Representing the North West in the national Secretary’s Shield handicap tournament 2019, Chester played their first round match against a team from Tyneside on Tuesday 14th May at Pendle Croquet Club, that being about midway between the two clubs. Representing Chester, John Dawson (Captain), Derek Bell-Jones, Robin Tasker and David Boyd, made a good start in the morning session by winning the doubles and one of the singles games to give them a 2 games to 1 lead by lunchtime. The first two results in from the 4 afternoon singles were both wins for Chester, to clinch the match victory. The final score line was Chester 4 – Tyneside 3. The match, played in brilliant weather, was evenly balanced and could have gone either way. Chester is now through to the second round and will play Broadwas CC, Worcestershire.
Thursday 16th May saw the team back in action, this time in a home match in the North West’s Midweek league against Bowdon Griffins. Representing Chester CC was David Boyd (Captain), David Guyton, Robin Tasker and new to the team, James Thomas, playing in his first full lawn league match. Chester made a dream start by winning the doubles and the two morning singles games to give them a 3 – 0 lead by lunch time and although Bowdon came back in the afternoon by winning two of the singles Chester managed to hold them off in the other two to give a final score line of Chester 5 – Bowdon Griffins 2.
The short lawn team of Helen Brophy, Pat Wheeler and Val Sanders played the inaugural match in a new competition, the North Wales and Cheshire tournament, played at Llanfairfechan on Friday 17th May. It was a friendly match, played in good weather and good spirit, but Chester sadly lost 3-6.
Persistent rain all day on Thursday 9th May did not dampen the enthusiasm for the Chester croquet club annual derby, when the two level play teams met to battle it out in the North West Federation level play league.
The Chester Centurions David Crawford, Sally Slater and captain Alan Clare beat the Chester Chariots, Paul Taylor, Janet Jackson and Pat Clare by 14 games to 4. The Centurions have started well in defending their North West champions title.
James Thomas, from Chester and Llanfairfechan clubs, won the North West millennium short lawn event held at Fylde on Saturday 11th May. James only started playing association croquet last season, so this was a fantastic achievement, and was the first external tournament he has entered. He remained unbeaten after three rounds, as did Tony Phillips from Bury club, so they contested a final game. James won with two fine breaks.
This year’s Southport Croquet Festival will take place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June. The format is as in previous years with the addition of a level play golf event. Teams of 3 for Handicap Golf, LPG, AC short and AC Handicap and 2 for AC Advanced. You can play on one or both days and in different team events (although not at the same time)
If you want to play in a golf event please contact Maureen, email@example.com. If you want to play AC please contact Robin, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate on which days you wish to play and on which team(s); and whether you want lunch/tea (which is normally excellent). Also please indicate if you intend to travel each day or stay overnight. Robin and Maureen will coordinate daily travel so that the number of cars is minimised. The club pays the entry fees, you pay the lunch / tea cost and contribute to the travel cost
Each team will have a captain for the day and Robin will be the overall Club Manager
The festival is great fun and has an excellent atmosphere .The formal entries must go in during the first week of June so please contact Maureen or Robin asap!
Chester croquet club won both their North West Federation matches this week.
Paul Taylor captained the short croquet team of Maureen Corrigan, Barbara Jones and James Thomas playing Westmorland at home on Thursday 2nd May. They won 9-7.
On Sunday 5th May Chester travelled north to play Fylde Falcons in the Golf Croquet League. Under sunny but very windy conditions the team of Maureen Ivens, Janet Jackson, Chris Thomas and captain Pat Wheeler came away winners by 10 games to 8 after a very evenly balanced match, with the final game to finish handing victory to Chester.
It’s been an excellent week for Chester’s association croquet players, as two teams won their matches and one player, Richard Smith, won an advanced tournament.
Against a backdrop of thunder and lightning, Chester beat Bury 4-3 in a closely fought association croquet away match on Thursday 25th April . John Dawson (captain), Robin Tasker, David Boyd and Sarah Andrew all contributed to the first win in the North West mid- week league.
On Sunday 28th April Bury were the losers again in a match played at Bury in the North West handicap league. Robin Tasker, Paul Watson, Brian Walton and John Dawson were leading 3-0 at lunch and only lost one game in the afternoon to give an impressive 6-1 final score.
Richard Smith competed in the weekend advanced tournament at Southport. As the sunny day 2 unfurled, a three way tie for the pewter Jubilee Tankard looked possible, but Richard didn’t falter and won all six rounds, overcoming some serious challenges on the way. The win improved Richard’s world ranking from 185 to 163.
You can now watch quality live or recorded International Golf Croquet matches via the internet.
The current match, Golf Croquet Trans-Tasman between heated rivals Australia and New Zealand, will feature all of the four-days of action
Click on the link below to watch the match: https://livestream.com/mysportlive/events/8619338
The CA and various clubs (Sussex, Surbiton and Nottingham) are investing in comparable technologies so this will become a regular feature for both GC and AC over the summer.
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On Saturday 13th Chester croquet club held a taster day for people who were interested in learning and playing the sport. 19 people attended the day, supported by 10 coaches from the club, and they learnt all about the different types of game, how to hit the ball, different types of stroke, how to run hoops and some strategy too. It was a great day with lots of fun. Most people signed up for the beginner courses to be held in the next few weeks.
The first matches of the season got underway for Chester croquet club this weekend.
On a very cold but sunny Sunday, the Chester team of Chris Thomas (captain), Janet Jackson, Brian Hayes and Mel Hagan had an enjoyable match against Crake Valley, who had travelled down to Chester the night before. The result was Crake 10.5 Chester 7.5 giving Crake the win.
At Bowdon over the weekend the North West millennium advanced tournament was held and Jerry Guest and Mark Lloyd represented Chester.
One of the prizes at last autumn’s Eaton Park Charity Auction was an Afternoon of Croquet at Chester Croquet Club, with afternoon tea.
The winners will be experiencing this on the afternoon of Sunday 4th August. Two full sized lawns will be required and use of the clubhouse for the afternoon tea.
We already have volunteers sorting out the food and giving croquet guidance, however if there’s anyone else who wants to lend a hand, that would be great.
Please be aware that there will therefore only be 2 lawns available that afternoon for member’s use?
After a successful day on Thursday, 21 March, setting out the lawns for the new season, the mop and mallet mob returned on Saturday, 23 March, and enjoyed some spring sunshine to finish the task and to spring clean the clubhouse. Thanks to our volunteers, all the lawns are now ready for play and a clean and tidy clubhouse is now open for business. We wish all our members, old and new, an enjoyable and successful season.