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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maggie Webb beat Linda Gavigan 7-2
Tony Jolly beat Des Taylor 7-5
David King beat Jonathan Isaacs 7-5
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
Here are the results of this year's Ladies Day competition:
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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
Association Croquet B Level Competition
Main Trophy 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)
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!
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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