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AC Association Croquet


Watford - Saturday 22 April

Manager: Terrey Sparks

Winners L-R: Stuart Stafford, Nick Steiner, Jeff Farrington

Unfortunately, the day's play got off to a frantic start as Nick Archer unfortunately had gone down with an ailment that required a visit to the hospital, and although discharged was understandably resting at home. Simon Hathrell who was acting as the club host and later to take care of the catering and other refreshments agreed to play as a non-counting wild card until mid-afternoon.

However, play although a little delayed got under way on the Watford lawns that were in very good playing conditions, and despite an adverse weather report the day proved to be rather pleasant and which ended in a pleasant spring evening.

Group 1 (Advanced): Although reduced to only three players the overall play was of a high standard as expected, starting with a +22tp by David Marsh over Alison Maugham. This was followed by Nick Steiner winning +3 over Alison, leading to a block play-off between Nick and David. However, in the final game Nick raised his game and put in a fine performance to overcome David, running out the block winner with +17 win.

Group 2 (B-Level Advanced): This proved to be a very competitive block with a large proportion of the games, although finishing in time ran very close to the time limit set at 2½ hours. Jeff Farrington representing the Colchester Club dominated, winning all his 3 games, although he had a bit of a struggle against home club member Geoff Johnson who managed to lose only -2T to finish second in the group.

Group 3 (Handicap): Despite being reduced to 18-point games this proved to be a very close block that ran to the wire, ending with Stuart Stafford (Wrest Park) on 2 wins playing home member David Robinson. Stuart had to win his final game to run out the overall winner; if he failed this would give the manager a bit of a problem in that he would have a possible 2 game block tie between 4 players. Unbelievably, it looked as time had expired that the score was in David’s favour 25 – 24, and having pegged out one ball he looked as he was home and dry. But the fat lady had yet to finish singing and Stuart carried off an unbelievable peg out to run out the overall block winner.

Many thanks to the Watford Club for making their lawns available, and it should be noted that despite all games being reduced to 2½ hours remarkably few went to time.

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Report by Terrey Sparks
Level Advanced'A' Block
Player Club H'cap NS DM AM NA Wins Rank
Nick Steiner Colchester   +17 +3 - 2 1
David Marsh Wrest Park -1 -17   +22tp - 1 2
Alison Maugham Letchworth -1½ -3 -22tp   - 0 3
Nick Archer Watford - - -   - -
Level Advanced'B' Block
Player Club H'cap JF GJ JT DW Wins Rank
Jeff Farrington Colchester 2   +2T +15 +17 3 1
Geoff Johnson Watford 3 -2T   +4 +17 2 2
Jonathan Toye Downham Market 6 -15 -4   +9T 1 3
David Woolley Wrest Park 9 -17 -17 -9T   0 4
Handicap (18-point games)'C' Block
Player Club H'cap SS CF JS MT DR AH Wins Rank
Stuart Stafford Wrest Park 10   +3 +14   +1   3 1
Chris Frost St. Albans 3 -3     +2T   +11 2 2=
Jonathan Sissons Norwich 6 -14     +6T   +8 2 2=
Martin Tunmore Colchester 14   -2T -6T   +4T   1 4
David Robinson Watford 10 -1     -4T   +8T 1 5
Adam Huby Watford 7   -14 -8   -8T   0 6

All games: 2½ hours time limit.
Tie breaking: who beat whom, or a shoot-out at Manager's discretion.

See also:

AC Club Champions Tournament - past winners
GC Club Champions Tournament