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Summary of indoor events & winners
Summary of indoor trophies & winners

Manager: Terrey Sparks

AC 14-15 March 2015 - Speed Doubles

Saturday 14th - The Soham Trophy

Jim Potter & Fran Lambert Newport were first away from the block winning three and drawing one of their first four games. However, their form fizzled away, losing their last two games and finishing on a creditable 3.5 points. On the other hand the Hunstanton pair of Jeff Race and Peter Brown, despite a shaky start, gradually improved their play to take second place with a 4 point total. However, the Bygrave two consisting of Duncan Hector and Gabrielle Higgins, despite being required to complete 3 mandatory peels, dominated the day's play running out the overall winners amassing a 4.5 total.

Winners Duncan Hector & Gabrielle Higgins

Special mention goes to Jeff Race for the finish of the season. Running the penult hoop with brown and with his partner ball being on rover and situated for the peel, he placed the white ball just behind the rover hoop, he then took roquet and croquet from the pink from which he then roqueted the green and jawsed this ball from the croquet. He then jumped the rover hoop with his brown, took croquet from the pink at the same time completing a canon peel on the green ball which was hidden from the peg, further to this he played a canon from the white placing the green to the side of the rover hoop from which he rushed this ball to complete the peg out to a deserved amount of applause from the appreciating audience.

Team Players Points Rank
Bygrave Duncan Hector & Gabrielle Higgins 4½/6 1
Hunstanton Jeff Race & Peter Brown 4/6 2
Colchester 1 Colin & Georgeen Hemming 3½/6 3
Newport Jim Potter & Fran Lambert 3½/6 4
St. Albans Terry Mahoney & Heather Bennett 3/6 5
Norfolk Boys Terrey Sparks & Jonathan Toye 1½/6 6
Colchester 2 Ann Brookes & Jane Collier 1/6 7

Sunday 15th - The Albert Lawrence Trophy

Winners Susan & Rob Fulford

After a couple of months away from the indoor carpet, the Fulford pair Rob and Susan made a welcome return to defend the trophy that they won last year. After a shaky start and a scrappy draw against the Northampton pairing of Nick Evans and James Skelton they suddenly returned to form and during their remaining games picked up five impressive wins to to retain the trophy despite a valiant fight by both Northampton and Hunstanton to overhaul them.

Team Players Points Rank
Colchester Rob & Susan Fulford 5½/6 1
Hunstanton Terrey Sparks & Bryan Saddington 4/6 2
Northampton Nick Evans & James Skelton 4/6 3
Peterborough Adrian Kirby & Roly Iddison 3½/6 4
St. Albans Terry Mahoney & Heather Bennett 2½/6 5
Suffolk Boys Mike Percival & Peter Allnutt 1½/6 6
Bygrave Peter Whiting & Paul Sinclair 0/6 7
Reports and photos by Terrey Sparks

Manager: Terrey Sparks

AC Sun 15 February 2015 - Speed Doubles

The Cornelius Cup

Winners Heather Bennett & Chris Frost

It was back to normal club speed doubles on the Sunday where 7 club entries fought it out for The Cornelius Cup. Playing a round robin format, last year's winners St. Albans seemed determined to hold onto the trophy, winning their first 5 games by steamrolling over the opposition so that by the time it came to the final game the outcome was certain and they could not be overtaken. The Cornelius Cup was theirs for another year.

Team Players Games Rank
St. Albans Chris Frost & Heather Bennett 5/6 1
Letchworth Nick Mounfield & Terry Mahoney 4/6 2
Hunstanton Jeff Race & Bryan Saddington 3½/6 3
Colchester David Haslam & Rich Waterman 3½/6 4
Ipswich Martin French & Philip Eardley 3/6 5
Pinchbeck Terrey Sparks & Mike Bowser 2/6 6
Newport Bernard Yallop & Fran Lambert 0/6 7
Report and photo by Terrey Sparks

Manager: Colin Hemming

AC Sat 14 February 2015 - Progressive Doubles

The Martin Trophy

Winners Terry Mahoney (L) & Roly Iddison

The game on Valentine's Day was progressive speed doubles. For the benefit of those unfamiliar with this variant, it means that after each game you swap partners (like a progressive barn dance). Not very appropriate, come to think of it, for a day meant to be for celebrating couples sticking together, but hugely enjoyable nonetheless.

The day got off to a flying start, with the first game finishing in only about half an hour, with Mike Percival and Jane Collier beating Terrey Sparks and Lydia Vaux +14. The second game didn't take much longer, Nick Steiner and Peter Brown winning +7 against Jeff Race and Georgeen Hemming. At this rate we would all have been heading home by early afternoon! Things settled down to a more normal speed, though, as the day progressed, and as is usual with these progressive events, there was a lot of camaraderie both on and off the court.

Both the high-handicap and the low-handicap blocks were strongly contested, with the results in doubt right up to the end of play. The clear winner in the High handicap block was Roly Iddison, with 4 wins out of 5; Heather Bennett and Jane Collier were both on 3½ wins, and Heather won the 2nd place with one more win within time. The Low Handicap block was won by the ever-reliable Terry Mahoney with 4 wins, and second place was taken by Adrian Kirby on 3½.

The format allows for a play-off of the block winners vs the block runners-up, but in the event everyone was well-satisfied at the end of five rounds and we all went home happy.

Report by Colin Hemming, photo by Terrey Sparks

Manager: Terrey Sparks

AC Sun 18 January 2015 - Speed Doubles

Team Players Games Rank
Hunstanton Jeff Race & Bryan Saddington 5/5 1
Ipswich Martin French & Philip Eardley 4/5 2
Colchester 1 Colin & Georgeen Hemming 3½/5 3
Colchester 3 David Haslam & Keith Saunders 3½/5 4
St. Albans Terry Mahoney & Heather Bennett 2/5 5
Bygrave Duncan Hector & Sheila Haggett 2/5 6
Colchester 2 Jane Collier & Lydia Vaux 0/5 7
Newport Bernard Yallop & Fran Lambert 0/5 8

It was back to normal on the Sunday with 8 club pairs of various mixed ability and handicaps partaking in Association speed doubles. The regular old warhorses from Hunstanton consisting of Jeff Race and Bryan Saddington, although being hotly pursued by the Ipswich pair of Martin French and Philip Eardley, were in unbeatable form and swept through the field winning all their games. Meanwhile despite not winning a game and despite a gritty performance, newcomers from the Newport Club Bernard Yallop and Fran Lambert vowed to return putting to good use the lessons learned that day. Many thanks to the Colchester Club for furnishing 3 team pairings which enabled the day to go smoothly.

It was testament of the rising standard of play on the indoor carpet that of the 20 games only two failed to finish in time, enabling an earlier than usual vacation of the hall.

Report by Terrey Sparks

Manager: Terrey Sparks

GC Sat 17 January 2015 - EACF GC Inter-Counties

Winners Duncan Hector & Peter Whiting

The first indoor session of the New Year after Christmas consisted of Inter-Counties Golf Croquet pairs, of which six county teams were made up to seven with the addition of an EACF Select pair. Unfortunately the evening before, the Cambridgeshire pair suffered a call off subject to one of them falling to a winter epidemic and was unable to find a replacement. The problem was solved in that as there were always three teams sat out, the Cambridge side would be made up by one of the non-active players and renamed Cambridgeshire Progressive.

The the games were subjected to a 45 minute time limit and were fast and furious, although at the end of the day despite this, due to difficult hoops only 3 of the 21 games played did not go to time.

Hertfordshire set the pace by winning their first three games until losing to Northamptonshire, allowing the rest of the field to catch up. Cambridgeshire and the EACF teams both made steady progress so at the end of the day there were three sides all finishing on 4 wins out of 6 games: Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and the EACF team. However, reverting to the 'who beat whom' formula the match was awarded to Hertfordshire having beaten both the other sides.

* Determined by who beat whom
Team Players Games Rank
Hertfordshire Duncan Hector & Peter Whiting 4/6 1*
Cambridgeshire Terrey Sparks & A.N.O. 4/6 2*
EACF Select David Crawford & Paul Homer 4/6 3*
Northamptonshire Mike Hills, Richard Cain & Jane Stevens 3/6 4*
Suffolk MIke Percival & Peter Allnutt 3/6 5*
Essex Ann Brookes & Jane Collier 2/6 6
Norfolk Pauline & Roy Donner 1/6 7
Report and photo by Terrey Sparks

Manager: Terrey Sparks

AC Sun 14 December 2014 - Speed Doubles (Belgian Cup)

Robert & Susan Fulford in Christmas spirit

It was back to normal speed doubles on the Sunday with both the Colchester and Hunstanton pairs setting a blistering pace, both winning their first four games leaving the rest of the field adrift and struggling to catch up. This meant that if both teams secured a win in their final games this might give the manager a problem determining the winner. However, The Bygrave pairing of Duncan Hector and Peter Whiting, never to be under estimated, managed to secure their third win of the day against Jeff Race and Bryan Saddington of Hunstanton, effectively stopping them in their tracks. Meanwhile the Colchester husband and wife team comprising of Rob and Susan Fulford maintained their 100% record by seeing off Letchworth to take the day.

Team Players Points Rank
Colchester Robert & Susan Fulford 5/5 1
Hunstanton Jeff Race & Bryan Saddington 4/5 2
Bygrave Duncan Hector & Peter Whiting 3/5 3
St. Albans Terry Mahoney & Heather Bennett 2½/5 4
Newport William Gee & Rachel Rowe 2/5 5
Letchworth Peter Ross & David Clancey 2/5 6
Letchester Nick Mounfield & Nick Steiner 1/5 7
Pinchbeck Terrey Sparks & Charles Ostler ½/5 8

Report and photo by Terrey Sparks

Manager: Terrey Sparks

AC Sat 13 December 2014 - Alternate Shot Doubles (Mike Percival Trophy)

Jeff Race & Peter Brown
showing clean pair of heels

The Colchester pairing of Jane Collier and Ann Brookes set off at a blistering pace, winning their first two games in fine style. However, they met their nemesis when they were stopped in their tracks meeting club compatriots Colin and Georgeen Hemming who at that stage were also undefeated. Meanwhile the Newport pairing of Jim Potter and newcomer to the indoors carpet Fran Lambert, despite losing their first game, started to make steady progress drawing their next game and finishing in grand style by winning their remaining three to finish on a creditable 3.5 points.

Saturday winners (L-R):
Jeff Race & Peter Brown

As expected the Hunstanton pair of the old war horse Jeff Race and relative newcomer to the carpet Peter Brown were also in fine form, winning their first three games, and they looked as if they were going to show a clean pair of heels by being undefeated at the end of the day. However, the struggling Peterborough pairing of Roly Iddison and another newcomer to the carpet John Filsak, still looking for their first win, suddenly struck to open up the tournament by seeing off the Hunstanton pair in fine style. This meant if Hunstanton lost their remaining game against Jane & Ann, and Colin & Georgeen won their remaining one, Hunstanton would take the day. To further compound matters, if both teams lost then Newport would sneak through to take the day. However, despite a brave fight a tiring Jane and Ann eventually succumbed by -5 allowing Hunstanton to win overall.

Team Players Points Rank
Hunstanton Jeff Race & Peter Brown 4/5 1
Newport Jim Potter & Fran Lambert 3½/5 2
Colchester 2 Colin & Georgeen Hemming 3/5 3
Bygrave Duncan Hector & Sheila Haggett 2½/5 4
Letchworth Peter Ross & Keith Rhodes 2/5 5
Peterborough Roly Iddison & John Filsak 2/5 6
Colchester 1 Jane Collier & Ann Brookes 2/5 7
Colstanton Terrey Sparks & Al Brown 1/5 8
Report and photos by Terrey Sparks

Manager: Terrey Sparks

Saturday winners (L-R):
Robert Wilkinson & Nick Mounfield

AC 15-16 November 2014 - Speed Doubles

It was a double triumph for the Letchworth pair Nick Mounfield and Robert Wilkinson who lifted the trophies both on the Saturday and Sunday. This is the first time this has happened in the 25 years that the indoors carpet has been in existence.

Saturday (Soham Trophy)

Throughout the day no team managed to dominate, and bearing in mind the unusually high number of drawn games, 5 in all, it was no surprise that the final decision was not settled until the final two games. The Letchester hybrid pair made up of Nick Steiner and Peter Ross, who needed to win, met the Hunstanton duo of Jeff Race and newcomer to the indoor arena Peter Brown, to whom they narrowly lost -1 to scupper any chance of finishing in a possible play-off. Meanwhile the Letchworth two played Bygrave 2 comprising Richard Smith and James Hopgood and had a narrow win +4 to finish with 3.5 points, thereby putting paid to both Bygrave 1 and St Albans who both finished on 3 points.

* Determined by quality of wins
Team Players Points Rank
Letchworth Nick Mounfield & Robert Wilkinson 1
St. Albans Terry Mahoney & Heather Bennett 3 2*
Bygrave 1 Duncan Hector & Gabrielle Higgins 3 3*
Letchester Nick Steiner & Peter Ross 4*
Hunstanton Jeff Race & Peter Brown 5*
Colchester Robert & Susan Fulford 6*
Bygrave 2 Richard Smith & James Hopgood 2 7
Newport Jim Potter & Chris van Essen 1 8

...and winning again on Sunday


Sunday (The Rose Bowl)

The St. Albans pair of Terry Mahoney and Chris Frost were the early shooting stars, notching up 2.5 points in their first 3 games beating the Letchworth pair on the way, before succumbing to Duncan Hector and Peter Whiting from Bygrave 1. However, Letchworth recovered from this setback and just managed to pip the St. Albans challenge to the post by half a point. This was the day of the super-substitute, in that the non-playing manager was called upon twice to keep the format on track. First, Mike Percival of the Suffolk Boys suffered a 24-hour time lag. Although he knew he was playing he thought it was Saturday and turned up a couple of hours later after a desperate phone call. Next, just before his last game against Hunstanton, Robert Wilkinson had a health scare and it was decided he should visit the emergency clinic in Ely. Again the manager came to the rescue and substituted for Robert with Nick his Letchworth partner and secured a very quick +13 win in just over 20 minutes, a moment before Robert having been given the all clear returned to the sound of mutterings from the Hunstanton pair that their travelling companion might be walking home that night.

* Determined by quality of wins
† Determined by wins within time
Team Players Points Rank
Letchworth Nick Mounfield & Robert Wilkinson 4 1
St. Albans Terry Mahoney & Chris Frost 2
Hunstanton Jeff Race & Bryan Saddington 3 3*
Bygrave 2 Richard Smith & James Hopgood 3 4*
Bygrave 1 Duncan Hector & Peter Whiting 3 5*
Peterborough Adrian Kirby & Roly Iddison 6
Suffolk Boys Peter Allnutt & Mike Percival 1 7†
Colchester Colin & Georgeen Hemming 1 8†
Report and photos by Terrey Sparks

Manager: Colin Hemming

AC Sun 19 October 2014 - Speed Doubles

After a short time thinking we were going to have to play with only six teams, the Hemmings broke up to take different partners (amicably, of course), so ending up with two Colchester teams, resulting in the traditional 7-team all-play all block.

The first two games were characterised by long delays. Nothing to do with the players, but the new-fangled clocks (actually, a program running on two laptop computers) decided to misbehave after about a quarter of an hour. Nothing to do with the computer hardware, nor the timer program itself, but all to do with the large number of memory-resident programs running on the machines, a good many of which were trying to communicate with a non-existent internet (Soham is in rural Cambridgeshire!). After this initial problem, each PC behaved well until the end of the day.

The seven teams included, as well as the usual EACF club teams and hybrids, an interloper from without the bounds of the federation in the shape of the Hallam brothers from Nottingham, staying on after the inter-counties contest of the previous day.

The play was well balanced, with the handicap system working well (especially the mandatory peels holding back the Nottingham powerhouse) so that most games were won by a margin of a few points; throughout the day only two games produced a double-digit victory. In the end, despite threats from Northampton and Nottingham, the experienced pair from Hunstanton once again showed their prowess in this form of the game and were winners once again.

Team Players Result Rank
Hunstanton Jeff Race & Bryan Saddington 6/6 1
Northampton Nick Evans & James Skelton 4/6 2
Nottingham Omied & Sanaa Hallam 3/6 3
Letchborough Nick Mounfield & Roly Iddison 3/6 4
Colchester 2 Colin Hemming & Keith Saunders 2/5 5
Bygrave Duncan Hector & Paul Sinclair 1/6 6
Colchester 1 Georgeen Hemming & Al Brown 1/5 7
Report by Colin Hemming

Manager: Terrey Sparks

AC Sat 18 October 2014 - Speed Doubles

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The Inter-
Counties Cup

AC Inter-Counties Cup

The winter indoor season started this Saturday with the trialling of a new format. The Inter-Counties Cup was contested by 7 teams which included teams from the eastern counties plus an EACF Select side and visitors from Shropshire.

Playing the all-play-all format, Hertfordshire was off to an almost unassailable start winning 3 of the first 4 games including a tied game, closely chased by both Norfolk and Cambridgeshire winning 2 of their first 4. However, the rampant Herts winning streak was brought to an abrupt halt in their final two games when they lost to both Norfolk and Cambs.

The Cambridgeshire winners
Adrian Kirby & Dan Neale

Having completed all their games, both Norfolk and Mid-Anglia stood on 4 wins apiece with Norfolk holding the advantage with a better total of games won within time. However, Cambridgeshire with 3 wins and a better win average had to meet the EACF Select side in the last game which would determine who won the day. Despite a valiant effort EACF were unable to stop the Cambridge pair of Adrian Kirby & Dan Neale from romping home to lift the trophy.

Team Players Result Rank
Cambridgeshire Adrian Kirby & Dan Neale 4/6* 1
Norfolk Jeff Race & Peter Brown 4/6* 2
Mid-Anglia Jonathan Hills & Peter Allnutt 4/6* 3
Hertfordshire Duncan Hector & Heather Bennett 3½/6 4
Salop Omied & Sanaa Hallam 3½/6 5
EACF Select Terrey Sparks & Jonathan Toye 2/6 6
Essex Colin & Georgeen Hemming & Lydia Vaux 0/6 7

Report and photos by Terrey Sparks