Scottish Short Croquet Championship 2016

21 August 2016, Kinross

Local knowledge and reserves of added horsepower, when needed, in overcoming Kinross’s very slow but ‘interesting’ lawns assisted in Alistair Malcolm’s winning of the 2016 Short Croquet Championship.

Play commenced at 10am under a cloudy sky that soon brightened to give a great day’s weather.  We broke for The Green Hotel’s fish and chips lunch at 1.30pm and resumed play an hour later.  Play concluded around 6pm with the shield and a bottle of wine being presented to the winner.

An excellent day’s croquet, enjoyed by all.

Alistair Malcolm

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Walker Cup 2016

20 August 2016, Meadows

Jola Jurasinska was the winner of the 2016 Walker with Roger Binks coming a very close second.

Due to good player cooperation in being prompt and in helping set out the lawns play commenced, on time, at 9:30am.  The format for this year’s tournament was 4 rounds of 18-point games, played on full lawns to a handicap base of 10, with handicap allowances adjusted as detailed in 6th Edition Laws, Appendix 8, Schedule 1.  Play continued throughout the morning under milky skies with a heavy down pour starting at 1.20pm.  The rain was so heavy that Lawn 1 became partially flooded, but play continued due to Joe and Brian’s valiant efforts with the squeegee and blade.

Congratulations to Jola, a worthy winner and for achieving a handicap reduction to 10.

Alistair Malcolm, Manager

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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.

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Spalding Trophy 2016

27-28 August 2016, Knightswood

Eleanor Spalding presenting the Spalding Trophy to Bill Strachan and John SurgenorThe inaugural Spalding trophy took place at Knightswood, the new home of Glasgow Croquet Club, on the weekend of 27/28th August 2016. Eight teams from all over Scotland and even an English dweller came to compete in an alternate stroke doubles competition, played with no bisques under advanced rules with the added advantage that either player could start a turn. Double banking was used as two of the four lawns still need a good bit of work to bring them up to the standard that we need for good competitive play.

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West of Scotland Championship 2016

1-2 October 2016, Knightswood Park

Jamieson WalkerJamieson Walker won the West of Scotland after being undefeated on the Saturday and losing only one game on the Sunday.  The tournament was played using the Egyptian format with games lasting 2½ hours.  Most competitors had six games over the weekend.   It was possible to conclude the event with a final played between Jamieson Walker and Richard Sparrow with both being on three wins.  The final went to time with Richard finding it difficult to find a winning break.  Jamieson ended up winning +9 on time.

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