National Forest GC Championship Format

(Venue: Ashby Croquet Club, Moira, on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019)

  1. The entries from the highest ranked 14 players will be accepted if oversubscribed at the allocation date (18th May 2019).
  2. Assuming a full entry of 14 players and favourable weather conditions, the format will consist of two blocks of seven, with each player playing 7 cross-block games and the top two from each block progressing to the semi-final. In the event of two players being tied on number of game wins, qualification places will be decided by playoffs if time allows.
  3. The semi-final and final will be best of three matches, whilst the remaining 5 players from each block will play the 4 other non-qualifying players from their block in the plate. The plate winner will be determined on the basis of all the games between non-qualifying players from both days. The 3rd/4th playoff will be a single 13 point game, likely played between the semi-finals and final.
  4. Time limits will not be used unless weather jeopardises the schedule. With 3 lawns and 14 players there will be one game sat out. It is expected that the block games will be completed on Saturday, with 49 games to be played.

National Forest GC Championship page

Rachel and Will in Melbourne

Arthur and Judith took Rachel to Birmingham Airport on 8th January for the long flight to Melbourne; Will had flown out on the 3rd, and has now finished his first week at work. Today they have been playing croquet at Brunswick croquet club, as a respite from looking for somewhere to live more permanently that airbnb places.

New Year’s Day tournament

Tuesday 1st January – report by Martin

There were six teams for the first croquet of 2019, the weather was just on the verge of removing a jacket layer, and the ground was relatively dry.

With the usual manipulation of the order of play, the post-lunch final was between Tim & Jenny and Mike & Derek. The eventual winners were Tim and Jenny in a close match, congratulations to them!

Two of the spectators were roped in to a needle match against our winning pair. Will Gee used a club mallet and Rachel Gee borrowed Christine’s “Merlin”. After a few wild opening shots from Will, the game settled into a nice cadence, alternate hoops being won and no clear domination. Hoop 12 was fiercely competitive, Tim and Jenny had effectively got the hoop blocked and won when Will shot from 5 yards, split open the block and ran the hoop to win 7-5.

Best wishes to the Gees as they start their new adventure in Australia, and thanks for competing in a special match.

Lunch was a nice mix of soups and sandwiches, thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Winter Leagues

The current leaders of our Winter Sunday league are: Tim 120, Jenny 102, Mike 98, Derek 98, Eileen 96 (includes results up to and including December 16th).  Click here for detailed scores compiled by Tim.  The Sunday league now takes a break for Christmas, resuming on Sunday 6th January.  Players are welcome to join the league at any time – sessions start at 11.00 am.  If you would like to book a place for the Carvery at Conkers afterwards, these need to be booked in advance each week, so please let Jenny know by the Saturday evening at the latest so she can include you in the booking.

The last Winter Wednesday session of the year is on December 19th, with a break on Boxing Day and January 2nd.  The first scheduled session of the new year is January 9th at 11.00 am.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Winter Socials

Here are the dates of our winter social events in the new year.  All welcome including family, friends, visitors from other clubs etc.

Tues 15th January: COUNTDOWN at 7.30 pm. Our version of the popular TV game show, in the Moira Miners Welfare lounge.

Tues 12th February: ANNUAL QUIZ with Richard this year, at 7.30 pm in the MMW Lounge.

Sun 3rd March: WINTER WALK.  An afternoon stroll of 5 to 6 miles with a tea stop.

Tues 16th April: BOARD GAMES EVENING with Mick, at 7.30 pm in the MMW Lounge.

More details of each of these to follow nearer the time.

Also don’t forget the New Year’s Day doubles tournament, and the Croquet & Carvery Sunday and Winter Wednesday sessions continue (start time 11 am) until the end of February (apart from a break over Christmas), weather permitting.

Christmas Donation

The collection at the club’s Christmas dinner raised £57.30, plus Gift Aid, for our nominated charity Diabetes UK.  Thanks to you all for your donations, and particularly to Lynda for organising not only the collection but the meal itself at the Lakeside Bistro which was excellent as always.  After several years of organising the Christmas Meal, Lynda is keen to hand over to someone else now, so if you would be happy to take on the role please let Lynda know. 

Ashby Croquet Club AGM

The club’s 2018 Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 20th November, attended by 14 members (just a quarter of our total membership, but an increase of one on the previous year’s AGM!)

All agreed with the proposal that Club subscriptions should be simplified to remove the distinction between working and retired members, with new rates of £80 individual and £150 family. The rates will remain the same for all of the other categories.  Membership Rates 2019

The Committee were re-elected; dates set for winter socials, and trophies awarded to winners of competitions. Croquet Association diplomas were awarded to club stalwarts Jenny Biggs and Martin Wroughton, and the trophy for Ashby’s Player of the Year, chosen by the club committee, went to Heather Hardy.   2018 Honours List

Full minutes of the AGM will be emailed to club members.

Winter Sunday League

Sunday 11th Nov: The first week of the winter league attracted 10 players.  The current leader is Tim King who competed despite his recent return from Canada.  Lawn 4 (the winter lawn) played surprisingly well.

Winter play continues on Sunday mornings from 11am.

Lawn 4 will be the priority lawn, hoops on lawn 1 trolley with the start corner being the first one you reach.

Winter Lawn and Work Parties

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.