AC Association Croquet

The club stages an internal one-day Association Croquet One-Ball Tournament early in the season. This year however it had to be postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic, and then postponed again because of bad weather, so instead it is on Wednesday 9th September (NB: revised date).

The One-Ball game is a variation of Association Croquet in which each side only has one ball instead of two. In other respects the normal rules of Association Croquet apply, i.e. you can roquet and take croquet from your opponent's ball, and use this to help to make hoops. However, with only two balls in play, the games are typically quick and breaks are much harder to execute than in the full AC game, so the character of the One-Ball game is a bit more like Golf Croquet.

The tournament is once again run as a charity event as part of the national Charity One-Ball Competition.

In last year's tournament, Watford raised the largest amount of money of all clubs in the country.

It has an optional entry fee that will be donated to Macmillan Nurses. A donation of at least £5 is suggested. This also means that the event will become a qualifying tournament in the national Charity One-Ball Handicap Competition and, depending on the total amount raised, the winner(s) of our tournament will become eligible to play in the national final at Surbiton on Sunday 20th September (NB: revised date) Further details can be found on the Croquet Association fixture list.

Results of these games should not be entered on the handicap card.

Format: Two sessions of all-play-all blocks (subject to weather and final list of participants).
Entry fee: None, but a donation of £5+ is suggested to be donated in aid of Macmillan Nurses.
(Cash or cheque on the day. Gift Aid forms will be available. Last year's generous donations averaged over £25 per player.)
Date: Wednesday 9 September (11:00 start) Revised date
Capacity: 20
Manager: Simon Hathrell
Charity One-Ball
Tournament by year:

Results:

Block A
Results vs.: MB MH GB JC MG WINS NET
POINTS
Michael Broadway   +4 +4 +3 +3 4 +14
Mark Homan -4   -5 +5 +10 2 +6
Gary Bennett -4 +5   -2 +6 2 +5
Janet Carleton -3 -5 +2   +3 2 -3
Mike Grossmith -3 -10 -6 -3   0 -22
Block B
Results vs.: AM NA WSS JS WINS NET
POINTS
André Machell   +3 +1 +7 3 +11
Nick Archer -3   +2 +6 2 +5
Wendy Spencer-Smith -1 -2   +3 1 0
John Suckling -7 -6 -3   0 -16
Block C
Results vs.: PM AC RB GJ WINS NET
POINTS
Peter Marsh   +3 +8 +3 3 +14
Alan Clark -3   +6 +3 2 +6
Robin Barry -8 -6   +4 1 -10
Georgie Jones -3 -3 -4   0 -10
Block D
Results vs.: GJ AL HB FB WINS NET
POINTS
Geoff Johnson   +1 +3 +5 3 +9
Adrian Lepper -1   -3 +4 1 0
Heather Bennett -3 +3   -2 1 -2
Frances Broadway -5 -4 +2   1 -7
Block winners
Results vs.: AM MB GJ AC PM WINS NET
POINTS
André Machell   +6 -7 +5 +3 3 +7
Michael Broadway -6   +6 +4 +8 3 +12
Geoff Johnson +7 -6   +5 -2 2 +4
Alan Clark -5 -4 -5   +1 1 -13
Peter Marsh -3 -8 +2 -1   1 -10
Block runners-up
Results vs.: MH NA GB AL WINS NET
POINTS
Mark Homan   +3 +10 -3 2 +10
Nick Archer -3   +7 +7 2 +11
Gary Bennett -10 -7   +9 1 -8
Adrian Lepper +3 -7 -9   1 -13
Block 3rd places
Results vs.: RB WSS HB JC WINS NET
POINTS
Robin Barry   +3 +6 -7 2 +2
Wendy Spencer-Smith -3   +3 +4 2 +4
Heather Bennett -6 -3   +1 1 -8
Janet Carleton +7 -4 -1   1 +2
Block 4th places
Results vs.: JS MG GJ FB WINS NET
POINTS
John Suckling   +5 +2 +4 3 +11
Mike Grossmith -5   +5 +4 2 +4
Georgie Jones -2 -5   +2 1 -5
Frances Broadway -4 -4 -2   0 -10
Participants
Name Club H'cap
Gary Bennett Watford -2*
Nick Archer Watford -2*
Alan Clark Watford 0*
Geoff Johnson Watford 2½*
Heather Bennett St. Albans 3
Mark Homan Watford 6
André Machell Watford 7
Robin Barry Watford 9
Michael Broadway Enfield 12
Peter Marsh Watford 12½*
Mike Grossmith Watford 20*
Janet Carleton Watford 20*
Wendy Spencer-Smith Watford 20*
John Suckling Watford 20*
Georgie Jones Watford 20*
Frances Broadway Enfield 20*
Adrian Lepper Watford 20*
 
WINNER
André Machell

*Special AC handicap assigned for 1-ball only, as per the 2018 CA guidelines.

Block ranking determined by the following tie-breaking rules:

1. Number of wins.

2. Number of wins against those tied.

3. Net hoops.

The 5th place in the top block in the second session was allocated to the player with the most net points that came 2nd in their block in the first session. In the event, both Mark Homan (Block A) and Alan Clark (Block C) were tied on +6 net points, so the place was decided by a 2-ball break tie-breaker which was won by Alan Clark.

 

The sum of £700 was raised in donations for Macmillan Nurses, plus Gift Aid declarations worth a further £163.50.