Rachel Gee reports that 20 players gathered at Nottingham to compete this year's Golf Croquet Championshipplayed on Sat/Sun 14-15th July in conditions almost 10 degrees warmer than the previous year! After a gruelling day on Saturday, Richard Bilton and Ian Burridge had topped their blocks, neither dropping a game. Good performances from Mark Daley and Peter Dowd placed them second in their blocks, whilst Rachel Gee came fourth in her block, setting up a quarter final with Ian. Rachel eventually won against Ian in three games, all of which were characterised by carefully considered shots. Rachel then went on to beat Peter Dowd in three games in her semi-final. On the other side of the draw, a formidably in-form Richard had quickly overpowered Tim King and then Mark Daley to secure his place in the final. Richard continued his good form and solid hoop running to clinch his first Ascot Cup qualifier, becoming the first player to win the Nottingham Golf Croquet Championship without losing a single game.
The CA selectors have chosen the following AC/GC Nottingham players :-
Barlow Bowl (AC) - Beatrice McGlen
Longman Bowl (AC) - Sophie McGlen
to be played 11-12 Aug at Cheltenham
Musk Cup (GC) - Richard Bilton, Ian Burridge & Rachel Gee
to be played 25-27 Aug at Ramsgate
Kate Jones Memorial (GC) - Euan Burridge
to be played 25-27 Aug at Canterbury
Nottingham beat Enfield 5-2 in the Second round of the Longman Cup.
Mark Lansdale (Nottm) reports on the Longman Cup second Round match, played on July 6th, at Enfield.In baking hot conditions, Nottingham CC beat Enfield 5-2.Enfield names first:Ken Pickett (3.5) & Michael Broadway (12) lost to Viv Staley (12) and Elisabeth Bridges (14) 13-15John Street (8) lost to Alex McIntyre (14) 6-26David Frost (4) beat Mark Lansdale (14) 21-19Ken Pickett (3.5) lost to Viv Staley (12) 15-18John Street (8) beat Elisabeth Bridges (14) 25-19David Frost(4) lost to Alex McIntyre (14) 15-26Michael Broadway (12) lost to Mark Lansdale (14) 16-17Special mention for Alex who managed to overcome the conditions, including the heat to win both of his two games within time.Nottingham now await either Letchworth or Colchester in the quarter-finals.
From a quick look at the trophy, which was donated by Gordon Hopewell when the event was inaugurated in 1997, David Maugham has now won it for the sixth time. His most interesting game en-route to the play-off was the final of the process, in which he beat Alain Giraud +1tpo, after pegging two balls out when the others were both for hoop 1. No recourse was needed to the impasse regulations.
It was being played on lawn 1, which had been measured the previous day at 13.5 uphill: there were patches on the former bowls greens that were considerable faster. The groundsman has already turned the irrigation back on in the hope of saving some of the grass.
The play-off against the winner of the draw, Jenny Clarke was less interactive: Dave won +17 in a normal advanced rules game, Jenny having declined the offer of playing super-advanced. Given that the play-off didn't start before tea, a single game was thought prudent if there was to be anyone left to see the end of it. Andrew Gregory let several trains go in order to commentate on the finals. Nick Mounfield won the plate, beating Alison Jones in the final.
The full entry of 32 enjoyed virtually unbroken warm sunshine, Robin Hood beer from the Nottingham Brewery, and catering provided by Beatrice McGlen, and Ellen and Malcolm Gee. Many thanks to the club members who have stocked the bar, cleared up the empties and worked hard to re-occupy the pavilion after the interrupted restoration work over the winter.
A final thought is that almost half the field were thought to be under 50, so there is some hope for top-class AC yet.
GC Inter Club played at Ashby on Monday 25th June 2018.
Nottingham ran out comfortable 5-0 winners against local rivals Ashby. They got off to a flyer when Ian Burridge and James Death inflicted a 7-3 7-2 defeat on Rachel and Will Gee. Having come back from 1-4 down in game one Richard Bolton secured a comfortable victory over David Bell 7-4 7-4. Leaving Euan Burridge and Tim King tied 1-1 playing a tight 3rd game after Tim had equalised at the 13th with a good rush up from 12 and subsequent hoop shot. A pivotal moment in the decider was at hoop 6 with Euan leading 3-2 when Tim stopped Euan from playing his opponents ball, allowing Euan to get to 4-2. Tim fought back to take the game to the 13th hoop. Euan was short with the first ball, the next 3 balls all played to 4 yard position. Euan missed his clearance, Tim failed the hoop, Euan cleared but failed to keep position, Tim took position and Euan ran the hoop from the boundary to give Nottingham a 3-0 lead at lunch. This received the high acclaim of being described by Euan as “pretty good for a salad”.The temperature had now reached 30 degrees, further baking the courts which were generally quick outside the rectangle of the hoops but significantly slower within in it. The lower order again got Nottingham off to a flyer with Euan and Richard winning their first games. Shortly followed by James beating Will at the 13th hoop. When Euan beat David Bell in the second to secure the match for Nottingham, Ian and Rachel were still in a high quality first game which Rachel managed to close out. Richard and Tim agreed an amicable draw while Will and James remained keen and played their match out, with James triumphing in the 3rd game.Results (Ashby names first)
Rachel and Will Gee lost to Ian Burridge and James Death 3-7 2-7
Tim King lost to Euan Burridge 4-7 7-6 6-7
David Bell lost to Richard Bilton 4-7 4-7
Will Gee lost to James Death 6-7 7-6 2-7
Rachel Gee led Ian Burridge 7-4
Tim King drew with Richard Bilton 5-7 7-5
David Bell lost to Euan Burridge 4-7 6-7
Ashby 0-5 Nottingham