The Coors Cup
and Bass Shield is an East
Midlands Golf Croquet level-play
tournament, sponsored by Molson Coors Brewing
Company. It is an inter-club tournament organised by Ashby Croquet
Club on behalf of the Federation of East Midlands Croquet Clubs (FEMCC), and
is open to all East Midlands players. We used to play it as a pre-season event on
outdoor astroturf pitches at Shobnall Leisure Complex
in Burton, but in recent years (2011 onwards) it has become a spring event on
our lawns at Moira.
It comprises two competitions:
● Bass Shield:
Awarded to the winning team of the tournament. Teams usually consist of three
Cup: Awarded to
the best individual player on the day.
The tournament consists of a number of rounds of singles
level-play 13-point Golf Croquet games, usually played to a time limit of 35
minutes. Each player plays a minimum of six games.
BASS SHIELD Previous winners:
The Bass Shield was an Association Croquet astroturf
competition for the first two years.
COORS CUP Previous winners:
2006 Mick Seagrave (Southwell)
Christine Mounfield (Ashby)
Arthur Rowe (Ashby)
2009 Tim King
2010 Arthur Rowe (Ashby)
2011 Ray Mounfield (Ashby)
Christine Mounfield (Ashby)
2013 Mike O'Brian
2014 David Bell (Leicester)
2015 Mike O’Brian
2016 David Bell (Leicester)
2017 Chris Jackson (Long Eaton)
BASS SHIELD and COORS CUP 2018
ON GRASS at ASHBY CC (MOIRA)
Restricted to SIX teams
Saturday 26th MAY 2018 (NOTE: start time 10.00 am)
Ashby Croquet Club invites entries from teams or
for the above competitions (to be run concurrently)
BASS SHIELD – teams of three (FEMCC Club teams wherever possible!)
COORS CUP - to be awarded to the best
(Individuals who enter will be formed into teams of
three, and as a team will also compete for the Bass Shield)
The competition(s) will consist of a number of
rounds of singles (level play)
13 point games played to a time limit of 35 minutes.
player will play a minimum of six games.
Closing date for entries and allocation: 8 May 2018*
allocating places, priority will be given to allowing each EMF club to enter
a team of three players
-If more than 6 clubs apply to enter a team, then only the first 6
will be accepted
-If fewer than 6 clubs enter ... Ashby will be awarded a second team
-Priority will then be given to individuals from EMF clubs unable to
enter a full team
-Any remaining places will be awarded on a first come basis
places, Club or Individual, will be allocated until the appropriate entry fee
has been received.
ENTRY FEE - £21 per team
Cheques payable to “Ashby Croquet Club” should be sent to Ray
(Station House, Appleby Lane, Snarestone, Swadlincote DE12 7BZ)
Further information from Ray (Tel
2017 REPORT Played on Saturday 20th May at
Moira Report by Ray
The five East Midlands clubs taking part had each played in this
competition on at least one previous occasion, with the holders of the Bass
Shield, Leicester, having won the trophy in each of the last four years.
However, this year Leicester, without their number one player, David Bell,
failed to secure a place in the play-off, finishing second to Ashby “B” in
the morning block play. The other block was won by Ashby “A”.
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
Leicester: Alison Murray,
Mark Buckley and Len Sumpter
Long Eaton: Chris Jackson
Joan Skuse and Nigel Hames-Keward
Ashby A: Christine
Mounfield, Mike O’Brian and Tim King
Bakewell: Steve Marsh,
Peter Blackburn and Alan Reeves
Ashby B: Martin Wroughton, Richard Tate and Ray Mounfield
Darley Dale: Colin
Turnbull, Margaret Marshall and Louis McMeeken
Photographs by Alison Murray
2016 REPORT Played on Saturday 21st May at
Moira Report by Ray
The tournaments were again well-supported, with five East Midlands
clubs taking part. Bakewell were
absent (enjoying a “jolly” at Ripon Spa) but Darley Dale had entered for the
Leicester and Ashby A each won their blocks, with Ashby B and Long
Eaton as runners-up. The two top teams played each other. The winners of both the Bass Shield and the
Coors Cup were in doubt right up to the last game between David Bell and
Christine Mounfield. The manager relaxed the time-limit so that the game
would produce a result. A win for Christine would mean that Leicester and
David would win neither trophy. Having lost the toss Chris was pleased to get
a ball well into the jaws of hoop 1. After some deliberation David pulled off
a fantastic jump shot from the boundary and following a decisive fifth hoop
secured both without having lost a single match. So Leicester narrowly
retained the Bass Shield having achieved three wins and a draw from the six
games played against Ashby A.
The match between Long Eaton and Ashby B to determine third place, was
tied with three wins for each team, with Darley Dale beating Southwell to
take fifth place.
The weather had been a little variable, but overall OK and everyone had
an enjoyable day.
Winner of the Bass Shield: Leicester CC
Winner of the Coors Cup:
Bell, Mark Buckley and Richard Whiting
Long Eaton: Chris Jackson, Paul Durkin
and Joan Skuse
Ashby A: Christine Mounfield,
Martin Wroughton and Mike O’Brian
Darley Dale: Colin Turnbull, Margaret
Marshall and Louis McMeeken
Southwell: Tim Robson, Julie Broome
and Josie Minion
Ashby B: Julie Boulton,
Ray Mounfield and Richard Tate*
*Richard deserves special mention. He joined Ashby Club very recently
and hadn't played a singles game prior to this event. He agreed to play a few
days before Saturday and his creditable results included a win.
REPORT Played on Saturday 23rd May at
Moira Report by Ray
The tournaments were fully subscribed with five East Midlands Federation
clubs taking part. Unfortunately the place initially
allocated to Nottingham had to be converted to a second Ashby team (the Ashby
Block A was won by Ashby A by a significant margin, ahead of Bakewell
and Long Eaton. The other block saw Leicester emerge as winners, over Ashby
Bees and Southwell.
The two top teams played each other ... with Leicester once again
retaining the Bass Shield with four wins from the six games played.
The Coors Cup, awarded to the best individual player, was very closely
contested. Everyone had played six games during the day and three players
scored five wins out of six. David Bell, the previous holder, was unbeaten,
but his two drawn games kept him out of the play-off. The manager had decided that a shoot-out
should decide the winner, so Christine Mounfield, Derek Buxton and Mike
O'Brian obliged. Chris and Derek narrowly failed to score with their four
attempts at the hoop, but Mike scored with his first attempt!
The weather had been good and everyone enjoyed the day.
Winner of the Bass Shield:
Winner of the Coors Cup:
Leicester: David Bell, Mark Buckley and Richard Whiting
Long Eaton: Kath Wright, Chris Jackson and Joan Skuse
Ashby A: Christine Mounfield, Martin Wroughton
and Mike O’Brian
Bakewell: Steve Marsh, Tim Spray and Alan Reeves
Ashby Bees: Jenny Biggs, Eileen and Derek Buxton
Southwell: Tim Robson, Julie Broome and Mick Seagrave
REPORT Played on Saturday 17th May at
Moira Report by Ray
2014 Bass Shield and Coors Cup event was held in glorious sunshine.
six teams were divided into two blocks, with each block winner progressing to
the final and competing for the Bass Shield.
Block A was won by Ashby ”A” and Block B by
Leicester. The Leicester team of Bob
Hall, Richard Whiting and David Bell went on to beat the Ashby team and
retain the Bass Shield.
from the other four teams - Long Eaton/Nottingham, Southwell
, Branston U3A and Ashby “B” - played each
other, so each player had recorded six games.
However the player with the best
individual record was David Bell (Leicester) with five wins and a drawn game;
consequently he won the Coors Cup.
REPORT Played on Saturday 25th May at
Moira Report by Ray
After the disappointing entry for last year’s event, this year the
tournaments were fully subscribed with six EMF clubs entering a team. Block A consisted of Nottingham,
Leicester and Bakewell, and Block B Ashby, Long Eaton and Woodhall
Spa. The block winners were Leicester
and Long Eaton who went on to compete for the Bass Shield. Results of games between the two teams gave
each team 3 wins and the winner had to be decided on “hoop difference”. Leicester
emerged as winners with a better difference of a single hoop.
The Coors Cup, which is awarded to the best individual player, was
also closely contested. All team members played six games during the day and
four players emerged with five wins out of six: Kath Wright (hoop difference of +10), David Bell
(+15), Christine Mounfield (+22) and Mike O’Brian (+25). The trophy was awarded to Mike O’Brian.
The weather had
been kind and everyone taking part enjoyed the day.
Leicester : David Bell,
Lawrence Whittaker and Richard Whiting
Long Eaton : Kath Wright, Chris Jackson and
Ashby : Christine Mounfield, Martin Wroughton and
Bakewell : Bob Furniss,
Mike White and Alan Reeves
Nottingham : Cathy Turski,
Eileen Buxton and Margaret Shah
Woodhall Spa : Bob
Potter, Pauline Donner and Roy Donner
team with the Bass Shield
Mike with the Coors Cup
REPORT Played on Saturday 26th May at Moira
The competition, which had for
many years been an Astroturf event, was held on grass at Moira for a second
time. It had been hoped that six East Midlands clubs would enter a team, but some clubs
had clashes with their other arrangements and so five team entries had been
received. The tournament manager’s
schedule had to be revised when just four teams presented themselves for
The teams of three - Sapcote, Nottingham and
two teams from Ashby - enjoyed their
games on well-prepared lawns, thanks primarily to Martin, and in bright sunshine. Each player had six 13-point games, with
sufficient time allowance that all games were completed.
The Bass Shield team award went
to Ashby “A” (Mike O’Brian, Chris and Ray Mounfield) who won all of their
games. The other teams were closely bunched, but ended with Nottingham
A tie-break system was needed
to decide the individual event. Mike,
with the best hoop difference, was given an automatic place in the final
game. Ray and Chris played a 7-point
game to decide who was to meet Mike!
Chris secured this honour, and went on to beat Mike in the final and
win the Coors Cup with a score of 7-5 and some very impressive shots.
Report by Ray
REPORT Played on Saturday 28th May at Moira
Unfortunately we had insufficient entries from other
clubs to make the Astroturf event viable, so we had to reschedule this year's
event to take place on grass at Moira. Six teams competed for the Bass
Shield, which was won by Ashby A. Ray
Mounfield was the winner of the Coors Cup.
Report by Chris:
The 2011 Coors Cup and Bass
Shield competitions were held for the first time on grass at Moira, and in
May rather than March. Eighteen
players in teams of three came from Sapcote,
Park (Gainsborough) and
Ashby. Nottingham fielded an all female team, and
Ashby and Richmond
Park each entered two
Play started in two blocks of
three teams. This phase resulted in Sapcote heading Block A, thanks to a slightly superior
hoop difference over Richmond
Park A. Ashby A topped
The Bass Shield team trophy
went to Ashby A (Martin Chris and Ray) who beat Sapcote
in a somewhat one-sided final. Ray and
Chris each had the same number of wins, but Ray took the Coors Cup on hoop
Liz deserves a special mention
for valiantly ‘volunteering’ to enter her first tournament just four days
after wielding a mallet for the first time in a taster session. At the end of the day she had more than
doubled her croquet playing time and had scored some very good hoops.
REPORT Played on Sunday 7th March
Shobnall Leisure Complex, Burton on Trent,
Sunday March 7th. Blue skies and
sunshine. Could this really be the
day of the annual Astroturf Golf Croquet competition, sponsored by Coors
Eight teams of three were ready and waiting to play, representing
five different East Midlands Federation clubs: Ashby, Bakewell, Leicester
(entering the event for the first time), Southwell and Woodhall
Spa. Two other teams – from Richmond Park (Gainsborough) and Sapcote – had entered but later had to withdraw. Junior internationals Rachel Rowe and Will Gee, who last year had
played as part of a Nottingham team, had been unable to muster a third Nottingham member, so co-opted Rachel’s father Arthur
and entered as an additional Ashby team.
The preliminary block play saw the juniors’ team, named Ashby “J2O”
(two juniors plus other!), heading Block A with nine wins out of nine
games, with Ashby B as runners-up.
Block B saw Ashby A and Bakewell qualify for the afternoon team
Ashby J2O were equally strong in the afternoon, again winning all
their games and emerged convincing winners of the Bass Shield. Ashby A took the runner-up place. Leicester
won the afternoon block play involving teams that had failed to make the
cut, closely followed by Woodhall Spa and
The individual competition, the Coors Cup, went to Arthur Rowe, with
a superior hoop difference to his fellow team members – five more than Will
and six more than Rachel. Aside from
the team that dominated the event, the next best individual results were
achieved by David Bell (Leicester) and Richard Sanville (Ashby B), each with four wins.
A few players were new to golf croquet and for some it was their
first-ever tournament but all enjoyed their early season croquet outing.
We are grateful for Coors’ sponsorship of the event and for the
opportunity to play on the challenging sanded Astroturf surface. The same courts are already booked for
2011. We’d like to be able to book
the same weather too......
REPORT Played on Sunday 8th March
We have new names on both trophies this
year: Sapcote won the Bass Shield, and Tim King
of Ashby won the Coors Cup.
Arrangements had been made for an earlier start this
year, with play actually getting underway as planned at 10.30 am. There were eight teams of three,
representing six different East Midlands Federation Clubs, and we were
graced with the presence, as competitors, of the CA Chairman of Council,
Patricia Duke-Cox, and GC Laws and Tournament Chairman, Tim King. Initially it looked as if the weather
might be kind (for a third consecutive year!) but it quickly turned nasty
(as the picture shows) and we had to contend with rain, sleet, hail and
frequent gusts of wind.
The preliminary block play saw the holders of the team
trophy, Southwell, heading Block A, with relative newcomers Sapcote in runner-up place. Block B was headed by a Nottingham
team which included two junior players, with Ashby A as runners-up. The Nottingham
juniors Will Gee and Rachel Rowe had each won all three of their games and
were fancied to win the individual competition.
The afternoon’s play produced some interesting results,
with the Sapcote team losing only one game and
emerging as convincing winners of the Bass Shield. Ashby A narrowly beat Southwell and Nottingham for runner-up place. With three afternoon wins to add to two
from the morning, the Coors Cup individual competition went to Tim
King. Three players - William Gee,
David Lambert (Sapcote) and Tim Robson
(Southwell) - each finished on four wins and a draw.
Ashby B won the afternoon block play involving teams
that had failed to make the cut, with Woodhall
Spa and Bakewell finishing in joint sixth place.
Despite the weather everyone enjoyed their pre-season
croquet outing and the courts at Shobnall are
already booked for the 2010 competition on Sunday 7th March.
REPORT Played on Sunday 9th March
2008 Astroturf tournament was a sell-out, with all 24 places allocated and
paid for three weeks before the closing date.
had teams competing from eight different clubs across the East Midlands:
Ashby, Bakewell, Gainsborough, Long Eaton, Nottingham,
Sapcote, Southwell and Woodhall
The Bass Shield team competition was won
by Southwell for the second time in three years. Arthur Rowe won the Coors Cup individual
competition. Mike O’Brian won the
Ashby Auxiliaries Award.
We couldn’t believe it!
The sun was shining, the sky was blue and we were setting up two
courts at Shobnall Leisure Centre in preparation
for the eighth annual East Midlands Federation Astroturf Golf Croquet
Tournament sponsored by Coors, the Brewers.
Previous experience has taught us to prepare, especially in dress,
for all varieties of adverse weather conditions and, as play progressed,
mutterings of “I’m a bit warm” and “I’ll have to take a layer off” were
heard across the courts.
The event had proved very popular this year and we
couldn’t accommodate everyone who wanted to play. Many thanks to those who transformed
themselves into spectators for the day!
Eight EMF clubs were represented, with three players in
each team. Teams were arranged in two blocks. Block A comprised Sapcote,
Woodhall Spa, Ashby and Bakewell. Nottingham,
Southwell, Long Eaton and Gainsborough made up Block B.
Results from nine 25-minute games determined progress to
the final round, with two teams from each block going through. Southwell had adjusted well to the fast
and, in places, sloping surface and played with remarkable consistency to
achieve 8 wins. Nottingham,
Sapcote and Ashby also went through with 5 wins
and 1 draw each.
In the final round Southwell maintained earlier form and
took the Bass Shield with 6 wins from their 9 games. (Nottingham:
4 wins, 2 draws,
Ashby: 3 wins, 4 draws, Sapcote: 4
Two players maintained an unbeaten record but Arthur
Rowe of Ashby had five wins, one more than Southwell’s Mick Seagrove. Arthur therefore took the Coors Cup for
best individual performance.
Woodhall Spa came out top of
the non-qualifiers block (with 7 wins and a draw).
At one point, a short sharp hailstorm (pictured below)
reminded us not to get too complacent about the weather but we left Shobnall having enjoyed a good day’s play and looking
forward to the next astroturf tournament on March
In the mini competition, the Ashby Auxiliaries’ Award
(primarily intended for the helpers!) Mike O’Brian took the award, with 3
wins out of 3.
Report by Christine Mounfield
REPORT Played on Sunday 11th March
The Ashby “Seniors” team of
Mick Haytack, Arthur Rowe and Chris Mounfield won the Bass Shield team
competition, and Chris also won the Coors Cup individual competition. Ray’s tournament report follows:
day dawned bright and clear – amazingly, since this tournament has
previously been played in horizontal sleet, gale force winds and snow (see
pictures from 2006 below, and last April’s front cover of The
Gazette)! At 11am we were waiting
impatiently for the junior hockey players to vacate the Astroturf at Shobnall Leisure Centre in Burton on Trent. Then willing hands hammered in hoops,
pegs and boundary strings for four full-sized courts (measuring out had
been done two days before).
year the event, which is sponsored by Coors, proved more popular than ever
with teams from five East Midlands clubs
taking part. Unfortunately
some late applicants couldn’t be accommodated, but 24 players in eight
teams contested the main event.
Playing experience ranged from first season to international level
and three juniors were included.
started in two blocks:
A: Ashby Juniors (Rachel,
Tim/Andrew, Eileen), North Hykeham, Woodhall Spa, Ashby PD+1 (Noel, Jayne, Derek)
B: Ashby Seniors (Mick, Arthur,
Chris), Bakewell, NH/WS, Southwell
five rounds the top two placings from each block –Ashby Juniors and Ashby
PD+1 from Block A and Ashby Seniors and Southwell from Block B – went on to
contest the team event for the Bass Shield.
After five more closely-fought rounds, Ashby Seniors (Mick Haytack,
Arthur Rowe and Christine Mounfield) emerged as clear winners with 13 wins
and 3 draws from their eighteen games.
There was little between the other places, but Southwell narrowly
edged into second spot with 10 wins.
Coors Cup for highest placed individual was taken by Christine Mounfield
with five wins and one draw from six games played. Tim Robson (Southwell) and Noel
Penn-Davis each had five wins but Tim’s better hoop difference put him into
anyone eager to play when grass courts are out of action, we can thoroughly
recommend an Astroturf experience.
The surface plays differently, obviously, but the basic techniques
are the same.
date for next year’s competition will be Sunday March 9th. Closing date for entries is February
16th, so if you fancy playing next year, apply in good time and avoid
1st Ashby Seniors (Mick, Arthur,
Christine) 13 wins, 3 draws
2nd Southwell 10 wins
1st Christine Mounfield (Ashby) 5 wins, 1 draw
Tim Robson (Southwell)
Noel Penn-Davis (Ashby)
REPORT Played on Sunday 12th March
Ashby’s domination of the Astroturf in recent
years has ended, with Southwell winning the Bass Shield in very wintry
conditions. The three players in the
Southwell team – Mick, Don and Tim – also finished in the first three places
for the Coors Cup individual competition.
Ray Mounfield (Tournament Manager) reports:
sixth annual FEMCC Astroturf event was held at Shobnall,
on Sunday 12th March 2006. Adverse
weather reports gave rise to the late withdrawal of the Woodhall
Spa team, but with a little reorganisation a second Ashby team was created to
enable six stalwart teams to brave the wind and snowy conditions. In all, six FEMCC clubs were represented
with Sapcote and Nottingham
members joining force.
the courts were covered with a layer of snow but during the day this melted
away giving rise to very interesting and challenging variation in both speed
and trueness of the surface. During
early rounds it was inevitable that balls collected a covering of snow and
visibly grew as they rolled towards their targets.
event is sponsored by the local brewery.
The results of the team competition (for the Bass Shield) were decided
when all members of each team had played a member of each of the other teams. The winners were Southwell (Don Martin, Tim
Robson, Mick Seagrave) scoring 12.5 wins, out of a possible 15 with Ashby “R”
(Barrie March, Chris and Ray Mounfield) second on 10.5 wins, followed by
Ashby “E” (Eileen Buxton, Mike O’Brian, Derek/Mick) 9 wins : Sapcote/ Nottingham (Joyce Critchley, Pat Wright, William
Gee) 7 wins : North Hykeham (Stan Mumby, Brenda
Roe, Doreen Taylor) 4.5 wins : Gainsborough (Joan and Toy Hesp,
Steve Pikett) 1.5 wins.
this stage the two highest scorers were Mick Seagrave and Don Martin. After the final round of play, which paired
Mick against Don, and Barrie against Tim(for third
place) the final individual ranking was:
and winner of the Coors Cup : Mick Seagrave (5.5
Runner-up : Don Martin
3rd Tim Robson : 4th
March : 5th Pat Wright
Chris Mounfield :
7th Ray Mounfield : 8th
Ashby “E” team had Derek Buxton and Mick Haytack
sharing the role of third team member and although together they won all six
of their games they were ineligible for the “individual” award.
players agreed that it had been an enjoyable day and left for a homeward
journey in somewhat better conditions than at the start of the day.
1st Southwell 12.5 wins
2nd Ashby ‘R’ (Ray, Chris,
Barrie) 10.5 wins
3rd Ashby ‘E’
(Eileen, Mike, Derek/Mick) 9 wins
1st Mick Seagrave (Southwell) 5.5 wins
2nd Don Martin (Southwell)
3rd Tim Robson (Southwell)
REPORT Played on Sunday 20th March
The Ashby A team
have won the Bass Shield astroturf tournament - a
Golf Croquet competition played at Shobnall Fields
- for the fourth year in a row. Well done to the winning team of Ray and
Christine Mounfield and Barrie March, who
competed against other East Midlands teams
from Woodhall Spa, Long Eaton and Southwell, and
also a second Ashby team. Barrie
also won the Coors Cup - awarded to the highest scoring individual on the
1st Ashby A: 13 wins, hoop difference +36
2nd Woodhall Spa: 13 wins, hoop difference +22
1st Barrie March (Ashby): 5 wins out of 6, hoop diff.
2nd Patricia Duke-Cox (Woodhall Spa): 5 wins out of
6, hoop diff. +12
3rd Don Martin (Southwell): 5 wins out of 6, hoop diff. +3