RESULTS - ASSOCIATION CROQUET
SCF League Final vs. Winchester
The deciding game between the Northern and Southern groups was won convincingly
by Blewbury. Nick Butler did well to peel his opponent through two hoops before
pegging him out, which changed the complexion of that game. John Spiers had a
lucky roquet to snatch a victory from what looked like certain defeat.
1st Mary Rose Final vs. Nottingham (A)
didnít begin well as Jolyon was quickly beaten (-19), and Nick had to watch helpless
as his ball in the doubles was pegged out. Both sides then had plenty of opportunities
to win the game before Kit finally ran the last hoop but kept everyone on the
edges of their seats as he needed two attempts to peg out (+5). Attention then
turned to the other lawn where John was contesting an even closer match. Again
both players were doing their best not to win but John scraped home by the skin
of his teeth (+1). The lunch break saw us 2-1 up but it could so easily have been
3-0 down, so a few pints of muscle relaxants were needed to calm the nerves and
we went out again with renewed confidence. The difference in play was incredible
with Kit racing to victory (+21) closely followed by Nick securing the vital 4th
point without giving his opponent a chance (+26). The turn-around in form was
completed by Jolyon cruising home (+19). The only blemish of the afternoon was
Johns scrappy game where this time it was he that was piped to the post (-2) but
by then the cup was secured and celebrations had begun.
- Nick Butler (2) & Kit Jackson (2.5) beat Peter Death (1) & Gordon Hopewell
- John Spiers (4) beat Rick Davies (4.5) +1
- Jolyon Kay
(7) lost to Richard Huxley (3.5) -19
Butler beat Peter Death +26 Kit Jackson beat Gordon Hopwell +21
Spiers lost to Richard Huxley -2
- Jolyon Kay beat Rick Davies +19
27th Mary Rose Cup Semi-Final vs. East Dorset (H)
lunchtime score was 2-1 in our favour. Deirdre Cochrane had a close game but eventually
was overcome by Julie Hudson. In the afternoon, fortified by lunch at the Red
Lion, the Blewbury team hit top form and Nick Butler secured a CA Gold Medal with
a Triple Peel. The final score was 6-1.
Kit Jackson (2.5) &
Nick Butler (2) 26- Roy ** (1.5) & John Crowe (2)
Spiers (4) 26-13 Jonathan Wood (4.5)
Cochrane (8) 20-26 Julie Hudson(3.5)
Butler 26- Roy
26-23 John Crowe
Spiers 26-3 Julie Hudson
Cochrane 26-10 Jonathan Wood
September 17 th
tournament was run as 14 point contests with a 90 minute time limit. The final
game between Nick & Avril and Jim & Prue was a tense decider that was
level when time was called.
Butler & Avril Rangoni-Machiavelli
Bartlett & Prue Adams
Spiers & Simon Jones
Spear & Bernadine Shirley-Smith
Jackson & Christabel Jones
27/8th Founders Cup
tournament was run again on an Advanced Rules level play basis. Six players entered
and played a Round Robin. Most games went according to handicap but Benson Spiers
and Stuart Parks, in their first Advanced Rules event, managed a few surprises.
The former also came closest to defeating the holder, Nick Butler.
21st Mary Rose Cup vs. Woking (H)
lunch we had secured a 3-0 advantage and were feeling comfortable but wtihin one
hour of the afternoon session we were behind in al games and Nick Butler had suffered
a rare defeat. The team rallied and the eventual score was 5-2 in our favour.
Top performancew of the day was Deirdre Cochrane's fine win against an opponent
five handicap steps higher. The semi-final will be against East Dorset, who knocked
us out of the Longman Cup earlier in the month.
. Kit Jackson (2.5) &
Nick Butler (2) 26- Andrew Dutton (1.5) & Nick Harvey (3.5)
Spiers (4.5) 26-1 Steve Battison(4.5)
Cochrane (8) 26-20 Geoff Cottele (3.5)
Butler -26 Andrew Dutton
Jackson 26- Nick Harvey
Spiers 26-15 Geoff Cottele
Cochrane 20-26 Steve Battison
Advanced League vs. Winchester
Our final match in the league. A draw overall was enough to guarantee us the league
Nick Butler (2) 26-1 David Nicholson (0)
Kit Jackson (2.5)
21 - 26 David Hind (1.5)
Longman Cup vs. East Dorset
fast lawns of Parkstone were bound to cause problems for Blewbury. In the morning
our doubles pairing were overwhelmed but the singles matches were closely fought.
We seemed likely to extract at least one win but after time had been called both
games were lost by a single point. In the afternoon we needed to emulate the Australian
cricket team and then go further. It looked encouraging after an early win but
ultimately the task proved too great. 5-2 to Parkstone and the end of our quest
to retain the Longman Cup.
John Spiers (4.5) &
Benson Spiers (12) 9-26 Jonathan Wood (4) & David Kendrick (11)
Cochrane (8) 14-15 David Williams(12)
Parks (10) 18-19 Peter Shepheard (7)
Spiers (4.5) 26-12 Jonathan Wood (4)
Cochrane (8) 15-19 Peter Shepheard (7)
Parks (10) 20-13 David Kendrick (11)
Benson Spiers (12) 12-22 David Williams(12)
League vs. Harwell
the first time this season Blewbury failed to win but a 2-2 draw was more than
sufficient to ensure that the club finished top of the Northern group.
Advanced League vs. Aldermaston
Butler played sublimely and achieved a comfortable win in little over an hour
with a triple peel included. John Spiers played progressively worse but was saved
by his opponent suffering from an exceptinoal number of hop jawsing incidents.
This win gives Blewbury 6 out 6 with 2 more to play in this league.
(3) beat John McMcMordie (0) +24TP
John Spiers (5) beat Bob Harris (2) +10
League vs. Eynsham
3-1 victory for Blewbury to maintain the unbeaten record. All matches were played
at Blewbury pending completion of the Eynsham courts.
16th Inter Village Tournament
One of Four teams of four took part in a round robin of 14 point doubles games
on a superb summer's day. Hagbourne yet again placed their name on the trophy.
Hagbourne (Stuart Parks,
Kit Jackson, Nick Balshaw, David Spear) won 5/6
(Nick Butler, Deirdrte & Malcom Cochrane, Paul Wolff) won 4/6
(Ian & Barbara Anderson, Steve Boddy, John Spiers) won 3/6
(John Munro, Jim Bartlett, Simon & Tim Jones) won 0/6
13th SCF Advanced League vs. Hamptworth
opponents very kindly matched us against opponents with much higher handicaps.
Nick Butler proceeded rapidly to a comfortable win but John Spiers took almost
an hour and a half to run the first hoop before finding a semblance of form. This
result maintains the club's 100% record in league matches during 2005.
Butler (3) beat Richard Stevens (8) +22
John Spiers (5) beat Jonathan Lacey
2nd Mary Rose Cup vs. Sussex
first match in this competition drew us against one of the strongest clubs in
the south but home advantage was again a crucial factor. A 2-1 advantage at lunch
eventually stretched to a 5-2 final result
. Kit Jackson (2.5) &
Nick Butler (3.5) beat Simon Tuke (1.5) & Alan Cottle (3) +16
Spiers (6) beat John Scrase (4.5) +20
Kay (8) lost to Gene Mears (3.5) -15
Jackson beat Simon Tuke +22
Butler beat Alan Cottle +22
Spiers beat Gene Mears +19
Kay lost to John Scrase -5
28/9thSCF League vs. High Wycombe
One of the away matches had to be abandoned following a torrential thunderstorm
but ultimately the match was settled in our favour.
26thSCF League vs. Oxford University
Last year's league title holders were unbeaten in the current year and after our
defeat in 2004 we were thirsty for revenge. The Home team secured a 2-0 advantage
in the morning and the Away team achieved the same result a few hours later to
put us top of the table.
25th Friendly vs. Hurlingham
a day of heavy rain the Blewbury courts required even more powerful biceps than
usual and this proved to be a big advantage for the home side. Nevertheless, a
thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all. Blewbury won the Singles matches in the
morning 3-1 and both of the doubles games after a memorable lunch at Hall Barn.
22nd SCF Advanced League vs. Reading
first match in this new event was held at home. Nick Butler quickly hit form and
emerged a reasonably comfortable winner in little over an hour's play, despite
failing to make a triple peel on this occasion. John Spiers had a more uneven
match which could easily have gone either way but eventually secured a result
to give the club a perfect start in the competition.
Nick Butler (4) beat Steve
Woolnough (3) +19
John Spiers (6) beat Jonathan Wood (4.5) +5
19thRoger Cambray Memorial Shield
on a blisteringly hot day, as usual in the gardens of Hall Barn. 15 entrants fought
out a closely fought group stage in which no player was unbeaten and also no player
failed to score at least one win. The semi-finals were contested by Deirdre Cochrane
& Benson Spiers and Nick Butler & John Munro. In the final Benson Spiers
eventually emerged as a comfortable winner after some tense initial hoops once
Nick Butler's normally reliable touch deserted him.
18thLongman Cup vs. Harwell
The first defence of the Longman Cup pitched us against neighbours, leading to
mixed loyalties for several members. In the morning the doubles games was very
close but eventually decided in our favour, giving us a 3-0 cushion. The afternnno
proved equally successful and Blewbury ran out 7-0 winners.
Nick Butler (4) &
Stuart Parks (12) 26-20 Mike Duck (8) & Jim Bartlett
Cochrane (9) 26-15 Gerald Mitchell (7)
Spiers (7) 26-6 Steve Fisher (16)
Butler (4) 26-21 Gerald Mitchell
Cochrane (9) 26-14 Steve Fisher (16)
Spiers (7) 26-15 Mike Duck (8)
Parks (12) 26-7 Jim Bartlett (16)
8thSCF League vs. Aldermaston
Our SCF programme got off to a perfect start with a whitewash of Aldermaston.
The difference in pace of the two courts was a talking point. Both of the away
teams found it difficult to adapt, with the exception of Benson Spiers who played
very tidily. At home, play was temporarily suspended when the irrigation system
Six players participated (seven if you include Neil Morrison who subbed for Mike
Duck on Sunday). They were split into groups of three. Nick Butler was in superb
form on Saturday completing one Triple Peel and only just missing with another.
In the Final, however, he made more mistakes than in the whole of the rest of
the weekend, gifting numerous chances to John Spiers, who fluffed all but the
last - a missed roquet after completing two thirds of another Triple. Deirdre
Cochrane won the 3rd place play-off.
- Nick Butler 26-1 Jolyon Kay
Kay 26-22 Mike Duck
- Nick Butler 26-6 Mike Duck
- Nick Butler 26-3 Deirdre Cochrane
Spiers 26-13 Jolyon Kay
- John Spiers 26-2 Deirdre Cochrane
Spiers 26-16 David Spear
- Deirdre Cochrane 26-7
Spiers 26-18 Nick Butler
Cochrane 26-16 Jolyon Kay
9thOne Ball Tournament
Thirteen players took part in a Swiss style tournament. There was a close battle
between Simon Jones, David Spear and Henley Spiers. Ultimately the latter prevailed.
RESULTS - GOLF CROQUET |
10th All England Handicap Heat
players took part in this eliminator for the regional final. Despite a cut in
his handicap from 4 to 2 on the eve of the event, Benson Spiers was on superb
form and remained unbeaten over eight games. The runner up position was closely
contested between Kit Jackson, Henley Spiers and Nick Butler with the latter eventually
shading it. |
3rd Inter Club Tournament, Quarter Final
trip to the fine and fast courts of Surbiton was our reward for beating the champions
in the previous round. Sadly, our plans were disturbed shortly before the weekend
with Gerald Mitchell's unexpected and shocking hospitalisation. John Munro stepped
into the breach and acquitted himself honourably. The match was always tight but
in the end we went down by 3-4.|
Spiers lost toGraham Brightwell, 6-7, 6-7
Spiers beat Dave Mooney 7-1, 7-1
- John Munro &
Nick Butler lost to Don Beck &Shamir Patel, 5-7, 5-7
Spiers beatGraham Brightwell, 7-4, 7-3
Spiers beat Dave Mooney 7-2, 6-7, 7-6
- Nick Butler
lost to Don Beck, 4-7, 5-7
- John Munro lost to
Samir Patel 4-7, 7-6, 3-7
win. Blewbury players: Jim Bartlett, Prue adams, Ian & Barbara Anderson.|
vs. High Wycombe
win. Blewbury players: John Munro, Jim Bartlett, Kit Jackson, Steve Boddy.|
vs. Phyllis Court
draw, with Nick Butler & Jim Bartlett's wins counterbalancing Brian &
Daphne Simpsons's defeats.|
15thInter Club Tournament, 1st Round
our first appearance in this level play tournament we drew the holders, mighty
Colchester with handicaps ranging from minus 2 to minus 4. Three of their players
are ranked in the UK top 25. Remarkably, we were ahead at lunch, 2-1 and by squaring
the afternoon games we made it through to the quarter final against Surbiton.
Encouragingly, all of our players contributed to a memorable win.|
Spiers lost to Dick Strover, 5-7, 1-7
- John Spiers
beat Jack Wicks 6-7, 7-4, 7-3
- Gerald Mitchell
& Nick Butler beat Chris Sheen & Paul Strover, 1-7, 7-4, 7-3
Spiers lost to Dick Strover, 2-7, 4-7
Spiers beat Jack Wicks 7-2, 7-2
- Nick Butler beat
Paul Strover, 7-6, 7-4
- Gerald Mitchell lost to
Chris Sheen 7-2, 7-3
Eight players contested a 'round robin'. Benson Spiers, playing in his first Golf
Croquet tournament, was undefeated. John Spiers was runner up.
Barbara & Ian Anderson were the winners out of four teams, coming back from
5-2 down in the final game.