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  • Chris Jackson won Centre Stage National GC Competition

    The following report is taken from the CA website:

    By Geoff Johnson at Ashby CC 7 September 2013:

    Sunday 8th September saw twelve hopefuls from all over the country arrive at Ashby CC to attempt to become this year's Centre Stage national champion.
    Despite being threatened with continuous rain, the weather was kind to us, (no rain at all!), and packed agenda kicked off with a block stage with two blocks of six, all-play-all, producing four contestants for the semi-finals.
    Chris Jackson from Nottingham CC narrowly beat David Pickard from Ben Rhydding CC by 7-5 in semi-final one, whilst Geoff Johnson from Watford CC beat Ken Eccles from Bury CC by 7-3 in semi-final two.
    The final was very tightly contested, but in the end Chris Jackson won on the 13th hoop, to record a 7-6 victory and lift the 2013 trophy!
    This was an excellent day's golf croquet and a good way for mid handicap players to experience competitive play, and start entering 'B'-level tournaments. I think all present really enjoyed it, and I can only encourage all clubs to consider entering a team in next year's competition, (details can be found in the CA handbook).
    Thanks to Ashby CC for hosting us, and thank you to all the players who participated in such good spirit.

  • Nottingham reach finals of Longman Cup

    Longman Cup Quarter-Final (played at Cheltenham Sunday 15th September 2013 and report by Paul Hands)

    Nottingham beat Bristol 4-3 (Nottingham names first)

    Bob Thompson & Nigel Hames-Keward(8) lost to Bob Scott & Marian Hilton (8.5) -12 (14-26)
    Dan Greenaway (9) beat Jill Hathaway (11) +10 (26-16)
    Ian Draper (20) beat Deirdrie Duggan (11) +15 (26-11)

    Bob Thompson (3.5) lost to Marian Hilton -12 (14-26)
    Nigel Hames-Keward (4.5) beat Bob Scott (4.5) +19 (26-7)
    Dan Greenaway (9) lost to Deirdrie Duggan (11) -13 (13-26)
    Ian Draper (20) beat Jill Hathaway (11) +5T (22-17)

    On a wet and windy day at Cheltenham, the result of a really well contested match all came down to the last game, being played far away from the Clubhouse on lawn 4, where Nottingham's Ian Draper (sitting apparently comfortably on peg and penult) was leading by a long way, only for Bristol's Jill Hathaway (little by little) to fight her way back into it, but she was eventually thwarted by time ...

    Nottingham will now face Southport in the Sem-Final, to be played at Surbiton on Saturday 5th October, with Woking to face either Watford or Enfield in the other.

  • Nottingham reach final of Murphy Shield

    A Nottingham team beat Tyneside 4-3 at the half-way venue of Ripon Spa Hotel to reach the final of the Golf Croquet Inter-Club Shield (the Murphy Shield) against Watford.  Arrangements for the final have yet to be made, but it is due to be played at a neutral venue.

    Ian Vincent & Patricia Duke-Cox bt John Moore and Colin Green 6-7, 7-3, 7-2
    Eileen Buxton bt Colin McDonald 7-4, 4-7, 7-4
    Kath Wright bt Alison Heywood-Hill 7-2, 7-2

    Ian Vincent bt John Moore 7-3, 7-2
    Patricia Duke-Cox lost to Colin Green 4-7, 7-4, 1-7
    Kath Wright lost to Colin McDonald 4-7, 5-7
    Eileen Buxton lost to Alison Heywoard-Hill 5-7, 1-7

  • Cheltenham beat Nottingham B in Inter-Club

    Cheltenham have beaten Nottingham A 4-1 in one semi-final of the AC Inter-Club competition.  Our other team play Colchester at Nottingham on Sunday 22nd September, to meet Cheltenham in the final.

    The results, with Cheltenham names first, were: 

    Chris Williams & Sarah Burrow beat Keith Aiton & Richard White +25tp(W)
    Chris Williams lost to Keith Aiton -26tp(5)
    Sarah Burrow beat Richard White +20tp

    Dave Kibble beat Martin Beacon +3
    David Foulser beat Ailsa Lines +11

    The remaining two games were not played.

  • Nottingham beat Ashby to reach final of Secretary's Shield

    Omied Hallam reports as follows:

    Ashby Team

    Nick Mounfield -1.5
    Arthur Rowe 2 (C)
    Derek Buxton 10
    Judith Rowe 20


    Nottingham Team

    Omied Hallam 1.5 (C)
    Roger Berkeley 9
    Judith Moore 18
    Ian Draper 20



    Ashby hosted Nottingham in a Semi Final of the Secretary Shield competition. In the morning Ashby took the first win in a quick victory in the doubles +23. In the two singles games Ian Draper won the next game +19, having a lovely first ball break using 4 bisques. In the battle of the Judiths, with Judith Rowe playing her first ever AC game it was a close match all the way through with Judith Moore taking a lead at the end of the game winning it +8T. Going into Lunch Nottingham where 2-1 up with all to play for.

    The afternoons games started with Omied hitting on 4th ball and going around without using a bisques and leaving himself 3 for the 2nd ball after a miss from Nick. Omied finished the game off quickly, winning +26 in 36 mins, giving Nottingham only one more game to win to get to a 3rd Secretary Shield final in a row. In the other game on lawn 1 Roger managed to get the ball wedged in hoop 1 and after some investigation realised the ball was larger than all the other and swapped it for a ball in another set. It was a nice close match but Arthur managed a victory for Ashby +3. With Ian Draper winning comfortably +24 it left Judith to finish the day off with a win for Nottingham +11 giving Nottingham a 5/2 win and chance to defend their title against Enfield in the final


    Detailed Results

    Nick Mounfield & Arthur Rowe bt Omied Hallam & Roger Berkeley +23
    Judith Rowe lost to Judith Moore -8T
    Derek Buxton lost to Ian Draper -19

    Nick Mounfield lost to Omied Hallam -26
    Arthur Rowe bt Roger Berkeley +3
    Derek Buxton lost to Judith Moore -11
    Judith Rowe lost to Ian Draper -24


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