European Teams Championship

Trophy:  The Murray-Jones Trophy, a Silver Cup presented by Max Murray (Australia) and Charles Jones (New Zealand).

In 2011, Jersey, Scotland, Ireland and England qualified for the semi-finals from a six-round Swiss competition with twelve countries.  The final stages were best-of-three for the two AC matches and best-of-five for the GC match.  Jersey beat England 2-1, and Scotland beat Ireland 2-1 in the semi-finals.  Jersey beat Scotland 2-1 in the final.  James Hopgood beat Tony le Moignan +15tp, +10, Martin Murray lost to Richard Griffiths -13, +4, -1 and Campbell Morrison lost to Matt Burrow (GC) 2-7, 3-7, 1-7.  The Griffiths-Murray third game lasted 3½ hours, either player having several chances to win, or lose, with Martin’s missed pegout being the final straw as Richard hit the fifteen-yard shot to clinch the win +1 and the trophy for Jersey.

Scotland won in 2009, beating England 2-1 in the final, Keith Aiton losing to Chris Clarke, Jonathan Kirby beating David Foulser, and Martin Murray beating Ivor Brand on the 13th hoop in the third Golf Croquet game.  Martin Murray commented “This is the first time since 1980 that Scotland has beaten England, and I am proud to have been in both teams”.

The Championship comprises rounds of two Association Croquet matches and one best-of-three Golf Croquet match, and has been staged three times, with Wales the winners in 2007, Scotland in 2009 (with additional World teams) and Jersey in 2011, all in Cheltenham, England.  The following have represented Scotland:

2007

Bruce Rannie, David Magee, James Hopgood, Jamieson Walker, Martin Murray

S-F

2009

Keith Aiton, Jonathan Kirby, Martin Murray

Won

2011

James Hopgood, Martin Murray, Campbell Morrison

Final

 

Reports and results:

The three reports are already on the website – it may be that fuller results are listed here.  The standard is that the written report and the full results are separated, or at least given separate links, so some work may be necessary here.

28 June – 1 July, 2007 at Cheltenham:

Scotland, represented by Bruce Rannie (captain), David Magee, James Hopgood and Jamieson Walker, finished fourth in the inaugural Mitsubishi Motors WCF / FEC European Teams Championship, held at Cheltenham from 28 June to 1 July.  Wales beat Jersey 3-0 in the final.  Sweden beat Germany in the Plate final for the countries who did not qualify for the main event quarter-finals.  Italy won the prize for the best performance by a mainland-Europe country.

Scotland, seeded fifth, qualified for the last eight in sixth place on countback behind Italy, having won all five block games but losing to England in the match against a seed, and to Wales in the match against the winner of the other block.  However, Scotland beat Ireland 2-1 in the quarter-finals, only to lose 2-1 to Jersey in the semi-finals.  Meantime Wales had beaten Italy in the quarter-finals, and England 2-1 in the semi-finals after a titanic Golf Croquet struggle between David Walters (Wales) and Ivor Brand (England).

Individual results:

Bruce Rannie P7 W5

David Magee P7 W5

James Hopgood P4 W3

Jamieson Walker P9 W3 (Golf Croquet, best-of-3 matches)

Results (third match in each is Golf Croquet, first two are Association Croquet, winners’ names first).

Scottish block results:

Scotland 2 Austria 1: 
David Magee beat Leopold Walderdorff +1
Bruce Rannie beat Martin Guntner +22
Jamieson Walker lost to Klaus Gollhofer 1-7, 1-7

Scotland 3 Norway 0: 
Bruce Rannie beat Roar Michalsen +20
James Hopgood beat Steinar Olsen +20
Jamieson Walker beat Birger Steine 7-4, 7-5

Scotland 3 Sweden 0: 
David Magee beat Jorgen Larsson +19
James Hopgood beat Joi Elebo +13
Jamieson Walker beat Ulf Soderberg 7-5, 7-2

Scotland 2 Italy 1: 
David Magee beat Edoardo Lualdi +10
Bruce Rannie beat Andrea Pravettoni +22
Jamieson Walker lost to Gianni Leoncini 7-5, 5-7, 6-7

Scotland 3 Switzerland 0: 
Bruce Rannie beat Norman Eatough +13
James Hopgood beat Dave Underhill +2T (21-19)
Jamieson Walker beat Paul Samson 7-6, 7-6

England 3 Scotland 0: 
Stephen Mulliner beat David Magee +26sxp (sixth turn)
Robin Brown beat James Hopgood +26tp (fifth turn)
Ivor Brand beat Jamieson Walker 7-3, 7-4

Wales 3 Scotland 0: 
Ian Burridge beat David Magee +26tp
Cliff Jones beat Bruce Rannie +25tp
David Walters beat Jamieson Walker 7-4, 7-3

Quarter-Finals:

Jersey 3 Austria 0: 
Tony Le Moignan beat Klaus Gollhofer +23tp
Sarah Burrow beat Leopold Walderdorff +16
Matt Burrow beat Martin Guntner 7-2, 4-7, 7-5

England 3 Belgium 0: 
Robin Brown beat John Swabey +24tp
David Foulser beat Tony Falcon-Uff +17
Ivor Brand beat Pierre Beaudry 7-6, 7-6

Wales 2 Italy 1: 
Ian Burridge beat Edoardo Lualdi +26tp
Chris Williams lost to Andrea Pravettoni -18
David Walters beat Gianni Leoncini 7-2, 7-4

Scotland 2 Ireland 1: 
David Magee beat Charles von Schmieder +4
Bruce Rannie beat Gerard Healy +6
Jamieson Walker lost to Evan Newell 4-7, 6-7

Semi-Finals:

Jersey 2 Scotland 1: 
Tony Le Moignan lost to David Magee -17
Sarah Burrow beat Bruce Rannie +24
Matt Burrow beat Jamieson Walker 7-5, 7-6

Wales 2 England 1: 
Ian Burridge beat Robin Brown +26
Chris Williams lost to David Foulser -3
David Walters beat Ivor Brand 7-6, 3-7, 7-5

Final:

Wales 3 Jersey 0: 
Ian Burridge beat Tony Le Moignan +10, -7, +18
Chris Williams beat Sarah Burrow +16, -2, +19
David Walters beat Matt Burrow 7-4, 2-7, 7-4, 5-7, 7-1

There was a consolation match against Belgium, the only country in the top eight Scotland had not played, in which the team of James Hopgood, Jamieson Walker and Martin Murray (GC) lost 1-2, James losing to John Swabey -4T, Jamieson losing to Pierre Beaudry -22, and Martin winning a long struggle against Tony Falcon-Uff 6-7, 7-3, 7-6.

28 June – 1 July, 2009 at Cheltenham and Nailsea:

The Scottish team of Keith Aiton, Jonathan Kirby and Martin Murray beat England 2-1 in the final at Cheltenham to win the second Mitsubishi Motors WCF/FEC European Team Championship.

The Championship, played for the first time in 2007, was expanded this time to include two teams from outside Europe - Canada and South Africa - and two teams of mixed nationalities assembled by the World Croquet Federation.  (The WCF Juniors team was a substitute for the intended New Zealand Juniors, and consisted of the two available NZ players, Jared Keeman and Jarrod Coutts, plus Manuel Alvarez-Sala from Spain.  The WCF Select team was formed to replace Finland, which had to withdraw.)  In addition the 2007 winners Wales were allowed a second team.  With 17 teams in all, the initial stages were played in two blocks, with the top four teams in each block proceeding to the knockout stage.

Matches consisted of two single games of Association Croquet, counting for one point each, and one best-of-three Golf Croquet match, counting for one point.  In the final the AC was extended to best-of-three for each player.

In the Red Block England won its matches against all the other teams to finish in first place, with 7 matches and 19 points - followed by Wales A (6 matches, 18 points), South Africa (5 matches, 10.5 points) and Belgium (3 matches, 10 points).

In the Yellow Block Scotland won its first seven matches, and came first despite a loss to Jersey.  The qualifiers here were Scotland (7 matches, 19 points), Jersey (7 matches, 17 points), Canada (6 matches, 16 points) and WCF Juniors (6 matches, 14 points).

Scotland beat Belgium 2-1 in the quarter-finals, and had another 2-1 win over Canada in the semi-finals to reach the final against England.  This was an evenly balanced match.  In the Association Croquet Keith Aiton lost in straight games to Chris Clarke, and Jonathan Kirby won in straight games against David Foulser, with triple peels throughout, leaving only the Golf Croquet still in play - a close contest between Martin Murray and Ivor Brand.  Martin won the first game 7-6, but Ivor came back from "certain death" (according to the live email reporting by Andrew Gregory) to steal the second - missing a clearance by a foot, flicking another ball, and running hoop 12 with an "in-off".  So it all came down to the final game - and, as it turned out, to the 13th hoop of that game.  Ivor came back from 6-4 down to level the game at 6-6, but as he ran hoop 12 by only a few inches he gave Martin the advantage at hoop 13.  Martin played an excellent lag to position two feet in front of the hoop, and had only to hold his nerve to run it and win the Championship for Scotland - which he did!

Results (third match in each is Golf Croquet, first two are Association Croquet – winners’ names first):

Scottish results in Yellow Block:

Scotland 3 Czech Rep 0: 
Keith Aiton beat David Hajn +23sxp
Martin Murray beat Ivo Martak +26
Jonathan Kirby beat Pavel Gasek 7-3, 7-3

Scotland 3 Austria 0
Jonathan Kirby beat Klaus Gollhofer +19
Martin Murray beat Martin Guntner +18
Keith Aiton beat Max Walderdorff 7-3, 7-2

Scotland 3 Wales B 0
Keith Aiton beat John Evans +26tp
Jonathan Kirby beat Garry McElwain +17
Martin Murray beat Kevin Ham

Scotland 2 Sweden 1: 
Keith Aiton beat Simon Carlsson +12
Martin Murray beat Anders Moldin +22
Jonathan Kirby lost to Jonatan Andersson 7-3, 3-7, 3-7

Scotland 2 WCF Juniors 1: 
Jonathan Kirby beat Jarrod Coutts +23tp
Martin Murray beat Manuel Alvarez-Sala +15
Keith Aiton lost to Jared Keeman 3-7, 2-7

Scotland 3 WCF Select 0: 
Keith Aiton beat Gordon Weir +24
Jonathan Kirby beat Ulf Soderberg +24tp
Martin Murray beat Hana Marekova 7-2, 7-3

Scotland 2 Canada 1: 
Keith Aiton beat Brian Cumming +26tp
Jonathan Kirby beat Leo McBride +26tp
Martin Murray lost to Louis Nel 5-7, 3-7

Jersey 2 Scotland 1: 
Tony Le Moignan beat Keith Aiton +20
James Le Moignan beat Martin Murray +10
Richard Sowerby lost to Jonathan Kirby 3-7, 7-4, 3-7

Quarter-finals:

England 3 WCF Juniors 0
Chris Clarke beat Jarrod Coutts +26tp
David Foulser beat Manuel Alvarez-Sala +26
Ivor Brand beat Jared Keeman 7-3, 7-3

South Africa 2 Jersey 1
William Louw beat Tony Le Moignan +23tp
Judith Hanekom lost to James Le Moignan -26tp
Victor Dladla beat Richard Sowerby 7-2, 7-3

Canada 2 Wales 1
Leo McBride beat Ian Burridge +26tp
Brian Cumming beat Sam Tudor +25tp
Louis Nel lost to David Walters 4-7, 6-7

Scotland 2 Belgium 1
Jonathan Kirby beat John Swabey +26tp
Martin Murray beat Tony Falcon-Uff +25tp
Keith Aiton lost to Pierre Beaudry 3-7, 7-4, 5-7

Semi-finals:

England 2 South Africa 1
Chris Clarke beat William Louw +15tp
David Foulser beat Judith Hanekom +23
Ivor Brand lost to Victor Dladla 5-7, 7-4, 5-7

Scotland 2 Canada 1: 
Keith Aiton lost to Brian Cumming -19
Jonathan Kirby beat Leo McBride +9tpo
Martin Murray beat Louis Nel 7-6, 6-7, 7-2

Third place:

Canada 2 South Africa 1: 
Brian Cumming beat Judith Hanekom +17
Louis Nel lost to Victor Dladla -6
Leo McBride beat William Louw 7-5, 7-2

Final:

Scotland 2 England 1
Keith Aiton lost to Chris Clarke -26tp, -15tp
Jonathan Kirby beat David Foulser +26tp, +24tp
Martin Murray beat Ivor Brand 7-6, 5-7, 7-6

24 – 27 June, 2011 at Cheltenham:

Swiss section

In the third European Team Championship, Thursday and Friday saw a 6-round Swiss, with the top 4 teams qualifying for Saturday's semi-finals.

Standings after Round 6

Jersey is top seed with 5/6 matches, 14/18 games, Scotland 4, 12, Ireland 4, 12, England 4, 11, Sweden 3, 10, Wales 3, 10, Switzerland 3, 8, Spain 3, 8, Germany 3, 8, Austria 2, 7, Norway 1, 5, Belgium 1, 3

Scottish Swiss results

Scotland beat Norway 3-0: 
James Hopgood beat Roar Michalsen +18
Campbell Morrison beat Birger Stene +18
Martin Murray beat Steinar Olsen 7-3, 4-7, 7-2

Scotland beat Austria 2-1: 
James Hopgood beat Martin Güntner +17
Martin Murray lost to Max Walderdorff -6
Campbell Morrison beat Klim Seabright 7-4, 7-5

Jersey beat Scotland 2-1: 
Tony le Moignan lost to Martin Murray -16tp
Richard Griffiths beat Campbell Morrison +18
Matt Burrow beat James Hopgood 7-5, 4-7, 7-4

Scotland beat Sweden 2-1: 
James Hopgood beat Simon Carlsson +21tp
Campbell Morrison beat Ulf Söderberg +17
Martin Murray lost to Joi Elebo 3-7, 5-7

England beat Scotland 2-1
David Foulser lost to James Hopgood -22
Dave Kibble beat Campbell Morrison +23
Richard Thompson beat Martin Murray 4-7, 7-6, 7-5

Scotland beat Ireland 3-0: 
James Hopgood beat Kieran Murphy +7
Martin Murray beat Danny Johnston +8
Campbell Morrison beat Jack Clingan 7-5, 6-7, 7-6

Semi-finals:

Jersey beat England 2-1: 
Tony le Moignan beat David Foulser +26tp, +26
Richard Griffiths lost to Dave Kibble -16, -19
Matt Burrow beat Richard Thompson 2-7, 7-6, 7-3, 7-1

Scotland beat Ireland 2-1: 
James Hopgood beat Kieran Murphy +23tp, +26tp
Campbell Morrison beat Danny Johnston -10, +17tp, +4
Martin Murray lost to Jack Clingan 5-7, 3-7, 7-4, 7-5, 5-7

Final:

Jersey beat Scotland 2-1: 
Tony le Moignan lost to James Hopgood -15tp, -10
Richard Griffiths beat Martin Murray +13, -10, +1
Matt Burrow beat Campbell Morrison 7-2, 7-3, 7-1

European Team Championship - semi-finals report

A very exciting finish to the Ireland v Scotland semi (by Andrew Gregory, CA website):

It was all down to Danny Johnston and Campbell Morrison on lawn 8. Johnston was first to 4-back, Morrison then equalized. After Johnston missed the lift, Morrison jawsed the 4-back peel after 3, but was not in sufficient control for the TP.  He reached penult and peg, with cross-peg leave.

Johnston hit the "last shot", and took his backward ball to the peg (no peels), leaving 4-back and peg v penult and peg.  His leave was diagonal spread, with penult ball at peg. Morrison lifted this to B-baulk, but missed long shot. Johnston made 4-back but as there was no penult pioneer, he did not make penult, and decided not to join up.

Red (for peg) was in middle of W boundary, Yellow (for penult) 12y N of 4th corner, Black (for penult) in 4th corner, and Blue (for peg) 2y W of peg.

Morrison lifted Blue, and went off 1' N of 4th corner, but Johnston (Yellow) missed Blue.

Morrison (Black) made penult and rover off Blue. He lined up peg-out from 4yE of hoop 1, but Blue missed peg to 4 yards past, then Black was pegged out. 

Yellow missed Blue, and Morrison hit the peg to win.

Final report:

Deciding game for the trophy
Richard Griffiths v Martin Murray Game 3 (by Andrew Gregory, CA website)

Martin won toss and elected to start.

T1 Martin Black antiduffer 5yNE of 4

T2 Richard Yellow 18"S of 2nd corner

T3 Martin shoots at Yellow from end of A-baulk (sic). Misses to 18"E of 2nd corner.

T4 Richard misses Blue from end of B-baulk

T5 Martin gets yardline cannon. Lays up near 1st corner.

T6 Richard hits 23-yarder. Grovels through 1. Turns round and hits 8-yarder at ball near 1st corner. Chance of a break. Richard fails a long hoop 2.

T7 Martin hits 8-yarder at partner. Sticks in hoop 1.

T8 Richard's Yellow is paralytic at hoop 2, so he takes on 22-yarder with Red. Not close.

T9 Martin has 3-ball break. Martin has 4 balls, but sticks in angled hoop 5.

T10 Richard picks up break with Yellow. Yellow is round to 4-back with leave: Blue (for 1) 6yNNE of 4; Black (for 5) 8yW of peg; Red (for 1) with rush out of just S of 2nd corner to Black / hoop 1

T11 Martin lifts Black to B-baulk, misses Blue to just W of 4th corner.

T12 Richard's rush to 1 not close enough, so he uses Blue and Black. Lays up in front of hoop.

T13 Martin: Black hits 25-yarder. OK so Blue is now 5yW of 4th corner, Yellow near middle of E bdry. Martin has just run hoop 5 to the North boundary, hits 10y return roquet at Red. Fails hoop 6

T14 Richard: Red joins up, roqueting Yellow. Takes off to Blue, tries to roll off 1 from behind 4. Short: back to mother.

T15 Martin hits 17-yarder with Blue. Ends up approaching 1 from W bdry, short, back to mother.

T16 Richard joins wide - despite his other ball being a yard or two in lawn. Martin's team-mates are with me in the hut, living every moment. Jersey is ensconced under the tree to the S of lawn1 - at least there's shade there.

T17 Martin gets going with his hoop 1 ball. The crowd is disappointed by the lack of TPO. James and Campbell are very relieved. Quite a few chaps staying beyond the advertised lunchtime finish. Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, Wales still represented. Murray is using a lot of his eponymous control, but is still going. He has reached 1-back. Martin takes Blue to 4-back. Elects for what we might call a reverse NSL, with Yellow (for 4-back) at 2, Red (for 1) 6y NE of 4. Black (for 6) has rush on Blue toward peg, maybe 12y S of 2nd corner. Obviously Yellow has no shot from where it lies.

T18 Richard lifts Yellow. Shoots at Black from 1st corner. Misses to 1'E of 2nd corner.

T19 Martin: Black rushes Blue to 5yS of 4th corner. Rolls Blue into lawn a little, rushes Red 6y shy of 6. Underapproaches, back to mother.

T20 Richard: Red misses Yellow (13y)

T21 Martin: Black takes off, roquets Red. Rushes Yellow 8' shy of 6. Underapproaches, back to Blue, which is inches in front of 3-back.

T22 Richard: Red hits Yellow (10y). Somehow gets in front of 1. Runs it, hits 6-yarder. Chance for a break. Richard is rolling off 2 off partner from 4 yards. Runs it by nothing, referee on. He's lucky if he can hit Yellow. There's a pioneer waiting at 3. Sweep shot through the hoop, just misses.

T23 Martin misses 14-yarder.

T24 Richard picks off 4-yarder at Black. Blue is waiting at 4 if he can make 3. He does so, and has all the balls. I'm not anticipating any TP attempt - a solid break to the peg is required here. Richard survives a scare when he cross-wires himself from his 1-back pioneer. He's able to roquet it through the hoop - the advantage of a well-placed pioneer! He still has reasonable control. Richard misses 4-yard return roquet after 2-back.

T25 Martin lifts Black, hits 4-yarder. Martin has Blue 4yW of peg as a hoop 6 pioneer. This is now a good chance. Makes 6, has all the balls. Reminder of the clips: Richard: Yellow 4-back, Red 3-back; Martin Blue 4-back, Black on a break.  It's Martin's turn to see if he can hold a 4-ball break together. He's OK so far, having reached 4-back with Blue as the 4-back pioneer. STP attempt?! His team-mates are concerned. Martin declined the STP opportunity, attempting a posthumous peel which bounced off. He's forgotten about the infamous hill at penult, but copes. Leave: Yellow 5yS of 4-back, Red 5' from peg cross-pegged from Yellow, Blue 2y SE of 2nd corner with rush on Black to Red.  Clips: Richard: Red 3-back, Yellow 4-back; Martin Blue 4-back, Black peg.

T26 Richard must have some sort of target with Red as it lies. Misses into 2nd corner.

T27 Martin has nearer 3- than 2-yarder at Red possibly hampered so he ignores Red. His rush on Yellow to 4-back almost misses entirely. 4-yard roll up required. 4' hoop. Sticks in it.

T28 Richard has 5-yarder at ball in hoop. Clips hoop, ending 5yE of peg.

T29 Martin runs 4-back, misses Black at penult, going off West bdry.

T30 Richard lifts Yellow to end of B-baulk. Misses Red (in 2nd corner) just to the South.

T31 Martin: Black hits Red (14y double).

T31 Something has happened, we're just not sure what. Best guess is that Martin was attempting an open cannon, missed Yellow with the ball and hit it with his mallet. Anyhow, it was a fault and the balls go back.

T32 Richard leaves Black very near 2nd corner, rushes Yellow 10yN of 3-back. Rolls to S bdry.

T33 Martin shoots Black at Blue (16y)- misses to just E of 1st corner.

T34 Richard: Red makes 3-back. Yellow is now 9yE of peg. Takes off to Black, hits it. Croquets Black 5yNE of end of A-baulk. Roquets Blue. Blue is 4ySW of end of B-baulk. Leaves rush for Yellow to 4-back.

T35 Martin shoots Blue at Red and Yellow, misses.

T36 Richard: Yellow makes 4-back. Undercuts rush on Red to penult, Red is 3yNW of peg. Take-off to Black, no rush. Rolls over to Blue. Blue is croqueted toward 2nd corner - it's well short, maybe 4'NW of 2. Yellow retires to middle of W bdry.

T37 Martin plays Blue as it lies. Misses.

T38 Richard shoots Red at Yellow (11y). Hits. Richard: Red takes off to Blue. Croquets Blue to penult, getting rush on Black to 4-back. Makes 4-back. Makes penult. Makes rover. Is he going to peg out Black? No. Blue is left 5' NW of rover, Black 4y E of peg.  Yellow has rush into lawn from 10yS of 2nd corner.  This is all extremely sweaty. Luckily someone has found a fan for the hut.  It's penult and peg v penult and peg.

T39 Martin lifts Blue to 2yE of end of B-baulk, shoots at Red and Yellow, misses.

T40 Richard: Yellow rushes Red beyond Black but insufficiently North. Makes penult. Misses return roquet (3y)

T41 Martin: Black hits Red (4y) Martin takes off to Blue, finishing in yardline area. Leaves rush for Blue to penult.

T42 Richard: Yellow misses Red (20y) So we have another "finishing turn". Red is about 5y E of rover.

T43 Martin: good rush to penult. Makes it...  Martin's rush to rover goes behind hoop, but not directly so. Copes. Has 2 yard peg-out, maybe 7 foot. Misses! Black ends up 2y N of rover. Pegs out Blue.

T44 Richard: Yellow hits Red (15y) Richard makes rover, not without some wire. It's all over.

Richard Griffiths wins the decider +1.  Jersey is European Team Champion.