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  • Coronavirus concerns

    The Committee of Nottingham Croquet Club and the Executive Board of the Croquet Association (CA) are monitoring the developing situation with regard to Coronavirus (COVID-19), and emerging medical and government advice. Current CA advice is here: https://www.croquet.org.uk/?p=press/news&NewsID=6949&pup=y

    Croquet is an outdoor non-contact sport with many health benefits, which inherently provides a low risk of passing on infections between players during a game, provided sensible precautions are taken.

    At the time of writing the government has not chosen to request cessation of any cultural or sporting events, and Public Health England has declared the risk level to be moderate. Some individuals who have symptoms or who have travelled from certain countries are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days. The Government is providing regular updates here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response. Concerned members should refer to this for a detailed response.

    The committee therefore plans that all club activities will continue as fully as possible. Members are asked to follow government and medical advice to minimise the potential spread of viruses. This may include e.g. choosing not to shake hands at the end of a game. The committee will endeavour to make the club environment and catering provision as safe and hygienic as possible.

    We hope and trust the season will go ahead with minimal disruption and lots of enjoyment.

     

     

  • Lawn availability

    Good news and bad news from Charlie Paget, our groundsman.

    The good news is that he is happy for lawns 6 and 7 to be used now. But please keep off them if there is frost on the ground. If there is further heavy rain the availability may be reviewed. 

    The sad news is that Charlie has sustained an injury and may not be able to work normally for some time. We wish him a speedy and full recovery.

  • World Association Croquet Championships success

    The 2020 World Association Croquet Championships in Melbourne, Australia has concluded, the main event being won by world ranked No. 1, Reg Bamford (now UK-based but representing South Africa), beating the talented US 21-year old Matthew Essick 3-1 in a best-of-5 final (+14TP, -12, +17TP, +26TP). Reg is for the fifth time World Champion. 

    Four of our club members: Ian Burridge, Paddy Chapman, James Death and Alain Giraud took part with distinction in this prestigious nine day 80-player tournament. Ian got through to the last 32 in the knockout, Paddy (outgoing World Champion) to the last 16 and James to the last 8. They return to Nottingham with two of the trophies: James won the Salver, and Alain the Plate. 

    It is a testament to the enduring strength of the UK Association Croquet scene that all five of the top trophies were won by UK-based players. The Bowl was won by Samir Patel and the Shield by Stephen Mulliner, both of Surbiton croquet club. It was encouraging to note a new international generation of younger players rising rapidly towards the top of the sport, with five of the eight quarter-finalists being under 30.

    Live video streaming with expert commentary was available on the internet for the later rounds.

    All trophies were presented to the winners by Ian Burridge in his role as President of the World Croquet Federation.

    Congratulations to all involved.

  • Update from AC World Championship

    Three of our four club members made it through the block stage into the knock-out in the World AC Championship in Melbourne. Ian Burridge went out in the first round and reigning world champion Paddy Chapman was knocked out last night by the young American Matthew Essick. However James Death won through to the quarter-final stage by beating Stephen Mulliner 3 games to 2. His reward is a match against Reg Bamford in the semi-finals, which will be shown live tonight (Thursday), starting at 10pm https://livestream.com/mysportlive/events/8995783

    Other good news is that our fourth club member, Alain Giraud, has made it through the blocks into the knock-out stage of the Plate event.

    Euan Burridge has posted some photos of this event on our club Facebook page.

     

  • Lawns - winter availability

    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!

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