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

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

Tony Thomas
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The season starts on 6th April and there will be a Jacobs Join in the afternoon

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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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