AC Association Croquet

This Tournament is an Association Croquet singles competition at held Watford and open to members of the national Croquet Association. It is also listed in the CA fixtures calendar.

Watford Open Midweek AC Advanced
Tournament results by year:

Title: Watford Midweek Open AC Advanced Tournament
Handicaps: AC: 8-
Date: Wednesday 19 - Thursday 20 May
Number of places: 16
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
RoT: Gary Bennett
Trophies: 'A' block: the Cassiobury Cup (current holder: Nigel Polhill)
'B' block: the Cassiobury Salver (current holder: Alan Clark)
Entries: Allocation: 21 March. Closing: 12 May.
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: £24 (CA Premium members), others £34.
Pay online (see above) or by cheque to the secretary, payable to "Watford (Cassiobury) Croquet Club".
Format: AMD, provisionally Class Singles with two independent blocks.
Lunches: A cold lunch will be provided for a small fee.
Notes:
  1. Play starts at 09:30 each day.
  2. Refreshments and a light tea are provided free of charge.
  3. Details of parking and other arrangements will be sent to participants before the event.

It was a chilly day that saw the arrival of a strong entry for the second 2-day AC Midweek Advanced tournament to be staged at Watford, after the cancellation of the 2020 event. It was also the first to be able to take advantage of the new pavilion, albeit in a socially distanced way that still required food and beverages to be consumed al fresco outdoors.

The entry was split by handicap into two independent blocks, with the winners in each block determined by the highest percentage from a minimum of 5 games. In the 'A' block Sam Murray proved to be on top form, stamping his mark in the first round with a tpo and following up with two more tps in his next five games to win the tournament and the Cassiobury Cup with a 100% record. Stephen Wright also played well, showing some of the form from his heyday some decades earlier, and his only defeat was at the hands of Sam.

Unfortunately in the 'B' block one of the entrants had cancelled at short notice the day before to leave an odd number of players on the first day, but Geoff Johnson was co-opted to stand in to play on the second day to even up the numbers. The pace was also somewhat slower in this block with a couple of games that dragged on for over 4 hours, requiring the imposition of time-limits. So nobody in the block managed to play more than 3 games on the first day, and some only managed two. Brian Havill had emerged as the overnight leader with 3/3, including a narrow win over Richard Peperell, but was unable to capitalise on that on the second day, losing both his games. Meanwhile Richard Peperell won both his last two to overhaul Brian and take the 'B' block title and the Cassiobury Salver with 4/5 in spite of his loss to Brian on the first day.

The weather deteriorated further in mid-afternoon of the second day, and reached the point where there was no enthusiasm from any of the players to carry on, and as the outcome had by then been determined the final round of play in both blocks was abandoned.

Report by Simon Hathrell, photo by Chris Roberts