May tournament a splendid event
PUBLISHED: 10:15 14 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:58 10 June 2010
CROQUET THERE was some excellent croquet played at the May tournament, the annual competition that attracts entries from far and wide and also involves some 210 games being played throughout the week long event, writes Charles Townshend.
CROQUETTHERE was some excellent croquet played at the May tournament, the annual competition that attracts entries from far and wide and also involves some 210 games being played throughout the week long event, writes Charles Townshend.With the greens at their pristine best, and weather to match, play was keenly contested throughout.The handicap games saw 16 first round games which then ran through four rounds, eventually leading to a final between David Nicholson and James Tuttiet with Nicholson the victor by some 13 points.Nicholson returned to defend his title as the holder of the Godfrey Turner Challenge Cup for the top ranked competitors. In the final (best of three games) he defeated Brian Wainman from Plymouth +24 and + 7. The B level event (for the Woodlands Quaich was played in two blocks with a final (again best of three) between Mike Steer from Bowdon and Charles Townshend of Budleigh, which was won by Townshend after a titanic first game that saw him make six points in the final turn to win by a single point when time ran out and he then claimed game two at +3.Sidmouth's Graham Harford successfully retained the J.K. Brown Challenge Cup in the play-off between winners of Blocks D and E where he defeated Jane Hull +6.The Pat Tunmer Cup final was between two Budleigh players with Rosemary Bradshaw defeating Jeannette Pollock, last year's winner, with a score of +7.In the Doubles, the Daldry Cups were won by Sylvia and Mike Steer by the closest possible margin of +1. James Tuttiett and Barbara Thompson were narrowly ahead when time was called and so close to winning. However, a final turn by Sylvia Steer brought the scores level and Mike Steer was able to put his side ahead with 'the golden hoop' that gave victory. The Y doubles (for first round losers) was won by local players Ken Wood and Tony Church. Tony is a good Golf Croquet player but this was his first tournament attempt in the Association game. Ken ably guided him round the lawn in their passage to the final and they deserved their victory. Players who had any spare time between other competition games could play in the extra event and Richard Griffiths who played eight 'Egyptians' came out with the best score overall. There were 36 'Egyptians' and around 240 games altogether during the six days of play. Manager Julie Horsley did her usual efficient job in keeping everyone occupied and was herself able to take part in the Doubles and class events. She is to be congratulated on bringing us safely to the prize-giving by teatime on Saturday. Club members did a huge amount of work in providing lunches and other refreshments, as well as seeing to the preparation of the lawns, hoop settings etc. in a fit state for the tournament. The general verdict was that it was once again a most enjoyable week for all concerned, and it was also jolly good fun too!
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