Unbelievably, given that most clubs are submerged under rain water to the east of us, play started and was played
all day in the dry.
Another dull day (weather-wise). Eleven of U3A attended for an afternoon of Single GC games, some played f
ive in the time available!
Graham & John W had to share the Jelly Babies...both unbeaten.
In the three weeks leading up to this, the manager and tournament secretary had tried to find more
entries to raise the number above 9 but none were found. This small odd number produced a very
difficult management task of awarding three trophies across a handicap range of over 15 steps
among very few players in 1.75 days of variable weather.
To mitigate the difficulties the manager did not play and opted for one American Block with two
sub American Blocks within.
(In order to keep Omeid busy on Sunday after lunch the manager did play him and Omeid achieved a Platinum break award in that game +26SXT , this game was within the tournament.)
We started Saturday in light rain with the courts playing easy but each outlined with its own peculiar mess of chaotic white line and string boundaries being sometimes shared, sometime not.
The new hoops were extreemly well set by Paul who had spent hours preparing them. At lunch the North boundary of court 4 became squelchy and was unusable. We followed that with a good meal at the Jade Palace.
Sunday's weather was beautiful. Play progressed but from a management point of view the result of two key games brought about the worst case scenario in all three events. This meant that two more rounds were mandatory and during the afternoon a three way tie break was resolved in case it would be needed.
This was a three player game of one ball, using the rules set out on the Oxford site in the document written by Kevin Carter. Richard Huxley won that but in the end, the tie break was not required.
A key moment was when Clive beat Omeid and then went on to win two more games establishing him as the winner. As a consequence, Omied then took the Chris Clarke from Richard's hands.
Finally with Clive holding the Openshaw, Steve's two wins in the sub block gave him a popular win in the Jeremy Dyer.
Thanks to Libby for catering, Robert for the cheese board and Will for spectating come rain or shine and the other players: Paul Rigge, Lee Hartley, Richard Huxley, Dennis Scarr & Liz Wilson
The Openshaw trophy remains at the club and needs engraving per the note I have left with it.
The other two trophies were taken by the winners.
David Openshaw - Clive Goode
Chris Clark - Omeid Hallam
Jeremy Dyer - Steve Skelton.
Omeid - Platinum. Handicap Change: Clive from 0 to -0.5
Report; Peter Wilson
The result does not reflect the close nature of many of the games within the match.
Of the 18 games played 8 games went to the golden hoop and 4 games to the 12 hoop. If luck had been on our side the result could have been a draw.
This match saw Karen step in to the team for the first time. Karen played extremely well and received praise from the opponents who said they would not like to give her bisques in a handicap game. Two of her games were lost on the golden hoop against David Llyod and David Cornes many index points ahead of her and years of more experience.
A big thank you to all the Pendle club members who provided help in setting up the lawns.
Giving away 62 Bisques!
A difficult match for Pendle facing at least 1 bandit if not 2 !! Robert and Catherine won the Doubles after quite a tough match and Paul won his singles in the morning while Andrew lost 0-26 against an 18 handicap in 11/4 hours having only played 2 shots!
In the afternoon Robert led the way winning his singles while we lost all the other Singles (inc Paul losing -18 against the same ‘bandit’ in under 2 hours).
I decided to raise the issue of too high handicaps on two of Chester players with the official body. The result was that one of Chester players had his handicap reduced to 14 with the agreement of Chester. I do feel this issue should be raised by clubs when it's applicable without feeling ‘guilty’ about it.
Nine of U3A attended today. An afternoon of Single GC games, some played five in the time available!
Mike got the Fruit Gums...
Six members of U3A attended today, one of the group requested at the tea break could they do a
different format to the games. On the suggestion of moving to playing Games of singles most were
enthusiastic. Two games of singles then proceed and was enjoyed by all.
The group have requested that can we do this again next week.
Lesley was the winner this week of the Fruit Gums...
After torrential rain which saw most lawns with many deep puddles, it was decided to get the
bow wave out of moth balls. After clearing Lawn 5 the days play was able to go ahead.
Robin and Libby winning the Doubles, Paul winning both Singles, Robin and Libby winning their respective singles and Andrew losing one and winning the other.
Robin again proving that age is no handicap at croquet!!
The photo shows the PCCC chairman and league captain bow waving lawn 5 so we could play today’s league match against Crake..
A good victory with Paul getting 2 excellent wins including winning the Doubles with Peter.
Andrew won both his singles games and Peter lost his singles.
Fourteen U3A Members, best turn-out yet.
Another winner this week - Margaret... first time she's won a game left alone all four!
Will Drake presenting the trophy to Roger I’Anson ( Ripon) winner.
Second photo Abdul manager, Will Drake, Roger I’Anson winner and Richard Leach (Bury) runner up.
Eleven U3A Members (now regulars) slapped on the sun-cream this time and chracked on.
Different winner this week - Syd, picked up the Jelly Babies.
By superlative play from Andrew & Garry, assisted by Paul D & Myself, a comparatively strong Bury team were succumbed.
Even though Andrew forgot to use his bisque, Tony was comfortably overcome, whilst Garry returned to form, Garry beating both Ken & Barbara.
Paul D lost to Tony but beat Ken. I was a minor contributor to a win, with Andrew in the doubles versus Barbara & Margaret, but Margaret was the victor against me in the afternoon.
Thanks, in the main, to Libby, for her mowing & cleaning efforts, and to Garry, Peter & Paul D for setting the hoops and Flags and posts which indicated which lawn was which and corner pegs... White lining was attended to by me.
All in all, on a perfect summer day, the whole ground, bar the entrance path area, looked as good as ever I've seen it, and we welcomed Tyneside & Chester teams to play their Secretary's shield match on Courts 1 & 2, which was won narrowly by Chester.
Compliments abounded from members of all three visiting teams regarding the greatly improved quality of the playing conditions which we had provided compared with those which had prevailed on previous visits.
All members of our club who have contributed so generously of their time, so that such compliments may be justifiably made, should be proud in the knowledge that their efforts have been rewarded by praise.
On the weekend of National Croquet Day, Pendle hosted a tournament where players came from far & wide
not only to give any potential visitors something to watch, but to contest the trophy in their own
right – many of whom only play in leagues as part of a team, so it was interesting, since any error
would cost them dearly.
The weekend was bathed in bright sunshine and blessed with clear blue sky.
After a 5 round swizz, three players finished on 4/5, but on who-beat-who; Member and Pendle Chair, Andrew Webb was the winner..
Eleven U3A Members (some the same as last week) again braved the elements to sample Croquet. The
anticipated numbers didn’t materialise - well those who ‘did’ turn up didn’t really think that there
would be any play, but play there was! No rain fell and four shortened GC games were contested.
Three Games, tea break followed by another game all with different partners this time resulted in joint winners - Gail (again) & Mike... Mike left before photo-op, so will catch him next week.
Members Roger Schofield, Peter Wilson and Liz Wilson met up with Alan Clark from High Wickham who was on holiday in the area.
With handicaps ranging from ½ to 3 an all play all Advanced session was planned. As it turned out the weather was pretty chilly and so the stumps were pulled after two games and a few one ball games. Alan Clark beat Peter Wilson (failed tpo) and lost to Roger Schofield. Liz lost to Roger Schofield and beat Peter.
A good time was had by all with all sorts of crazy moves attempted. The most amazing happening of the day was Liz and Alan’s visit to the Bakery costing £7.20 for two bacon and two tuna with salad butties! Alan’s face was a picture - It seems to be a lot cheaper ooop North!
Eleven U3A Members decended into our club to (hopefully) enjoy their first taste of Croquet. All five
courts were in service as nine members mixed with the visitors to play in a mini progressive doubles Golf
Two Games, tea break followed by another two game all with different partners lead to a single winner - Gail.
Earby basked in four days of 100% blue sky and 24C – to be fair, so did the entire country for the
whole Easter Weekend. Despite the weather being as forecast, no late entries were received to play
in this friendly (either Hcp or Adv) AC format tournament. Indeed some of the entered were
only available for the first two days... that’s expected over a *family* Bank Holiday, it just
needs management flexibility, and this tournament is geared to offer exactly that – so it is a pity
to report, that only nine entered this year.
In line with previous years of low entries, luxurious single banking was enjoyed for all rounds,
as well as the more traditional food fare being offered – Hot Cross Buns for all on Good
Friday & choccy Eggs on Sunday.
By Monday Lunchtime the calculations had been done with the following overall results;
John Beech Handicap Trophy – Paul Rigge
Peter Dowdall Cup (adv) – Paul Rigge.
Under 10 Handicap Trophy – Lee Hartley
10 & Over Handicap Trophy – Kevin Wright
Fastest Game – Lee Hartley (71mins Vs Betty Bates)
Most Games – not awarded.
Members Paul & Liz were interviewed by Scott Wallis on his "Talking Sport" show - a show that avoids
discussing Football, Cricket, Rugby or any of the other 'mainline' pursuits and gives air-time
to 'minor' less popular sports like ours.
Unlike most journalists, he treated us refreshingly seriously and allowed us to explain our passion.
Pendle had a good first win of the season after a tight game at Fylde. We were giving away a large number of
In the morning Robert and Catherine lost the doubles after a hard scrap, while Paul D managed an heroic win on a golden hoop against the mighty Peter Wilson. Andrew won a narrow victory against Catherine Bass.
In the afternoon singles, Robert won on golden hoop to Peter Wilson, (after another tough match) while Andrew lost to Ian Theakstone and Paul lost to Philip Bass, but Catherine Parnell redeemed Pendle by beating her namesake.
Well done team and long may the winning streak continue.
The social aspect of the club was strongly evident this evening as twelve members & partners block-booked the Matrix Superbowl in Skipton for a double session of Ten Pin Bowling (Matrix Bowling). Huge thanks to Petra at Matrix for ensuring that we all had fun – what a great find, just us there, bowling across three lanes, a Bar not 10 paces from the lanes and food (Burgers, Dogs & Chips) readily available.
All committed to repeating this activity again, soon.
Being Croquet players and thus competitive by nature, it *does* matter who won/lost but I don’t have the final results in yet so I can't report but I suspect it was "Vegas Wilson".
Today saw 6 members turn out for a “fabulous”day of Croquet. With warm weather and sunshine it felt like
April/May. The group decided to play the Golf Croquet Ladder; with a few changes. ( apologies to Mr Hand) .
Nine games were played and Keith Terry is at the moment top of the Ladder with 120 points.
Robert arrived after lunch and mowed the lawns with the John Deer...They look fabulous.
The club all wish Will a successful surgery on Wednesday - There will be no chance for us once his
cataracts are fixed. He already has the nick name “dead eye Dick” for his ability to run hoops from
Back to the Alma - great venue, given our own function room and menu for the occasion, greatly appreciated. huge thanks to the hotel management! Sixteen members turned out for an enjoyable evening. Good food, good conversation and lovely company. Thanks to Peter for his wonderful organisation.
Pendle is getting ready for the new season. Thanks to Keith for all his hard work (what have you done over the winter).
Libby (of course) pulled as many members together as she could for a knock in the winter 'sunshine'
- really think the gloves give away the real temp!