Jersey Match

Scottish Select v Jersey

The first matches against the Channel Islands were in June 1993.  Both Guernsey and Jersey had representatives at the 1992 WCF World Championship, and both planned to be represented in 1993 also.  Neither island had strength in depth so Scotland intended to provide a suitable mix of abilities to provide fair competition on a two-day tour.  Guernsey provided the hospitality on the Saturday, Jersey on the Sunday. 

Although matches against Jersey have continued since then, there was no further match against Guernsey, which left the WCF some fifteen or so years later.  Players from Jersey have been involved in the MacRobertson Shield and several other GB representative teams.

Match scores:

1993

Scottish Select

6

Jersey

6

at Jersey

 

(Jersey won on points, 214 to 180)

1997

Scottish Select

9

Jersey

11

at Bush

1999

Scottish Select

2

Jersey

18

at Jersey

2001

Scottish Select

10

Jersey

10

at Meadows West

2003

Scottish Select

8

Jersey

12

at Jersey

2007

Scottish Select

9

Jersey

6

at Meadows West

2009

Scottish Select

12

Jersey

12

at Jersey

2011

Scottish Select

 

Jersey

 

at Meadows West, cancelled

 

Players who have participated in this match include:

George Anderson

Jersey 93 97

David Appleton

Jersey 93 07

Andy Campbell

Jersey 99

Chris Dent

Jersey 01

Brian Durward

Jersey 01

Allan Hawke

Jersey 07

James Hopgood

Jersey 09

Joe Lennon

Jersey 07

Fergus McInnes

Jersey 03

Malcolm O’Connell

Jersey 97

Bruce Rannie

Jersey 01 03 07

Duncan Reeves

Jersey 03

Phillip Simpson

Jersey 93

Bill Spalding

Jersey 09

Su Stenhouse

Jersey 97

John Surgenor

Jersey 97

Charlotte Townsend

Jersey 97 99

Jamieson Walker

Jersey 97 99 01 03 09

Rod Williams

Jersey 93 99

Alan Wilson

Jersey 09

 

Reports:

13 June, 1993 at Jersey:

(Report by David Appleton)

Raincoats needed in Jersey!

The Jersey Croquet Club entertained a Scottish Select for the first time this year.  The visitors were Rod Williams, David Appleton, Phillip Simpson and George Anderson, and they each played two games of singles and two of doubles against Tony Le Moignan, Martin Hodge, Richard Sowerby, Paul Duckworth (morning) and Hugo Peterson (afternoon).  The weather was much improved from the previous two days (see Guernsey match report entry), but unfortunately during that time the rain had precluded any grass cutting and conditions were heavy: for instance David hit the second shot, put a tice up towards B-baulk and then failed to reach the first corner with his own ball!

Phillip made light of the conditions, winning quickly against Richard, and with Rod and David beating Tony and Martin respectively, the Scots established a 3-1 lead.  However in the doubles Tony went to 2-back on the fifth turn and Richard chose a good time to perform his first all round break which soon reduced the deficit.  The most exciting break of the day came as lunch was being prepared, when Paul hit a long shot just before time was called; he had to get from hoop 6 to the peg, peel partner through 3-back and peg out to be one up.  Only being hampered after penult brought a really good try to the end.

The afternoon singles saw a reversal of fortunes: George was the only success for the visitors, so the overall result rested on the final two doubles matches.  Rod & George beat Tony & Richard, but when Martin & Hugo won an interesting tactical match against David & Philip by +2 on time the final match score was 6-all.  Jersey were declared winners by virtue of having run more hoops, and we got on with the real business of eating and drinking at a splendid barbecue at Tony and Paula Le Moignan’s.  The hospitality provided by Richard and Mireille Sowerby was extended for an extra day when fog closed Jersey airport (after George had somehow managed to leave).

There are two new lawns being laid near the present ones, and space being prepared for two more.  With luck those should be ready for another visit in 1995 and the sun will shine a bit more.  Although a pint of beer can be had in Jersey for less than £1, and the hospitality was first class, the travel was expensive, and the travellers thought they deserved better weather for their money!

1997, at Bush:

(Report by Charlotte Townsend)

Dreadful day at work, so I have a quick half in the pub to celebrate the fact that from now on I’m only half working.  Succeed in raiding Marks and Sparks in time to get home for 6-ish, when I am to be invaded by Jersey.  Find miscellaneous ducks, clothes, bottles of wine and bags around the house, so I know that at least Rod Williams has arrived in time to pick some of them up from the airport.

Calm and composed I emerge from the bath to six bags of unprepared food and six Jerseyites.  Have press conference to watch on television, so pretend to be fully clothed whilst watching television and urging Rod and George to offer drinks.  Becomes obvious that some of drinks supplies (i.e. those not involving wine, cider or gin) are some years beyond their use-by dates.  Attempt to show confidence that all food is still within use-by dates; fail.  Hope this will demoralize Jerseyites before their match tomorrow; hopes fail.

But maybe not.  Scotland has stunning victory in doubles!  Despite an impressive display, Paul Duckworth and Matthew Burrow crumble at the last moment against Malcolm O’Connell and me – the final straw being, with each of them blaming the other, when Malcolm has stuck at 3-back with me on the peg, and both of them on the peg, and Matthew shoots at Malcolm in the hoop and misses.  Paul’s ball was a few inches from mine, at penult.  Insults were traded between Paul and Matthew; Malcolm and I, suffering from shock, carried on and won.

Clearly we hadn’t done enough to demoralise the opposition – Matthew went on to beat Su Stenhouse and me, as did Tony Le Moignan.  (Su put up a lot more opposition than I did.)  John Surgenor and Malcolm suppressed Paul and John Taylor, as they should have done according to handicap.

Over on the far lawn, Jamieson Walker and George Anderson decided on an amicable draw in their games against Ursula Taylor and Sarah Burrow.

Clearly a good Scottish curry was our only available weapon.  Jamieson booked the Kings Balti, but didn’t come himself.  This may be why the Jersey team appeared reluctant to come – they disappeared to the pub for the first half hour!  A pathetic attempt to oust the Jerseys by feeding large quantities of hot lime pickle to Matthew failed – too many Scots had taken in noxious substances as well.

After a cunning attempt by me to lose half of the Jersey team down a cul-de-sac, pretending that it was a likely route for a taxi, and a brave attempt by Jamieson to render the remaining members unconscious, the next day nonetheless failed to sparkle for the Scots.  The Jerseyites had ignominious victories in both their games, with John and Su’s game being too embarrassing to mention and Malcolm and my game only reviving too late, after the ministrations of The Steading.

The state of affairs was close by lunchtime Sunday, with all to play for on both sides.  Tension was high in The Steading as the Scots bribed staff to delay the meal by an hour in order to psych out their opponents.  Unfortunately it appears that ‘venison steaks Bonnie Prince Charlie’ (stuffed with succulent morsels of juicy young haggis) only give strength to budding young croquet players.

John beat Matthew; Matthew beat Malcolm; Malcolm (phew) beat Tony; Tony beat John.

It all rested on Su and me.  I just (just…) beat John on time, having been on peg and penult some 45 minutes into the game.  Similarly Su’s game against Paul could have gone either way, but she just lost.  My game against Paul was, to say the least, lacking conviction.  But as time grew close, I managed a few hoops and was close just before time was called.  Paul played and missed an easy shot which should have given him the game.  I, unusually, dashed in to play my shot.  Time was called just after I hit in.  I needed penult to win – I took off to a ball just north of penult, to within three feet.  OOPSEE!  Oh dear, missed.  Paul won, plus one on time.  Bother.

Su struggled against John, and it was always touch and go; it ended up being go.

None of us believed Tony when he said that he wished it had been a draw.  And he didn’t concede when Malcolm suggested that we should in fact just say it had been.  But it was a weekend when everyone (I think) enjoyed themselves, and the winning wasn’t really important, particularly seeing as we’d all won Jersey teaspoons and badges, and I’d got earrings and disposed of all but two of my out of date cans (who’s next on the calendar?).

I’ll certainly be putting my name down for the next game against Jersey – sorry if that puts anyone else off!

3 – 4 July 1999 at Jersey:

(Report by Charlotte Townsend)

A relaxed Scottish team flew down to Jersey, with Andy Campbell managing to smuggle all four into the Executive Lounge at West Midlands airport for the two-hour stop-over.  It was only after several games that Jamieson Walker realised that, courtesy of the less than helpful check-in supervisor at Edinburgh airport, who had refused to allow us to take our mallets as hand luggage, his shaft was bent, to which the team later ascribed its defeat.  Unfortunately it was difficult to explain all of our defeats in this way. Out of four doubles matches and sixteen singles, only Andy and Charlotte managed to win one game each – index points were lost like confetti.

The doubles on Saturday started the disastrous catalogue of failures for the Scots.  Andy and Jamieson failed to take croquet in their game against Tony Le Moignan and John Oxley (whose handicap of 10 rapidly became the subject of much derision), and Rod Williams’ and Charlotte’s progress was greatly hampered by Charlotte’s total inability to keep her balls on the lawn.

The singles during the rest of Saturday only slightly improved the situation, with most games going to handicap.  At the end of the day, Scotland was losing by 2 games to 8.

An excellent meal in a pub with superb sea views should have revived the Scottish team, but Sunday’s performance was worse.  Andy and Charlotte managed one hoop in doubles against Tony and Sarah, with Tony effortlessly executing a triple peel.  Rod and Jamieson did better against Matthew and John Taylor, eventually losing by 2 on time. 

After that it was singles, and downhill most of the way.  Three of the first round of singles had the expected result, with the lower handicapped Jersey players having fairly easy wins, although Andy put up a fight against Matthew, having, he said, one of the most enjoyable matches he’s ever played.

John Oxley and John Taylor (handicap 6) performed a double act, with John O playing in the doubles on Saturday and the singles on Sunday, and John T playing singles on Saturday and doubles on Sunday.  John Taylor’s singles matches went according to handicap against Andy and Charlotte, but John Oxley was another matter, beating first Rod and then Jamieson.  His handicap was instantly reduced to 7, but looks to plummet still further.  Sarah’s handicap too came down and is close to a further reduction.

Charlotte having been trounced rapidly by Tony (despite the assistance of Tony’s young son, who knocked tennis balls onto the lawn while Tony did his second (of four) triple of the weekend, she and Sarah were able to finish their game before most others had started their final match.  This meant they were able to take shelter when torrential rain threatened to make play impossible.

Two of the remaining three games continued despite the lawns rapidly disappearing under two inches or more of water.  On Rod and Matthew’s lawn it became impossible to hit a ball further than about three feet, until Matthew and his mother Sarah hit on the idea of swooshing away the water in a path in front of striker’s ball.  This foiled an attempt by Rod to lay up four feet from his opponent behind an extra deep stretch of water, and despite demands for a replay, Matthew went on to a well deserved win.

Unlike Jamieson and John, who also played on through the downpour, Andy and Tony sheltered from the rain, and finished their game on the least waterlogged lawn.  Andy looked to have almost certain victory, with a ball on peg and another on penult, with Tony on hoop 1 and 4-back.  Tony’s determination paid off, though, and faced with defeat he pulled off his fourth triple of the weekend to win by four points.

We could blame our defeat on various factors – Jamieson’s mallet (British Midland); the weather (too hot); Jersey handicaps (they had a much stronger team even on paper, and the only one with a higher handicap played far better than his handicap); fast lawns; or Jamieson’s habit of battering his fellow team members.  But the fact was that they well and truly outplayed us.

Nonetheless we had a thoroughly enjoyable time, admiring the landscape in beautiful sunny weather, eating delicious Jersey seafood at night and a splendid lunch prepared by Jersey members at lunch-time.  Ursula and John Taylor gave us a superb dinner at their house on our final night, with their own home grown fruit and salads and an opportunity to admire their (almost full size) croquet lawn.

Andy fortunately escaped arrest after going for a swim in his croquet shorts and realising on leaving the water that they were transparent when wet.  He and Jamieson are now experts on the Second World War history of Jersey, having spent the final morning touring some of the sights.  Rod and Charlotte went for the scenic option when their hostess, Doreen Burrow, took them for a drive to see the dramatic cliffs and lighthouses around the coastline, which was also crowded with flowers, both wild and cultivated.

It was a great weekend – enjoyable if unsuccessful croquet on excellent lawns, magnificent hospitality on a delightful island.

23 – 24 June, 2001 at Meadows West:  (NB – this report corrects the one already on the website)

(Report by Bruce Rannie)

The first representative match to be held at the new National Centre in Meadows West, Edinburgh, was between the Scottish Select and Jersey, on 23rd and 24th June.  As there are currently only two courts, teams of four were chosen, and the format was two doubles and eight singles each day.  The Scots were Chris Dent, playing for the first time since April, Bruce Rannie, as part of his UK and Ireland 2001 tour, Brian Durward, and Jamieson Walker, the then-homeless social secretary.  The Jersey team was son and mother Matthew and Sarah Burrow, on their way to the Lincoln World Championships, John Taylor, and Elizabeth Medway, who was combining the match with a visit home.

Friday’s gathering of the teams was well organised by Jamieson and Brian Murdoch, with a nostalgic visit to The Steading and its extended conservatory restaurant.

The handicap ranges were not identical but reasonable overall although the heavy lawns and the use of advanced rules added to the pressure on Elizabeth in her first representative match.  The doubles pairings were one and four, and two and three, playing with the serve on Day 1 and against on Day 2.  On Saturday this put Chris and Jamieson against Sarah and John, and Bruce and Brian against Matt and Elizabeth.  The notable events of the morning included Brian’s failed triple (how many balls are you allowed to roquet between hoops?) followed quickly by Matt’s DPO, and Chris’s attempts to get his swing working.  Results -2 and 26 respectively!

In the afternoon, the two rounds of singles were 1v4 and 1v3, etc., and all these went as expected, with Matt’s TP after Jamieson’s ‘usual’ contact leave being the highlight (Jamieson had a chance with the second ball – he blamed Brian Murdoch for coming to watch as he blobbed a hoop: ‘I always freeze when he’s there”!’).  The closest games were Brian holding Matt to -4 and Jamieson holding Sarah to -7.  Day 1 score: SCA 4, Jersey 6.

Saturday evening included an excellent meal at one of the Howies chain of restaurants, which for a small corkage fee allowed Jamieson to show off his wine collection (like the man himself, between lodgings).

Sunday’s doubles went the other way, with two wins (+10) for the home side.  The singles were 1v2, then 1v1, etc., pitting the ‘equal’ players against each other as the climax. Chris still didn’t have his swing totally in tune, and although he had chances to finish things, Sarah took the game against the serve +2.  Bruce got one ball round against Matt, who took no chances with triples, finishing +17 in clinical manner.  Brian beat Elizabeth, and Jamieson took John most of the way to end with a deficit of three.  So that meant Jersey led 9-7 with only the final four afternoon games left.

Chris was another Matt TP victim, giving Jersey the dormie point, but Bruce managed to beat Sarah against the handicap.  As Brian had beaten John comfortably, all hopes for the home draw rested on Jamieson’s performance against Elizabeth, who was exceeding her own expectations with the form she was showing after two days’ experience of advanced rules, Jaques balls and Edinburgh grass.  The rest of us were ‘home and hosed’ as the nip-and-tuckness continued right up to the time limit, with each player being one turn away from glory so many times.  Finally, however, Jamieson started the turn after time one behind, and managed to string a few hoops together, not enough however to take the ‘T’ off the scorecard.  So that was the equaliser and the match finished 10-10 to the satisfaction of all.

Thanks are due to Jamieson and others for hospitality and catering (lunch at the lawns works best because you really have to leave somebody on guard), to all the Jersey players for their graciousness and friendliness, to us in the Scottish team for playing our part too, to the selectors for picking us, and to the two captains for agreeing to the all-play-all format (it gives more variety, and a close result!).  See you on the island in two years’ time!

2003:

This report is already on the website.

2007:

This report is already on the website.

2009:

This report is already on the website.

 

 

Results:

Scottish names first

1993:     Singles:
Phillip Simpson beat Richard Sowerby
Rod Williams beat Tony Le Moignan
David Appleton beat Martin Hodge
George Anderson lost to Paul Duckworth
Doubles:
Rod Williams & George Anderson beat Martin Hodge & Paul Duckworth +1T
David Appleton & Phillip Simpson lost to Tony Le Moignan & Richard Sowerby
Singles:
Rod Williams lost to Richard Sowerby
David Appleton lost to Tony Le Moignan
Phillip Simpson lost to Martin Hodge
George Anderson beat Hugo Peterson
Doubles:
Rod Williams & George Anderson beat Tony Le Moignan & Richard Sowerby
David Appleton & Phillip Simpson lost to Martin Hodge & Hugo Peterson -2T

1997:     Doubles:
Malcolm O’Connell & Charlotte Townsend beat Matthew Burrow & Paul Duckworth
John Surgenor & Su Stenhouse beat Tony Le Moignan & John J. Taylor
Malcolm O’Connell & Charlotte Townsend lost to Tony Le Moignan & John J. Taylor
John Surgenor & Su Stenhouse lost to Matthew Burrow & Paul Duckworth
Singles:
John Surgenor beat Matthew Burrow, Paul Duckworth, John J. Taylor, lost to Tony Le Moignan
Malcolm O’Connell beat Tony Le Moignan, Paul Duckworth, John J. Taylor, lost to Matthew Burrow
Charlotte Townsend beat John J. Taylor, lost to Tony Le Moignan, Matthew Burrow, Paul Duckworth
Su Stenhouse lost to Tony Le Moignan, Matthew Burrow, Paul Duckworth, John J. Taylor

1999:     Doubles:
Andy Campbell & Jamieson Walker lost to Tony Le Moignan & John Oxley -26
Rod Williams & Charlotte Townsend lost to Matthew Burrow & Sarah Burrow -15tp (MB)
Andy Campbell & Charlotte Townsend lost to Tony Le Moignan & Sarah Burrow -25tp (LeM)
Rod Williams & Jamieson Walker lost to Matthew Burrow & John J. Taylor -2T
Singles:
Andy Campbell beat John J. Taylor +13, lost to Tony Le Moignan -4tp, Matthew Burrow -5, Sarah Burrow -3T
Charlotte Townsend beat John J. Taylor +2, lost to Tony Le Moignan -14tp, Matthew Burrow -23tp, Sarah Burrow -16
Rod Williams lost to Tony Le Moignan -14tp, Matthew Burrow -11, Sarah Burrow -15, John Oxley -6
Jamieson Walker lost to Tony Le Moignan -23, Matthew Burrow -16, Sarah Burrow -22, John Oxley -15

2001:    Day 1: 
Doubles:
Chris Dent & Jamieson Walker lost to Sarah Burrow & John J. Taylor -26
Bruce Rannie & Brian Durward lost to Matthew Burrow & Elizabeth Medway -2
Singles: 
Chris Dent beat John J. Taylor +8
Bruce Rannie beat Elizabeth Medway +23
Brian Durward lost to Matthew  Burrow -4
Jamieson Walker lost to Sarah Burrow -7
Chris Dent beat Elizabeth Medway +22
Bruce Rannie beat John J. Taylor +25
Brian Durward lost to Sarah Burrow -20
Jamieson Walker lost to Matthew Burrow -12tp
Day 2: 
Doubles: 
Chris Dent & Jamieson Walker beat Matthew Burrow & Elizabeth Medway +10
Bruce Rannie & Brian Durward beat Sarah Burrow & John J. Taylor +10
Chris Dent lost to Sarah Burrow -2
Bruce Rannie lost to Matthew Burrow -17
Brian Durward beat Elizabeth Medway +17
Jamieson Walker lost to John J. Taylor -3
Chris Dent lost to Matthew Burrow -17tp
Bruce Rannie beat Sarah Burrow +17
Brian Durward beat John J. Taylor +22
Jamieson Walker beat Elizabeth Medway +4T

2003:    Day 1:
Doubles: 

Fergus McInnes & Jamieson Walker lost to Matthew Burrow & Elizabeth Medway
-23sxp (Burrow)
Bruce Rannie & Duncan Reeves beat John J. Taylor & Richard Sowerby +8T (21-13)
Singles: 
Duncan Reeves lost to Matthew Burrow -25tp
Jamieson Walker lost to John J. Taylor -24
Fergus McInnes beat Richard Sowerby +18
Bruce Rannie beat Elizabeth Medway +26
Jamieson Walker lost to Matthew Burrow -23tp
Duncan Reeves lost to John J. Taylor -24
Bruce Rannie beat Richard Sowerby +25
Fergus McInnes beat Elizabeth Medway +10T (20-10)
Day 2:
Doubles: 
Bruce Rannie & Duncan Reeves lost to Sarah Burrow & Doreen Burrow -11
Fergus McInnes & Jamieson Walker lost to Martin Hodge & Richard Sowerby -8T (12-20)
Singles: 
Fergus McInnes lost to Sarah Burrow -26
Bruce Rannie beat Martin Hodge +13
Duncan Reeves lost to Richard Sowerby -17T (5-22)
Jamieson Walker beat Doreen Burrow +5T (20-15)
Bruce Rannie beat Sarah Burrow +8
Fergus McInnes lost to John J. Taylor -11
Jamieson Walker lost to Richard Sowerby -6T (18-24)
Duncan Reeves lost to Doreen Burrow -2T (12-14)

2007:     Bruce Rannie & David Appleton beat Sarah Burrow & Gavin Carter +26tp (BMR)
Joe Lennon beat Elizabeth Medway +24
Bruce Rannie beat Sarah Burrow +17
David Appleton & Joe Lennon beat Gavin Carter & Elizabeth Medway +24
Bruce Rannie beat Gavin Carter +13
David Appleton lost to Sarah Burrow -9
Joe Lennon beat Elizabeth Medway +20
Bruce Rannie & Joe Lennon lost to Sarah Burrow & Elizabeth Medway -3
David Appleton lost to Gavin Carter -25
Bruce Rannie lost to Sarah Burrow -17tp
David Appleton beat Elizabeth Medway +21
Allan Hawke lost to Gavin Carter -3
Bruce Rannie beat Sarah Burrow +2
David Appleton lost to Gavin Carter -4
Allan Hawke beat Elizabeth Medway +3T (22-19)

2009:     Saturday:
Bill Spalding & Jamieson Walker beat Tony & Paula Le Moignan +1T
James Hopgood & Alan Wilson lost to Richard Griffiths & Richard Sowerby -7T
Bill Spalding lost to Gavin Carter -11tp
James Hopgood lost to Richard Griffiths -13
Jamieson Walker lost to Richard Sowerby -13
Alan Wilson beat Elizabeth Medway +25
James Hopgood & Alan lost to Tony Le Moignan & Paula Le Moignan -3tpoT (TLM)
Bill Spalding & Jamieson Walker lost to Richard Griffiths & Elizabeth Medway -3T
James Hopgood lost to Gavin Carter -14tp
Bill Spalding lost to Richard Griffiths -16
Alan Wilson lost to Richard Sowerby -6
Jamieson Walker lost to Elizabeth Medway -1T (19-19 but agreed as Medway win)
Sunday:
James Hopgood & Jamieson Walker beat Tony Le Moignan & Paula Le Moignan +20tp (JRH)
Bill Spalding & Alan Wilson lost to Richard Griffiths & Richard Sowerby -3
Bill Spalding beat Gavin Carter +26
James Hopgood beat Richard Griffiths +3
Jamieson Walker beat Richard Sowerby +8
Alan Wilson beat Elizabeth Medway +13
James Hopgood & Bill Spalding beat Tony Le Moignan & Paula Le Moignan +10
Jamieson Walker & Alan Wilson beat Richard Griffiths/Martin Hodge & Elizabeth Medway +14
James Hopgood lost to Gavin Carter -25tp
Bill Spalding beat Martin Hodge +6
Alan Wilson beat Richard Sowerby +1T (15-14)
Jamieson Walker beat Elizabeth Medway +15