Club Champions Tournament
by year:

GC Golf Croquet

Colchester - Sunday 1 August

Manager: Terrey Sparks

Held on the Colchester lawns which were in excellent condition and played well, the EACF GC Club Champions Day attracted 16 entries who were split into two groups: Level Play and Handicap. This was the tenth year that this event has been staged and the standard of play continues improve year on year. In fact of the 28 games played overall, 11 went to the 13th hoop - just short of 40%.

The format was the same for each group of eight: split into blocks of four played cross-block to determine who would proceed to the semi-finals and final.

Level Play

Group A
1 Nick Archer Watford 4/4
2* John Skuse Chelmsford 3/4
3* Ross Bagni Leighton Linslade 3/4
4 David Frost Enfield 2/4
Group B
1 Rich Waterman Colchester 2/4
2 Colin Taylor Newport 2/4
  Derek Cole Downham 0/4
  Ron Carter Bury St Edmunds 0/4

Level Play winner Nick Archer

*John Skuse beat Ross Bagni 2/1 in a three hoop play-off to determine who met Nick Archer in the semi-final.

In the following semi-finals Nick Archer beat John Skuse 7-3, and Rich Waterman beat Colin Taylor 7-5 to meet Nick for the second time in the final. The final proved a taut game with both players playing to a high standard, and the crowd were entertained by some very good play. However, Nick kept up his very good form and eventually ran out a worthy winner 7-3 to retain the trophy he won the previous year.

Handicap Play

Group A
1 Paul Goodall Colchester 2/4
2 Chris van Essen Newport 2/4
  Roger Stroud Leighton Linslade 0/4
  Ron Hibbs Watford 0/4
Group B
1 Terry Collis Wrest Park 4/4
2* Roger Platt Downham 3/4
3* Mick Fryer Chelmsford 3/4
4 Kim Taylor Enfield 2/4

Handicap winner Terry Collis

*Roger Platt beat Mick Fryer 2/0 in a three hoop play-off to determine who met Terry Collis in the semi-final.

In the following semi-finals Paul Goodall beat Chris van Essen 7 - 6 and Terry Collis beat Roger Platt 7-6, so that Paul and Terry would meet in the final. Terry, who seemed to grow in stature all throughout the day, kept up the pressure and ran out the overall winner 7-1.


Report by Terrey Sparks, photos by Ross Bagni

See also:

GC Club Champions Tournament - past winners
AC Club Champions Tournament