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Philip and Sue win at the Seniors

Philip Harris and Sue Rogers won the doubles on July 22nd 2018 at the National Seniors tournament held at Budleigh.
Philip Harris and Sue Rogers
Philip Harris and Sue Rogers

Short Croquet

Twenty short players took part in this fast-moving tournament in sunny weather. Philip Harris, Richard Thurlow, and Julie Horsley were among the front runners.
The Scene
The Scene

May Week Result!

Budleigh May Week Winners
Budleigh May Week Winners
Sidmouth players went to Budleigh May Week and came home with the silverware. Well done all!

Haste Cup goes to Jonathan Powe

The Winning Shot
The Winning Shot
Tim Jollif
Tim Jollif
Ryan Cabble
Ryan Cabble
Powe and Tibble
Powe and Tibble
In spite of a terrible forecast 16 top golf croquet players converged on Sidmouth for the Haste Cup, and were rewarded by quite reasonable weather.
Block A was dominated by Jonathan Powe, who won all his games in the first part of the tournament. Block B was a more close-run thing, with Lionel Tibble just edging out Nick Archer on points. The two block winners then progressed through the quarter finals and semi finals with no upsets.
The spectators were entertained by some stunning shots, even from non-finalists; Ryan Cabble, for example makes a particular speciality of very long-range clearances and hoop runs.
In the final Jonathan Powe always dominated, and won with great confidence and panache.

Dew Tracks Reveal Flight

When struck hard croquet balls fly for a considerable distance before starting to roll, as seen in this shot. This is important because, once they roll, stop shots do not work, so the flight distance is the maximum at which you can do a stop shot.
Dew Tracks at Budleigh
Dew Tracks at Budleigh

Sidmouth "A" Triumph

Sidmouth "A" Parkstone League team resoundingly won in the first match of the season, against Sidmouth "B". Perhaps it was the home advantage? The next match will tell. The players were: A) Richard Wood (capt.), Peter Nelson, Colin Walls, Derek Andrews; B) Mike Taylor (capt.), Jane Babbage, Ian Friedlander, Andrew Thomas

Charity Quiz Triumph

The Winning Team
The Winning Team
The croquet section won the charity quiz. Team was: Peter Nelson (captain and source of information on the Crimean War) Emma Donovan (source of all information on more recent times), Chris Donovan, Colin Walls, Diana East, Andrew Thomas. You may just glimpse PhotoBomber Julie in the background. The picture shows the team receiving the trophy from cricket star Josh Bess

Website Move

The website has been moved to a new hosting facility. Everything should be as it was, but in the event of any new problems being discovered, please contact Colin Walls

Thurlow Triumphs with One Ball

Charity One Ball Briefing
Charity One Ball Briefing

The annual Charity “One Ball” competition was played on Thursday April 19th, a dry day unusually for this year, and our first internal competition of the year.

Every Croquet club in England runs its own “One Ball “competition, with the winner going to the national final.

This competition is an annual England-wide competition in aid of a Charity. This year the national organisers chose   the Down’s Syndrome Association.     Entry fees for all the tournaments and other fundraising goes to the Charity; this year Sidmouth CC raised £130.

“One Ball” Croquet is as its title says, a version of the game in which each player is matched against another, each having one ball to hit through 13 consecutive hoops. Whilst it is possible to go around without making use of the opponent’s ball, managing to hit it enables an extra turn which can aid progress through the hoops. .Players with differing skills are given handicaps consisting of of extra turns to try  to even them up.

Twenty-six players entered the competition this year, each starting off with 100 nominal points, and played five other opponents. A win gained 10 points; a loss meant 10 points lost.  Players played five games, so that the maximum points were 150. Both Penny Ball and Richard Thurlow scored 140 points in their first four games, and so were matched together in the final, which Richard just managed to win, giving him 150 points.

The  runners-up were Andrew Thomas, Penny Ball, Dave Mundy and Steve Pearson each on 130 points. The final is to be held in Surbiton later in the year.