Edinburgh Tournament 2015 - day 4

Day 4 of the Edinburgh Tournament saw the resumption of events 1 to 3, as well as a number of ties in the 6Y Swiss event. The day started grey, but the sun progressively made headway against the clouds and it was casting long shadows and nullifying the bite of the wind when the last games were being played.

Event 1 has had no clear front runner. John Surgenor and Campbell Morrison will contest the final to be played on Saturday, having both won X games. If it is anything like their tie today (a ding-dong contest that eventually went 26-23 to John) it should make for excellent viewing.

The game between Alan and Peter ended dramatically. Alan hit everything for the first hour or more ending up on peg and 4-back v 1 and 3. He then failed to finish after Peter missed the lift and Peter gained the innings. He took a break round to peg and pegged out Alan’s ball leaving Alan for 4b v Peter for 3 and peg. In the three ball ending Alan managed to hit a wired leave by curling round the peg but didn’t progress and Peter took a 3 ball break round to 4b. Alan made 4b then Peter went from 4b to peg joined in corner 1, crucially forgetting Alan had a lift. Alan made his last two hoops but missed a final roquet to N boundary. Peter shot gently at partner but hilled off and Alan finished by hitting the peg from the boundary.

Event 2 has also been very closely fought with no-one surging ahead. Janice Duguid recorded two good wins, +24 against Allan Hawke first off and then +14 against Bob Darling before she lost on time to David Houston +10. David lost to Allan Hawke +19 and to Bob Darling +25. With Bob’s victory over Allan on Tuesday, it means that, with two wins each, Bob and Janice will contest the final. This will be played tomorrow (Friday).

In event 3, there were three resounding wins for Alastair Burn-Murdoch, +13 against Bob Cross with bisques standing, +13 against Hamish Duguid and +23 against Chris Martin with bisque standing. The last of these would have been completed within an hour had Alastair not uncharacteristically failed rover with his second ball. This only delayed the inevitable conclusion for 20 minutes or so with a bit of piff-paff.   But, with three convincing wins today, +15 against Jamieson Walker, +16 against Bob Cross, and +9 against Roger Binks, adding to his three wins on Tuesday, the kudos and the trophy goes to the undefeated Alistair Malcolm again. Congratulations Alistair.

In the 6Y Swiss event, a number of ties were played. Lyn Gilpin narrowly defeated Brian Cosford +3, while Rosemary Saunders Robertson beat Rachel +8, and Lyn +12. This means that the final of the 6Y Swiss event has shaped up to be an all Edinburgh final with Rosemary up against Alistair Burn-Murdoch. It will be played on Saturday morning.  However, arguably the result of the day also came in this event - Rachel Frith defeated Roger Binks by one hoop on time. Yesterday Rachel had voiced her frustration that none of her victorious opponents (and, let’s not beat about the bush, there’s been a few) had offered to buy her a drink. But Rachel did not follow their example and made sure to offer a commiseratory drink to Roger.

At the end of the day Alastair Burn-Murdoch’s handicap came down to 11

Just to give a quick summary of where we have got to:

  • Event 1 (open singles) Final, Surgenor v Morrision on Saturday pm
  • Event 2 (handicap singles 4+) Final, J Duguid v Hawke on Saturday pm.
  • Event 3 (handicap singles 8+) Winner, Alastair Malcolm. Runner up, Alastair Burn-Murdoch.
  • Event 4 (handicap singles 14+) K Wright v Gilpin on Friday pm
  • Event 5X (Handicap doubles) Final, Wilson/Martin v Gilpin/Houston on Saturday pm.
  • Event 5Y (Handicap doubles consolation) Final, Townsend/Williams v Malcolm/Young on Saturday pm.
  • Event 6X (Handicap singles knockout) Final, Hawke v Martin on Saturday am.
  • Event 6Y (Handicap singles Swiss) Final, Saunders Robertson v Burn-Murdoch on Saturday am. 
  • Event 7 (Golf croquet) starts tomorrow with probable final on Saturday am unless the finalists are already involved on finals.

If you are not playing, do please come to spectate. It should be very entertaining and the forecast is set fair. Should you need any more encouragement, I should add that Hamish will have replenished the bar.

Chris Martin


Edinburgh Tournament 2015 - day 5

The sun shone all day at Fettes on Day 5 of the Edinburgh tournament. There were two highlights today – the golf croquet competition and the final of Event 4, the 14+ singles event, between Lyn Gilpin and Kevin Wright.

In the golf croquet, the eight competitors were split into two blocks and each played every member of the other block, giving each competitor 4 games. In block 1 were Peter Thompson, Catriona Graham, Chris Martin and Robert Harvey. In block 2, were Rachel Frith, George Geis, Allan Hawke, and Rosemary Saunders Robertson.  In her first game, Rachel ran hoop 4 from beside hoop 3. In her second game, she was trailing 3-1 to Chris Martin, but ran hoop five from near corner 1, off her opponent's balls a foot in front of the hoop. She then repeated the feat at hoop 6.

However, after all the ties were played, only one person remained undefeated. With a perfect record of four wins out of four, gained through very tidy hoop running and consistent clearing of opponents balls, the winner of event 7 was Rosemary Saunders Robertson. Congratulations Rosemary.

The afternoon saw the final of the 14+ event. Kevin took an early lead with some good hitting in and some tidy break-building. (Perhaps he has a good coach or two at Auchincruive). Lyn impressed with some long hit-ins too and, with both Kevin and Lyn retaining bisques until near the end, a game-changing break for either was always possible. But Kevin built on his early lead, slowly and steadily, and pegged out for a very solid win +19. Last year the trophy went North with Charles Henderson. This year it goes West. Congratulations Kevin.

Tomorrow is finals days with five to be played. The forecast is almost perfect. The bar has been restocked. Do come along and spectate if you can.

Chris Martin

Edinburgh Tournament 2015 - results in full

Event 1 - Open Singles (The Cramond Cup)

Advanced Play

Winner: Campbell Morrison

  CM JS AW PT Wins
Campbell Morrison   +19tp
John Surgenor -19tp
Alan Wilson -16
Peter Thompson -26

Final: Campbell Morrison beat John Surgenor +20

Event 2 - 4+ Singles (The Ian H. Wright Trophy)

Advanced Play

Winner: Janice Duguid

  JD AH BD DH Wins Net points
Janice Duguid   +24 +14 -10T
2 +28
Allan Hawke -24   +7 +19 2 +2
Bob Darling -14 -7   +25 1 +4
David Houston +10T
-19 -25   1 -34

Event 3 - 8+ Singles (The Silver Jubilee Salver)

Advanced Play with Bisques

Winner: Alistair Malcolm

Alistair Malcolm   +1T
+15 +16 +15 +9 +21 6
Alastair Burn-Murdoch -1T
  +23 +13 +10 +17 +13 5
Chris Martin -15 -23   +23 +11T
+19 4
Bob Cross -16 -13 -23   +9 +21 +3 3
Jamieson Walker -15 -10 -11T
-9   +10T
+15 2
Roger Binks -9 -17 -5T
-21 -10T
Hamish Duguid -21 -13 -19 -3 -15 -1T

Event 4 - 14+ Singles (The Walter B. Laing Cup)

Handicap, full bisque base 12

Winner: Kevin Wright

Block A LG BC MW GG Wins
Lyn Gilpin   +19 +15 +19 3
Brian Cosford -19   +1T
+18 2
Michelle Wright -15 -1T
George Geis -19 -18 -6T


Block B KW CH RSR RF Wins
Kevin Wright   +1T
+19 3
Charles Henderson -1T
Rosemary Saunders Robertson -1T
Rachel Frith -19 -9T

Final: Kevin Wright beat Lyn Gilpin +19

Event 5X - Handicap Doubles (The Norton Wright Trophies)

Winners: Chris Martin & Alan Wilson

Jola Jurasinska &
Jamieson Walker
+2T (23-21)
Binks & Thompson
Darling & Hawke
Martin & Wilson
Martin & Wilson
+7T (24-17)

Roger Binks &
Peter Thompson

Bob Darling &
Allan Hawke
Darling & Hawke
Alistair Malcolm &
David Young

Chris Martin &
Alan Wilson
Martin & Wilson
+2T (19-17)

Charlotte Townsend &
Rod Williams

Rachel Frith &
George Geis
+4T (24-20)
Duguid & Duguid
Gilpin & Houston
+5T (21-16)

Hamish Duguid &
Janice Duguid

Robert Inder &
Vivien Wightman
Burn-Murdoch &
Saunders Robertson
Gilpin & Houston
+12T (25-13)
Alastair Burn-Murdoch &
Rosemary Saunders Robertson
Bob Cross &
Morven Cross
Gilpin & Houston
Lyn Gilpin &
David Houston

Event 5Y - Handicap Doubles (The ECC Y Doubles Trophies)

Winners: Alistair Malcolm & David Young

Jola Jurasinska &
Jamieson Walker
Malcolm & Young
+2T (19-17)
Malcolm & Young
Malcolm & Young
Alistair Malcolm &
David Young
Robert Inder &
Vivien Wightman
Inder & Wightman
+4T (24-20)
Bob Cross &
Morven Cross

Charlotte Townsend &
Rod Williams
Townsend & Williams


Rachel Frith &
George Geis

Event 6X - Handicap Singles (The Edinburgh Croquet Cup)

Winner: Chris Martin

Brian Cosford +18
Chris Martin
  Rachel Frith
Alastair Burn-Murdoch +4
Bob Cross
Peter Thompson Thompson
Lyn Gilpin
Alan Wilson +13
Charles Henderson
Roger Binks Surgenor
John Surgenor
  Allan Hawke Hawke
James Hopgood Hopgood
Rosemary Saunders Robertson

Event 6Y - Handicap Singles, Swiss (The Milne Trophy)

Winner: Alastair Burn-Murdoch

Results in lower case are carried over from Event 6X. The games for each player are not necessarily shown in chronological order, but the wins and the losses in any one column represent the same set of games.

The winner of Event 6X and those who played only in the knock-out are shown in parentheses.

                        Wins  Win %
(Chris Martin) win win win           WIN   win 5/5 100%
Alastair Burn-Murdoch loss WIN WIN   WIN           WIN 4/5 80%
(Allan Hawke)   win win               loss 2/3 67%
James Hopgood win loss WIN                 2/3 67%
John Surgenor win win loss                 2/3 67%
Rosemary Saunders Robertson loss WIN WIN   WIN WIN WIN   LOSS   LOSS 5/8 63%
Bob Cross win loss WIN LOSS LOSS       WIN WIN   4/7 57%
Alan Wilson loss WIN LOSS WIN       LOSS WIN WIN   4/7 57%
Peter Thompson win win loss   LOSS             2/4 50%
Charles Henderson win loss LOSS         WIN LOSS     2/5 40%
Roger Binks loss LOSS WIN       LOSS     LOSS   1/5 20%
Rachel Frith   loss LOSS     LOSS WIN   LOSS     1/5 20%
Lyn Gilpin loss LOSS LOSS WIN     LOSS LOSS       1/5 20%
Brian Cosford loss LOSS LOSS LOSS       WIN   LOSS   1/6 17%


Chris Martin Brian Cosford +18, Rachel Frith +10, Peter Thompson +26, Rosemary Saunders Robertson +4T (24-20), Allan Hawke +9
Alastair Burn-Murdoch Brian Cosford +7, Alan Wilson +8, Peter Thompson +16, Rosemary Saunders Robertson +12
Allan Hawke James Hopgood +25, John Surgenor +10
James Hopgood Rosemary Saunders Robertson +8, Charles Henderson w/o
John Surgenor Roger Binks +3, Charles Henderson +2
Rosemary Saunders Robertson Roger Binks +11T (23-12), Brian Cosford +5T (16-11), Bob Cross +2, Rachel Frith +8, Lyn Gilpin +12
Bob Cross Alastair Burn-Murdoch +4, Rachel Frith +15, Charles Henderson +8, Brian Cosford +9
Alan Wilson Lyn Gilpin +6, Bob Cross +2, Rachel Frith +11, Roger Binks +8
Peter Thompson Lyn Gilpin +10, Bob Cross +6
Charles Henderson Alan Wilson +13, Lyn Gilpin +1T (19-18)
Roger Binks Lyn Gilpin +11
Rachel Frith Roger Binks +1T (16-15)
Lyn Gilpin Brian Cosford +3
Brian Cosford Alan Wilson +26

Event 7 - Golf Croquet Handicap Singles (The Edinburgh Tournament Golf Croquet Plate)

Winner: Rosemary Saunders Robertson

Block 1 Rosemary
Saunders Robertson
Chris Martin 2-7 7-5 7-5 7-1 3
Robert Harvey 4-7 2-7 7-3 7-2 2
Peter Thompson 2-7 4-7 2-7 7-2 1
Catriona Graham 4-7 1-7 6-7 4-7 0


Block 2 Chris
Rosemary Saunders Robertson 7-2 7-4 7-2 7-4 4
Allan Hawke 5-7 7-2 7-4 7-1 3
Rachel Frith 5-7 3-7 7-2 7-6 2
George Geis 1-7 2-7 2-7 7-4 1

Edinburgh Tournament 2015 - day 6

The final day of the Edinburgh Tournament was warm and sunny with a welcome breeze to keep the horse-flies at bay.  The morning saw the finals for the main Handicap singles and the consolation Swiss event played side by side on the two lawns with a pronounced North-South declivity, the effect of which was initially lessened by the early morning dew. Compared to the rest of the week, the start of the day was unusually quiet, with only the four competitors and the tournament manager in attendance. This only served to heighten the tension.

Edinburgh Croquet Club’s rising stars Alastair Burn-Murdoch and Rosemary Saunders Robertson contested the consolation Swiss event for the main Handicap singles, both having been surprisingly beaten in the first round then winning virtually all their games. Rosemary had the first chances but couldn’t get going using bisques and Alastair hit in. He picked up a break but failed an angled hoop 6. Rosemary took a bisque and finally got started and around to hoop 4.

Both players hit straight and, like all Edinburgh players, rolled well but a combination of faster lawns and, possibly, a touch of nervousness meant neither was quite as fluent as in earlier games. The game went one way then the other before Alastair’s accuracy was too much for Rosemary and he won +12. Both players belied their handicaps of 11 (Alastair) and 18 (Rosemary) and these are likely to come down quickly.  

The final of the main Handicap singles was a closely contested affair between Allan Hawke and Chris Martin that saw some good break building interspersed with some critical errors. Chris was the first to pick up a break and was going well until 1-back, where the hoop approach was downhill and quick. When he failed to make the hoop, he used the first of his two bisques to continue round to 4-back and set a leave. Not a wise move – the event is normal handicap, not advanced.  For the next hour or so Allan was in the ascendency, constructing a couple of tidy breaks, though also failing to run 1-back with one of his balls. Following some piff-paff, Chris managed to pick up a break with his second ball but again had to use his second bisque after a failed attempt at the troublesome 1-back. After some further cat and mouse play, Chris had managed to get to penult and peg, and Allan to 2-back and 4-back, with Allan having a long cross-hill hit-in attempt at opponent’s balls on the North boundary. By just a fraction of an inch, he missed both. This proved decisive and allowed Chris to run penult and rover and to peg out across the slope to win +9.

By lunchtime, the crowds had grown, attracted by the final of Event 1, the two doubles competition, and the sumptuous spread that had been organised by Frances Dunn. The final of the prestigious Event 1, the Open event, was played out between John Surgenor and Campbell Morrison on the flattest of the five lawns. The tie, however, did not quite match up with the quality of their last group game, and proved to be jittery affair with a couple of short shorts being missed by both players. In front of a small but appreciative crowd of spectators keen to learn from two of the best players in Scotland, Campbell eventually prevailed +20  

In the consolation doubles final Alistair Malcolm and David Young were defending their title against Charlotte Townsend and Rod Williams. In a similar final to last year, Alistair and David used their stock of bisques well, managed to build up a considerable lead, and never really let their opponents get going. Rod had to play an angled jump shot to run hoop 1 but that was the highlight of their game and Alistair and David ran out winners +23.

In the main doubles final Chris Martin and Alan Wilson were defending their trophies against Lyn Gilpin and David Houston. Although Chris and Alan had a combined handicap of 23 last year, it was now down to 9 against Lyn and David’s 28.  Lyn got round to 3-back but had to use a number of bisques - the downhill speed of the lawn was difficult to master. Chris and Alan both had chances to take their ball round but were also caught out by the pace. Eventually Alan made a leave that David could exploit with the remaining bisques. However, failure to run hoop 1 cost him a couple of bisques. Although David later got going and managed to reached 2-back the damage was done, with Chris getting round to penult, which Lyn had also reached, leaving Alan to try to finish. He managed a straight peel at penult but missed a hampered shot - then on his next turn peeled Chris’s ball through rover after he had already run the hoop and time had been called. With no shot at peg he opted to shoot into corner 1 and to give David the longest possible shot to win the game. David missed to leave Chris and Alan as the winners by +7T (24-17).

Two others trophies were decided without finals. Due to injury, Event 2 was decided based on the earlier match results: Janice Duguid was declared the winner, having a slightly stronger record than runner-up Allan Hawke.

The Lauder Bowl, the trophy which goes to the player getting furthest without winning any of the other trophies, went to Allan Hawke, runner-up in Event 6X, would-be finalist in Event 2, and with strong records in the doubles and the golf. He will now have the problem of finding a 2015 20p to go on the trophy.

The day finished with the traditional presentation of trophies, conducted by Hamish, Allan and Ian Wright, and with thanks being given to a myriad of people who competed and who helped make the week such a success.

See you all next year!

Chris Martin


Edinburgh Tournament 2015

3-8 August 2015, Fettes College

Alan Wilson


Event 1 (Open Singles): Campbell Morrison
Event 2 (4+ Advanced): Janice Duguid
Event 3 (8+ Advanced with Bisques): Alistair Malcolm
Event 4 (14+ Handicap): Kevin Wright
Event 5X (Handicap Doubles): Chris Martin and Alan Wilson
Event 5Y: Alistair Malcolm and David Young
Event 6X (Handicap Singles): Chris Martin
Event 6Y Swiss: Alastair Burn-Murdoch
Event 7 (Golf Croquet): Rosemary Saunders-Robertson
Lauder Bowl: Allan Hawke

Manager: Alan Wilson

Results in full
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6