Southport & Birkdale AGM 7pm Friday 25th

The AGM will be held at Emanuel Church Hall at  7:30pm on Friday 25th November…please arrive early as there will be an SGM held before the AGM

so please get there for 7pm

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Southport & Birkdale Croquet Club finals winners

To everyone’s relief Sunday dawned bright and sunny, encouraging many Croquet Club members to attend Finals Day in Victoria Park and sunbathe lawnside, joining a cheerful crowd spectating the final games of croquet competitions that have been their sporting preoccupation for most of the Summer season. Eight trophies were being contested and some of the Club’s best players turned out to defend their titles.

New members joined those from last year, to display their newly learned skills in a full competition of Golf Croquet, a whole afternoon of non-stop play as they battled to win the coveted trophy. The winner, Zandra Cardy, commented that it had been a marvellous day, interesting and fun!

Two of the club’s top players, John Haslam and Ray Lowe, played a sparkling game for the Chairman’s Bowl, hard hitting and crowd pleasing, it filled the early afternoon, Ray Lowe emerging victorious with his formidable reputation intact.

A tactical, slow paced game took place between two of the club’s well known team players. Alan Farrell surprisingly beat Tony Thomas to win the American Cup.

Keith Roberts made a spirited challenge against Don Williamson for the President’s Cup, but couldn’t get a really strong grip on the game. Don was on top form, hitting in with confidence and scoring hoops well, he came out a worthy trophy winner.

Brian Kerr won the Level Play Golf competition, which is an advanced form of the game, while Chris Sweeney won the Handicap Golf Croquet.

Late in the afternoon Gail Moors, fresh from winning the 18 Point Trophy, brandished her mallet and went into the attack again against Derek Lunt, last year’s Short Croquet winner. Derek had fought his way again through all the earlier rounds of the competition in the hope of defending his title. The game went full to time with both players evenly matched and scoring hoop for hoop. When time was called there was no clear winner and play continued for another half hour, as they battled with all the cunning they could muster over a single winning hoop. The art is to keep your opponent’s colours well away from anywhere useful and to place your own strategically within the pattern of play. Time and time again they set up a promising break, only to have it demolished in the next turn. But something had to give and Derek just gave a fatal inch which allowed Gail to steal the honours.

As the sun was beginning to fade the watching members gave loud applause for their new champions and retired to the club house for a well earned picnic tea.
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Finals Day……Oct 2nd……..includes matches for 1st & 2nd year players

Below is the Order of Play for Finals day this coming Sunday. Would all 1st and 2nd year members note that there is a fun golf event for you with a trophy for the winner. You will see that it starts at 1.30 so please put your name on the notice in the clubhouse so that Alan Farrell knows how may are taking part. You can email/ring him .There is a Jacob’s Join after the matches have finished and we have had the presentations. This should at about 4.15.This is our last event of the season so please come and enjoy the day. John Haslam

Hon Sec.

All finalist in whites but 1st/2nd year only need a white top.

Comp.         Lawn    Time              Finalists

 

CHAIRMANS’      1        1.00pm   RAY LOWE v JOHN HASLAM

 

PRESIDENTS’     2       12.45pm   DON WILLIAMSON v KEITH ROBERTS

 

AMERICAN         1       9.30am   TONY THOMAS v ALAN FARRELL

 

18 POINT          3       12 noon    IAN GOULDEN v GAIL MOORS

 

SHORT              3      3.00pm    DEREK LUNT v GAIL MOORS

 

LP GOLF           2       10.00am    BRIAN KERR v RAY LOWE

 

GOLF                3       9.30am    CHRIS SWEENEY v TERRY DUNBAR

 

1st & 2nd Year   4&5(6)  1.30pm    GOLF CROQUET ENTRANTS

 

14 POINT    Champion  PAULINE ROONEY   Runner-Up  DAVID KEY

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Midweek Handicap League …Westmorland v Southport

Southport Midweek Handicap team felt the high and lows of croquet this week. Travelling to Levens Hall in South Lakes, they had to play a title deciding match against Westmorland; whichever team won the match would win the Midweek League title. Captain Tony Thomas selected the skilful and calm Keith Roberts together with the experience of Eileen Gallagher and John Mawdsley. The high spirits of the Southport squad were reduced when the players warmed up on lawns which suffered from severe flood damage earlier in the year and were now anything but flat, added to the longish nature of the grass and the team knew it was going to be a difficult day. The match involved one Doubles and six Singles games and Tony Thomas surprisingly put Eileen Gallagher and John Mawdsley together to play against a very high handicap Westmorland pairing. The game was closely contested with the lead changing hands frequently, but in the last few turns John Mawdsley set up a winning hoop for his partner who duly obliged to put Southport into the lead. In the two morning Singles games there was also fierce competition; each game going to time. Tony Thomas struggled hard with the lawns all morning, but allowed his opponent a break in the last ten minutes to give Westmorland the equaliser. Meanwhile Keith Roberts, playing the best Westmorland player, started to find some excellent form to create an unbeatable lead near the end and send the teams into lunch with Southport leading 2-1. Whether it was the excellent lunch provided by the Levens Hall Restaurant, the bewitching topiary surroundings, the spectating visitors or Westmorland extracting every advantage from the bumpy lawns, Southport began to struggle in the afternoon sun. Tony Thomas played the Westmorland number one who was now on top form, defeating Thomas in two hours and within thirty minutes the Westmorland number two inflicted a defeat on Keith Roberts. With Southport now losing 3-2 the other Singles games were now critical. Eileen Gallagher was giving no quarter and eventually obtained a find win to level the match at 3-3. But with only one game now in progress the League title would be determined by this one result. In a dour game the Westmorland player was demonstrating a high level of skill in safety first play which John Mawdsley found very frustrating and impossible to ;break down, eventually giving Westmorland a tactical victory. Final score Westmorland 4, Southport 3. The Southport team has played some excellent matches this season and would have been worthy champions; but we now dream of next year.

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Southport Sanford Salver Tournament ( Advanced )

Which is better an Air Show with a croquet tournament or a croquet tournament with an Air Show ?Throw in very good weather, good lawns and excellent food with  a glass or two of decent beer. Result — eight happy players.It was a good test of concentration as the Red Arrows and an assortment of various planes did their stuff with a high noise intensity and tricks over the lawns.Dave Nick managed in his usual laid back style and a loose all play all format was used. Triple peels were completed and sextuples started but not completed.

Dave Marsh (Wrest Park) made his first visit to Southport and won. He only lost one game. The runner up was Lee Hartley (Fylde).

photos show Dave Marsh and Lee Hartley being presented with their trophies

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Golf Croquet League….Southport v Llainfairfechan

With brightly coloured hoop markers pegged like fringes to their pockets, two teams strode out onto Southport’s sunlit lawns like gladiators into the fray. Both teams on level points to take the Golf Croquet league trophy for 2016; the outcome of this match critical.

Mary Warren, captain of the Southport squad added Bryan Roberts to her now familiar winning line up of Derek Lunt, Terry Dunbar and Chris Winnard; a successful trio in recent games and hopes were high that they could repeat their great league win of last year.

Both sets of doubles fell to Southport who got straight down to business, and although the teams were well matched and most of the games could have gone either way up to the final hoop, Southport edged steadily ahead and elated, went in to lunch leading 9 games to 1.

But lunch can bring many changes and from somewhere Llanfairfechan regained their form. If they could win all their afternoon matches they could level the score to a draw, and they began gradually clawing back games.

Southport was facing a very determined afternoon attack, but the advances of morning play stood them in good stead and try as they might Llanfairfechan winning only a further 4 games, could not level the score sheet.

Bryan Roberts had the honour of winning the breakthrough game. A groan ran around the watching spectators as what should have been his final shot wedged in the hoop, giving his opponent chance to crash him out of the jaws. But the chance was lost when the opposing shot ricocheted off the hoop stanchion and the crowd cheered as Bryan completed his game with a winning flourish.

 

At the end of play there was no doubt that Southport would top the league, although there is still one more match to play before the end of the season.

Final score Southport 13, Llanfairfechan 5.

 

Pictures show: (1) Terry Dunbar in action (2) Bryan Roberts.

Terry Dunbar

Bryan Roberts

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SBCC FUN DAY

 

Brilliant weather, over 48 people, very strangely decorated Croquet lawns capped with players carrying Egg and Spoons or wearing Pirate Hats or firing croquet balls from ramp into a water container – nothing unusual at all – just another Fun Day at Southport.  This was team GB on the croquet lawns with a range of croquet challenges from the mundane to the wacky.  Competitors ranged from teenage to nineties as teams battled it out through 14 events, there was blood (one of the managers tripped over a hoop), sweat (as competitors nervously awaited their moments of glory) and tears (of laughter) as the afternoon unfolded to an exciting finish.

The winning teams were presented with medals to a backdrop of the Union Jack whilst the spectators gave a rendition of the National Anthem.

Gold medalists – Andy Sweeney; Brian Lewis; Maureen Jeffrey; Alice Dawson.
Silver Medallists – Ray Lowe; Lesley Winsland; Barbara Nodwell; Tracy Moors.
Bronze medallists – Anne Mitchell; Chris Sweeney; Malcolm Lunn; Terry Dunbar

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Level Play Golf Croquet League….Southport v Culcheth

In ideal croquet weather Southport faced Culcheth this week in Victoria Park – lush green lawns under a blue sky, what better way to enjoy a summers day. Southport are currently top of the North West Advanced Golf Croquet league when called to face mid-table side Culcheth. But any thoughts of an easy victory were quickly dispelled by a determined Culcheth attack.

Southport’s first drawback came 30 minutes before the start, when Captain Alan Farrell was forced to withdraw due to a recurring injury. A hurried phone call brought in Tony Thomas to join the team of Don Williamson and Ray Lowe, but the unsettled Southport side quickly fell behind and Culcheth built up a 4-2 lead after six games.

The comeback started in the final round before lunch, both Williamson and Lowe dug in to show their true form in some serious play and sent the teams in to lunch with Culcheth only having a narrow lead 5-4.

Williamson continued his excellent form and with Thomas now finding his touch, the first round match after lunch levelled the score at 6-6.  The fifth round saw Southport in full attacking mode and all three players soared to new heights to give this excellent team a commanding 9-6 lead, with only three games to play in the final round.

Confidence high, Williamson took on the Culcheth number one player to gain the all-important win in a very convincing manner, Lowe then consolidated the victory with another emphatic display of great croquet.  But the day belonged to Don Williamson who won five of his six games to keep Southport’s championship hopes alive.

Final score Southport 11 Culcheth 7.

 

Picture shows: Don Williamson, hero of the hour.

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Handicap Croquet League….Birkdale v Southport

A glorious summer day in Victoria Park as two local teams fought for bragging rights in the Croquet local derby.  Birkdale played Southport in a close encounter as they hoped to repeat last year’s derby success.  Captain Keith Roberts selected Tony Thomas, Alan Farrell and David Key for Birkdale, whilst Captain Eileen Gallagher for Southport selected Carol and Brian Lewis with John Mawdsley.

In the morning doubles, Tony Thomas and Alan Farrell established an early lead but were gradually pulled back by Carol Lewis and Eileen Gallagher.  In a tactical battle, Birkdale kept Southport at bay, but with time rapidly running out, the Birkdale pair held on to a very slender lead to win by one hoop.  Meanwhile in the two singles games, Keith Roberts made his experience tell by defeating John Mawdsley, but this was rendered neutral when Southport’s Brian Lewis defeating David Key, to send Birkdale into lunch leading Southport 2-1.

But this put Southport into a determined mood after lunch with John Mawdsley quickly levelling the match defeating Alan Farrell and  Brian Lewis found some great form defeating captain Keith Roberts, to move Southport into a 3-2 lead.  Meanwhile Tony Thomas and Carol Lewis were having a close fought encounter of their own.  In a tantalizingly close game, the scores were level as time was called. Then as both players manoeuvred play for the golden hoop, Tony Thomas hit a long shot securing the vital point to level the match 3-3.   However, with the whole match to play for in the final game, Eileen Gallagher made no mistakes. With a powerful display of concentration to defeat David Key, Eileen gave the bragging rights to Southport,

FINAL SCORE Birkdale 3 Southport 4.

Picture Shows: The jubilant Southport team

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Level Play Golf Croquet League ….Chester v Southport

LEVEL PLAY GOLF CROQUET LEAGUE

CHESTER 8 – SOUTHPORT 10

 

A great win for Southport level Play Golf Croquet team this week sent them to the top of the North West league. Their opponents this week were Chester who fielded one of the best Golf Croquet players in the North West. Chester play in Westminster Park near the River Dee and whilst the lawns have wonderful surface, there is a notorious slope which the home players cope with to great advantage.

The match is played three-a-side. This form of Golf Croquet is fast, furious and highly skilful. Tony Thomas, deputising for injured captain Alan Farrell, took Ray Lowe (one of Southport’s top players) and Don Williamson (international Croquet referee).

Southport fell behind early in the match before gaining enough confidence to start some good attacking croquet, and by lunchtime found themselves leading 5-4 – Ray Lowe winning all three games with Williamson and Thomas winning one each.

Chester came out fighting after lunch and the first afternoon round levelled the match at 6-6. But in the next round Southport crept ahead again, with Thomas winning a golden hoop to put Southport 8-7 ahead.

In a very tense final round the Chester number one levelled the match 8-8, only for Ray Lowe to raise the stakes again and score another victory. Then in a last ditch effort, Tony Thomas managed another golden hoop finish to scoop the match. Final score Chester 8, Southport 10, with Lowe winning four games, Williamson and Thomas winning three each.

 

Picture shows: Tony Thomas, Acting Captain

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