the S&B CROQUET CLUB AGM will  be held on Friday 30th November at 7.30 pm at The Richmond on Scarisbrick New Road.

one of the topics of the evening will be the election of the committee. if you feel that you could give something to the club then please put yourself forward for election


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Tina Kelly Wins the York Short Croquet Tournament – 22/23 September 2018

A gang of eight north west Croquet players from Southport went over the Pennines looking for trophies.  They did battle in York and made their escape with Tina Kelly holding aloft the York Short Croquet Trophy.

The York Short Croquet Tournament is brilliant – 24 players, double banked on six short lawns, 70 minute games with centralised timing and played over ten rounds of croquet.  A recipe for chaos? far from it!  Expertly managed by John Harris and David Hudson, the event is fast moving, exciting, competitive, friendly and fun – a perfect end of season croquet weekend – especially when provided with a sumptuous array of delicious cakes, courtesy of York members.

The Short Handicaps ranged from scratch to ten, with players travelling from as far afield as Dorset and included Callum Johnson (winner in 2016) and Debbie James (2017 winner).  There was some excellent croquet on display (especially from Callum), many all round 3 ball breaks and players running between shots as they realised time was running out.

However, it was Tina Kelly from Southport (Handicap 10) who played calm, steady croquet, throughout – doing the basic stuff well and managing her bisques in a very practical manner.  Round ten proved decisive with several players still in contention, however, Tina came from behind to secure a narrow victory with minutes to spare.

Tina came in first, unbeaten throughout the weekend and one point ahead of Callum, with Pauline Rooney (also from Southport) in third place.

All that was left was to smile for the group photo, enjoy another cake and make a note for next year – 21/22 September 2019.

Tina Kelly (right) receiving the York Short Croquet Trophy from 2017 Winner, Debbie James (left)

Southport players, ready for action (?) as they leave the hotel (photo Kath Thomas)

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Sandiford Salver…September Advanced Tournament


James Death defeated a strong opposition to win the Sandiford Salver at
the Southport Advanced Weekend on 15-16 September.
Death played some fast and elaborate croquet, squeezing ten games into
the two days.  On the way he completed three triple peels, one triple on
his opponent, a quad, a straight quad, and the not-often-seen quintuple
peel on opponent.  Credit must go to Peter Wilson, who managed the event
and succeeded in scheduling enough games to satisfy James’s appetite for
croquet throughout.
John-Paul Moberly made his Southport debut after recently relocating to
the North West, and won six games out of seven to take second place.
James Death – 10/10
John-Paul Moberly – 6/7
Paul Rigge – 6/8
Alain Giraud – 5/8
Omied Hallam – 4/8
Richard H Smith – 2/6
Liz Wilson – 2/6
Dave Gunn – 2/7
James Hawkins – 2/7
Peter Wilson – 2/7
Derek Knight – 1/6
Dennis Scarr – 1/6

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Midweek Handicap Croquet League…Westmorland v Southport

Yesterday our midweek league team played at Westmorland.
In the morning Pauline Rooney and Derek Lunt won but Peter Williams and John Haslam were out bisqued in the doubles and lost by 5.
In the afternoon John was quickly beaten as he gave 11 bisques but Pauline, Peter and Derek all won. The result was 5-2 to us and means that we have won the league.
Congratulations to all members who played during the season. They were Ian Goulden, John Haslam, Derek Lunt, Anne Mitchell, Gail Moors, Tony Thomas and Peter Williams.
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Handicap Golf Croquet League…Southport v Fylde

Terry Derek Bryan and Ester had a good result winning 10-8 on Saturday 25th August

this was the last match of the season which leaves Southport just short of winning the league

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Handicap Golf Croquet League…..Chester v Southport

Terry Dunbar,Derek Lunt,Chris Winnard and Mary Warren travelled to Chester and came away 13- 5 winners….   well done team

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Midweek Croquet League….Southport v Bowdon griffins

Southport 5 Bowdon Griffins 2
There was a welcome return to the league team for Tony Thomas after a 2 year absence. Tony quickly made up for  lost time by winning the doubles in the morning with John Haslam and winning his singles game in the afternoon.
Morning wins for both Peter Williams and Derek Lunt gave us a 3-0 lead at the break. The afternoon games were split 2 each.
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Midweek Handicap Croquet League …Bowdon v Southport

Bowdon 3 Southport 4
The midweek handicap team were successful at Bowdon yesterday.  Peter Williams, Derek Lunt and Ian Goulden were making their first visit to Bowdon and acquitted themselves well to the fast and tricky lawns. In the morning our only winner was Derek but after lunch determined play and good tactics meant that wins for Ian, Derek and John Haslam gave us victory.
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Southport Super B and B level Tournament

Southport Super B and B Level Tournament 21/22 July 2018

Sixteen players from across the land assembled under grey Southport skies for this annual tournament.  The recent rain was a gift from above for the parched lawns after the recent hit spell, which had now regained their green colour.

The Super B was an ‘all play all’ format whilst the B Level was played as a ‘Swiss’ format.  The players forming two very competitive events managed by John Haslam.

Super B – Martin Beacon (2 Nottingham); Kevin Carter (o Surbiton); Andy Dibbon (o Surbiton); Edward Dymock (2.5 Surbiton); Michael Finnigan (3 Nottingham); Clive Goode (0.5 Nottingham); Derek Knight (1.5 Beverley); Beatrice McGlen (0 Nottingham); 
B Level – Jim Allcock (5 Crake);   Graham Good (7 Bowdon); David Lloyd (4.5 Crake); Sophie McGlenn (9 Nottingham); Alan Pidcock (3 Southport); Michael Steer (5 Bowdon); Sylvia Steer (6 Bowdon); Don Williamson (3 Southport).



The Super B was won by Beatrice Mc Glen from Nottingham with the Runner Up being Clive Goode also from Nottingham.  Beatrice also had a handicap reduction to -0.5.

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Handicap Golf Croquet League….Culcheth v Southport

todays match Golf Handicap, Culcheth v Southport.

Team Terry Dunbar, Chris Winnard, Julia Shertidon and Maureen Jeffrey. All team members played very well and we came away with a good win Southport 9.5 v Culcheath 7.5.

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