Our Handicap Golf Croquet team went over to Bury today ( Sunday 9th June ) and came away with a great win….10-8
May 4th Southport v Culcheth result Southport 11 Culcheth 7
May 12th Southport v Fylde falcons result Southport 12 Fylde 4 with 2 draws.
May 23rd Bowden v Southport result Bowdon 4 Southport 14
April 26th Crake v Southport result Crake 13 Southport 5
May 22nd Southport v Bury Monarchs Result Southport 7 Bury 11
Anne Mitchell, Barbara Haslam, Derek Lunt and Brian Lewis played against BuryC.C. in the 1st. round of the Longman Cup – a national competition – at home on Sat. 25th. May. Unfortunately we lost the match 5 – 2. Derek and Brian were the winning players. Bury go on to play last years winners, Tyneside C.C. We wish them good luck.
The Short Croquet team consisting of Don and Diana Williamson, Eileen Rossiter and Barbara Nodwell beat Bowdon 9 games to 7 on Sunday 26th May.
The Carol Lewis Memorial Weekend
18th and 19th May 2019
Twelve players representing clubs from Middlesbrough, Crake Valley, Fylde, Bury, Pendle, Cheltenham and Southport arrived to start play at 9.30am. Although the forecast rain did not materialise the cold wind made some of those in shorts regret the decision. The afternoons on both days were much warmer.
Handicaps were from -1 to 22 providing an interesting mix of skills. Play started in blocks of four with the block winners and the highest scoring other players going through to the finals on the Sunday.
The block winners were Paul Rigge (-1), Gail Moors (18), with Brian Shorney (7) and Peter Williams (22) as the highest scoring players. During the block matches Paul completed a quadruple peel on his way to the semi finals.
In the semi finals Paul played Brian and won with Peter playing Gail and winning after a hard but even match leaving Paul to play Peter in the final.
In the final Peter used his bisque advantage with effect, resulting in a 26-13 win and the trophy for the Southport player. He has now had his handicap reduced to 18 to reflect his play over the weekend.
My thanks go to the players and to Don Williamson, John Haslam, Ray Lowe and Paul Rigge for the help they gave me in managing my first tournament.
The weekend handicap A.C. team played away against Crake and lost a close match 4 to 3.
The team was Eileen Rossiter, Gail Moors, Peter Williams and Brian Lewis.
Our next match, away to Bury Peelers on June 1st. has had to be re-arranged as it was not possible to get a team together.
On 25th. May we are playing Bury at home in the Longman Cup. This is a National competition organised by the C.A. We have won it on two previous occasions.
The team will be Anne Mitchell, Barbara Haslam, Derek Lunt, and Brian Lewis.
We will be holding a course for new players at the beginning of the season ……starting on Monday 13th May 7pm start
There is a “COME AND TRY IT” weekend 11th – 12th May . come along at any time between 10am and 4pm THIS YEAR IT’S FREE TO HAVE A TRY
if these times don’t suit you then please leave a message on the club phone and we will try to arrange another day ( 01704551713 ) OR send an email to email@example.com
all equipment provided but new players are reminded to bring flat soled shoes ( trainers )
A field of nine entries became a paltry seven before a ball had been struck, with two dropping out Saturday morning, predicting that Southport’s surface would be flooded and unplayable due to heavy overnight rain. They were wrong! The work commissioned last autumn on improving drainage has paid huge dividends, even the manager expected to spend the first day of the weekend tournament sheltering inside the clubs historic hut, but no, play started promptly on time at 9:30 – now in a all-play-all untimed single banked round robin.
Yes, I won’t mislead, some players wore multiple layers and waterproofs – others didn’t, conditions weren’t that bad really.
Food was provided by Margaret on the first day & Di on the second – both hit the spot. Huge thanks to both.
Ground and courts were established by Don, Peter & Ray – again, thanks from me to them for their separate days efforts.
As Day two (in sunshine) unfurled, a three way tie for the ‘Jubilee Tankard’ looked possible, but Richard Smith didn’t falter and took the pewter mug, winning all six rounds overcoming some serious challenges.
match report by Paul Rigge
A new croquet season and the White Tops is ready to go again. Our very popular White Tops sessions will start again this Thursday – that is Thursday 18th April 2019.
We start at 2pm but it is very helpful if you arrive by 1.45 – gives the organiser a chance to organise the pairings whilst everyone else puts out the hoops, balls, bisques and chairs. It will cost you 25p (well we have to pay for our great prizes) and please wear a White Top. We finish about 4.15
WHAT WE PLAY:
We play Doubles Association Croquet on a short lawn and when a team is in play each player takes alternate shots. Each team has six bisques. Games take about 55 minutes, so the format is two games separated by break for tea and cake.
The organiser selects all the teams and as far as possible pairs higher handicappers with lower handicap players, to give evenly matched games. Everyone is welcome from Beginners to Experts – If you are a beginner, your partner will explain everything, help you round and give a bit of coaching on the hoof. The aim of the afternoon is to have fun whilst playing a very friendly, yet competitive, game of Croquet in an informal manner. Players from the afternoon unbeaten teams have the opportunity to shoot at the peg to win the weekly star prize, and look after the Mini Chalice, the player who wins the most prizes over the season is awarded a very handsome trophy to keep on their mantelpiece until the following season.
Wearing a white shirt, blouse, jumper, etc. pays a traditional respect to the wonderful game of Croquet and identifies you as a player in this weekly event.
Looking forward to seeing you all again