Before the match we had two problems to resolve. Firstly, Jane’s handicap had gone from 2 to 1 three days before the match. We checked with the tournament organiser and found that handicap changes in the week before the match do not preclude someone from playing. Half an hour before the match Rupert had a mini explosion in his kitchen and he had to deal with that immediately. Luckily, Martin was available to play the first game against Marc. We had a very pleasant match and as our visitors had a long journey home, we left one of the singles matches undecided.
Ashby: Jane Tewson (1), Mick Haytack (3), Rupert Knapton (3), Martin Wroughton (4) High Wycombe: Michael Bowker (2), Keith Toovey (3), Marc Allan (8)
Round 1: Jane and Mick 7-3, 7-5 Michael and Keith Martin/Rupert 7-6, 7-6 Marc
Round 2: Jane 7-3, 7-6 Michael Mick 7-3, 6-7 (unfinished) Marc Rupert 3-7, 5-7 Keith
Seven ladies met to play for the Perry Bowl. Apart from a rather intense deluge during and just after lunch, which made play interesting to say the least, it was sunny and warm. Eileen and Jenny shared play so we had six rounds. They, Heather and Lesley E had two wins each with Julie, Lesley L and Judith taking three. After calculating hoop difference (a learning curve for Lesley L, thank you Judith) Julie was declared the worthy winner on +9, thus taking back the trophy she last won three years ago. Congratulations Julie. Lesley L finished as runner-up on +7.
Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 restrictions on the numbers able to compete in competitions, the Coors/Bass tournament is not viable this year, so we have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the 2020 event. Entries for 2020 will be carried forward to 2021, unless teams opt to have their entry fee refunded.
Rachel Gee has won the National Forest GC Championship, recovering from two games down in the best-of-five final against Ian Burridge to win 5-7, 3-7, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had to reduce the number of entries to twelve for this year’s event. The players in block A played on lawn one whilst block B games were played on lawn two. The two top seeds, Ian Burridge and Rachel Gee won all five of their games. The other semi-finalists were Arthur Rowe and Graham Good who won four out of five.
Ian and Rachel both won their semi-finals fairly comfortably in two games although Graham took Ian to the thirteenth hoop in their second game. The two finalists then asked if they could play best of five games in the final and, as we had plenty of time to do this, I agreed. Ian won the first two games 7-5 and 7-3 but Rachel hit back and took the third game 7-5. Ian got off to a very good start in the fourth game and led 5-0, then 6-1. Rachel then produced a quite remarkable fight back and after some very intense and highly competitive play managed to win 7-6. The fifth game was just as close, Rachel led 6-4 but Ian won the next two hoops and it was 2 games all and 6-6 in the decider. Rachel hit a good first ball to hoop thirteen and after few minutes of good clearances ran the hoop to win the most exciting final I can remember in this competition.
Euan Burridge and Tim King both won five out of six games in the plate but Euan’s hoop difference was four better than Tim’s so that was enough for Euan to win another very close event.
The rain mostly held off and there were some periods of bright sunshine and everyone seemed to enjoy the event. Hopefully next year we can revert to sixteen players.
I’d like to thank Martin Wroughton for preparing the lawns, Tim King for setting the hoops and Euan for putting all the results on CroquetScores. I’d also like to thank all the players for taking sensible precautions, playing in a very friendly and good-natured way and for keeping to the timetable, thus making my job as manager very easy.
We are pleased to announce that we have received an award of £1530 of lottery money from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund, which will offset our loss of income this year resulting from the Covid-19 crisis and its impact on our usual programme of events.
This award is part of a £35 million national emergency fund to help community sports organisations during the crisis.
Our grant will make up the shortfall of membership subscriptions, tournament entry fees and taster session income. Although our income from subscriptions and tournaments have not been as severely impacted as originally forecast, thanks to the generosity of members and the National Forest AC and GC tournaments going ahead albeit on a reduced scale, it is our taster session income that has been particularly badly hit, with all sessions for visiting groups expected to be cancelled until at least the end of July.
Of course we still have the usual outgoings in terms of lawn maintenance costs, so we are delighted that Sport England have been able to step in to ensure that our finances continue to be sound despite the difficulties we have experienced this season.
Six players contested this event in delightful summer weather at Ashby, in what was believed to be the first fixture in the CA calendar anywhere in the country to be completed this disrupted year.
Having just six players meant that we were within the current Covid-19 limit on gatherings, whilst being able to play the event as an all-play-all competition. The Egyptian scoring scheme was adopted to increase the likelihood of a discrete winner after 5 rounds. This was fortunate as 3 players finished with 4 wins, having all beaten each other! Heather Hardy emerged as the winner as she had lost her first game, so ended up with a higher index than Roger Watson and Arthur Rowe. The eagle-eyed will notice two players in the picture less than 2 metres apart – they were husband and wife Roger & Debbie Watson from Nottingham who had to play each other in the final round on Saturday.
4 wins: Heather Hardy, Roger Watson, Arthur Rowe 1 win: Richard Sanville, Debbie Watson, Mick Haytack