Please be aware that work is being done on upgrading the path to the clubhouse and could make entry to the club difficult at times. This work could take up to 2 weeks.
Work is also taking place along lawn 2 as a drain is being installed.
All work will hopefully be finished before the season begins
Southport Croquet Club will once again be running a charity one ball competition in aid of Bowel Cancer
it is being held on Monday 6th April and entrants are asked to wear something purple when taking part
A bit of fun in a good cause ( and an early bit of practice ) and only £5 ( all of which goes to charity ).
START TIME is 13:00pm …….probably finished by 16:00pm….followed by a jacobs join.
There will be a pre season get together at Ainsdale sports club on Saturday 7th March
This will be a Beetle drive and followed by a hotpot supper
give Pauline a call if you want to go and have not yet put your name on the list in the clubhouse
get there before 7:30pm
the Season will kick off with a get together on Saturday 4th April
lets get as many as possible down at the club starting the new season off with a jacobs join to finish up
Southport and Birkdale Croquet Club
Annual General Meeting
Retiring Chairman Brian Lewis received a standing ovation from the members at Southport and Birkdale Croquet Club’s Annual General Meeting this week. In his address he summarised the many improvements he had seen during his four years in office, particularly the bold decision made by members to take over the care of the Victoria Park croquet lawns themselves – complimenting the lawn quality that had been achieved by members’ efforts. Acting Secretary Tony Thomas was also retiring from office and received the thanks of the meeting for his work on the Club’s behalf. Don Williamson will become the new Chairman and Clare Bostock the new Secretary. At the end of the meeting, members successful in the Club’s internal competitions were presented with their croquet trophies by the President Alan Pidcock.
Photo shows left to right:
Brian Lewis – President’s Cup
Anne Mitchell – 18pt Shield/Short Trophy
Christine Eyes – 1st Year Golf Trophy
Carol Lewis – Short Team League Cup/American Cup
Jennifer Mawdsley – 14pt Plate/White Tops Trophy
The AGM is Friday 21st November
if you are intending to stand for the committee please get a form from Tony Thomas or from one of the existing committee members
The Season is now over but lawns will be kept open over the winter months…
please do not use the lawns when there is frost
Golf Croquet League
Southport 9, Llanfairfechan 9.
After heavy overnight rain, Southport’s lawns glistened bright green in the morning sun at the start of the very last league match of their croquet season. It was an exciting meeting on home ground with Llanfairfechan, who sent a strong team from their Welsh lawns by the Menai Straight. Jennifer Mawdsley, Rod Sutton, Michael Culshaw and Gail Moors were a well selected home side and all their perseverance was needed in this war of attrition with the Welsh team. As game for game the scores remained even it was a very closely fought match. It began with the morning doubles: Southport 1, Llanfairfechan 1, and although Jennifer Mawdsley and Rod Sutton showed their excellent form, by lunch the scores were 5 games all.
Afternoon play continued to produce no clear leaders and by the 4th and final singles round it was still anyone’s match. Here Rod managed to achieve a win, but Jenny and Gail were both beaten, which meant the whole outcome rested on Michael Culshaw’s shoulders. It was never going to be an easy contest and Michael soon found himself trailing on hoop points. But urged on by his team mates he redoubled his concentration to make a long slow recovery to just scrape home on equal points. After a day of tightly contested, neck and neck play, the final score was a draw: Southport 9, Llanfairfechan 9.
Southport and Birkdale Croquet Club
The internal leagues and knock out competitions of Southport and Birkdale Croquet Club all culminated in a day of final games at the weekend when trophies were awarded. The beautiful weather saw the graceful sweep of lawns in full use and a keen gathering of spectators hoping to see good croquet.
The President’s Cup reached a climax in the time honoured way as a struggle between two of the clubs best players. This is one of the big competitions and has a winner’s honour board dating back for over a hundred years. The final was played between Brian Lewis and Eileen Gallagher; last week’s successful team members fresh from their North West League win with the Short Croquet team, but now arch rivals. They entertained the crowd making a series of needling remarks to their opponent, whilst playing a game of cat and mouse with sudden attacks and defensive withdrawals; a style that requires extreme accuracy over long distances of lawn. The two contestants were so well matched in their play that the game went right to time, neither player reaching the all important peg and Brian Lewis taking the title by several hoop points.
Anne Mitchell had a very good day’s play, winning the finals of both the 18 Point and Short Croquet competitions. Other competitions played in the final were 14 Point, which fell to Jennifer Mawdsley, Chairman’s Cup to Barbara Haslam, American Cup to Carol Lewis, Golf Croquet to Alan Farrell and 1st Year Members’ Golf Croquet to Christine Eyes.
Eleven of this year’s new members turned out in their whites to compete in the first year golf croquet competition. Their enthusiasm and determination made novice play very entertaining and the final winner was Christine Eyes, who gave the ultimate comment of the day; “I am so pleased to have won this trophy, this is a wonderful club where the members are so friendly and welcoming. The club atmosphere is dynamic and the organisation enables everyone to enjoy playing croquet at whatever level they choose. I would recommend it to everyone.
Photo shows: Competition winners with trophies – left to right:
Alan Farrell, Carol Lewis, Brian Lewis, Jennifer Mawdsley, Anne Mitchell and Christine Eyes
PHIL SCARR WINS SOUTHPORT ADVANCED TOURNAMENT
by Dennis Scarr at Southport 13/14th Sept.2014.
Phil Scarr ( Middlesbrough ) retained the Sandiford Salver beating Tom Griffiths ( Crake Valley ) in the final.
Late summer sunshine visited Southport lawns for both days of the Advanced Play Tournament to the extent that for a period on Saturday afternoon out players were actively seeking shade.
Lawns were in good condition for this end of season gathering and Manager Tom Griffiths kept the play moving at a steady pace to ensure players took full advantage of excellent catering.
The tournament format was 2 Blocks of 4 players producing semi finalists from those finishing first and second in their respective blocks.Handicaps ranged from – 1 to 4.5
The semi finalists from Block A were Tom Griffiths who won 3/3 and Derek Knight who had the highest net points score given 3 players in the block each won 1/3.
The semi finalists from Block B were Phil Scarr who won 3/3 and Ray Lowe who won 2/3.
Sunday morning saw the semi finals.
The semi final between Tom Griffiths and Ray Lowe saw both players failing in attempts to peg the opponents forward ball out until ultimately Ray succeeded in this quest but unfortunately managing to peg his own forward ball out in the same stroke. The impromptu game of 1 ball with Tom on 1b and Ray on 4 was won by Tom plus 1.
The semi final between Phil Scarr and Derek Knight was less eventful with Phil continuing to play controlled croquet to win plus 20.
First game of the final saw Phil fail a TP attempt with a missed peg out however he shortly thereafter won the game plus 22.
In the second game of the final Phil completed a TP to win plus 26 TP.