13.05.20 Restarting Croquet On Thursday 14 May croquet will re-start in accordance
with CA Guidelines and Government Regulations. A copy of the Rules and Regulations
that must be followed to minimise the risk of infection can be found by clicking
this link. (GGCC Temporary Playing Rules)
01.04.20 Winter League Results Congratulations to Roseann on winning the GC Winter
Handicap League and to Ian on winning our first AC Winter League. Congratulations
also to the runners up who were respectively Andrew and Chris. Disappointingly the
GC Level Play League received entries but was not contested.
25.03.20 CA cancel National Croquet Week in May with the possibility of rescheduling
later in the year. (Link to CA)
24.03.20 CA advice on Coronavirus The CA interpretation is that clubs should cease
play for 3 weeks and recommends that competitive play be cancelled to the end of
May. For full CA information and advice click the link. (Link to CA)
24.03.20 Coronavirus SECF has announced the cancellation of all SECF Leagues and
Events. Clubs will receive a refund of any payments made in respect of these. The
situation may be reviewed later in the summer.
14.03.20 Postponement of memorial service In view of the uncertain situation resulting
from the Coronavirus epidemic the memorial service for George Rowland has been postponed.
Details will be circulated when it is rescheduled.
24.02.20 In memory of George Rowland A service to celebrate the life of George Rowland
will be held at 3 pm on Saturday 21 March 2020 in the Nave at Christ Church, Woking.
Christ Church, Woking, Jubilee Square, Woking, GU21 6YG.
Parking is available nearby in the Peacock Centre Car Parks or Victoria Way Car Park.
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01.12.19 Date of AGM The AGM will be held at 4 pm on Sunday, 16 February 2020 in
the Broadwater Pavilion (aka Rugby Clubhouse).
29.11.19 End of Season Social For the second year running the social was held at
St Catherine’s Hall with an attractive ‘bring and share’ buffet showcasing members’
culinary skills which tempted everyone to eat a little too much! Stephen Mulliner
kindly presented the trophies to the winners of this year’s club competitions and
a CA Diploma to Jennifer, former club secretary. Mike Huxley confounded members with
a challenging quiz (well he is a prof!) which quiz addicts and novices puzzled their
brains over between socialising and dining. Our thanks to the committee for organising
a most enjoyable occasion and especially to Roseann and Ron who slipped out quietly
and did all the washing up.
01.11.19 SECF League results 2019 SECF has supplied the following results:
Association U League - GGCC =11th of 14 teams
GC Handicap League (West) - GGCC Team A - 4th and GGCC Team B - joint 11th of 16
18.10.19 Successful fundraiser Julie reports ‘GGCC held its second fund raising quiz
evening on Friday 18 October at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre, Godalming. 109 participants
enjoyed a quiz and a splendid tapas-style supper. Special thanks go to Ian and Jan
Honeysett for setting the quiz and to the organising team. An outstanding £1700 was
raised to support lawn improvements.’ Our thanks also go to Julie, the driving force
behind this event.
15.10.19 EARS Finals This year’s GC singles two life knockout competition has been
won by our Chairman Mike. Whilst Mike has a number of titles to his credit this is
the first time he has won this competition. Congratulations go to Mike on his win
and also to Julie who proved to be a strong opponent both in the final and one of
06.10.19 GC Summer Leagues Congratulations to Julie on winning the Handicap League
and also to Andrew and Sarah who were joint runners up. The Level Play League was
won by Andrea with Jan a close second; our congratulations to both.
16.09.19 Association Handicap Knockout Congratulations to Ian on winning the 2019
AC singles knockout in a tightly contested finals match against Stephen, a previous
3 times winner.
16.09.19 All England Handicap Final (GC) Fred reports that it was a very hard tournament
with a large number of low handicap contestants. He won 4 matches, lost six and had
one bye and one tie. After two days hard competition Fred had a punishing 6 hour
drive back from Camerton and Peasedown. He did, however, have the satisfaction of
having won his match against the eventual winner of the tournament.
10.09.19 Pat’s Plate Final Congratulations to Michael C on winning the 2019 AC singles
block competition and also to Chris S, the runner up.
08.09.19 GC B-level National Series Final The final, held over two days, was hosted
this year by GGCC. Two members of our club, Andrea and Julie, had qualified for the
final and to the delight of members both played consistently well throughout the
event. Our congratulations go to both Andrea on winning the event and to Julie who
was placed fourth.
05.09.19 JAWS Final Congratulations to Chris and Ron on winning the 2019 GC Doubles
01.09.09 All England Handicap (AC) Congratulations to Chris S on being the joint
winner of the regional final for the association croquet All England Handicap held
at Surbiton over the weekend. Chris won 4 of his 5 matches only missing out against
the manager (minus 1 handicap) who was playing to make up the numbers.
31.08.19 The CARA Cup The trophy for the GC A/B-level One-day GC Tournament was won
by Tony Butcher (Southchurch). Congratulations to Tony on a well-deserved win.
30.08.19 Woking GC C-level Tournament Hilary won the GC C-level tournament at Woking
and so qualified to play in the National C-level Series Final to be held later in
September. Congratulations to Hilary on her success. We wish Hilary and Sarah, who
qualified through another tournament, every success in the final.
28.08.19 Longman Quarter-final. Having progressed to the quarter-final for the first
time in some years GGCC travelled north to play against St Albans at their nominated
home ground of Wrest Park. The St Alban’s team comprising some relatively high handicap
players, using their forests of coloured bisques to good effect, maintained their
impressive performance of previous rounds. Only the last game raised hopes of GGCC
winning a game but this was not to be – as time approached Ian’s opponent made what
proved to be the deciding hoop. Result - a total white wash! Our thanks to Wrest
Park for their hospitality to players and spectators and for their work in setting
up the lawns.
26.08.19 GGCC Chairman triumphs at Hurlingham. Mike Huxley and his partner Gavin
Taylor (Surbiton) overcame the blistering heat (33C) and unrelenting sunshine to
win Hurlingham’s annual August Bank Holiday GC handicap doubles tournament. Mike
reports that it is a popular event, fun to play and one he recommends members enter
next year. Our congratulations to the two Englishmen aka ‘mad dogs’.
21.08.19 Murphy Shield Sadly our team came up short in the semi-final of the Murphy
Shield. Julie won a match in the morning and Andrea one in the afternoon. However,
with the last match in progress our team could not win the semi-final; time was called
on Mike’s game which was finely poised and deemed a draw. It was still a very nice
day. Lovely weather, nicely maintained lawns and pleasant company. We wish them well
in the final and look forward to next year!
21.08.19 TG Croquet Day Once again the club had the pleasure of hosting a croquet
day for members of various Townswomen’s Guilds in the south east. It was a beautiful
sunny day for croquet and the traditional picnic lunch. After 44 games of friendly
but competitive croquet the trophy was won by ‘The Farnham Few’, Pat and Lynda, who
must be congratulated on winning all their games. ‘Double D’, Di and Dawn, were runners
up having lost just one of their games. We look forward to welcomig the teams back
17.08.19 SECF AC U League Roehampton had a strong team at all levels who all played
well in the morning beating Guilldford in all 3 games. Guildford fought back in the
afternoon winning two games but narrowly losing in the other two. Roehampton were
deserved winners on the day. Many thanks indeed from all players on both teams to
Anne and Jay for making a delicious and wholesome lunch. And thank you to Fred for
adding the wine! And finally thanks to Ian for making the arrangements. SS-M
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 2 Roehampton 5
16.08.19 SECF GC Handicap League Team A The team closed the season with a win against
Cheyney, a team they had bot previously played in the League.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 5 Cheyney 4
11.08.19 SECF GC Team Day Many congratulations to our team on their impressive performance
in this year’s GC Team Day which once again was held at Southwick. Our team came
2nd in the singles and 5th in the doubles out of 22 teams.
Hilary reports “Despite gale force/monsoon conditions on the Saturday, the Sunday
saw us with pretty reasonable weather. Plenty of wind , some sun but no rain at Southwick,
although there was plenty of debris on the lawns. Our team, Peter Gill, Robert Bateson,
Fred Bell and Hilary Bird, did well in the doubles rounds, winning 3 out of 4 matches.
In the singles we won 9 out of 12 matches. Unfortunately, due to computer problems,
we didn’t find out where we were placed, however we felt we had done well. It was
a most enjoyable day, and, interesting to note, this is the single biggest tournament
in THE WORLD, in terms of numbers of players! Well done team, we did our club proud!”
08.08.19 SECF GC Handicap League Team B The team played its final match of the season
at home to Woking. After the first two rounds it was level pegging but Woking managed
to take one more game in the final round to narrowly win the match.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 4 Woking 5
07.08.19 Friendly match v Caversham Julie, Jan, Andrew and Hilary really enjoyed
themselves in this very relaxing and entertaining golf croquet friendly match. They
won narrowly 5 games to 4 with neither side deterred by the onset of heavy rain
as lunchtime approached. It is good to see friendly matches being arranged after
a lapse in recent years.
03.08.19 Golf Croquet B-level One-day Tournament Having already won two national
series B-level tournaments Andrea notched up her third success in the series when
she won the MARE Cup on home ground at the weekend. Andrea has, of course, already
qualified for the national final which is being held at our club in September. We
wish her success in the series.
29.07.19 SECF GC Handicap League Team A Unfortunately the host lawns had been damaged
by bird attacks and the grass was unusually long making it trying for players used
to traditionally mown fast courts to adjust to the playing conditions.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3 West Wittering 6
27.07.19 Chris qualifies for AC All England Handicap Congratulations to Chris who
has qualified to represent the club at the All England AC Handicap Area finals to
be held at Surbiton. The club qualifier was held in conjunction with a day dedicated
to association croquet games including handicap and advanced level play. Players
equipped with waterproofs and umbrellas were undeterred by the morning rain.
25.07.19 The Qualifying Tournament for the 2019 Golf Croquet World Championship was
held over 4 days in testing conditions: soaring temperatures, fast courts and rock-hard
hoops. 24 competitors were divided into 2 all-play-all blocks. The top 6 from each
block went on to play in 2 final blocks and from these 7 players qualified to play
in the Golf Croquet World Championship. After 4 days play in temperatures of 30+
degrees C qualifiers have just one rest day before the Championship play begins.
Thank you to Stephen Mulliner, Tournament Manager, and to all members of GGCC whose
efforts made this such a successful event. Hilary - the ice lollies were greatly
17.07.19 SECF Ladies GC Teams Day Our ladies team enjoyed a successful and very pleasant
away day to Southwick. The sun shone, the lawns were lovely , the food delicious
and the company was excellent. GGCC had a great run, winning all 6 matches. Reigate
similarly had won all six matches and so everything hinged on the last game. In a
nail biting finish, Reigate pipped us to the post by winning I more game than us,
so we came second out of 14 teams! Well done to Roseanne, Jay, Anne, Sarah and Hilary.
13.07.19 GGCC Longman Cup Team beat Harwell to reach the quarter-finals On a hot
day with very fast lawns and challenging hoop approaches only one game went to peg.
A large difference between the teams’ handicaps resulted in GGCC giving away a total
of 56 bisques. GGCC were in a dominant position at lunch time with 3 wins, but the
afternoon saw some very close games. Ian and Peter A’s match was a draw as the timer
sounded; play continued and the golden hoop was eventually won by Peter. Tom (handicap
20) impressed all with 4 peels. With each team on 3 wins it was down to Andrew’s
game to decide the outcome; Andrew overtook Roy in the later stages to win the game
and so the match. The team will meet St Albans in the next round. Thank you to Anne
and Jay for their excellent catering.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 4 Harwell 3
08.07.19 GGCC Murphy Shield Team through to semi-final Many congratulations to our
team on winning their quarter-final against Hamptworth. The team go on to meet either
Merton or East Dorset in the semi-final. The match report is available on our Murphy
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 5 Hamptworth 2
07.07.19 AC B-level Advanced Weekend Tournament GGCC's second Association Croquet
open tournament of the season was the B-Level Advanced competition for the Frank
Rendall Trophy. There were 8 competitors, including last year's winner (Martin Burger).
Fast lawns and challenging hoops took some getting used to, and a number of games
ran to time. Competition was tight and, with five rounds played, two competitors
were tied on 4 wins. In the end, one of them pulled away to finish on 5 wins out
of 6 and secure the trophy. Congratulations to Nick Archer (Watford) who just pipped
Keith Pound (Wycombe) who finished on 4/6. MAH
03.07.19 SECF GC Handicap League Team A The team’s second match of the season was
at home against West Worthing. After an inauspicious first round the team found its
form and went on to win the match decisively.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 7 West Worthing 2
02.07.19 Success for club member Jan Honeysett, Julie Tremble and Andrea Huxley recently
entered the 2-day B level GC Competition at Hamptworth. On an extremely hot day the
format of the tournament comprised two blocks each of 8 players with all playing
all within the block. The three G & G players all did well and qualified for the
quarter final round to be played at the start of day two. Jan and Julie were unfortunately
beaten in their quarter-final matches against very tough opposition. Andrea won through
to the semi-finals and then to the final against Lynn Pearcey from Roehampton. The
final match was a best of 3 games with Andrea scoring 7-6. 6-7, 7-4 to win the tournament.
Well done to all three players who were a credit to the club. (AMH)
28.06.19 SECF GC Handicap League Team B Congratulations to Team B on winning their
third league match played at home against Compton. The final set of games providing
a decisive result.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 6 Compton 3
24.06.19 SECF GC Handicap League Team A The team’s first match of the season was
played at home against Dogmersfield. The home team had a good start to the season
enjoying a close contest resulting in a narrow win. Details of the match are provided
in the manager’s report.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 5 Dogmersfield 4
19.06.19 Golf Croquet C-level One-day Tournament Congratulations to Sarah Patton
on winning the GC C-level Tournament and thus qualifying to play in the National
C-Level Series final later this year. Sarah is on a winning streak having also won
the Handicap Tournament at the weekend and her handicap is rapidly tumbling.
15.06.19 SECF U League v Ealing The team reported that they enjoyed both the match
and the hospitality offered by Ealing although the result was rather disappointing.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 2 Ealing 5
15.06.19 Golf Croquet One-Day Handicap Tournament Congratulations to club member,
Sarah Patton, on winning the tournament. Mike reports: “The 7th competition for
PJ's Pot - GC Handicap Singles - was won by Sarah Patton with a 100% record in winning
6 games out of 6. "Bandit" you might say, but the win wasn't only secured by the
extra turns she received. She impressed with some excellent clearances and running
of hoops from longish distances. Her handicap is now down to 9. Congratulations too
to Delia Norris (Phyllis Court) and Phil Davies (Reigate Priory) who each won 4 out
of 6, Delia just pipping Phil to gain the runner-up spot by virtue of slightly better
05.06.19 Murphy Shield Congratulations to our Murphy Team on reaching the quarter
finals. They beat beat Cheam in a closely contested match and go on to meet Hamptworth.
To see how this was achieved please see the Manager’s Report.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 4 Cheam 3
04.06.19 SECF GC Handicap League Team B The second match of the season was away to
Littlehampton. The weather was inauspicious and adjusting to the unfamiliar lawns
an issue; however G & G played on. Details of the team and full report can be found
on the GC SECF page.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3 Littlehampton 6
01.06.19 SECF U League As last year Hampstead Heath fielded a team including players
of national standard with handicaps of -1½ and +½ who coped with the demanding lawns
on the hottest day of the year with ease. With one match left to finish a result
of 5:2 or 4:3 was in the balance with both Stephen and Phil close to pegging out.
Time sounded with Stephen one point ahead; Phil came on, ran the last hoop to make
it even and then hit the peg with his rover ball forgetting that in Handicap play
both balls must be rover. Stephen returned to the lawn and seized the opportunity
to score and win the game.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3 Hampstead Heath 4
30.05.19 Fred qualifies for GC All England Handicap Congratulations to Fred, who
won the qualifying tournament to represent the club at the All England GC Handicap
Area finals. It was a closely fought tournament, decided by the result of the last
match. With 4 of the competitors on 3 wins out of 5, the winner was only declared
after net hoops were calculated. HB
20.05.19 SECF GC Handicap League Team B The team played its first match of the season
against Lodsworth and with the teams well matched the games were more closely contested
than the overall results suggest.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3 Lodsworth 6
19.05.19 SECF Team Doubles Eight teams competed in this year’s AC team doubles weekend
hosted by Southwick. Each team played 10 matches with 5 of the teams achieving 6
wins, Medway emerged as overall winner on the basis of additional criteria. Guildford
and Godalming won 3 matches but the team enjoyed the weekend with good weather on
12.05.19 Charity One-ball Final Stephen reports that this year a record sum of £6,000
was raised for Alzheimers charity. Sadly the trophy eluded Stephen once again; however,
he won a bottle of bubbly as the competitor with the highest two ball break of the
day (9 points). So no dusting of the decanter this year but rather a relaxing evening
glass in hand.
05.05.19 The Guildford and Godalming Open Tournament (Advanced Association) Congratulations
to Jamie Burch who successfully defended his title against 13 other competitors over
the weekend tournament. Jamie had a clean sweep winning all his matches.
05.05.19 Murphy Shield Guildford and Godalming have gone through to the next round
of the competition having beaten Watford 5 matches to 2. They will meet either Cheam
or Hurlingham in the next round.
19.04.19 Longman Cup Golden Hoop Our first round match was away to Bristol on Good
Friday with clear blue skies and temperatures in the 20s. Matches were double banked
and with a 3¼ hour time limit the majority went to time. At lunch having won a singles
and the doubles the score was 2:1 to Guildford, with 4 singles still to play the
result could go either way. By late afternoon Bristol were holding their own and
the timers for all games were sounding; Chris then won his singles match but Bristol
won two others so with just one game left to finish it was 3 games each. All eyes
turned to the final match - the timer had rung and the players’ scores were equal.
A tense few minutes followed as each player tried again and again to gain a final
point until Ian, keeping his cool and a steady hand, achieved the golden hoop to
win the game and so the match. Congratulations to the team of: Chris, Ian, Iain
13.04.19 One-ball Charity Qualifier Wearing blue in support of this year’s charity,
the Alzheimer’s Society, competitors enjoyed a day’s croquet with the result still
in contention to the last round. Stephen, a many times previous winner, finally managed
to win through by a single point to close contenders Ian and Anthony, last year’s
06.04.19 Applewood Bowl The summer competition season once again opened with the
Applewood Bowl, a friendly association croquet competition comprising 2 games of
One-Ball and 2 games of 14 point advanced rules handicap. It was anticipated that
the competition would be fiercely defended by last year’s winner, Stephen, but unfortunately
he had to pull out at the last minute. At the end of the One-ball stage several competitors
were on level pegging with 2 wins apiece but following the first association game
one competitor, Anthony, had pulled ahead with 3 wins. With the final game to play
after lunch and 3 competitors on 2 wins the competition was still open. Anthony maintained
his lead by winning his final game and so the trophy. Competitors thanked Arthur
for organising the event and expressed appreciation for the homemade rock buns which
fortified them in the rather chilly weather.
01.04.19 2018-19 GC Winter Handicap League Congratulations to Julie on winning the
Winter Handicap League despite the number of bisques she often faced against her
opponents. The other close contenders were Chris, demonstrating his consistency in
hoop-running, and Jan and Fred who played the most games with good win and hoop percentages.
26.03.19 Briefing on the 5th Edition of Golf Croquet Rules Andrea and Mike kindly
ran two briefing sessions on the key changes to the Golf Croquet Rules which came
into effect on 1 March. The sessions were well attended and provided an opportunity
for members not only to be briefed on the changes but also to raise any other queries
they had on the rules. Mike provided a handy reference card. Our thanks to Andrea
and Mike for these useful sessions.
25.03.19 2018-19 GC Winter Level Play League Congratulations to Charles on winning
this winter competition.
04.01.19 Club clothing The committee hopes to have some items of club branded clothing
for sale at the AGM. If you are interested in purchasing any item then please contact
04.01.19 AGM The AGM will take place on the evening of Tuesday 26 February 2019.
Further details will be sent out in due course. In the meantime if you have any queries
please contact Hilary.
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