Match reports 18 May 2017

Chester hosted the North West Millennium Short Lawn Competition on Sunday, 14 May. Sally Slater represented the Chester club, playing in a highly competitive field against nine other players from clubs in the North West Federation. Sally won the trophy in a tense final, holding off the challenge by Gail Moores of Southport to remain undefeated in the four round competition and win her first major title.

Following a successful visit by Dublin-based Carrickmines Croquet Club to Chester last year, Chester were pleased to make a return visit to Ireland over the weekend of 6-7 May. A total of seventeen games were played over the two days in splendid spring weather. Both clubs thoroughly enjoyed the friendly competition, and Chester emerged with a comfortable 11 – 6 triumph, claiming the trophy for a second successive season.

On Saturday of the same weekend, 6 May, Chester played at home against Bury in the Advanced B League and was edged out 2 – 3 on a very grey and chilly day. Jerry Guest was the captain with David Guyton and David Boyd.

Millennium Short Lawn 14 May 2017

Ladies Day at Chester

Not at the racecourse but at Chester Croquet Club where ten players from Fylde, Bury, Bowdon, Southport, Craig-y-don and Chester gathered on a beautiful May morning. Five gentlemen and five ladies (handicaps 3-9) all set for the NW Millennium association croquet short lawn competition. The first two rounds were closely contested but by lunch the ladies were on top with Barbara Young (Bury), Gail Moors (Southport) and Sally Slater (Chester) all having won two matches.

After lunch in the first semi final Gail held her nerve in her concluding break to beat Barbara whilst Sally needed a Rover peel (her first ever) to beat Jack Pattenden in the other semi-final. The final was a bit scrappy with both players affected by tiredness or nerves. Gail used most of her bisques making a 5 hoop break with only 3 balls on the lawn. Sally responded by taking her first ball round using only 3 bisques and after some further skirmishing Sally took her second ball round to make a nervy but effective peg out to win the title. Barbara secured the third place to make it a clean sweep for the ladies.

Overall an excellent day with some very good play on the slick lawns. The benefits of the full bisque format (ie no base as in previous years) were evident in that two thirds of the games finished in peg outs.

Thanks go to David Boyd for managing the event and to Pat Clare and her catering team for providing an excellent lunch and tea.

Sally Slater of Chester (left) and Gail Moors of Southport (right) receiving their trophies from Chester Croquet Club secretary John Dawson
Competitors in the 2017 Millennium Short Lawn Tournament at Chester on 14 May 2017
Enjoying lunch after a hard morning’s croquet
The winner, Sally Slater, in action


Visit to Carrickmines 6 – 7 May 2017

Following a succesful visit by Carrickmines Croquet Club, near Dublin, to Chester last year, Chester were pleased to make a return visit last weekend, 6 – 7 May. A total of seventeen games were played over the two days in splendid spring weather. Both clubs thoroughly enjoyed the friendly competition and Chester emerged as recipients for the second time of the trophy first awarded last year by winning 11 games to 6.

Members of the Carrickmines and Chester teams enjoying the spring sunshine


Chester captain John Dawson, right, receiving the trophy from Sandy Greig, captain of the host team at Carrickmines


Match reports 1 May 2017

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.

Match reports 24 April 2017

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.


Sports report Monday 3 April 2017

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.

New season preparation

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.

David Boyd receives trophy

At the NW Federation AGM at Culcheth on Saturday, 19 November, David Boyd received the trophy on behalf of Chester’s winning team in the NW Federation full lawn weekend handicap league. He is pictured here with the recipients of the other trophies in the NW Federation leagues.

League winning captains with trophies, left to right, Bowdon’s Graham Good (Level Play Golf League); Southport’s Don Williamson (Golf League); Bowdon’s John Haworth (Short League); Chester’s David Boyd (Handicap League); Bowdon’s Steve Reynolds (B League); Bowdon’s David Walters (A League); Westmorland’s Ivan Wheatley (Midweek League)

End of season supper

Chester Croquet Club’s 2016 season came to an end last Wednesday with the end of season dinner and trophy presentations. Nine trophies were presented by chair, Sarah Andrew, at the end of the evening.

Chester Croquet Club’s end of season supper at Chez Jules on 16 November

The trophy winners were Jerry Guest (Fletton trophy); Robin Tasker (Mason Cup and most improved player AC); Brian Walton (Hasting Wang short lawn bowl); Paul Taylor (Rabbits trophy); Janet Jackson (Mollie McBride trophy); Mel Hagan (Peter Bingham award); Judith Hawkins (most improved player GC); Chris and Sally Slater (Hermitage doubles trophy).

Top left to right: Jerry Guest, Brian Walton and Paul Taylor, middle row, Janet Jackson and Robin Tasker and, above, Chris and Sally Slater receiving their trophies from Club chair, Sarah Andrew
Top left to right: Jerry Guest, Brian Walton and Paul Taylor, middle row, Janet Jackson and Robin Tasker and, above, Chris and Sally Slater receiving their trophies from Club chair, Sarah Andrew

The club had some good results at Federation level, winning the weekend handicap AC league and coming second in the midweek handicap AC and the Level Play golf croquet competitions.