Heather Hardy wins the National Forest AC Handicap Singles Weekend

June 15th & 16th, Moira Reporter & non-playing manager: Arthur

A small field of hardy players (excuse the pun) contested the National Forest AC Handicap Singles weekend, when they were subject to torrential downpours mixed with occasional sunshine. The field was comprised of players from Ashby and Huddersfield, and so the first two games felt like a team match rather than a singles competition. There was a mixture of excellent and so-so play from all players, and everyone won at least one game.

By the final game on Sunday, there were two players in the reckoning to win – Heather Hardy and Mick Haytack. Mick needed to beat Richard Sanville in the last game, and for Heather to lose to Rena Souten. Mick did his bit in an exciting finish after Richard had pegged off one ball, Mick then hitting in and making 3 hoops and a posthumous peel before winning +1. Heather was one ahead when time was called in her game, but Rena didn’t manage to make any more hoops and so Heather emerged as the winner. She also qualified for a Bronze award, completed her first two 26pt games, and finally earned a handicap reduction from 20 to 18.

National Forest AC tournament page (including pictures)

Murphy Shield: Ashby 5-0 Belsay Hall

Tuesday 11th June, Moira Report by Ray

Ashby welcomed a team from Belsay Hall, Northumberland, for a first-round Murphy Inter-Club Shield GC match. The Belsay players had travelled down to Leicestershire the previous day, so were refreshed and ready to go. However the weather was not particularly kind, with rain and wind most of the day.

Ashby started well, winning each of the morning singles matches in two games. The doubles spread across lunch but was also eventually won by Ashby.  In the afternoon the Ashby C & D players again won their matches in two games (although Brenda did push Martin to hoop thirteen in their first game).

With the contest already decided in favour of Ashby the captains decided that the other two singles games be settled as draws, with one game each, allowing Belsay to head home at a reasonable time.

Ashby now meet Hunstanton in the quarter-final.

Results (Ashby team names first):

Christine Mounfield (2) & Jane Tewson (3) beat Eric Nixon (2) & Derek Johnson (5) … 7-5, 4-7, 7-5

Ray Mounfield (3) beat  Brenda Johnson (9) … 7-2, 7-3

Martin Wroughton (4) beat Anthony Turner (7) … 7-5, 7-5

Christine Mounfield v Eric Nixon 6-7, 7-5 (3rd game not played)

Jane Tewson v Derek Johnson 7-5, 6-7 (3rd game not played)

Ray Mounfield beat Anthony Turner … 7-3, 7-5

Martin Wroughton beat Brenda Johnson … 7-6, 7-5

David Brame wins the Ashby C-Level GC tournament

Sat 8th June, Moira Tournament Manager and reporter: Mick Haytack

On a cold wet day at Moira, nine intrepid players competed in a very entertaining ‘C’ level tournament. Due to another engagement Lesley Leitch was only able to play in the morning but Jenny Biggs made a more than adequate replacement in the afternoon.

After everyone had played seven tightly-fought games two players had six wins. David Brame of Hunstanton Croquet Club beat Ashby’s Julie Boulton 7-5 in a deciding game to take home the trophy. Sandra Cornes with five wins was third and Izzy Poyntz finished fourth. The other players, who all managed at least one win, were Sue I’Anson, Susan Boxell, Sarah Brame and the previously mentioned Lesley and Jenny.  The standard of play was exceptionally good for a ‘C’ level event and all the participants are to be congratulated for braving the difficult conditions and making this a very enjoyable event.

Inter-Club GC: Ashby 6-1 Letchworth

Fri 7th June, Moira

After losing their only match on court in 2018 (a semi-final against Nottingham), four-time champions Ashby were back to their traditional best in beating Letchworth in this wet first round match of the 2019 GC Inter-Club.

Ashby team: Tim King, Mike O’Brian, David Bell, Paul Durkin

Full results (CroquetScores)

Match report by Tim (CA website)

Ashby Veterans GC Tournament report

Mon 3rd June, Moira Report by Eileen

The weather remained fine all day for the Veterans tournament in which twelve players played six rounds of golf croquet to determine a winner.

Chris Jackson of Long Eaton C.C. was the eventual winner with 5 wins +12, Jenny Biggs was the timekeeper and score recorder. Eileen Buxton was the manager.

CA Federations Shield: Ashby 2-5 Westmorland

Sun 2nd June, Moira Report by Martin (Ashby’s non-playing captain)

In this inaugural CA golf croquet inter-club handicap tournament featuring a representative club from each Federation, a showery Sunday saw Ashby welcome a team from Westmorland who had stayed overnight at the Appleby Inn (make your own connections).

Basically, Ashby lost 2-5 and as usual the scores don’t really reflect how close the games were.

Thanks to everyone for playing and enduring a couple of heavy showers.  Special mention to Heather playing in her first golf croquet match, despite complaining about not doing well during her first game after lunch, she won the three games 2 to 1.

Ashby: Ray Mounfield (3), Julie Boulton (7), Lynda Allen (10), Heather Hardy (10)
Westmorland: Mike Hayward (3), Mike Hodgson (6), Dave Edwards (7), Nancy Gregory (8)

Ray & Julie lost to Mike & Mike 4-7, 7-4, 6-7
Lynda lost to Nancy 4-7, 4-7
Heather lost to Dave 5-7, 6-7
Ray beat Mike Hayward 7-6, 7-3
Julie lost to Mike Hodgson 5-7, 5-7
Lynda lost to Dave 4-7, 5-7
Heather beat Nancy 4-7, 7-4, 7-5

Mick Haytack wins Ashby heat of the All England GC Handicap

Monday 27th May, Moira Report by Tim

Janet Harker offered to play in this event at the last moment and ended up being unlucky to miss out on a golden hoop in the final round to be the clear winner. She also was unlucky in being third of the three players tied on two game wins, leaving Mick Haytack and Julie Boulton to contest the play-off to decide who qualifies for the the regional final.

In the play-off, Julie played very steadily (as she had done all day) and used her five extra strokes sparingly. Having played well to bring the game back to 5-5 but then lose the eleventh hoop, she was unfortunate only to run hoop 12 with red by only a couple of inches from 15 yards! She then decided to play her final extra stroke immediately but only to play red to the side of the hoop.

In response, Mick played his black ball as first approach to good position. The black survived Julie’s clearance attempts with yellow and then red, leaving Mick to run hoop 13 and take the win. He qualifies for the regional final, which is at Ashby on 3 August.

Full results

Full competition details (CA website)