AC Association Croquet

Friendly Since 2003, each season the Club has arranged a 5-day tour of the South West region with matches against different clubs in the region each day, and with 4 nights staying at Butcombe Farm, a local B&B.

Tour organiser: Mark Homan.

The 2005 tour was the usual highly enjoyable affair, notwithstanding having to play in rain for at least part of the time on 4 of the 5 days, but the evening cuisine in various pubs near Butcombe Farm easily made up for the daily soaking. The tour ended in particularly dramatic style on the last day at Dyffryn when the last two games, double-banked on the same court, both went to time with the final turn bringing the scores level, so that both games had to be decided by sudden death. One game went to each side leaving Watford the narrow winner of the match, and so in the end Watford finished the tour with wins in 4 out of 5 matches.

Tour results by year:

Tour photos by year:
Date Opponents Venue Results (Watford names first)
Thu 28 Jul Swindon Away

LOST 2-6

(Net index points: -20)
Ian Parkinson (3½) &
Simon Hathrell (4)
lost to Wheeler (18) &
Turner (18)
-12 H
Mark Homan (7) lost to Cliff Cardis (10) -25 H
John Bee (8) lost to Diana Trott (12) -7T H
Bill Gillott (12) lost to Chris Marjason (16) -9 H
John Bee (8) &
Bill Gillott (12)
lost to Wheeler (18) &
Turner (18)
-8T H
Ian Parkinson (3½) lost to Ian Megaw (7) -19 H
Simon Hathrell (4) beat Cliff Cardis (10) +17 H
Mark Homan (7) beat Chris Marjason (16) +9 H
Fri 29 Jul Bristol Away

WON 7-3

(Net index points: +40)
Ian Parkinson (3½) beat Hamish Hall (3½) +15 H
Simon Hathrell (4) beat Margaret Peña (4) +23 H
Mark Homan (7) beat Anthony Camacho (11) +6 H
John Bee (8) lost to Meriel Ellerby (12) -3T H
Bill Gillott (12) lost to Rashid Joomun (14) -8T H
Ian Parkinson (3½) beat Margaret Peña (4) +21 H
Simon Hathrell (4) lost to Hamish Hall (3½) -8T H
Mark Homan (7) beat Rashid Joomun (14) +6 H
John Bee (8) beat Anthony Camacho (11) +6T H
Bill Gillott (12) beat Meriel Ellerby (12) +16T H
Sat 30 Jul Nailsea Away

WON 6-4

(Net index points: +20)
Ian Parkinson (3½) beat Peter Dyke (4) +5T H
Simon Hathrell (4) beat Pat Long (5) +5T H
Mark Homan (7) beat Jim Field (9) +10 H
John Bee (8) lost to Ian Telfer (10) -15 H
Bill Gillott (12) lost to Mary Barnes (14) -13T H
Ian Parkinson (3½) beat Pat Long (5) +1T H
Simon Hathrell (4) beat Peter Dyke (4) +6 H
Mark Homan (7) lost to Ian Telfer (10) -19 H
John Bee (8) lost to Mary Barnes (14) -19 H
Bill Gillott (12) beat Jim Field (9) +8T H

Handicap change: Simon Hathrell 4 to 3½
Sun 31 Jul Bath Away

WON 6-2

(Net index points: +40)
Ian Parkinson (3½) beat Roger Bell (6) +7T H
Simon Hathrell (3½) lost to Derek Stoaling (7) -23 H
Mark Homan (7) beat Bob Whitaker (10) +3 H
Bill Gillott (12) beat David Perkins (12) +15 H
Ian Parkinson (3½) lost to Bob Whitaker (10) -25 H
Simon Hathrell (3½) beat Roger Bell (6) +5T H
John Bee (8) beat David Perkins (12) +10 H
Bill Gillott (12) beat Nick King (18) +7T H
Mon 1 Aug Dyffryn Away

WON 6-4

(Net index points: +20)
Ian Parkinson (3½) beat David Scott (4) +17 H
Simon Hathrell (3½) lost to Stan Harding (9) -4T H
Mark Homan (7) beat Sue Mackay (10) +11 H
John Bee (8) beat Stan Salt (12) +12 H
Bill Gillott (12) lost to Jim Clancy (12) -7T H
Ian Parkinson (3½) beat Stan Harding (9) +18 H
Simon Hathrell (3½) beat David Scott (4) +14 H
Mark Homan (7) lost to Stan Salt (12) -22 H
John Bee (8) beat Jim Clancy (12) +1T H
Bill Gillott (12) lost to Marian Clancy (18) -1T H

Statistics (Watford players)
 
Name Singles
W-L
Doubles
W-L
Total
W-L
Ian Parkinson7-20-17-3
Mark Homan6-30-06-3
Simon Hathrell6-30-16-4
John Bee4-40-14-5
Bill Gillott4-50-14-6

Totals
27-170-227-19
Key:
H Handicap