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)

VICTORY FOR LEICESTERSHIRE IN THE INTER-COUNTIES GC

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)

STUART SMITH WON THE ASHBY B-LEVEL GC TOURNAMENT

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.

Results

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.

LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS ROUND-UP

Martin Wroughton has qualified for the GC All England Handicap National Final at Ramsgate in September, having already successfully negotiated the club heat at Moira followed by the area final at Nottingham.

Mike O’Brian reached the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Open GC at Ripon Spa, finishing joint third.  Details on CroquetScores.

Nick Mounfield won the Letchworth Advanced AC Weekend, beating all of the other eight players and completing his first sextuple peel.

Derek Buxton had a good week in the Nottingham Annual Tournament, reaching the finals of both the handicap doubles and the D-level handicap singles competitions.

In the East Midlands GC League, Ashby A had a disappointing 3–9 defeat at Long Eaton A.  The results of the Pinchbeck v Ashby A and Ashby B v Pinchbeck matches are not yet in.

Several people played in the Perry Bowl Ladies Handicap GC club competition on Saturday 29th July but the results are not yet in.

MIKE AND JULIE WON THE CLIVE PEARSON DOUBLES

Sat 5th August  Manager and reporter: Tim

The Clive Pearson Doubles followed the usual format:  the pairs being determined by which players arrive on the day.  The strongest player partners and so on.  This year, the attendance was somewhat light with only seven being available.  In these circumstances, Ray Mounfield ended up playing on his own (having just fallen behind Mick Haytack in the ranking system). 

With the weather never being especially pleasant, four “pairs” began battle consisting of 3 rounds of 13-point games (an all-play-all block). 

Arguably, the result event was decided in the first round.  Jenny Biggs started with some precision shots but eventually Mike O’Brian and Julie Boulton began to find their form and came back to win the game 7-6. 

From this point on, the pattern was consistent:  Ray beat all-comers, while Mick and Martin Wroughton were never able to find their best form.  Ray graciously withdrew his claim to the title on the basis of one player not really being able to win a doubles tournament, so Mike and Julie were winners, with the latter doing so for the second year in a row.

Results:

Round 1
Ray Mounfield beat Mick Haytack & Martin Wroughton 7-4
Mike O’Brian & Julie Boulton beat Tim King & Jenny Biggs 7-6

Round 2
Ray beat Tim & Jenny 7-2
Mike & Julie beat Mick & Martin 7-3

Round 3
Ray beat Mike & Julie 7-4
Tim & Jenny beat Mick & Martin 7-3

Final positions:
1st  Mike & Julie:  2 wins, +2 hoop difference
2nd  Tim & Jenny:  1, -2
3rd  Mick & Martin:  0, -11
Withdrew:  Ray, 3 wins, +11

GC INTER-CLUB SEMI-FINAL: Ashby 5–1 Bowdon

Sun 30th July, Moira  Report by Ray

Ashby and Bowdon had played each other in the GC inter-club competition every year since 2014, with Ashby winning on two of the three previous occasions.

Ashby anticipated a tight competition and Bowdon played well, such that each rubber was closely fought.

The morning doubles was won by Will and Rachel taking the first and third games. Meanwhile Mike narrowly beat Graham in each of their two games and David B and Ken ended the morning at one game all. A short but strong shower of rain ensued, so it was decided to take lunch.

In the afternoon, Bowdon started strongly, taking the first game in three of the remaining four rubbers being played.  Will’s win over Alan meant, however, that Ashby needed to convert just one of these for a semi-final victory.  This was achieved when Rachel beat David C (who, unfortunately, during the second game had a recurrence of a wrist problem).  Play concluded with Bowdon’s Graham Good gaining a hard earned win over David Bell and Mike beating Ken in three games, after a lengthy tussle.

For the third consecutive year (and 10th time in total), Ashby have reached the final of the competition, where they play the winners of the other semi-final, either Letchworth or Dulwich.  The final is scheduled for Saturday 23rd September at a venue to be arranged.

TEAMS

Ashby: Will Gee (-3), Rachel Rowe (-3), David Bell (-1), Mike O’Brian (1)

Bowdon: Alan Mayne (-2), David Crawford (-2), Graham Good (0), Ken Cooper (-1)

RESULTS (Ashby names first)

Gee & Rowe beat Mayne & Crawford : 7-4, 4-7, 7-4

Bell v Cooper, not completed : 5-7, 7-5

O’Brian beat Good : 7-5, 7-6

Gee beat Mayne : 7-3, 7-2

Rowe beat Crawford : 5-7, 7-2, 7-3

Bell lost to Good : 6-7, 5-7

O’Brian beat Cooper : 3-7, 7-6, 7-4

ASHBY WIN THE EAST MIDLANDS 26-POINT AC LEAGUE

Sat 22nd July, Nottingham

The league was contested by Ashby, Leicester, Pinchbeck and hosts Nottingham.  The Ashby team of Richard, Derek and Heather were the clear winners with match victories against each of the other three clubs, and only dropping one game throughout.

Richard’s AC handicap finally came down to 8, after being stuck on 9 for no fewer than 97 games in a run stretching back to 2011 which, coincidentally, was the last time that Ashby won the 26-point league.

Having won the East Midlands league, we now qualify for the 2018 Secretary’s Shield national AC knockout tournament.