Scottish Short Croquet Championship 2022

17 July 2022, Balgreen

Rosemary S RobertsonOn a dry but overcast day players from Meadows, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Balgreen with handicaps ranging from 3 to 24, gathered at Balgreen. With only six competitors the format was all play all, 14-point games on half lawns with 1 hour 15 minute time limits.

Unfortunately Joe had to withdraw after three rounds. Those games would not count.  With Rosemary and Bruce both on three wins they met in the final game of the day with Rosemary narrowly winning by two hoops.

Rosemary S Robertson

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East v West of Scotland 2022

28-29 May 2022, Meadows

East retained the Piersland Rosebowl over the weekend in fair weather.

A fortnight before the annual informal gathering from across Scotland and the number of registered entrants was so low that viability was questioned.  With some urging and further advertisement, a total of 22 players from West and East participated across two days, sadly without representatives from the North.

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Spring Weekend 2022

21-22 May 2022, Meadows

For her first time, Jola Jurasinska won the Spring competition.   Sadly the Tankard trophy could not be presented as it had been stolen (unfortunately along with the Wrights' campervan) a few days previously.

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West of Scotland Championship 2022

24-25 September, Knightswood

Six players took part in the West of Scotland handicap tournament so the all-pllay-all format was (just about*) used.  Two good quality and moderately paced lawns were available and conditions were helped by some excellent weather on the Saturday.

The most notable match was between Roger Binks and Kevin Wright.  With his partner ball on 3 Roger took his striker's ball though rover then pegged out Kevin’s peg ball. In doing so he unintentionally pegged out his striker's ball leaving only two balls (Law 43, "Pegging out in handicap games", was carefully examined). Kevin was then on 6 and Roger on 3 for the two-ball ending. Following some excellent hitting in and positioning, Roger was ahead after 1-back, although foolishly ran rover backwards instead of positioning for 3-back.  This allowed Kevin to narrow the gap and progress for the next shot at penult, where Roger had landed on the upright and being unable to make a roquet played north of the hoop.  Kevin progressed to rover but stuck midway. Roger scored penult with a long shot and reasonable clearance. Had his roquet attempt hit, it would have scored for Kevin, however it just missed and left Kevin to finish the game +2.

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