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  Come and watch the Biggest Match at PCC for two years 

Phyllis Court v Dulwich ~ Sunday 29 July

National GC Inter-Club Championship semi-final

Featuring international players Charlie von Schmeider (PC) and Pierre Beaudry (Dulwich), and six other players in the UK top 60.
The best croquet quality you will see this year right on our own courts - come along to support Your Club team in our second only appearance in the national semi-finals.
Play will start at 1000, break for lunch at 1300 to 1345, and conclude at about 1700.

A big crowd is expected, so to be sure of a seat, bring your own deck chair!

   18 July - Robert Mulligan

   It is with sadness that we tell you that long standing croquet member Robert Mulligan has died. Our condolences go to his widow and fellow croquet member Jane and this difficult time.

   Robert was primarily an AC player and for some years was a stalwart of the weekly AC mix-in sessions.
   He has his name on the Zia Stirling Cup (for the High Handicap Singles at the Summer tournament) as its 1999 and 2007 winner, sadly before my time in AC.
   In recent years Robert and Jane spent some considerable time in New Zealand but, with failing eyesight, his croquet playing career ended a while ago now.
   Brian Bucknall will doubtless be able to add more about Robert in due course.  - Chris

22 July - Von Schmieder plays for Ireland in Home Internationals

Charlie von Schmieder (left) was on good form this weekend playing for Ireland in the GC Home Internationals at Surbiton.
He started well winning his (best of three) singles rubber 2 - 0 against Wales and repeated the feat against Scotland with doubles wins in the two matches which Ireland both won.
England turned the same trick to set up a last round decider with Ireland.
von Schmieder got the middle game off England's 'most improved player' Jonathan Powe in intimate defeat and our man shred his singes rubber as well, but it wasn't enough to stop England retaining he title inaugurated last season.
Ireland came second behind England with Wales third and Scotland collecting wooden spoon.
von Schmeider will be in action for Phyllis Court in next Sunday's BIG MATCH v Dulwich.

23 July - AC Spring Tournament (Senior class) rests on Coates v Roberts decider

The AC Summer Handicap Tournament (Senior class) took place today in the blistering sun.
The final game of the 'all play all' format turned out to be the decider between the tow undefeated players Robin Coates and Chris Roberts, and this was put on ice untill another tome as the heat of the day took it's toll.

23 July - High Wycombe bets PCC 'B'

PCC 'B' lost in the handicap leage today - details to follow . . .

24 July - Christmas beats Shirley to AC Summer Tournament (Junior Class) title

Mike Christmas (left) won a close two game match on 'hoop points' from Edmund Shirley to decided the AC Summer Tournament (Junior class) title today.
Shirley won their first game +2 but more went right for Christmas in the second game and he pegged-out just before time for a winning margin of +11, so won the match by +9. He is pictured here with the lovely Zia Stirling Cup.
26 July - Probert wins 8+ Singles - a very well supported tournament

It came as complete surprise to Madeleine Probert that she had won the second running of our 8+ Singles tournament today.
But when she finished her six game programme with only one loss, only Michael Christmas had the same record and Probert had beaten Christmas in their 'head to head' game earlier in the day - so she won the event on the 'who beat whom' rule.
This was a very well supported tournament with 14 players that included (very pleasingly, several who were beginners this April.
One of those Bill Pitkeathly, was the only one to take a game off Probert and he ended on 4 wins from 6, one behind the top pair.
Christine Searle got the same score and finished third overall thanks again to her 'head to head' win over Pitkeathly.
But it is commiserations to Christmas and congratulations to Probert who celebrates this her first singles tournament win.
Full scores here:

We have a new National Champion in our midst!
Roger Goldring won the National Veterans' Championship title today at the end of a gruelling three day tournament under the scorching Sussex Sun.
He managed to get through the block stage but not without a couple of unexpected losses, to qualify for the last eight knock-out and came up against the much improved Liz Farrow from the host club Sussex County CC at Southwick near Brighton.
She and Goldring stood at one game each at the end of the second day and our man got the deciding win early this morning (7-3, 4-7, 7-5)
The semi-final should have been a real test on paper against the higher ranked Nelson Morrow of Hulingham, but Goldring produced some of his best play this season to beat Morrow with unexpected ease in the first game and then with rather more of a challenge in the second (7-2, 7-6).
And so to the final which was (rather pleasingly) against a good friend of Phyllis Court, neighbour Ian Shore of High Wycombe - (Ian comes to PC fairly often as a reciprocal member of the RAF Club).
Roger and Ian spar very often in training together both at PC and Wycombe and know each others games well, but this time it was all Roger and he took the final match 7-3, 7-5.

* Roger is the second current Phyllis Court member to win this title - Terje Johansen won it in 2011.
Carole Jackson has also won it, in 2013, but that was a couple of years before she joined Phyllis Court.
due to waterlogged courts
due to waterlogged courts

    29 July - Robert Mulligan (funeral arrangements)

   Further to the sad news of 18 July (see below), the arrangements for Robert's funeral have now been announced:
   2pm, Thursday 9 August at The Fairmile Chapel, Henley
   The Service will be followed by a private burial.
   Afterwards refreshments will be served at Phyllis Court.
   Family flowers only please, but donations will be gratefully received for the charities Centre Point and Operation Smile.
30 July - Wood retains 80+ singles title

Raymond Wood had three close shaves at 7-6 but emerged with a perfect 5 out of 5 victory record to retain the 80+ Singles tournament title that he won last year.
Six players took part today on a thankfully cooler day than we have endured in recent weeks.
With he exception of Wood, the other players all took wins against each other leaving the winner decided even before the last round.
Ralph Chambers was a clear runner-up with three wins and the rest of the field all scored one or two.
Full scores here:
29 July - Jansson, Fensome and Haydon also rained off at the Wiltshire Open

Three Phyllis Court players also had a rain affected weekend when the Sunday rains put paid to day two of the Wiltshire Open at Hamptworth, near Salisbury.
Helena Fensome (who plays her tournament croquet using her former name Jansson) won 5 out of 8 on Saturday to qualify for the last eight knock-out the following day, so it was especially unfortunate that the tournament was abandoned.
Mike Fensome scores three wins and Peter Haydon two.
29 July - Big Cup game rained-off

It was such a shame today that our much-anticipated big National Inter-Club Championship semi-final had to be postponed because of the waterlogged courts.
We had everything ready hoops in new holes, programmes printed, scoreboard arranged and even the centre-pegs had been re-coloured - but it wasn't to be.
A new re-arranged date is being sought with Dulwich.
1 August - PCC (AC) beat Roehampton

Our Association team scored a good 5-2 win over visitors Roehampton today in our annual friendly encounter.
It was all the more friendly as the Roehampton were lead by former PC member Peter Honey and it was god to see him back on our courts.
The morning doubles were shared one game each when Chris Roberts and Raghu Iyer own their but the visitors overhauled Richard Peperell and Frances Colman with the last turn of their game.
After lunch Roberts beat his opposite number in fairly quick time and then scored a repeat victory in an extra game between the pair.
Peperell got a very good win against the lower handicapped Honey, Colman lost her singles in another close finish, and captain Iyer won with a bit to spare
PCC (AC): Chris Roberts (0), Richard Peperell (5), Frances Colman (9), Raghu Iyer (12)