Coors Cup & Bass Shield 2019

A golf croquet competition, restricted to six teams, at Ashby Croquet Club

Saturday 18th  MAY 2019 (NOTE: start time 10.00 am)

Ashby Croquet Club invites entries from East Midlands teams or individuals for the Bass Shield and Coors Cup competitions  (to be run concurrently)

BASS SHIELD – teams  of three (FEMCC Club teams wherever possible!)

COORS CUP – to be awarded to the best individual player

Individuals who enter will be formed into teams of three, and as a team will also compete for the Bass Shield.  The competition(s) will consist of a number of rounds of singles (level play), 13-point games played to a time limit of 35 minutes.

Each player will play a minimum of six games.

Closing date for entries and allocation: 4 May 2019*

In allocating places, priority will be given to allowing each East Midlands Federation club to enter a team of three players.  If more than 6 clubs apply to enter a team, then only the first 6 will be accepted.  If fewer than 6 clubs enter, then Ashby will be awarded a second team place.  Priority will then be given to individuals from EMF clubs unable to enter a full team.  Any remaining places will be awarded on a first come basis

* No places, Club or Individual, will be allocated until the appropriate entry fee has been received.

ENTRY FEE – £21 per team.  Cheques payable to Ashby Croquet Club should be sent to Ray Mounfield (contact details available in the Members section of the CA website).

Ashby Croquet Club AGM

The club’s 2018 Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 20th November, attended by 14 members (just a quarter of our total membership, but an increase of one on the previous year’s AGM!)

All agreed with the proposal that Club subscriptions should be simplified to remove the distinction between working and retired members, with new rates of £80 individual and £150 family. The rates will remain the same for all of the other categories.  Membership Rates 2019

The Committee were re-elected; dates set for winter socials, and trophies awarded to winners of competitions.  2018 Honours List

Full minutes of the AGM will be emailed to club members.

Winter Sunday League

Sunday 11th Nov: The first week of the winter league attracted 10 players.  The current leader is Tim King who competed despite his recent return from Canada.  Lawn 4 (the winter lawn) played surprisingly well.

Winter play continues on Sunday mornings from 11am.

Lawn 4 will be the priority lawn, hoops on lawn 1 trolley with the start corner being the first one you reach.

Winter Lawn and Work Parties

The main playing season has now finished.  To give the main lawns a rest, we have laid out a winter lawn outside our hedge boundary, on the corner of the Welfare ground behind Lawn 1.  Thanks to those who helped with this and with the recent working parties.  The winter season starts on Sunday 11th November.


Ashby A win the East Midlands GC League

The Ashby A team were the clear winners of the top division of the 2018 East Midlands Golf Croquet League, with 4 wins and 1 draw from their six matches.  Next placed were both Pinchbeck and Leicester, who each won 2 and drew 3 matches.  Ashby finished as league champions for the first time since 2014, with Long Eaton, Leicester and Nottingham teams having won it in the intervening years.

Well done to the Ashby A team squad of Arthur, Christine, Martin, Mick, Mike and Ray. (Apologies if I’ve missed anyone.)

Ashby B finished in fourth place in Division 2, with 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses, and Ashby C also finished in a very respectable fourth place in Division 3, having ended with 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 narrow losses in their debut season.

The full results and league tables are on the East Midlands Croquet website.

Ashby/Darley Dale GC friendly

Wednesday 3rd October, Moira   Report by Eileen

Eight members of Ashby Croquet Club’s “B” and “C” league teams hosted a friendly golf croquet event with members of Darley Dale Croquet Club.

We played seven rounds of thirty minutes duration the winner being the player with most hoops scored. The doubles partnerships were mixed so that everyone played with a different partner in each round. Sometimes with a player from their own club and sometimes with a player from the other club. This encouraged an opportunity for people to socialise with new acquaintances throughout the day.

Ashby players provided a lavish lunch for all to enjoy. Jenny liaised with Darley Dale prior to the event and was the manager on the day. Eileen produced the playing order.

Peter Richards was the winner with 42 hoops, Lesley Leitch had 41, Eileen had 40 and Carolle had 36. Margaret was the top Darley Dale player.

It appeared to be a great success and we hope to arrange other social days next year.

Rachel wins the 2018 Bottle Challenge

Sat 29th September, Moira   Report by Mike

Rachel and Ian both had six wins out of seven.
Rachel was the overall winner as she had the better hoop difference and also beat Ian 7-3 in their game.

Our guest player J-P Moberly, who was the highest ranked player, had five wins.

We have now had ten consecutive years of an Ashby player defeating the guest player.  Rachel has won three times and Will five times.

Mike and Rachel
Bottle Challenge competitors 2018



East Midlands GC league: Richmond Park 9-3 Ashby B

Sat 15th September, Gainsborough

The Ashby B team – Derek, Richard S and Eileen – travelled to Richmond Park at Gainsborough for the ‘B’ team’s final Division 2 league match of the season. None of us had played there before, and although we were made very welcome, we finished on the wrong end of a 9-3 scoreline.  It could have been worse as we were 4-0 down after the first two rounds.

Woodhall Spa have finished top of the division, after winning all their matches.  It looks as if the runner-up spot will be now be between Richmond Park and Branston U3A A who meet tomorrow (Sunday 16th).