CROQUET RYDE’S dominance of regional croquet was completed last week as league competition drew to a close.
The Ryde Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, already celebrating their victory in the Level Play League of the Southern Croquet Federation, were also popping corks after coming third in the handicap league, and second in the doubles’ league.
The club also sent a team to take part South East Federation Golf Croquet Level Play League in Eastbourne.
The doubles pair of Roy Tillcock and Robin Thornton won over three games but Roy and the singles players, Richard Harris and Dave Willett, won all their matches for a 6-1 result. This, coupled with a similar result against Woking at home and a walkover against Dulwich, meant Ryde has also won this competition overall.
Southern Federation Champions Finals
Ryde received an invitation for the inaugural Southern Federation Champions Finals which were held at Hamptworth Country Club last week.
Richard Harris was nominated to take part in both events and produced good results.
On the Tuesday, ten golf croquet players from the whole of the region took part in block play followed by semi finals and finals. Richard was runner up in his block with three wins, losing out by one hoop to the eventual winner, Richard Jenkins from Hamptworth. Richard (3) lost 7-5 to Chris Roberts (0) from Phyllis Court, Henley in the semi final and to Jan Johnston (5) from Dogmersfield in the play-off.
Wednesday morning was very wet and windy which did not make for ideal playing conditions for association croquet. Going into the final and fourth round there were four contenders — Richard, Paul Wolff (4) from Blewbury, Roger Barnacle (8) from Dogmersfield and Chris Roberts (3) from Phyllis Court.
Richard beat Paul and this put him equal with Chris with an overall score of plus 16 without having played each other. This would have been decided in the fifth round but the players ran out of light, but in any case Roger Barnacle won his final match and obtained an overall score of plus 17 to win the tournament, with Richard joint second.
End of Season Play
Members have taken advantage of fine weather to continue the season well into October.
The section was able to organise a week of coaching from one of the country’s top coaches, Cliff Jones. Many members took advantage of the opportunity and have shown improvements in both golf and association croquet.