• Nottingham host Sheffield U3A

    Omied Hallam reports:-

    Nottingham where very happy to host Sheffield Croquet Club for an end of season friendly match. With a mixture of handicaps and AC and GC played on both side we played a variety of different games. The morning started with golf double followed by some advanced singles while others played golf doubles and singles. After a lovely and social lunch the teams played 2 games of alternate stroke doubles. The day was sunny and the play was relaxed, it was a great opportunity to support another club and also give some of the newer Nottingham players some experiences in competitive play. The final score was 12.5 to 8.5 to Nottingham not that it really mattered as everyone had a great day and some fun which is what it was all about. Special thanks to Eugene Chang for organising the event.







  • Nottingham v Penrith (AC National Short Croquet Final)

    National AC Short Croquet Final played at York on Monday 8th October.


    Penrith won the inaugural AC Short Croquet Competition beating Nottingham by the narrowest of margins 6-5





















































    Nottingham team (back row left to right) Mark Lansdale (Capt), Ellen Gee, Mike Hedge & Andy Cruickshank 


  • GC C Level Final

    Report on First GC C – Level National Final – 23/24 September 2018



    Chris Jackson reports -


    Nottingham CC welcomed the 16 finalists of the First GC C-Series held over the weekend of 23-24th September. Given the onset of Autumn, the lawns were in remarkably good condition. The weather was also pretty kind, with none of the forecast rain occuring.


    Based on an 'all-play-all' format, the finalists ranging from Bury to Ryde (with a strong Home Counties showing) played 15 untimed rounds. Handicaps ranged from 5 to 10.


    At the end of the first day, three players – Steve Tarrant, Stephen Haynes and the local (and recent convert to croquet) Mike Hedge, were all tied on 6 wins each, closely followed by three others with 5 wins. Going into the final round, Mike Hedge had a one game lead over Stephen Haynes and Michelle Leonard. However, determined and attacking play from Michelle gave her yet another win whilst Mike lost his final game, making it 11 wins for each of them. Based on the tournament ruling of 'net hoops scored', Michelle was declared the winner with +63 with Mike a close second on +60.


    Many thanks to Patricia Duke-Cox and Beatrice McGlen for their catering skills and to Chris Jackson for managing the final.


    To conclude, this was a very successful inaugural C-Level tournament.

  • John Davis joint winner Treasurers Tankard

    by Martin Murray at Guildford and Godalming [^] -> bottom
    20th September (Level-Play Tournaments)


    John Davis and Nigel Polhill share title in the dark.

    Treasurer's Tankard 2018

    This tournament was memorable, but not for the best reasons. The problems started on the first morning, when one of the players arrived 45 minutes late, citing traffic problems on the motorway. The weather was fine and sunny, but this only added to the problems, as the lawns were very fast, and two of them were bumpy after suffering in the dry hot summer. By lunchtime it was clear that quick games would be a rarity; the slowest game was pegged down to let round 2 commence, but it was well after tea-time that round 2 finished. Although a start was made on round 3, none of the games was finished when darkness fell at 8 pm.

    It was generally agreed that an earlier start, 9.30 am, was desirable on Friday morning, but round 3 was not completed by lunch-time, so again the slowest game was pegged down. This pattern continued, so that by darkness only five rounds had been completed, though by now four games were pegged down, all involving the same player. An early leader had emerged, John Davis, playing his first Eight for 31 years, being unbeaten with four wins and one game pegged-down.

    By now there was obvious concern that the event might not finish, so two pegged down games were started (double banked on the same lawn) at 9 am on Saturday morning. These both duly finished reasonably quickly, so round 6, held over from Friday, started more or less at 10 am. In round 7 John met his first defeat, at the hands of Ian Vincent, who was now only two games behind.

    Play on Sunday and Monday again started at 9 am with pegged down games, but with three rounds to play on Monday, and several games still pegged down, there were still fears that the event would not finish. A late game on Sunday saw Nigel Polhill, unbeaten in the second series, take second place from Ian, and it was clear that Nigel, on 7 wins, was the only player likely to catch John, now on 9 wins.

    This position was maintained in round 12, where both Nigel and John won, and the priority now was to get their remaining two games started as soon as possible. Thus an exciting game between Ian and Graham Gale, which reduced to a two-ball ending when Ian, in pegging out Graham's forward ball, accidentally pegged out his own ball as well. With both balls on 3-back, and the potential of impasses, the game unfortunately had to be abandoned to allow Graham to play Nigel.

    It felt inevitable that round 13 would result in a win for Nigel and a loss for John. Any other combination would make John a clear winner after 13 rounds, and we could all go home. John's earlier steadiness had wavered somewhat, and he fell well behind James Hawkins. A late rally failed to save the game, while Nigel, by now playing with fluency and confidence after six straight wins, beat Graham fairly easily.

    Now the two important games in round 14 could be started, John versus Ian about 5.30 pm, and Nigel versus Martin Murray not until almost 6.30 pm. With darkness inevitable at 8 pm, it seemed the best (or only?) chance of a clear result was for John to win, but Ian started out by building a clear lead. Another rally by John was again insufficient, and Ian eventually pegged out as darkness fell. Nigel's game was still some way from finishing, but both he and Martin carried on. By about 8.20 pm, with the balls almost invisible, Martin had got to rover and peg, but Nigel hit a 17 yard lift shot. Arthur Lindley, a Godalming member, brought out a powerful hand-held lamp which helped Nigel to complete a break from 4-back and peg out just on 8.30 pm.

    So Nigel's run of eight consecutive wins had been just enough to catch John on 10 wins, both being the only players to complete all 14 games. In all six games were left uncompleted, indeed two games in round 14 never even started.

    The remaining two players in the event, not involved in the final action, had mixed fortunes. Chris Martin, playing his first Eight,showed obvious promise for the future, whereas David Harrison-Wood had a miserable time; frequently pegged down, and struggling for form, he lost confidence, and completed only 10 games.

    Full results at:

  • Nottingham beat York 8-3 (AC Short Croquet)

     by John Davis at Nottingham Croquet Club [^] -> bottom
    26 Sep 2018 (The Short Croquet Inter-Club Trophy)


    York travelled to Nottingham for the first semi-final of the CA's Short Croquet Inter-Club competition. The Indian summer provided very pleasant playing conditions and Charlie, Nottingham's groundsman, had done a wonderful job of preparing four half-sized lawns. The York team arrived with captain Alison Larard as designated driver.

    After a welcoming tea or coffee, play got under way. The morning session featured Mark Lansdale (with a SC handicap of 4) & Paul McGuire (7) against Alison Larard (7) & Carolyn Kirk (10) and two games of singles: Ellen Gee (7) v Denise Foster (10) and Mike Hedge (8) v William Bosanquet (8). Mark & Paul won the doubles fairly easily but the singles were much tighter, with narrow victories for Ellen and William.

    So 2-1 to Nottingham at lunch. Excellent fare provided by Bob Thompson was followed by two sessions of pre-drawn singles. The first session was split 2-2 with victories for Ellen and Mike for the hosts and Alison and William for the visitors. All to play for in the final session. After much serious ebb and flow with either result possible, the hosts finally took all four games. The highlight was a +1 golden hoop in extra time for Paul against Carolyn, who had only started playing croquet in June. This was one of those matches that was a lot closer than the final score suggests. Nottingham now play Penrith in the final.

    With three sessions of 75 minute, full-bisque games on short lawns, this competition is an excellent introduction to competitive croquet for newcomers to the game, and deserves to attract a bigger field of entrants next season.


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