AC Association Croquet

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: Open One-Day AC Handicap Advanced Tournament
See also the Open Level Advanced Tournament
Watford AC Open Tournament
results by year:

Handicaps: AC: 16-
Date: Saturday 16 June 2018
Number of places: 8
(though this might be increased if the 3rd and/or new 4th courts are ready for play in time)
Secretary: Email: Simon Hathrell   click on link to send an email
Phone: 01923 241582
Address: please ask, or log in and obtain it from the CA member's directory
Manager: Simon Hathrell
Trophy: Current holder: John Bee
Entries: Allocation: 9 April. Closing: 9 June.
Those who wish to enter and pay online may do so through the CA website in same way as entering a CA Tournament.
Alternatively, postal entries should be submitted together with entry fee using the standard CA Tournament entry form.
Entry fee: £8.
Pay online (see above) or by cheque to the secretary, payable to "Watford (Cassiobury) Croquet Club".
Format: 3-round Swiss, 26pt Handicap Advanced games, 3-hour time-limits per game.
 

Tie breakers: (1) Wins vs. those tied, (2) Wins within time, (3) "Quality of wins", (4) Net hoops.

Notes:

  1. Play starts at 09:30, and players must be prepared to play three games in the day.
  2. Refreshments and a light tea are provided free of charge but please bring your own lunch.
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With only two courts in operation this year the usual Handicap Advanced block in the annual open tournament had been moved into a separate 1-day tournament, which allowed the capacity for double the entry compared with previous years. So this year there were 8 players, with handicaps ranging from 2 to 11.

The weather was warm and fair. After quite a prolonged period without significant rain the Watford courts had become dry and quite tricky in places, so it took a while before the players acclimatised to them. The hoops were firm and set to 1/16", and breaks proved quite difficult with several occasions when players croqueted balls off the court.

The first round saw wins for Carole McLoughlin, André Machell, Robin Barry and Mark Homan. Even the normally quick players André and Mark failed to beat the clock - rare events indeed - with only Robin managing to complete his game within the 3-hour limit. But after lunch everyone had become more accustomed to the conditions, and in the next two rounds only one game went to time. In round 2 Sophie McGlen in particular was in fine form with a convincing win against Quiller Barrett, and André and Robin also both won again to set up the final between them.

In the third round Quiller found top form in his game against Geoff, and although Geoff hit in on turn 3 and managed to make a couple of hoops, Quiller then used a bisque to set up a break which he took round in impeccable style without further mishaps. It was not Geoff's day for long-range shooting, and Quiller soon used his large stack of remaining bisques to polish off the game +24. Meanwhile in the final between André and Robin, in spite of some accidents along the way including an elegant but unfortunate cross-wiring at 3-back (see photo), Robin's bisques also proved decisive and he emerged triumphant +11 to take the title. André was the tournament runner-up, having beaten both the other two players finishing on 2/3, and Sophie won the consolation prize for the best "significant" peel - a peel of rover on her partner ball after running hoop 5, and the only peel of the day which was both intentional and in accord with orthodox peeling tactics!

Report and photos by Simon Hathrell