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  June 9th & 10th

Tim King from Ashby won Wrest Park's inaugural GC A-Level Tournament.

Report (CA website)  Results (CroquetScores)

  Moira, Mon 4th June  Report by Eileen

Twelve players took part in this level-play East Midlands tournament. The handicaps ranged from 1 to 10.  The winner was Mick Haytack of Ashby C.C. with Chris Jackson of Long Eaton Park C.C. a very close second. Jenny provided a delicious lunch and tea with drinks and biscuits available all day.  The weather was warm but overcast.


The draw has been made for the internal GC Knockout competition.  Second-round matches, plus a first-round match between Paul and Lesley L, to be played by July 3rd.  Please enter your results, preferably including the score, on the sheet on the notice-board.

GC Knockout draw


The Ashby B Golf Croquet team have got their season off to a winning start with a 10–2 victory at Long Eaton B, followed by a much closer home match against Nottingham B which Ashby won 7–5.

Wed 30th May: Long Eaton B 2–10 Ashby B.  Eileen reports: Derek & Eileen Buxton and Peter Richards played the first match of their season against Long Eaton B. Long Eaton had phoned to say that the weather was awful but we decided to play.  The rain dried up and we played under overcast clouds.  The score was a 10–2 win to Ashby, but the result does not represent the play of the Long Eaton team, as all games were hard-fought.  We were rewarded with an excellent lunch and good company. A good time was had by all.

Sat 2nd June: Ashby B 7–5 Nottingham B.  Richard reports: Derek & Eileen and Richard Sanville played a very closely-fought match against Nottingham B.  Nottingham were 3–1 up after the first two rounds, but the lunch break at that stage seemed to revive the Ashby team, and we won the next two games to level at 3–3.  Four of the remaining six singles games went to the deciding 13th hoop, three of these ending in Ashby’s favour including the decisive game between Derek and Mary.  Derek was the star Ashby player, winning 4 of his 5 games.

The Ashby C team’s first match was a 6–6 home draw against Bakewell B.

May 24th to 27th, Budleigh Salterton

Rachel Gee has won the 2018 European Golf Croquet Championship, beating Belgium’s Pierre Beaudry in the final. There was quite a strong, male-dominated, field. This is the second time Rachel has won the European GC Championship, this year’s win coming four years after her first success.

Report (CA website)


Full results (CroquetScores)

Sat 26th May, Moira Report by Ray

The 2018 Bass Shield and Coors Cup event was well supported with six East Midlands Federation teams represented. Neither Sheffield U3A nor Branston U3A had entered previously. The teams were divided into two blocks. In Block A, Sheffield U3A won all 12 of their games and in Block B Long Eaton had 9 wins and a draw. In the afternoon the two block winners each won 3 of their games with all six players adding another win to their tally. So with 5 players (all except Joan) on 5 wins, a shoot-out was needed to decide both the individual and team events. Players were given 3 balls to shoot from the boundary to hoop 5. Peter Reed and Joan Skuse ran the hoop with two balls and David Bills scored one. So Sheffield U3A secured the Bass Shield and the Coors Cup went to Peter Reed. A clean sweep for the Sheffield team.

Bass Shield: 1st Sheffield U3A; 2nd Long Eaton

The play-offs between the other teams resulted in the following placings:

Ashby 3rd, Leicester 4th, Branston U3A 5th, and Darley Dale 6th.

Coors Cup winner: Peter Reed (Sheffield U3A)

It is pleasing to report that all players won at least one game and everyone enjoyed the event.



Coors Cup & Bass Shield page including photo and full team line-ups

EAST MIDLANDS GC LEAGUE: Sheffield U3A 4–8 Ashby A 
Mon 21st May  Report by Arthur

Ashby A played their first game of the season in glorious sunshine against Sheffield U3A at their ground on the outskirts of Sheffield. It is a pretty location, with the croquet lawns laid in the outfield around a cricket square. There are some gentle hills involved, and the lawns were much slower than they looked. It took the Ashby players some time to get to grips with them, especially as three lawns were in play, and Arthur suffered an early defeat to SU3A captain David Bills in the singles on a lawn where he couldn't put a ball in front of a hoop until it was too late; this combined with excellent play by David giving him a 7-2 win.


After 3 rounds and 6 games, Ashby were 5-1 up, and we were treated to a nice buffet lunch by our hosts. The afternoon session didn't start so well for Ashby, with both Mike and Martin losing the 4th-round singles matches, leaving the score at 6-3 to Ashby. The final round saw some close games but Ashby won 2 of them giving us an 8-4 win. After some tea and cake we thanked our hosts and set off home, having enjoyed the croquet and hospitality at the Sheffield U3A club.


Unfortunately we have had to call off our C-Level GC tournament which was due to have taken place at Moira on Saturday 16th June, because of insufficient entries.  Likewise, the AC ‘B’ Level weekend that was to have been held the previous weekend has also had to be cancelled.


However, we are pleased to confirm that the National Forest GC (June 30th and July 1st) and the one-day GC ‘B’ Level on Saturday 18th August are both definitely going ahead as planned.

SECRETARY’S SHIELD: Ashby 4–3 Church Stretton
  Sat 19th May  Report by Arthur

Church Stretton, making their first appearance in the Secretary's Shield, travelled to Ashby on a gloriously sunny day to play this match. The lawn conditions were unusual, with brown but slowish lawns and very firm hoops in the hard dry ground. Will Gee & Arthur Rowe made short work of the doubles in the morning, and the singles games were shared with wins for Ashby's Adam Wheatley and Church Stretton's John Wilkins on time.

In the afternoon, Will was again the only player to finish, with the other games going to time. John Knowles played some nice croquet against Arthur to secure a second win for Church Stretton, but Adam Wheatley got the 4th win for Ashby. George James beat Richard Sanville making it 4-3 to Ashby.


(Ashby names first)


Will Gee (-1) & Arthur Rowe (3) beat Brian Christmas (3) and John Knowles (9) +19

Richard Sanville (8) lost to John Wilkins (12) -1T

Adam Wheatley (18) beat George James (11) +7T


Will Gee beat Brian Christmas +16

Arthur Rowe lost to John Knowles -8T

Richard Sanville lost to George James -9T

Adam Wheatley beat John Wilkins +9T

MURPHY SHIELD GC: Ashby 4–2 Culcheth 
Sat 5th May

The Ashby team of Ray, Martin, Rupert and Richard beat Culcheth 4–2 at Moira on a gloriously hot day.  Ashby will now face Nottingham in the next round of the Murphy Shield. Update 28/05/18: Nottingham have unfortunately now withdrawn from the Murphy Shield, so Ashby will now play either Tyneside or Hunstanton in the quarter-finals.

Ashby were also due to be hosting Culcheth in the main Inter-Club GC competition, but unfortunately Cucheth have withdrawn and a walkover has been awarded to Ashby, and we now play Nottingham in the next round of this competition too.


The Croquet Association has recently established an Equality Policy – details on the CA website, and the club committee recommends that we also adopt this policy as a club.  Basically the policy states that we should treat each other with respect and without discrimination, which is hopefully already the case anyway.

Sun 29th April  Report by Arthur

Eight players contested the Ashby heat of the charity one-ball competition on an overcast and cold day, with a breeze but fortunately no rain. This year the charity is the Down's Syndrome Association, and players were encouraged to wear green, although preference was given to warmth during the actual games. The Ashby heat was run using the 'One Ball Plus' version of the game developed by Mike and others to improve the interactiveness of the game. This worked well with both players getting plenty of play in all the games, and everyone winning at least one game. The format was one incomplete block of 4 rounds, arranged so that everyone got to play a reasonable spread of opponent ability, and ordered so that the top two ranked players met in the last round. We played with a one-hour time limit and 10 of the 16 games were completed.


3 players ended up with 3 or more wins. Adam Wheatley was the stand-out player in terms of winning games beyond his ranking with 3 wins. He was pipped for 2nd place by Mick Haytack who completed (to 13 points) two winning games against Adam's one. Arthur Rowe ended up with 4 wins after a close battle with Mick in the last round, not reflected in the final score as Arthur was able to make a couple of decisive breaks quite late on in the game after Mick had not quite got a wired position. Judith is, as expected, 'delighted' to be hosting the Gnome trophy for another year!


Overall placings:

1st Arthur 4 wins

2nd Mick 3 wins

3rd Adam 3 wins

4th Mike 2 wins

Heather, Richard, Martin and Derek: 1 win each


Our club heat has raised £50 (plus Gift Aid) in donations for the Down’s Syndrome Association.  Arthur is not available for the national One Ball final at Surbiton on May 13th, so Adam will be our representative there.

April 28th & 29th

Tim King won the Lancashire GC Open for the second year running.  The event at Pendle & Craven Croquet Club also featured fellow Ashby (and Long Eaton) players Paul Durkin and Jane Tewson.

Report by Paul on the CA website

Full results on CroquetScores

April 21st & 22nd

The Ripon Rowels GC tournament took place at the Ripon Spa Hotel with 14 competitors, and was won by Mike O’Brian who in the knockout beat fellow Ashby players Ray Mounfield in the quarter-finals and David Bell in the semi-finals.

Full results on Croquet Scores

  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.

by Eileen and Richard


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.



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).



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.


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.



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.



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.



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)




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)      






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



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.

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 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)



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)



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.


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.



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.



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.



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 – 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.


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 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.


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