Aberdeen Tournament 2016
10-11 September 2016, Albury and Westburn
Jim Wilson of Keswick won the Aberdeen & Crathes handicap weekend beating Brian Durward in a close final. Both players had looked strong in their blocks, winning three games each, and Jim went on to beat the Block 4 winner, David Houston in one semi-final. Brian looked as though he was going to lose to Keswick bandit Tom Ryan in the other semi-final, but a turn after time to take his second ball around won him the applause of the admiring spectators and a spot in the final. With Jim’s train departure looming the time limit was reduced to an hour and a half but in fact this wasn’t needed with both players playing well. A missed pegout by Jim gave Brian a good chance towards the end when he hit the remaining ball, but a missed short roquet at penult was fatal and Jim hit and finished. Janice Duguid won the block runners up prize of a bottle of SCA wine, beating Brian Clark in the final.
There was a lively tournament dinner at the RNUC on the Saturday evening, with an excellent fish pie and some almost raucous singing led by Rock Choir member Jim. The lawns were a delight to play on, especially in the balmy weather enjoyed all weekend, and it was generally agreed that the Westburn lawns were “the fastest lawns in Scotland”. Thanks to the Aberdeen & Crathes club for their wonderful hospitality and to the ladies of the club for the catering during the day, especially the delicious home made cakes. Thanks also to assistant manager Bill Strachan and scorer Alan Wilson for putting up the results on Croquet Scores.
Jane Morrison, Manager
Jim Wilson beat Brian Durward +12
Brian Durward beat Tom Ryan +3
Jim Wilson beat David Houston +17
Janice Duguid beat Brian Clark +10
Janice Duguid beat Jane Morrison +7
Brian Clark beat Jola Jurasinska +5
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|Block 2||JD||BD||SS||SR||CH||Wins||Net points||Position|
|Block 3||AW||JW||JW||BC||RB||Wins||Net points||Position|
|Block 4||RS||DH||JJ||BS||Wins||Net points||Position|