Scottish Short Croquet Championship 2015

23 August 2015, Kinross

The playersFour players - Joe Lennon (11), Alistair Malcolm (12), David Young (20) and George Geis (20) - contested the 2015 Scottish Short Croquet Championship.

The championship was played as two rounds of three matches for each player and commenced at 10.00am.   An excellent lunch of fish and chips with welcome refreshments was enjoyed by all in The Green Hotel followed by an afternoon session of the second set of three matches with the crowd swelling by four, Kinross member Heather with her charming Yorkie and David’s two well-behaved black Labradors.

David, with his consistent hoop running, precision pioneer placements and tactical use of bisques was the clear winner, losing only one of his six matches, which was to Joe Lennon.  With the exception of the two matches between David and Joe, all matches went to peg-out.

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Malmet Trophy 2015

19-21 September 2015, Kelvingrove

Following a withdrawal, only five players made themselves available for the six places in this year's competition. This was especially disappointing, given that eleven had put their names forward in 2014.

The venue this year was Kelvingrove and, despite heavy overnight rains, the courts played well over the long weekend. The gloomy weather forecast fortunately proved to be wrong, requiring waterproofs to be donned for only brief intervals.   The tournament was run over the three days as  a double round robin with single banking and  a time limit of 2.5 hours.

Give the range of the entrants' handicaps, it was perhaps not too surprising that Brian and Chris should find themselves unbeaten when they met in the final game of the first round. Both players had several good opportunities but it was Chris who went on to win.

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Chairman's Rosebowl 2015

19-21 September 2015, Meadows

James Hopgood won the Chairman's Rosebowl for the seventh time in succession, with nine triples.   Allegedly Draconian management (a lateness policy) ensured that all competitors turned up on time for their games, which were all completed within the 2½ hour time limits, though one or two finished in the time turn.

At the end of the first round James had five straight victories, all with triples.   The only excitement was watching Japan beat South Africa in the Rugby World Cup on Saturday night with a last minute try.

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West of Scotland Championship 2015

3-4 October 2015, Kelvingrove

Alastair Burn-Murdoch won the West of Scotland after a very tense final round in which any of Alastair, David Houston and John Campbell could have emerged winners.    John Campbell was playing Lyn Gilpin on one of the upper lawns while David Houston was playing Alastair on one of the lower lawns.   Alastair had gone round to rover with his forward ball when David got in and went round, peeling Alastair through rover and pegging him out.   However Alastair hit in from the boundary south of Hoop 1 with David's balls joined a few feet south of Hoop 3.   Alastair then took a three ball break all the way round from Hoop 2 to finish.   It wasn't without its moments as there were numerous four or five yard roquets in the break, but Alastair's straight shooting saw him home.

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SCA v CA 2015

5-6 September 2015, Meadows

The Scottish Croquet Association finally won back the Glasgow Quaich with a 14-10 win over the Croquet Association in their annual match which was held at Meadows Croquet Club.

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