Short Croquet League….Chester v Southport

Southport’s Short Croquet team were away to Chester at the weekend. Team Captain Carol Lewis selected a strong team with Brian Lewis, Diana Williamson and Eileen Rossiter. Their opponents were less experienced, but armed with many bisques to balance play.


But there was no stopping the Southport squad, as the cold wet morning gave way to a freezing dry afternoon they steamed ahead, Carol and Eileen winning three games each, Brian and Diana winning two. End of play found the winning score as

Chester 6, Southport 10.

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Level Play Golf Croquet League….Southport v Pendle

In Midweek, Southport and Birkdale Croquet Club made a team debut this week by playing their first ever match in the North West Level Play Golf Croquet League. Play is very skilful; hoops can be run from great distances, smashing opponent’s colours out of the way.


This version of croquet is played three a side and for the club’s first match in this league, Captain Alan Farrell selected top player Don Williamson and the experienced Tony Thomas. They were facing a strong Pendle side; two of their players have just returned from a very successful tournament challenge in Edinburgh.


The format is ‘all play all’ twice, giving a total of 18 games during the day. Southport’s team settled quickly into this new format, the home lawns playing very well in the April sunshine and by lunchtime the team had established a 6-3 lead with each player winning two games.


Confidence high, the team played some adventurous croquet in the afternoon, excellent hoop running combined with safe tactical play and eventually finished the day with four wins each, giving a final score of

Southport 12, Pendle 6.players


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Croquet Handicap League….Southport v Crake Valley

Croquet Handicap League

Southport 6 – Crake Valley 1


After several weeks of deferred games because of sodden lawns and bad weather, the croquet season finally got underway at Southport with the visit of crake Valley team to play their first game of the Handicap League.  The day was bright sunshine, but chilled through a freezing wind.


Southport’s captain, Eileen Gallagher selected Brian Lewis, Carol Lewis and John Mawdsley for her team, and undertook the morning g doubles herself, partnered by Carole. They made an efficient team, winning the game in great form. Brian enhanced their lead by winning a singles game and the lunchtime score was 2 – 1 to Southport.


Southport went into the afternoon with confidence, winning every game. Eileen and John initially sat to watch their respective opponents dominate the lawn until all the bisques were used up and they then went into attack, demolishing the opposition. Carole’s play was inspired and showed great form throughout the day, winning all her games in brilliant style.


Crake left defeated, the score Southport 6, Crake Valley 1.


Picture Shows left to right: Eileen Gallagher and Carol LewisEileen Carol _0978Eileen Carol


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unfortunately we have had to cancel the tournament due to the saturated lawns , and in view of the bad weather forecast for Friday and Saturday…..

any rain on top of what we have had would very soon cause flooding

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The season will open on 9th April this year

It is slightly later than usual because of the very wet conditions we have had over the winter.

The committee decided this so that the lawn preparation team can have all the south lawns up to standard in time for the golf croquet match versus Fylde and also the following week, the first weekend tournament ( April Advanced Tournament )


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we have just got to endure NEW YEAR and then its back to normal and looking forward to a new season

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SBCC Annual General Meeting 2015

SBCC Annual General General Meeting 2015 by Kath Thomas

The Annual General Meeting of Southport and Birkdale Croquet Club was held at Emmanuel Church Hall this week.  High on the agenda was naturally lawn care and members were appraised of the long term need to replace ageing machinery. The devoted efforts of many members in their care for the grass and club property was highly commended and following the election of the committee for  2016, the Croquet Club’s President Professor Alan Pidcock presented engraved trophies won by members in the eagerly contested internal tournaments. Gordon Melville won the 18 Point Shield, Derek Lunt won the Golf Croquet trophy, Terence Dunbar won 1st/2nd year Golf, Jennifer Mawdsley Short Croquet trophy, John Mawdsley the President’s Cup, Brian Lewis the American Cup, David Key the 14 Point Plate, and Fran Maher to White Tops Cup. The Golf Croquet Team were also presented with the North West Federation Golf Croquet Trophy, to which they were proud to have added their names this year.

Picture shows 2015 award winners, l to r Gordon Melville; Derek Lunt; Terry Dunbar; Jennifer Mawdsley; John Mawdsley; Brian Lewis; David Key; Fran Maher.AGM Presentations
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Southport & Birkdale Croquet Club

Victoria Park, Rotten Row, Southport, PR8 2BZ

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Friday 27 November 2015 at 7.30 pm

at the Old Church Hall, Emmanuel Church,

Cambridge Road, Southport, PR9 9PR

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Croquet Handicap League…Southport v Chester

It was glorious weather for the very last league match of Southport’s croquet season.

The Southport Croquet Handicap team with Carol Lewis as captain, supported by Gail Moors, Eileen Rossiter and Brian Kerr, were at home to Chester, a strong team in the league.The morning doubles were successfully negotiated, Carol Lewis and Gail Moors won in an excellent partnership. It was Gail’s first game in the Handicap league where, having shown great promise and following success at Short croquet, she was in natural progression to become a full lawn Handicap player.Carol went on to win a further singles game, the only success of the afternoon, but the Southport squad could make no further impression on the visitors and Chester cheerfully departed as winners – the score Southport 2, Chester 5.

picture shows Gail Moors in her first handicap team match


Gail Moors aligining her shot


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Southport and Birkdale Croquet Club Finals Day

Finals Day Winners 2015 1st Years Finals Day Golf Comp 2015





Every year as the croquet season approaches an end, all Southport club’s internal competitions culminate in Finals Day, a day when the most successful players compete for the honour of annual trophies, and some players compete for several.


In bright morning sunshine spectators were sympathetic as David Key lost to Gordon Melville in the 18 Point competition, after a ding-dong battle which took them into extra time Gordon took victory as he won the vital last hoop.


The President’s Cup fell to John Mawdsley who was on sparkling form. Tony Thomas made a single error which let John into the match and he was away, hoop after hoop in excellent style, leaving Tony sitting beside the lawn with no room for a comeback.


Meanwhile, Jennifer Mawdsley proving that there was more than one able player in the family was giving David Key his second defeat of the day, 10-8 in the Short Croquet final. But things were all set to change in the afternoon.


A unique part of the Finals Day is the 1st/2nd year Golf Croquet competition and as usual this proved to be a great competitive encounter in a friendly spirit, but giving the tensions of competitive croquet for the first time. Leaders Bryan Roberts, Roger Fieldhouse and Terry Dunbar, finished with a three way knockout final, a thrilling encounter where Terry Dunbar remained undefeated to win his first club trophy.


The golf Croquet final saw John Mawdsley on the lawns again, this time facing Derek Lunt, fresh from his team’s success in the regional league. Golf is played best of three games and with every hoop a major challenge the first game ran almost to time, Derek using his last bisque to align his shot and taking the last hoop with 7 seconds to go, winning the first game 7-3.


A larger crowd was gathering as David Key played his final match, which was against Margaret Flemington in the 14 Point final. With massive concentration he was feeling their support as his confidence returned, gradually gaining hoops to finally peg his colours out 14-3 to the loud applause of the crowd.


Meanwhile, the second Golf Croquet game had started between John Mawdsley and Derek Lunt. Derek showed the lead all the way, with great skill and accuracy to win the second game 7-3. This gave him the best of three games he needed to win and waltzed off the lawns on a dancing high; the conclusion of a great season for him.


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