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  • Report of Doubles Weekend

    Omied Hallam has provided the following report and pictures of the Doubles Weekend he managed on 26th/27th July:

    20 of Nottingham’s elite players got together for the 2nd annual Hallam Handicap Doubles tournament, which was set up by Omied and Brian Hallam the year before to encourage up and coming players to play competitive association croquet. The weekend comprised 5 different events: - Handicap Doubles; most hoops made by higher handicapper; most Peels made by higher handicapper; fastest game and a quiz. Over the weekend, while the sun beat down on the players and with scrumptious food in their bellies, there was a fantastic atmosphere of fun and enjoyment for all. The final was Will Gee and Michelle Caulkett vs Omied Hallam and Ian Draper, who only narrowly got to the final beating Michael Finnigan and Neal Beacon in a series of croquet challenges finishing with a ball placed in each corner of the lawn and to see who could get it closest to the peg.

    The final was a very cagey and tactical affair with Will Gee doing what he does best, consistently hitting in across the lawn, and forcing Omied to try the same. With Michelle and Will edging their way forward and Michelle playing some great croquet strokes, Ian finally got a chance at a break and managed to 3-ball it round till penultimate. With one hour left Will had no other choice but to go for broke, peeling partner ball around 3 hoops but unluckily jamming it in 3-back and leaving his ball on 4-back. After a bit of back and forth Omied managed to drag a break together to get to peg with 6 minutes left. Omied and Ian were now on penultimate and peg with Will and Michelle both on 4-back. Will took his ball round to peg jamming partner in 4-back with 1 min to spare. There was just one minute left with one hoop in it.  Omied walked on the lawn, hit in and spent the rest of the time available to hit the ball out of 4b and set a leave, giving Will a big shot to hit ... which he only missed by mm. Omied and Ian managed to win for the 2nd year in a row.

    The final results were:

    Most Peels - Sophie McGlen

    Most Hoops – Neal Bacon

    Quickest Game – Omied Hallam and Ian Draper

    Quiz – Sue Wilemen and Derek Blow

    Doubles - Omied Hallam and Ian Draper

    Manager’s favourite player - Justine Schneider

    The Brain Hallam Award. (For most encouraging partner) - Rob Edlin-White

    The weekend was dedicated to Omied and Sanaa Hallam’s late Father Brain Hallam, who passed away at the end of last year.

                  

  • Nottingham beat Chester in Mary Rose

    A Nottingham team travelled to Chester on a gloriously hot summer's day for a quarter-final match in the Mary Rose.  Chester have four lawns, with a fall of about a foot from third to first corner on each, but with a generally good playing surface and well set hoops.  Omied won his morning game quickly, going to rover and conceeding contact, but the doubles and other singles were adjourned for an excellent lunch.  Martin and Ian eventually got home in the doubles, giving us a 2-1 lead after the first round.  Omied again won quickly in the afternoon and Peter eventually gained the winning point in a  tight ending.  Martin put up a valiant fight and Ian held out for even longer, but eventually succumed to the locals.

    Ian Vincent and Martin Beacon beat Mark Lloyd and  Jerry Guest  +19
    Omeid Hallam  beat John Dawson    +23
    Peter Moore  lost to Elmyr Hughes  -7
    Ian Vincent   lost to Mark Lloyd   -5
    Martin Beacon  lost to Jerry Guest  -4
    Omeid Hallam beat Elmyr Hughes  +17
    Peter Moore beat  John Dawson  +7
     

    We play the winners of Wrest Park and Northampton in the semis.

     

  • Northampton players win GC Tournaments

    Leslie Heard won the GC B Level tournament on Wednesday 16th July and Lionel Tibble the (rain affected) Open one on 19th-20th July, beating Rachel Rowe in the final.  Both the winners play at the Northampton club.

  • Garden Croquet Tournament

    The first ever garden croquet tournament at Nottingham Croquet Club took place on July 12th on a blisteringly hot Saturday. Eight new members competed over four rounds of timed games. The standard of play was excellent considering that the competitors only started playing croquet two months ago. About half of the games were pegged out within the 1 hour 20 minutes time limit.


     

    Tournament manager Peter Moore with competitors Kellie Preston, Carol Scott, Andy Dixon, Eileen Bardens, Colin Muge, Alex McIntyre, Josh McIntyre and Jan Draper.

    Very well done to all the competitors, especially the winner, Alex McIntyre …


     

    … and the runner up Carol Scott.


    Tournament report and photos by Judith Moore.

  • James and Paddy in Opens Semi-Finals

    James Death plays Reg Bamford and Paddy Chapman plays Rob Fulford to see whether the younger generation will be able to overturn the established order to reach the final of the AC Open Championship.  The matches are being played at Cheltenham today, Saturday, 12th July, at Cheltenham.  There is likely to be commentary at http://www.croquetscores.com.

    In the event, the old guard won both matches: Bamford bt Death 3-0 and Fulford bt Chapman 3-1.

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