Murphy Shield GC final: East Dorset 5-1 Ashby

Wed 23rd Sept, Cheltenham

Our winning semi-final team of Mick, Rupert, Martin and Richard travelled to Cheltenham for a Murphy Shield final against reigning champions East Dorset. We had reached the final for the first time, after hard-fought victories in the quarter and semi-finals against High Wycombe (3-1 at home) and Camerton & Peasedown (4-2 away). Whereas our opponents, East Dorset, had enjoyed a rather easier route to the final, with a bye in the quarter-finals followed by a walkover against Hurlingham in the semi-finals.

In the final, Ashby won the doubles match 2-0, but East Dorset were the much better team in the singles, winning 11 games out of 14, and ensuring their overall victory by 5 matches to 1, with one match unfinished.

East Dorset: Michelle Leonard (3), Johannes Hamann (3), Mark Hamann (3), Tony Green (4)
Ashby: Mick Haytack (3), Rupert Knapton (3), Martin Wroughton (4), Richard Sanville (5)

Michelle and Johannes 4-7, 3-7 Mick and Rupert
Mark 7-3, 7-5 Richard
Tony 7-4, 7-3 Martin

Michelle 0-7, 7-4, 7-3 Mick
Johannes 3-7, 7-5 Rupert (match unfinished)
Mark 7-6, 7-3 Martin
Tony 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 Richard

Match report (CA website)

Murphy Shield final at Cheltenham

GC Knockout reaches Final stage

In the semi-finals of the club knockout, David beat Chris 7-2, and Jane was the 7-3 winner against Ray.

There will be a new name on the trophy this year. The best-of-three final between David and Jane will take place on October 4th.

Here is the link to the draw/results.

Rachel retains the Ascot Cup

Sept 19th & 20th, Southport

Rachel has won the Ascot Cup (English National GC Singles Championship) without dropping a game the entire weekend, retaining the trophy she won last year.

Gee now appears four times on the trophy – twice each for Will (2011 and 2013) and Rachel (2019 and 2020).

Tim was the winner of the Shield (5th to 8th places).

Full report (CA website)

Full results (CroquetScores)

Short Croquet at York

Sept 19th & 20th, York

Mick and Heather both played in York Croquet Club’s annual short croquet (a small-lawn version of AC) tournament. Mick finished second out of 18, winning six games out of nine. His final match was against Andrew Beaumont from Nottingham, who he had previously played three times in the 26-point game and lost every time, but in this game Mick says he played very well and beat Andrew 14-2 in seventeen minutes.

Richard wins the Charity One-Ball Plus club heat

Sat 5th Sept, Moira Manager & reporter: Richard

This year’s national Charity One Ball final has been delayed by four months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so we in turn had to rearrange our One Ball Plus club heat which eventually went ahead on the first weekend of September.

As last year, we had six players in the 13-point tournament, but with reduced time limits (45 or 50 minutes for each round) which allowed us to complete an all-play-all competition. A game was recorded as a draw if the scores were level following the completion of the two turns after time is called. This was the case in the game between Mike and Rupert which finished 6-6. Only two of the 15 games were completed within the time limit, both involving Mick.

The overall winner was Richard with 5 wins out of 5. After trailing against Adam throughout his first game, Richard managed to snatch victory 8-7 in the final turn, and after that played consistently well. Heather and Mick both finished on 3 wins, with Heather winning the game between them.

Results: 1st Richard (5 wins); 2nd Heather (3 wins, beat Mick); 3rd Mick (3 wins, lost to Heather); 4th Rupert (1.5 wins, drew with Mike, hoop diff. -7); 5th Mike (1.5 wins, drew with Rupert, hoop diff. -17); 6th Adam (1 win).

Many thanks to everyone for their generous donations to Macmillan Cancer Support, totalling £70. When combined with the Christmas/New Year donations (£77) we have raised a magnificent total of £147, plus gift aid, for the charity.

Richard will represent Ashby in the one-ball national final at Surbiton on Sept 20th. Although the money raised entitles us to an additional place in the final, none of the other participants are available that weekend or willing to travel.

Ashby through to Murphy Shield GC final

Camerton & Peasedown 2-4 Ashby

Wed 2nd Sept, Camerton & Peasedown

The Ashby team of Mick, Rupert, Martin and Richard have won their Murphy Shield semi-final 4-2 at Camerton & Peasedown, reversing last season’s outcome when the Somerset side won at Moira.

After trailing 0-3 at lunchtime, the home team staged an afternoon comeback, but Mick’s 2-0 win in the singles secured the overall win for Ashby.

Ashby’s first-ever Murphy Shield final will now be against East Dorset, at Cheltenham on Wednesday 23rd September.

Camerton & Peasedown: Maureen Boys (3), Rosalind Key Pugh (3), Brian Wilson (3), Patrick Knight (5)
Ashby: Mick Haytack (3), Rupert Knapton (3), Martin Wroughton (4), Richard Sanville (6)

Mo and Ros 3-7, 7-4, 2-7 Mick and Rupert
Brian 5-7, 6-7 Richard
Patrick 5-7, 4-7 Martin

Mo 5-7, 5-7 Mick
Ros 6-7, 7-3 Rupert (match unfinished)
Brian 4-7, 7-6, 7-5 Martin
Patrick 7-4, 7-6 Richard

Murphy Shield match at Camerton & Peasedown

Paul and Heather win the Clive Pearson Doubles

Mon 31st August, Moira Manager: Martin

After a very close National Forest GC doubles tournament over the weekend (see separate report), the doubles theme continued on bank holiday Monday with our internal Clive Pearson GC competition. This turned out to be even closer, with all five pairs finishing on two wins out of four! Paul and Heather were the clear winners on a hoop difference of +9 , thanks to wins of 7-0 and 7-1 in their first two games. Runners-up were Jane and Richard on +1. Not far behind were Ray and Rupert, Mike and Julie, and Christine and Mick. Many thanks to Martin for organising the tournament.

Paul and Jane win the National Forest GC Doubles

Aug 29th & 30th, Moira Manager: Ray

Six pairings competed in our first National Forest GC Doubles, a new national tournament at Moira. In an extremely close all-play-all competition, with each match consisting of three 13-point games, three pairs finished on 3 match wins, the top two of these also finishing level on games won. Hoop difference was therefore the deciding factor, with home players Paul Durkin and Jane Tewson declared the winners, finishing just ahead of David and Andrea Widdison.

Here is Ray and Chris’s full report:

The first National Forest GC Doubles tournament was played on August 29/30th at Moira in North West Leicestershire, home of Ashby Croquet Club. Subtitled “Total Zero Plus” to reflect minimum joint handicaps, it attracted Ashby club members and players from the North East, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Essex and 18 year old Ellie Ross, currently living in the West Midlands but wearing the all black colours of a New Zealand international.

Manager Ray Mounfield decided on an all-play-all 3 games format with a generous time limit. Two courts play similarly and the third has different characteristics so all pairs were allocated matches on each court.

The first day’s play, at times in heavy rain, saw most pairings complete three rounds, with four teams finishing on 2 match wins.  All matches were ended within their set time limits [first game in 70 mins, 2 games in 130 mins, 3 games in 180 mins.]

Sunday started drier and brighter. First on court were Jane Tewson and Paul Durkin and Judith and Arthur Rowe to play their held over game and complete round 3.  The end of the 4th round saw Ellie Ross and Christine Wood and the Widdison duo each on 3 wins with the likelihood of one of them winning the tournament.

Round 5 was a nail-biter.  The final deciding two games were being played out simultaneously, Ross/Wood v Tewson/Durkin and the Widdisons against Ann Brookes and Jane Pringle.  The two fancied teams failed to defeat their opponents, leaving the manager with the headache of 3 pairs on 3 match wins.  Tewson/Durkin and the Widdisons each had 9 game wins so it came down to hoop difference. Jane and Paul had scored 13 more hoops and were declared winners.  They were surprised and delighted to be taking home the much admired and unique trophy designed and made by Mike O’Brian during the first few weeks of  “lockdown”.

All players agreed that, despite Covid-19 restrictions, the two days had gone well and this previously untried format had worked well, with only one game being timed out.

Scores on CroquetScores

Jane and Paul with the National GC Doubles trophy

Arthur wins B-Level at Nottingham Week

Arthur played in the Nottingham Annual Tournament (AC), and managed to overcome a few tough opponents to win the B-level trophy. He’s the second Rowe to grace the trophy, daughter Rachel having won it in 2009.

Arthur with the Nottingham B-Level AC trophy

Charity One-Ball Plus Croquet at Moira on Saturday 5th September

Ashby Croquet Club’s postponed annual Charity One-Ball competition is now on SATURDAY 5th September at Moira, with a 2pm start, and after the success of last year’s competition we are once again playing Mike’s One-Ball Plus version, as per the rules below/attached.  This year, Richard is running our competition on the day, which will be played on the two small marked courts that make up Lawn 2, with double-banking and/or use of Lawn 1 too if needed, depending on numbers.

One Ball (Plus) Croquet is a simplified form of Association Croquet. The basic shots – which are essentially golf croquet shots and croquet take-off strokes – are fairly simple, but instructions and coaching can be provided before the day for first-timers who would like to play – just ask Mike or Richard.  Similarly, any specific queries regarding the rules – ask Mike!  Please make sure you familiarise yourself with the rules BEFORE the day, so that the event runs smoothly on the day.

As well as competing for the Gnome trophy (currently held by Mick), this is also our heat of the national charity One-Ball croquet competition, which this year is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  Players are encouraged to wear something green for the competition if possible, as this is the charity’s colour theme.

Please let Richard know if you would like to enter.  Provisional format: Four rounds with a rolling one-hour time limit – i.e. start at 2pm, first round finishes at 3pm and so on, finishing by 6pm.

Entry fee is by charity donation (cash if possible please, to allow the charity to claim Gift Aid), with a suggested amount of £5 or £10 per person, with all money going to the Macmillan charity.  The money raised will be added to the £77 we have already raised for Macmillan from the Christmas/New Year donations.

With the amount we have already raised, we are guaranteed a free place in the Charity One Ball national final (played to the usual One-Ball rules rather than One Ball Plus) which will be at Surbiton Croquet Club on Sunday 20th September.  If the winner is unable or unwilling to attend the national final, the place can be claimed by a runner-up instead. 

 The Rules of One Ball Plus

The object of the game is to run hoops one to six or one to twelve and peg out before the opponent, thus winning the game.

The player with the higher handicap decides who plays first. If the handicaps are the same, the winner of a coin toss decides who plays first. At the start of the game the balls are played into the lawn from either of the two baulk lines.

A roquet  (and croquet and continuation stroke) has to be played at least once before each point can be scored. The hoop or peg is then termed “live” and can be scored in the current turn or subsequent turns without a further roquet.

A clip of the same colour as the ball is placed on the hoop or peg to indicate which is the next to be scored followed by another clip of the same colour when it becomes live.

The Three Turn Countdown  (Ensures one player has the incentive to attempt a roquet.)
One of the players, as defined below, always has a three turn countdown to make a roquet  or score a hoop point (if the hoop is live) before an optional extra turn is conceded to the opponent. The extra turn can only be used, if needed, to make a roquet in the opponent’s next turn. If the recipient of the extra turn does not make a roquet with the extra turn, the ball is replaced from where it was played and the turn ends.

The player with the three turn countdown is:
– Initially, the player who plays first at the start of the game.
– The player who is in the lead after a hoop point has been scored.
– The player who has scored a hoop point to draw level.

The countdown is reset and starts from one again after either player:
– Scores a hoop point.  (Ownership of the countdown is then reassessed.)
– Makes a roquet and the turn ends without scoring a hoop point.

The countdown is also reset if it reaches three and the recipient of the extra turn fails to make a roquet or score a hoop point in their next turn.

A continuation stroke after scoring a hoop point is the first of three turns. A continuation stroke after a croquet stroke and playing first at the start of the game are not the first of three turns.  (A roquet cannot be made in either of these circumstances.)

The player shall inform the opponent as to which of the three turns is about to be played. All other rules of Association Croquet apply to this game.