Wilkinson Sword 2016

24 July, Kelvingrove

The 2016 Wilkinson Sword inter-club doubles tournament which was played on good quality, but at times very damp, lawns was won by the Aberdeen and Crathes pairing of Bill Strachan and Brian Clark.  With a good entry of six teams a round robin with five rounds of 14 point games, each lasting 1 hour 30 minutes, was used. Throughout the event Strachan and Clark played very positively and in three of their matches they scored a maximum of 14 points in time.  Their standard opening was turn 1 - Oppo puts a ball on the east boundary;  turn 2 - Clark puts a ball just south of hoop 2;  turn 3  - Oppo joins up on the East boundary;  turn 4 - Strachan shoots at the two balls on the East boundary and with bisques (he also hit in at times) takes his ball to the peg.

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Summer Weekend 2016

2-3 July, Balgreen

Alan Wilson won the Summer Weekend AC Handicap tournament.   Seventeen players met at Scotland’s newest croquet club, Balgreen, to compete for the Summer Weekend Quaich.   Balgreen has two lawns but were able to hire the other two bowling greens to create a four lawn venue.  The courts were fairly slow (the bowling greens were timed at just under 7 seconds on Sunday evening) but flat with no noticeable hills with the balls bobbling a bit on the two croquet courts.   The weather was changeable on Saturday varying from warm sunshine to pouring rain but improved on Sunday although there was a gusting wind for much of both days.

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Spring Weekend 2016

30 April - 1 May, Kelvingrove

The SCA Spring Weekend was played at Kelvingrove in changeable weather conditions.  During Saturday the weather went from hail which lay on the ground for a good 15 minutes to bright sunshine.  Sunday was consistent: damp and cold.  The event was run as an Egyptian and contested by thirteen players from Aberdeen, Auchincruive and Kinross plus the usual crowd from the central belt. The event was won by Roger Binks of Meadows. He could have been pipped by local lad Richard Sparrow, if Richard had managed to beat Alistair Malcolm of Kinross, but Alistair won the sudden death finish in their game and Roger was the overall winner.

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