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

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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Advanced Croquet League….Southport v Chester

Unfortunately the B level Advanced A/C team lost the match against Chester on Sunday. We were well beaten, 4 – 1 as our team was not playing to their best capabilities – this is our excuse…..! We all tried hard but they were the better team even though, looking at their h/c’s, we should have won.
Chester are always proud of their “bandits” and this was true on Sunday although with no bisques available it showed how well they can play.
The match was most enjoyable and played in good spirit. Alan Pidcock, Don Williamson and Barbara Haslam were our players. Don was our only winner – well done to him!!
report by Barbara Haslam
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AC Handicap Southport v Bury Caesars

I am delighted to report that the w/end Ac. h/c team beat Bury Caesars at home on Saturday, 15th. June by 4 games to 3!!!  Pauline, Barbara, Tony and Gail played. The weather was kind to us, just a sprinkling that we did not need to get waterproofs out for as we were sheltered up on lawns 4 & 5. The sun even shone and coats came off for a while. The lawns that had been water – logged earlier in the week and were still soggy in patches on Friday, had dried out beautifully by Saturday. They were mowed very early that morning and by 9.15 Don had finished white lining them – many, many thanks to him.

report by Barbara Haslam

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Handicap Golf Croquet….Bury North v Southport

Our Handicap Golf Croquet team went over to Bury today ( Sunday 9th June ) and came away with a great win….10-8

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Handicap Golf Croquet Results

May 4th Southport v Culcheth result Southport 11 Culcheth 7
May 12th Southport v Fylde falcons result Southport 12 Fylde 4 with 2 draws.
May 23rd Bowden v Southport result Bowdon 4 Southport 14
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Level Play Golf Croquet Results

April 26th Crake v Southport  result Crake 13 Southport 5
May 22nd Southport v Bury Monarchs Result Southport 7 Bury 11
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Longman Cup ….Southport v Bury

Anne Mitchell, Barbara Haslam, Derek Lunt and Brian Lewis played against BuryC.C. in the 1st. round of the Longman Cup – a national competition – at home on Sat. 25th. May. Unfortunately we lost the match 5 – 2. Derek and Brian were the winning players. Bury go on to play last years winners, Tyneside C.C. We wish them good luck.

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Short Croquet Match …..Southport v Bowdon

The Short Croquet team consisting of Don and Diana Williamson, Eileen Rossiter and Barbara Nodwell beat Bowdon 9 games to 7 on Sunday 26th May.
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The Carol Lewis Memorial Trophy ( May Handicap Cup )







The Carol Lewis Memorial Weekend

18th and 19th May 2019

Twelve players representing clubs from Middlesbrough, Crake Valley, Fylde, Bury, Pendle, Cheltenham and Southport arrived to start play at 9.30am. Although the forecast rain did not materialise the cold wind made some of those in shorts regret the decision. The afternoons on both days were much warmer.

Handicaps were from -1 to 22 providing an interesting mix of skills. Play started in blocks of four with the block winners and the highest scoring other players going through to the finals on the Sunday.

The block winners were Paul Rigge (-1), Gail Moors (18), with Brian Shorney (7) and Peter Williams (22) as the highest scoring players. During the block matches Paul completed a quadruple peel on his way to the semi finals.

In the semi finals Paul played Brian and won with Peter playing Gail and winning after a hard but even match leaving Paul to play Peter in the final.

In the final Peter used his bisque advantage with effect, resulting in a 26-13 win and the trophy for the Southport player. He has now had his handicap reduced to 18 to reflect his play over the weekend.

My thanks go to the players and to Don Williamson, John Haslam, Ray Lowe and Paul Rigge for the help they gave me in managing my first tournament.

Jim Allcock

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