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Parkstone League SuccessSidmouth beat Bristol by the skin of their teeth, thanks to Richard Wood keeping his nerve to win both his very tight games. As a result we now get to play Budleigh for promotion.
Keith Ross wins B LevelThe CA B Level Open Tournament was contested by 16 players, with handicaps ranging from 1 to 5, arranged in 2 blocks. Andrew Dutton won block A comfortably, while Keith Ross only just scraped through in Block B. The final was a very high quality affair, with good breaks by both players, and astonishing long roquets leaving both players finsig no safety anywhere on the lawn. When Andrew pegged Keiths blue ball out it left him with the advantage, but Keiths phenomenal hitting in eventually saw him through his last two hoops and to the peg. The tournament was managed with her usual charm and efficiency by Julie Horsley, and facilitated by many at Sidmouth.
Philip and Sue win at the SeniorsPhilip Harris and Sue Rogers won the doubles on July 22nd 2018 at the National Seniors tournament held at Budleigh.
Short CroquetTwenty short players took part in this fast-moving tournament in sunny weather. Philip Harris, Richard Thurlow, and Julie Horsley were among the front runners.
May Week Result!
Haste Cup goes to Jonathan Powe
Dew Tracks Reveal FlightWhen struck hard croquet balls fly for a considerable distance before starting to roll, as seen in this shot. This is important because, once they roll, stop shots do not work, so the flight distance is the maximum at which you can do a stop shot.
Sidmouth "A" TriumphSidmouth "A" Parkstone League team resoundingly won in the first match of the season, against Sidmouth "B". Perhaps it was the home advantage? The next match will tell. The players were: A) Richard Wood (capt.), Peter Nelson, Colin Walls, Derek Andrews; B) Mike Taylor (capt.), Jane Babbage, Ian Friedlander, Andrew Thomas
Charity Quiz Triumph
Website MoveThe website has been moved to a new hosting facility. Everything should be as it was, but in the event of any new problems being discovered, please contact Colin Walls
Thurlow Triumphs with One Ball
The annual Charity “One Ball” competition was played on Thursday April 19th, a dry day unusually for this year, and our first internal competition of the year.
Every Croquet club in England runs its own “One Ball “competition, with the winner going to the national final.
This competition is an annual England-wide competition in aid of a Charity. This year the national organisers chose the Down’s Syndrome Association. Entry fees for all the tournaments and other fundraising goes to the Charity; this year Sidmouth CC raised £130.
“One Ball” Croquet is as its title says, a version of the game in which each player is matched against another, each having one ball to hit through 13 consecutive hoops. Whilst it is possible to go around without making use of the opponent’s ball, managing to hit it enables an extra turn which can aid progress through the hoops. .Players with differing skills are given handicaps consisting of of extra turns to try to even them up.
Twenty-six players entered the competition this year, each starting off with 100 nominal points, and played five other opponents. A win gained 10 points; a loss meant 10 points lost. Players played five games, so that the maximum points were 150. Both Penny Ball and Richard Thurlow scored 140 points in their first four games, and so were matched together in the final, which Richard just managed to win, giving him 150 points.
The runners-up were Andrew Thomas, Penny Ball, Dave Mundy and Steve Pearson each on 130 points. The final is to be held in Surbiton later in the year.