Due to heavy rainfall, the lawns were completely submerged again earlier this week. Charlie and Ian are keeping in touch but there is no likelihood of the lawns being re-opened until the weather has improved. Please be patient!
Roger Mills will be running a course on Monday March 30th and Tuesday March 31st for people who are interested in becoming a Club Coach or a Level 1 Coach. If you are interested, please contact Beatrice McGlen as soon as possible for further detauils or to book a place. The course is subsidised by the club so there will be no charge for club members.
Congratulations to four of our club members: Ian Burridge, Paddy Chapman, James Death and Alain Giraud, who are among the 80 competitors at the 2020 Association Croquet World Championships currently (15th-23rd February) taking place in Melbourne, Australia. The first phase of the event consists of eight blocks of 10 players within which each competitor plays the other nine once. The top four from each block are then drawn into a knockout, and other players are eligible to compete in related events.
After three days' block play, Ian, Paddy and James have all qualified for the knockout, and Alain narrowly missed a place.
Tournament details here: https://www.facebook.com/Croquet.Victoria/posts/2600749176858345 .
Scores and some textual commentary here: https://croquetscores.com/2020/ac/wcf-world-championship .
Video streaming of the later rounds may be provided here: https://livestream.com/mysportlive/events/8995783 ,
or (from 10 p.m. GMT on Thursday 20th Feb) here https://livestream.com/accounts/2687950/events/8995783?fbclid=IwAR0ReX3Unur8E0JDxGR6NPUwIFuI5JOgONzwyQ8V0Kf9GtC8wFYtEJV3SLA .
Best wishes to four of our club members who are playing in the World AC Championship in Melbourne, starting on Saturday 15th February.
They are (alphabetically):
- Ian Burridge (currently 26 in the world rankings),
- Paddy Chapman, reigning World Champion,
- James Death (currently 7 in the world rankings), and
- Alain Giraud (currently 34 in the world rankings).
The event is competed for as individuals, but the our 4 members represent Wales, New Zealand, England and England respectively.
If you would like to follow their progress then results will be published each day on Croquet Scores https://croquetscores.com/2020/ac/wcf-world-championship and there could well be some live coverage to watch on YouTube or FaceBook.
(News item updated to include Alain who was previously omitted erroneously)
Congratulations to Richard Bilton who represented England in Nelson, New Zealand in the GC World Team Championship between 6th and 12th of January 2020. The England team (Bilton, Moberley, Mulliner, Savage) got to the semifianls where they lost to Egypt. New Zealand won the event, and England went on to beat USA 7-2 to take 3rd place.