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

12:12
The Colyton School football team from the 157-58 season. Back row (lleft to right): Eddie Bond (teacher); Roy Hutchings; Dave Hoare; Tony Newton; Alan Griffin; Gerald Newberry; Bob Collier. Bill Jowett (teacher). Front row (left to right): Dick Sturch; Martin Leach; Mike Marsh; Graham Andrews; Brian Rogers.

Millwey Rise has suffered more than most in this current soggy spell that the Fresha League is enduring having not had any first team action since December 12, writes Dick Sturch.

Read more
11:12
Football generic picture

Another soggy Saturday means more fixture re-arranging!

Read more
Yesterday, 12:48
Wet Wet Wet now appearing at Honiton Football Club. Ref mhsp 0055-01-16SH. Photo Simon Horn

The first Saturday of February was a complete washout across the football and rugby divide in terms of East Devon Clubs.

Read more
Fri, 16:31
Tom Gooding receives the D Division East champions trophy from Devon League chairman Stuart Munday.

Ottery St Mary, Honiton and Kilmngton all picked up divisional titles at the Tolchards Devon Cricket League annual meeting, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more
Fri, 09:05
Sidmouth B who have just secured the Exeter and District Winter League Division Four title

Sidmouth ladies B team completed their Winter League campaign last week, writes Kate Truman.

Read more
Fri, 09:04

Just when you thought you were all organised - along comes a change of date, writes Susie Bonnell.

Read more
Fri, 09:03
Tennis - generic picture

Ottery St Mary tennis club is once again offering sessions for both juniors and seniors in the coming months, writes Gina Cox.

Read more
Fri, 09:02

Ottery St Mary made it two wins out of two matches under the management of Dave Fairweather when they won 3-1 at Otterton, ending the hosts’ eight game unbeaten season in the process.

Read more
Thu, 10:00
Neil King with his award at Exe SC

Despite it being the middle of winter there’s plenty happening at Exe Sailing Club on and off the water, writes Rex Frost.

Read more
Thu, 09:53
Football generic picture

Exeter City is seeking talented young footballers to join their Development Centre at Exmouth.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

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

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications