Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Budleigh Croquet Club members reflected on a busy and successful year at their recent end-of-season tea and AGM, writes Elaine Marsh.
One of the most pleasing features had been a healthy intake of some twenty enthusiastic new croquet players.
In 2013 the club had staged ten open tournaments including the British Open and European Golf Croquet Championships, and in Association Croquet, the National Seniors Championship and the Challenge and Gilbey.
Club members had notable successes in open tournaments both at home and at other clubs. Chris Donovan won two B level (advanced play) tournaments at Budleigh and Nailsea and achieved the Croquet Association gold award for completing his first triple peel in open competition. He also triumphed in the B class at the Challenge and Gilbey, in which Elaine Norsworthy won the C class.
The May tournament saw Martin Yates win the Y handicap event while Robert Tait won the Pat Tunmer cup.
At the National Seniors Championship, Charles Townshend and Barbara Thompson won the Y doubles and Jackie Hardcastle the E class for handicap play.
Cliff Jones triumphed in the A class at Sidmouth’s mid-summer tournament; he also won the doubles at the Budleigh August tournament partnered by Elaine Norsworthy.
At the same event Phillip Shaw prevailed in the D class in his first season of tournament play.
The September Handicap Weekend was the final tournament of the year and saw a close three-way finish in which Sam Watts emerged victorious.
Budleigh teams had entered the various leagues run by the South West Federation of Croquet Clubs and the club finished as runners-up in the southern division of the Golf Croquet Level Play league.
There was a good entry to the club’s programme of internal competitions which had been expanded this year to provide more opportunities for members at every handicap level.
Following the successful introduction of winter play last year, several lawns will once again remain open for play through the winter.
Rather than hanging up their mallets until next April, members can continue to enjoy regular weekly sessions and competitions in both Association and Golf Croquet.