• Nottingham 4-3 Northampton (GC Inter Club)

     by Ian Burridge at Northampton [^] -> bottom
    14th August (Golf Croquet Inter-Club)


    Nottingham lost the crucial toss and had to travel to the sloping lawns of Northampton. Ian Burridge and James Death were slow to adapt in their first game and although they improved slightly in the second, good hooping from Michael Hills was enough to secure him and Lionel Tibble a comfortable 2-0 win. Richard Bilton was always in control of his match against Leslie Heard and took a comfortable 2-0 victory. The match between Euan Burridge and Stuart Smith was much closer and Stuart ultimately ran out the winner at the golden hoop in the 3rd game to give Northampton a 2-1 lead at lunch.

    In the afternoon session Ian and James quickly won their first games against Lionel and Mike. Richard was taken to hoop 13 by Stuart and was fortunate to run it when missing a clearance, whilst Leslie comfortably won the first game against Euan. James held off a comeback from Mike to win 2-0 and level the match and Richard won his 2nd game more comfortably, including running hoop 3 from the north boundary behind hoop 2 and hoops 5 and 6 in the same shot! Euan and Lionel both equalised in their matches.

    This left one of the Burridges needing to win their final game for Nottingham to advance to the final. Solid play from Leslie saw off Euan quite comfortably but as their match concluded Ian ran hoop 5 from the south boundary for a 5-0 lead before wrapping up his match and the victory shortly afterwards. Nottingham will play rithet Phyllis Court or Dulwich in the final.

    Northampton names first:-

    Michael Hills and Lionel Tibble beat Ian Burridge and James Death 7-4 7-4 
    Leslie Heard lost to Richard Bilton 3-7 5-7 
    Stuart Smith beat Euan Burridge 4-7 7-4 7-6 
    Lionel Tibble lost to Ian Burridge 3-7 7-4 1-7 
    Michael Hills lost to James Death 3-7 5-7 
    Stuart Smith lost to Richard Bilton 6-7 3-7 
    Leslie Heard beat Euan Burridge 7-4 5-7 7-3

    Northampton 3-4 Nottingham

  • England win Home Internationals

    by Sam Murray at Bowdon [^] -> bottom
    10 Jun 2018 (International)

    Nottingham club members Miranda Chapman (England), Ian Burridge (Wales) and Peter Moore (Ireland)

    England won the Home Internationals at Bowdon, in fine Cheshire weather.

    Some of the lower matches took a long time to resolve, with the dry weather exposing Bowdon's bumpy lawns. Only England completed their three tests, winning all of them.

    Scotland's no.1, Jonathan Kirby, on a rare appearance, was the player of the tournament, not dropping a game.

    Final Results Table

    PositionTeamEnglandScotlandWalesIreland Tests WonMatches WonGames Won
    1England 335 31124
    2Scotland2 2+2* 1+616
    3Wales12+ 3 1+615
    4Ireland01*2  039

    + The regulations declare the incomplete Scotland v Wales match as a 2-2 draw.

    * The regulations award the incomplete Scotland v Ireland match 2-1 to Scotland

    Full results:

  • Nottingham 1-4 Chester (Mary Rose)

    by Jerry Guest at Chester [^] -> bottom
    7 Aug 2018 (Mary Rose)


    Chester beat Nottingham 4-1 at Chester on 7th. August.

    Mark Lloyd (0) and Jerry Guest (2.5) v Clive Goode (0.5) and Martin Beacon (2) unfinished 
    John G Dawson (3) beat Michael Finnigan (3) +9 
    David W Boyd (5) beat Peter Hanley (4.5) +14

    Mark Lloyd v Clive Goode unfinished 
    Jerry Guest beat Martin Beacon +6 
    John G Dawson beat Peter Hanley +8 
    David W Boyd lost to Michael Finnigan -6

  • Nottingham 3-4 Letchworth (Longman Cup)

    Mark Lansdale reports that Letchworth beat Nottingham by the smallest of margins (Golden Hoop)

    Nottingham vs Letchworth at Nottingham 8th August: Letchworth won 4-3

    Nottingham players first

    Viv Staley (11) & Elizabeth Bridges (14) lost to David Matthews (4.5) & Colin Davies (9) -6T 
    Alex McIntyre (12) beat David Clancey (12) +22 
    Mark Lansdale (14) beat Andy Allen (14) +5T

    Viv Staley lost to David Matthews -17 
    Alex McIntyre beat Colin Davies +7T 
    Mark Lansdale lost to David Clancey -10T 
    Elizabeth Bridges lost to Andy Allen -1T (Golden Hoop after 20-20 tie)

  • Jim Kirby Cup Report

    Jim Kirby Tournament 15th Sept 2018 at Nottingham – Report by Patricia Duke-Cox

    The Jim Kirby Cup attracted a field of ten new players this year with the delight that Jim Kirby’s grandson, Ben Hargreaves from the Caversham CC, was one of the players and was using Jim’s mallet. He, and his family, also generously sponsored the day by providing for the catering costs and the prizes. All players had a handicap of 22 and were in their first or second year of playing Association Croquet. All were given 10 bisques for the 14-point game played on full size courts.

    There were four games to be played and a Swiss format was used. The first-round players were drawn at random by last year’s winner, Paul McGuire, who supported the manager, Patricia Duke-Cox throughout the day.

    As the day progressed it was interesting to note that after the first round the players tended to use all their bisques, this being a full bisque event.

    The winner, with 4 wins and 30 nett hoops, was Mike Hedge who beat Roger Watson +2 on time. The fastest game was completed in 37 minutes in round 3 between Mike and Nigel Akers.

    The support offered by members at the beginning of the day, including the club’s President Ian Vincent, was much appreciated as was the catering by Lorna Orton for lunch and tea.

    The final order of success was: Mike Hedges, Roger Watson, Jeff Moore, Ben Hargreaves, Nigel Akers, Julieann/Bob team, Debbie Watson, Irmgard Finnigan and Roger Whiting with grateful thanks to Nicky Newberry and her participation.