GC Golf Croquet

GC Level Play League
results by year:
2017 MATCH RESULTS - North & Central Area

Winner: Colchester

Results vs.: Colchester Ipswich Hunstanton Norwich Bury Newport POINTS GAME
Colchester   10-8
[hoops: 95-93]
[hoops: 105-97]
[hoops: 106-96]
[hoops: 114-82]
[hoops: 89-51]
9 +22 +90 1
Ipswich 8-10
[hoops: 93-95]
[hoops: 108-100]
[hoops: 118-67]
[hoops: 124-64]
[hoops: 119-65]
8 +40 +171 2
Hunstanton 7-11
[hoops: 97-105]
[hoops: 100-108]
[hoops: 112-103]
[hoops: 116-85]
[hoops: 122-59]
6 +20 +87 3
Norwich 9-9
[hoops: 96-106]
[hoops: 67-118]
[hoops: 103-112]
[hoops: 107-92]
[hoops: 101-89]
5 -10 -43 4
Bury St. Edmunds 5-13
[hoops: 82-114]
[hoops: 64-124]
[hoops: 85-116]
[hoops: 92-107]
[hoops: 119-72]
2 -24 -91 5
Newport 3-11
[hoops: 51-89]
[hoops: 65-119]
[hoops: 59-122]
[hoops: 89-101]
[hoops: 72-119]
  0 -48 -214 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.

Hunstanton 07753 279710
Ipswich 01473 288448
Newport 07855 187719
Bury 01284 787728
Colchester 07817 604852
Norwich 01553 630217
2017 MATCH RESULTS - East & West Area

Winner: Watford

Results vs.: Watford Letchworth Northants Enfield Leighton Linslade Chelmsford POINTS GAME
Watford   10-8
[hoops: 103-101]
[hoops: 100-84]
[hoops: 94-109]
[hoops: 112-87]
[hoops: 109-95]
8 +18 +42 1
Letchworth 8-10
[hoops: 101-103]
[hoops: 107-90]
[hoops: 112-79]
[hoops: 115-92]
[hoops: 122-71]
8 +34 +122 2
Northampton 8-10
[hoops: 84-100]
[hoops: 90-107]
[hoops: 118-80]
[hoops: 126-57]
[hoops: 119-73]
6 +34 +120 3
Enfield 10-8
[hoops: 109-94]
[hoops: 79-112]
[hoops: 80-118]
[hoops: 116-88]
[hoops: 120-85]
6 +4 +7 4
Leighton Linslade 4-14
[hoops: 87-112]
[hoops: 92-115]
[hoops: 57-126]
[hoops: 88-116]
[hoops: 106-96]
2 -42 -135 5
Chelmsford 6-12
[hoops: 95-109]
[hoops: 71-122]
[hoops: 73-119]
[hoops: 85-120]
[hoops: 96-106]
  0 -48 -156 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 01604 467780
Letchworth 07738 468980
Enfield 020 8805 2864
Chelmsford 01245 224059
Leighton Linslade 01525 839094
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.

Final: Saturday 14th October at Ipswich

The GC Level Play
League Trophy
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for an enlargement
North & Central Area Colchester Watford
[hoops: 92-68]
East & West Area Watford
League Manager:
mobile: 07738 468980
home: 01462 635880


Watford are the runaway winners of the 2017 EACF GC Level Play Tournament.

Watford Colchester
Nick Archer (-3) Dick Strover (-2)
Simon Hathrell (1) Chris Sheen (-2)
Geoff Johnson (1) Marian Manning (4)
John Smallbone (3) Michael Manning (5)
RoundWatford v Colchester  
1 Nick Archer &
Simon Hathrell
beat Dick Strover &
Chris Sheen
Geoff Johnson &
John Smallbone
beat Marian Manning &
Michael Manning
2 Nick Archer beat Dick Strover 7-5
Simon Hathrell beat Chris Sheen 7-1
Geoff Johnson beat Marian Manning 7-3
John Smallbone beat Michael Manning 7-5
3 Nick Archer lost to Chris Sheen 6-7
Simon Hathrell beat Dick Strover 7-4
Geoff Johnson beat Michael Manning 7-5
John Smallbone beat Marian Manning 7-5
4 Nick Archer beat Marian Manning 7-6
Simon Hathrell beat Michael Manning 7-3
Geoff Johnson beat Dick Strover 7-5
John Smallbone lost to Chris Sheen 2-7
5 Not played  
  12 - 2 92-68

The result was settled after four rounds, with Watford (the winners of the East & West Area) beating Colchester (the winners of the North & Central Area) by 12 games to 2. It was a comprehensive and thoroughly deserved victory for Watford: on the day, the Watford players were individually and collectively the stronger who from the outset seemed to play with greater confidence and determination. The 12-2 result, however, doesn't do justice to the closeness of many of the games or the spirit in which Colchester competed. But by lunch with the score at 6-0 it always looked a challenge too great for Colchester.

The Watford team, L-R: Nick Acher,
Geoff Johnson, John Smallbone, Simon Hathrell

Chris Sheen came back from lunch renewed to take a game against Nick Archer, prevent the whitewash, and force the match into round four. The overall match was soon settled, however, as Simon Hathrell beat Michael Manning. Simon has played exceptionally well all season and it was fitting that this match should see his handicap change from one to zero. The spectators then settled in warm October sunshine to watch the last few matches conclude. It seemed to me that the spectators were all secretly willing Marian Manning to take hoop 13 against Nick Archer. Indeed, Nick's cheer as he scored the point sounded one of relief rather than of euphoria, which summed up the day as a whole: the Watford players had had the edge in every aspect of the game, though that edge had been a narrow one at times! As a spectator, it was a thoroughly enjoyable match to watch with some first-class exhibition play and well as a few inevitable comedy moments to lighten the day.

Thanks to Ipswich, our generous hosts. The facilities there were excellent and the lawns in super condition and much faster than one would expect at this time of year. And I strongly recommend the hot lunch! Special thanks to Martin French for arranging things and for acting as match referee.

Click on image for an enlargement

Finally, Simon emailed me afterwards to remind me that Watford had reached the EACF GC Level Play League final twice in previous years, first 2013 and then again in 2015, and on both occasions had lost 8-10 to Colchester. So, 2017 was third time lucky. Congratulations to Watford.

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 – 2017

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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. Standard Courts should be used wherever possible, and courts must be at least ¾-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 30 September 2017 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 must be submitted to the C.A. by the Home team Captain as soon as possible after completion of the match 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.