrissy and her team to celebrate the end of the 2017 season and award of trophies for the internal tournaments.
Photo: Ray Hall
|Deborah & David Marcus won the GC Handicap Doubles Cups|
|Dinah Hutchins & Linda Gavigan won the Diana Brothers Drawn Pairs Trophy|
|Sandra Towner won the GC High Handicap Ladder.|
|Mike Kavanagh was judged the most improved GC player of the year.|
|Sue Caulfield was judged Rookie of the Year.|
The winner of the Solomon Cup was John-Paul Moberly, and Runner up Duncan Reeve.
Winner of the Consolation Event was Chris Coull, and the Runner up was Craig Winfield.
|Solomon Trophy||DR||LF||NC||CR||DG||CW||JM||TJ||CC||AK||DG||NH||CO||PD||Wins||Net Hoops|
|Duncan Reeve||26 QNP||26||26||26 OTP, 6, 12||4||36|
|John-Paul Moberly||22, 26, 26||26||26||26||5||87|
The Winner of the Sussex Tumbler was David Marcus, and Runner Up Jeffrey Rushby.
|David H Boyd||12||26||26||26||18||3||17|
Grateful thanks to Nick Harris for managing the weekend.
If anyone took some photos they could share with this website the webmaster will be happy to receive them.
Play started in pleasant sunshine - unfortunately it didn't last but most of the two days was dry at least. A windy final though!
All results are on CroquetScores
|Block A||BA||DB||CB||RB||DG||FL||JS||LT||RW||MH||Wins||Net Hoops|
|Block B||PB||SC||BE||MF||JG||PG||CH||CM||DD||IC||Wins||Net Hoops|
|First Round||Semi Final||Final||Winner|
|Stephen Custance-Baker||Lionel Tibble 10-6||Colin Britt 6-7, 7-6, 7-5||David Dray 7-5, 4-7, 7-6|
|James Goodbun||Colin Britt 10-4|
|David Dray||David Dray 10-9||David Dray 7-6. 4-7, 7-5|
|Martin French||Martin French 10-6|
Congratulations to the winner David Dray.
Runner-up was Colin Britt.
|First Round||Semi Final||Final||Winner|
|Peter Balchin||Peter Balchin 7-6||Peter Balchin 7-6||Peter Balchin 7-3|
|Paul Gunn||Paul Gunn 7-3|
|Frances Low||Chris Heath 7-4||Bob Ellis 7-3|
|Robin Wootton||Bob Ellis 7-3|
Congratulations to the winner Peter Balchin.
Robin Wootton beat Frances Low 7-5
Chris Heath beat Chrissy Merrington 7-5
Hamilton Trophy finalists
Despite challenging weather conditions over the two days of competition, the tournament was played with great good humour, not to mention stoicism, so that all the events were completed. Our thanks to all the players for their perseverence!
The results were as follows:
AC Event 1 Abbey Challenge Cup - Winner: David Nicholson. Runner-up: Luc Berthouze.
AC Event 2 Scott Cup - Winner: Liz Farrow. Runner-up: Neil Coote
AC Event 3 Daldy Cup - Winner: Clive Hayton. Runner-up: David Marcus
GC Event 1 Jellicorse Cup - Winner: Richard Brooks. Runner-up: Ian Cobbold
GC Event 2 Issacs Cup - Winner: Robert Clark. Runner-up: David King
Jonathan Isaacs and Deborah Marcus
Luc Berthouze beat Jon Diamond +1
David Nicholson beat Anthony Dix + 26 tp
Luc Berthouze beat Anthony Dix +24tp
David Nicholson beat Jon Diamond +19
James Tuttiet beat Andrew Dutton +3
David Nicholson beat Luc Berthouze +26stp
Cliff Jones beat James Tuttiet +26tp
Paul Castell beat Andrew Dutton +22
Cliff Jones beat Paul Castell +6
Anthony Dix beat Jon Diamond +21
Cliff Jones beat Andrew Dutton +13
Paul Castell beat James Tuttiet +11
Luc Berthouze beat Cliff Jones +26
David Nicholson beat Paul Castell +20tp
Luc Berthouze beat Paul Castell +26tp
David Nicholson beat Cliff Jones +3
David Nicholson beat Luc Berthouze +23
Paul Castell beat Cliff Jones +6
Anthony Dix beat Andrew Dutton +8
Jon Diamond beat James Tuttiet +16
Anthony Dix beat Jon Diamond +13
James Tuttiet beat Andrew Dutton +13
(One-ball):Anthony Dix beat James Tuttiet +3
(One-Ball):Andrew Dutton beat Jon Diamond +3
Neil Coote beat Janet Overell +18
Dennis Dunk beat John M Taylor +8
Elizabeth Farrow beat Alexander Jardine +12
Elizabeth Farrow beat Janet Overell +23
Alexander Jardine beat John M Taylor +5
18 point games (weather restricted):
Elizabeth Farrow beat Neil Coote +5
Janet Overell beat John M Taylor +8
Neil Coote beat John M Taylor +10
Alexander Jardine beat Janet Overell +16
Neil Coote beat Alexander Jardine +13
Elizabeth Farrow beat John M Taylor +10
David Cook beat Clive Hayton +5(t)
Martyn Cooperman beat Jeffrey Rushby +2
David Houston beat David Marcus +8(t)
David Cook beat Martyn Cooperman +13
Clive Hayton beat David Houston +16
David Marcus beat Jeffrey Rushby +11
18 point games (weather restricted):
David Houston beat David Cook +9
David Marcus beat Martyn Cooperman +11
Clive Hayton beat Jeffrey Rushby +8
David Cook beat Jeffrey Rusby +15
Clive Hayton beat David Marcus +5
Martyn Cooperman beat David Houston +2
David Marcus beat David Cook +17
David Houston beat Jeffrey Rushby +10
Clive Hayton beat Martyn Cooperman +8
World AC Team Championship
International teams come to Southwick 17 to 22 July 2017
Full results in the tournament can be found at
The tournament has been and gone and was on the whole a great success. A huge amount of effort was put in by the Club and its members and I know so many players were very grateful for that.
Unfortunately the weather defeated us on the final day. We got the mornings play (starting at 8am in the case of Tier 3) but in the afternoon there was the most tremendous cloudburst that flooded the lawns; after a valiant attempt to restart play we had to admit that play would have to be abandoned and the results declared on the games completed by then.
Over the next day or so I will add some further photos here and in the album area of the website. In the meantime here is a summary of the results from each of the three Tiers.
|Tier 2.2&3 Stage 1||Tests||Games||Hoops|
(Declared as a Tie)
Chris and John (Managers)
Background by Ray Hall
The long-standing MacRobertson Shield contest became part of the World Croquet Federation team series in 2010, and the Association Croquet World Team Championship was established to extend the opportunities for team competition to other countries. Tiers 2.1, 2.2 and 3 were established on a format based on the “Mac”, and Great Britain separated into component countries.
In that inaugural year Wales took 2.1, Scotland 2.2 and the Czech Republic took tier 3. In 2014 Tier 2.1 was played in Ireland and was won by the hosts. The lower tiers were played at Southwick where Spain won tier 2.2 and are now promoted to tier 2.1 at the expense of South Africa. For 2017 all three tiers will be hosted at Southwick, taking the whole week from 17 to 22 July.
Tier 2.1 teams will be Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Spain. Each team will play a full two-day test match against each of the other teams, as in the MacRobertson Shield, finishing on Saturday 22 July. Scotland finished only marginally above SA in 2014, so much hinges on whether Spain can maintain their 2014 form.
Tiers 2.2 and 3 will be run as a combined competition between Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, South Africa and Sweden. In 2014, when played entirely as a single block, the order of the current entrants was Sweden (4 wins) Germany (3) Canada (2), Czech Rep (0) so we shall see how they cope with South Africa.
From Monday to Thursday each team will play against the other four in 'Jamboree format '. This entails one doubles and two singles each day, which enables all five teams to complete a full test match format. Tier 2.2 will be determined by the two top teams then playing a full test match on Friday and Saturday. The remaining three teams will play a modified Jamboree, which minimises repeat encounters, to determine the tier 3 result.
The opening ceremony is on Sunday evening, 16 July; international skittles on Tuesday evening; tournament dinner on Friday; and trophy presentation on Saturday evening 22 July. Spectators will be welcome throughout the week, though we cannot guarantee a repeat of the 2014 sunny weather.
The SCCC AC B level was held on 6/7 May 2017.
The tournament was played over 5 rounds of 35 games in all. Some contestants came from as far as Scotland and Durham, so there was an interesting range of players. They faced rather wintry temperatures on Saturday, though there was a slight thaw on Sunday. It was great to have Mark Hamilton playing in the tournament after a two-year absence from croquet. The tournament was won by Chris Coull with 5 wins over 5 rounds and the runner-up was Phil Dunk, with 4 wins, both SCCC members.
|John M Taylor||2||3|
The SCCC GC B level was held on 6/7 May 2017. The tournament was played using 19 point games, Whilst a tad cold the weather was dry and partially sunny. The tournament was won by Gavin Taylor from Merton and runner up was a new up and coming new player Ben Harwood from SCCC. Unfortunately Andrea Huxley had to withdraw after Day 1 due to an illness and was replaced by Eileen Prodder who very kindly stepped into the gap to avoid the competitors having to have byes. The final positions were as follows: 1. Gavin Taylor 2. Ben Harwood 3. Andrew Carpenter 4. Louise Taylor 5. John Skuse 6. Eileen Prodger/ Andrea Huxley 7. Richard Carline 8. Morgan Case
All the GC players
Winner Gavin Taylor
Presentation for Ben our Groundsman who played in the tournament.
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