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Winter 2010-11

December 2010 Wrest Park Newsletter (PDF 1144 kb) John Bevington

October 2010 Wrest Park Newsletter (PDF 817 kb) John Bevington

October 2010 Leighton Linslade Newsletter ( 2430 kb) John Cundell

Summer 2010

October 2-3 2010 Wrest Park Longman Cup

Playing at Surbiton over the weekend of 2-3 October, Wrest Park won the 2010 Longman Cup by beating Bury 5-2 in the Semi-Finals and then Guildford & Godalming 6-1 in the Final.

Details of the Semi-Finals & Final can be found on the Wrest Park website. A summary highlighting the results of EACF member clubs in the competition can be found on the EACF National Club competitions page, and full competition results for all clubs on the CA website.

The winning team from the Finals,
L-R: Tim Brewer, David Marsh, Cliff Hayes & David Morris.
Background: CA President Quiller Barrett.

Photo by John Bevington

September 2010 Wrest Park Newsletter (PDF 1081 kb) John Bevington

August 28-31 2010 Hunstanton 111th Annual Tournament

Back row: David Thirtle-Watts (Chairman),
Neil Chalmers, Martin Kolbuszewski.
Front row: Timothy Race,
George Woolhouse, Martin French

Results of the Hunstanton 4 day Annual Tournament are as follows:-

Block A: (Norfolk County Croquet Challenge Cup)

Martin French
George Noble

Block B: (Hunstanton Challenge Bowl)

George Woolhouse
Colin Hemming

Block C: (The Silver Bowl)

Neil Chalmers
Chris Donavan

Block D: (The Perberdy Lee Trophy)

Timothy Race

(via a shoot out against Georgeen Hemmimg & Martin Kolbuszewski)

Egyptian: (Hunstanton Croquet Challenge Cup)

Timothy Race
R/U (The Rothwell Trophy):
Martin Kolbuszewski

Change of Handicap:

Neil Chalmers:
7 to 5
Timothy Race:
12 to 10
Martin Kolbuszewski:
10 to 9
Malcolm O'Connell:
3½ to 4

Terrey Sparks

August 22 2010 Letchworth Richard M Smith wins the 1st Annual Advanced Weekend

August 5 2010 Colchester John Andrews won the Colchester Over 50's Midweek Tournament

July 31 - August 1 2010 Norwich Terrey Sparks wins the Amtrak Trophy

July 2010 Wrest Park Newsletter (PDF 779 kb) John Bevington

July 25 2010 Ipswich Mike Percival wins the Golf Croquet "B" Level Tournament

July 23-25 2010 Colchester David Maugham wins the Eastern Championship

July 6-8 2010 Colchester Malcolm Daines won the Colchester Mid-week Handicap Tournament

July 3-4 2010 Norwich Chalkhill Handicap Tournament

For something a little different, we'll start this tournament report off with a little quiz. Which is the odd one out from the following list?

a. A Mad Moose
b. A Demented Deer
c. A Crazy Caribou

No need to send your answers on a postcard, nor indeed to enter them on a website together with a credit card number and your inside leg measurement - just read on and the answer will be revealed to you.

The sun shone brightly on the Croquet Lawns in Norwich's Eaton Park, but metaphorical storm clouds have been gathering for some time over Norwich City Council's "Green Spaces Team" (yes: I've checked on the web-site and it really is called that). The problem, of course, is the recession, and "the cuts" which must be imposed on us all. Which means that Norwich Croquet Club is perfectly entitled to carry on using the lawns in Eaton Park, provided it can find the £4000 per lawn it costs to keep them maintained. To do so would mean quadrupling or even quintupling the subscription, but since doubling it to keep going just for this year has already provoked howls of protest from the membership and it seems that the parting of the ways may not be far off.

So the sun this year was shining on only two croquet lawns; the third one (only restored to use two or three years ago after a long period of decay) already becoming overgrown, but not so much that we could not see what it had been, and so rather mocking us by its mere presence.

The format of the tournament was Egyptian. Manager Neil Chalmers had wisely restricted the entry to a mere 8 players. The players came from as far away as Huddersfield and Nailsea, but were chiefly East-of-England regulars, though including one newcomer from that region (David Marsh of Wrest Park). The lawns, which started fast and became faster still (particularly around hoop 3 on lawn 2), did not help the players to finish their games quickly (though over the weekend very few went to time). Everyone played the first two games, but two of our number declined to play the third game after tea and the day finished with David Marsh and "Our Man in the North" Malcolm Daines sharing the lead on 123 points.

Of course, the finish of the day is only the start of the evening, and manager Neil Chalmers, seemingly unable to find anywhere with "Deer" or "Caribou" in its name, guided a select group of us to a superb gastro-pub called the Mad Moose. A splendid meal made up for the disappointments that some of us had experienced during the day.

Sunday was another day of course. Another Sunny day. Only two games for everyone, and the second of those the Dickens of a job to arrange with only eight players, as I can attest from personal experience. Neil had one further obstacle to overcome, in trying to avoid a contest between man and wife (me and Georgeen), but cruised through the task with consummate ease.

The first round pitted the two overnight leaders against each other. David dismissed Malcolm +24 and followed that in the afternoon with a convincing win of +22 over an in-form Terrey Sparks. This left David as the winner on 142 points, Malcolm second on 118 and Terrey a close third on 114. David was presented with the legendary "Chalkhill Mallet", whisked away as soon as it is awarded, according to tradition, and replaced with a tawdry little plaque (a little more tawdry each year: the cuts you understand) but hopefully his handicap reduction from 12 to 11 made up for it.

I would like to pay a personal tribute to Neil Chalmers, who has worked tirelessly to keep Norwich Croquet club going in the face of much adversity, and sincerely hope that this will not prove to be the last Handicap tournament run by the club at Eaton Park, if only because I want to go back to the Mad Moose again (Oh . . . that was the answer to the quiz, by the way)!

Colin Hemming

June 18-20 2010 Hunstanton Over 50's Tournament

Winner Margaret Anderton (left) receiving
the trophy from Patricia Duke-Cox

Sunny Hunny again lived up to its reputation over the weekend of 18/20th June when, it staged its annual over 50's three day tournament in weather more akin to mid winter in the South Atlantic rather than the Riviera east coast of the UK.

However, regular visitors to the club are made of more doughty spirit and battled through gale force wind and rain for the fist two days before being rewarded on the Monday with a rather unexpected pleasant summer's day.

Despite the weather spirits remained high, and on the final day the Egyptian formula produced three likely winners entering the final session. Nick Steiner (Colchester) looked to be in an unassailable position provided he saw off Bryan Saddington from the home club. However, Nick fell at the last hurdle leaving the field open to the winners of the game between Margaret Anderton (Bury) and Patricia Duke-Cox. Before the match Patricia mentioned to the Manager she had never beaten Margaret in competition, a prophesy that only proved to be too true as Margaret carried off The Jane Neville Rolphe Trophy.

1st Margaret Anderton (Bury)
2nd Jeff Race (Hunstanton)
3rd Nick Steiner (Colchester)

Terrey Sparks (Manager)

June 8 2010 Hurlingham Oxford beat Cambridge 7-2 in the 2010 Varsity Match

June 4-6 2010 Colchester Nick Steiner won the Colchester Handicap Tournament

June 2010 Leighton Linslade Newsletter ( 803 kb) John Cundell

June 2010 Wrest Park Newsletter (PDF 561 kb) John Bevington

May 29-June 1 2010 Inter-Counties Championships: Beds & Essex relegated to Division 2, Herts promoted to Division 1

May 29-30 2010 Colchester Hertfordshire retain the Anderson Shield

May 22-23 2010 Colchester Simon Carter wins the East Anglian Golf Croquet Tournament

May 22-23 2010 Newport Roger Tribe wins at the Super-B Tournament

May 21-23 2010 Wrest Park Terry Mahoney wins at the May Tournament

May 10 2010 Watford Jane Collier wins at the Open B-class Golf Croquet Tournament

May 8-9 2010 Colchester Colin Hemming wins the B-Level Tournament

May 8-9 2010 Northampton Lionel Tibble wins at the Advanced Weekend

May 1-3 2010 Hunstanton Mark Avery wins at the Robert Prichard Weekend

April 24-25 2010 Colchester Robert Fulford wins at the Open Weekend

April 17 2010 Wrest Park Mike Porter, Nick Mounfield and David Marsh win at the Club Champions Tournament

Winter 2009-10

March 13-14 2010


Indoor Golf Croquet

March 2010 Leighton Linslade Newsletter (PDF 159 kb) John Cundell

February 2010 Wrest Park Newsletter ( 370 kb) John Bevington

February 13-14 2010

January 16-17 2010


Indoor Association Croquet

Indoor Association Croquet

January 2010 Leighton Linslade Newsletter (PDF 277 kb) John Cundell

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