ASHBY CROQUET CLUB
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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
Update 01/08/17: Just one first-round match
to be played now: Tim v Janet H. Mick
and Julie have already played their second-round match, with Mick through to
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)
THE NOTTINGHAM GC TOURNAMENT July 15th & 16th
GC: Cheltenham 2–5 Ashby Sun 9th July
Cheltenham played well to make for a tight match
but, in the end, Ashby showed enough experience to win.
The main feature of the Cheltenham team was being
able to field Mark Suter and Sarah Hayes at one and two. These two players
have long and distinguished careers in croquet but Hayes had no games in the
GC ranking system until 2017 and Suter had a break between 2001 and 2017 of
any such games.
Meanwhile, with Rachel Rowe unavailable for their
strongest team, Ashby fielded Tim King at two, reflecting some better success
for him in 2017. He last made the top two in the team in 2015 (a gap of nine
matches) and last played doubles with Will Gee in 2013 (a gap of 11 matches).
Reflecting the gap since last playing together,
Gee and King started poorly in the doubles but, from 2-6 in the first game,
won 11 of the next 13 hoops to level the rubber at 1-1 (6-7, 7-1). Their
initial struggle did not weigh quite so heavily as David Bell (7-1) and Mike
O'Brian (7-5) started strongly in the singles, winning first games against
Tony Forbes and Richard Thompson, respectively.
As the tide turned in the doubles, however, the singles ran in the opposite direction and the three rubbers all reached 1-1.
The courts were fast, with the hoops not too
challenging but having no rabbit runs. In these conditions, the play was
tight but Suter and Hayes remembered some of their best play from the first
game to take the doubles (7-4 in the third).
Once again though, the three rubbers were in
anti-phase, so Ashby prevailed in the two singles to take a 2-1 lead at a
lunchtime that was later than often for an Inter-Club match.
While play remained tight in the afternoon
session, only Hayes and King took their rubber into a third game. They were
halfway through that game when Gee took the honours of gaining the winning
point for Ashby.
Cheltenham were close enough to have caused some
consternation among the Ashby travelling support but lost four games on the
golden hoop in the afternoon. These games, if reversed, would have swung the
result of the match.
Ashby go through to the semi-finals to play the
winner of the match between Belsay Hall and Bowdon.
Cheltenham: Mark Suter (-1), Sarah Hayes (-1), Richard Thompson (0), Tony Forbes (1)
Ashby: Will Gee (-3), Tim King (-1), David Bell
(-1), Mike O'Brian (1)
Results (Cheltenham names first):
Suter & Hayes beat Gee & King - 7 - 6, 1 - 7, 7 - 4
Richard Thompson lost to Mike O'Brian - 5 - 7, 7 - 5, 5 - 7
Tony Forbes lost to David Bell - 1 - 7, 7 - 6, 3
Mark Suter lost to Will Gee - 5 - 7, 6 - 7
Sarah Hayes lost to Tim King - 6 - 7, 7 - 3, 5 - 7
Richard Thompson lost to David Bell - 6 - 7, 6 - 7
Tony Forbes beat Mike O'Brian - 7 - 4, 7 – 5
WINS THE SHAKESPEARE CUP Sat 8th July
We played 4 of the possible 5 rounds, with the round featuring the top 3 players vs the bottom 3 being omitted. The rounds were timed to finish 2 hours after the previous round, essentially fixing the finish time. After 3 rounds Mick was undefeated, and was the only player to have completed a game inside the time limit - he had in fact completed 2. He was well ahead in the last round against Arthur until the last 30 minutes when Arthur made an all-round break with black and finished two turns later, with Mick on penult and peg. Derek had the chance of changing the final reckoning but lost his last game to Adam who did well to emerge with two wins in 3rd place and only a few points short of a handicap reduction. Arthur was the winner having beaten Mick in the last round, with both players having 3 wins.
Thanks a lot to everyone who played for making it
such a good day. The ranking of 3,4,5 is unresolved by who-beat-whom, so I
have based these results on hoop difference - which puts Adam 3rd.
MOBERLY WINS THE NATIONAL FOREST GC July 1st & 2nd at Moira
Moberly brushed aside his opponents and only had one wobble when Martin French managed to win the first game of their quarter-final. Moberly kicked on from that set back and won his following, final six games in the knockout 7-0, 7-1, 7-1, 7-3, 7-1, 7-2 against the strongest selection of the other players.
On the three courts at Ashby, the qualifying Swiss for the Championship involved each competitor playing six games in a balanced, pre-drawn sequence. These games were each 13 points.
The first round of the Swiss was the only one that saw any major shocks with Kath Wright (versus David Bell) and Ray Mounfield (versus Mark Daley) both succeeding against top five players in the event (7-6 in each case). These shocks aside, the finest performance of the Swiss was from Christine Wood, who performed above her ranking with three game wins. She was unlucky to miss out on qualifying (coming ninth on net hoops) but went on to claim victory in the consolation event.
The Tournament Manager battled with the vagaries of play being slightly slower on the Saturday than in 2016 and the need to put Moberly on the last train back to Edinburgh on the Sunday. This battle included, contrary to the original plan, only persuading one quarter-final to play a first game on Saturday evening.
Play did start early on the Sunday but the quarter-finals all went to three games and the Manager was then involved in a three-game semi-final, which was a close contest until Bell showed superior jump shot technique to make some vital hoops in the third game.
All is well that ends well; Moberly conserved energy by the strength of his performance in the semi-final and was ruthless (and swift) in winning the final, so he had a calm and orderly journey to catch his train. The spectators had shown willing by cheering brief flashes of success from Bell in the final but he was never able to find the consistency that would be needed to put any pressure on his dominant opponent.
The biggest threat to Moberly taking the title was his admission that his handicap card had not been up to date when play started with him having announced himself as a -4. He used the time he had saved by his superior play to put previous results on his card and discovered that his excellent form at the Open Championship had actually taken him to -5. The Tournament Manager showed discretion and decided that a disqualification incident would not have befitted the "crime"!
Moberly and Bell both qualify for the English National GC Singles Championship on 16 and 17 September at Nottingham.
Ashby provided the usual green and pleasant setting, with hoops posing a moderate (but fair) challenge; rain on Thursday and Friday having taken the real edge off what would have probably have otherwise been very tough conditions.
John-Paul Moberly beat Martin French 5-7, 7-0, 7-1
Mark Daley beat Richard Bilton 7-3, 5-7, 7-3
David Bell beat Graham Good 7-6, 4-7, 7-6
Tim King beat Mike O’Brian 6-7, 7-4, 7-3
John-Paul Moberly beat Mark Daley 7-1, 7-3
David Bell beat Tim King 7-5, 5-7, 7-3
John-Paul Moberly beat David Bell 7-1, 7-2
Full results on CroquetScores
CUP: Ashby 2–3 Hunstanton Thurs 29th June at Moira
Results, Ashby names first:
Mick Haytack (7) and Adam Wheatley(20) beat Bryan Saddington (4.5) and David Haslam (12) 26-13
Tim King (4) lost to Charles Ostler (5) -6T
Adam beat David 26-14
Mick lost to Charles 26-19
Tim lost to Bryan -1T
Terrey Sparks, of Hunstanton and Pinchbeck
croquet clubs, was the winner with 6 wins.
Mike O’Brian of Ashby finished second with 5 wins and a net score of
Every one appeared to enjoy the day, and four
people have already booked for next year!
Thanks to Jenny Biggs for providing an excellent
lunch and drinks etc. all day. Chris Mounfield and Janet Harker kindly
assisted her in serving the lunchtime meal.
They also helped by recording the scores. This really helped the
manager, Eileen Buxton, who was also playing in the Tournament.
Thank you to Derek Buxton for setting out the
Lawns. I don’t know who tidied up after play but a big thank-you if it was
you. I was working out who had won.
Experienced players Tim King and Derek Buxton were joined by David Randall and Adam Wheatley playing in their first-ever tournament. With four players giving three pairs of games, the tournament was able to be played in one day.
Derek Buxton (18) beat David Randall (20) +10t
Adam Wheatley (20) beat Tim King (4) +13t
Derek beat Adam +8
Tim beat David +9
Tim beat Derek +13
Adam beat David +1t
The three-way tie between Tim, Adam and Derek was resolved by best mean score.
1st Tim King, who received the Anniversary Shield (first played for in 1995).
2nd Adam Wheatley
3rd Derek Buxton
4th David Randall
In the afternoon, winning four games out of six was enough for Ashby “A” to secure the Bass Shield. Whilst several players finished the competition with four or five wins, there was just one who won all six games, so Chris Jackson (Long Eaton) took home the Coors Cup.
Despite varying amounts of rain throughout the day players appreciated the Moira courts which, thanks to Martin, were in very good condition.
Winner of the Bass Shield: Ashby “A”
Winner of the Coors Cup: Chris Jackson
Photos and full
team line-ups on the Coors Cup/Bass Shield page.
Ashby A v Ashby B – Sunday 9th July - start time 11am
Pinchbeck v Ashby A – Saturday 12th August
Ashby A v Leicester A – Saturday 2nd September
Ashby A v
Nottingham A – Saturday 16th September
Nottingham A v
Ashby B Saturday May 20th Away match
Christine Mounfield 197
Ray Mounfield 193
Eileen Buxton 176
Tim King 170
Mike O'Brian 164
Many thanks to
all who turned out in varied weather conditions and to our visiting players
from Long Eaton and Australia.
Page last updated 09/08/17