GC Golf Croquet

The East Anglian Golf Croquet league is divided into four areas, the Northern, Eastern, Central and Western areas, and the clubs in each area played in an all-play-all block over the course of the season. The results of the matches in each block can be found by following the corresponding links. The four area winners then proceed to a knock-out stage for the semi-finals and finals to determine the overall winner, to be played respectively on 5th September at Newport and 6th September at Bury St. Edmunds.

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GC League play-off results
by year:
Area 2009 Area Winners:

The EACF Golf Croquet
League Trophy

Hunstanton 'A' Enfield
Bury St. Edmunds (W) Stony Stratford
Stony Stratford

The finalists: Enfield (left) and
Stony Stratford (right)

The winning Enfield team,
L-R: Alan Foott, Ken Pickett,
Wendy Spencer-Smith, John Street

Ken Pickett receiving the trophy
from Chris Howell

At short notice, the semi-finals were played on the neutral ground at Newport as Bury St Edmunds were qualifiers. The first match was the Bury West team against Stony Stratford. After eight games all was level, however as the morning progressed Stony Stratford forged ahead eventually leading the singles by 10 games to 6. They then went on to win both doubles games, thus progressing into Sunday's final. The most successful player in the Bury team was Chris Howell and Roy Healey was unbeaten in his games for Stony Stratford.

The afternoon semi-final featured Hunstanton 'A' against a team from Enfield. After 8 games Enfield edged ahead by 5 games to 3. The next rounds went to 4 games each, with Enfield still maintaining their 2 game lead going into the doubles. The final score was a win for Enfield by 11 games to 7, David Thirtle-Watts being the most successful player for Hunstanton, losing only 1 singles game and Ken Pickett for Enfield remaining unbeaten.

The finals were played on the more challenging lawns of the Bury St. Edmunds club between Stony Stratford and Enfield. The teams were unchanged but Ken Pickett had a reduced handicap from the semi-finals, thus he was conceding a further extra turn when playing against opponents with a higher handicap. At the end of the singles Stony Stratford were leading by 9 games to 7. An absorbing doubles challenge followed, accurate ball placing, bold hoop running and successful team strategies gave Enfield both doubles games resulting in a 'golden hoop' play-off; again 'nail biting' to watch, Enfield finally running the hoop and taking the trophy.

Chris Howell

See also:

GC League play-off results by year:
Previous GC league winners - summary


The fee for taking part in the League this year has been increased to £10 per club. Cheques (made payable to the EACF) should be sent to Chris Howell by 10th May 2009.

Chris Howelll



  1. Each team shall consist of FOUR players, not necessarily the same players each match.
  2. Once a match has started no team player may be substituted.
  3. No player may play for more than one club in a season.
  4. 13 point games will be played with a 30 min. timed limit. If the game is drawn when time is called play one more hoop to determine game winner. Bisques may not be used for this extra hoop.
  5. The day shall consist of 16 single games and 2 double games. Each team member will play 4 single games and 1 double game. Tournament total 18 points.
  6. If a match is drawn at the end of all games, an extra hoop will be played to determine the overall winner. Captains will decide who plays (singles or doubles pairings). Once selected the players toss to decide who goes first. Start play from corner 1 and play to and through hoop 3.
  7. Each player should have a handicap within the range of 1 to 10. The total aggregate of the team handicap must not be lower than 26. (Note: New Golf Croquet handicaps in the range 0 to 12 were adopted by the CA for all UK players and implemented with effect from March 2008 in order to align UK handicaps with world standards. New handicaps for all UK players are obtained by adding 4 to the old handicaps. This Rule has been amended to reflect the new handicaps.)
  8. Handicap cards should be submitted and filled in by the host club.
  9. Bisques will be used. No bisques used after time.
  10. If a team cancels unilaterally less than 3 clear days before a scheduled match that team forfeits its points and the other team will be awarded the match and half the possible games.
  11. Any number or size of lawn may be used; adjust the format accordingly. Spread the play if the quality of lawn varies.
  12. Results are to be notified by each team manager to the League Secretary as soon as possible after the match.

League Secretary
tel: 01284 787728