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
Report by Bob Thompson
After several years of being left on the back burner, the federation 14pt AC League was back in action at Ashby on one of the hottest days of the year.
Four 3-person teams entered the 14pt AC League competition, Ashby, Pinchbeck, Nottingham A and Nottingham B hosted by the Ashby club on Saturday 8th August. With Covid 19 restrictions, the teams were mindful of self-distancing during the day and all equipment being washed down before and after play. The format was for three 1.5 hour timed single handicap games, played to base 4.
The morning play saw Nottm A win 2-1 over Ashby, Pinchbeck won 3-0 against Nottm B.
The early afternoon saw Ashby 2-1 winners beating Nottm B and Pinchbeck produced another maximum 3-0 win against Nottm A.
The late afternoon saw Pinchbeck securing a 2-1 win over Ashby 2-1 and Nottm B a 2-1 win over fellow club members Nottm A.
All teams finished with a match win, more than 70% of the matches were won/loss by 5 hoops or less.
With an impressive 3 out of 3 match victories, Pinchbeck won the 2020 FEMCC AC 14pt League competition. Patricia Duke-Cox, Federation Chair, thanked everyone for taking part, the Ashby club for hosting and presented the salver.
Many thanks to the Ashby club for hosting the event in these trying times, hopefully we shall be back to normality next year.
It was pleasing to note that there was a 50/50 split of ladies and gents, it being the first games played in a federation event for some whilst the seasoned player would have to check their handicap cards to recollect the number of events attended.
During the blistering heat of the day players made use of the shade aside the hedgeline wherever possible, one player settled himself in corner two of lawn three with water bottle, binoculars and paperwork, he was hoping to extend his bird spotting experiences, but he was required to break cover now and then to run the occasional hoop. One player intended to go home and cool down in the pool. For another player who couldn't get enough croquet, had arranged to play GC with fellow club member Mike O'Brian who came along to watch the play and renew acquaintances.
FEMCC AC League Manager
Four 3-person teams entered the 26pt AC League competition: Ashby, Pinchbeck, Nottingham A and Nottingham B (substitutes for a 'Covid 19 lockdown' Leicester), hosted by the Nottingham club on Sunday 2nd August. With Covid 19 restrictions, the teams were mindful of self-distancing during the day and all equipment being washed down before and after play. Of the 2.5 hour timed handicap games, played to base 8, surprisingly, seven games were completed within the time limit.
At lunch both Nottm A & B had 2-1 winning results over Ashby & Pinchbeck respectively. The afternoon play saw both Nottm A & B extend their winning ways, once again with 2-1 results. The late afternoon saw a grand finale between the Nottingham teams.
Roger Watson (h/c 8 Nottm A) quickly dispatched Bob Thompson (h/c 2 Nottm B) +26 with bisques standing. Mark Lansdale (h/c 11 Nottm A) was leading Andrew Beaumont (h/ 8 Nottm B) with time looming when Andrew (for the second time of the day), hit in from distance and made a very decisive break to peg, leaving Mark in overtime to hit in and needing several peels to have a chance. Andrew won +8t. An excited endgame then ensued between Philip Morgan (h/c 18 Nottm A), playing his first competitive game for the club and the very competitive Debbie Watson (h/c 14 Nottm B), Debbie winning +5t. Both Debbie and Philip mentioned that they had learnt so much about the game. Both Roger Watson (h/c 8 Nottm A) and Andrew Beaumont (h/c 8 Nottm B) were undefeated on the day with 3 wins.
Congratulations to Nottingham B in winning the event, we look forward to 2021 when hopefully we shall see Leicester once again competing.
Many thanks for the sterling work that members of the Nottingham club have undertaken in the past months in ensuring that croquet has been able to continue in these trying times.
FEMCC AC League Manager