The clocks go forward early on Sunday morning and that heralds the start of the new croquet season at Ashby. This year we are trialing an 11am start for play on Sunday throughout the normal playing season.
Martin has decided that there will be no more winter play this season at Ashby due to the lawn conditions.
Many thanks to all who have participated this winter.
The main season starts on Sunday 31st March.
(Venue: Ashby Croquet Club, Moira, on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019)
Revised format – updated 15/05/19:
- The entries from the highest ranked 16 players will be accepted if oversubscribed at the allocation date (18th May).
- Assuming a full entry of 16 players and favourable weather conditions, the format will consist of two blocks of eight, with each player playing everyone else in their block and the top two from each block progressing to the semi-final. In the event of two players being tied on number of game wins, qualification places will be decided by playoffs if time allows.
- The semi-final and final will be best of three games, whilst the remaining 6 players from each block will be divided into two groups of 3 based on their block position. There will therefore be two plate competitions, one where the 3-5 ranked players play their opposite numbers from the other block, and similarly the 6-8 ranked players play their opposite numbers from the other block. The 3rd/4th playoff will be a single 13 point game.
- Time limits will not be used unless weather jeopardises the schedule, or AMD in the case of games severely impacting the schedule of play.
Those of us who ‘played’ on Sunday will not be surprised at this! The waterlogging and weather forecast for the next few days are not conducive to playing croquet.
Arthur and Judith took Rachel to Birmingham Airport on 8th January for the long flight to Melbourne; Will had flown out on the 3rd, and has now finished his first week at work. Today they have been playing croquet at Brunswick croquet club, as a respite from looking for somewhere to live more permanently that airbnb places.