This Tournament is a one-day Association Croquet singles competition held at Watford and open to members of the national Croquet Association. It is also listed in the CA fixtures calendar.
|Title:||Watford One-Day AC Tournament||Watford AC Open Tournament
results by year:
|Date:||Saturday 6 June 2015|
|Number of places:||12|
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|Trophy:||The Alfred Purvis Memorial Cup (current holder: Gary Bennett)|
|Entries:||Allocation: 1 April. Closing: 31 May.
Entries should be submitted using the standard CA Tournament entry form.
If you have a preference between Level Advanced and Handicap Advanced, please remember to indicate this with your entry.
|Entry fee:||£8. Cheques payable to "Watford (Cassiobury) Croquet Club".|
|Format:||Two independent blocks:
Block 'A': Level Advanced (4 to 8 players, subject to entry)
Block 'B': Handicap Advanced (4 to 8 players, subject to entry)
In the Level Advanced block Gary Bennett was trying win his third consecutive title, but his hopes were dashed in the first round when he unexpectedly lost by 1 on time against Alan Clark. The other games in rounds 1 and 2 went more or less according to the form-book, and so the final ended up between Terry Mahoney and Bryan Harral. This proved to be a closely contested affair. After some to-and-fro Bryan gained the upper hand, but when reaching 4-back on his second break decided that he ought to be doing some peels to save lifts, and so tried to peel his other ball, then also for 4-back, from a difficult position and without an escape ball. The peelee stuck on a wire leaving Bryan hampered and unable to run the hoop, so he had to run and hide in a corner. Terry hit the 7-yarder he had been left, picked up a break to gain the innings and his second break around, and eventually won +5 for the title.
Meanwhile on an adjacent court Gary Bennett nearly managed to salvage some consolation in the third round for his first-round defeat by almost completing a standard tp. The third peel went through nicely on the way to 3-back, and with all the balls in place for a routine break to finish it looked to be in the bag. But the demons were busy, and Gary was thwarted by sticking in the jaws of 4-back. Too bad. But his lead was already too great for his opponent to recover, and Gary ended up with a regular +22 win to salvage 2/3 and second place for the day.
The consolation prize for the largest net index-point gain amongst the losers went to John Smallbone.
In the Handicap Advanced block Carole McLoughlin emerged the winner with 3 out of 3, narrowly avoiding the need for the manager's nightmare 3-way tie-breaker with Robin Barry and Robert Skeen, when she managed to beat Robin +1 on time in a tense golden-point finish as the evening shadows encroached.
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Handicap change: John Smallbone 3½ to 3, Jonathan Toye 6 to 7