GC Golf Croquet

GC Level Play League
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Manager's pre-season comments

2014 MATCH RESULTS - North & Central Area

Winner: Ipswich

Results vs.: Ipswich Hunstanton Colchester Bury Newport POINTS GAME
Ipswich   17-1
[hoops: 123-70]
[hoops: 116-79]
[hoops: 113-76]
[hoops: 123-67]
8 +50 +183 1
Hunstanton 1-17
[hoops: 70-123]
  w/o 12-6
[hoops: 106-93]
[hoops: 110-79]
6 -4 -9 2
Colchester 4-14
[hoops: 79-116]
def   0-0
[hoops: 0-0]
[hoops: 117-78]
2 0 +2 3
Bury St. Edmunds 5-13
[hoops: 76-113]
[hoops: 93-106]
[hoops: 0-0]
[hoops: 106-104]
2 -10 -48 4
Newport 1-17
[hoops: 67-123]
[hoops: 79-110]
[hoops: 78-117]
[hoops: 104-106]
  0 -36 -128 5

Venues may be changed by mutual agreement. The Home team should arrange the match. Results to be reported preferably by text message to the League Manager immediately after each match, otherwise by email or phone within 24 hours.

Guideline dates for completing rounds:
Round 1 15 May
Round 2 20 June
Round 3 25 July
Round 4 1 September
Bury 01284 787728
Colchester 01206 501895
Hunstanton 07753 279710
Ipswich 01473 288448
Newport 01223 890041
2014 MATCH RESULTS - East & West Area

Winner: Northampton

Results vs.: Northants Watford Letchworth Leighton Linslade Enfield Chelmsford POINTS GAME
Northampton   7-11
[hoops: 91-109]
[hoops: 103-96]
[hoops: 119-83]
[hoops: 121-81]
[hoops: 112-79]
8 +32 +98 1
Watford 11-7
[hoops: 109-91]
[hoops: 94-109]
[hoops: 110-94]
[hoops: 108-76]
[hoops: 120-75]
8 +24 +96 2
Letchworth 8-10
[hoops: 96-103]
[hoops: 109-94]
[hoops: 111-78]
[hoops: 106-90]
[hoops: 105-83]
8 +16 +79 3
Leighton Linslade 3-15
[hoops: 83-119]
[hoops: 94-110]
[hoops: 78-111]
[hoops: 99-100]
[hoops: 113-83]
4 -14 -56 4
Enfield 3-15
[hoops: 81-121]
[hoops: 76-108]
[hoops: 90-106]
[hoops: 100-99]
[hoops: 111-100]
2 -16 -76 5
Chelmsford 4-14
[hoops: 79-112]
[hoops: 75-120]
[hoops: 83-105]
[hoops: 83-113]
[hoops: 100-111]
  0 -42 -141 6

Venues may be changed by mutual agreement. The Home team should arrange the match. Results to be reported preferably by text message to the League Manager immediately after each match, otherwise by email or phone within 24 hours.

Guideline dates for completing rounds:
Round 1 1 May
Round 2 1 June
Round 3 1 July
Round 4 1 August
Round 5 1 September

Chelmsford & Bentley 01245 224059
Enfield 020 8372 2943
Leighton Linslade 01525 839094
Letchworth 07710 601584
Northampton 01604 467780
Watford 01923 236068
Results vs.: Club A Club B
Club A   Club A - Club B score
Club A at Home
Club B Club B - Club A score
Club B Away

The matches shaded yellow are played at home for the team in the left-hand column.
So to read the table easily, (1) find the club in the left-hand column (in bold),
(2) read across to find its scores against each opponent as the first figure given;
(3) read across to find its Home games in yellow and its Away games in white.

2 points for a match win, 1 for a draw. If the overall number of points is tied then
the winner is determined by who-beat-whom, then by game difference, then by
hoop difference, then by other means determined by the Manager.

The final between the two Area winners was played at Chelmsford on Sunday 28th September.

The GC Level Play
League Trophy
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for an enlargement
North & Central Area Ipswich Ipswich
East & West Area Northampton
League Manager:

Ipswich Win The GC Level Play League Play-off

Round Ipswich v Northampton  
1 Martin Hart v Peter Stansfield 2-7
Martin Leach v Les Heard 7-5
Martin French v Lionel Tibble 7-6
David Crawford v Mike Hills 7-6
2 Martin Leach v Peter Stansfield 5-7
Martin Hart v Les Heard 5-7
David Crawford v Lionel Tibble 7-3
Martin French v Mike Hills 5-7
3 Martin French v Peter Stansfield 7-3
Martin Hart v Lionel Tibble 7-6
Martin Leach v Mike Hills 7-5
David Crawford v Les Heard 7-6
4 Martin Leach v Lionel Tibble 6-7
Martin Hart v Mike Hills 5-7
David Crawford v Peter Stansfield 7-4
Martin French v Les Heard 7-5
WINS:10 - 6  

The Northampton team, L-R: Les Heard,
Lionel Tibble, Mike Hills, Peter Stansfield

Ipswich captain Martin French
receiving the trophy from
manager Terrey Sparks

In the absence of the League Manager Jason Carley, who was absent due to other playing commitments, the play-off this year was held at the Chelmsford & Bentley Club and was managed by Terrey Sparks, Federation Tournament Organiser.

Both finalists Northampton (East & West Area) and Ipswich (North & Central Area) fielded very evenly matched teams with the same aggregate handicap of 4. Played under a scorching sun with very little breeze, play was of an extremely high standard which led to longer games than expected. So evenly matched were the two teams that at lunch after two rounds the scores were even at 4-4. However, after a short lunch break Ipswich immediately picked up wins in all the games of the next round giving them a lead of 8-4. In the fourth round of singles Ipswich only needed to halve the remaining four games to put the match in no doubt by winning outright. Despite losing the first game to finish, Northampton were not going to give up the fight easily and quickly picked off the next two leaving the score 9-6. If Northampton won their last game the overall result would go to the last round of Doubles.

The winning Ipswich team, L-R: Martin Hart,
Martin French, David Crawford, Martin Leach

This game between David Crawford (Ipswich) and Peter Stansfield (Northampton) was a rather tense affair. After a slow start in which David made early progress Peter fought back to trail 5-4. It looked certain that having both his balls in hoop-running positions at the 10th whilst David's were scattered at long distance the score was to be equalled. However, David had other ideas and with a 30 yard shot aimed at clearing Peter his ball unexpectedly ran hoop 10 giving him a 6-4 lead from which Peter could not recover from, and hence the match to Ipswich 10-6.

As time was running late and because of long distance travel, and as the doubles game would have no bearing on the overall result, they were abandoned by the Manager.

Our thanks must go to John Skuse and the Committee and members of the Chelmsford and Bentley Club for letting the Federation have use of their excellent facilities. This is the first time that The E.A.C.F. has staged an event there and I am certain it will not be the last.

Match Star Player: David Crawford, the only one to achieve four wins and no losses.

Report by Terrey Sparks,
photos by Mike Hills
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See also:

GC League entry form (PDF 36 kb)
GC League score-sheet (PDF 32 kb)
GC Handicap League
Previous GC Handicap league winners - all years
Previous GC Level Play league winners - all years


Golf Croquet Level Play League Rules – 2014

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  1. All games shall be level play and played under the current CA-approved Laws of Golf Croquet (NB: new 4th Edition, March 2014).
  2. Each team shall consist of four players, not necessarily the same players each match. The players shall be listed in handicap INDEX order, and doubles pairings must be declared prior to start of play. The home team shall declare their pairings first.
  3. No substitutes permitted after a match has started.
  4. No player may play for more than one team in a season.
  5. The start time of the match to be agreed by both team captains.
  6. The match shall consist of 16 single games and 2 double games. Each Team member will play 4 single games and 1 doubles game. Match total 18 games. The doubles pairs containing the player with the highest handicap index on either side shall play each other. (A team scores 2 points for a match win and 1 point for a draw).
  7. 13 point level play games will be played to a finish with NO time limit.
  8. In the case of a tie on points, then the winner of the Area Group is determined by the number of points against those tied; then if still undecided by the game difference in all matches, then by net hoops in all matches, then by other means determined by the Manager.
  9. Handicap Cards to be submitted to each Team Captain prior to the start of play. All handicap cards are to be up to date and verified correct by either the Club handicapper or Official C.A. Handicapper. If a player forgets their card they can verbally declare their handicap but must provide a copy of the card to the League Manager as soon as possible.
  10. Any number or size of lawns may be used. Adjust the format accordingly. Spread the play if the quality of lawns varies.
  11. Results are to be notified by the home Team Captain to the League Manager within 48 hours after the match, and a copy of the score-sheet must be submitted to the League Manager within 5 days.
  12. All block games not played by the cut-off date of 1st September 2014 shall be declared void and no points awarded.
  13. If a team cancels a match unilaterally less than 5 clear days before a scheduled match, that team forfeits its points and the non-offending team shall be awarded the match and 2 points.
  14. In the event of a dispute the League Manager's decision shall be final.
  15. All Singles results will be submitted to the C.A. by the League Manager so that they may be included in the national and international GC ranking calculations.

Final Round Play-Off

  1. To arrive at the overall league winner a Final Round will be arranged by the League Manager, the date and venue stated prior to the start of any league matches being played.
  2. If the match is drawn at the end of all games, Captains will choose any 2 players to play a deciding 13-hoop game. To determine who starts, all four players to hit one ball from the same boundary line across the lawn; whichever ball is closest to the far boundary line without going over it commences play.