‘Winter’ Wednesday Competition – Week 8

30 members turned out on yet another pleasant January day. Mike Flannery won in commanding fashion, just ahead of those Wednesday stalwarts Cas Sinclair and Fred Owen.

1st Mike Flannery – 95 points
2nd = Cas Sinclair – 91 points
2nd = Fred Owen – 91 points

The full table is: here

Sally Adshead

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Sally Adshead.  Sally joined the club in 1988 and was a very keen player who particularly established herself as a regular on Wednesdays.  She was always very careful in preparing for her shots, and could cause upsets against lower handicap players who might underestimate her ability.  In the Alternative Counties Wednesday competition she was constant in choosing to play for Lancashire. In club competitions she had success in the doubles partnering Ian Lines in 2008.  She was a non-playing member in recent years but failing health limited her visits to the club.

The funeral will be at Altrincham crematorium on Tuesday 17th December at 2pm and afterwards at Arthur Gresty Funeral Homes, 305 Manchester Road, Altrincham, WA14 5PH (not the Axe & Cleaver as previously mentioned).

All England AC Handicap area Final (31 August – 1st September)

Steve Reynolds and John Lucas were joined by Jack Good at this event, which gave Bowdon a chance of winning something. The weather proved to be challenging with very heavy showers on both days. On Saturday, lunch was taken early while the lawns dried out after becoming unplayable due to the soaking. There were 8 competitors initially but 2 had to withdraw from playing on the Sunday, which required the manager, David Barret to juggle the pairings creatively. Eventually Steve won 1 out of 5, John won 2 out of 4 and Jack won a very impressive 5 out of 5. Accordingly Jack can go through to the national finals. Steve has prepared himself well for Wild Wednesday by moving his handicap from 11 to 12, and Jack should be proud to have had his handicap reduced from 24 to 14.

Above, Jean Hargreaves on left and David Barret on the right who managed the weekend. The players, on Sunday, from left are, Steve Reynolds (Bowdon, 11 raised to 12), Richard Leach (Bury, 24 reduced to 16), Jack Good (Bowdon and Bury, 24 reduced to 14), John Dawson (Chester 2.5), John Lucas (Bowdon, 2.5) and Geoff Sonley (Penrith, 14). All a bit damp but cheerful after a nice tea.

North of England Championship

Spectators and some competitors at the presentation ceremony
The winner’s Faulkner Cup and the runner-up’s The Bowdon Cup

Our most prestigious event of the season was held over the Bank Holiday, when the sun shone all weekend and temperatures were well into the 80’s. 19 players, 17 of whom had minus handicaps, were competing. Mark Avery and Mark Suter, two of England’s top players fought an exciting final. The final was played as “best of 5”, under Super Advanced rules. Mark Avery won 3-1. The last frame was pearticularly competitive, with Mark Suter having taken black to 4-back, before Mark Avery got in and triple-peeled and pegged-out that black. A game of ‘cat and mouse’ croquet ensued with Mark Suter getting just a few very difficult opportunities, that he was never quite able to develop into a break. Mark Avery won that final game 26-15, and became the champion for the third time.

Mark Avery presented with the Faulkner Cup by Club President Brian Storey
Mark Suter presented with The Bowdon Cup by Club President Brian Storey
Mark Suter watches Mark Avery play in the last game of the final
Mark Avery pegging-out to win the Championship

The best performance by a Bowdon member was from David Maugham who reached the quarter final, only to be defeated by Alain Giraud. You can see all the scores by accessing; https://croquetscores.com/2019/ac/north-of-england-championships/the-championship-of-the-north-of-england .

The Tollemache Plate competition was won by Joel Taylor.

Joel Taylor presented with the Tollemache Plate by Club President Brian Storey

Beginners Play One-Ball Croquet

On Thursday afternoons beginners have the opportunity to play one-ball games and get coaching from club members. This Thursday, a good time was had by all on a sunny day with the lawns in very good condition. Adrian was helping Sara learn the positional aspects of play.

Sue [right] and beginner Heather were discussing the game that they had just completed.