AC Association Croquet

Venue Colchester, Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 May 2010  

Each county is represented by a team of four, and will play each of the other five counties over the two days. Three matches on Saturday starting at 9:30 am, two on Sunday starting at 10:00 am. Play is Advanced Doubles to a 3-hour time-limit, with double-banking for all matches. The winner is the team which wins the most matches, with the 'who beat whom' rule applying in the case of a tie. If a winner is still undecided then the winner is the team with the most games won within the time-limit.

Substitutes are allowed if someone is unable to play on both days.

Eligibility By birth, residence or membership of a club within the county, and
Handicap 0 or above. (In addition, Northampton players with handicap 0+ are eligible to play for Beds.)

If you are eligible and want to play, please contact the relevant team captain!
Anderson Shield
The Anderson Shield

Team captains


Cambs: (Newport)
Essex: (Colchester)
Norfolk: (Hunstanton)
Beds: (Wrest Park)
Suffolk: (Ipswich)
Entry fees tba

Anderson Shield results
by year:

Facilities tba
Previous winners Herts
Regulations PDF (PDF, 15kb)
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Hertfordshire Retain Anderson Shield for the Fourth Year in a Row

Anderson Shield
Rear: Ian Mantle, Jeremy Scott, Mark Homan
Front: Terry Mahoney

This year the Anderson Shield Tournament had a different feel to it as only four counties entered teams, with both Suffolk and Bedfordshire unable to raise teams. This meant that the tried and tested doubles formula had to be revised to include a singles element so that the whole weekend could be utilised.

The Tournament was again staged at Colchester over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend of 29/30th May and attracted entries from Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk. Each match comprised two doubles and four singles. Saturday was taken up by the advanced doubles with each county playing each other. At the end of the first day no team had managed to stamp their authority, and the second day began almost on an equal footing.

Sunday's play was advanced singles with each team members playing their listed equivalents. After the first games the position remained all square with no county recording a match win. However, at the completion of the second round both Essex and Herts had recorded wins over Norfolk and Cambs. In the third round Essex had to play Herts, which meant the winners would take the trophy. If however, the match ended in a draw then Essex would be winners on total games won. The match went to the final wire and with Essex getting into a muddle over their final rover hoop they handed the trophy to Herts.

T D Sparks
Anderson Shield results
Level Advanced games

result vs:

Herts Essex Cambs Norfolk MATCHES GAMES
Hertfordshire   4-2 5-1 3-3 2 1 0 12 1
Essex 2-4   3-3 5-1 1 1 1 10 2
Cambridgeshire 1-5 3-3   3-3 0 2 1 7 3=
Norfolk 3-3 1-5 3-3   0 2 1 7 3=

See also details of the national Inter-Counties Championship which take place at the same time as the Anderson Shield tournament.