Alain Giraud wins the Sandiford Salver Advanced Croquet Tournament

 

Alain Giraud won an exciting final game against Paul Rigge to win the Sandiford Salver at Southport’s September Advanced Tournament.

 

In an injury-affected event, only six players made it to the last day. Giraud and Rigge played a best-of-five final. Alain won the first two quickly, before Paul completed a TPO in the third. Both players clawed their way around, until Rigge left just two balls on the lawn, with himself for peg vs Giraud for rover. Alain hit his last shot and rolled off his hoop to win by one.

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Weekend Handicap Croquet ….Southport v Bowdon Firs

The weekend handicap A/C team played their last fixture against Bowdon Firs on Saturday7th Septand I am glad to report that we won, 4 – 3 Barbara had to retire with a bad back so the game was awarded to Bowdon
We were 3 up after the morning session but the afternoon session became very tense – we lost 2 and the last game went to the “golden hoop”. It took 20 very tense minutes for it to be scored to give Southport a satisfactory win.
The team was Gail, Brian, Tony and Barbara.
report bt Barbara Haslam
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Weekend Handicap Association Croquet League….Fylde v Southport

Gail Moors and Peter Williams had never played at Fylde before, so it was a good thing that Tony Thomas and Brian Lewis came along to show us the way! Southport were 2 – 1 up at lunchtime including a fourth consecutive doubles victory for Gail and Peter, both using their bisque advantage to good effect.

Whilst the nation was engrossed watching Ben Stokes in the test match, the real excitement was happening at Fylde!! All four games in the afternoon went to time and all four games were settled by one point. The tightest of all finishes was Gail’s victory on the golden hoop and with her ball through penult by no more than a millimetre! Southport were 5 – 2 winners on the day – a very good team performance. We were made to feel very welcome by the Fylde members and were able to join in Betty Bates’ birthday celebration with a rousing chorus and cake!

 

report by Peter Williams

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Short Croquet League….Bury v Southport

Peter Williams, Eileen R., Barbara R. and Barbara H. played at Bury, Whitehead Park.
The weather was good, a shower while we ate, and the company was good. Unfortunately we lost.
Playing two 10’s, a 9 and a 1p. we were out bisqued – if you win the toss you have a definite advantage going in first with 10 bisques. We all tried very hard but it ended up with Bury winning 12-4
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Handicap Mid week Croquet League…..Chester v Southport

It was the same team as against Bowdon, being Peter Williams, Eileen Rossiter, Pauline Rooney and Gail Moors

We lost 5-2 sadly.

The BBC certainly got the weather forecast correct for the morning games. We fought against the rain all morning on the notorious sloping lawns. Peter and Gail in the doubles against Robin Tasker and Sarah Andrew joined by a mischievous canine friend who took great pleasure in moving the balls on the east baulk a couple of feet to neither teams advantage. With the rule book in hand, we couldnt find any laws relating to the outcome of such mischief other than shoooing him off the lawns and to his owner!!

The outcome of the doubles was 18-6 to Southport yeah!! Unfortunately Eileen and Pauline didnt have the same success and weren’t too impressed with the continued deluge of Cheshire rain losing both of their games marginally.

A brighter afternoon cheered the spirits up for all, Chester ahead 2-1.

Peter Williams magic mallet didnt work for him today, suggesting its demise on a bonfire!!
Gail soldiered on against Robin, winning plus 2, with only one ball on her side for the last hour of the game, going to time.

Pauline and Eileen both had reasonable games against their opponents but not strong enough to win against the slopes, but we all played our best and thats all you can ask for.

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Handicap Golf Croquet League….Southport v Crake

Our team was Derek Lunt, Tina Kelly, Mike Armstrong & Julia Sheridan.
Southport won 10 – 8
Tina & mike won their doubles then 3 singles each, Julia won 2 singles and Derek 1.
Mike’s handicap came down from 10 to 9.
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Midweek Handicap Croquet League……Southport v Bowdon Earls

Friday 2nd August 2019

Team: Gail Moors, Pauline Rooney, Eileen Rossiter and Peter Williams

The doubles team played by Gail and Peter against Alan Mayne and Kay. Southport having 11 bisques was easily won by Gail and Peter 26 – 0 unfortunately the opponents didn’t get a look in! 

Peter was trying out a new/old wooden mallet recently purchased from Don Williamson and quotes the mallet has changed his game in a good way forever.

The singles played by Pauline and Eileen in the morning were won again quite easily but as the heat of the day was making  games uncomfortable for all players

So 3 games up by lunchtime the pressure was reduced and play commenced after lunch with Gail playing Alan having 13 bisques making a few mistakes along the way but beating Alan by 26 -1

Pauline and Peter with his magic mallet winning their games  quite comfortably with an overall result of 6 – 1

Well done team Southport!!

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Southport V Bowdon B Level Advanced Croquet League

An early check on the forecast and the cameras showed that we could get Bowdon to travel over for this match on Saturday 27/7/19.

unfortunately it continued to rain for the rest of the day and everyone was soaked by finishing time.having said that I am pleased to report that the lawns stood up well and no flooding until almost finishing time.

Southport got off to a good start with Barbara winning her singles match and Ray and Don winning the morning doubles….2-0 at lunch

the afternoon matches were played in heavy rain but the Southport team played well and won all 3 afternoon matches to win overall by a magnificent 5-0

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Southport & Birkdale B Level Tournament ( July )won by Derek Knight

 

A wet and windy Saturday morning greeted the 8 players for this year’s B level event. Played as a swizz it produced some thrilling finishes and thoughtful play over the weekend. Improving weather helped the lawns to dry out and on occasions become testing. By Sunday lunchtime 2 players were undefeated and played a wonderful final on lawn 1. Derek Knight (Beverley) beat Barbara Haslam (Southport) to win by +11 and take the silverware.

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2019 Festival of Croquet at Southport

Whilst the rest of Europe were celebrating record summer temperatures, our Federation had its own record to celebrate – the 25th year of the North West Festival of Croquet – record number of competitors, new competition with Level Play Golf introduced, Southport lawns best ever, we even hired mobile loos for the first time!

Manager Ivan Wheatley produced a strict schedule of matches to fit everything in and for the first time, games were ended as soon as the ball stopped moving when the timer ‘pinged’, much to the chagrin of the croquet heroes who like to come from behind to snatch a win with their last turn.

The Southport micro climate gave us a mixture of blue skies, dazzling sunshine, bracing sea breezes, grey skies and the odd shower – all adding to the colourful spectacle as up to 100 people filled the lawns with a kaleidoscope of club team colours. Margaret Flemington and her team produced another catering triumph enabling everyone to indulge in a fabulous lunch, afternoon tea and copious light refreshments. Players mingled and renewed friendships and rivalries – it seemed as though everyone knew everyone producing a wonderful atmosphere, so typical of our Federation.

After two days of competitive croquet Pendle set another record by winning the Advanced and the Handicap trophies for the first time, Chester retained the Short Croquet shield, Llanfairfechan won the Golf Croquet event and Southport became the first winners of the new Level Play Golf Croquet trophy. When all the points were calculated, Pendle were declared Festival Champions for 2019.

2019 Festival Placings

report and photos by Tony Thomas

2019 FESTIVAL PLACINGS ADVANCED AC HANDICAP AC SHORT AC LEVEL PLAY GC HANDICAP GC
1st Pendle & Craven Pendle & Craven Chester Southport Llanfairfechan
2nd Bury Fylde Southport Crake Valley Crake Valley
3rd Bowdon Bowdon Westmorland Pendle & Craven Culcheth
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