ASHBY CROQUET CLUB
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Also don’t forget that the Croquet & Carvery
Sunday and Winter Wednesday sessions continue until the end of February,
weather permitting. The lawns will
then be closed for maintenance from March 1st to 24th, re-opening for the new
season on Sunday 25th March.
Ashby members will probably be aware that the Croquet Association (the national organisation for croquet) is in the process of changing its membership categories. From this year (2018), all playing members of our club are entitled to become Standard Members of the CA for no extra charge. (The per-capita charge is already part of your club membership fee, regardless of whether or not you become a CA Standard Member.)
We hope that as many Ashby members as possible
will want to become CA Standard Members.
There are no catches, and the benefits of becoming a CA Standard
The last couple of Sunday tournaments before
Christmas were cancelled due to snow on the lawns, but it all thawed out in
time for our New Year’s Day doubles tournament which was contested by a good
field of eight pairs including a few of our Long Eaton visitors. As usual, Martin paired players according
to handicaps to try and make the games as even as possible, which worked well
as many of them finished 7-6 or 7-5.
Rachel and Ray were the overall winners of the
Dave Davis Cup, winning all three of their games despite Ray nursing an
injured foot. Will and Jenny finished
runners-up on hoop difference.
At the club’s Christmas dinner, the charity
collection in lieu of Christmas cards raised a total of £80 for the Rainbow
Children’s Hospice. Many thanks to
everyone who contributed, and to Lynda for organising another excellent meal
at the Lakeside.
The first One Ball Plus competition was played
with four players: Heather, Arthur, Mick and Mike. It was all play all, three 13-point games,
played on half-size lawns as some croquet strokes are difficult to play on
full-size winter lawns. The
competition was arranged to trial the current rules.
Arthur won all three of his games and was therefore the overall winner. The games had a lot of interaction with little sit-out time. Arthur scored 39 hoops overall, with Mike on 30, Mick on 29 and Heather on 28. These scores indicate the game works quite well in providing all of the players with plenty of action.
Of the two differences between One Ball and One
Ball Plus, having to make a roquet and play a croquet stroke before running a
hoop works well and doesn't need any further attention. One of the players having a three-turn
countdown before conceding a half bisque also works but the wording and some
of the detail needs to be changed.
Please note that Lawn 3 is now closed for the winter. Lawns 1 and 2 are available for club members’ use at any time, weather permitting.
For those who would like to continue playing through the winter, there will be two weekly club days at Moira:
Sundays 11.00am Croquet and Carvery. This is an informal winter tournament series. Play three randomly-chosen mixed doubles games of golf croquet, followed by a carvery meal (optional) at a local pub or restaurant. This will continue on most Sundays until the end of February, apart from a two-week break over Christmas/New Year. Play as often or as occasionally as you like.
Wednesdays 11.00am onwards Winter Wednesdays. Friendly games of golf croquet, commencing Wednesday 15th November. Doubles and singles games and lunch (optional).
Both of these will be weather-dependent and subject to cancellation if Martin deems the lawns to be suffering.
Woolly socks, gloves and waterproofs essential!!!
The lawns are also available for members to use at other times, but please do not play during frosts to avoid lawn damage.
Please get in touch with Derek if you need a set
of keys; there is a £15 deposit payable.
Trophies were awarded at our club AGM in November
to the winners of competitions within the club and further afield. Our new chairman Tim King presented the
trophies. Tim was also the worthy
winner of Ashby’s Player of the Year award.
Dave Davis Trophy (NYD) Winners Rachel Rowe, George Allen
Runners-up Tim King, Lynda Allen
Shakespeare Cup AC Winner Arthur Rowe, Runner-up Mick Haytack
One Ball Winner Derek Buxton, Runner-up Mick Haytack
Clive Pearson doubles GC Winners Mike O’Brian, Julie Boulton
Perry Bowl (Ladies) GC Winner Julie Boulton
Farrant Salver AC
Max Morris GC Winner Ray Mounfield
Buxton Vase GC Winner Tim King
Winter League GC Winner Chris Mounfield, Runner-up Ray Mounfield
Moira Quaich GC Winner Tim King, Runner-up Chris Mounfield
March Mallet GC doubles Winners Ray & Chris Mounfield
Anniversary Shield AC Winner Tim King, Runner-up Adam Wheatley
Bottle challenge GC Winner Rachel Rowe, Runner-up Will Gee
East Midlands Federation
Bass Shield Winners Ashby
GC Veterans Runner-up Mike O’Brian
EM 26pt league AC Winners Ashby (Richard, Derek, Heather)
Inter club GC Winners Ashby (Will, Rachel, Mike, Tim, David)
Inter counties GC Winners Leicestershire
(Mike, Nick, Ray, Rachel, Will, Tim, Chris)
Kate Jones GC Winner Tim King
Ascot Cup GC Runner-up Tim King
National Forest GC Runner-up David Bell
Letchworth advanced AC Winner Nick Mounfield
Nottingham annual AC Handicap doubles. Runner-up Derek Buxton
Handicap singles. Runner-up Derek Buxton
Nottingham GC Tournament Winner Rachel Rowe
Lancashire Open GC Winner Tim King
Kenilworth GC doubles Winners Arthur Rowe, Judith Rowe
Home Internationals GC Winners England (Rachel in the team)
Place Wales (Arthur in the team)
WINS THE BOTTLE CHALLENGE Sat 14th Oct Report by Mike
We have had some very high standards of play in the past but never in so many games as we experienced this year. Going into the last round the top five players each had five wins but only Rachel, Will, Tim and Ian could win due to hoop difference. The last round key results were Rachel beating Nick and Will beating Ian. Rachel won overall having a hoop difference of one over Will.
The Ashby players gave it everything in this tournament and we should be proud of them.
The Indoor Bottle Challenge in the evening was
equally competitive with Nick beating Rachel and Will beating Tim in the
semi-finals. Will was the overall winner beating Nick 8 - 6 to win the
champagne. Mike rather foolishly challenged Will to a playoff for a magnum of
champagne and lost. I suspect this is a challenge which is unlikely to be
repeated next year.
MIDLANDS GC LEAGUE RESULTS
ASHBY PLAYERS IN HOME INTERNATIONALS Sept 30th & Oct 1st Report by Arthur
Ashby members Rachel & Arthur Rowe played on opposing teams in the inaugural Golf Croquet Home Internationals (England, Wales, Scotland & Ireland) over the weekend 30th Sep - 1st Oct at the Carrickmines club just south of Dublin. Rachel was playing for England as their number 2, and Arthur for Wales as their number 4. The format was five singles best of 3, plus one doubles best of 2 in each round. England, with a very strong team led by J P Moberly, emerged victorious with wins over the other 3 countries. Rachel had a fascinating match against Patsy Fitzgerald of Ireland which she won 0-7, 7-6, 7-1. Wales' main strength lay with their captain Ian Burridge - who will be appearing as guest player in the Bottle Challenge on 14th October at Ashby - who secured two wins against Ireland in the doubles and singles. Arthur helped Wales to get a draw against Ireland by winning his singles match. So the final results were:
England - 3 wins
Ireland - 1.5 wins
Wales - 1.5 wins
Scotland - 0 wins
Ireland came second on quality of wins. They were
excellent hosts with nice lunches provided, and the teams enjoyed an evening
meal together at a local hostelry on the Saturday evening.
TIM WINS THE CLUB GC KNOCKOUT
INTER-CLUB GC FINAL: Ashby 4–3 Letchworth Sat 23rd Sept, Peterborough
Mike O’Brian lost to John Skingsley 4-7, 5-7
ASCOT CUP: TIM FINISHES AS RUNNER-UP Sept 16th & 17th, Nottingham
FOR LEICESTERSHIRE IN THE INTER-COUNTIES GC Aug 19th
Leicestershire, or as Will puts it “Ashbyshire”,
won the Inter-Counties GC for the
third time in 5 years (2013, 2015, 2017), this time without losing a single
round and dropping only three games overall!
A big “Thank you” to the “Ashbyshire” players for the win in the GC Inter-Counties.
It was a first for Tim, who having played in nine of Leicestershire's twelve previous outings in this competition found himself in the winning team (and a record breaking team at that!).
Regrettably a last for Will and Rachel, who having
been in the two previous winning teams and playing superbly on each occasion
when representing Leicestershire have decided to enter, and be key players,
in a Nottinghamshire team for 2018. I
wish them well in this venture and look forward to the Leicestershire v
Nottinghamshire clash next year.
WON THE ASHBY B-LEVEL GC TOURNAMENT Sat 19th
A good day's croquet with the ideal 12
contestants for three lawns. We had three visitors from Long Eaton, two from
both Northampton and Ripon, one from Richmond Park, the rest being Ashby
At lunch, there were 2 players tied on 3 games
each, but, probably fuelled by Jenny's sausage casserole, by tea time Stuart
Smith was the clear winner, having won all six of his games.
1st Stuart Smith (h’cap 3), Northampton, 6 wins, +22
2nd Paul Durkin (4), Long Eaton, 5 wins, +13
3rd Mike Bilton (3), Richmond Park, 4 wins, +15
5th Louise Smith (8), Northampton, 3 wins, 0
2 wins: Sue I’Anson (8), Richard Sanville (7) and Jane Tewson (6)
1 win: Julie Boulton (8) and Joan Skuse (7)
Jane 7-6 Mike; Julie 2-7 Stuart; Richard 7-2 Sue; Roger 7-4 Louise; Joan 6-7 Eileen; Paul 7-2 Martin
Jane 3-7 Sue; Julie 3-7 Martin; Richard 5-7 Stuart; Roger 2-7 Mike; Joan 6-7 Louise; Paul 7-2 Eileen
Jane 5-7 Roger; Julie 7-4 Joan; Richard 7-6 Eileen; Paul 7-4 Sue; Mike 7-6 Louise; Stuart 7-1 Martin
Jane 3-7 Joan; Julie 6-7 Paul; Richard 2-7 Mike; Roger 3-7 Stuart; Sue 4-7 Martin; Louise 6-7 Eileen
Jane 1-7 Martin; Julie 5-7 Eileen; Richard 5-7 Louise; Roger 4-7 Sue; Joan 4-7 Stuart; Paul 7-6 Mike
Jane 7-6 Richard; Julie 4-7 Roger; Joan 1-7 Mike; Paul 5-7 Stuart; Sue 1-7 Eileen; Louise 7-5 Martin
The scores should be forwarded to Mr Mulliner via Richard Hilton if the technology works!
Thanks to all who took part, especially as not
one referees decision was needed.
NATIONAL NEWS ROUND-UP
Martin Wroughton has qualified for the GC All England Handicap National Final
at Ramsgate in September, having already successfully negotiated the club
heat at Moira followed by the area final at Nottingham.
THE MAX MORRIS SINGLES Sat 12th August
Just four players this year: Eileen, Jenny, Julie
and Ray. All play all, no time limit ... Ray beat the other three so won the
JULIE WON THE CLIVE PEARSON DOUBLES Sat 5th
August Manager and reporter: Tim
The Clive Pearson Doubles followed the usual format: the pairs being determined by which players arrive on the day. The strongest player partners and so on. This year, the attendance was somewhat light with only seven being available. In these circumstances, Ray Mounfield ended up playing on his own (having just fallen behind Mick Haytack in the ranking system).
With the weather never being especially pleasant, four “pairs” began battle consisting of 3 rounds of 13-point games (an all-play-all block).
Arguably, the result event was decided in the first round. Jenny Biggs started with some precision shots but eventually Mike O’Brian and Julie Boulton began to find their form and came back to win the game 7-6.
From this point on, the pattern was consistent: Ray beat all-comers, while Mick and Martin Wroughton were never able to find their best form. Ray graciously withdrew his claim to the title on the basis of one player not really being able to win a doubles tournament, so Mike and Julie were winners, with the latter doing so for the second year in a row.
Ray Mounfield beat Mick Haytack & Martin Wroughton 7-4
Mike O’Brian & Julie Boulton beat Tim King & Jenny Biggs 7-6
Ray beat Tim & Jenny 7-2
Mike & Julie beat Mick & Martin 7-3
Ray beat Mike & Julie 7-4
Tim & Jenny beat Mick & Martin 7-3
1st Mike & Julie: 2 wins, +2 hoop difference
2nd Tim & Jenny: 1, -2
3rd Mick & Martin: 0, -11
Ray, 3 wins, +11
PLAYERS SELECTED FOR THE GC HOME INTERNATIONALS
Two Ashby players – both members of the Rowe
family – will be competing in the inaugural Golf Croquet home internationals
in Ireland. Rachel has been selected
to play for England, and perhaps more surprisingly Arthur has been selected
to play for Wales! He discovered this
year that he was eligible to play for them as he lived in Wales during his
INTER-CLUB SEMI-FINAL: Ashby 5–1 Bowdon Sun 30th
July, Moira Report by Ray
Ashby and Bowdon had played each other in the GC
inter-club competition every year since 2014, with Ashby winning on two of
the three previous occasions.
Ashby anticipated a tight competition and Bowdon
played well, such that each rubber was closely fought.
The morning doubles was won by Will and Rachel
taking the first and third games. Meanwhile Mike narrowly beat Graham in each
of their two games and David B and Ken ended the morning at one game all. A
short but strong shower of rain ensued, so it was decided to take lunch.
In the afternoon, Bowdon started strongly, taking
the first game in three of the remaining four rubbers being played. Will's win over Alan meant, however, that
Ashby needed to convert just one of these for a semi-final victory. This was achieved when Rachel beat David C
(who, unfortunately, during the second game had a recurrence of a wrist
problem). Play concluded with Bowdon's
Graham Good gaining a hard earned win over David Bell and Mike beating Ken in
three games, after a lengthy tussle.
For the third consecutive year (and 10th time in
total), Ashby have reached the final of the competition, where they play the
winners of the other semi-final, either Letchworth or Dulwich. The final is scheduled for Saturday 23rd
September at a venue to be arranged.
Ashby: Will Gee (-3), Rachel Rowe (-3), David Bell (-1), Mike O'Brian (1)
Bowdon: Alan Mayne (-2), David Crawford (-2), Graham Good
(0), Ken Cooper (-1)
RESULTS (Ashby names first)
Gee & Rowe beat Mayne & Crawford : 7-4, 4-7, 7-4
Bell v Cooper, not completed : 5-7, 7-5
O'Brian beat Good : 7-5, 7-6
Gee beat Mayne : 7-3, 7-2
Rowe beat Crawford : 5-7, 7-2, 7-3
Bell lost to Good : 6-7, 5-7
O'Brian beat Cooper : 3-7, 7-6, 7-4
THE EAST MIDLANDS 26-POINT AC LEAGUE Sat 22nd
The league was contested by Ashby, Leicester, Pinchbeck and hosts Nottingham. The Ashby team of Richard, Derek and Heather were the clear winners with match victories against each of the other three clubs, and only dropping one game throughout.
Richard’s AC handicap finally came down to 8, after being stuck on 9 for no fewer than 97 games in a run stretching back to 2011 which, coincidentally, was the last time that Ashby won the 26-point league.
Having won the East Midlands league, we now
qualify for the 2018 Secretary’s Shield national AC knockout tournament.
SHIELD GC: Hunstanton 4–3 Ashby Sun 16th July
The Ashby team of Mick, Martin, Rupert and Richard travelled to Hunstanton for a Murphy Shield quarter-final match, but narrowly lost 3–4.
Full results (CA website)
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