Golf Croquet v Culcheth

Southport’s Golf Croquet Success Continues

Captain Mary Warren’s Golf team celebrated another massive win at home to Culcheth.  Enjoying another glorious sunny day, playing on the immaculate lawns at Victoria Park they welcomed their opponents.   The successful team of four: Terry Dunbar, Tina Kelly, Derek Lunt and Chris Winnard produced a wonderful display of croquet.  They evidenced great skill and composure as they outplayed their opponents winning 15 and a half games to 1 and a half.  Derek Lunt said they have the league in their sights, and hope to go on to win again to make it three years on the run.

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England win the AC Home Internationals ( staged at Southport & Birkdale Croquet Club )

England win the AC Home Internationals
Following heavy overnight rain, the start of this year’s Irish-hosted Home Internationals at Southport was delayed due to significant puddles on all five courts.  Ongoing drizzle (with intervals of heavy showers) kept them topped up, so the usual all-play-all format was amended to a knockout format.  The randomly drawn semi-finals were:
*       England v Wales
*       Ireland v Scotland
Play finally got underway at 11am on court 5, with court 4 becoming available later in the day.  The wet conditions made some play heavy going, with one of the first matches being an eight-hour epic, which Jane Morrison won for Ireland (-5 +13 +23).  A quick 13-minute TP in the fading light by Simon Williams over Campbell Morrison (+26 +23tp) gave Ireland their test win 3-1. (Martin Murray having won the single point for Scotland).  The England/Wales test was further behind, with England having an overnight 1-0 lead (Christian Carter beat Garry McElwain +18 +18tp), and only one other game completed (James Hopgood leading Chris Williams +4)
There was no further rain overnight, and Sunday morning revealed three playable courts.  This was enough to start all remaining first round matches.  England won all games played against Wales, to win the test 3-0.  At this point (~11am), all games in play were abandoned in order to start the next round.  All five courts were now playable, so all 20 players were . Courts 2 and 3 had dried sufficiently for all matches to be started.
*       Final: Ireland v England
*       3rd/4th place play-off: Wales v Scotland
These two matches were one-sided affairs, with Scotland and Ireland winning only three games between them before Wales and England won their matches to take 3rd and 1st place respectively.  Play finished at around 5pm, as initially planned, allowing everyone to stick to their travel plans and the manager to claim that everything had been under control all along.  Danny Johnston, on behalf of the Hosts, Ireland, presented the Frank Cooper trophy to England Captain, David Maugham.
match report by Samir Patel
photos show
1 England team
2 Ireland team
3 the presentation
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2017 JUNE Newsletter

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left picture shows the finalists Paul Rigge and James Hawkins

top right Don Williamson congratulates the runner up Paul Rigge

bottom right Don Williamson presenting the winners trophy to James Hawkins


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2017 April Newsletter[1]

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2017 Beginners Course announced

There is a come and try it weekend coming up on 6th & 7th May ( 10am -4pm ) followed by a beginners course starting on 8th May ( 7pm )

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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




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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