On Saturday 19th September, ten beginners (from 2019 and 2020) competed for the new Derek Blow Shield, playing four rounds of 14-point full bisque with 90 minute time limits. It was won convincingly by Mick Owens (2019 starter) who didn't drop a game. Runner up was 2020 starter, Ben Shelton. Congratulations to them both, and best wishes for continued successes.
On Sunday 13th September, after 4 days of intensive competition at the Hurlingham club in London against some of the top players in the country, Nottingham Croquet Club's Paddy Chapman won the President's Cup, the highest ranking of the Association Croquet "Eights". He won 12 of his 14 games, four of them completed with sextuple peels, beating croquet legend Robert Fulford who won 11 games. The photograph shows Paddy (right) being presented with the magnificent trophy by Stephen Mullliner.
Paddy had previously won this in 2015. Other Nottingham members whose names are on the cup include James Death (2007) and Keith Aiton (2005).
Meanwhile, in Southport, after a similarly demanding schedule, Nottingham Croquet Club's president, Ian Vincent, won the Treasurer's Tankard, the fourth of the "Eights".
Many congratulations to both.
Over the same 4-day period, our club hosted the Chairman's Salver, the second ranking of the Eights, which was won very convincingly by Samir Patel. Many thanks to all who volunteered to support this in so many ways. Our hospitality and the quality of our facilities were very well received and much appreciated.
Stephen Mulliner presenting Paddy with the President's Cup (Photo credit: Sarah Mulliner)
Ian Vincent (right) with the Treasurer's Tankard (socially distanced from Don Williamson).
Paddy Chapman won the AC Open Championship 3-2 against Harry Fisher at Cheltenham, coming back from 2-0 down. Harry had the first break in the first four games, but Paddy TPO'd him in three of them. Paddy had previously beaten James Death, the holder, in the quarter finals.
A reminder to club members that some of the club comeptitions are running a bit behind. We hope all members will want to complete their games by the end of the season, and do their best to achieve this. Please be aware that with lawns 6-8 out of action for renovation, with shorter daylight hours, more erratic weather, and with several tournaments and matches scheduled - particularly at weekends, it may become less easy to find a suitable slot.
As a reminder the spreadsheet for the competitions can be found here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hFV0g1d608RuMFF6C7qVhHFEenuVbRUT3yFvkeGeQHA/edit?invite=CMLp9-wB&ts=5ede4025#gid=0
Please continue to report results by annotating your details on the lawn booking system, and James will enter them into the spreadsheet.
Best wishes to all our members.
This year again, the "Nottingham Week" was fully subscribed, with 36 players, though one of them was only in the doubles. Beatrice McGlen and her team put in a tremendous effort to ensure that competitors could be fed and watered in a suitably socially-distanced way, and responsible behaviour by the players meant that the tournament went ahead in reasonably relaxed, though unusual, conditions. The event was again managed by the always unflappable Peter Death, who this year chose not to play and instead ran a tea and coffee service. There was a wonderful level of assistance from volunteers from the club for the extra work needed to provide catering and bar with the necessary extra hygiene precautions. To prevent crowding in pavilions for dining or in case of rain, a marquee and a number of gazebos had been loaned and there was tremendous support from visitors as well as members in erecting and dismantling. Access to the western (former bowls) pavilion and the former public conveniences also reduced any tendency to crowd into confined spaces. On Friday evening, after fish and chips, lawn 1 was illuminated by portable floodlights, enabling well-lubricated informal games of Pirates to carry on into the small hours.
In the more formal play, the Big Handicap event, for the Robin Hood Cup, saw a range of handicaps from -1 to 5 in the quarter-finals, after 4 days of flexible Swiss competition to find the top 8 (though some interruption from weather earlier in the week meant that the top 8 plus ties brought 14 players into the knockout!). The final was between Alex McIntyre (Nottingham) and Omied Hallam (Nottingham). Alex won +3 to take the trophy for the third successive year (his handicaps for those wins were 12, 5, and 3.5) while Omied won the Taylor salver for runner-up.
The A class had 12 competitors, played as a flexible Swiss until Friday teatime, followed by a knockout for the top four. In the semi-finals Omied Hallam beat Phil Eardley and Phil Cordingley beat Neal Bacon, then Omied beat Phil +14 +17 in the final.
The B Level singles was similarly played as a flexible Swiss of 11 players followed by a knockout. The semi-finalists were Mike Hedge, Arthur Rowe, Ken Jones and Alex McIntyre. In the final Arthur beat Alex +8.
The C class (Ordinary level singles) had 7 entries. The top 2 after playing an American block were Andrew Beaumont and Patricia Duke-Cox. In the play-off Andrew beat Patricia +9.
The D class (Full bisque base 10 handicap singles) had 4 entries, played as two American blocks, so that each player played the others twice. Alison McIntyre was undefeated on both blocks to take the trophy.
16 pairs entered the Handicap Doubles knockout, and in the final Bob Thompson and Patricia Duke-Cox beat Phil Eardley and Sue Wileman +1 on time.
Trophies were presented by club president Ian Vincent, as well as bottles of wine for the manager and caterers.
(Photo credits: 1st and 5th - Charles Martin; remainder- Rob Edlin-White)
Event 1: The Robin Hood cup, handicap singles. 36 players. Played as a flexible Swiss until Thursday, then a knockout for the top 8 and ties.
Semi-finals: Alex McIntyre (3.5) beat Rob Edlin-White (4) +14
Omied Hallam (-1) beat Charlie Martin (5) +19
Final McIntyre beat Hallam +3
Event 2: Open Singles, Advanced Play. 12 players. Played as flexible Swiss, then a knockout for the top 4.
Semi-finals: Omied Hallam beat Phil Eardley +3
Phil Cordingley beat Neal Bacon +15
Final Hallam beat Cordingley +14 +17
Event 3: B Level Singles, Advanced Play, handicaps 3 and over. 11 players Played as flexible Swiss, then a knockout for the top 4.
Semi-finals: Arthur Rowe beat Mike Hedge +16
Alex McIntyre beat Ken Jones +12
Final Rowe beat McIntyre +8
Event 4: C Level Singles, Ordinary Level Singles, handicaps 8 and over.
Played as a block of 5 followed by a play-off for the top 2
Final Andrew Beaumont beat Patricia Duke-Cox +9
Event 5: D Handicap Singles, full bisque base 10. 4 competitors, each playing the other twice. Alison McIntyre (22) unbeaten on 6/6.
Event 6: Handicap Doubles, 16 pairs, knockout.
Semi-finals: Bob Thompson and Patricia Duke-Cox beat Alex and Alison McIntyre +3t
Phil Eardley and Sue Wileman beat Ken Jones and Barbara Young +12t
Final Thompson and Duke-Cox beat Eardley and Wileman +1t