Budleigh croquet duo Donovan and Bower runners-up

11:50 26 June 2014

Budleigh Croquet Club played host to the over

Budleigh Croquet Club played host to the over '60's national veteran's championships. Wendy Dominguez lines up a shot. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 5515-26-14AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Archant

Last week saw the return of the national Veterans’ Championship to Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club, one of the very few venues in the country large enough to host major tournaments, writes Elaine Marsh.

Tournament Director Richard Hoskyns paid tribute to the high standard of Budleigh’s ten courts and commented that the entry was larger than that last year, when the event was held at Sussex County Croquet Club.

While half of the entrants were from Budleigh and Sidmouth Croquet Clubs, the rest came from as far afield as Cheltenham, Hurlingham, Roehampton Nottingham and Edinburgh.

With a minimum age limit of 60, the event demonstrated that croquet is one of the few sports which can be played to a high standard in later life, although of course many players are much younger.

Frequent Budleigh visitor Jane Hull had a very successful tournament winning the Meredith Cup in the handicap knockout, while she and regular partner Brian Shorney won the Longman Trophies for the handicap doubles.

The runners –up were Budleigh members Adam Wimshurst and Scylla Blackwell. The consolation doubles for first-round losers was won by Quiller Barrett (president of the Croquet Association) and Richard Hoskyns, who beat Jamieson Walker and Budleigh’s Rosemary Bradshaw. Rosemary also won her class singles with four wins from five games to take the Strickland Cup, again for handicap play.

Competitors in the B Class played level advanced croquet.

Roehampton’s Peter SIddall had one of the lowest handicaps in the class and was the clear winner of the Felixstowe Cup.

Three players vied for second place with Jamieson Walker just coming out on top. Budleigh’s Jane Babbage achieved a handicap reduction from 6 to 5.

The A class singles event saw the second 2014 final to be contested by block winners Dave Mundy and Cliff Jones.

Once again it was Jones who eventually succeeded, gaining a third consecutive win over his rival to take the Rothwell Challenge Cup. Two Budleigh members – Chris Donovan and Tony Bower – were runners up in their blocks with three wins from five games.

The Pidcock Trophy for the Over 75s’ Championship was won by Don Gaunt, author of a well-regarded book on the tactics of the game.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Midweek Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Midweek Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Midweek Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

10:12
Glen Cattell of the Ship Lyme Regis receives the singles champion trophy from league secretary Clive Garner

The Lyme Regis Cribbage League have been able to hand over a splendid cheque to charity after another successful season.

Read more
Yesterday, 22:08
Spectate on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon...

Upottery were 2-1 winners at Chulmleigh and are now guaranteed a top three finish in the Fresha League Division Three.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:03
Josh Grajczonek and Leigh Lanham in action during the Somerset Rebels meeting with Ipswich Witches

Recent history would suggest that the ‘Case’s’ Somerset Rebels match up against the Ipswich Witches for a Friday night Premier League group match would be stroll in the park, but sometimes, despite recent history, things don’t always play out as you would expect, writes Dave Thompson.

Read more
Fri, 19:41
Exmouth chess player Meyrick Shaw in play against internationalmmaster, Jack Rudd, watched by his Exmouth clubmate, Steve Murray.

The West of England Chess Championships were held at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, writes Bob Jones.

Read more
Fri, 17:27
Spectate on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon...

Honiton Town head into Saturday’s Mountbatten Park meeting with Westexe knowing that by winning their next three matches they will be crowned Fresha League Division One champions.

Read more
Thu, 18:22

Devon have named a 14-man squad for Sunday’s final pre-season warm-up game against the Unversity of Exeter at Exmouth (11am).

Read more
Thu, 18:18
Topsham Town V Sidbury United. Ref shsp 1613-12-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A win and a draw in the space of four days have kept Sidfbury United on course for second place in the Fresha League Premier Division.

Read more
Thu, 17:38
skittles generic picture

The new Colyton KO Cup champions are Red Lion A after they defeated Ship C 394-270 in the final.

Read more
Thu, 17:32

Sidmouth SC sailors took to the water for their second Saturday outing of the season.

Read more
Thu, 13:04

The first competitive event in the South West Federation of Croquet Clubs was a Short Croquet tournament at Nailsea Croquet Club last Saturday, writes Dave Butler.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read Sport

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition



Honiton's trusted business finder