National Forest AC Tournament

NATIONAL FOREST A.C. TOURNAMENT

A national Association Croquet weekend handicap tournament at Moira.
  (In 2015 and 2016 this was a level-play B-level tournament for AC handicap range 1 to 8.)

Previous winners:
2011 Clive Goode (handicap)
2012 Dave Gunn (handicap)
2013 Richard Sanville (handicap)
2014 Not contested
2015 Adam Moliver (B Level)
2016 David Marsh (B Level)
2017 Not contested
2018 Not contested

2016 REPORT  June 18th & 19th (Manager: Arthur)

Eight players contested the National Forest AC Trophy over what turned out to be a fine interlude in the recent rainy weather in the Midlands. The rain returned just as the last game was finishing – one of a number of interesting endings, this one with penult & box v penult and box after time.

The Egyptian format didn’t produce any upsets this year, and David Marsh from Wrest Park emerged as the clear winner having won all his games. Arthur Rowe was runner-up.

Full results:

Ian Draper beat Mick Haytack +4
David Marsh beat Michael Finningan +26
Dave Gunn beat Tim King +19
Arthur  Rowe beat Graham Good +11
David Marsh beat Dave Gunn +10
Michael Finningan beat Tim King +7
Graham Good beat Mick Haytack +21
Arthur  Rowe beat Ian Draper +5
David Marsh beat Graham Good +18
Dave Gunn beat Mick Haytack +3
Arthur  Rowe beat Michael Finningan +24
Ian Draper beat Tim King +15(t)
David Marsh beat Ian Draper +15(t)
Dave Gunn beat Graham Good +1(t)
Michael Finningan beat Mick Haytack +4
David Marsh beat Mick Haytack +24
Ian Draper beat Graham Good +1(t)
Michael Finningan beat Dave Gunn +10

Winner: David Marsh    Runner-up: Arthur Rowe

2015 REPORT  June 13th & 14th (Manager: Arthur)

Eight players, including three from Ashby, contested the National Forest AC Trophy over a drizzly weekend at Moira.  The tournament was a B-Level event for the first time (AC handicap range 1 to 8). The event was run as an Egyptian and the games were not time limited, except in the final session to ensure a finish at tea time on Sunday. This produced a number of interesting endings with one or more balls pegged out. Adam Moliver, from Cheltenham, emerged as the clear winner. Adam lost only to home player Arthur Rowe who was runner-up.

Full results:

Adam Moliver beat Tim King +5
Sarah Melvin beat Mick Haytack +22
James Skelton beat Dave Gunn +3
Peter Thompson beat Arthur Rowe +7
Mick Haytack beat Tim King +19
Adam Moliver beat Sarah Melvin +15
Peter Thompson beat James Skelton +5
Arthur Rowe beat Mick Haytack +26
Dave Gunn beat Tim King +5
Arthur Rowe beat Sarah Melvin +9
Adam Moliver beat Mick Haytack +18
Adam Moliver beat Peter Thompson +3
Sarah Melvin beat James Skelton +1
Arthur Rowe beat Tim King +22
Adam Moliver beat Dave Gunn +17
Mick Haytack beat Peter Thompson +7
Sarah Melvin beat Tim King +16
James Skelton beat Mick Haytack +6
Peter Thompson beat Dave Gunn +17
Arthur Rowe beat Adam Moliver +3
Dave Gunn beat Sarah Melvin +1(t)
Peter Thompson beat Tim King +12(t)

Winner: Adam Moliver    Runner-up: Arthur Rowe

2013 REPORT   June 15th & 16th (Manager: Mick)

Ten players with handicaps ranging from 3 to 11 played in mostly glorious weather with the odd shower on Saturday. There were five Ashby players, one from each of Nottingham, Colchester and Hamptworth and two from Australia. The final set of matches paired Richard against Tim and Arthur against Bob with all four players having a chance of lifting the trophy. Richard used his bisques well to beat Tim in quick time, then had to watch anxiously as Arthur quickly went to peg with his first ball then broke down with his second.  Bob slowly clawed things back but Arthur eventually prevailed and Richard became the first Ashby player to win this event. Jenny Biggs once again provided first class catering and the handful of spectators managed to stay awake for most of the proceedings. Tim earned a handicap reduction to 3½.

1st      Richard Sanville        80% (beat Arthur, Peter, Ann and Tim)

2nd     Arthur Rowe            80% (beat Steve, Derek, Tim and Bob)

3rd     Tim King                 60% (beat Peter, Mick and Bob)

4th     Bob Thompson         60% (beat Richard, Derek and Mick)

5th     Mick Haytack           60% (beat Ann, Victor and Derek)

6th=   Ann Brookes            40% (beat Steve and Victor)

6th=   Derek Buxton           40% (beat Victor and Steve)

8th     Victor Stilwell           40% (beat Steve and Peter)

9th     Steve Thornton        20% (beat Peter)

10th    Peter Freer              20% (beat Ann)

2012 REPORT   June 16th & 17th (Manager: Mick)

Dave Gunn of Nottingham Croquet Club won our second annual National Forest AC handicap tournament at Moira, with Ashby’s Tim King finishing as runner-up.   Entry levels were down on last year with nine players, two of them able to play on only one day. Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable tournament and for most of the time the weather was good. The catering supplied by Jenny Biggs was superb and was enjoyed by all. Special mention must go to Vic Stilwell of Hamptworth club who travelled all the way from Dorset and to Judith Moore (Nottingham) who was competing in her first proper AC tournament and managed a narrow win in her final game. Dave Gunn and Tim King both won their Silver award (twice) and Dave’s handicap came down from 10 to 9.   1st Dave Gunn (handicap 10) 80% 2nd Tim King (4) 60% (beat Mick) 3rd Mick Haytack (6) 60% 4th Arthur Rowe (3.5) 50% 5th Vic Stillwell (11) 40% (beat Richard) 6th Richard Sanville (9) 40% 7th Judith Moore (20) 25%   Derek Buxton (10) won his two games on Sunday and was the only player to beat Dave Gunn. Peter Dennis (5, Kenilworth) also played on Sunday.  

2011 REPORT   June 18th & 19th (Manager: Mick)

Ten players took part in our first-ever national CA tournament at Moira, won by Clive Goode of Nottingham Croquet Club. Derek Buxton of Ashby finished runner-up.

The weather was reasonable on Saturday with a few light showers, and excellent on Sunday.

Players: Rachel Rowe (3), Arthur Rowe (3.5), Peter Moore (5), Clive Goode (7), Mick Haytack (7), Barry Keen (9), Richard Sanville (9), Derek Buxton (10), Dave Gunn (10), Martin Wroughton (20).

This was Martin’s first attempt at AC and he stepped in at the last minute when one of the original entrants had to withdraw.

RESULTS (winners listed first):

DAY 1        
Peter +6T Dave Rachel +16 Peter Dave +4 Barry    
Arthur +9 Barry Clive +3 Derek Arthur +1 Mick    
Derek +11 Mick Dave +26 Arthur Clive +26 Rachel    
Rachel +10 Richard Richard +13 Martin Derek +17 Richard    
Clive +12T Martin Barry +13 Mick Peter +10 Martin    
         
DAY 2        
Semi-finals:        
Clive +2 Rachel Derek +13 Dave      
         
Final: Clive +9 Derek    
         
3rd place play-off:  Rachel +13 Dave    
         
Other Day 2 results:        
Peter +13 Arthur Barry +23 Richard Mick +8 Richard    
Barry +24 Peter Richard +26 Arthur Mick +26 Peter    

Barry finished a clear 5th.The semi-final between Rachel and Clive was quite tense and at one point all four balls were for peg. Derek took an early lead in the final but Clive hit in, took his second ball round and ended the weekend unbeaten. His handicap came down to 6 from 7. The National Forest AC trophy was presented to Clive by the CA chairman Barry Keen.