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  • GC B Level Tournament

    by Richard Bilton at Nottingham [^] -> bottom
    19th July (Golf Croquet)

     

    A strong field of 21 players - 10 on handicap 3 or 4 and one on 2 - came to Nottingham to compete in our 12th GC B Level Tournament. There were 4 blocks of 6 and the top two from each would progress to a knockout, meaning a total of 8 games for the winner. The day before the tournament and too late to redraw the blocks, three people withdrew, but luckily from different blocks, so one person from three blocks had to sit a round out.

    Play got underway at 9:30, the first three rounds finishing with no close games at 12pm for lunch, kindly prepared by Ian Vincent. At this stage, 2 people from three blocks and one person from the other had won 2 games; Andrea Huxley had won three games.

    After all of the block games, the top performing player from three blocks hadn't lost a game, and Roger Stroud made the top spot in his block though narrowly losing 6-7 to Gavin Taylor. Second place in three of the blocks won 3 games and Andrea Widdison got through on 2 wins due to Jane Tewson going to hoop 13 in all of her block games but only winning one of them.

    All of the Quarter Final encounters went to hoop 12 or 13, Louise Taylor beat husband Gavin 7-6 and Noel Gill also won 7-6, while both Andreas won their matches 7-5. Before the Semi Finals, Louise Taylor announced that she didn't want to go any further in the knockout and gave Andrea Huxley a straight run to the Final. Meanwhile, Noel had another close win, scraping through a very tightly contested match against Andrea Widdison 7-6.

    Louise, having dropped out, gave Andrea Widdison an automatic 3rd place. After two very close rounds in the knockout, the Final began just before 7pm, but with plenty of light and spectators remaining. Both players battled for the first hoop, which Andrea eventually ran. Hoop 2 was considerably quicker but despite a great 14-yard clearance by Andrea at hoop 3, a nice jump by Noel and a slightly over hit approach to hoop 4 which trickled through, soon put him into a 3-1 lead. There was some good hitting from both players at the middle hoops but they both went to Noel to put him 4 clear. After this, it seemed as though Andrea had lost something, she managed to force a mistake from her opponent and run an angled hoop 7 to get back to 2-5, and after Noel lost control of a clearance and the hoop at 8, the comeback was on, but Andrea's concentration had been affected and Noel was soon back in. At 2-6 down, Andrea had nothing to lose and played some good clearances at hoop 9, but with his opponent's balls on the south boundary, and his red in the jaw, Noel took the match 7-2. Noel Gill won his first B Level tournament at Nottingham to qualify for the National Final at Camerton & Peasedown in October.

    Results on www.croquetscores.com

     
  • Mike Hedge wins GC C Level Tournament

    by Richard Bilton at Nottingham [^] -> bottom
    18th July (Golf Croquet)

     

    The C Level at Nottingham, run by the federation, has not been run for a couple of years, which meant that for the first year back, now a CA national series tournament, it was somewhat under-subscribed. Eight players entered, which allowed for a very straight-forward format of an all-play-all block, the winner of the tournament being the player with the most wins, followed by net hoops and so on.

    Play commenced at 9:30, with three rounds before lunch at 12pm, at which time Mike Hedge had won his first 3 matches and three people had won 2.meticulously prepared by NDO Dave Gunn.

    Going into the final round, there were two people on 5 wins and two on 4 wins. Mike's 2-7 loss to Ann Udall could have cost him the tournament if Ann had won her last game or at least got more hoops and Mike lost another. In the end, Mike won his last game, and was therefore the only player on 6 wins out of 7.

    Final placings: 
    1. Mike Hedge 
    2. Diana Dunkley 
    3. Ann Udall 
    4. Glynis Davies 
    5. Nigel Akers 
    6. Andrew Beaumont 
    7. Vivienne Heard 
    8. Anne Hopper

  • Nottingham 3-4 Surbiton (AC Inter-Club)

    by Stephen Mulliner at Surbiton [^] -> bottom
    28th July (Inter-Club)

     

    Stephen Mulliner & Samir Patel beat James Death and Omied Hallam +23tp(P) 
    Stephen Mulliner beat James Death +23tp 
    Samir Patel lost to Omied Hallam -14 
    Chris Farthing lost to Martin Beacon -1(t) 
    Eugene Chang lost to Beatrice McGlen -12 
    Chris Farthing beat Beatrice McGlen +20 
    Eugene Chang beat Martin Beacon +13(t)

     
  • Nottingham 4-3 Northampton (GC Inter Club)

     by Ian Burridge at Northampton [^] -> bottom
    14th August (Golf Croquet Inter-Club)

     

    Nottingham lost the crucial toss and had to travel to the sloping lawns of Northampton. Ian Burridge and James Death were slow to adapt in their first game and although they improved slightly in the second, good hooping from Michael Hills was enough to secure him and Lionel Tibble a comfortable 2-0 win. Richard Bilton was always in control of his match against Leslie Heard and took a comfortable 2-0 victory. The match between Euan Burridge and Stuart Smith was much closer and Stuart ultimately ran out the winner at the golden hoop in the 3rd game to give Northampton a 2-1 lead at lunch.

    In the afternoon session Ian and James quickly won their first games against Lionel and Mike. Richard was taken to hoop 13 by Stuart and was fortunate to run it when missing a clearance, whilst Leslie comfortably won the first game against Euan. James held off a comeback from Mike to win 2-0 and level the match and Richard won his 2nd game more comfortably, including running hoop 3 from the north boundary behind hoop 2 and hoops 5 and 6 in the same shot! Euan and Lionel both equalised in their matches.

    This left one of the Burridges needing to win their final game for Nottingham to advance to the final. Solid play from Leslie saw off Euan quite comfortably but as their match concluded Ian ran hoop 5 from the south boundary for a 5-0 lead before wrapping up his match and the victory shortly afterwards. Nottingham will play rithet Phyllis Court or Dulwich in the final.

    Northampton names first:-

    Michael Hills and Lionel Tibble beat Ian Burridge and James Death 7-4 7-4 
    Leslie Heard lost to Richard Bilton 3-7 5-7 
    Stuart Smith beat Euan Burridge 4-7 7-4 7-6 
    Lionel Tibble lost to Ian Burridge 3-7 7-4 1-7 
    Michael Hills lost to James Death 3-7 5-7 
    Stuart Smith lost to Richard Bilton 6-7 3-7 
    Leslie Heard beat Euan Burridge 7-4 5-7 7-3

    Northampton 3-4 Nottingham

     
  • England win Home Internationals

    by Sam Murray at Bowdon [^] -> bottom
    10 Jun 2018 (International)

    Nottingham club members Miranda Chapman (England), Ian Burridge (Wales) and Peter Moore (Ireland)

    England won the Home Internationals at Bowdon, in fine Cheshire weather.

    Some of the lower matches took a long time to resolve, with the dry weather exposing Bowdon's bumpy lawns. Only England completed their three tests, winning all of them.

    Scotland's no.1, Jonathan Kirby, on a rare appearance, was the player of the tournament, not dropping a game.

    Final Results Table

    PositionTeamEnglandScotlandWalesIreland Tests WonMatches WonGames Won
    1England 335 31124
    2Scotland2 2+2* 1+616
    3Wales12+ 3 1+615
    4Ireland01*2  039

    + The regulations declare the incomplete Scotland v Wales match as a 2-2 draw.

    * The regulations award the incomplete Scotland v Ireland match 2-1 to Scotland

    Full results:

    croquetscores.com/2018/ac/home-internationals/

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