21.10.17 Tony awarded CA Diploma - Congratulations to Tony Mrozinski, founder and
President of our club, who was presented with a CA Diploma by Quiller Barrett, President
of the CA, in recognition of his outstanding service to croquet and active involvement
in club affairs over a long period. (Photos)
10.10.17 SECF League results 2017 Richard Hilditch has supplied the following results:
Association U League - GGCC =13th of 15 teams
GC Handicap League (West) - GGCC Team A - 2nd and GGCC Team B =9th of 17 teams
GC Level Play League - GGCC 10th of 10 teams
Detailed match results can be found on our web page: SECF League Results Summary
08.10.17 GB GC Squad v GB AC Squad GGCC had pleasure in hosting a ‘friendly’ golf
croquet challenge match between the Great Britain GC and AC squads. At the end of
play on Sunday the final result was GC squad 30 and AC squad 24. The manager thanked
Mike Huxley and the club for the use of the club’s facilities and for the catering.
Mike responded saying the club had been glad to host the event and members had enjoyed
the opportunity to watch such a high standard of play. Report on CA website.
02.09.17 Final U League match of the season The day got off to a rather difficult
start, as two of the Hampstead players were delayed for more than 45 minutes by traffic
problems: changes were made to the pairing for doubles, so that two games were able
to begin with players who had arrived on time by train. The third game got under
way rather later, and – perhaps because of the stresses of travel affecting Hampstead
players - in the morning session, G & G won two of the three games. In the doubles,
Mike Huxley, who had joined the team at the last minute as an emergency stand-in,
completed a straight double peel in the last turn of the match after time had been
called to seal the win, but was unfortunately unable to make the peg-out. Lunch,
kindly provided by Anne Buckingham, was very well received by everyone – and was
accompanied by some excellent wines (a 2005 Chambertin and a 2014 Chianti) very
kindly presented by Rick Weinstein of Hampstead. Unfortunately, the standard of
G & G play in the afternoon could not match the quality of lunch: Hampstead won
3 of the 4 games, and so ended the day with 4 wins out of 7. (AL)
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3 Hampstead Heath 4
SECF League Results Summary
31.08.17 In memory of David West A service to celebrate the life of David West was
held at St Andrew’s Parish Church, Farnham. Several members of our club attended
and shared fond memories of David with Joan and their family and many friends. A
copy of the service sheet is attached. (on a tablet hold the link and open in a new
tab to enable scrolling)
23.08.17 Townswomen’s Guild Croquet Day Fifteen teams of two from across mid-Surrey
converged on the club for their annual croquet tournament and were warmly welcomed
by a number of club members. In all 62 games were played with two of the teams managing
to play ten games each before play drew to a close. Although the weather was overcast
it was warm with only a light breeze, ideal conditions for playing croquet and for
the picnic lunch. As afternoon play progressed team ‘Solo +1’ began to draw ahead
and at close of play proved to be the clear winner having won 90% of its games and
so winning the trophy for the third year running. We look forward to welcoming them
back to the club next year.
21.08.17 GGCC semi-final against Watford in the Murphy Shield to read Mike’s report
on the match click on the link below.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 2 Watford 5
19.08.17 U League match v Surbiton A bright but blustery day at Surbiton saw GGCC
achieve their first win this year in the SECF U League. Andrew played as a last
minute reserve and won both his games. Mark with Audrey won their doubles in the
morning and Audrey notched up another win in the afternoon to secure overall victory.
All games bar one went to time and were relatively close. (IF)
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 4 Surbiton 3
SECF League Results Summary
18.08.17 David West
Mike Huxley writes:
"I am deeply saddened to report the loss of one of our members. David West died
on Wednesday. He was much loved by all who knew him for his gentleness, his quiet
sense of humour, his intellect, his conversation and the flashes of accuracy on court
that belied his relatively high handicap.
We extend our profound sympathy to Joan and to all the West family. The world has
lost a real gentleman.”
08.08.17 Godalming Staycation Open Day About 30 visitors many of whom were juniors
were welcomed by members to our fourth Godalming Staycation open afternoon. Our four
lawns were kept busy and visitors were able to enjoy several games of croquet with
club members before heading off to our new clubhouse to sample the refreshments and
home made cakes.
06.08.17 SECF Golf Croquet Teams day 22 teams from 16 clubs competed in the team
singles and doubles on Sunday with GGCC being one of the many clubs to be represented
by two teams. Team 1 achieved 5th place in the doubles but came 20th in the singles.
Team 2 in contrast had better results in the singles than the doubles coming 9th
and 19th respectively.
SECF Tournament Report
05.08.17 Derek Cole won the B-Level Golf Croquet Tournament and was presented with
the MARE Cup by Mike Huxley, Tournament Manager. Runner up was John Skuse from Chelmsford.
04.08.17 SECF GC Level Play League v Tunbridge Wells G&GCC were forced to field a
depleted team owing the the absence of our three lowest handicapped players. So
the team’s handicaps were 2, 3, 3 and 4 (total 12). Our visitors arrived with team
handicaps of -1, 1, 1 and 3 (total 4). It seemed that G&G would be in for a tough
fight, and so it proved. Despite many individual games being close (7-5 or 7-6),
most of those were won by Tunbridge Wells, who ran out comfortable winners by 6 matches
to 1. We did have a very agreeable day, though, with pleasant opponents and benefited
from an excellent lunch conjured up by Marjorie. Many thanks, Marjorie. (MAH)
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 1 Tunbridge Wells 6
SECF League Results Summary
01.08.17 SECF GC Handicap League Team B faced a strong team in their home match against
Reigate Priory A. The scores for each game were much closer than the overall match
result might suggest but Team B were outplayed on this occasion. The team has one
final match to play in mid-September.
SECF League Results Summary
26.07.17 Disappointing results GGCC had two SECF matches on Wednesday: a U League
match at home against Reigate Priory A and a GC Handicap league match for Team A
away to West Wittering.
The U League team experienced steady light rain during the morning with a dry afternoon
except for about 15 minutes of rain and gusty wind; this was sufficient to snap guy
ropes on the Gazebo which performed a triple somersault - by all accounts the most
exciting event of the match. There was some remarkable play from our opponents who
hardly seem to need their bisques!
Match result (U League) Guildford & Godalming 1 Reigate Priory A 6
Match result (Team A) Guildford & Godalming 3 West Wittering 6 Team A Match report
SECF League Results Summary
21.07.17 SECF GC Level Play League On Friday GGCC played its second league match
of the season at home to Merton.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3 Merton 4
SECF League Results Summary
16.07.17 Frank Rendall Trophy Congratulations to Craig Winfield from Cambridge on
winning the B-level Advanced Weekend.
11.07.17 SECF U League In their first match of the season our association team played
a strong Sussex County team at Southwick. Many thanks to Audrey who responded to
an early morning call to stand in and went on to win her morning singles match.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 2 Sussex County 5
SECF League Results Summary
07.07.17 SECF GC Level Play GGCC faced a much stronger Sussex County A at Southwick
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 1 Sussex County A 6
SECF League Results Summary
05.07.17 Second match success for Team B Hilary reports that Team B had a successful
trip to Preston Manor for the second of their SECF Handicap League matches. She
commented that it was a close run thing, however we won by 5 games to 4, although
actually having made fewer hoops than the opposition.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 5 Preston Manor 4
SECF League Results Summary
30.06.17 GGCC quarter final success in the Murphy Shield Congratulations to the GGCC
team who now go on to meet either Camerton & Peasedown or Watford in the semi-final.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 5 Enfield 2
28.06.17 Third successive win for Team A Playing away to Worthing SECF GC Handicap
Team A demonstrated their skills and adaptability to win the third of its four league
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 6 Worthing 3
SECF League Results Summary
17.06.17 Golf Croquet One-day Handicap Trophy Andrew Fall won PJ’s Pot with Robert
Cook the runner up.
15.06.17 Longman Cup Our team faced on overwhelming defeat in their away match against
Woking. The match was summarised: ‘Nice sunny day, friendly people, fast lawns, pity
about the result.’
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 0 Woking 7
10.06.17 GC Handicap All England Qualifier congratulations to Jan and Ron who go
through to the regional finals later this year.
08.06.17 Second win of the season In the SECF GC Handicap League Team A, playing
its second match of the season, had a comfortable win at home against Littlehampton
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 8 Littlehamton 1
SECF League Results Summary
04.06.17 Opening of the new clubhouse On behalf of all members Mike, Club Chairman,
welcomed local dignitaries and representatives of all the organisations which had
so generously provided grants to enable the club to build its first clubhouse in
the club’s 30 year history. After brief speeches the clubhouse was formally opened
with the ribbon being cut by Stephen and Jennifer, former Club Chairman and Secretary
respectively, who had been instrumental in seeing the project through from conception
to completion. Members and guests then enjoyed a champagne buffet before the start
of an exhibition match between Stephen Mulliner and Harry Fisher. The match was
an excellent demonstration of the skill of these two top class players and was a
highlight for members and guests. The match also attracted members of the public
who joined us for our National Croquet Day open afternoon when they also had the
opportunity to try both association and golf croquet. It was a most successful day
thanks to the efforts of the organisers and the contributions of the members who
provided the buffet. (Photos)
24.05.17 GC Handicap Team A Team A, like Team B, has made a good start to the season
with a home win against Lodsworth.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 6 Lodsworth 3
SECF League Results Summary
22.05.17 GGCC through to Round 2 in the Murphy Shield GGCC won the Round 1 home match
against Hamptworth and will meet Roehampton or Enfield in the next round. A short
report can be found on the CA website.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 6 Hamptworth 1
21.05.17 SECF AC Team Doubles GGCC was one of the ten clubs competing in the AC Team
Doubles Tournament at Southwick over the weekend. Teams comprising two pairs played
3 rounds on Saturday and 2 on Sunday, a total of 10 games over the weekend. Seven
members represented the club over the two days with the team manager Mark playing
on both days. The team won 5 of its 10 matches. A full report and results will
be published on the SECF website.
19.05.17 Season opens with a win GC Handicap Team B have made a good start to the
2017 season with a home win against West Worthing.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 5 West Worthing 4
SECF League Results Summary
12.05.17 GC Referee - congratulations to Andrea on qualifying as a GC Referee. The
club now has two qualified GC referees (Andrea and Mike) to clarify the interpretation
of the rules and answer any queries you may have. If in doubt please ask....
07.05.17 11th Charity One-ball final raised over £4,000 for charity. 39 players qualified
for the final held at Surbiton and completed a marathon of 9 rounds. Stephen S-M,
GGCC’s qualifier, is to be congratulated on being the runner up once again in such
a strong field.
10.04.17 Anne wins at Hamptworth - Congratulations to Anne Buckingham on winning
the April Hamptworth C Level GC tournament at the weekend. Follow the link to see
pictures of Anne celebrating her success. (Photos)
09.04.17 One-ball Charity Qualifier On an absolutely amazing spring day (23C and
unbroken sunshine) 7 club members competed for the right to play in the annual Charity
One-Ball final at Surbiton in a few weeks’ time. The competition was all-play-all
so everyone played 6 games. Half way through, there was no clear leader, with several
players having won 2 games out of 3.
The uncertainty continued through the afternoon’s play. With one game left to be
played, Audrey Porter and Mike Thompson were tied on 4 wins out of 6. Crucially,
Stephen Stuart-Matthews was sitting on a record of 4 wins out of 5 and was to feature
in the final game, which he duly won to take the trophy for the 4th consecutive year.
1st Stephen Stuart-Matthews (5/6)
2nd Audrey Porter (4/6)
3rd Mike Thompson (4/6)
Thank you to all the competitors for a fun day and for raising £65 for Parkinsons
UK. Good luck to Stephen for the final. (MAH)
01.04.17 Applewood Wood The new season began with what is rapidly becoming the traditional
first competition of the season, the Applewood Bowl. This year the competition attracted
10 players for the competition which is an interesting mix of One-ball and 14 point
Advanced Level Handicap. The lawns were in immaculate condition having been closely
mown over the two previous days by Arthur with the original mowers. Stephen SM took
the trophy for the second year running and Iain G was the runner up. This was the
first competition when players were able to enjoy the facilities of the new clubhouse
and members were able to have lunch and watch play from the comfort of its shelter.
Our grateful thanks to Arthur for devising this competition, organising and managing
it, preparing the lawns, baking for it, and making and presenting the trophy. Amazingly
he also managed to play in it. Thank you from all the competitors. (Photos)
01.04.17 Winter GC Leagues The handicap league got off to an enthusiastic start and
although enthusiasm waned as the weather became colder and wetter a fair number of
competitors completed sufficient games to meet the threshold. Congratulations to
Jan H who, in her first season, won the competition with an impressive percentage
of games won. Close on Jan’s heels but not quite close enough was veteran winter
member Mike Ha. Level play competitors were not quite so enthusiastic and all fell
well short of the number of games played to meet the threshold so for the first time
no award has been made. The two who played the most games were Ian F and Gilian N-J
and whilst equal on the percentage of games played Ian just sneaked ahead on percentage
of games won.
17.03.17 One man went to mow The club has acquired an old but serviceable ride-on
mower from our neighbours, Broadwater Golf Club. Many members will be familiar with
this machine, as it is the one used by Adrian Johnson, Director of the Golf Club,
when he did some cutting for us under contract in previous years. Once we have become
familiar with its operation, this mower should reduce the cutting time for our four
lawns from the current 4 hours or more with the pedestrian mower down to 1 hour or
less, leaving more time to do other management jobs - or even play some croquet!
For a photo of Club President Tony getting to grips with the 'new' mower click (Photo)
07.02.17 AGM Stephen and Jennifer, the outgoing Chairman and Secretary, were thanked
for all they had done whilst in office. Andrea presented Jennifer with a beautiful
bouquet and Stephen with a gift. Mike Huxley was elected as Chairman, returning to
office after a break, and Hilary Bird as Secretary. Lynn Edge, Roseann Sullivan and
Ron Piper were elected to the committee and Mark Godfrey-James and Andrea Huxley
were re-elected. Tony Mrozinski was confirmed as President. (Photo)
22.01.17 Solar lighting Work on installing a solar powered system to provide lighting
for the accessible toilet was completed and tested today. The light is operated by
a press button timer switch to ensure that there will be no drain on the battery
by the light accidentally being left on. You have 5 minutes!!
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07.12.16 Christmas Lunch The final social occasion of the year, Christmas Lunch,
was held for the first time at The Refectory, Milford. Members enjoyed a relaxed
lunch and were intrigued by the sealed red envelopes each received with the warning
not to open them; staff then explained that if a member returned for a meal in January
and brought their sealed envelope it would be opened when the bill came and would
reveal a discount of 25%, 50% or 100%.
31.10.16 Awards for Arthur Lindley and Stephen Mulliner This week we celebrate the
presentation of awards to two of our members in recognition of their dedication and
commitment to croquet. Both will hopefully inspire all of us to make a contribution
to the club and to croquet in our own way.
CA Diploma - At the recent Croquet Association AGM Arthur was presented
with a CA Diploma by Quiller Barrett, President of the CA, in recognition of his
outstanding service to croquet and active involvement in club affairs over a long
period. (Link to full citation)
Sport Godalming Outstanding Achievement Award - Stephen received
the very impressive trophy from Rachel Morris, British Paralympic gold medal winner.
The award recognises not only his achievement in winning the 2016 Association Croquet
World Championship but also his wider contribution to croquet both locally and worldwide
over many years. (Link to full citation)
20.09.16 Murphy Shield Final Andrea reports that sadly we came second in what proved
to be a very close match. It was 3 games all going in to game 7 which was lost on
hoop 13. The team may not have won the trophy but to reach the final and play so
well in just our third year of entering this competition is remarkable. The team
is already looking to next year!
18.09.16 All England Handicap Finals At the weekend Stephen S-M played in the All
England AC Handicap finals at Hamptworth and Ron P ventured to Ryde for the All England
GC Handicap finals. This was Stephen’s third appearance in the finals and Ron’s first,
no mean achievement in only his second year of playing. Congratulations to Stephen
who was runner up in the AC finals, winning 4 out of his 5 matches and only losing
to the winner.
03.09.16 GC A/B -Level Play Tournament Congratulations to Andrea Huxley on winning
the CARA Cup and to the runner up Roger Goldring from Phyllis Court (picture below).
03.09.16 The AC All England Handicap Regional Final - 10 players drawn from across
the SE competed at Surbiton over the weekend for a place in the national final. Stephen
S-M and Ian F were once again the club qualifiers for the Regional Final. Congratulations
to Stephen who was successful in qualifying for the All England Final to be held
at Hamptworth over the weekend of 17-18 September.
In recent years a number of players from GGCC have gone through to the All England
Final but no one has succeeded in returning with the trophy since Barry G won it
in 2007. Maybe Stephen will be able to repeat this achievement.
17.08.16 Mid-Surrey Federation of Townswomen’s Guilds We were very pleased to welcome
members of the Federation once again for their annual croquet tournament. Numbers
were down on the amazing turn out last year but there were still 12 teams competing
for the silver trophy. The weather was sunny and hot with only the occasional whisper
of a breeze, the lawns were fast and the shade tempting. The break for lunch was
a welcome respite from the heat then everyone picked up their mallets and play resumed.
Play finished at 3.30 pm so members could enjoy their raffle and conduct some business
whilst the results were calculated and checked. Two teams had gradually drawn ahead
in the afternoon: Just me (Jill) and Noddy (Jean). When play finished Just Me was
a mere percentage point ahead and so for the second year running won the trophy.
We look forward to welcoming them back to the club next year when they will be able
to enjoy our new facilities for the first time.
17.08.16 GC Level Play Team result This was the first match for our team in the
2016 SECF GC Level Play League, an earlier match against another team having been
cancelled by the opposition at the last minute. The match was away to Dulwich who
fielded a strong team with handicaps of -2, -2, 0 and 2 against our 0, 1, 2, and
2. The stronger team won but Mike H reports that we were not disgraced, the day was
enjoyable and the hosts hospitable.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 2 Dulwich 5
15.08.16 GGCC through to the final of the Murphy Inter-club Shield Guildford & Godalming
beat Merton by a narrow margin in a long, hard fought semi-final match at home to
win through to the final. This is the first time the club has reached the final
and congratulations go to all the players who have contributed to the success in
each round of this national knockout competition. We wish the team every success
in the final when they will be playing Leighton Linslade.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 4 Merton 3
09.08.16 Godalming Staycation Open Day This was our third open/taster day run in
association with the Godalming Staycation programme. Thirty or so visitors, including
11 juniors, ventured on to the lawns to enjoy games of croquet with club members.
After a couple of hours play both visitors and members took a welcome break to sample
the refreshments and home made cakes.
08.08.16 Golf Croquet It has been a busy time for our golf croquet players. On Saturday
we held an open GC B-level tournament, a qualifier for the national final. Sunday
saw two teams competing in the SECF Golf Croquet Team Singles and Doubles at Southwick,
and on Monday Jan and Ron were playing in the regional finals of the GC All England
Handicap Tournament held at Surbiton. Congratulations are offered to Jan who has
qualified for the final. Monday also saw GC Team A play Dogmersfield in the SECF
GC Handicap League achieving their second win of the season.
SECF GC Team Day results:
GGCC Team 2 - Doubles: 2nd place, Singles: 3rd place
GGCC Team 1 - Doubles: 7th place, Singles: 12th place
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 5 Dogmersfield 4
07.08.16 Fifth time win for Stephen Mulliner Congratulations to Stephen Mulliner
who has won the Championship of Surrey for the fifth time. Details of the championship
results can be found on the CA website.
06.08.16 Marian Manning (Colchester) won the GGCC Golf Croquet B-level tournament
This tournament is one of the national B-level series and Marian therefore qualifies
for the final. She was presented with the MARE Cup by the tournament manager, Mike
Huxley. For a detailed report see the CA website.
30.07.16 A win for the U League team Purley Bury were very hospital hosts for this
away match. At lunch the home team were in the lead 2:1 but GGCC felt they had a
chance to reverse the position in the afternoon singles matches and so were able
to enjoy the pleasant al fresco lunch. A large crowd attending the Surrey Bowls finals
on the adjacent bowls lawn occasionally proved distracting but GGCC pulled back to
win by a narrow margin. Mark GJ and Peter G both pegged out and then it was down
to Ian F, already having proved he was on form in the morning, who fought to overtake
his opponent and win +3 on time.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 4 Purley Bury 3
29.07.16 Golf Croquet results The competition to decide the club’s qualifiers for
the regional finals of the All England GC Handicap Tournament was held on Wednesday.
The results were: Jan Honeysett first with Ron Piper second. Congratulations to
both players on their achievement and our best wishes for their continued success
at the regional finals later this year.
Congratulations also go to GC Team B on winning its recent match against
Sussex County B in the SECF GC Handicap League. Team B has now played 3 of its 4
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 5 Sussex County B 4
02.07.16 U League face strong opponents GGCC made a good start with Stephen winning
the first game. Then Reigate Priory B drew even but after a close fought doubles
match GGCC were 2-1 down at lunch. Much fortified after an excellent lunch provided
by the catering team Guildford attempted a fight back. With two games to finish the
score was 3-2 to Reigate with rain and squalls increasing the challenge. Robert
and Peter both made valiant attempts to win the last two games and in both games
all balls were taken through rover. In each game the advantage swung both ways providing
some tense viewing. The sun returned but unfortunately lady luck did not. Finally
Reigate took both games +2.
Match result: Guildford and Godalming 2 Reigate Priory B 5
20.06.16 Murphy Shield On Monday our team faced strong opponents when they played
their Round 2 match at home against Phyllis Court. After some protracted games our
team clinched the match 4 games to 3 and so move forward to Round 3. The next match
will be at home against Merton.
20.06.16 Congratulations to Stephen on two more titles Last week at Southwick the
partnership of Stephen Mulliner and Reg Bamford defeated the defending champions
to win the final of the British GC Open Doubles Championship for the fourth time.
Stephen’s success in the doubles was matched at the weekend when he won British
GC Open Singles Championship for the seventh time defeating Toby Savage in the final.
18.06.16 GC One-day Handicap Tournament for the second year running the trophy, PJ’s
Pot, was won by Ian Norris (0). The two finalists, Ian Norris and Julie Tremble (7),
had both won all the matches in their respective blocks and congratulations are due
to both. The full tournament report is on the CA website.
16.06.16 Our clubhouse!
After 30 years our longed for clubhouse has been erected and is ready to be painted.
The desire for a clubhouse grew stronger over the years and, as soon as the restriction
on development was lifted, was matched by the determination to make it happen. That
a clubhouse has been built so soon after development became possible is down to the
generosity of members and to the substantial grants we received. Our grateful thanks
to the Croquet Association, Surrey County Playing Fields Association and the South
East Croquet Federation for recognising our need for a clubhouse and providing financial
support for the project. The building is only the first step of our development
programme and plans for Phase 2, which include connecting to the sewer, are already
15.06.16 A close result Guildford & Godalming played Cheam at home in their first
Association U League match of the season. With one game still to finish the outcome
of the match was in the balance at 3 all. The last game went to time and was won
by just one point but that was enough for Cheam to take the match. An excellent lunch
was provided by one of catering team.
Match result: Guildford and Godalming 3 Cheam 4
14.06.16 Success for Golf Handicap Teams Teams A and B both had home fixtures this
week in the SECF GC Handicap league. Team B played their fixture against Rother
Valley on Monday afternoon. This was their second match of the season and they won
7 games to 2. After the match both teams enjoyed a cream tea in the tent kindly provided
by a member of the catering team.
On Tuesday morning Team A played their first match in the league against Chichester
and Fishbourne. They have made a good start to the season winning the match by 6
games to 3. A member of the catering team kindly provided a buffet lunch for both
teams. Math results:
Guildford & Godalming 7 Rother Valley 2
Guildford & Godalming 6 Chichester & Fishbourne 3
10.06.16 In memory of Amanda Bentley A service of thanksgiving for the life of Amanda
was held at Guildford Crematorium today. Amanda touched so many lives that the chapel
overflowed with friends saying their farewells. Eleven members of our club attended
the service and later joined the family for refreshments at Broadwater Pavilion,
sharing their fond memories with Jay, Danny and Bekki. Please click the link to view
a copy of the Order of Service which includes some lovely photographs of Amanda.
05.06.16 National Croquet Day This was the first National Croquet Day promoted by
the Croquet Association and supported by clubs around the country. We hosted an
open taster day which attracted more than 40 visitors who were invited on to the
lawns to play croquet with our members. Visitors had the opportunity to try both
association and golf croquet and many who had just intended to ‘pop in’ stayed for
several hours. Clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine provided the perfect setting
throughout the day and by late afternoon people were glad to take a break from playing
and enjoy cold drinks and homemade cakes provided by members. Photos.
25.05.16 Demolition The demolition team demonstrated their skills of 'percussive
violence'. After a day's exhausting work the shelter and portaloo have been demolished
and everything flattened, hacksawed and sledge hammered into submission. The skip
was filled, a work of art to fit everything in, and has been removed. Plans are in
hand to move the Bowls manager’s shed and clear the leaves etc in readiness for the
erection of the clubhouse in mid-June. Photos.
27.05.16 Golf Croquet Our golf croquet teams have fared a rather better than the
association ones in their first matches of the season. GC Handicap Team B lost 7:2
to Lodsworth in its first SECF league match of the season; however, it was a much
closer match than the result indicates with five of the matches lost going to the
golden hoop. Thank you to the catering team for providing an excellent lunch for
this home match. Our first success of the season was in the Murphy Shield with our
team winning 4:2 against Sussex County CC in the match at Southwick. Congratulations
to the team who move forward to Round 2 of this knockout competition and will now
play Phyllis Court at home in late June or early July.
23.05.16 Association croquet It has been a disappointing start to the season for
our association teams. In the first outing of the season, the SECF Team Doubles on
21-22 May, our team came seventh overall with four wins out of a possible ten. On
the following Monday a team travelled to Poole to play East Dorset in Round 1 of
the Longman Cup but with only one win for GGCC the final result was 6:1 to East Dorset.
20.05.16 Tier 3 results the first Tier 3 level of the World Croquet Federation Golf
Croquet World Team Championship was hosted by Guildford and Godalming CC. Teams from
Norway, Portugal, Russia and a CA Select team playing hors concours competed over
three days. The competition was an ‘all play all’ format with each team playing a
number of singles and doubles matches against one of the other teams each day and
then competing against a different team the next day. After three days the results
were: 1st Norway with 6 points, 2nd Russia with 4 points, and third Portugal with
2 points. Photos
18.05.16 Wrest Park win for Chris Congratulations to Chris H on winning the Wrest
Park B-level GC Tournament onWednesday. He reports that his handicap has now moved
down to 2. The tournament is one of the qualifying competitions for the National
GC B-level Series Final to be held at Budleigh on 8 and 9 October.
17.05.16 Charity One-Ball 2016 raises £3,505 + £662 Gift Aid for Myeloma UK. Thanks
to everybody who participated in this year’s competition: 33 heats were held and
419 players took part. 37 players took part in the final at Surbiton and congratulations
go to the winner, Nigel Trotter, of Caterham CC, playing off a handicap of 14. (KC)
08.05.16 The Guildford & Godalming Open Challenge Cup After two days play Nick Parish
and Harry Fisher, both handicap -1.5, had each won 5 of their 6 games so the tournament
rested on who beat whom in their head to head. Nick Parish, who won that game, was
declared winner of the tournament and presented with the trophy. Also of note was
Nick Parish's only loss which was to Chris O'Bryne, handicap 5, from Reigate; Chris
beat Nick +26tp and achieved his first ever triple peel under tournament conditions.
08.05.16 One-ball Charity Final Stephen SM was one of the 40 competitors in this
year’s competition which took place on Sunday at Surbiton. Stephen came third in
the final and won an engraved wine glass as a memento of his achievement. This year’s
event was in aid of Myeloma UK which supports those with bone marrow cancer.
25.04.16 Stephen Mulliner wins AC World Championship Stephen Mulliner has just won
the Association Croquet World Championship, held in Palm Beach, Florida. There were
80 contestants from around the world with 32 going through to the final knockout
stage. The quarter finals, semi-finals and final were each the best of 5 matches,
requiring both skill and stamina. Stephen beat David Maloof of the USA in the best-of-five
final which lasted eleven and a half hours with play finishing under lights. Two
matches down Stephen then turned the tables on David and went on to win the last
three matches to take the championship. Congratulations to Stephen on this magnificent
17.04.16 One-ball Charity Qualifier Following two very wet days the nine members
competing to qualify for the Surbiton final welcomed the warm spring sunshine. This
year’s competition was in aid of the charity Myeloma UK and competitors sported various
amounts and shades of orange, the charity’s colour. Discreet touches of faded
hue, well-dressed hats, boiler suits and notably Barry occasionally flashing a pendant
(see photos!). It was an all play competition and with many of the competitors making
their first foray onto the lawns after a winter break mutterings of being rusty or
out of practice proved unfounded. Stephen SM might not have played for months but
he proved that he was in excellent one-ball form and regardless of some stiff opposition
overcame all opponents to win the trophy for the third consecutive year. Gillian
came a close second winning all of her matches except the one against Stephen. The
final is being held at Surbiton on Sunday, 8 May and we wish Stephen every success.
Thank you to the players and to those who unfortunately had to withdraw for their
entry fees which raised £55 for Myeloma UK. Our thanks also to Mike our player manager
for the day. Photos(4).....
02.04.16 Applewood Bowl The summer season opened with this informal mini-tournament
with its established format of two to three rounds of one-ball and two rounds of
14-point handicap advanced games. The newly powder coated hoops sparkled in the sunshine
and with barely a whisper of wind it was a beautiful day for playing association
croquet. Eight members enjoyed both the croquet and the opportunity to catch up with
each other and in the warm weather it was no hardship to sit out and watch a break.
After a leisurely lunch break and the second round of 14-point games the cloud started
to bubble up in the late afternoon and it was time for the manager to declare the
results and present the Applewood Bowl to the winner, Stephen SM. Our thanks go to
Arthur for organising and managing the event so well. Photos
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