Sun 3rd Dec  Report by Mike

The first One Ball Plus competition was played with four players: Heather, Arthur, Mick and Mike.  It was all play all, three 13-point games, played on half-size lawns as some croquet strokes are difficult to play on full-size winter lawns.  The competition was arranged to trial the current rules.

Arthur won all three of his games and was therefore the overall winner.  The games had a lot of interaction with little sit-out time.   Arthur scored 39 hoops overall, with Mike on 30, Mick on 29 and Heather on 28. These scores indicate the game works quite well in providing all of the players with plenty of action.

Of the two differences between One Ball and One Ball Plus, having to make a roquet and play a croquet stroke before running a hoop works well and doesn’t need any further attention.  One of the players having a three-turn countdown before conceding a half bisque also works but the wording and some of the detail needs to be changed.


Trophies were awarded at our club AGM in November to the winners of competitions within the club and further afield.  Our new chairman Tim King presented the trophies.  Tim was also the worthy winner of Ashby’s Player of the Year award.

Below is the full list of winners.

ASHBY CROQUET CLUB 2017 Honours List

Dave Davis Trophy (NYD)      Winners Rachel Rowe, George Allen

Runners-up Tim King, Lynda Allen

Shakespeare Cup AC            Winner Arthur Rowe, Runner-up Mick Haytack

One Ball                     Winner Derek Buxton, Runner-up Mick Haytack

Clive Pearson doubles GC      Winners Mike O’Brian, Julie Boulton

Perry Bowl (Ladies) GC         Winner Julie Boulton    

Farrant Salver AC       

Max Morris GC                     Winner Ray Mounfield

Buxton Vase GC                   Winner Tim King

Winter League GC                Winner Chris Mounfield, Runner-up Ray Mounfield

Moira Quaich GC          Winner Tim King, Runner-up Chris Mounfield

March Mallet GC doubles       Winners Ray & Chris Mounfield

Anniversary Shield AC          Winner Tim King, Runner-up Adam Wheatley

Bottle challenge GC              Winner Rachel Rowe, Runner-up Will Gee

East Midlands Federation

Bass Shield                 Winners Ashby

GC Veterans                       Runner-up  Mike O’Brian

EM 26pt league AC               Winners Ashby (Richard, Derek, Heather)


Inter club GC                      Winners  Ashby (Will, Rachel, Mike, Tim, David)

Inter counties GC         Winners Leicestershire  (Mike, Nick, Ray, Rachel, Will, Tim, Chris)

Kate Jones GC                     Winner       Tim King

Ascot Cup GC                      Runner-up Tim King

National Forest GC               Runner-up David Bell

Other events

Letchworth advanced AC       Winner Nick Mounfield

Nottingham annual AC          Handicap doubles.         Runner-up Derek Buxton
      Handicap singles.           Runner-up Derek Buxton

Nottingham GC Tournament  Winner         Rachel Rowe

Lancashire Open GC             Winner  Tim King

Kenilworth GC doubles          Winners Arthur Rowe, Judith Rowe

Home Internationals GC                Winners  England (Rachel in the team)

                                3rd Place Wales (Arthur in the team)      



The final matches have been completed in the East Midlands GC league, ending a mixed season for the Ashby teams.  Ashby A finished with a flourish, beating the eventual league winners Nottingham A 7-5 thanks to victories by Ray, Chris and Mike in all three of the key doubles games.  Ashby A finished the league in 4th place with 3.5 match wins out of 6, and Ashby B in 7th (last) place with 1 win out of 6.


Sun 8th Oct  Report by Arthur

Judith & Arthur won this GC doubles tournament at Kenilworth.  The format was an all-play-all block of 8 pairs, two each from Ashby, Kenilworth and Himley, and one from Broadwas and Edgbaston; combined handicap of pairs to be at least 8. We won 6/7, losing only our first round game to Martin & Jenny. It is the first competition Judith has played in where she has won a trophy. We had nice weather, good hosts, and friendly opponents. Our main claim to fame was as the parents of Rachel, who many of the Kenilworth members remember from her time when she was a student at Warwick.


Sept 30th & Oct 1st  Report by Arthur

Ashby members Rachel & Arthur Rowe played on opposing teams in the inaugural Golf Croquet Home Internationals (England, Wales, Scotland & Ireland) over the weekend 30th Sep – 1st Oct at the Carrickmines club just south of Dublin. Rachel was playing for England as their number 2, and Arthur for Wales as their number 4. The format was five singles best of 3, plus one doubles best of 2 in each round. England, with a very strong team led by J P Moberly, emerged victorious with wins over the other 3 countries. Rachel had a fascinating match against Patsy Fitzgerald of Ireland which she won 0-7, 7-6, 7-1. Wales’ main strength lay with their captain Ian Burridge – who will be appearing as guest player in the Bottle Challenge on 14th October at Ashby – who secured two wins against Ireland in the doubles and singles. Arthur helped Wales to get a draw against Ireland by winning his singles match. So the final results were:

England – 3 wins
Ireland – 1.5 wins
Wales – 1.5 wins
Scotland – 0 wins

Ireland came second on quality of wins. They were excellent hosts with nice lunches provided, and the teams enjoyed an evening meal together at a local hostelry on the Saturday evening.

Rachel and Arthur in their England and Wales jackets

INTER-CLUB GC FINAL: Ashby 4–3 Letchworth

Sat 23rd Sept, Peterborough

Congratulations to the Ashby team who won the GC Inter-Club championship for the fourth time in eight years, with a 4–3 victory over Letchworth who were making their first appearance in the final.

Results (Ashby names first)

Will Gee & Rachel Rowe beat Nick Mounfield & David Tutt 7-6, 7-4
Mike O’Brian lost to John Noble 4-7, 4-7
Tim King beat John Skingsley 7-2, 7-5

Will Gee beat Nick Mounfield 6-7, 7-0, 7-3
Rachel Rowe beat David Tutt 7-4, 7-6
Tim King lost to John Noble 5-7, 6-7

Mike O’Brian lost to John Skingsley 4-7, 5-7

Full report (CA website)


Aug 19th & 20th, Southwick

Leicestershire, or as Will puts it “Ashbyshire”, won the Inter-Counties GC for the third time in 5 years (2013, 2015, 2017), this time without losing a single round and dropping only three games overall!

The weekend event at Southwick, West Sussex was contested by the top 12 Golf Croquet-playing counties, and Leicestershire romped home, winning their matches against each of the eleven other counties, and 30 out of their 33 games.  Their nearest rivals were Kent and Durham/Yorks, each with 8 match-wins out of 11.

Well done to the Leicestershire/Ashby team of Mike, Nick, Ray, Rachel, Will, Tim and Chris, on such a decisive victory.

FIRST and LAST (submitted by Ray, team manager/captain/gofer)

A big “Thank you” to the “Ashbyshire” players for the win in the GC Inter-Counties.

It was a first for Tim, who having played in nine of Leicestershire’s twelve previous outings in this competition found himself in the winning team (and a record breaking team at that!).

Regrettably a last for Will and Rachel, who having been in the two previous winning teams and playing superbly on each occasion when representing Leicestershire have decided to enter, and be key players, in a Nottinghamshire team for 2018.  I wish them well in this venture and look forward to the Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire clash next year.

Report (CA website)


Sat 19th Aug
Manager and reporter: Martin

A good day’s croquet with the ideal 12 contestants for three lawns. We had three visitors from Long Eaton, two from both Northampton and Ripon, one from Richmond Park, the rest being Ashby members.

At lunch, there were 2 players tied on 3 games each, but, probably fuelled by Jenny’s sausage casserole, by tea time Stuart Smith was the clear winner, having won all six of his games.


1st Stuart Smith (h’cap 3), Northampton, 6 wins, +22

2nd Paul Durkin (4), Long Eaton, 5 wins, +13

3rd Mike Bilton (3), Richmond Park, 4 wins, +15
4th Eileen Buxton (6), Ashby, 4 wins, +4

5th Louise Smith (8), Northampton, 3 wins, 0
Also on 3 wins: Martin Wroughton (3) and Roger I’Anson (3)

2 wins: Sue I’Anson (8), Richard Sanville (7) and Jane Tewson (6)

1 win: Julie Boulton (8) and Joan Skuse (7)

Game scores:

Jane 7-6 Mike; Julie 2-7 Stuart; Richard 7-2 Sue; Roger 7-4 Louise; Joan 6-7 Eileen; Paul 7-2 Martin

Jane 3-7 Sue; Julie 3-7 Martin; Richard 5-7 Stuart; Roger 2-7 Mike; Joan 6-7 Louise; Paul 7-2 Eileen

Jane 5-7 Roger; Julie 7-4 Joan; Richard 7-6 Eileen; Paul 7-4 Sue; Mike 7-6 Louise; Stuart 7-1 Martin

Jane 3-7 Joan; Julie 6-7 Paul; Richard 2-7 Mike; Roger 3-7 Stuart; Sue 4-7 Martin; Louise 6-7 Eileen

Jane 1-7 Martin; Julie 5-7 Eileen; Richard 5-7 Louise; Roger 4-7 Sue; Joan 4-7 Stuart; Paul 7-6 Mike

Jane 7-6 Richard; Julie 4-7 Roger; Joan 1-7 Mike; Paul 5-7 Stuart; Sue 1-7 Eileen; Louise 7-5 Martin

Thanks to all who took part, especially as not one referees decision was needed.