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. There are four players per team who play four timed handicap singles against their opposite numbers, plus two handicap doubles – a total of 18 games per match. 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.
Note: the New GC Handicapping System being trialled in the EACF region is mandatory for all GC League games.
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GC League play-off results
|Area||2015 Area Winners:
The EACF Golf Croquet
10-5 [hoops 91-79]
10-8 [hoops 104-105]
|Enfield (E)||Enfield (E)
10-9 [hoops 109-116]
A fantastic day's croquet at Wrest Park. Glorious late summer sunshine, pristine lawns and two evenly matched teams playing at their best: what could be better?
And what a change from mid September when Hunstanton, the winners of the North and Mid Area, met Watford, the winners of the Western Area, on the same ground. The match was abandoned after 15 games as the heavy rain showers had caused flooding. Fortunately the result was clear with Hunstanton already leading by 10 games to 5.
Enfield, the winners of the Central Area, had had a different but equally challenging route to the final. In a close game at Colchester against Southchurch Park, the winners of the Eastern Area, the match was tied at 9 games all after normal time. Southchurch Park were a nose ahead with 110 hoops against Enfield's 102. But in an exciting decider, Des Taylor and Henry Hobbs beat Tony Butcher and Alan Cornelius to give Enfield the match, though even this wasn't decided until the 13th hoop. It could have gone either way. The stage was set for the Enfield-Hunstanton final.
At three o'clock in the afternoon, the final looked to be heading the same way. The doubles had gone one each way. It was 3-3 at the end of the first round of singles; 5-5 after the second, and 7-7 as the players walked out for the final round of games. Two games finished early, the score 8-8; two games still in progress. Ruth Cole (Hunstanton, handicap 7) against David Frost (Enfield, 0) and Charles Ostler (Hunstanton, 5) against Tony Elliott (Enfield, 3). Ruth had taken a early lead through good use of her extra turns, but the game was decided on hoop 13 when she took advantage of a rare missed clearance. All eyes then turned to the game between Charles and Tony, which at the time was poised at 5-5. It took a further 15 minutes of nail-biting play to decide the game and the match. It really could have gone either way. The final score: 10-8 to Hunstanton. It is no consolation to the runners up, I know, but Enfield ran more hoops: 105 against Hunstanton's 104. This was also a fitting the climax to the trial of the new Golf Croquet handicapping system in our region and proof both that the system is an improvement on the old and that properly handicapped games are close and exciting events.
Congratulation to the winners, Hunstanton and to the runners up, Enfield. All eight players (Pauline and Roy Donner, Charles Ostler, Ruth Cole, David Frost, Tony Elliott, Brian Sturt and Andy Davis) were a delight to watch and a credit to their clubs.Report by John Noble
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