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  • Rachel Gee wins Golf Croquet Women's Open Championship

    The Women's Open Championship has previously always been held at Ripon Spa Hotel. With the sale of the hotel the event fell under the remit of the CA to organise and the first event was held this year at Nottingham. The event suffered from significant withdrawals before it even started with 10 competitors pulling out before the event even started! In the end 14 players, with handicaps ranging from -4 to 8, started play across three days, with two days of best of three block play and a final day of an 8 player knock-out. Rachel was the favourite going into the event and dominated Block A, with Lorna Dewar also remaining unbeaten in Block B. There were a few upsets in the knock-out stages, but the expected final of Lorna v Rachel was unimpacted. Rachel won 7-2 7-2 to win the Golf Croquet Women's Open Championship, for the first time as a Gee, having previously won it more than a decade ago! It was a real family affair, with Rachel's Mum, Judith Rowe (Ashby), winning the plate event. 

    The Women's Open, and various other ladies events in general within the CA tournament calendar are great events for ladies who are new to competitive golf croquet and want to try their first tournament in a relaxed, friendly and supportive competition.

     

    Image: Judith Rowe (L) and Rachel Gee (R). Photo credit: Arthur Rowe

     

  • This Girl Can ... swing a mallet. Croquet opportunity for women and Girls

    On Sunday early evening (June 13th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm), some of the country's top female players will be happy to introduce other girls and women to croquet in a fun and light-hearted way. This is at the end of their second day's play in the British Women's Open Croquet Championship which is taking place at Nottingham Croquet Club from June 12th - 14th. 

    An opportunity not to be missed!

    Please wear flat-soled shoes. All other equipment is provided

    This event is part of 'This Girl Can' so is only open to women and girls. Usually croquet is open to everyone.

     

     

  • Women's Open Golf Croquet Championship

    The club is very much looking forward to welcoming some of the UK's top female Golf Croquet players for the Women's Open GC Championship, from Sat 12th to Mon 14th June.

    Profiles of some of the competitors are being posted at Try Croquet and on  Croquet England's Facebook page .

    See separate news item for "This Girl Can" on Sunday evening - an opportunity for women and girls new to croquet to have a go under expert guidance.

  • Welcome to new members and learners

    There seems to be an outstanding level of interest this year from people new to croquet. Following on from the well attended Open Days, we have a first Learn to Play course, now in its seventh week, with most of the participants choosing to join the club. A second course was extended to accomodate up to 24 players and is filled and in its third week. We also held a "Croquet Experience Weekend" which is primarily intended as an enjoyable and sociable weekend of learning croquet skills and playing some games with no expectation (but of course an option) to take it further. Nearly all of the 11 attendees have chosen to join us. 

    A huge welcome to all who have joined and to those on our courses who may choose to join us. We hope and trust that all our members will make you feel welcome,

    Some photos below from the Croquet Experience weekend where your roving photographer was let loose for a while. 

     

  • Parking during tennis event

    From 5th to 13th June, the high profile Viking Open Tennis event (including players such as Venus Williams and Andy Murray) will be taking place at the Tennis Centre across the road from the club, and there will be temporary parking for this within the hockey centre. We are informed that tennis spectators will be directed to the temporary (chargeable) parking and that croquet and hockey users should be directed to the free parking. However it is unclear if there will be sufficient space allocated. We recommend that members and visitors to our B level tournament and Women’s Open GC Championship allow extra time to find parking. If there is none in our normal places, then at weekends parking places are available for public use on the university campus. There is usually space on Jubilee Avenue or in the area behind the psychology building (#29 on this map https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sharedresources/documents/up-2020-2021-map.pdf ) and there is then a pleasant 5-10 minute walk along the lakeside to get to the club. It is unclear whether visitors to the tennis event will use these spaces too.

    These arrangements may possibly continue until 20th June while a "Trophy" tennis event is on. 

    Parking in front of the emergency access gates just in front of the gates to the hockey club is strictly prohibited during this period.

     

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