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.
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.
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.
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).
The Ashby A team of Arthur, Mike and Martin suffered a narrow defeat at Leicester, with half the games going to the 13th hoop.
After four rounds Ashby trailed 4-5, but were only able to win one of the last round matches, all of which had 7-6 scorelines.
Leicester were represented by David Bell, Mark Buckley and Richard Whiting.
Looking at the league table today, we have 3.5 wins from 5 matches this year as do Leicester; if we beat Bakewell on 27th September then we can win the league provided that Leicester do not beat Bakewell by a bigger margin.
After being runner up twice, a third place, and fourth place three times, Jane Tewson has eventually won the Edgbaston B Level tournament this year. As a result, Jane has qualified for the national final at Camerton and Peasedown Croquet Club.