Sept 14th & 15th
Rachel Gee won the 2019 Ascot Cup GC English National Singles Championship at the Hurlingham Club, becoming the first female winner of this event which started in the late 1980s.
Full results (CroquetScores)
Report (CA website)
Wed 4th Sept, Moira
Ashby’s A-team finished the season with a 10-2 home win over Leicester. The scoreline could have been much closer, as three of the games went to hoop 13, but all of these went in Ashby’s favour this year.
Ashby: Arthur Rowe (0), Mike O’Brian (1), Mick Haytack (3)
Leicester: David Bell (-1), Mark Buckley (3), Paul Williams (6)
Arthur & Mick 7-5 David & Paul
Mike 7-2 Mark
Mike & Mick 5-7 Mark & Paul
Arthur 7-6 David
Arthur & Mike 7-5 David & Mark
Mick 7-4 Paul
Arthur 7-5 Paul
Mike 7-6 David
Mick 7-5 Mark
Mick 5-7 David
Arthur 7-4 Mark
Mike 7-6 Paul
Ashby A finished the season as Division 1 runners-up with 5 wins from 6 matches, their only loss being to the eventual league winners Long Eaton A.
The full league table is on the East Midlands website.
Tues 3rd Sept, Edgbaston
Jane Tewson won the Abnalls Cup GC B-Level tournament at Edgbaston, becoming only the second person to have retained this trophy in consecutive years.
Report (CA website)
Mon 26th August, Moira Report by Martin
There were 5 pairs for this event. The winners were Mike O’Brian and Ian Neville, Ian is a new player who played his first game on the previous Sunday! The next day, partnered with Mike, he achieved his first tournament win, quite a feat. Ian is Noah’s grandfather, Emma’s father.
It is a pity that none of the Wednesday group took part, but then again, neither did last year’s winners. This event was designed to introduce members to relaxed competitive play.
Sat 24th August, Chester
Ashby travelled to Chester in a bank holiday heatwave for the semi-final of the Secretary’s shield, a national AC club knockout competition contested by the winners of the previous year’s regional AC leagues. Chester had already played two matches to reach this stage, whereas Ashby had had an easier route with a bye in the first round and a walkover in the second round.
In the morning Mick and Derek took part in a close doubles match losing by -2, while Richard and Heather both finished -8.
Chester won the afternoon matches even more convincingly, with three of them finishing +16, and they progress to the final to play either St Albans or Kington Langley.
Chester: Robin Tasker (6), David Guyton (6), David Boyd (6), James Thomas (8)
Ashby: Mick Haytack (8), Richard Sanville (10), Derek Buxton (18), Heather Hardy (18)
David G & David B 23-21 Mick & Derek
Robin 19-11 Heather
James 21-13 Richard
Robin 26-10 Mick
David G 25-9 Richard
David B 26-10 Derek
James 22-17 Heather
Sat 17th August, Moira
Twelve players from as far north as Edinburgh, and as far south as Leighton Buzzard, competed at Moira for our annual B-Level GC tournament on a fine dry Saturday following a very wet Friday. We had seven rounds of play, after which the clear winner was local player Jane Tewson with an impressive 7 wins out of 7. Jane has had a very successful year, also winning the Leighton Linslade GC B-Level event in June, and we wish her well in the national final in September.
1st: Jane Tewson (Ashby and Long Eaton clubs) 7 wins
2nd: Pauline Donner (Woodhall Spa) 6 wins
3rd: David Cornes (Crake Valley, Cumbria) 5 wins, +13
4th: Roger I’Anson (Ripon Spa) 5 wins, +11
5th: Mick Haytack (Ashby) 5 wins, +6
Many thanks to Martin for organising beforehand, and to Mike for stepping in to manage on the day.
Wed 7th August, Moira Report by Mick
The weather was good for our semi-final match at home against Somerset club Camerton & Peasedown. The teams were:
Ashby: Christine Mounfield (2), Mick Haytack (3), Ray Mounfield (3), Martin Wroughton (4)
Camerton & Peasedown: Brian Wilson (3), Rosalind (Ros) Key-Pugh (3), Maureen (Mo) Boys (3), Patrick Knight (4)
Christine and Mick beat Brian and Ros 7-4, 5-7, 7-4
Ray beat Patrick 7-5, 7-5
Martin lost to Mo 5-7, 7-5, 4-7
Christine lost to Brian 4-7, 7-6, 6-7
Mick lost to Ros 7-4, 5-7, 6-7
Ray beat Mo 7-3, 2-7, 7-5
Martin lost to Patrick 4-7, 3-7
As the scoreline suggests, this was a very close match with the top two singles going to the 13th hoop in the 3rd game. Ros beat Mick by running hoop 13 from the boundary with an angled shot. Both teams played some exceptionally good shots but our visitors played just that bit better and will face either Guildford or East Dorset in the final.
Mick has asked if people could please not lock the gate if there is a car, or cars, still parked on the site. Apparently, last Friday there were some people playing croquet and when they finished they locked the gate. One person in the bar was very nearly locked in, and his car was in the car park.
Sun 4th August, Moira Manager: Martin
Six players contested the Max Morris internal club GC handicap competition, in an all-play-all format with a good spread of handicaps ranging from 0 to 10.
Martin Wroughton was the clear winner with a 100% record of five wins. Lesley L, Ray and Julie all finished on three wins, and Richard S on one win. Mike was unlucky not to win a game, finishing on 6-7 three times.
Martin therefore wins the Max Morris tankard for the second year running, and is only the third player to do this, after Derek in 1999/2000 and Ray in 2005/06.
Sat 3rd Aug, Nottingham
After winning the regional 26-point Association Croquet league for the last two years, we had to settle for third place this year. After a promising 2-1 victory over Leicester, we narrowly lost 1-2 to Pinchbeck after three close games, and in the final match we were convincingly beaten by the hosts Nottingham. Well done to Derek for recovering some of his form and winning two out of his three games.
Nottingham won the event overall with a clean sweep of victories, and they will represent the East Midlands in the Secretary’s Shield national AC knock-out competition next year.
Ashby 2-1 Leicester
Mick Haytack (8) 20-26 Richard White (-1)
Richard Sanville (10) 19-18 Lawrence Whittaker (8)
Derek Buxton (18) 26-13 Richard Whiting (9)
Ashby 1-2 Pinchbeck
Mick Haytack (8) 23-26 Adrian Kirby (-0.5)
Richard Sanville (10) 22-26 John Filsak (3)
Derek Buxton (18) 17-14 Patricia Duke-Cox (12)
Ashby 0-3 Nottingham
Mick Haytack (8) 13-26 Alex McIntyre (5)
Richard Sanville (10) 9-26 Mark Lansdale (12)
Derek Buxton (18) 8-26 Roger Watson (14)
Nottingham 2-1 Pinchbeck
Nottingham 3-0 Leicester
Pinchbeck 3-0 Leicester
1st Nottingham (3 match wins)
2nd Pinchbeck (2 wins)
3rd Ashby (1 win)
4th Leicester (0 wins)