Please note that the deadline date for booking for the Winter Dinner on Friday 28th January has now been extended to January 18th. If you are intending to attend the dinner, please let Gail Moors have your application form (or a note by email of your requirements) along with a cheque or bank transfer for the appropriate amount. If you have any queries about the event, please give Gail a ring on 01704 540642.
A wet and windy morning threatened the completion of the internal tournaments and the Jacobs’ Join. However prayers were answered and the rain disappeared and all coped with the wind.The President’s Cup final started and stopped for rain at times in the first hour. Play was difficult, Peter Williams ‘ plan, he told me, was not working out as he hoped but eventually his bisques enabled him to catch and overtake Gail Moors. When they were gone, Gail eventually managed to draw level – and in the last turn after time was called managed to go ahead. Congratulations to her – commiserations to Peter. The Short Croquet Cup was even closer – having to rely on the Golden Hoop – as after the last turn after time was called both Diana Williamson and Tina Kelly were level. Diana’s greater experience enabled her to leave her blue ball in front of its hoop. Tina narrowly missed her shot and Diana was easily able to score the all important hoop to win. Congratulations to Diana – commiserations to Tina. The Golf Croquet Cup was won, by two close games, by Mike Armstrong. Peers defeated by Mike’s greater experience and deadlier shooting! The Chairman’s Bowl, for Advanced A/C and played as a block, was won by Richard Harding. Congratulations to him on winning all his matches. The American CHallenge Cup, also played as a block, was won by Peter Williams. Congratulations to him again! 1st. years Golf, played as doubles, was won by Paul Greenwood and Tricia Moger. 2nd. years Golf, played as a knockout, was won by Stanley Beswick.
Lawn 1 President’s Cup Final – 1. 00pm. start. Gail Moors v Peter Williams. Lawn 2 Golf Croquet Cup – 2. 00pm. start. Mike Armstrong v Peers Cawley. Lawn 3 Short Croquet Cup -either lawn – 2. 00pm. start. Tina Kelly v Diana Williamson. The American Challenge Cup has been won by Peter Williams.The Chairmans Bowl has been won by Richard Harding.The 2019 President’s Cup Final was not played until this year, between Peter Williams and Don Williamson. The winner was Peter.
The 1st./2nd. year Golf Cup is to be played on the North Lawns – 1.30pm. start.
The Jacob’s Join is at 4.30pm. This will be cancelled if it rains as we cannot accommodate everyone in the clubhouse at this time.
The Team was Terry Dunbar, Mike Armstrong, Tina Kelly and Bryan Roberts. It was light rain all day, pleasant enough for play.Southport gave their all but unfortunately the score line resulted in a defeat for Southport………Crake 10.5 Southport 7.5.
A very good team made Southport most welcome to their new club house and showed how much work they have put into their club over the last couple of years
Alain Giraud retained the Sandiford Salver at the Open Weekend in Southport on 18-19 September. The tournament marked a return to normality for both the club and the players. Manager James Hawkins made his first appearance on a croquet lawn since the onset of the pandemic; and Rick Harding played well to take the runner-up place, in his first competitive season since winning this event in 1993.
There will be a one-day AC tournament on Sat 25 September, organised by Barbara Haslam. Starting at 9:30, this informal fun day will be an 18 point AC competition but on a Short Lawn. Time limit 105 minutes per game, format depending on number of entries. All handicaps welcome and Bisques will be adjusted accordingly. Prizes for winners. Just sign list on noticeboard to enter or contact Barbara Haslam.