Thursday, August 29, 2013
Today (Thursday, August 29) sees the start of the Challenge and Gilbey, one of the oldest tournaments in the Croquet Association calendar at Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club, writes Elaine Marsh.
Players have travelled from as far afield as Scotland, Tyneside, Northampton, London and Cheltenham to play at this prestigious event.
Spectators will be made very welcome at the tournament which continues until Sunday.
The tournament consists of two events, the Gilbey Goblet for handicap singles and the Challenge Cups for advanced and level play singles.
The Challenge event is stratified by handicap into four separate groups, pitting players of similar abilities against each other without the benefit of bisques (extra turns received by the higher-handicapped player in handicap play).
Last year the winners of four of the five trophies were members of Budleigh or Sidmouth Croquet Clubs.
Colin Walls (Sidmouth) prevailed in the Gilbey Goblet while Cliff Jones (Budleigh) won the Roehampton Cup for the A class, Chris Donovan (Budleigh) the Council Cup for the B class and Roger Mills (Budleigh and Sidmouth) the Stevenson Cup for the D class.
All four will be defending their titles alongside Susan Davies (Roehampton) who won the C class in 2012. Budleigh and Sidmouth clubs are well-represented in this year’s tournament entry and will be hoping for at least as much success again in 2013.