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THE BOWDON BLOG
The year started with the removal
of the large tree which has caused so many problems on lawn 4 for
In February Ian Lines
received an Outstanding Achievement in Coaching award.
March saw the first real competitive croquet with a one-ball tournament
on Pink Wednesday (for breast cancer charities). The competition was
won by Kay Martin.
The Wednesday Competition got underway with Andrew Kenyon the first
winner of the season. Other winners in March to May were:
Kay Martin, David Holland, Joan Spilsbury, Andrew Kenyon again, Barry
Keen, Steve Lewis and a joint win for Steve Reynolds and Barry McKenzie.
Two taster days, mini versions of the beginners' course, were held
attracting 14 and 16 interested participants.
The Lancashire International Golf competition was held at Heaton Park
and there were wins for Ian
Lines (singles) and Ros Pimlott (doubles).
The Hot Pot supper was
as popular as ever.
A CA Silver Course was run by Ken Cooper
and Bury's Paul Rigge and attended by 15 players from all over the
David Walters won the Millennium Cup
at Heaton Park.
Barry Keen won the club's
first CA event of the season, the May Weekend
Handicap with Ros Pimlott runner-up and Janet Davies
of Chester the winner of the Egyptian.
The Beginners Course
started in May with only 9 people braving the atrocious weather on the
first night although later lessons were better attended.
Neil Thompson was runner-up in the NW Millennium competition at Fylde.
New Zealander Paddy Chapman won the June Advanced
tournament for the second year running.
The NW Federation League matches started with Firs beating St.
Mary's 4-3 in the all Bowdon clash in the Handicap league. St.
Mary's earnt their first points of the season with a 4-3 home win over Bury
In the Advanced league Canons got off to a great start beating Fylde 7-2
whilst Saints also started well with a 5-4 away win at Bury
In the Midweek league Griffins
trounced Earls 7-0 in the local derby and also won away 4-3 at Southport.
Earls lost 5-2 away
The Golf team beat Fylde and Chester, both close matches finishing 10-8
and drew 9-9 with Bury
In the first round of the national knockout competition, the Mary Rose,
Bowdon went down 4-3
at home to Middlesbrough.
In early June Bowdon staged its own Jubilee Funday.
Colin Irwin turned on his cooking skills again for the annual social
event - the BBQ.
Wednesday winners were Rupert Webb, Sheila Sandham, John Wastell, Ros
Pimlott and Steve Reynolds.
The Festival of
Croquet was held, as usual, at Southport with Bowdon putting teams
in the Handicap and the Short Croquet competitions.
The Croquet Association match against Switzerland was held at Bowdon
with members, Barry Keen and Francois Garcia, playing for the CA in a
Counties, Bowdon's own version of the Inter-Counties event, was
held and won by Cheshire.
The CA Northern Week
attracted several players from across the country. The 'A' Class was
won by David Walters, the 'B' by Mike Steer and the 'C' and Handicap
both went to Barry McKenzie. Barry also won the Handicap Doubles
alongside Martin Granger Brown whilst Phil Eardley and Mike Steer won
the Advanced Doubles.
Two Swinging Sundays were held with Steve Moores winning both.
In the NW Federation Short Croquet league Bowdon, on their way to being
eventual league champions, beat Bury 10-6
at home and Fylde 11-5
In the Midweek league Griffins lost 4-3 to Fylde, Chester and Pendle & Craven.
Earls won 4-3 at home to Pendle &
Craven but lost
6-1 after a long trip to Westmorland.
Saints won again in the Advanced league beating Pendle & Craven 6-3.
Canons also had good 5-4 wins against Southport
Firs beat Crake
Valley 4-3 in the Handicap league.
In the Golf league there were more close matches losing 10-8 to both Westmorland and Pendle & Craven.
The national handical knock-out competition, the Longman Cup, started
brilliantly with a 7-0 win against
Fylde. Bowdon were knocked-out of the advanced national
competition, the Inter-Club, when they went down to Bristol 6-1.
The last Wednesday winners of
the year were Lorna Frost, John Saxby, Chris Lewis (in his only
appearance of the season), Steve Lewis (twice), Valerie Hughes, Jean
Teare, Kay Martin, Peter Hallett, Sylvia Steer and Andrew Kenyon. Barry
Keen won the Wednesday seasonal award and for good measure he also won
Barry Keen winner of Wild Wednesday with
runner-up Richard Ellis and third Ian Bell
In the Advanced league Bowdon
Canons 5-4 in the big local derby, Chester 5-4 , Fylde
5-4 and became champions.
In the Short league Brian
Rust's Bowdon team also clinched the title with a 9-7 win against
Chester, a 10-6 win at home to Pendle & Craven and an
8-8 draw with Llanfairfechan.
Cooper and Brian Rust received the NW Federation Advanced and Short
championship trophies at the NW Federation AGM.
St. Mary's finished their season in the Handicap
league with four away games, losing two (Crake Valley 3-4 and Pendle
3-4) and winning two, a 7-0 win at Southport and a 4-3 win at Pendle.
At home Firs lost to Bury Peelers 4-3,
Bury Caesars 5-2
and beat Fylde 6-1.
and away they beat Southport 4-3 and lost to Fylde 5-2.
In the Midweek league Earls
lost 6-1 at Chester
and 4-3 at home to Southport. Griffins lost 6-1 at home
to Westmorland and beat Bury 4-3.
The Golf Croquet team drew
9-9 with Bury South
and lost 9-7 at Culceth but won 14-4 at Southport.
Steve Moores won the Fotiadi Novices Silver Challenge
Omied Hallam from Nottingham won the Black
Salver, Bowdon's 'B'
The Winter One-ball got underway with Neil
Thompson, Joan Spilsbury, Alan Mayne (twice), Barry Keen and Colin
Irwin the first Mars Bars winners.
The AGM was held.
The Annual Dinner
moved to a new venue, the Bowdon Rooms, and was a great success.
David Walters led the Welsh national team to Cairo
where they won Divison 2 of the World Golf Championship.
Francois Garcia was awarded the Steel Memorial Bowl
by the CA as the most improved Association Croquet player in the
country during 2012.