• Ian Draper won the Jim Kirby Cup

    Judith Moore sent the following report of the Jim Kirby cup, which she and Peter organised.


    The Jim Kirby Cup, combined this year with Nottingham's Beginners' tournament, was held at Nottingham Croquet Club. Eight competitors in their first or second year of AC play enjoyed the warm sunshine. Four rounds of 14 point full bisque games on half-size lawns gave a lively introduction to tournament croquet. Ian Draper emerged a clear winner on 4/4 and received the Jim Kirby Cup.  Runner-up was Nick March on 3/4. The day ended on a high note with a club tea and the presentation.


    Jim Kirby entrants 2012: Nick March, David Aldred, Rhian Schofield, Paul Schofield, Ian Draper, Chris Jackson, Sandy Brown and David Gregson, accompanied by organisers Peter and Judith Moore.

  • Roadworks and Marathon

    There is an update on the NeT website about the works in preparation for the tram extension along University Boulevard.  As far as I can see, any complete closures are restricted to overnight, but the lane restrictions are clearly impeding traffic during peak hours.

    Note also that the Robin Hood Half Marathon comes past the club (twice, once on each side of the lawns!) on the morning of Sunday 30th September.  The race starts from the Victoria Embankment at 9:30 am, so will presumably pass us from about 10 am onwards.  There is a route map here.

  • AC Selection Events Roundup

    We hosted the Selectors' Weekend this year, in which four of our members: Beatrice McGlen, Richard Huxley (who managed it, making use of the floodlights in the warm evenings), Martin Beacon and David Brydon, played.  Matt Holmes, from Bury, won it, beating Luc Berthouze in the final of the play-off.


    As to the other events, congratulations to Paddy Chapman, who was runner up in the President's Cup just one win behind Robert Fulford, with Keith Aiton third.  Miranda Chapman was 6th in the Chairman's Salver; we were unrepresented in the Spencer Ell Cup, and Ian Vincent ended at the bottom of the field in the Treasurer's Tankard.




  • Robert Wilkinson won Nottingham Advanced Singles Weekend

    Robert Wilkinson, who played at Oxford but now lives in Bristol, was undefeated in the Advanced Singles Weekend, beating James Death in what was effectively the deciding match of the Flexible Swiss.  James would have won the peeling (and lunacy?!) prize, had there been one, with, among other finishes,  a Sextuple peel on his opponent.  He also played the fastest game of the weekend, recorded at 28 minutes, before some players had even finished their knockup!  James Hopgood and Ailsa Lines also put in strong performances.

    Unfortunately there was a breakin in the adjacent Bowls pavilion on Friday night, but the gallery were amused to hear the community support officer who had been sent to investigate ask for the crochet pavilion! 

    Thanks to James Death who catered on Saturday (feeding the Hurlingham v Pendle Mary Rose players as well: Hurlingham won 6-1), and to Sophie and Beatrice McGlen who fed us on Sunday, including a magnificant coffee cake made with eggs from their own hens.

    Several of the field will be playing again next weekend in the CA Selectors weekend, though with a dry week forecast the lawns will hopefully have got more interesting by then.

    The final positions were:






    Robert Wilkinson77


    James Death6786
    James Hopgood5683
    Ailsa Lines5771
    Matt Holmes5771
    Richard White4757
    Ian Vincent4757
    Nick Steiner4757
    Lionel Tibble49


    Harry Fisher3743
    Robbie Dodds2633
    Beatrice McGlen2825
    Cliff Daniel1617
    Paul Swaffield1617
    Mark Omerod1617
    Martin Beacon1714


  • Annual Tournament Results

    David Gunn beat Alain Giraud by +26 to win the Robin Hood.

    Alain Giraud retained the Open Championship, beating John Davis +26tp +18 in the play-off

    Omied Hallam won the B class, beating Clive Good +13 in the play-off

    Roger Berkeley won the C class.

    Judith Moore won the D class.

    John Davis and Judith Moore won the doubles, beating Alain Giraud and Sue Wileman in the final + 8(t).


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