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  • Paddy Chapman won AC World Championship Final

    Three members of the club: Ian Burridge, Paddy Chapman and James Death, played in the WCF AC World Championship at Wellington, New Zealand.  All three qualified from the blocks for the 32-player knock-out; Paddy and James got through to the last 16, but Ian lost in straight games.  Paddy progressed to the quarter finals, after a tight match against David Maloof, who was the runner up last time it was held, but James Death lost to the Spaniard, Jose Riva.

    In the quarter-finals, Paddy Chapman beat Samir Patel by three matches to one and in the semi-final beat Stephen Mulliner 3-2, to reach the final for the second time.  He played Reg Bamford, whom he beat on the way to the final in 2013, where he lost to Robert Fletcher. 

    The final was played in uncharacteristically warm, wet and misty weather for Wellington, though a northerly wind sprung up with some heavier showers in the afternoon. It was played at the Kelburn Municipal Croquet Club, along with the finals of the consolation events.

    A close contest ensured, with Paddy winning the first game +7 after Reg had broken down on a Sextuple and Paddy had failed a Triple Peel. The remaining games were more clinical. Reg won the next two games +26tp, and had the first ball round, to 4-Back this time, in the final two games. However, on each occasion Paddy shot at and hit the ball at the peg with his lift, went to 4-Back himself, and finished with a triple after Reg had missed. He thus won the Wimbledon Cup, which is to be loaned to the All England Club for the exhibition to celebrate their 150th anniversary this year. also means that he and Miranda are a rare example of a couple who are both reigning World Champions, as she won the Women's AC Championship when it was played at their home club, Nottingham, in 2015.

    In the consolation events, Greg Fletcher of Australia beat James Death in the final of the Shield, after James broke down in a valiant attempt at a sextuple while the rain was at its heaviest. Jonathan Powe won the Bowl, beating Stuat Lawrence of the USA in straight games, and Stephen Morgan, also of the USA, took the Plate, with Alain Giraud getting very little play.

    The event, which was enlivened by a number of upcoming younger players, was played in an excellent spirit, which rewarded the generousity and hard work put in by the members of the host clubs. The baton was handed to Australia, who are expected to host the next Championship in Melbourne in 2020.

    If you want to read more about the organisation of the event (and particularly the profiles of many of the players) go to http://www.sporty.co.nz/2018acworldchampionships

    The full results and commentary are available at https://croquetscores.com/2018/ac/wcf-world-championship.

  • Inter-Club etc. Roundup

    The club enters teams in a number of national competitions each year, but I regret to report that this has not been one of our better ones for results!

    The AC Inter-Club team had a walk over against Bowdon, but lost 6-1 to Surbiton in the semi-final.

    The AC Mary-Rose team lost to Pinchbeck 4-3.

    The AC Longman Cup team lost to Newport 5-2.

    We did not qualify to play in the AC Secretary's Shield this year.

    We entered the GC Inter-Club for the first time, but were drawn against the eventual winners, Ashby, and lost 5-2.

    We were unable to raise a team to play in the GC Murphy Shield.

    Notwithstanding that, I would like to thank the organisers and those who played in the teams for representing the club. 

     

  • Jim Kirby Cup 2017 Report

    The Jim Kirby Cup for AC beginners was held on Saturday 9th September.

    There were 12 entries, the best for a while. The weather in the morning was not kind but improved as the day progressed, as did the standard of play.

    The cup was won by Paul Maguire but runner up Isaac Leafe gave him a worthy battle. Congratulations also to Diane Lane & Irmgard Finnigan finishing 3rd & 4th. An enjoyable day was had by all and much experience gained in the game of Association Croquet.

    The day was particularly made special by a generous donation from Jim Kirbys' grandson Ben Hargreaves. We are reliably informed that he will be a fellow beginner in 2018.

    The tournament is a yearly event for 1st and 2nd year beginners in AC with handicap limitations 24 - 18.

    Viv Staley

     

  • James Death - New Fastest TP 4mins 37sec

    30th August 2017 James Death & Ian Burridge were taking alternate attempts to beat the fastest TP this afternoon. Ian had perfected a two ball break, he had earlier pegged out in 5mins 4secs but for front ball to miss the peg. James followed Ians strategy and with some early peels he went on to post a record time of 4mins 37sec.  

  • Ian Burridge wins GC Musk Cup

    Ian Burridge beat Rachel Rowe 7-5, 7-6 in the final of the GC Musk's Cup (GC First Eight) at Hamptworth Country Club.

    Richard Bilton was runner-up to Tim King (Ashby) in the Kate Jones Memorial Trophy (GC Second Eight), losing 6-7, 0-7 to Tim in the final. The event also saw Euan Burridges debut in this top flight event.

    All scores can be viewed on the Croquetscores website.

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