Golf Croquet Handicap 2017

18 June 2017, Meadows

Thought it might be a good idea to enter a GC tournament.  Imagine my surprise when I entered and was then asked to manage the event.  The event was played in glorious sunshine throughout the day at the Meadows Croquet Club. The lawns proved quite testing as they seemed to have developed some very subtle borrows in places.  Nine entries were reduced to eight with a late withdrawal on the Sunday morning.  It was decided to play an all play all round robin (7 rounds), time permitting, which we almost managed with only four matches unplayed.  My apologies to Brian as two of them involved him, but the sixth round proved very difficult to arrange.  It soon became apparent that Rosemary was the one to beat as she comfortably won her opening matches.  Robert and Lorna took her close but Bill was the only one to beat her (admittedly after she could not be caught on matches won).

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CA of Ireland v SCA 2017

13-14 May 2017, Carrickmines

The Scots were holders of the trophy, having won convincingly last year and sent a strong team to Dublin in the hope of retaining it. Their two leading players had minus handicaps.   It was the Irish who were first out of the blocks, however, winning all three doubles games on Saturday morning and this lead was extended to 7-2 after the first round of singles in the afternoon, with victories for Evan (with 2 tps), Jane, Nathaniel and Jack. The Scots rallied in the next round and at the end of the day the Irish lead was reduced to 9-6.

After a very enjoyable dinner at the Gables on Saturday evening, hostilities resumed on Sunday and the Scots kept on their roll, winning all the doubles games, so the final round of singles on Sunday afternoon left all to play for. Most of these games were very tight affairs - Evan and Nathaniel each winning his game on time and Jane only losing to John Surgenor 26-23.  At the end of the day, the match score was 12-12 (see below for full scores) after a most exciting match and Scotland had retained the Appleton Trophy.

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