Witterings Camera Club evening – Friday, 16 August

Paul re-arranged an evening of competition against members of the Witterings Camera Club on the evening of Friday 16 August. Heavy rain moved the venue to the main hall of the Fishbourne Centre for an evening of Skittles and Curling.

A competitive evening ensued and Croquet club members were runners up in both competitions.

A fish and chip supper followed and thanks go to Paul for organising a splendid, friendly and competitive event.

Paul (on target?) on the strikers’ mat
Camera club member – playing red
On target! With blue “inching it”

Golf Croquet mixed doubles Tournament

Organised by Brian and Carole Parsons on Sunday 4 August 2019

In play – game on north lawn
The winning trophy – left and the runner-up shield on the right
The runner up, David presenting the winning shield to Janet – well done to both!

The Jump Shot

Jane G says; “I went to Southwick yesterday  to watch the World Golf Croquet and was wonderful to see such play.
I didn’t know if it was possible to put this link on our website as it’s the most amazing jump shot I’ve ever seen.
It’s worth putting it on full screen.  Black and Blue are in front of Hoop 6, Yellow to play but he has the peg in the way (as well as Black and Blue).  He asked for the peg to be measured and banged down and you will see why… ”

Have a look on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78BaNU52N-Y&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR24AO8gxIHI0JJYHgEerUeWJXwd_nCEJqoFN5096Ya7swpYOVhbzpuKw5g

STOP PRESS: The Fishbourne Tournament

The Tournament has been rescheduled from Sunday 20th October back to Sunday 15th September. The Calendar has been adjusted to suit. Thanks to Brian Shipman for agreeing to a change of date.

ALSO: A working party will be required in October to help the “Lawn Team” in levelling the two greens

The Simon Parkin mens’ singles trophy

A warm Sunday, 21 July and eight members fought for the annual mens’ singles trophy. The event was well organised by Peter Raper with the preliminary singles played on the North and South lawns. The eight entrants, in alphabetical order, were: Keith Burt, Chris Fuller, Robert Johnston, Colin Lacey, Peter Raper, Paul Robinson, David Russell and Brian Shipman. The earlier rounds ended up with two players winning all three of their matches and two players winning two. The latter were decided on count-back on points for and against.

Semi finalist in match one were Keith and Paul with Keith as the eventual winner. The second semi final was a close fought match between Peter and David with Peter the winner.

The “Gallery” during a pause between semi-finals

The final, Between Keith and Peter, went down the Golden Hoop with Keith the eventual winner with a fine long yellow ball to hoop and take the tankard.

Joyce presenting Keith with the Simon Parkin Tankard

The Staniland mixed singles trophy

The mixed singles trophy was contested in monsoon conditions on Sunday 7th July. Fourteen brave (?) contestants played in heavy drizzle and rain. Those playing in each of four matches were: Keith, Chris, Eve, Neil, Lynne, Janet M, Joyce, Gary, Lois, Peter R, Paul, David, Judith and Sally.

Paul organised a splendid day and his thanks go out from all of us, Paul was ably assisted by scorer/marker Margaret.

Are we downhearted? NO!
Neil and Sally (in borrowed rain hat)

Neil and Paul won all of their four group matches and went on to a close-fought (and dry!) final with Paul the eventual winner. Congratulations to Paul in lifting the trophy …. 13 years since the last time his name appeared on the Staniland Trophy.

Well done Paul

Simon Parkin Cup 2019

Men’s Singles G.C. Handicap Trophy – Sunday 21st July 2019

(Holder: Robert Johnston)

Time: 9:45 briefing for 10:00 start.

Fee: £3.00

Open to all male club members!

Closing Date: Monday 15th July (4:00 p.m.)

The Entry form for this event has been posted in the club house. Please sign up there or let me know by Email, or WhatsApp if you are not visiting the club.

Manager: Peter Raper

Home Handicap League vs Littlehampton

The major handicap …. the WEATHER!

Well done to our intrepid team, close runners up to Littlehampton in atrocious weather conditions … as the following photos show!

“Raindrops are falling on my head!”
“Splish-splosh … We were taking a bath!”
Joyce “Do I have to go out in this?” …Peter “Yes, ha ha ha ha ha!”

The Mallets

The Mallets quiz team: L – R: Eve, Chris, Jane, Neil, David and Judith

This gallant team finished second in Friday, 26 April, night’s Fishbourne community Centre’s quiz night.

We had to fight some of the quiz-master’s answers, including: “The National Emblem of New Zealand – his answer Kiwi, the correct answer is Silver Fern“, and “What is the vegetable with the highest calorie content – his answer Avocado – this is classed as a fruit not a vegetable”. Incidentally the quiz-master was Kieran’s father.

It was a great fun evening, even when the fish and chips order for us arrived late and we started the quiz while still eating! We did well in the General Knowledge round and we played our “Joker” on the Food and Drink round … we didn’t do too well on the Disney round or the Chichester picture quiz round!

Perhaps …. for the next quiz we can put a second team of avid quizzers in the centre

Events Planned for 2019

Saturday 4th May 10am to 1pm, Portsmouth Grammar School, Association Croquet for students and staff – run by Paul

Saturday 11th May, Oving Scarecrow Day

Sunday 19th May, 10am, Ladies’ Singles Golf Tournament – run by Margaret

Wednesday 22nd May, 2pm (time not confirmed), Home Golf Friendly against West Wittering

Wednesday 29th May, 1.30pm for 2pm, Home Handicap Golf League Match against Littlehampton

Monday 17th June, 2pm Croquet Committee Meeting

Sunday 23rd June, 9am (time not confirmed), Littlehampton Centenary Cup

Wednesday 3rd July, 2pm, Home Handicap Golf League Match against Dogmersfield

Sunday 7th July, 10am, Mixed Singles Golf Tournament – run by Paul

(Date to be arranged)  Away Golf Friendly against Lodsworth

Wednesday 17th July, (time not confirmed) Ladies’ Golf Croquet Teams Day at Southwick

Sunday 21st July, 10am, Men’s Singles Golf Tournament – run by Peter

Tuesday 30th July, 2pm, Away Golf Friendly at Littlehampton

Sunday 4th August, 10am, Golf Croquet Doubles Tournament – run by Brian & Carole

Friday 9th August, 11am, Home Handicap Golf League Match against Preston Park

Monday 12th August, 2pm, Away Golf Friendly against West Wittering

Friday 16th August, 6pm, Club Fun Evening – Golf doubles pairing with members of Witterings Camera Club followed by Fish & Chip supper in the Fishbourne Club

Tuesday 27th August, 2pm, Away Handicap Golf League Match against West Worthing

Friday 6th September, 9.30am, Rother Valley Association Croquet Challenge

Saturday 7th September, 9.30am, Rother Valley Association Croquet Challenge

Wednesday 11th September, 9.30am, Rother Valley Short Golf Challenge

Sunday 20th October, 10am, Fishbourne Game Tournament – run by Brian S