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  • The Peel Memorial tournament

    Nottingham Croquet Club again hosted this four day Croquet Association Tournament from Thurs 20th to Sun 23rd May. The report below and most of the photos are supplied by Bob Thompson who managed the tournament. With thanks to all whose voluntary effort made this such a great event. 

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    A rescheduled 2021 Memorial Peels Tournament got under way on Thursday 20th May at Highfields Park, Nottingham under grey skies and windy conditions. 

    After the 2020 event had been postponed due to the Covid pandemic, this years Peels were held with Covid restrictions in place. Further club restrictions meant that there were only five lawns available, the 'bowling green' lawns having been dug up and seeded last September, next year there should be four additional lawns. 

    This is the first CA Tournament to be held at Nottingham since both the refurbished West and East pavilions had reopened. 

    This years tournament seemed to be plagued by numerous withdrawals in the weeks prior to the event and even two withdrawals on the opening morning, before a ball had been hit. 

    Visitors were welcomed from Kington Langley, Edinburgh, Downham and Eardisley.

     

    Eleven couples contested the mixed doubles knockout.

    Semi-finals:    I. Vincent + Diana Plant +8T beat O. Hallam + Phillipine Hallam

                         R. Watson + Debbie Watson +4T beat B. Thompson + Irmgard Finnigan

    Final:             R. Watson + Debbie Watson +10T beat I. Vincent + Diana Plant

     

    Seven Ladies contested the Ladies Singles.

    Semi-finals:    Phillipine Hallam (h/c 16+11T beat Viv Staley (h/c 11)

                         Cathy Turski (h/c 18+10T  beat Debbie Watson (h/c14)

    Final:             Cathy Turski +2T beat Phillipine Hallam

     

    Fourteen Men contested the Mens Singles

    Semi - finals:  A. McIntyre (h/c 2.5+17 beat M. Beacon (h/c 2.5)

                          R. Watson (h/c 7+26 beat M. Hedge (h/c 2.5)

    Final:              Roger Watson +26 beat A. McIntyre

     

    Silver Merit Awards were attained by Mike Hedge and Roger Watson. After winning two of the fabulous Peels trophies, it was no surprise when the Tournament Handicapper, Ian Vincent cut Roger Watsons handicap to 4.

     

    Many thanks to Nicky Newberry and her team of caterers for keeping providing excellent lunches and teas.

    Diana Plant organised an evening Thai takeaway meal from a local restaurant on Saturday evening for fifteen. It was just a pity that this coincided with the best weather of the four days when there were clear skies and the sun shining and no wind! 

    It had been noted that this years tournament had endured the worst weather that Nottingham had offered whilst hosting the Peels. Hopefully, this is an one-off and we can look forward to the sun on your back once more at the Peels.

     

  • Successful Open Days and first Learn to Play course

    We hosted two very succesful Open Days this weekend, with over 50 members of the public trying the game for the first time on Saturday and almost as many on Sunday, despite discouraging weather forecasts. The response was terrific and we have so much interest in learning to play that we may have to expand our second Learn to Play course to accomodate more beginners. Many thanks to David and Janet Brydon for hosting this and to the team of volunteer helpers from the membership. 

    This morning was also the fifth session of our first Learn to Play course. Derek and Viv report an eceptionally  high level of enthusiasm, attendance  and engagement, with course partiicpants also exchanging thoughts during the week using a WhatsApp group. Many thanks to them and their team also. 

     

  • Sat 8th May club social doubles cancelled

    Due to the heavy overnight rain which is ongoing and forecast to continue all day, and following a hasty email consultation by David Brydon, the consensus is that this afternoon's club social doubles afternoon will be cancelled. However David does plan to attend for the benefit of any who haven't seen the emails or who want to play in spite of the rain. Three of the five booked lawns have been released for general club booking.

    For any members who don't wish to brave the elements but would miss their Saturday afternon croquet fix, we wholeheartedly recommend Paddy Chapman's coaching website: CroquetDev.

  • Frazer Wanstall wins Charity one-ball event

    One-ball event in aid of British Heart Foundation.

    25 players, a record for Nottingham in this annual charity event, took part on Saturday 1 May in chilly but mainly dry conditions. 25 players on 5 lawns led to a certain amount of triple-banking, fortunately not too difficult in a one-ball event, though it did somewhat bemuse the young Turkish couple who came in to watch!

    It was good to see many of our newer members taking part, as well as the usual suspects.

    As 5pm approached, there were still two unbeaten players – Frazer Wanstall (4/4) and Irmgard Finnigan (3/3), who played each other in a final round. Frazer beat Irmgard +2, to earn the John Hansen trophy, presented to him by club President Ian Vincent.

    The Nottingham heat raised £200 for the British Heart foundation, and at the time of writing, Kevin Carter, the national organiser, says that there have been 33 heats across the country, involving 420 players, raising over £6,000 for charity.

     

    Images courtesy of Diana Plant: 
    (1) Frazer (left) being presented the trophy by Ian Vincent
    (2) View of lawns as the day becomes chilly

    Frazer being handed a large trophy by Ian Vincent in front of the pavilion 

     

    Full results were:

      

    Won

    Played

    %

    Frazer

    Wanstall

    5

    5

    100%

    Ian

    Vincent

    3

    4

    75%

    Irmgard

    Finnigan

    3

    4

    75%

    Peggy

    Deller

    3

    4

    75%

    Janet

    Wanstall

    2

    3

    67%

    Bob

    Thompson

    2

    3

    67%

    Roger

    Watson

    2

    3

    67%

    Diana

    Plant

    2

    3

    67%

    Alex

    McIntyre

    2

    3

    67%

    Debbie

    Watson

    2

    4

    50%

    Lawrence

    Whittaker

    2

    4

    50%

    Sue

    Wileman

    2

    4

    50%

    Veronica

    Saville

    2

    4

    50%

    Ian

    Draper

    2

    4

    50%

    Martin

    Beacon

    2

    4

    50%

    Andy

    Cruickshank

    2

    4

    50%

    Cathy

    Turski

    1

    3

    33%

    David

    Brydon

    1

    3

    33%

    Celia

    Billau

    1

    3

    33%

    Michael

    Finnigan

    1

    3

    33%

    Roger

    Berkeley

    1

    3

    33%

    John

    Filsak

    1

    4

    25%

    Kate

    Packham

    1

    4

    25%

    Nicky

    Newberry

    0

    3

    0%

    Elizabeth

    Johnson

    0

    4

    0%

  • COVID rules

    The club's COVID-19 rules have been updated to 2021 version 3 and can be found here.  Printed copies including a larger print edition are posted on the east pavilion windows. 

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