Ashby Croquet Club logo. Click on the logo to return to the ACC home page www.ashbycroquetclub.org.uk

 

 

 

ASHBY CROQUET CLUB

LATEST NEWS

www.ashbycroquetclub.org.uk

News archives:

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005


Please send news items for inclusion to the .



CHARITY ONE-BALL-PLUS CROQUET AT MOIRA on Sunday 29th April, 2.00pm start


Our annual Charity One Ball competition is on Sunday 29th April at Moira, but this year it is slightly different as we are playing Mike’s One Ball Plus version, as per the rules below.  Arthur is running our competition, which will be played on the two small marked courts that make up Lawn 2, with triple-banking (i.e. 3 games of 2 balls each) on each court.


One Ball (Plus) Croquet is a simplified form of Association Croquet. The basic shots – which are essentially golf croquet shots and croquet take-off strokes - are fairly simple, but instructions and coaching can be provided before the day for first-timers who would like to play – just ask around.  Any specific queries regarding the rules – ask Arthur or Mike!

As well as competing for the Gnome trophy, this is also our heat of the national charity croquet competition, which this year is in aid of the charity Down’s Syndrome Association.  If possible, wear something green for the competition, as this is the charity’s colour theme.

Entry fee is by charity donation, with a suggested amount of at least £5 per person, with all money going to the Down’s Syndrome charity.  If we manage to raise £50 or more from our club heat, the winner is entitled to a free place in the Charity One Ball national final (played to the usual One-Ball rules) at Surbiton Croquet Club on Sunday 13th May.  (If the winner is unable or unwilling to attend the national final, the place can be claimed by a runner-up instead.)

Our club heat is limited to 12 players, with priority given to Ashby club members.  Entries to Arthur by Thursday 26th April to guarantee a place; any remaining places will then be open to players from other clubs.

Provisional format: Four rounds with a rolling one-hour time limit – i.e. start at 2pm, first round finishes at 3pm and so on, so complete by 6pm.


The Rules of One Ball Plus (April 2018)

The object of the game is to run hoops one to six or one to twelve and peg out before

the opponent, thus winning the game.

The player with the higher handicap decides who plays first.

If the handicaps are the same, the winner of a coin toss decides who plays first.
 

At the start of the game the balls are played into the lawn from either of the two baulk lines.

A roquet (and croquet and continuation stroke) has to be played at least once before each

point can be scored. The hoop or peg is then termed “live” and can be scored in the current

turn or subsequent turns without a further roquet.

A clip of the same colour as the ball is placed on the hoop or peg to indicate which is the

next to be scored followed by another clip of the same colour when it becomes live.


The Three Turn Countdown

One of the players, as defined below, always has a three turn countdown to make a roquet

or score a hoop point (if the hoop is live) before a half bisque is conceded to the opponent.

The conceded half bisque can only be used in the opponents next turn, if needed, for the

purpose of making a roquet.

The player with the three turn countdown is:

-       Initially, the player who plays first at the start of the game.

-       The player who is in the lead after a hoop point has been scored.

-       The player with the lower handicap if the game has drawn level.  If the handicaps are the same, the player who has scored a hoop point to draw level.

The countdown is reset and starts from one again after either player:

-       Scores a hoop point. (Ownership of the countdown is then reassessed.)

-       Makes a roquet and the turn ends without scoring a hoop point.

The countdown is also reset if it reaches three and the recipient of the half bisque fails to make

a roquet or run a hoop in their next turn.

Playing first into the lawn is not a turn.

A continuation stroke after scoring a hoop point is the first of three turns.

The player shall inform the opponent as to which of the three turns is about to be played.

All other rules of Association Croquet apply to this game.

 


COORS CUP & BASS SHIELD   Saturday 26th May 2018

Entries are invited from East Midlands club teams for our Coors Cup and Bass Shield GC competition to be held at Moira on Saturday 26th May 2018.  The entry fee is the same as last year: £21 for a team of three. Maximum 6 teams. A reminder that clubs must be members of or affiliated to the Croquet Association if they wish to play in East Midlands Federation events such as this one.

Details (Coors Cup & Bass Shield page)

Update 17/04/18: We already have team entries from Leicester, Darley Dale and Sheffield U3A.


EASTER EGGSTRA COMPETITION
  Mon 2nd April  Report by Eileen

The Easter Eggstra Golf Croquet Competition took place on Easter Monday.

Despite horrendous weather predictions we played in quite pleasant weather with occasional sunshine but no snow or rain. Ten members played.

We played 3 rounds, Mike O' Brian was the winner after a “first to run hoop 5 from the boundary” play-off against Jane Tewson. Mike was presented with The Egg Cup but declined a chocolate egg.

Jane, Jenny and Paul all won boxed Easter eggs. All the other players won small chocolate eggs.

We would like this to become an Ashby Croquet Club event in the future for members. It will probably come up at the next Committee Meeting.


WINTER REPORT 
by Eileen and Richard

WINTER WEDNESDAYS

Nineteen members joined in the Winter Wednesday competition.  One point was awarded to each player for each hoop they scored in three games they played each Wednesday morning from 11 a.m. until 1p.m.  The overall winner was Mick Haytack, with Eileen as the runner up.

 

WINTER SUNDAYS

Played to the same format as Wednesdays. Twenty-three players joined in over the winter.  The winner was Eileen, with runners-up Jenny and Derek (see details below).

 

THE ANNUAL QUIZ

Twenty-two members and friends made up 6 teams for the quiz.  Mick and Eileen devised the questions and fun rounds, and Derek did the scoring.

Richard, Jenny and Janet (Jenny's friend) aka Romeo and Juliets were the winners with 81.5 points.

Celebration aka Lynda, George, Lesley and a friend were second with 76.25 points.

The Village Idiots aka Paul, Jane, Joan and Susan from Long Eaton were third with 75 points.

The Wooden Spoons were won by Memory Loss, I've “conveniently" forgotten their names! (Wendy & team)

Thanks to everyone who donated prizes and for attending.

 

The COUNTDOWN was not as well supported as previous years, with just five people taking part and Christine finishing as the winner.

The WINTER WALK was more popular despite the icy weather, although the overnight snow had largely thawed by the time of the walk.  Ten people (plus two dogs) enjoyed a 3-mile stroll along the canal towpath to Donisthorpe, before returning along the old railway track and finishing at the YHA café for tea.


CROQUET & CARVERY RESULTS

The winter Sunday sessions have now finished for the 2017/18 season.  23 people took part in at least one session over the course of twelve winter Sundays, with a further three Sundays having been lost due to the weather.  Eileen was the clear winner with 215 points overall.  Here are the top five scores:

 

1st Eileen 215 points

2nd= Jenny 180

2nd= Derek 180

4th Martin 163

5th= Julie 157

5th= Tim 157

A reminder that t
he lawns will be closed for maintenance from March 1st to 24th, re-opening for the new season on Sunday 25th March.


CROQUET ASSOCIATION: Benefits of Standard Membership 

 

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 Member include:

- A free printed copy of each edition of the Croquet Gazette magazine (published every 2 months) during 2018 after commencement of your membership. From next year onwards you will have access to the electronic versions of the Gazette for the duration of your CA membership, or you can opt to pay a “paper surcharge” of £7 per year to continue receiving the printed copies.

- You will be eligible to enter CA tournaments up and down the country, including those run by Ashby.  This year we are running a C-Level CA golf croquet tournament (level-play) for the first time, which is aimed at GC players in the handicap range 7+.

- Voting rights, allowing you to influence future CA policy.

- Maintenance of your own records, including handicaps.

- Access to the Members’ Area of the CA website including the CA Directory, the full online Fixtures Calendar, CA minutes and papers, and membership administration.


To comply with the new Data Protection Legislation coming in this year, we need positive consent from each playing member who wishes to join as a CA Standard Member.  If you haven’t already done so, please reply to the email Arthur sent out to members just before Christmas, indicating:


Do you wish to be a Standard Member of the CA? Yes/No

If yes: Do you wish your details in the online CA Directory to be visible to other members of Ashby Croquet Club? Yes/No

If yes: Do you wish your details in the online CA Directory to be visible to all members of the CA? Yes/No

Please also indicate your current GC and/or AC handicaps if applicable.


Members’ details are stored in the CA database in encrypted form, and the CA will not pass your details on to other organisations.

Club members who are already full (Premium) members of the CA will continue to enjoy priority and discounted entry to tournaments.  However, please still reply to Arthur’s email if you haven’t already done so.

Please let Arthur know if you have any queries at all regarding CA membership.



NEW YEAR’S DAY TOURNAMENT  Mon 1st Jan 

 

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.

Everyone’s croquet was bolstered, or maybe in some cases hindered, by a particularly impressive array of goodies on the buffet table including some tasty hot soups.

 

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.


CHRISTMAS CHARITY COLLECTION 

 

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.


FIRST “ONE BALL PLUS” TOURNAMENT  Sun 3rd Dec  Report by Mike

 

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.


TROPHY PRESENTATION AT AGM 

 

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.

Below is the full list of winners.


ASHBY CROQUET CLUB 2017 Honours List



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)

 

National

 

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

 

 

Other events

 

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)

                                3rd Place Wales (Arthur in the team)      


ASHBY PLAYER OF THE YEAR Tim King

 

 

 

RACHEL WINS THE BOTTLE CHALLENGE  Sat 14th Oct  Report by Mike

The Bottle Challenge was held on the middle Saturday of October in surprisingly warm and fine weather. The players this year were Rachel, Will, Nick, Tim, Arthur, Chris, Ray, Mike and Guest player Ian Burridge. This was probably the strongest field so far in this tournament. It was the usual all-play-all format with Chris and Mike sharing a place.

 

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. 

Pictures on the Bottle Challenge page

 

EAST MIDLANDS GC LEAGUE RESULTS

The final matches have been completed in the East Midlands GC league, ending a mixed season for the Ashby teams.  Ashby A finished with a flourish, beating the eventual league winners Nottingham A 7-5 thanks to victories by Ray, Chris and Mike in all three of the key doubles games.  Ashby A finished the league in 4th place with 3.5 match wins out of 6, and Ashby B in 7th (last) place with 1 win out of 6.

Full league positions are on the East Midlands website.


KENILWORTH FESTIVAL REPORT 
Sun 8th Oct  Report by Arthur

Judith & Arthur won this GC doubles tournament at Kenilworth.  The format was an all-play-all block of 8 pairs, two each from Ashby, Kenilworth and Himley, and one from Broadwas and Edgbaston; combined handicap of pairs to be at least 8. We won 6/7, losing only our first round game to Martin & Jenny. It is the first competition Judith has played in where she has won a trophy. We had nice weather, good hosts, and friendly opponents. Our main claim to fame was as the parents of Rachel, who many of the Kenilworth members remember from her time when she was a student at Warwick.


 

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.



Pictured are Rachel and Arthur in their England and Wales jackets.


 

TIM WINS THE CLUB GC KNOCKOUT 


Tim King won the club’s GC Knockout competition for the third successive year, beating Christine 7-2, 7-4 in the final.  Results

 

INTER-CLUB GC FINAL: Ashby 4–3 Letchworth  Sat 23rd Sept, Peterborough


Congratulations to the Ashby team who won the GC Inter-Club championship for the fourth time in eight years, with a 4–3 victory over Letchworth who were making their first appearance in the final.

Results (Ashby names first)

Will Gee & Rachel Rowe beat Nick Mounfield & David Tutt 7-6, 7-4
Mike O’Brian lost to John Noble 4-7, 4-7
Tim King beat John Skingsley 7-2, 7-5

Will Gee beat Nick Mounfield 6-7, 7-0, 7-3
Rachel Rowe beat David Tutt 7-4, 7-6
Tim King lost to John Noble 5-7, 6-7

Mike O’Brian lost to John Skingsley 4-7, 5-7

Full report (CA website)





 

ASCOT CUP: TIM FINISHES AS RUNNER-UP  Sept 16th & 17th, Nottingham


Tim King was runner-up in the Ascot Cup (English National GC Singles Championship).

Results (CroquetScores)

 

VICTORY FOR LEICESTERSHIRE IN THE INTER-COUNTIES GC  Aug 19th & 20th

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!

The weekend event at Southwick, West Sussex was contested by the top 12 Golf Croquet-playing counties, and Leicestershire romped home, winning their matches against each of the eleven other counties, and 30 out of their 33 games.  Their nearest rivals were Kent and Durham/Yorks, each with 8 match-wins out of 11.

Well done to the Leicestershire/Ashby team of Mike, Nick, Ray, Rachel, Will, Tim and Chris, on such a decisive victory.


FIRST and LAST (submitted by Ray, team manager/captain/gofer)

 

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.

Report (CA website)



 

 

STUART SMITH WON THE ASHBY B-LEVEL GC TOURNAMENT  Sat 19th Aug
Manager and reporter: Martin

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 members.

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.

Results

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
4th Eileen Buxton (6), Ashby, 4 wins, +4

5th Louise Smith (8), Northampton, 3 wins, 0
Also on 3 wins: Martin Wroughton (3) and Roger I’Anson (3)

2 wins: Sue I’Anson (8), Richard Sanville (7) and Jane Tewson (6)

1 win: Julie Boulton (8) and Joan Skuse (7)


Game scores:

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.

 

LOCAL AND 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.

Mike O’Brian reached the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Open GC at Ripon Spa, finishing joint third.  Details on CroquetScores.

Nick Mounfield won the Letchworth Advanced AC Weekend, beating all of the other eight players and completing his first sextuple peel.

Derek Buxton had a good week in the Nottingham Annual Tournament, reaching the finals of both the handicap doubles and the D-level handicap singles competitions.


In the East Midlands GC League, Ashby A had a disappointing 3–9 defeat at Long Eaton A.  The results of the Pinchbeck v Ashby A and Ashby B v Pinchbeck matches are not yet in.

Several people played in the Perry Bowl Ladies Handicap GC club competition on Saturday 29th July but the results are not yet in.

 

RAY WON 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 trophy.

 

MIKE AND 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.

 

Results:

Round 1

Ray Mounfield beat Mick Haytack & Martin Wroughton 7-4

Mike O’Brian & Julie Boulton beat Tim King & Jenny Biggs 7-6

Round 2

Ray beat Tim & Jenny 7-2

Mike & Julie beat Mick & Martin 7-3

Round 3

Ray beat Mike & Julie 7-4

Tim & Jenny beat Mick & Martin 7-3

 

Final positions:

1st  Mike & Julie:  2 wins, +2 hoop difference

2nd  Tim & Jenny:  1, -2

3rd  Mick & Martin:  0, -11

Withdrew:  Ray, 3 wins, +11

 

TWO ASHBY 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 school years.

Teams from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland will be competing at Carrickmines, Dublin on the weekend of September 30th and October 1st.

 

 

GC 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.

TEAMS

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


 

ASHBY WIN THE EAST MIDLANDS 26-POINT AC LEAGUE  Sat 22nd July, Nottingham

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.

Ashby results in full

 

MURPHY 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)



OLDER NEWS ITEMS HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THE 2017 NEWS ARCHIVE PAGE.

 

 

ACC home page

About ACC

Events list

Latest news

Tournaments

Information

 

2017 News Archive

 

 

2016 News Archive

2015 News Archive

2014 News Archive

 

2013 News Archive

2012 News Archive

2011 News Archive

 

2010 News Archive

2009 News Archive

2008 News Archive

 

2007 News Archive

2006 News Archive

2005 News Archive

Page last updated 17/0418

web statistics