Coors Cup/Bass Shield 2020: now fully booked

We have had an overwhelming response to next year’s Coors Cup/Bass Shield tournament on Saturday 16th May – all six team places have been booked within days of the details being sent to East Midlands clubs. The six clubs competing will be Darley Dale, Long Eaton, Bakewell, Ashby, Torksey, and Leicester. Any further entries will go on to a reserve list.

End of main season; Work parties

Sunday, October 27th, is the last day of the main croquet season.  The clocks will already have gone back so players may wish to start at about 2pm before the early darkness descends.

Martin is looking for help with working parties on Sunday and Wednesday mornings from Oct 27th to Nov 6th, starting about 10am weather permitting – all help welcome.

The lawns will be closed to players from October 28th to November 9th, before the start of the winter season on Sunday November 10th (Weds and Sun from 11am to 1pm weather permitting).

Mike wins the internal GC Singles knockout

Sun 20th Oct, Moira Report by Richard

Mike beat Tim 5-7, 7-5, 7-5.

Tim was aiming for his fifth consecutive title in the GC singles knockout (the Moira Quaich) and started well, winning 7-5 in the first game, but Mike came back to win both the second and third games on the twelfth hoop. The small crowd (three, increasing to four for the closing stages) were treated to some high quality shots from both players.

Full results

Arthur and Judith win the internal GC Doubles knockout

Tues 15th Oct, Moira Report by Arthur

Mick & Heather and Judith & Arthur played the last game of the GC doubles final (Judith & Arthur had won the first 7-3 and lost the second 6-7 on 30th September). It was finely balanced at 3-3 but after some serendipity at hoops 7 and 9 and a great fight back by Heather & Mick, the Rowes eventually emerged as 7-5 winners in the final game.

I have no idea where the ‘March Mallet’ trophy is though. I have had very few replies from my email asking people to ‘fess up what they have in the way of trophies!

Bottle Challenge

Sat 12th Oct, Moira Report by Mike

The 2019 Bottle Challenge was held on Saturday 12th Oct, a fine day during an otherwise unsettled period of weather.

The UK’s no. 7 ranked GC player Harry Fisher was our guest player, with Rachel, Will, Tim, Nick, Arthur, David and Paul from Ashby Croquet Club. A strong field with three -4 and two -3 handicaps.

An Ashby player had won the Bottle Challenge in each of the previous ten years, but Arthur beating an out of sorts Will 7-4 in the first round was a sign of things to come. I missed some of the mid-tournament games due to having to shop for the evening meal so will skip to the key game which was Harry v Will in the sixth round. Harry had not lost a game and Will had only lost one, so he could have won the tournament on who-beat-who. Harry won 7-4 and the tournament, a deserving and popular winner.

Rachel salvaged something for Ashby by beating Harry in the final round.

The Indoor Bottle Challenge was a limited affair due to time constraints after dinner. Only Harry and Will played and had twelve alternating shots each. Harry won after six successful shots as Will had by then accumulated enough penalties to have a score of minus one! Later in the evening there was a fitting end to the day when Nick smashed one of the bottles!

Bottle Challenge page

East Mids GC League: Ashby A 10-2 Leicester

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.

Mike and Ian win the Clive Pearson Doubles

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.

Secretary’s Shield AC: Chester 7-0 Ashby

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