A selection of Club Friendlies

The Golf Croquet, friendlies, season started with an emphatic 9 – Nil win away to Littlehampton C C on Tuesday 16 April.

They played their first friendly of the season at Littlehampton in extremely chilly conditions, but with a warm welcome. They took a stronger than usual team for a friendly, consisting of chairman David Russell, Tony Hicks, John Effingham and Tony Elkin, as all needed time on the lawns before rapidly approaching external tournaments.

Everyone played well, considering it was literally the first use of members’ mallets this year, and it resulted in a very-friendly but 9-0 win for Chichester. But Littlehampton were gracious hosts, and a lovely and particularly welcome tea was provided, though some very hard-fought matches towards the end delayed the boiling kettle which was to assuage the growing thirsts.

Tuesday 30 April home 6 – Nil win against a team from Lodsworth C C

The second friendly was a home match against Lodsworth. The team comprised David Russell, Keith Burt, David Milne and Chris Fuller. It was decided to play all doubles as both teams had a wide range of handicaps. The away team included a lovely 97-year-old with a handicap of 10. The home team won 6-0. It was an enjoyable afternoon, with play in lovely sunshine, followed by tea.

Thursday 9 May Home friendly vs West Wittering with a 7 – Nil win!

Report awaited

Tuesday 14 May – Away friendly at Lodsworth – an honourable draw!

The Chichester team of David Milne, Keith Burt, john Effingham and David Russell fight back from 2 – nil down to a hard fought 2 – All draw!