The annual Fishbourne tournament was held in glorious early autumn weather on Sunday, 15 September. Fifteen players took part in a sunny and warm day of competition, fun and friendship.
Special thanks go the Brian Shipman for organising the day (and good weather!). Brian did a fantastic job of the smooth running of the event. Thanks to Brian for his mathematical gymnastics in organising who played with whom and in what order!
Paul reports that the competition was played over Friday 6th and Saturday 7th September. The club’s Golf Croquet team came third and the combined Fishbourne/Wittering Association Croquet team won the competition.
The Association team last won the competition in 2007 when Paul got the best individual player prize of a bottle of wine. Twelve years late Paul did the same again!
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.