North West Fed League Match Results

NORTH WEST FEDERATION LEAGUE MATCHES:

The Midweek Handicap AC team experienced the highs and lows of Croquet in July. In early July, the team of Tony Thomas, Pauline Rooney, Peter Williams and Derek Lunt, played some excellent croquet to outplay a strong Chester side, to achieve a spectacular 6-1 victory and go top of the league. At the end of the month, a changed line up of Richard Harding, Tony Thomas, Brian Lewis and Peter Williams travelled through traffic and wet weather, to arrive just in time at Levens Hall to find a Westmorland side practising on some very ‘lumpy’ lawns. We gave 50 Bisques during the day and suffered a 7-0 defeat, sinking to a mid table league position, destroying our title hopes.

Our Golf Croquet HC team currently sit top of the league and have high hopes of winning the title. In mid July the team of Terry Dunbar, Mike Armstrong, Bryan Roberts and Esther Jubb travelled to the North Wales resort of Llanfairfechan and in scorching weather, everyone played really well and achieved a wonderful 14-2 victory.

Our Weekend Handicap AC team of Barbara Haslam, Richard Harding, Anne Mitchell and Peter Williams, travelled to Chester and in a hard fought match on the notorious Chester slopes just lost 3-4. Chester had a 2-1 lead at lunchtime, but the team fought back and levelled the score to 3-3. The outcome of the match was in doubt until the very last game, when with time running out, the Chester number one player achieved a late break to catch up from behind, to secure a 4-3 win for Chester.

Our Advanced AC team are having a difficult season and continued to suffer with a trip to league leaders Bowdon, the team of Alan Pidcock, Barbara Haslam and Brian Lewis played well on the maganificent Bowdon lawns, but went down 5-0 to the strongest club in the Federation.

The short AC team scored a spectacular home win against Bowdon in early July. The team of Richard Harding, Diana Williamson, Eileen Rossiter and Barbara Nodwell produced some great Croquet, despite the appalling weather, and ran out easy winners 11-5. The team are still possible contenders for the league title.

BEGINNERS COACHING COURSES


Due to the large number of requests received, we are no longer taking new Bookings for our Taster Sessions or Beginners Coaching.  We do apologise for any disappointment this may cause.
If you have attended a Taster Session and wish to take up your provisional place on one of the Beginners Coaching Courses, please email Tony Thomas at newsletter@southportcroquet.co.uk as soon as possible with your contact details.

Beginners Coaching……….PLEASE SEE LATEST POST

Beginners Croquet Courses

Our Beginners Courses introduce you to the different formats of Croquet with some of its many subtleties and strategies.  You will also learn some different types of Croquet shots so that you can send two balls to different parts of the lawn with one stroke.  Like Snooker, success in Croquet depends upon ‘building a break’ and our courses give you the basic skills to start doing this.

Our Beginners Courses only cost £20 for four lessons of two hours each.

Choose from: Mondays (7-9) starting Monday 14th June
Wednesdays (7-9) starting Wednesday 16
th June

Saturdays (10:30-12-30) starting Saturday 19th June

Each course is limited to small groups, so early booking is advisable.

It is easy to join: E-mail: sbcc26@gmail.com with your contact details, stating which course you would like to join and we will get back to you.

THE CAROL LEWIS MEMORIAL TROPHY

Despite mainly wet weather, The Carol Lewis Memorial Trophy was a resounding success  It’s a handicap event and the eventual winner was 14 year old Jack Good from Bury Croquet Club – he is clearly a croquet star of the future and defeated the slightly (!) older Alan Pidcock in the final. We had two late entrants – a very new player who had only played a match once before, and his brother, who hadn’t played for 30 years after being extremely successful in his younger days. It was a pleasure to see croquet again being played after the covid restrictions. It was a damp day enjoyed by all – we now look forward to our league fixtures throughout the summer.

Jack Good winner of the Carol Lewis Memorial Trophy 2021

1st Tournament of this year is Saturday 15th May

WE are holding our first tournament of the year on Saturday May 15th. The Carol Lewis Memorial Trophy is normally held over two days, but we have had to reduce this year’s event to just one day because of covid related difficulties. Handicaps for entrants range from -1 to 18 and we look forward to some great matches. There is also an age difference between the youngest and oldest competitors of about 65 years!! We also have male and female competitors, which all goes to show that croquet can be played by everyone and everyone has a chance of winning the tournament Good luck to all players!!

COME AND TRY CROQUET

One of Southport’s best kept secrets – the beautiful surroundings of Southport and Birkdale Croquet Club in Victoria Park, (near the Beach Road entrance).

Croquet is a sport for everyone:

  • best use of a lawn yet invented!
  • maintain or recover your fitness levels
  • highly competitive or for social relaxation

Our Taster Sessions are Covid safe and we supply all equipment and friendly tuition.

  • Suitable for anyone who can swing a 1m tall mallet.
  • Please wear Trainers or similar footwear.
  • Small group sizes.

One Hour Taster sessions will be held between 1pm and 4pm from Saturday 29 May to Sunday 13 June.
To request a one hour slot, please email:
enquiries@southportcroquet.org.uk

OR CALL 07496605340

Lawns open at last

The north lawns opened for play today.

3 full lawns and 2 short lawns have been marked out and are now ready to use for members. BUT please follow the rules on social distancing.

The South lawns will be open as soon as contractors have finished the work that is being done to bring the five lawns back up to a high standard

AGM

The delayed AGM took place on 9th March 2021 via a ZOOM WEBINAR

The members were informed that the club now has a healthy bank balance thanks to grants from the Government and local council which will somewhat cover the losses due to covid

It is hoped that some form of play will be available from mid April provided that the lawns can be tended after the winter.

A new committee was given the OK but there is a vacancy for Chairman

WEBSITE NOW UP AND RUNNING

The new website is finally here and ready to update you of all things of interest that has happened or is about to happen in the Southport and Birkdale Croquet Club.

Some items will be in MEMBERS ONLY section ( which is as the name suggests only visible by members who have registered ) so do please register