Mike and Ian win the Clive Pearson Doubles

Mon 26th August, Moira Report by Martin

There were 5 pairs for this event.  The winners were Mike O’Brian and Ian Neville, Ian is a new player who played his first game on the previous Sunday!  The next day, partnered with Mike, he achieved his first tournament win, quite a feat. Ian is Noah’s grandfather, Emma’s father.

It is a pity that none of the Wednesday group took part, but then again, neither did last year’s winners.  This event was designed to introduce members to relaxed competitive play.

Secretary’s Shield AC: Chester 7-0 Ashby

Sat 24th August, Chester

Ashby travelled to Chester in a bank holiday heatwave for the semi-final of the Secretary’s shield, a national AC club knockout competition contested by the winners of the previous year’s regional AC leagues. Chester had already played two matches to reach this stage, whereas Ashby had had an easier route with a bye in the first round and a walkover in the second round.

In the morning Mick and Derek took part in a close doubles match losing by -2, while Richard and Heather both finished -8.

Chester won the afternoon matches even more convincingly, with three of them finishing +16, and they progress to the final to play either St Albans or Kington Langley.

Chester: Robin Tasker (6), David Guyton (6), David Boyd (6), James Thomas (8)
Ashby: Mick Haytack (8), Richard Sanville (10), Derek Buxton (18), Heather Hardy (18)

David G & David B 23-21 Mick & Derek
Robin 19-11 Heather
James 21-13 Richard
Robin 26-10 Mick
David G 25-9 Richard
David B 26-10 Derek
James 22-17 Heather

Clive Pearson Doubles GC club competition – this Monday (Bank Holiday)

The Clive Pearson Doubles golf croquet club tournament is on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August, at Moira, with a 1pm start.  Martin is running the event again this year.

This internal tournament is particularly suitable for all standards as high-handicap players are paired with low-handicap players, so it’s a great introduction to tournament play for our newer members and recent beginners.

There’s no need to book in advance, but please arrive by 12.50pm on Monday so we can arrange the pairings.  We will allocate doubles partners based on listing all of the players in order.  That is, the strongest player will play with the weakest player and so on, until the two players in the middle are the final pairing.

The event is LEVEL play (not extra turns). 

The event is free of charge to club members.  White clothing is not essential.  Finish time should be around 6pm. It should be an enjoyable afternoon of fun competition.  The history of the tournament shows that many different pairings have won over the years.

Jane Tewson wins Ashby’s GC B-Level tournament

Sat 17th August, Moira

Twelve players from as far north as Edinburgh, and as far south as Leighton Buzzard, competed at Moira for our annual B-Level GC tournament on a fine dry Saturday following a very wet Friday. We had seven rounds of play, after which the clear winner was local player Jane Tewson with an impressive 7 wins out of 7. Jane has had a very successful year, also winning the Leighton Linslade GC B-Level event in June, and we wish her well in the national final in September.

Top placings
1st: Jane Tewson (Ashby and Long Eaton clubs) 7 wins
2nd: Pauline Donner (Woodhall Spa) 6 wins
3rd: David Cornes (Crake Valley, Cumbria) 5 wins, +13
4th: Roger I’Anson (Ripon Spa) 5 wins, +11
5th: Mick Haytack (Ashby) 5 wins, +6

Many thanks to Martin for organising beforehand, and to Mike for stepping in to manage on the day.

Inter-Club GC Murphy Shield: Ashby 3-4 Camerton & Peasedown

Wed 7th August, Moira Report by Mick

The weather was good for our semi-final match at home against Somerset club Camerton & Peasedown. The teams were:

Ashby: Christine Mounfield (2), Mick Haytack (3), Ray Mounfield (3), Martin Wroughton (4)
Camerton & Peasedown: Brian Wilson (3), Rosalind (Ros) Key-Pugh (3), Maureen (Mo) Boys (3), Patrick Knight (4)


Christine and Mick beat Brian and Ros 7-4, 5-7, 7-4
Ray beat Patrick 7-5, 7-5
Martin lost to Mo 5-7, 7-5, 4-7

Christine lost to Brian 4-7, 7-6, 6-7
Mick lost to Ros 7-4, 5-7, 6-7
Ray beat Mo 7-3, 2-7, 7-5
Martin lost to Patrick 4-7, 3-7

As the scoreline suggests, this was a very close match with the top two singles going to the 13th hoop in the 3rd game. Ros beat Mick by running hoop 13 from the boundary with an angled shot. Both teams played some exceptionally good shots but our visitors played just that bit better and will face either Guildford or East Dorset in the final.


Mick has asked if people could please not lock the gate if there is a car, or cars, still parked on the site. Apparently, last Friday there were some people playing croquet and when they finished they locked the gate. One person in the bar was very nearly locked in, and his car was in the car park.

Martin retains the Max Morris Trophy

Sun 4th August, Moira Manager: Martin

Six players contested the Max Morris internal club GC handicap competition, in an all-play-all format with a good spread of handicaps ranging from 0 to 10.

Martin Wroughton was the clear winner with a 100% record of five wins. Lesley L, Ray and Julie all finished on three wins, and Richard S on one win. Mike was unlucky not to win a game, finishing on 6-7 three times.

Martin therefore wins the Max Morris tankard for the second year running, and is only the third player to do this, after Derek in 1999/2000 and Ray in 2005/06.

Ashby finish third in East Midlands 26-point AC league

Sat 3rd Aug, Nottingham

After winning the regional 26-point Association Croquet league for the last two years, we had to settle for third place this year. After a promising 2-1 victory over Leicester, we narrowly lost 1-2 to Pinchbeck after three close games, and in the final match we were convincingly beaten by the hosts Nottingham. Well done to Derek for recovering some of his form and winning two out of his three games.

Nottingham won the event overall with a clean sweep of victories, and they will represent the East Midlands in the Secretary’s Shield national AC knock-out competition next year.

Ashby 2-1 Leicester
Mick Haytack (8) 20-26 Richard White (-1)
Richard Sanville (10) 19-18 Lawrence Whittaker (8)
Derek Buxton (18) 26-13 Richard Whiting (9)

Ashby 1-2 Pinchbeck
Mick Haytack (8) 23-26 Adrian Kirby (-0.5)
Richard Sanville (10) 22-26 John Filsak (3)
Derek Buxton (18) 17-14 Patricia Duke-Cox (12)

Ashby 0-3 Nottingham
Mick Haytack (8) 13-26 Alex McIntyre (5)
Richard Sanville (10) 9-26 Mark Lansdale (12)
Derek Buxton (18) 8-26 Roger Watson (14)

Other results
Nottingham 2-1 Pinchbeck
Nottingham 3-0 Leicester
Pinchbeck 3-0 Leicester

Final placings
1st Nottingham (3 match wins)
2nd Pinchbeck (2 wins)
3rd Ashby (1 win)
4th Leicester (0 wins)

East Mids League: Bakewell A 5-7 Ashby A

Tues 30th July, Bakewell

Bakewell: Steve Marsh (2), Alan Reeve (5), Tim Spray (5)
Ashby: Mike O’Brian (0), Ray Mounfield (3), Martin Wroughton (4)

Steve & Tim 4-7 Mike & Martin
Alan 7-4 Ray
Alan & Tim 6-7 Ray & Martin
Steve 7-6 Mike
Steve & Alan 7-2 Mike & Ray
Tim 7-5 Martin
Steve 5-7 Martin
Alan 5-7 Mike
Tim 4-7 Ray
Tim 7-4 Mike
Steve 5-7 Ray
Alan 2-7 Martin

Heather wins the Ladies’ Perry Bowl

Sat 27th July, Moira Report by Eileen

The Perry Bowl Ladies Handicap Golf Croquet Tournament was played in pouring rain. Ten Ashby lady club members bravely faced the elements! Jenny Biggs was the score keeper and the driest! 

The Tournament was shortened by one round when everyone decided that they had got wet enough! We did have a winner and three close runners-up. Any of the four could have won if the fifth round had been played.

Heather was declared the winner with four out of four wins. She was presented with the Perry Bowl Trophy and a bottle of red wine.

Winner: Heather Hardy 4 wins
Runner-up: Janet Harker 3 wins +16
3rd place: Lesley Leitch 3 wins +9
4th place: Julie Boulton 3 wins + 6