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  • Frazer Wanstall wins Charity one-ball event

    One-ball event in aid of British Heart Foundation.

    25 players, a record for Nottingham in this annual charity event, took part on Saturday 1 May in chilly but mainly dry conditions. 25 players on 5 lawns led to a certain amount of triple-banking, fortunately not too difficult in a one-ball event, though it did somewhat bemuse the young Turkish couple who came in to watch!

    It was good to see many of our newer members taking part, as well as the usual suspects.

    As 5pm approached, there were still two unbeaten players – Frazer Wanstall (4/4) and Irmgard Finnigan (3/3), who played each other in a final round. Frazer beat Irmgard +2, to earn the John Hansen trophy, presented to him by club President Ian Vincent.

    The Nottingham heat raised £200 for the British Heart foundation, and at the time of writing, Kevin Carter, the national organiser, says that there have been 33 heats across the country, involving 420 players, raising over £6,000 for charity.

     

    Images courtesy of Diana Plant: 
    (1) Frazer (left) being presented the trophy by Ian Vincent
    (2) View of lawns as the day becomes chilly

    Frazer being handed a large trophy by Ian Vincent in front of the pavilion 

     

    Full results were:

      

    Won

    Played

    %

    Frazer

    Wanstall

    5

    5

    100%

    Ian

    Vincent

    3

    4

    75%

    Irmgard

    Finnigan

    3

    4

    75%

    Peggy

    Deller

    3

    4

    75%

    Janet

    Wanstall

    2

    3

    67%

    Bob

    Thompson

    2

    3

    67%

    Roger

    Watson

    2

    3

    67%

    Diana

    Plant

    2

    3

    67%

    Alex

    McIntyre

    2

    3

    67%

    Debbie

    Watson

    2

    4

    50%

    Lawrence

    Whittaker

    2

    4

    50%

    Sue

    Wileman

    2

    4

    50%

    Veronica

    Saville

    2

    4

    50%

    Ian

    Draper

    2

    4

    50%

    Martin

    Beacon

    2

    4

    50%

    Andy

    Cruickshank

    2

    4

    50%

    Cathy

    Turski

    1

    3

    33%

    David

    Brydon

    1

    3

    33%

    Celia

    Billau

    1

    3

    33%

    Michael

    Finnigan

    1

    3

    33%

    Roger

    Berkeley

    1

    3

    33%

    John

    Filsak

    1

    4

    25%

    Kate

    Packham

    1

    4

    25%

    Nicky

    Newberry

    0

    3

    0%

    Elizabeth

    Johnson

    0

    4

    0%

  • COVID rules

    The club's COVID-19 rules have been updated to 2021 version 3 and can be found here.  Printed copies including a larger print edition are posted on the east pavilion windows. 

  • Nottingham wins Mary Rose trophy

    Nottingham won the delayed 2020 Mary Rose final 4-1. Congratulations to team captain Alex McIntyre along with Dave Gunn, Mike Hedge and Sophie McGlen.

    The final of the Mary Rose inter-club competition between High Wycombe and Nottingham had to be postponed because of tier 3 restrictions last October and was re-arranged for Sunday 11th April 2021. In biting cold weather, at the neutral venue of Wrest Park, Nottingham were in the lead at the end of the morning’s play. Heavy snow showers swept in and the temperature hovered at around 3 degrees but Sophie managed to finish her second round game in just 45 minutes and took Nottingham to the requisite 4 wins to take the trophy. The last 2 games were somewhat gratefully abandoned! 

    Formal report and detailed results below. 

    Four players dressed for the cold, under sultry skies, with Sophie kneeling at the front with a large silver trophy

    The winning team. L to R: Mike, Alex, Dave, & front, Sophie. (Photographer unknown)

     

    Formal report:

    Nottingham and High Wycombe played the belated 2020 Mary Rose final at Wrest Park on a sunny but fiercely cold Sunday last weekend.

    After a slow start, Dave Gunn & Alex McIntyre finally got going to beat Mike Porter & Chris Roberts and Mike Hedge beat Richard Peperell, whilst Sophie McGlen lost a close match against Keith Pound.

    After lunch, Sophie quickly extended the lead that her teammates had established in the morning, meaning that Nottingham needed one more win to secure victory. Alex had the innings at 4-back and peg and Dave was well up in his game when Mike closed out a three ball ending just as the snow flurries started in earnest. All agreed a quick retreat to the warmth of their cars was in order and the last two games were duly abandoned.

    Many thanks to George from Wrest Park for preparing the lawns and braving the cold!

     

    Dave Gunn (1) & Alex McIntyre (2.5) beat Mike Porter (0) & Chris Roberts (0) +3

    Sophie McGlen (3) lost to Keith Pound (2) -6

    Mike Hedge (2.5) beat Richard Peperell (3) +14

    Sophie McGlen (3) beat Richard Peperell (3) +24

    Mike Hedge (2.5) beat Keith Pound (2) +6

     

  • Croquet is truly for all

    A nice BBC video from a croquet club near Chichester. 

    Here at Nottingham we also endeavour to embrace and provide "Croquet for All". 

  • Sunny and early start to the season

    We decided to open the club for the 2021 season earlier than usual, on 29th March - the earliest date allowed for sports venues - and members seem delighted, especially as it's unseasonably warm and sunny. We are limited to just lawn 1 for the first two days (due to work on the oaks off the north boundaries of lawns 2-5 making the lawns unusable) and it is divided into half lawns. We expect to have 5 lawns in use by Wednesday with them all usable as half lawns or full lawns, and - all being well - 9 by late Summer.  

     

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