Nottingham 'B' level tournament
Our club chairman, Adrian Simmerson, entered a National 'B' level tournament at Nottingham Croquet Club on Wednesday 17 June. Eighteen players from as far afield as Durham and Leighton Buzzard played in three groups of six. Adrian won four of his five group games, but still didn't manage to secure a place in the semi-final ! A very enjoyable event on one of the hottest days of the year saw Valerie Harding, of Nottingham CC, undefeated to take the winner's trophy.
Congratulations to Dennis Crossland who was runner-up in the Ripon Rowels GC Singles competition played over the weekend of 13/14 April. Dennis won the first game in a best-of-three games final and so nearly clinched it in the second game. Mike O'Brian (Ashby) fought back to win the game 7-6 and then won the final game to take the trophy. It was a very enjoyable weekend and the competition was expertly organised by Fergus Thompson (Ripon) who ensured that all fourteen competitors played at least ten games over the two days (no time limits). Dennis beat Adrian Simmerson in the Quarter finals, and a victory against Ray Mounfield (Ashby) in the semis took him to the final. As some consolation, Adrian won the play-off for fifth place.
Lancashire 'B' level tournament (Bury Croquet Club)
This year's Lancashire Open attracted so many entries that David Barrett (Bury) decided to organise an 'overspill' level play single day tournament for the entrants who missed the cut. The tournament was held at Coronation Park and was played on Saturday 6 April, on a surprisingly sunny day. Play started at 9:00am and two players from SCC, Dennis Crossland and Adrian Simmerson, made the trip across the Pennines to take on the red-rose opposition. After an all-play-all single block of eight, Adrian beat Dennis at the 13th hoop in the semi final. Barry Keen (Bowdon), who also managed the tournament, beat Adrian in the final by the same margin to win the bottle of champagne. Dennis finished in third place. The whole event was very enjoyable and everyone was so hospitable and interested in our new club in Sheffield.