High hopes for the high bisquers

PUBLISHED: 14:17 24 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 10 June 2010

GLORIOUS conditions were on hand to welcome in a new season of competition at the Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club, writes Charles Townshend.

GLORIOUS conditions were on hand to welcome in a new season of competition at the Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club, writes Charles Townshend.

Twelve high handicap players took part in two days of competition in weather that was dry and sometimes almost summery, in marked contrast to last year's regular downpours!

Six local members and six visitors from across the South West played a total of 30 games between them (three each on Saturday and two on Sunday) and, for most of them, it was a demanding and concentrated introduction to tournament conditions.

The clear winner was Margo Soakell from Bristol who won four of her five games and carried away an engraved glass goblet as a memento.

She beat Mike Tracy of Nailsea, when they met and so his four wins could only put him into second place.

Robert Tait of Budleigh took up the game last year and was the best placed of those who won three games.

He also managed to defeat the winner in the final game of Sunday afternoon

It was a very happy event ander the skilled management of Peter Jones and all the players appreciated the Budleigh welcome.

One remarked: "It was my first ever tournament and I was really very nervous beforehand but once we started I enjoyed every minute and it was a wonderful event to be part of."

It seems certain that this competition will feature in the Budleigh Croquet calendar for years to come.

The club has been delighted to welcome around fifteen new recruits already this season.

Those good people are taking advantage of our month's temporary membership (including coaching) and it will be interesting to see if any of them are ready for next year's High Bisquers event!

It is still not too late for anyone to get in touch with us and get started.

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