We will be holding a course for new players at the beginning of the season ……starting on Monday  13th May   7pm start

There is a “COME AND TRY IT” weekend 11th – 12th  May .     come along at any time between 10am and 4pm        THIS YEAR IT’S FREE TO HAVE A TRY

if these times don’t suit you then please leave a message on the club phone and we will try to arrange another day ( 01704551713 )  OR   send an email to

all equipment provided but new players are reminded to bring flat soled shoes ( trainers )

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Richard Smith






A field of nine entries became a paltry seven before a ball had been struck, with two dropping out Saturday morning, predicting that Southport’s surface would be flooded and unplayable due to heavy overnight rain. They were wrong! The work commissioned last autumn on improving drainage has paid huge dividends, even the manager expected to spend the first day of the weekend tournament sheltering inside the clubs historic hut, but no, play started promptly on time at 9:30 – now in a all-play-all untimed single banked round robin.

Yes, I won’t mislead, some players wore multiple layers and waterproofs – others didn’t, conditions weren’t that bad really.

Food was provided by Margaret on the first day & Di on the second – both hit the spot. Huge thanks to both.

Ground and courts were established by Don, Peter & Ray – again, thanks from me to them for their separate days efforts.

As Day two (in sunshine) unfurled, a three way tie for the ‘Jubilee Tankard’ looked possible, but Richard Smith didn’t falter and took the pewter mug, winning all six rounds overcoming some serious challenges.

match report by Paul Rigge


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A new croquet season and the White Tops is ready to go again.  Our very popular White Tops sessions will start again this Thursday – that is Thursday 18th April 2019.

We start at 2pm but it is very helpful if you arrive by 1.45 – gives the organiser a chance to organise the pairings whilst everyone else puts out the hoops, balls, bisques and chairs.  It will cost you 25p (well we have to pay for our great prizes) and please wear a White Top.  We finish about 4.15

We play Doubles Association Croquet on a short lawn and when a team is in play each player takes alternate shots.  Each team has six bisques.  Games take about 55 minutes, so the format is two games separated by break for tea and cake.

The organiser selects all the teams and as far as possible pairs higher handicappers with lower handicap players, to give evenly matched games.  Everyone is welcome from Beginners to Experts – If you are a beginner, your partner will explain everything, help you round and give a bit of coaching on the hoof.  The aim of the afternoon is to have fun whilst playing a very friendly, yet competitive, game of Croquet in an informal manner.  Players from the afternoon unbeaten teams have the opportunity to shoot at the peg to win the weekly star prize, and look after the Mini Chalice, the player who wins the most prizes over the season is awarded a very handsome trophy to keep on their mantelpiece until the following season.

Wearing a white shirt, blouse, jumper, etc. pays a traditional respect to the wonderful game of Croquet and identifies you as a player in this weekly event.

Looking forward to seeing you all again

Tony Thomas
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The season starts on 6th April and there will be a Jacobs Join in the afternoon

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the S&B CROQUET CLUB AGM will  be held on Friday 30th November at 7.30 pm at The Richmond on Scarisbrick New Road.

one of the topics of the evening will be the election of the committee. if you feel that you could give something to the club then please put yourself forward for election


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Tina Kelly Wins the York Short Croquet Tournament – 22/23 September 2018

A gang of eight north west Croquet players from Southport went over the Pennines looking for trophies.  They did battle in York and made their escape with Tina Kelly holding aloft the York Short Croquet Trophy.

The York Short Croquet Tournament is brilliant – 24 players, double banked on six short lawns, 70 minute games with centralised timing and played over ten rounds of croquet.  A recipe for chaos? far from it!  Expertly managed by John Harris and David Hudson, the event is fast moving, exciting, competitive, friendly and fun – a perfect end of season croquet weekend – especially when provided with a sumptuous array of delicious cakes, courtesy of York members.

The Short Handicaps ranged from scratch to ten, with players travelling from as far afield as Dorset and included Callum Johnson (winner in 2016) and Debbie James (2017 winner).  There was some excellent croquet on display (especially from Callum), many all round 3 ball breaks and players running between shots as they realised time was running out.

However, it was Tina Kelly from Southport (Handicap 10) who played calm, steady croquet, throughout – doing the basic stuff well and managing her bisques in a very practical manner.  Round ten proved decisive with several players still in contention, however, Tina came from behind to secure a narrow victory with minutes to spare.

Tina came in first, unbeaten throughout the weekend and one point ahead of Callum, with Pauline Rooney (also from Southport) in third place.

All that was left was to smile for the group photo, enjoy another cake and make a note for next year – 21/22 September 2019.

Tina Kelly (right) receiving the York Short Croquet Trophy from 2017 Winner, Debbie James (left)

Southport players, ready for action (?) as they leave the hotel (photo Kath Thomas)

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Sandiford Salver…September Advanced Tournament


James Death defeated a strong opposition to win the Sandiford Salver at
the Southport Advanced Weekend on 15-16 September.
Death played some fast and elaborate croquet, squeezing ten games into
the two days.  On the way he completed three triple peels, one triple on
his opponent, a quad, a straight quad, and the not-often-seen quintuple
peel on opponent.  Credit must go to Peter Wilson, who managed the event
and succeeded in scheduling enough games to satisfy James’s appetite for
croquet throughout.
John-Paul Moberly made his Southport debut after recently relocating to
the North West, and won six games out of seven to take second place.
James Death – 10/10
John-Paul Moberly – 6/7
Paul Rigge – 6/8
Alain Giraud – 5/8
Omied Hallam – 4/8
Richard H Smith – 2/6
Liz Wilson – 2/6
Dave Gunn – 2/7
James Hawkins – 2/7
Peter Wilson – 2/7
Derek Knight – 1/6
Dennis Scarr – 1/6

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Midweek Handicap Croquet League…Westmorland v Southport

Yesterday our midweek league team played at Westmorland.
In the morning Pauline Rooney and Derek Lunt won but Peter Williams and John Haslam were out bisqued in the doubles and lost by 5.
In the afternoon John was quickly beaten as he gave 11 bisques but Pauline, Peter and Derek all won. The result was 5-2 to us and means that we have won the league.
Congratulations to all members who played during the season. They were Ian Goulden, John Haslam, Derek Lunt, Anne Mitchell, Gail Moors, Tony Thomas and Peter Williams.
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Handicap Golf Croquet League…Southport v Fylde

Terry Derek Bryan and Ester had a good result winning 10-8 on Saturday 25th August

this was the last match of the season which leaves Southport just short of winning the league

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Handicap Golf Croquet League…..Chester v Southport

Terry Dunbar,Derek Lunt,Chris Winnard and Mary Warren travelled to Chester and came away 13- 5 winners….   well done team

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