April 13th & 14th, Ripon
Ashby’s Mike O’Brian won the Ripon Rowels GC tournament at the Ripon Spa Hotel, contested by players from England, Switzerland and Australia.
Report (CA website)
The clocks go forward early on Sunday morning and that heralds the start of the new croquet season at Ashby. This year we are trialing an 11am start for play on Sunday throughout the normal playing season.
The first 16 players accepted. Age 60+
10am start. £10 entry fee.
No meals provided. Please email Eileen to book a place.
GC B-Level, Saturday 17th August: Although our B-Level GC tournament is already over-subscribed (at the time of writing 15 entries for 12 places, all CA Premium members), we are still accepting entries until the allocation date of June 16th. Just to clarify, the procedure at the allocation date for dealing with entries is (as per the Tournament Regulations and the procedures on p73 of the CA fixtures book):
Within a priority band, players shall be selected in descending order of ranking by GC: CGS Grade at the allocation date. Any players not selected will of course get a full refund of entry fees paid.
If necessary, this procedure will also apply to our C-Level GC tournament on Saturday 8th June, allocation date April 20th.
Eileen and Jenny have devised a new format for our GC internal singles league, the aim being to attract more players to take part in the league, and also to encourage more games to happen.
You can play anyone else in the league as a 13-point level-play game, and you can play each player up to three times over the course of the season.
You can play up to 20 league games in total during the season, and you must play at least ten games to be considered in the final results.
The winner at the end of the season will be whoever has the highest average score (i.e. total points scored divided by number of games played).
A large colourful scoresheet will be available for recording results.
Sunday 3rd March
After an unseasonably warm end to February, the weather was back to normal for the start of March, with cooler and wetter conditions returning, but this did not deter the five of us who braved the occasional showers for a six-mile circular stroll from Conkers Waterside. We started by taking the old railway trail to Donisthorpe, with views over the croquet grounds along the way, before continuing along lakeside paths to Oakthorpe and Willesley Wood, and then on to the café at Hicks Lodge for a refreshment stop, and finally back along the woodland path and canal to Conkers.
Starting Monday 4th March, I am asking for help every Monday and Sunday from around 10 am to prepare the lawns, stop boards, paths, benches etc.
Anyone who can take on a specific task like the painting, bench repair etc, they are most welcome to take it on as homework!
Rain will stop anything being done.
To take advantage of the early spring-like weather, Martin is looking for help with various tasks this Sunday morning (Feb 24th) from 10am. Tasks include using mowers to tidy up, repairing/painting stop boards, and top-dressing low points on lawn 3.
The 2019 Coors Cup/Bass Shield tournament, which takes place at Moira on Saturday 18th May, is now fully subscribed. The six teams competing are: Ashby, Bakewell, Darley Dale, Leicester, Long Eaton and Sheffield U3A.
The new Golf Croquet Rules (5th edition) come into effect in
the UK at the beginning of March 2019. As
well as being more user-friendly than previous editions, the new Rules cover a
few new situations that were not previously addressed, and they remove some
unnecessary inconveniences and complications.
The main changes are to do with the rectification of “wrong ball” situations; also the extension of the penalty spots which now become semi-circular areas; and a small change to the procedure for dealing with balls leaving the court boundaries.
Many thanks to Tim for his excellent comprehensive introductory session to the new GC Rules, also to Martin for arranging the Magic Attic venue, and of course to Janet and Judith for providing the refreshments.
The casual club player is unlikely to notice much difference, but keen tournament players may wish to study these PDF documents on the World Croquet Federation website: