AC Association Croquet

This Tournament is a 2-day 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..

Open AC Midweek B-Level Advanced
Tournament results by year:

Title: Open AC Midweek B-Level Advanced Tournament
Handicaps: AC: 0+
Date: Wednesday 2 - Thursday 3 August
Capacity: 16
Secretary: Email:   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: Simon Hathrell
Entries: Allocation: 29 May.
Closing: 26 July.
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 £36.
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.
  1. Play starts at 09:30 each day.
  2. Tea, soft drinks and biscuits are provided free of charge, and a cold lunch will be available for a small fee.
  3. Details of parking and other arrangements will be sent to participants before the event.

This year's Midweek Open B-Level Advanced tournament attracted a full entry, though when the date actually arrived there was some anxiety about the prospect of a rain-soaked first day. In the event the morning session was largely dry with some sunny intervals, but the rain arrived after lunch and persisted through a wet second session. So at tea-time there was some debate amongst the players about the possibility of postponing the third session and playing three sessions instead of two the following day. The manager insisted that whatever the choice within a block it had to apply to everyone in that block, though the two blocks could choose differently. A small majority of the 'A' block preferred to brave the weather and carry on, while a small majority of the 'B' block opted for postponement. Then just as the 'B' block players were preparing to depart the rain abruptly stopped and the sun emerged, and stayed out for the rest of the day! So the 'B' block mutiny was abandoned after all and the schedule continued as originally planned.

At the end of the first day the defending champion Brian Havill emerged as the only player in the 'A' block to have won all his 3 games, and was a clear favourite to retain his title, having also beaten two of the four players on 2/3 wins. Likewise in the 'B' block Stephen Mills also had a clear lead with 3/3, chased by three others with 2/3. But fortunes can change quite quickly!

On the second day Brian lost both of his two games quite heavily, while Andrew Dutton and Jonathan Smith both won both of theirs to end up with 4 wins apiece - the manager's nightmare, as they had not yet played each other under the Swiss format scheduling, and it was the one outcome that would not be resolved by the next tournament tie-breaker ('Match points', as defined in CA tournament regulations.). For the sake of brevity Andrew and Jonathan preferred to avoid even the shortest of play-off games (the suggestion was just one hoop and the peg, with all 4 clips starting on rover) and opted to settle the contest by each playing a single ball at the peg from the boundary to see who would end up closest. Andrew won the challenge by a few inches to take the title.

Meanwhile in the 'B' block the final round saw a game between Stephen Mills on 4/4 against Arthur Reed on 3/4, and all the others on 2 wins or less. Arthur had won two of his three games by the narrowest margin - +1 on time - but they all count! The winner of the game between Stephen and Arthur would therefore win the block: effectively a final. Arthur's considerable experience proved to be decisive, and he emerged a comfortable  winner +20, pegging out in his last turn after time was called.

Report by Simon Hathrell