GC Golf Croquet

GC Level Play League
results by year:
2016 MATCH RESULTS - North & Central Area

Winner: Hunstanton

Results vs.: Hunstanton Ipswich Newport Bury Colchester POINTS GAME
Hunstanton   13-5
[hoops: 106-89]
[hoops: 124-65]
[hoops: 96-111]
w/o 6 +22 +61 1
Ipswich 5-13
[hoops: 89-106]
[hoops: 120-70]
[hoops: 117-76]
w/o 6 +14 +74 2
Newport 1-17
[hoops: 65-124]
[hoops: 70-120]
[hoops: 103-90]
w/o 4 -20 -96 3
Bury St. Edmunds 10-8
[hoops: 111-96]
[hoops: 76-117]
[hoops: 90-103]
  w/o 4 -16 -39 4
Colchester def def def def   0 0 0 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.

Ipswich Martin French 01473 288448
Hunstanton Terrey Sparks 07753 279710
Colchester Ann Brookes 01206 501895
Bury Chris Howell 01284 787728
Newport Ernie Turkington 01223 890041
2016 MATCH RESULTS - East & West Area

Winner: Northampton

Results vs.: Northants Letchworth Enfield Chelmsford Leighton Linslade Watford POINTS GAME
Northampton   10-8
[hoops: 103-96]
[hoops: 107-92]
[hoops: 122-62]
[hoops: 116-81]
[hoops: 115-79]
10 +35 +153 1
Letchworth 8-10
[hoops: 96-103]
  13-5 14-4
[hoops: 116-80]
[hoops: 113-89]
[hoops: 110-83]
8 +28 +80 2
Enfield 8-10
[hoops: 92-107]
5-13   17-1
[hoops: 123-65]
[hoops: 88-103]
[hoops: 106-107]
4 +4 +27 3
Chelmsford 1-16
[hoops: 62-122]
[hoops: 80-116]
[hoops: 65-123]
[hoops: 107-106]
[hoops: 100-97]
3 -39 -150 4
Leighton Linslade 5-13
[hoops: 81-116]
[hoops: 89-113]
[hoops: 103-88]
[hoops: 106-107]
[hoops: 109-105]
3 -12 -41 5
Watford 5-13
[hoops: 79-115]
[hoops: 83-110]
[hoops: 107-106]
[hoops: 97-100]
[hoops: 105-109]
  2 -16 -69 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.

Northampton Mike Hills 01604 467780
Watford Roger Nicholls 01923 236068
Letchworth Duncan Hector 01328 700537
Leighton Linslade John Thorp 01525 839094
Enfield Ken Pickett 020 8372 2943
Chelmsford John Skuse 01245 224059
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.

Final: played at Chelmsford on Sunday 16th October.

The GC Level Play
League Trophy
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North & Central Area Hunstanton Northampton
[hoops: 103-101]
East & West Area Northampton
League Manager:
John Noble (Letchworth)
mobile: 07738 468980
home: 01462 635880


Northampton win the EACF Golf Croquet Level Play League

Winners Northampton

Northampton are this year's winners of the GC Level Play League. Northampton beat Hunstanton 10 games to 8 at Chelmsford on 16 October.

A very wet night and a pretty dreary morning did nothing to slow the excellent lawns at Chelmsford (well done and thanks to our hosts), nor detract from the high class play from two well-matched teams. The match was even all the way through: the doubles were halved one apiece, then each round halved in turn as the score rose 3-3, 5-5, 7-7. What's more, it seemed to both players and spectators alike that every game was going to 13 hoops.

As the autumn sun showed itself in the afternoon, the growing crowd of enthusiastic spectators settled in for a real treat. There seemed little to separate the two sides. With 17 games complete, it was 9-8 to Northampton; one match to finish and we were half expecting a tie-break and repeat of the handicap final a fortnight ago. But it was not to be, and in a tense final round Northampton squeezed home to win 10-8 (103-101 hoops).

Northampton Hunstanton
Lionel Tibble (-3) Simon Carter (-2)
Mike Hills (0) David Thirtle-Watts (2)
Les Heard (0) Terrey Sparks (2)
Peter Stansfield (2) Peter Brown (3)

No-one won all their matches, nor did any one player stand out from the crowd, rather it was a treat for the spectators to see all eight players demonstrating high class croquet. Congratulations to all the participants. On the day the four Northampton players had the edge, and are the worthy winners of the trophy.

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Report and photo by John Noble

See also:

GC League score-sheet (1 court) (PDF 57 kb)
GC League score-sheet (2 courts) (PDF 49 kb)
GC League score-sheet (3 or 4 courts) (PDF 52 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 – 2016

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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 order, first by lowest handicap and then by highest index, and doubles pairings should be be written down and exchanged between captains prior to start of play. The doubles pairs with the first listed player on each side shall play each other.
  3. No substitutes are permitted.
  4. No player may play for more than one team in a season. In the event of a violation all illegal games won by that player shall be forfeit to the opponent with a 0-0 hoop score, but all illegal games lost by that player shall remain valid.
  5. The start time of the match to be agreed by both team captains.
  6. The match shall consist of 2 doubles games and 16 singles games. Each Team member will play 1 doubles game and 4 singles games. Match total 18 games. (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 team captain, 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 of courts may be used: but note that the format differs substantially depending on the number available. Standard Courts should be used wherever possible, and courts must be at least 3/4-size with the correct proportions. All courts should be in adequate condition such that there is a possibility of accurate positioning, and of hitting a ball from one corner of the court to the opposite corner. Play should be spread where the quality of the courts differs.
  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 30th September 2016 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 court; whichever ball is closest to the far boundary line without going over it commences play.

John Noble