Edinburgh Tournament 2017 - Day 7

Sorry if you were expecting a final report last night but after the tournament finished I had an inter-club GC match to play against Kevin and Michele from Auchincruive (they won), then there was athletics and football to watch on TV...

Anyway, Saturday dawned wet, very wet. As I made my way to Balgreen I found myself humming that old Gershwin song: "A rainy day in Edin-town / Had me low, had me down / I viewed the morning with much alarm / The world of croquet had lost its charm." But by 11 o’clock the rain had cleared and it stayed dry until a brief shower in late afternoon.

First up was the group final in the Open between John Surgenor and Alastair Burn-Murdoch. This was a nervy and scrappy match, with errors on both sides. John eventually won 21-15 on time but as he said to the applauding spectators, “Don’t clap anything in that game!” John went on to play Campbell Morrison in the final proper in the afternoon. This was a much better game, closely contested and really tense at the end, when Campbell was desperately trying to think of a way to get his second ball through 4 back without giving John the advantage of the lift from either baulk, where he'd carefully placed his balls. Eventually Campbell did it and ran out the overall winner +3.

Meanwhile James Thomson had beaten Lyn Gilpin +15 in the final of Event 4 and Kevin Wright had beaten Joe Lennon +19 in the final of the handicap Event 6. In the afternoon the two doubles finals took place - X and Y. Traditionally these draw the ‘crowds’ but Campbell and John’s match diverted them on this occasion. In the main doubles Alan Wilson and Rosemary S Robertson had a long, drawn-out match against Brian Durward and James Thomson, which they eventually won 19-18 on time. No hanging around in the consolation doubles where Bob Darling and Allan Hawke beat Bob and Morven Cross +4 in a brisk two hours.

After a delicious tea, contributed by several members from Balgreen and Edinburgh Clubs, the trophies were presented:

Open (Cramond Cup) - Campbell Morrison
4+ Level advanced singles (Ian H. Wright Trophy) - Bob Darling
8+ Handicap advanced singles (Silver Jubilee Salver) - John Campbell
Full bisque handicap singles (Walter B. Laing Cup) - James Thomson
Handicap doubles (Norton Wright Trophies) - Alan Wilson and Rosemary Saunders Robertson
Consolation doubles - Bob Darling and Allan Hawke
Unrestricted handicap singles (Edinburgh Croquet Cup) - Kevin Wright
Consolation handicap singles (Milne Trophy) - Alan Wilson
Golf croquet handicap singles - George Plant
Lauder Bowl (for player getting furthest without winning another trophy) - John Surgenor

Thank you for the appreciative words about these daily reports. I’ve enjoyed writing them.

Allan Hawke