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17th June - Ryde win Solstice

Report from Richard Harris at Ryde
Home pair Alan Truckle & Roy Tilcock (pictured right) won ythe the SCF's Annual GC Doubles Tournamnet today
As near as possible to the longest day, this annual Golf Croquet Doubles competition for 2012 was hosted by the Ryde Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club on 17th June.  Unfortunately it was also Fathers’ Day, so there may have been a reluctance to release husbands and dads for a day out on the Isle of Wight, as well as the distance for those in the north of the region in Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

The visitors were welcomed by a glorious day, with the courts having received an early morning cut thanks to Philip Kennerley, and the Club looking wonderful.  Representatives from Phyllis Court, Henley, were Terje Johanasen and Charlie Von Schmieder, the defending champions, together with Chris Roberts and Frances Colman.  Thames Valley Club, Abingdon was represented by Jim and Valerie Pertwee with Norma Rayne and Gerald Mitchell.  An entry from Harlow unfortunately came too late, so with four pairs from Ryde, the field consisted of eight teams with each playing all the other teams in a single block.  Games consisted of a single 13 point game with a time limit of 45 minutes.

The defending champions, Phyllis Court 1, started well and won their first three matches, despite being pushed hard by the Ryde 4 pair of Pamela Sim and Joan Grove, who were unable to make the tie break hoop.  Terje and Charlie then played the Phyllis Court second team of Chris and Frances, and were held to a 6-6 draw on time.  At lunch they were ahead of the field with 3 wins and a draw.

Meanwhile, Ryde 1, Alan Truckel and Roy Tillcock had lost the second game to Norma and Gerald by 6 to 7, and had drawn 4-4 with Ryde 2, Robin Thornton and Dave Willett.  The surprise of the morning was Ryde 4, Pamela and Joan, beating Robin and Dave by 7-6.  Ryde 3, Richard Harris and John Sim had two wins after a shaky start.

Two more games after lunch left three teams at the top of the leader board.  Phyllis Court 1, Ryde 1 and Ryde 2 all had 4 wins and a draw each, with the first two due to play each other.  Ryde 1 went ahead taking the first three hoops.  Defensive play slowed down the scoring and just before time, Charlie ran hoop 7 with red to make the score 5-2 to Ryde.  On time there were 8 more shots allowed and Roy played black to just in front of hoop 8 to give him a scoring chance with his last shot.  Alan decided to shoot at hoop from a distance with blue and only succeeded in clearing his partner ball!  Even so Ryde 1 had won.

Meanwhile, Robin and Dave were playing Phyllis Court 2 and had been forced to a tie break 13th hoop.  After an exchange of positioning and clearances, Robin eventually made the winning run from the middle of a cluster of balls in front of the hoop.

The result was then a tie between Rye 1 and Ryde 2 with 5 wins and a draw each, the draw having been between the two of them in the morning.  As previously announced, this meant a count back on hoops with the higher hoop difference being the winners. Ryde 1 had scored + 15 and Ryde 2 were slightly behind with + 11, so Alan and Roy were declared the winners.

The trophy, now renamed the Norma Rayne Solstice Challenge Cup, to honour her long service organising Golf Croquet events in the Southern Federation, was presented by Norma herself.


1.  Ryde 1                Alan Truckel and Roy Tillcock                        5 ½     (+15)
2.  Ryde 2                Robin Thornton and Dave Willett                     5 ½     (+11)
3.  Phyllis Court 1     Terje Johanasen and Charlie Von Schmieder   4 ½
4.  Thames valley 1   Jim Pertwee and Valerie Pertwee                   4
5.  Ryde 3                Richard Harris and John Sim                         3
6.  Phyllis Court 2     Chris Roberts and Frances Colman                2 ½
7.  Ryde 4                Pamela Sim and Joan Grove                          2
8.  Thames Valley 2  Norma Rayne and Gerald Mitchell                  1
23rd June - Winchester & Hamptworth Axis scoop Armada

Report from Rita Nunn at Winchester
Gary Yates (Winchester) and Sue Bradley (Hamptworth) teamed up to head six pairs at this season's AC Doubles Touranment.
Home pair Keith MacKenzie-Ross and Glynis Hassell stumbled at the last hurdle to finish runners-up.
16th July - Miserable weather hampers league fixtures
Several fixures in both our AC & GC Leagues were postponed this week but most competitions are progressing nicely.
See the League Buttons (left) for Results and latest Tables.
1st July - Roger Barnacle wins Six Lawns Tournament
Roger Barnacle (pictured right) won coverted Six Lawns AC Trophy today, beating a field of over 20 with an international flavour this year.
Taking good advantage of Hamptwoth's four lawns to enarge the event on last season, organiser Richard Stevens invited memebers of Dublin's Carrick Mines Club to enter.
In the end though, local talent prevailed and Barnacle, of the Dogmersfield and Winchester Clubs, emerged victorious after three days play also hosted by Winchester and Littleton.
7th July - Region's Second GC Ascot Cup Tournament falls to weather
The Wiltshire GC Open hosted by Hamptworth fell victim to this month's likely record rain fall and met the same fate as the cancelled Ryde GC Open three weeks ago.
5th August - Paul Wolff wins Hamptworth AC Tournament
Blewbury's Paul Wolff (right) found the fast courts at Hamptworth to his liking once again, as he won this weekend's AC Tournament ahead of a field of 12.
In a close final against hitherto undefeated Keith MacKenzie-Ross from Winchester, Paul pulled clear in the closing stages afier spending most of the game with score tied or thereabouts.
The tournament was expertly managed by host Richard Stevens, who had attracted competitors from 9 different Clubs; some of whome had traveled a jolly good way to take part.
Along with defending cup holder from Watford Geoff Johnson and Woking's Michael Hague, if there had been a long distance prize it would surly have gone to Johnothan Toye all the way from Norfolk.
And so Paul Wolff can add this Hamptworth Cup to the Peels that he also won at the lovely Wiltshire Club. Well done Paul!
10th August - League season enters last three weeks
As the SCF Leaagues season closing date nears, Leagues Manager Frances Colman reminds all Clubs that only matches completed
by 31st August will qualify for League Table calculations. You can see the current standings via the 'GC Leagues' button (see left).
17 & 18th August - Raymond Wood wins first 'Smokey's Cup'
Phyllis Court's first Croquet Association GC 'B' Level Tournament for 'Smokey's Cup' proved a huge success and ended with victory for Raymond Wood of the host Club.
Holding off a challenge from 15 other players from 9 different clubs, Wood ended the two day event with just 3 defeats, once the all play all format had been completed.
This gave him a clear 'two wins' margin of victory over his nearest rivals Richard Keighley (Wingrave) & Dan Ellis (Eyensham) and he was all smiles when recieveing 'Smokey's Cup' from the man himself, Phyllis Court Croquet President Smokey Eades.
Andrea Huxley from (Guildford) blazed a trail on the first day but fell away on the second, whilst 'surprise packages' were Ivo Ponting (White Horse) and highest handicapper
Janet Trueman (Hamptworth), who both exceded their seeding position handsomly. The final finishing order is listed below:
From far left:  Raymond Wood of Phyllis Court recieving congratulations as winner from Club President Smokey Eades, Richard Keighley (runner-up), Dan Ellis (3rd) Michael Wiles (4th), Andrea Huxley (Gulidford, the early leader).
11 & 12th August - Richard Dickson wins the Wiltshire GC Open at Hamptworth
The re-arranged Wiltshire Open was won bt Richard Dickson from host club Hamptworth.
The AC specialist beat John Spears (Blewbury amongst others) in the final and Mike O'Brian (Ashby) took 3rd place ahead of Helena Fensome (Phyllis Court)
Richard duly qulaifies for the pretigious English National GC Singles Chaampionship (The Ascot Cup) to be held at Hurlingham on 22nd-23rd September.
He joins another SCF player Chris Roberts of Phyllis Court in qualification.
1st Raymond Wood       (Phyllis Ct - 12 wins)
2nd Richard Keighley   (Wingrave - 10)
3rd Dan Ellis                  (Eynsham - 10)
4th Michael Wiles        (PhylisCourt  - 9)
5th Ivo Ponting           (White Horse - 9)
6th Mike Fensome      (Phyllis Court - 9)
7th Andrea Huxley          (Guidford - 9)
8th John Cundell   (Leighton-Letch. - 8)
9th Don Rutherford    (Phyllis Court - 8)
10th Richard Jenkins (Hamptworth - 7)
11th Janet Trueman   (Hamptworth - 7)
12th Steve Fisher             (Harwell - 6)
13th John Kennedy   (Phyllis Court - 6)
14th Dilys Earnshaw (Phyllis Court - 6)
15th Hugh Crook        (Phyllis Court - 4)
16th Ann Ellis                  (Eynsham - 0)
19th August - Blewbury's Suzan Tilbrook qualifies for National HC Final
Blewbury's Susan Tilbrook won through the Southern Area Final of the All England GC Handicap Competition held at Haptworth today. And as an extra feather in her cap, her outsatnding play earned her a handicap reduction couresty of Competition Director Chris Roberts and fellow CA Handicaper Simon Carter. Roberts of Phyllis Court was assited in management by fellow SCF Committee member Frances Colman and the pair congratulated Hamptworth on again producing such good courts and facilities. Colman will be managing the National Final at Colchester CC on 22ns - 23rd September. Sadly the four other players from SCF Clubs (two each from Phyllis Court & Blewbury), failed to qualify, so Tlbrook will be flying a loan SCF Flag at the National Final.
23rd August - Winchester reach National GC Inter-Club Final
Winchester were just too strong for Phyllis Court today and beat them convinsingly 5 - 0 (with two rubbers tied).
Fielding a formidable line-up of two scratch players (Nigel Hind & Robert Barnacle) and two AC specialists playing of GC handicaps of 2 (James Tutiet & David Nicholson), Winchester out gunned Phyllis Court on paper and then on grass as well.
PCC's Chris Roberts drew his singles rubber with Tutiett after failing to seal victory with an apaulingly short shott to the 13th, and together with MIke Fensome, the visiting pair managed another draw in the doubles. Barnacle was taken to a third game by Helen Fensome but eventually won that rubber and it was straight games wins in all the other singles ties, with Frances Colman taking Nigel Hynd to the 13th hoop but eventually falling just short.
Winchester will now play in the National Final on 29th Sept. at a venue to be decided, and they will face either Ashby or Dulwich.

  5th September - All AC League Winners Announced
  From Steve Woolnough - SCFAC Adv. League Organiser

  BLEWBURY                Won the AC Advanced League

  Going into the final match, a win for Reading would have seen Blewbury and Reading tied on 3 points, with the first of the tie break rules that could potentially divide them being the number of tps,
  currently at one a piece.
  After a quick +26tp finish for Steve Woolnough against John McMordie, a win for Andy Myers against Bob Harris would have given Reading the title (I don't think Andy or Bob were aware of the situation).
  Andy had the first break to 4back, but Bob got in and eventually got to 'peg and peg' with an untidy leave, with Andy still 1&4b.
  Andy hit in and eventually embarked on a break with his backward ball until, in his words he "blobbed Rover".
  Bob pegged out to win +6 and Blewbury were Champions!

  From Martin Brandt - SCF AC Handicap League Manager
  Although we are still awaiting one result for the Northern Division and two for the Southern Division, the winners are decided.

  PHYLLIS COURT        Won the Handicap League North *
  LITTLETON                Won the Handicap League South *

  Congratulations to those  teams. They will now need to arrange a play off *FINAL to decide the title of Southern Federation AC Handicap Champions for 2012. The Champions will then enter the
  National Secretary's Shield competition next year (each Federation enters a team). This competition is run by the Croquet Association and we have a good track record over recent years.
  (See the match results and final league table via the 'AC Leagues' button on the left)

  7th September - All GC League Winners Announced
  From Frances Colman - SCF Golf Croquet Leagues Manager
  I am pleased to report that all Golf Croquet League matches now have a final outcome with the following results:-

  WINCHESTER            Won the GC Level League                  - as there was a 3 way tie, Winchester win on the number of games won between the tied teams.
  HAMPTWORTH          Won the GC Handicap League South*
  PHYLLIS COURT ‘B’  Won the GC Handicap League  North* - as advised at the beginning of the season, *The Final will take place at Hamptworth n Friday 28th September – 1100 start.
  RYDE                         Won the GC Doubles Only League

  All Trophies will be presented at the AGM to be held at Winchester on the 24th November 2012. (1030 start unless advised otherwise).
  Please contact me, Frances Colamn (                                       ) or Chris Roberts (                                  ) if you have any queries.
  I look forward to seeing you at the Golf Croquet 'End of Season Wash-up Meeting' to be held at Winchester CC on Saturday 10th November, 1030 start.
  (See the match results and final league table via the 'GC Leagues' button on the left.)
9th September - Play Croquet in the Winter at Hamptworth
From Janet Trueman at Hamptworth - Does your Croquet Club close for Autumn/Winter?  Would you like to go on playing during these months?
At Hamptworth we keep our 4 excellent lawns open throughout the year (except in the worst weather conditions!) and in response to enquiries from players in the region regarding Winter membership, we are pleased to be able to offer croquet membership running 1 October to 31 March (6 months) for £95.
Many of you will know we enjoy excellent facilities at Hamptworth, including the all day Clubhouse bar and restaurant. We have both AC and GC Club days throughout the week, and coaching is available to members.  Lawns are normally available on most days of the week for members to book, though our popular AC and GC weekend events throughout the winter occupy two weekends each month.
For further details, please contact Janet Trueman (Croquet Club Secretary) at or 01722 325410.
10th September - AC Handicap Final Date Set
The Final of the AC Handicap League Competition between the winners of the North & South Divisons (Phyllis Court & Littleton respectivly), has been fixed now to play alongside the GC Final at Hamptworth on Friday 28th September.

17th September - Oxfordshire runners up at GC Inter-Counties
Oxfordshire pushed Kent all the way to their victory in the GC Inter-Counties Championship yesterday, but fell just short by one match win.
A terrific start on Saturday saw Oxon, as joint leaders overnight along with Kent and Glamorgan, and this was such a turnaroungd from the low finishing position of last season.
TJ Johansen (1) lead the team of fellow Phyllis Court players Chris Roberts (1) and Helena Fensome (2), and county stalwart John Spiers of Surbiton (1) completed the line-up.
Charlie von Schmeider (1), also of Phyllis Court, boslstered the team on Sunday, which saw Leicestershire came into the fray to finish third just behind Oxon, by dint of one game win achieved in the very last round.
But in the end, everyone conceded to Kent as the best team and worthy winners.
Hampshire from our region also took part but their Ryde / Winchester combination had restluts go against them.

- More Winter play at Winchester
More winter play oportunites have just been announced, this time by Nigle Hind of Winchester.
His Club will be hosting a seires of 'One Ball' Tournaments, once a month.
See the 'Upcoming Events' panel on the front page.

23rd September - Roberts beats Fulford but lucks-out at English National Champs (Ascot Cup)

Chris Roberts (Phyllis Court) will be boring everyone sencesless all winter with the tale of his shock defeat of five tme World AC Champion, Robert Fulford, at the English National GC Championships (aka.The Ascot Cup') at Hurlingham this weeknd.
Unfortunatly that 10-4 win was one of only two wins all tournament and Roberts left disaponted by his efforts and four 'Golden Hoop' defeats (three 9-10s and one 7-6). As the heavy rain puddled on two adjoining courts, Fullford went on to contest the final and was defeated 2-1 by Stephen Mulliner. (Roberts in action, pictured by Harry Midgley)

                           - Tilbrook at All England GC Handicap Finals as CA Manager Colman oversees
Meanwhile at Colchester, Frances Colman (Phyllis Court) was managing the All England GC Handicap Finals for the CA and Susan Tilbrook of Blewbury was in the field this weekend.
Fresh from her impressive display at the Area Final at Hamptworth, which earned her a handicap reductuon, Susan should be pleased with her first defence of that rank and her 6 wins from 15 matches record that earned her 10th place over all. Tobi Savage of Ramsgate won the event with only one loss in his 15 games. (Frances is pictured here officiating at last season's GC World Cup) ....waiting on a photo of Susan Tilbrook

19th September - Eynsham's Tony Newport wins CA's 'Grass Roots'
It's just come to notice that Tony Newport af Eynsham won the CA's 'Grass Roots' competition on the 8th September.
The CA's web site reports: Sixteen finalists from no less than eleven clubs from all over the country competed for the Grass Roots trophy (at Northampton CC), a GC competition for high handicap players, (range 9 – 12). All the players had fought their way through club elimination rounds and regional finals to reach this National Final stage of the competition. On a day which saw almost perfect weather for croquet, with warm sunshine throughout, seven rounds of progressive doubles produced four leaders who then went on to a four player knock-out stage. Tony Newport beat David Widdeson from Bishop Monkton CC in the final by 7-2.

29th September
Phyllis Court & Hamptworth win H'cap League Finals

The Finals of our two Handicap Leagues were played side by side on Hamptworth's excellent and fast courts yesterrday.
The hosts prevailed over Phyliis Court 'B' in the GC Final but the Henley club did just enough to defeat Littleton in the AC Final.
First to complete their programme were the GC players, where an even 2-2 lunchtime scoreline had preceded an uncharacteristic slip from Phyllils Court, & Hamptworth sprited away to 7 singles successes & an impressive 9-3 victory.
In the AC, it couldn't have been more different, as Phyllis Court took a commanding 3-0 half time lead into the four singels games that remained.
Harry Midgley then added the crucial fourth win to secure the title, which was just as well because Littleton fought right back to take the other three rubbers.
So that one eneded 4-3 to a relieved Phyliis Court who duly qualify to represent the SCF in the National Secretary's Shield competition in  2013.

Frances Colman presented both trophies on behalf of the Southern Croquet Federation, also managed both Finals, refereed and was 'duty photographer' to boot!
Top left: AC Winners Phyllis Court - Michael Wiles, Peter Honey, Harry Midgley & Chris Roberts
Bottom left: AC runners-up Littleton - Peter Wingent, John Ambrose, Peter Fry & John Spens
Top right: GC Winners Hamptworth - Richard Jenkins, Janet Trueman, Vic Stillwell & David Cooper
Bottom right: GC runners-up Phyllis Court 'B' - Mike Fensome, John Chalfont, Raymond Wood & Mary Gaynor
30th September - Winchester lose in National Inter- Club Championship Final
Ashby (fielding three scratch players) beat Winchester in the final of the 2012 Golf Croquet Inter-Club Championship despite Winchester putting up a stiff fight in the morning rubbers and gaining a 2-1 lead at lunchtime.
There is a very long report by Tim King on the CA website (go to 'Golf Croquet' and scroll down to the 30th September entry)
These are the bare results however (Ashby names first):
Will GEE (0) & Tim KING (0) lost to David NICHOLSON (2) & James TUTTIETT (2): 7-5, 4-7, 5-7
Rachel ROWE (0) beat Jo BURNABY (3): 7-3, 7-4
Mike O'BRIAN (1) lost to Roger BARNACLE (0): 5-7, 4-7
Will GEE beat David NICHOLSON: 7-4, 7-4
Tim KING beat James TUTTIETT: 7-5, 7-5
Rachel ROWE beat Roger BARNACLE: 7-0, 7-2
Mike O'BRIAN beat Jo BURNABY: 7-4, 7-1

10th November - End of season/pre 2013 season Golf Croquet meeting
Frances Colman again chaired the meeting that attracted a smaller turn out that last season's 'wash-up' meeting, perhaps because only some fine tuning was required to the arangements for next season's Leagues programme.
There are some IMPORTANT rule clarifications and format change for the Level League - Click this button to read all:

17th November - 2013 Solstice date
Frances Colman anounced that the 2013 Solstice Challenge Golf Croquet Doubles Tournament will be held at Thames Valley CC on FRIDAY 14th June.

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