Strover sees off Sheen in thrilling final of tournament with international flavour

PUBLISHED: 15:59 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:34 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton Croquet Club provided the venue last week for the national Veterans (over 60) Golf Croquet Championship and, over three days, fourteen competitors played in a knock-out event.

BUDLEIGH Salterton Croquet Club provided the venue last week for the national Veterans (over 60) Golf Croquet Championship and, over three days, fourteen competitors played in a knock-out event. Each match consisted of the best-of-three games and there were some very exciting tussles.

There was an international flavour to the occasion with two German players from Hamburg as well as the Budleigh club's most distant 'far country member' who lives in Switzerland and makes regular visits to the UK each season

The play-off for the third spot was between Bill Arliss, the manager of the Championship, and Cliff Jones from Sidmouth. It was Jones who came out as the 10 - 8 winner of a single 19 point game.

The final was a hard fought contest between Dick Strover and Chris Sheen and each of them won a game 7 - 5 to take the match into a 'winner takes all', third game. Strover raced into a 6 - 2 lead, but Sheen battled back and reduced the deficit to 5 - 6 before Strover ran the final hoop to win 7 - 5.

Bill Arliss presented the winner with the Alan Oldham Memorial Trivet, and reminded the audience that this silver ornament had for many years stood on the desk of Alan Oldham who had done so much to foster the game of Golf Croquet at the highest level. Mr Arliss thanked all the players for attending and expressed to the club and its members the great appreciation of the welcome the players had received from everybody at the club and, indeed, for the excellent playing conditions they had been able to enjoy. He added that he hoped that they would all be back in Budleigh in 2009 with more players for this enjoyable part of the Croquet calendar.

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