Welsh CA Match

SCA v Welsh CA – The Celtic Shield

Trophy:  A Celtic Shield donated by Wing Commander Bryn Lewis.

In 1995 the Scottish Croquet Association had a first encounter with the Croquet Association of Wales, which they lost.  Matches took place every year until 1998 and every two years until 2010.  The interval between matches will now be three years.  The scores reflect the numbers of games played.  The current match score is SCA 4, WCA 4, Drawn 2 – there has not been an away win in the series so far.

Match scores:

1995

SCA

5

WCA

14

at Dyffryn

1996

SCA

10

WCA

8

at Bush

1997

SCA

8

WCA

12

at Dyffryn

1998

SCA

10

WCA

10

at Bush

2000

SCA

10

WCA

10

at Dyffryn

2002

SCA

15

WCA

5

at Meadows West

2004

SCA

7

WCA

13

at Dyffryn

2006

SCA

12

WCA

8

at Meadows West

2008

SCA

6

WCA

14

at Dyffryn

2010

SCA

8

WCA

5

at Meadows West

 

The following twenty-three have played in matches against the WCA:

George Anderson

WCA 96

David Appleton

WCA 96 00 08

Tony Brightman

WCA 97

Chris Dent

WCA 02 06

Colin Dinwoodie

WCA 95

Brian Durward

WCA 98

Nigel Gardner

WCA 96

James Hopgood

WCA 10

Jonathan Kirby

WCA 00

Fergus McInnes

WCA 02 08

David McLaughlin

WCA 95

Campbell Morrison

WCA 10

Brian Murdoch

WCA 96 04 06

Malcolm O’Connell

WCA 95 98

Bruce Rannie

WCA 04 08

John Seddon

WCA 04

Malcolm Smith

WCA 97 00

Su Stenhouse

WCA 95 97 98

Martin Stephenson

WCA 06 08

Charlotte Townsend

WCA 96 97 02

Jamieson Walker

WCA 98 00 02 04 06

Rod Williams

WCA 97

Alan Wilson

WCA 06 10

 

Reports:

15 – 16 June, 1995 at Dyffryn:

(Report by Colin Dinwoodie)

This was a poor Scottish performance after a long journey.  The Welsh decided to mix up the opposition, providing seven different players to play 19 matches each of time limit 2½ hours over the two days; this seemed to have the desired effect.  The match score was 14-5 to Wales, Scotland doing particularly badly in the doubles.

The Cardiff club has now been established for a few years in the grounds of Dyffryn House; this is a lovely setting conveniently overlooked by the part of the house which has been turned into a bar to serve the conference centre.  Another attraction for the ladies was the toilet block hidden behind a yew hedge and statue.

The Saturday was very wet all day, but Sunday provided beautiful sunshine which made the 50 mile return journey much more bearable.  We were well looked after and look forward to the return fixture in Scotland next year with perhaps a rather different format (and result).

5 – 6 October, 1996 at Bush:

(Report by David Appleton)

Scotland’s Close Ties With Wales

The SCA had tried hard to select a team to play the Welsh CA at Bush which would provide a close match – they succeeded brilliantly!  The Welsh brought a team consisting of John Grimshaw (3) and Dave Jennings (4) from Dyffryn, Mike Evans (7) from Hull and Bryn Lewis (9) from Bury St Edmunds.  The SCA responded with Brian Murdoch (3), David Appleton (4), Nigel Gardner (6) and George Anderson (8).  The format was two games of singles with No. 1s playing No. 2s, and No. 3s against No. 4s, and then a doubles with No. 1 & No. 4 pitted against No. 3 & No. 4.  On the second day the doubles pairings changed so that No. 1 and No. 2 played together against the corresponding pair.  Then we had the singles (two games again) against the corresponding players.  Got that? No? Well, read it again!

Twenty games were therefore scheduled and the possibility obviously existed that the match would end in a draw.  It certainly set out that way: after the first round of games it was 2-2, and after the second round 4-4.  However the Welsh won both the doubles and went to dinner at The Steading with a useful lead.  Several of the individual encounters had been close) though not of the third kind, the visitors though foreign were not alien): David had had a rare victory by a single point and George had also seen the wisdom of not exerting himself more than was necessary to win by the same margin.

Typical Bush Weather

The first day had been played in very pleasant October sunshine.  The second was distinctly windy, but the tent had been securely tied down and proved a useful shelter, not only from the wind but also from the inevitable rain which arrived mid-afternoon.  The Scots lost both the doubles, the main culprit being David.  When time was called he and Brian were ahead but their opponents were in play and succeeded in drawing level and ending up in position to run the winning hoop next turn.  However both the Scottish balls were about three yards out of A-baulk with a lift available.  Since Brian would have had to run a hoop and David only had to hit the peg, the latter elected to take responsibility; predictably, he missed the roquet.

‘Do It For The Kipper’

The Welsh now had a strong 8-4 lead going into the last lap.  With seven out of eight required the captain gave a stirring team talk (‘Er, chaps, we need to win quite a lot of games now’) and indeed the effect was extraordinary.  By hitting the extreme edge of a twenty-yarder after time David redeemed himself and had another +1T; Brian also came from behind after time for a +3T; Nigel had his best game to date for a +5T; and George, refusing to make it an arithmetic progression, contributed a +11T to level the scores.

There was some inclination to call it a day and a draw, since the rain was now falling, and two of the pairings agreed to stop, but following the team talk, Nigel and Bryn continued.  In his own words, Nigel played a load of rubbish and two brilliant breaks to win, relatively convincingly in the context of this very close series of games, +5.

It was now all down to Brian (aka Barney Mudrock) who was behind but in play when time was called.  Welsh captain John Grimshaw was on peg and 4-back and Brian’s other ball was on penult.  From 1-back Brian got round to run penult with the ball in play to tie – and hit the hampered shot.  He then ran rover – and hit the hampered shot.  In attempting to get John’s forward ball well away from baulk he played some big rolls and left a peg out from about four yards, which he agonisingly missed while his team mates were willing him to play into corner II.  The ball went to within striking distance of John, who hit, but eventually failed to get position for his hoop and the SCA had squeezed through by the narrowest of margins.

It was a good performance by all the side, though only Brian was really likely to take a ball round with a good leave.  David, whose croquet shots at times were immaculate but who frequently stuck in hoops from literally six inches, and George, whose back was troubling him, scraped through their games almost entirely on experience.  Nigel, after a bad start, possibly being caused by being out examining night-navigation the night before, came through splendidly in the end.  (There must be a joke about being all at sea in there.)  And Brian led from the front, destroying his opponents’ morale by refusing to accept the lead before time was called.

1997:

No report has been found.  The Welsh CA beat the SCA 12-8 at Dyffryn.

1998:

No report has been found.  The SCA drew with the Welsh CA 10-10 at Bush.  From this time, the matches became every second year.

2000:

No report has been found.  The SCA drew with the Welsh CA 10-10 at Dyffryn.

6 – 7 July, 2002 at Meadows West:

(Report by Chris Williams, Wales)

The Scottish CA defeated the Welsh CA 15-5 to win the Celtic Shield in their biennial match played over the weekend 6th and 7th July, 2002 at the Meadows West Club in Edinburgh.  The teams were:

Scotland – Chris Dent (-½), Charlotte Townsend (4½), Fergus McInnes (5) and Jamieson Walker (6)

Wales – Chris Williams (-1), Adrian Trickey (4½), Bryn Lewis (9) and Mike Evans (9)

The new Scottish Croquet Centre at Meadows West is situated about a ten-minute walk south of Edinburgh Castle.  They have two, soon to be three lawns at an old bowling club at the west end of the Meadows.  As ever the hospitality of the Scots was superb.  We were treated to a magnificent meal on the Friday evening at Charlotte Townsend’s house. A most enjoyable weekend was had by all.

(Post-script by Charlotte Townsend)

Our teams were a little unevenly matched – we had mistakenly thought the Welsh team was sending slightly lower handicapped players playing at positions 3 and 4.  Considering the fact that our players of handicaps 5 and 6 were playing against Welsh players of handicap 9, there were some closely fought matches.  Once again, it added significantly to the social side of the event that a number of partners (especially on the Welsh side) participated in the evening entertainments.

2004:

This report is already on the website.

2006:

This report is already on the website.

2008:

This report is already on the website.

2010:

No report has been found.  The SCA beat the Welsh CA 8-5 at Meadows West.

 

 

 

 

Results:

Scotland names first

1995:     Doubles:
Malcolm O’Connell & Su Stenhouse lost to John Evans & Stan Harding -1T
Colin Dinwoodie & Dave McLaughlin lost to Paul Pristavec & John Grimshaw -13T
Singles:
Malcolm O’Connell lost to John Evans -24
Colin Dinwoodie lost to Paul Pristavec -16
Su Stenhouse lost to John Grimshaw -14T
Dave McLaughlin beat Stan Harding +8T
Colin Dinwoodie lost to John Evans -4T
Malcolm O’Connell beat Paul Pristavec +21
Dave McLaughlin lost to John Grimshaw -25
Su Stenhouse lost to Stan Harding -4T
Malcolm O’Connell beat David Arthur +8T
Colin Dinwoodie beat John Grimshaw +1T
Su Stenhouse lost to Garry McElwain -14T
Dave McLaughlin lost to Barry Marsh -14T
Colin Dinwoodie beat David Arthur +20
Malcolm O’Connell lost to John Grimshaw -4
Dave McLaughlin lost to Garry McElwain -9T
Su Stenhouse lost to Barry Marsh -1T
Doubles:
Malcolm O’Connell & Colin Dinwoodie lost to David Arthur & John Grimshaw -17

1996:     Singles:
Brian Murdoch drew with Dave Jennings -8T, +16
David Appleton drew with John Grimshaw +1T, -10
Nigel Gardner lost to Mike Evans -3, -12
George Anderson beat Bryn Lewis +1, +11T
Doubles:
Brian Murdoch & George Anderson lost to John Grimshaw & Mike Evans -2
David Appleton & Nigel Gardner lost to Dave Jennings & Bryn Lewis -10T
Brian Murdoch & David Appleton lost to John Grimshaw & Dave Jennings -1T
Nigel Gardner & George Anderson lost to Mike Evans & Bryn Lewis -6T
Singles:
Brian Murdoch beat John Grimshaw +3T, +1T
David Appleton beat Dave Jennings +1T
Nigel Gardner beat Bryn Lewis +5T, +5T
George Anderson beat Mike Evans +11T

 

1997:     Singles:
Rod Williams drew with Chris Williams 1-1
Charlotte Townsend drew with John Grimshaw 1-1
Tony Brightman lost to Paul Pristavec 0-2
Malcolm Smith lost to Bryn Lewis 0-2
Tony Brightman drew with John Grimshaw 1-1
Charlotte Townsend lost to Paul Pristavec 0-2
Rod Williams beat Garry McElwain 2-0

1998:    Singles:
Su Stenhouse lost to Chris Williams 0-2
Malcolm O’Connell beat Paul Pristavec 2-0
Jamieson Walker lost to David Walters 0-2
Brian Durward beat Bryn Lewis 2-0
Malcolm O’Connell drew with Chris Williams 1-1
Su Stenhouse lost to Paul Pristavec 0-2
Brian Durward beat David Walters 2-0
Jamieson Walker drew with Bryn Lewis 1-1

2000:   Singles:
David Appleton lost to Chris Williams 0-2
Jonathan Kirby beat Adrian Trickey 2-0
Jamieson Walker drew with Eric Butt 1-1
Malcolm Smith drew with Bryn Lewis 1-1
Jonathan Kirby drew with Chris Williams 1-1
David Appleton lost to Adrian Trickey 0-2
Jamieson Walker beat Bryn Lewis 2-0
Malcolm Smith drew with Eric Butt 1-1

2002:    Doubles:
Charlotte Townsend & Fergus McInnes beat Chris Williams & Mike Evans +20
Chris Dent & Jamieson Walker beat Adrian Trickey & Bryn Lewis +26tp(D)
Chris Dent & Jamieson Walker beat Chris Williams & Mike Evans +7
Charlotte Townsend & Fergus McInnes beat Adrian Trickey & Bryn Lewis +1T (19-18)
Singles:
Jamieson Walker lost to Chris Williams -24
Fergus McInnes beat Adrian Trickey +19
Charlotte Townsend beat Bryn Lewis +5T (25-20)
Chris Dent beat Mike Evans +18
Fergus McInnes lost to Chris Williams -25tp
Jamieson Walker lost to Adrian Trickey -12
Chris Dent beat Bryn Lewis +26tp
Charlotte Townsend beat Mike Evans +24
Chris Dent lost to Chris Williams -21
Charlotte Townsend beat Adrian Trickey +14T (23-9)
Fergus McInnes beat Bryn Lewis +21
Jamieson Walker beat Mike Evans +12
Charlotte Townsend lost to Chris Williams -13
Chris Dent beat Adrian Trickey +26tp
Jamieson Walker beat Bryn Lewis +13
Fergus McInnes beat Mike Evans +25

2004:    Day 1 Doubles:
Brian Murdoch & John Seddon lost to Chris Williams & Brian Shorney -4
Bruce Rannie & Jamieson Walker beat Garry McElwain & Kevin Ham +1T (21-20)
Day 1 Singles:

Brian Murdoch drew with Chris Williams -1T (21-22), +18
Bruce Rannie drew with Garry McElwain -17, +25
John Seddon lost to Kevin Ham -16T (9-25), -4T (15-19)
Jamieson Walker lost to Brian Shorney -19, -24
Day 2 Doubles:
Bruce Rannie & Jamieson Walker beat Chris Williams & Brian Shorney +9
Brian Murdoch & John Seddon beat Garry McElwain & Kevin Ham +6T (20-14)
Day 2 Singles:
Bruce Rannie drew with Chris Williams +6, -26tp
Brian Murdoch lost to Garry McElwain -9, -6
Jamieson Walker drew with Kevin Ham -12, +12
John Seddon lost to Brian Shorney -10, -6T (16-22)

2006:    Day 1 Doubles:
Chris Dent & Martin Stephenson beat David Arthur & Brian Shorney +23
Brian Murdoch & Jamieson Walker lost to Chris Williams & Mike Evans -18
Day 1 Singles:

Chris Dent drew with Chris Williams +17, -17tp
Brian Murdoch beat Brian Shorney +11T
Martin Stephenson lost to Mike Evans -23
Jamieson Walker beat David Arthur +5T
Brian Murdoch bear David Arthur +23
Martin Stephenson beat Brian Shorney +14
Jamieson Walker beat Mike Evans +14
Day 2 Doubles:
Brian Murdoch & Jamieson Walker beat David Arthur & Brian Shorney +11T (22-11)
Alan Wilson & Fergus McInnes lost to Chris Williams & Mike Evans -16
Day 2 Singles:
Fergus McInnes lost to Chris Williams -14
Brian Murdoch beat David Arthur +16
Alan Wilson beat Mike Evans +8T
Jamieson Walker lost to Brian Shorney -14T (9-23)
Brian Murdoch lost to Chris Williams -14
Fergus McInnes beat David Arthur +22
Alan Wilson lost to Brian Shorney -4T (18-22)
Jamieson Walker beat Mike Evans +8T (23-15)

2008:   Day 1 Doubles:
Bruce Rannie & Martin Stephenson beat Chris Williams & Kevin Ham +22
David Appleton & Fergus McInnes lost to Paul Pristavec & Garry McElwain -13
Day 1 Singles:
Bruce Rannie beat Garry McElwain +14
David Appleton lost to Chris Williams -19
Fergus McInnes lost to Paul Pristavec -25
Martin Stephenson lost to Kevin Ham -11
Bruce Rannie lost to Chris Williams -15tp
Martin Stephenson lost to Garry McElwain -1
David Appleton beat Paul Pristavec +8tp
Fergus McInnes beat Kevin Ham +16
Day 2 Doubles:
David Appleton & Fergus McInnes lost to Chris Williams & Kevin Ham -16
Bruce Rannie & Martin Stephenson lost to John Evans & Garry McElwain -25
Day 2 Singles:
Martin Stephenson lost to John Evans -23
Bruce Rannie lost to Chris Williams -3tp
Fergus McInnes lost to Garry McElwain -7
David Appleton beat Kevin Ham +4
Bruce Rannie lost to John Evans -14
Martin Stephenson lost to Chris Williams -26tp
David Appleton beat Garry McElwain +16
Fergus McInnes lost to Kevin Ham -1T (22-23)

2010:    Singles:
Campbell Morrison beat David Richards
James Hopgood beat David Richards
Campbell Morrison beat Elmyr Hughes
Alan Wilson lost to David Walters
James Hopgood beat David Walters
Campbell Morrison lost to David Richards
Alan Wilson beat Elmyr Hughes 2-0
James Hopgood lost to Elmyr Hughes
Campbell Morrison lost to David Walters
Alan Wilson lost to David Richards