This Tournament is an informal one-day Association Croquet singles competition held at Watford. It is primarily for club members and is not in the CA calendar, but there may be a few players invited from other nearby clubs in order to make the numbers up.
|Title:||September One-Day AC Tournament||AC One-Day Tournament
results by year:
|Date:||Saturday 14 September 2013|
|Number of places:||12 Entries so far: 12. NOW FULL|
|Format:||Flexible Swiss, 4 rounds
18-point games (variant 44(b)(4) in the Laws book), 2-hour time-limit per game.
Mixed formats: Level Advanced, Handicap Advanced or simple Handicap, with the higher handicap player choosing in each game.
The weather forecast before the event had suggested that it would be a rather wet affair in the morning, but in the event there was no rain at all and the worst the players had to contend with was rather long wet grass from a downpour the previous night. The sole visiting player, Gabrielle Higgins of Hampstead Heath, was fresh from her participation in the World Championships in August and winning the Spencer Ell Cup only a week earlier. At -1½ she was in a handicap league of her own amongst the crowd of Watford players, who ranged from 2½ up to 24 for Janet Carleton, the only other lady participant. Negotiating her way through the forest of bisques arrayed against her, Gabrielle gallantly tried every possible opportunity to execute a quadruple peel, but unfortunately none was forthcoming on the day; while at the other end of the handicap spectrum Janet Carleton also gamely opted to play all of her games Handicap Advanced and was rewarded with three good wins.
Brian Havill (8) and John Smallbone (4) both made good progress, and by the end of the third round were the only two players on 3 wins out of 3, so the final round saw them playing each other for the tournament title - a manager's dream with no worries about complicated tie-breakers. Electing to play just a simple handicap game, Brian had established a solid lead, but as the time limit approached sent striker's ball off the lawn in a long take-off when both his balls were for peg and peg. John took the opportunity to make a few more hoops but was unable to catch up before time expired, so the game and the title went to Brian.
Meanwhile Mark Homan (7) had cleverly opted to play Level Advanced against 6-handicappers in two of his three wins, thereby gaining 11 index points for each win instead of 10, and the extra 2 index points were sufficient to win him the second prize for the largest net index point gain amongst the remaining players.
|Handicap||Level Advanced||Handicap Advanced|
Handicap change: John Smallbone 4 to 3½