Association Croquet - Newport Croquet Club Tournament Advanced Play

On 25 August Cesar Mirander-Reyes won the Advance Play tournament event by beating Dan Neale by +2 and +24 in a best of three final. A Glass Goblet was presented to Cesar by the Chairman at the on Thursday 25 August in the club house.

Friendly match against Meldreth - golf croquet

On Tuesday 23rd August Newport Croquet Club played host to Meldreth on a very warm Tuesday for a friendly match specially arranged for new players and those not accustomed to playing competitively. Newport got off to a cracking start winning seven of the first eight matches. However, sunstroke must have set in thereafter as the post lunch break games went seven to one to Meldreth. So the match ended up all square at eight games each but with Newport being declared the winner as they had run ninety-seven hoops to Meldreth’s eighty-eight. The day was deemed to be a great success as an introduction to competitive play with a return match being arranged for 30 August

A trio of Events for the Club 22-24 July 2016
The sun shone at the weekend for three events for Newport Croquet Club.

On Friday 22 July the Elms golf croquet team went to Enfield to play in the East Anglian Croquet Association league match. Despite very closely contested games, Enfield East came out the winnter by 7 games to 11.

On Saturday a 'b' class golf croquet competition was held at the Newport club. This is a level play tournament for players with a handicap of 3 - 8. Ten individual players competed with people coming from Colchester and Bury St Edmund's clubs. When the total number of wins was counted Roy Darling and Pam Hopper came out top with a win of 7 each so a deciding game was played with Roy being the winner.

On Sunday friends and family joined members for social play followed by a delicious strawberry tea.

Pam Hopper from Colchester concedes the match to Roy Darling

Golf Croquet Friendly match at Letchworth 18 July 2016
 A warm and friendly welcome awaited the Newport croquet Club players who arrived at Letchworth on Monday for a friendy golf croquet match of double play.   As double partners were changed for each game this was an opportunity for players new to competition to play in doubles matches with and against other novices and experience low handicapped players. On a lovely sunny day at Letchworth Tennis and Croquet Club the resulting score came out as a very friendly seven wins for each team.

On Friday 17 June Newport Association Croquet team continued their bright start to the season following their earlier win against Chelmsford by beating Bury St Edmunds by six games to one. After a slow start which saw Bernard Yallop and Francis Lambert lose the doubles, the two of them changed gear in the afternoon to join their team mates in a clean sweep of the six singles matches. The next fixture is away at Ipswich next month.Ian Lines from Stamford in Lincolnshire, who represented Great Britain in the 2013 World Croquet Championships won the Newport Croquet Club Association Croquet Open Championship last weekend.

National Croquet Day Sunday 5 June. Two pictures taken on our Open Day

     The next generation?







     Fran with two visitors

Golf Croquet Friday 3 June

Newport Oaks v Enfield East. Despite the threatened rain the competitive match was an enjoyable friendly one. The singles matches resulted in an even score but the two doubles matches were lost to Enfield.

Back row - Newport: Francis Lambert and Maureen Goodchild.  Enfield: Brian Sturt and Des Taylor.       Front row  - Newport: John Sibson, David Manley.  Enfield Tony Elliott and Henry Hobbs.

UK International wins Newport Croquet Tournament. (28 & 29 May)
Ian Lines from Stamford in Lincolnshire, who represented Great Britain in the 2013 World Croquet Championships won the Newport Croquet Club Association Croquet Open Championship last weekend.

On the way to his ‘five matches from six” victory he beat fellow East Anglian Internationals Jack Wicks (Colchester) and Jonathan Kirby (Norwich), loosing only to Mark Avery (Ipswich) in a field which included 5 of the UKs top 20 players.

UK top 10 player David Maugham narrowly missed achieving the 100th sextuple peel of his career (the ‘147’ of croquet) in his first match on Saturday morning. This involves making all twelve hoops and the peg with your playing ball while at the same time peeling your partner ball through its last six hoops and then pegging that out as well – all in the same break. David succeeded in making all 18 hoops but failed to get a good rush on his partner ball for the peg out after hoop 12.

Golf Croquet Friday 27 May

The start of the golf croquet league competition began for the Newport Club with their two teams, the Oaks and the Elms, competing against each other at Newport.  The fine weather and the intense but friendly competition between the two teams resulted in the Oaks winning the singles games and the two doubles games being drawn giving the Oaks the overall win. The Elms intend to reverse the score when they play a return match later in the season.

back row - the Oaks team - Peter Cowper,Tim Ham, Maureen Goodchild, John Sibson
front row - the Elms team - Clive Cassidy, Roy Darling, Bob Leeds, Colin Carr

Soup Lunch  Wednesday, 6 April.

Over 30 people arrived to enjoy the now traditional start-of-season soup lunch.
Despite the heavens opening just as players were going onto the lawns a session of social played followed and was enjoyed as the sky brightened.
In the morning new members took the opportunity to join David Manley for a coaching session.

Reports from previous seasons can be found by clicking on the appropriate year in the Archives