Chester was successful in all three leagues contested during week commencing 24th April.
On Monday 24th April the team of Janet Jackson, Mel Hagan, Roger Haigh and Sally Slater(captain) travelled to Bowdon for the Golf croquet handicap league. After an exciting neck and neck match they emerged the victors 9-8. Chester is top of this North West league at the moment.
On Wednesday 26th April Chester Chariots and Chester Centurions met in the level play league. This is the first season that Chester has entered two teams so there was much friendly rivalry during the day and many closely fought games. The Centurions, David Crawford (captain), Mark Lloyd and Pauline Walters beat the Chariots, Maureen Ivens (captain), Rosemary Williams and Janet Jackson 13-5. As the first match of the level play league it was good to start with a Chester derby against friends on a fine, albeit rather cold day.
The North West mid-week league for association croquet was played at home on Friday 28th April against Southport. The team of Robin Tasker (captain), John Dawson, Helen Brophy and Michael Miller won 6-1.
On Saturday 22nd April, the Chester team of David Boyd (captain), Helen Brophy, Derek Bell-Jones and Robin Tasker travelled to the outer reaches of the region to play Pendle and Craven in the first weekend Association Handicap league match of the season. Weatherwise they were treated to a very pleasant, warm Spring day.
The morning session of one doubles and two singles resulted in a tally of two:one in favour of Pendle, so there was everything to play for in the afternoon’s four single games. The situation was looking good for Chester for a while having won two games but, despite one of the remaining games finishing with a golden hoop, the final score was Pendle 4 – Chester 3.
The first match in the golf croquet handicap league was played at home against Llanfairfechan. The Chester team of Chris Thomas (captain), Peter Fey, Mel Hagan and Pauline Walters won convincingly 11-6. The doubles in the morning resulted in one all, but the singles matches played afterwards went strongly in Chester’s favour. Peter Fey won all four of his games.
Chester team and Llanfairfechan team on Saturday at home to Chester.
In the beautiful spring sunshine Chester Croquet Club began its season with a highly successful social Sunday. Over 35 members attended the event, bringing along friends and family to share a friendly game of croquet and to demonstrate the sport to newcomers.
Chester starts it’s more formal business at the weekend when a team takes part in the North West advanced tournament at Fylde. This is one of six leagues in which Chester is participating this season, sending teams playing golf and association croquet all over the North West.
Chester croquet club is finalising the calendar for the new season beginning on April 1st. The club will be entering six of the seven North West Federation leagues and hope to improve their results overall. They will be fielding a second level play golf croquet team this year, having come second in the league last year with their first team.
One team is also looking forward to going to Dublin in May to play a return match against Carrickmines croquet club. Once again, the club will be hosting the all England Golf Croquet competition.
The club welcomes new members, whether novices or experienced players, and this year is holding its annual taster day on the croquet lawns at Westminster Park on Saturday April 8th 10.00 – 1.00. Anyone interested should contact Sally Slater, the membership secretary, on 01244 677645.