The 2019 season went well for the Association
Croquet section, with Dave Buckman leading teams to success in U league matches
against Medway, Purley Bury and Caterham. Canterbury narrowly lost to
Club Secretary organised a successful CA handicap tournament in July, as well
as a most enjoyable GC/AC friendly with Ramsgate in late August.
There was an equally enjoyable one-ball AC
mix-in with Golf Croquet colleagues at the end of July.
Club players took part in AC tournaments at
Budleigh Salterton, Hurlingham, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Watford,
Southampton, Burton on Trent and Bristol, bringing back trophies from two of
The Club also fielded players in the national
Inter-Counties Championships and Treasurer’s Tankard.
Both internal knockouts progressed well and
there was quite a bit of activity on the new CCC ladder.
The best development of the year was the
emergence of some serious AC talent among new members, who with luck can be
persuaded to try match play next year.
JL reported that the St Edmunds and Simon Langton sports
fest had gone well but that other youth initiatives had struggled. He stated
that he had invited Ramsgate one ballers to the event on Wednesday 31st
He reported a narrow loss to Tunbridge Wells in the U
There was ongoing difficulties for visitors in finding
their way to the Club. This topic will be included in the next agenda for
This year has been a particularly busy one for Golf Croquet
having taken part in internal and external leagues as well as SECF tournaments.
The decision to make the internal leagues one day events proved to be a success
with more members taking part much
preferring a full days knockout play, as well as having time to talk to other
players over a picnic lunch.
We started the season off with a
handicap knockout competition on 7th June and an exciting final
between Debbie and Jeremy, narrowly won by Debbie. This was followed by The Alf Moat singles
event due to be played on 10th June which sadly had to be postponed
due to very wet weather. The new date for this event will now be 14th
August. Next came the first GC handicap
event on 14th June. The team
led by Steve were off to a good start with a win against Dulwich and then
another success winning against Tunbridge Wells. On 26th June we
played an R Level home match against Reigate Priory. Although we were defeated the competition was
very enjoyable with the opposing team appreciating our new lawns, the
picturesque setting and good hospitality.
As part of our tradition over the last 21 years it was Canterbury’s turn
to visit Herbert Park Croquet Club in Dublin, this year playing mainly Golf
Croquet. The trip was organised by Roger
and the warm hospitality given to us made this a memorable experience for our
team, Barry, Lois, Henry, Judy, Frank and Roger. We enjoyed playing friendly croquet matches with
them and although our overall score was higher than theirs it really had little
significance. We look forward to the
Dublin team visiting Canterbury next year.
On 29th and 30th
June our team, Tobi, Henry, Heather and myself played in the Southern Challenge
Division 1 with 12 teams taking part.
Having been promoted last year from Division 2, which we won, this was
quite a challenge and we were thankful that Tobi agreed to be part of our team. We were quite pleased with our result ranking
9th out of the 12 teams taking part.
Steve led the team in the Southern Challenge Division 2 on 6th/7thJuly. Steve, John, Dave and came 8th out of the
12. On July 2nd we had an
internal handicap knockout competition with Christopher on great form beating
Jeremy 7-3, 7-5. We still have 3 R level matches, mixed doubles and the Kent
Cup to play. Judy