GC British Open Championships – 21-26 June

The GC British Open Championships took place last weekend at Southwick.

In the singles, club member J-P Moberly was beaten in the semi finals (2-1) by Robert Fulford, who went on to win the final by beating Reg Bamford 2 to 1.

In the doubles J-P Moberly was playing with Tobi Savage but they were beaten 2-1 by Aston Wade & Richard Bilton. The Championship was won by Euan Burridge & Callum Johnson beating Aston and Richard 2-1 in the final.

Bowdon Members in CA Mixed and Men’s Doubles, at Nottingham, 15-19 June


Alain Giraud and Simon Jenkins were competing in the Men’s Championship. James Death won the Championship beating Mark Suter win the final. You can see all the scores here.

Whilst neither of them won, Alain did win one of the consolation events, the ‘Du Pre Singles’ at the Men’s Championship beating Phil Eardley in the final. You can see the scores here.

Alain partnered Annabel McDiarmid in the Mixed Doubles Championship, but they were knocked out in the first round. Ian Burridge & Rachel Gee were the eventual winners, the scores can be found here.

Better luck next time!

Bowdon members in Home Internationals at Dublin 11-12 June

England were the overall winners (loud cheers from England supporters) of the tournament at Carrickmines Croquet Club, in Dublin. Wales were ranked fourth in this event (boos from Welsh supporters), but defied the predictions by finishing a creditable second (loud, and tuneful, cheers from Welsh supporters)!

England, with Bowdon’s David Maugham as Captain, beat Ireland 4 – 0 and Scotland 3 – 1.

Wales, with Bowdon’s Angharrad in the team, beat Ireland 3 – 1 but lost to Scotland 2 – 3.

Now the result for which you are waiting. England and Wales drew 2 – 2. So England win overall with 9 wins and 3 losses, whilst Wales had 7 wins and 6 losses.

Angharrad won all 3 of her matches, and David Maugham won 2 and lost 1 of his matches. Well done both of you.

Bowdon players in AC Home Internationals, Dublin, 11-12 June

David Maugham is Captain of the England team and Angharrad Walters is playing for Wales, at this AC Level Advanced International Tournament. England are the top ranking team for this event, whilst Wales rank fourth, behind Ireland (second) and Scotland (third) . The event is hosted by the Carrickmines Croquet Club, Dublin.

We wish David and Angharrad the best of luck, irrespective of which team we may want to win the tournament.

Tournaments at other clubs, Pendle and York

Pendle have a tournament with Class events on 7th and 8th June, and a Handicap event on 9th and 10th June. If you are interested to play on either 2, or all 4, days please contact – Liz Wilson via croquet croquet@nottingham-lists.org.uk

York Croquet club have a Heart of Yorkshire Handicap Weekend, 11-12 June 2022. The weekend is aimed particularly at players with handicaps from 8 to 18. Please contact John Harris, Tel 01904 620211 Mobile: 07980 799019, jharrisnet@gmail.com

Graham and Jack Good in Cheltenham Ascot GC qualifier, 28-29 May

Last weekend Graham and Jack went to the Cheltenham GC Championship Series qualifier.

Taking a break from his GCSE’s, Jack entered the Cheltenham Ascot – his first croquet since the Inter-Club Final in September. Cheltenham had 18 withdrawals, so Graham was persuaded to play.

Jack won all his block games and in the round of 16 was ‘drawn’ against Graham who had won 3 of his 6 block games! Jack won 7-5, 7-5. On Sunday Jack won his quarter-final against Lionel Tibble 7-4, 7-3 and his semi-final against Nick Saxton 7-5, 7-3.

In the final Jack played James Death on his ‘home’ club lawns, Jack lost 7-1 in the first game, but found more control in an improved second game which James came through to win 7-5 and take the title. As the losing finalist Jack automatically qualifies for the end of season Ascot Final, again at Cheltenham!

Well done Jack and Graham.

The full scores can be found here