As a result of the good spring weather and a Civic Exchange visit yesterday, the groundsman has marked out lawns 3 and 4 earlier than usual and is happy for them to be used before the official start of the season. Lawn 3 is available for general club play, and lawn 4 (which will have narrower hoops!) for those practicing for the forthcoming World Championships.
The Nottingham Croquet Club website has been enhanced to add dynamic content such as news (like this), an events calendar, and additional resouces for members which can be accessed by logging into the site. Details of how to do so will be notified seperately. The additional resources currently include minuutes of general and committee meetings. Details of the club's trophies and past winners of them will be added when time allows. The underlying software has been updated to version 7 of Drupal.
Please contact Ian Vincent if you would like to update, or contribute news or other information to, the site.
Congratulations to Rachel Rowe, who won the 4th WCF Women's Golf Croquet World Championship, which was played at Bay of Plenty in New Zealand at the end of November, 2011.
Rachel is a Maths graduate from Warwick University and works as a Data Analyst for Experian in Nottingham. She started playing croquet at Ashby in 2005, as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. In 2007 Rachel started playing for the England U21s and won the Steel Bowl for the most improved female player. She entered the first World U21 Golf Croquet Championship in Cairo, being the second ranked female player overall. This year she entered her first Invitational event in Palm Beach, convincingly won the English Women’s Open in May and the English National GC doubles.
The event had 56 players, divided into 8 blocks of 7. Rachel won her block without dropping a game and was seeded 5th in the knock-out. The four semi-finalists were from Australia, England, Egypt and New-Zealand. She beat Jenny Clarke from New-Zealand 7-3, 6-7, 5-7, 7-6, 7-4 in the closely fought final, scoring the final hoop with a jump shot after 5 1/2 hours. Both finalists had shown great stamina and determination, combined with no little skill.
There is a fuller report of the final on the Croquet Association web site at:
and full details of the event are at: