Taster Sessions

Please forward the notification of these Taster Sessions to your local WhatsApp groups of any friends or family you think may be interested in playing croquet.

We are running further Taster Sessions from Friday 17th May for anyone who would like to try out the game of croquet and hopefully decide to join the club as new members.

For £20 per person you will get two 3.5 hour sessions run by qualified coaches covering the basic skills of the game. You get full use of the equipment and facilities and free tea and coffee. The first session covers the basic skills and the second session covers the rules and strategy of the game.

The sessions will be most Fridays at 9.45am to 1.15pm as part of the Freshers Fridays sessions. There will be occasional Fridays when the lawns are unavailable owing to tournaments. If you can’t make Friday mornings please let us know and we will try to arrange a convenient time.

The syllabus of the sessions can be accessed from our website under the ‘Taking Part’ page. The link is: https://bowdoncroquet.co.uk/elementor-5/taking-part/taster-sessions/

Bowdon is one of the oldest clubs in the country (we celebrated our 150 years anniversary last year) and has one of the best sets of lawns in the NorthWest.  Croquet is an enjoyable, sociable game that can be played by people of any age and of either sex. We have members who just enjoy a social game  and also top quality International who enjoy the competitive challenge.

To find out more and to register for the sessions please email the club at bowdoncroquet@gmail.com

Freshers Friday from 17th May

For new members who want to improve their skills and play some games with similar level players, there will be Freshers Friday sessions from 10am to 1.15pm starting this Friday, 17th May. The sessions will be every Friday subject to lawn availability.
There will be experienced players to help and advise on the rules, strategy and skills.
You can register on the booking system for these sessions which will help with numbers – or just turn up.

Golf Croquet Practice Sessions – May/June 2024

The next golf croquet practice sessions will be
3.15 – 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday 29th May and
3.15 – 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday 12th June.

These enjoyable sessions are for team members, beginners, and those who just fancy playing golf croquet games. If you can only stay for part of the time, that is fine.

Internal Summer Competitions

Well done to those who have won their games.
And a reminder that the 1st round one ball games need to be played by 13 May, and 1st round A-D class, 14pt and Golf by 20 May.
Good luck.

Bowdon Bombers beat Ellesmere 16-2 in the Croquet North West Level Play GC League

Bowdon had a convincing 16-2 win over Ellesmere in the CNW Level Play GC League.
The team was: Nigel Matthews, Angharrad Walters & David Holland.

The scores were:
Nigel (-1) beat Janet Maxwell (12) by 7-2, 7-2 ; beat Mark Frayne (3) by 7-2, 7-5 and beat Alan Wright (5) by 7-4, 7-2.
Angharrad (-3) beat Janet by 7-3, 7-1 ; beat Mark by 7-2, 7-2 and beat Alan 7-6, 7-3.
David (3) beat Janet by 7-2, 7-4 ; drew with Mark 6-7, 7-5; drew with Alan 7-5, 5-7.

Welsh GC Champion 2024 – Angharrad Walters

Angharrad Walters won the Welsh GC 2024 Championship at Merthyr Mawr over the weekend 27-28th April.
She beat Arthur Rowe 7-1, 7-0 in the semi-final and beat Garry McElwain 7-2, 7-6 in the final. Well done Angharrad!

Welsh GC ChampionshipTrophy presented by Arthur Rowe to winner Angharrad Walters

Bowdon Bullets beat Bury 9-7 in the CNW Short League on Sunday 28th April

Our team for the second round of the Short League against Bury was:
Brian Medley (2p), Liz Webb (3), Gordon Hennel (7) and David Beddy (7).

The day started cold and wet but got much sunnier as it wore on. And our croquet followed suit: having been 3-1 down after the first set of matches we clawed back to level pegging by lunchtime and edged ahead in the afternoon. David Beddy acquitted himself very well on his first outing for the club but the star of the show was Liz Webb who won all her games. So we will not make fun of her for forgetting the rules about when a ball is pegged out.

The full scores were:
Brian (2p) lost to Chris Williamson (6) by 0-14; beat Vi Richards (7) by 12-10; beat Richard Leach (3.5); beat Tony Philips (1).
Liz (3) beat Vi (7) by 10-8; beat Chris (6) by 14-11; beat Tony (1) by 14-13; beat Richard (3.5) by 12-8.
David (7) lost to Tony (1) by 11-12; beat Richard (3.5) by 14-2; lost to Vi (7) by 6-14; lost to Chris (6) by 8-14.
Gordon (7) lost to Richard (3.5) by 5-14; lost to Tony (1) by 8-14; beat Chris (6) by 9-8; lost to Vi (7) by 6-14.

2024 Winter 1-Ball and 14pt Finals

The finals of the winter 1-ball competitions were held on Saturday 16th March.
Ed Cheetham, Garth Aspinall, John Bagnall and Robert Cutts-Watson qualified for the semi-finals having beaten Carol Steinberg, Janet Guthrie, David Beddy and Adrian Apps respectively.
Ed and John went on to beat Garth and Robert to set up a thrilling final which was eventually won by Ed.

Winner of 2024 winter 1-ball finals – Ed Cheetham

The finals of the winter 14pt handicap finals were played on Thursday 21st March.
Adrian Apps beat Mike Steer and Nigel Matthews beat Charles Fraser in the semi-finals.
Nigel easily beat Adrian in the final with Mike gaining 3rd place.

Winner of 2024 winter 14pt finals – Nigel Matthews