28 June 2014, Meadows
As there were ten entrants for this year's Tournament, the event was run using the Egyptian System to allow seven rounds to be played and still leave time for a short lunch break.
Jamieson had sourced small flat lollipop sticks and these were trialled, with some success, to use in exchange for free turns. I note James appears to be in the minority of those who prefer the pleasure of strolling the lawn to pull markers.
By the end of the fifth round, John Graham remained unbeaten and was comfortably leading the points table. However, in round six he lost a game and going into the final round he, George Geis and Janice Duguid were on 115, 112 and 110 points respectively. Although they all recorded wins in their final game, it was John who prevailed and received the plaudits for winning the Tournament.
Read more: Golf Croquet Handicap 2014
14-15 June 2014, Glasgow
An eleventh hour entry by Brian Durward brought the number of entrants in this year's tournament to six. Brian was making a welcome return to competitive play after a work-enforced absence of some 10 years.
Although this is a level play tournament, the entrants were ordered by current handicap and, thanks to a David Appleton design, then went on to play in a seeded American Block.
At the end of day 1, Robert Inder was the sole player not to have lost a game, although he had required a golden hoop to win against Hamish.
After the penultimate round on the Sunday morning, with Joe beating Robert I. and Janice beating Brian, we were left with the possibility of a three way tie. However, Brian showed signs of his fast-returning form by then beating Robert I. whilst Joe beat Robert Lay and Janice came from behind to beat Hamish in her final turn.
While Janice and Joe both finished on four wins, Janice won the Tournament by dint of having beaten Joe in their particular tie.
Congratulations to Janice and also to Joe, who deservedly reduced his handicap to 9.
Read more: Middle Bisquers 2014