• Womens GC Open

    Several Nottingham members headed up to Ripon for the 11th Women's Golf Croquet Championship.  There was a strong field; 7 of the quarter finalists played in New Zealand (including Cheryl Bromley, the lone US female contestant from the Women's Worlds, who had made it over to the UK for the event!).

    Rachel drew Sue Lightbody in the semis and lost 6-7 6-7 in 2 very close games.  Sam Thompson beat Kath Burt to meet Sue in the final.  Sam won the final in a closely contested final 7-6 2-7 7-5.  Rachel beat Kath 7-0 in the 3rd place play-off.  Jane Pringle won the plate.

    As usual we were provided with lots of tasty food, especially appreciated as the weather was rather cold and windy with only occasional sunshine.

  • Marathon News Release


    Croquet Marathon

    The Nottingham Croquet Club are staging a Croquet Marathon at their Club based at Highfields Park, University Boulevard, Nottingham. The Marathon starts at 10.00am on Saturday 19th May and will finish on Sunday 20th May at 4.00pm. Spectators are welcome and the Club are hoping for some guest appearances from local sporting celebrities!

    This is a first for Nottingham and the Nottingham Croquet Club who hope to attract new members to the club and they will also be raising funds for Home-Start Nottingham.

    Dave Gunn of the Nottingham Croquet Club said ‘Croquet is a surprisingly skilful and strategic sport that has often been compared to 'snooker on a lawn'! Often played with handicapping such as in golf, relative beginners can have enjoyable and meaningful games against even international players and we want to demonstrate that it not just a game for the aristocracy!

    The Nottingham Croquet Club was founded in 1929 its main aim is the promotion of both friendly and competitive croquet as well as providing social activities for all of its members. We hope to recruit new members and to raise funds for the club's selected charity Home-Start Nottingham via local business sponsorships and a raffle. Members of the public have the chance to come along and see the game being played, be briefed about what is actually happening on the main lawn and then to have a go themselves (remember to wear flat soled shoes) on an adjacent lawn where club members will be on hand to talk them through the various shots and techniques. There will also be the chance to sign up for an introductory 'Learn to Play Course' on Thursday evenings starting on 24th May.’

    Sue Fenton, Scheme Manager Home- said ‘we really do appreciate The Nottingham Croquet Club choosing Home-Start Nottingham as their charity and we hope that they have a successful weekend and that the players who cover the ‘night shift’ don’t get too cold’

    For further information about Home-Start Nottingham please visit its website or call Sue Fenton Scheme Manager on 0115 962 4262

    Home-Start Nottingham offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children,

    Home-Start Nottingham offers a unique service, recruiting and training volunteers - who are usually parents themselves - to visit families at home who have at least one child under 5 to offer informal, friendly and confidential support.

    To help give children the best possible start in life, Home-Start supports parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links with the local community.

    You can donate to Home-Start Nottingham at it's JustGiving site.



  • World Championship Update

    As far as I can see at the end of the block stage of the AC World Championships in Adelaide, three of our five members playing in the field of 80 qualified for the knockout stage: Miranda Chapman, Paddy Chapman and James Death;  Ian Lines will be involved in a play-off; and Keith Aiton just failed to make the cut.

    Update on Tuesday: Ian Lines won his play-off against Greg Bryant and so qualified for the main knockout.  In the first round, Miranda plays Rutger Beijderwellen, Paddy playes Simon Hockey, James plays Brian Cumming and Ian plays Jenny Clarke.

    Update on Wednesday: Miranda beat Rutger and James beat Brian, but Paddy and Ian lost.  Still, two in the last 16 isn't bad!

    Update on Thursday: Sadly, thats as far as we got.  James lost 3-2 to Simon Hockey (who I think is Australian) and Miranda
    3-1 to Stephen Forster, also from the host country.  The quarter-final lineup is Reg Bamford v Stephen Forster,  Simon Hockey v James Hopgood,  Robert  Fletcher v Samir Patel and Malcolm Fletcher v Marcus Evans.  Meanwhile, Keith seems to have won his block in the plate, but I can't find the draw for the plate knockout yet.

    Full results are available on the Croquet Scores website.

  • Dan Greenaway won One-Ball

    Dan Greenaway was undefeated on 5/5 in the one-ball tournament for the Hansen trophy on Saturday, 27th April.  Rachel Rowe was runner-up on 4/5, in a good entry of 20 players, raising £100 for the Breast Cancer campaign.  Peter Death managed the event, and Linda, Peter and Roger Berkeley provided a welcome tea.

    The full results were:

    Dan Greenaway55100%
    Rachel Rowe4580%
    Michael O Brien3475%
    Martin Wroughton4667%
    Ian Dovey4667%
    Bob Thompson3560%
    Lawrence Whittaker3560%
    Don Martin3560%
    Ray Mountfield3560%
    Arthur Rowe3650%
    Omied Hallam3743%
    Michael Finnigan2540%
    Derek Buxton2540%
    Richard Sanville2540%
    Cliff Daniel2540%
    Mick Haytack2633%
    Peter Death1425%
    Sue Wileman1425%
    Eileen Buxton1520%
    Roger Berkeley040%


  • Town v Gown match report

    The match was won by Nottingham Croquet Club 20-0 (119 hoops - 46 hoops),
    earning a valuable point for the Town side - the overall Town v Gown
    competition ended in a draw - 6 wins to each side and 2 draws.
    The University fielded an inexperienced but enthusiastic team, all of whom
    were eager and quick to learn, showing a great imrovement over the course
    of the afternoon.  It is hoped that this will become and annual event and
    I'm sure next year's match will be a lot closer!

    Nottm Team - Omied, Cathy, Pam, Derek Blow & Margaret

    Club members and students in play on the Bowling Greens

    Report by Cathy Turski.  Picture by Rachel Rowe.





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