GC Elite Squad Practice – 23/24 November

JP Moberly

The England GC team are holding a warm-up weekend at Bowdon at the end of this month (23/24th Nov). It will be over two days when the England team will play the Elite Squad. There will be singles and doubles.
3 full lawns will be in use by the squad over the weekend.

Teams:
England – J-P Moberly, Stephen Mulliner, Tobi Savage, Richard Bilton
Elite Squad – Ian Burridge, William Gee, Rachel Gee, James Death

It will not only be a chance for members/spectators to see some of the country’s best GC players in action, but also the England team. It doesn’t seem like there is much top level GC around this neck of the woods so it’s a great opportunity for people to come and spectate – the more spectators the merrier!

Bowdon vs High Wycombe – CA Mary Rose Final at Surbiton (5 October)

Bowdon beat High Wycombe (4-3) in the final of the CA Mary Rose Competition at Surbiton on Saturday 5th October.

Many congratulations to Bowdon.

Confirmation of the team and results:

The High Wycombe team was:
Stephen Wright (0), Mike Porter (0), Keith Pound (2) and Richard Peperell (4)

Alan and Martin lost toStephen and Mike -20
Will beat Keith +4Charles beat Richard +7
Alan lost to Stephen -17Martin lost to Mike -23 TP
Charles beat Keith +23Will beat Richard +25

The results of the earlier rounds of this knockout competition can be seen here

GC Home Internationals (21-22 September)

JP Moberly (-5)

Bowdon member J-P Moberley captained the England GC team to a successful 3-0 win in the GC Home Internationals played at Balgreen CC in Edinburgh over the weekend 21st – 22nd September.

John-Paul won all his matches in convincing wins over Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Well done J-P!
Full details can be found on Croquet Scores Website

Bowdon win the Short Croquet Inter-Club Competition Final, 15th September in York

Cas Sinclair receives the trophy from Colin Irwin
Photo of the teams after presentation of the trophy

Bowdon won the Short Croquet Inter-Club Competition Final on 15th September in York beating Bury 9-2.
The Bowdon team was:

The Bury team was: Richard Leach (6), Vi Richards (7), Harry Anderton (7), David Leach (10).

Louise & Cas beatRichard & David 14-7
Sue
– beat Vi 14-5
– beat Harry 14-5
– lost to Richard 4-14
Nigel
– beat Harry 14-6
– beat David 14-10
– beat Vi 14-6
Cas
– beat Vi 14-8
– beat Harry 10-8
Louise
– lost to Richard 10-14
– beat David 14-8

Congratulations to all the team and in particular to Nigel who was playing in his first match for Bowdon and won all his games.

All-England GC Final at Camerton & Peasedown, 14th – 15th September

Two Bowdon players, Jack Good and Margaret Moss, competed in the All England Golf Croquet Handicap National Final at the peaceful Camerton and Peasedown Croquet Club in Somerset. The club is on the edge of Peasedown, formerly a coal mining village, but now a commuter village for Bath and Bristol. Jack and Margaret were the only players from the North and Midlands Final to participate. It was  a friendly weekend, in lovely weather. The handicaps ranged from -4 to +12.  Out of the 13 players who completed the tournament, Jack came third, with 8 wins and Margaret came 9th with 4 wins and a draw. The winner was Dominic Averold of Bristol. Jack was the only player to beat him. Margaret lost to Dominic at the golden hoop.

Bowdon vs Nottingham – Mary Rose Semi-Final (2 September)

Bowdon beat Nottingham 4.5 – 2.5 in the semi-final of the Mary Rose Inter-club Trophy on Monday 2 September. The Bowdon team was:

Alan (0) & Martin (2) beat Dave Gunn (0.5) & Martin Beacon (2)
Will (4) beat David Brydon (2) +5
– beat Michael Finnegan (2.5) +18
Adrian (4) lost to Michael Finnegan (2.5) -6
– beat David Brydon (2) +7
Alan lost to Dave Gunn -12Martin and Martin Beacon agreed a draw

Will’s two wins reduces his handicap to 3.5

High Wycombe play Woking in the other semi-final, with the final being played at Surbiton on 5 October.

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