Results, Events and News page for 2019 Season
UK CA GC Open Tournament at Hunstanton – Saturday and Sunday 20-21 July 2019
On Saturday rain stopped play after 6 rounds, with Chris Sheen undefeated on 6 wins, with Noel Gill and David Brame hard on his heels with 5 wins each. Play was resumed at 09:00 on Sunday 21 July 2019, to accommodate 7 rounds of play.
Chris Sheen won the Hunstanton GC Open Tournament
After two days of all-play-all 13 point games with 14 players, Chris Sheen won with 11 wins and David Thirtle-Watts came second with 10 wins. Third place was taken by Noel Gill with 9 wins and a hoop difference of +22, pipping John Mariner into fourth place with 9 wins and a hoop difference of +11.
Thundery rain curtailed play on Saturday afternoon, but Sunday’s sunshine allowed games to be completed by 16:45.
We are grateful to all the helpers and supporters who made the tournament a success.
Scores have been recorded on croquet scores at: https://croquetscores.com/2019/gc/uk-ca-open-a-level-hunstanton/all-play-all
David Boxell, Manager 21/07/2019
At the time of writing, 14 players have entered this two day tournament. It will be run on an all-play-all format with 13 point games. The players should arrive by 09:00 to start play at 09:30. We note that some of you have requested lunches. We will not be providing lunch, but hot drinks will be available throughout the day. Please bring your own packed lunch. There are a number of bakeries and shops available in town a 5 minute walk from the croquet club. Parking is available on the recreation ground facing the club’s wooden boundary fence. Turn off the A149 at the Recreation Ground Gates on King’s Lynn Road / Cromer Road, then immediately right towards the children’s play area, then left through the gap in the bund minding the lowered bollards. Scores will be recorded on croquet scores at: https://croquetscores.com/2019/gc/uk-ca-open-a-level-hunstanton/all-play-all
Manager / Treasurer 14/07/2019
Ashby beat Hunstanton 5-2 in the Murphy Shield
held at Hunstanton on Sunday 7th July 2019
The teams for this level play event and their handicaps (in brackets) were as follows:
Ashby: Christine Mounfield (2), Jane Tewson (3), Ray Mounfield (3) & Martin Wroughton (4).
Hunstanton: Pauline Donner (4), David Boxell (4), Christopher Herbert (6) & Susan Debenham (8).
Ashby won the doubles match 7/3 & 7/4; and then won 4 of the 6 singles matches.
The total number of hoops scored was Ashby 105 – 79 for Hunstanton.
We wish Ashby good luck in the next round.
Report by David Boxell, Hunstanton Captain 07/07/2019
GGSS – Golf Green Shutters Singles – Handicap
POSTPONED from 4 July 2019 – New Date to be advised
This is due to lawn maintenance work on lawns 3, 4 & 5. This will be similar to the work recently carried out on lawns 1 & 2. We regret the inconvenience, but the work is essential to maintain the playing quality of all of our lawns. A new date for the Green Shutter Singles will be advised in due course.
Treasurer on behalf of Chairman 30/06/2019
CA GC Federations Shield (Handicap) – Quarter Final
In a closely contested match, at Nottingham CC on Tuesday 2nd July 2019, Broadwas beat Hunstanton 4-3 and progress to the semi-finals. We wish them good luck.
CA GC C-Level Series – Hunstanton – 30 June 2019
David Brame won the Davd Mattacks Memorial Salver. This is his second C-Level Series win. Very many congratulations on a fine performance, including some trade-mark jump shots.
After 7 rounds of cross-blocked games the top two players from each block contested the semi-finals. In which David Brame beat Peter Uglow & Izzy Poyntz beat Steve Tarrant. The final was won by David Brame with a 7-5 win over Izzy Poyntz. The 3rd/4th Place Play-Off was not contested.
Manager’s report and photos to follow.
Treasurer on behalf of Tournament Manager, David Thirtle-Watts 30/06/2019
CA GC B-Level Series – Hunstanton – 29 June 2019
Preliminary results pending manager’s report and photos.
The 18 players were put into 3 blocks of 6 for 5 games of all-play-all in each of the 3 blocks. The three winners and the best overall runner-up progressed to the semi-finals.
Semi-Finals: Henry Hobbs beat John Reddish; and Mike Bilton beat Alison Murray.
Final: Henry Hobbs retained The Storey Cup with a 7-5 win over Mike Bilton.
3rd/4th Place Play-off: Alison Murray took 3rd palce in the play-off with John Reddish taking 4th place.
Treasurer on behalf of Tournament Manager, David Thirtle-Watts 29/06/2019
CA GC B-Level on Saturday 29th June 2019 & CA GC C-Level on Sunday 30th June 2019
The lawns will be available for the 18 B-level and 14 C-level players for practice for 1 hour from 16:00 – 17:00 on Friday 28th June 2019.
Treasurer on behalf of David Thirtle-Watts, Tournament Manager 25/06/2019
POSTPONEMENT DUE TO BAD WEATHER
VETERANS GC SINGLES HANDICAP LEAGUE
25 JUNE 2019
Due to the severe bad weather this first date of three has been cancelled. Pat Dawson will be in touch with a new date in due course. In the meantime the 23 July and 20 August 2019 still stand.
EACF GC B-Level League – Hunstanton 10 (112) v 10 (105) Norwich – 20th June 2019
Hunstanton edged a win on hoops over Norwich in a very close match. There was some fine play with great clearances and some spectacular hoop running. Chris Herbert had his handicap changed from 7 to 6. We are grateful to Noel Gill for setting the lawns and managing the day’s play. Well played everyone on a dry day.
Hunstanton Club GC Singles Championship 13th June 2019
John Reddish beat David Boxell 7-6 in the final to become this year’s club singles champion and representative at next year’s EACF GC Champions Day. John played consistently well throughout the day. He only lost one game in the block phase and that on the 13th hoop against David Boxell whom he peeled through the winning hoop!
The original entry of 20 was reduced to 14. This caused the manager to go through several iterations of block sizes and ceding combinations, before settling on two crossed blocks of 7 players each. After 7 rounds the Winners of each block played the runners up of the other blocks in two semi-finals leading to the final. Block A was clear cut with David Boxell on 5 wins and Colin McDonald on 4 wins. Block B was a much more tightly contested affair with three players on 6 wins each. David Thirtle-Watts (+13) missed out by a single hoop on net hoop difference to John Reddish (+20) and Trevor Whittaker (+14). In the semi-finals: John Reddish beat Colin McDonald 7-2 and David Boxell beat Trevor Whittaker 7-5.
Despite the almost constant rain, there was some fine play on display including: good positional play, effective clearances, long range hoop-running and some magnificent jump shots. There were also some good performances by higher handicap players against lower handicap players – beware there are scalp-hunters out there in a points rich environment!
The full results are available on croquet scores at: https://croquetscores.com/2019/gc/uk-hunstanton-club-champions-singles-level-play/14-players-cross-blocked
We are grateful to David Thirtle-Watts for setting the hoops and lawns; to Gwenda and her helpers for a fine tea; and to the ‘lawn elves’ for their very discrete clearance of the lawns as play progressed through the later stages of the day.
David Boxell, Manager 13/06/2019
EACF GC Handicap League – Hunstanton 13 v 5 Bury St Edmunds – 11 June 2019
On a very wet day, Hunstanton prevailed 13 – 5 against Bury St Edmunds. We are grateful to the Bury team for seeing the match out. Our thanks to the ‘lawn elves’ and David Brame’s management team for keeping the proceedings on track.
Detailed results are shown below:
|1||Doubles||Ron Carter & Chris Minett||beat||Christine Thirtle-Watts & Susan Boxell||7||3|
|2||Doubles||Chris Herbert & Janet Kendal||beat||Alan Plested & Barbara Plested||7||5|
|3||Singles||Ron Carter||beat||Christine Thirtle-Watts||7||6|
|4||Singles||Susan Boxell||beat||Barbara Plested||7||2|
|5||Singles||Chris Herbert||beat||Alan Plested||7||0|
|6||Singles||Chris Minett||beat||Janet Kendal||7||4|
|7||Singles||Susan Boxell||beat||Chris Minett||7||2|
|8||Singles||Christine Thirtle-Watts||beat||Alan Plested||7||5|
|9||Singles||Janet Kendal||beat||Barbara Plested||7||3|
|10||Singles||Chris Herbert||beat||Ron Carter||7||0|
|11||Singles||Christine Thirtle-Watts||beat||Barbara Plested||7||6|
|12||Singles||Ron Carter||beat||Susan Boxell||7||4|
|13||Singles||Chrs Herbert||beat||Chris Minett||7||3|
|14||Singles||Janet Kendal||beat||Alan Plested||7||4|
|15||Singles||Susan Boxell||beat||Alan Plested||7||5|
|16||Singles||Christine Thirtle-Watts||beat||Chris Minett||7||4|
|17||Singles||Ron Carter||beat||Janet Kendal||7||6|
|18||Singles||Chris Herbert||beat||Barbara Plested||7||5|
Local boy earns place in 2019 CA GC C-Level Final
8 competitors played a round-robin, double banked on two lawns in wet conditions. David and Julie both finished on 6 wins each. A tightly contested final followed, with David finishing in style with a superb jump shot on the 12th hoop to win 7-5. We are grateful to Mick Haytack and the Ashby CC for running such an enjoyable event.
C.A. Over 50’s Handicap Week-End – 7th– 9th June 2019
(Jane Neville-Rolfe Salver)
John Henderson Sneaks It
16 entrants from as far as Cumbria, North Yorkshire, Nottingham and London entered for this years Over 50’s Handicap Tournament staged using The Hands-Irwin Egyptian Format. Unfortunately, the first two day were a bit of a trial with high winds mingled with quite heavy showers however, being experienced tournament croquet players having travelled some distance nothing was going to interfere with play and quite a few game were completed. The final day was a complete turn-around basked in glorious sunny hunny weather.
Play was keen and very competitive and over the three days the lead changed several times. After the first day the first place was occupied by Phil Cordingley (Hampstead Heath), closely followed by Ken Anderton (Bury) and Neil Chalmers (Norwich) with John Henderson (Penrith) remaining in touch with the leading group.
After day two the lead was unexpectedly taken over by John Reddish (Norwich) closely followed by Phil, John and Ken.
As we approached the final games of day three it became a two horse race between Phil Cordingley, playing off -1 handicap and John Henderson on 12. John using his bisques carefully and wisely managed to keep Phil off the lawn whilst he carefully worked his way through the hoops to win the day +25. In 3rd place was Charles Ostler (Pinchbeck).
The presentation was done by a Past President Hugh Carlisle.
The Hunstanton lawns were in excellent condition and played well, full compliments to Jeff Race the groundsman. There was one handicap change Hugh Carlisle increasing 2 -2.5. Full results can be found on croquet scores:
Report:- Terrey Sparks 11-06-2019
A summary of the work performed during the resetting of hoops
A team of 7 people were involved in re-setting the tournament and club hoops. The initial measuring and marking was performed on Monday afternoon. On Tuesday morning the strings were strung, 3 vertical and 5 horizontal on each lawn, to give the location for each of the 6 hoops and the centre peg. Position 8 was selected on the setting template and a club hoop offset was also marked. The hoops were then put into their new tournament holes, then lifted and the procedure repeated for the club settings – denoted by white lines for ease of recognition. The centre pegs for AC and GC were similarly re-positioned. The tent pegs used for securing the strings and the hole markers were retrieved; the strings rewound onto their drums; and all tools returned ready for the next outing. The old holes were then closed. The core team of volunteers spent approximately 3 person days performing this task.
EACF GC Wheeler Shield 2019
This annual event was hosted at Wrest Park. The results will be posted on the EACF’s website at:
Spoiler alert! The Norfolk Team of David Thirtle-Watts, David Boxell, Jonathan Toye & David Brame came fourth. We are grateful to: Terrey Sparks for organising this event (assisted by Nick Archer on scoring); Wrest Park for hosting it; and to our fellow competitors for some challenging play on a very hot day. We are looking forward to next year’s event.
CA GC A-Level Tournament – 25-26 May 2019
Simon Carter won this A-Level Series Tournament with 14 wins, the runner up was Nick Archer with 12 wins.
This years tournament was contested by 16 players in an all-play-all format over two days.
Back row: Leslie Heard, Paul Durkin, Chris Jackson, Louise Smith, Stuart M Smith, Christine Wood, Simon Carter & Nicholas Archer. Front row: David Thirtle-Watts, Mike Bilton, Roger Goldring, Noel Gill, Jane Tewson, Don Beck, Paul Gunn & Stephen Custance-Baker.
At the end of the first day Nick Archer was leading with 8 wins, followed by Simon Carter on 7 wins, with Stephen Custance-Baker and Don Beck on 6 wins each. Saturday’s sunshine was replaced by intermittent showers. Fortunes changed during the later rounds. The last few rounds proved decisive and the 15th round match between Simon and Nick determined the first and second places. Third place went to Stephen Custance-Baker with 11 wins. Donald Beck finished 4th with 10 wins.
There was one reported handicap change: Noel Gill from 2 to 1 as a result of winning 9 games and coming joint 6th with Stuart M Smith.
The results are available at: https://croquetscores.com/2019/gc/uk-ca-a-level-series-hunstanton/all-play-all
We are grateful to the players for giving a demonstration of some very fine croquet. They also managed to give the GC Rules Committee some food for thought in respect of the wrong ball rules and the penalty area restart, with two incidents on two different lawns during the same round.
Our thanks are also extended to the band of volunteers and ‘lawn elves’ for all their work before, during and after the tournament.
Manager / Treasurer 25/05/2019
CA GC Grass Roots – Level Play – Thursday 23/05/2019
This event was won by Caroline Harper who beat David Brame 7 – 5 in the final.
There were 10 entrants.
Back row: Sarah Brame, Janet Kendal, Susan Boxell, Christine Thirtle-Watts & Caroline Harper.
Front row: David Brame, Faith Harman, John Harper, Janet Carpenter & Robert North.
The winner and possibly the runner up will qualify for the National Final at Bath Croquet Club on Sunday 1st September 2019. The results are recorded on Croquet Scores at:
The 5 rounds of cross-blocked games resulted in David Brame being the clear winner of Block A with 5 wins and Susan Boxell the runner-up with 3 wins. Block B was more closely contested, Caroline Harper won with 4 wins and Janet Carpenter was the runner up with 3 wins on hoop difference over Christine Thirtle-Watts.
The semi finals were contested by David Brame 5 – 3 Janet Carpenter and Caroline Harper 7 – 0 Susan Boxell.
The final was won by Caroline Harper beating David Brame 5 – 7.
The 3rd / 4th place play off was between Janet Carpenter who beat Susan Boxell 7 – 5 .
There were three GC handicap changes: David Brame from 8 to 7; Caroline Harper from 12 to 11; & Bob North was cut from 14 to 12 on general play.
We were blessed with good weather and are grateful to David Thirtle-Watts for setting the hoops and lawns, Gwenda Mackenzie for a fine tea and all the other unsung heroes who pitched in to do their bit.
EACF GC Open League – Tuesday 21/05/2019
Hunstanton beat Norwich 12-8
Hunstanton won 3 of the 4 doubles games and 9 of the 16 singles games, despite the dramatic snapping of a mallet shaft during the first round of doubles.
CA GC Inter-Club – Sunday 19/o5/2019
Nottingham beat Hunstanton 7-0.
We are grateful to Nottingham for their hospitality and wish them well in the defence of their title.
Come & Try Day – Saturday 18 May 2019
It was good to see a considerable number of club members turn out to assist the 18 people who attended the afternoon. A couple refreshed their AC skills. Some remembered Garden Croquet. Most were introduced to Golf Croquet for the first time. All were given a warm welcome and encouraged to return on club afternoons. We wish them well.
EACF GC B-Level League
Hunstanton 5.5 v 14.5 Chelmsford – Thursday 9 May 2019
We hosted Chelmsford. They won all 4 doubles and 10.5 of the Singles games. Hunstanton won 5.5 of the singles games. The hoop tally was Chelmsford 119 – 100 Hunstanton. Congratulations to Chelmsford for a good win.
EACF GC Handicap League
Colchester 4 v 14 Hunstanton – Tuesday 7 May 2019
We are grateful to Colchester for their hospitality. Hunstanton won both of the Doubles and 12 of the 16 Singles games. The hoop tally was Hunstanton 111 – 83 Colchester. Christine Thirtle-Watts had her GC handicap cut to 7.
CA AC Robert Prichard Weekend – 4-6 May 2019
Congratulations to Mark Avery this year’s winner.
Results may be seen on croquet scores at: https://croquetscores.com/2019/ac/robert-pritchard-weekend/swiss-1
Report on CA website at: https://www.croquet.org.uk/?p=press/news&NewsID=6648&pup=y
Treasurer 06/05/2019 updated 15/05/2019
Four Hunstanton players participated in a CA GC C-Level tournament at Surbiton. The results are available on croquet scores at the following link:
Congratulations to David Brame on coming second and having his GC handicap cut from 10 to 8; and to Christine Thirtle-Watts for coming third. There were also good results for Susan Boxell and Sarah Brame.
A report should be available on the CA’s website in a few days time.
The following are links to both the CA and EACF websites to allow you to follow these inter-club competitions.
The Croquet Association:
GC Federations Shield
The East Anglian Croquet Federation:
GC Open League
GC B Level League
GC Handicap League
CA GC Murphy Shield – Hunstanton beat Wrest Park by 4.5. to 2.5 matches at home on Friday 26 April 2019. The team have won a place in the Quarter Finals of this national inter-club competition.
EACF GC Open League – Ipswich beat Hunstanton by 12 matches to 8 in the away fixture. The net hoop difference was 110 to 107. Results to be reported on the EACF’s website and croquet rankings in due course by the home team. We are grateful to Ipswich for their hospitality. There was a handicap change for David Brame from 11 to 10.
Date changes for your diary
It has become necessary to make the following changes to the previously published calendar for 2019.
The ‘Come & Try’ Day has been moved from Saturday 27th April 2019 to Saturday 18th May 2019.
The GC Green Shutters Doubles (Handicap) has been moved from Thursday 25th July 2019 to Thursday 1st August 2019.
We regret any inconvenience caused.
Treasurer on behalf of the Committee 09/03/2019
Early Season Internal GC Handicap Match on Thursday 25 April 2019
5 Lawns have been booked for this day for an early season internal handicap match, in preparation for the season’s CA and EACF inter-club matches.
New GC Rule Books – Would anyone interested in purchasing a rule book through the club please let me know asap. The price is expected to be £5.00 per copy.
Noel Gill – 08/03/2019
Message from The CA – “Croquet Tour to South Australia – November 2019”
Dear Club Secretary,
Andrew Larpent asked me to send this flyer to all clubs. Can you please circulate it with your members.
All enquiries, please go to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from The Croquet Association – “Croquet Women’s Group” – 13/02/2019
I would be very grateful if you would forward the following message to your members for consideration:
We have recently created a Google Group to encourage more competitive croquet amongst our women players. The group is to be used as a communication tool to share knowledge and provide guidance towards entering competitive and hopefully advanced croquet tournaments. Please note this group is not exclusively for women to join, all croquet players are welcome.
We already have over 50 women players from the UK and rest of the world, where we can hear about and learn from some experiences from other countries. I am a strong believer that playing competitive croquet isn’t just about the croquet, it’s also about planning, knowing what tournaments exist and having courage to take the next steps towards a higher level of play.
Regardless of your current standard of play, whether you only play handicap games on the club roll up days, fill in for the local League match or only play Advanced Tournaments or Championship events, we would love to hear from you.
If you would like to join the group please visit https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/womens-croquet or contact me direct for an invitation (email@example.com). Please feel free to share this link/ e-mail with other who you think might be interested.
AC International Performance Director
07766 720 830
COFFEE MORNING – NORFOLK LAVENDER – 10:30 – 12:30 – Tuesday 12th
(NOT 8th) February 2019
I hope you are all well and have escaped the various colds that have been circulating since Christmas!
This is a gentle reminder about the 100 Club as we have only received a handful of applications back. Janet is eagerly waiting to receive them so just in case you may have mislaid the application form I attach this for you so that you can bring it along to the coffee morning on the 12th at the Norfolk Lavender Farm. Janet will be there or if you are unable to come along pop it in the post to her.
It’s not too long now to the new season. In March we will be busy getting the club ready.
We look forward to seeing on the coffee morning until then.
Sarah Brame, HCC Club Secretary 31/01/2019
PS: This will also be an opportunity for those of you who have not already done so, to renew your subscriptions for 2019. Treasurer 31/01/2019.
Information for All Members for 2019
The CA has adopted the World Croquet Federations Rules for Golf Croquet you can download a copy by clicking on the link below:
Additionally, we have revised and re-issued our Information Pack for New Members you can download a copy by clicking on the link below:
Annual Mailing of Newsletter & Forms for 2019
Following the 2018 AGM the Committee, and some volunteers, have been making preparations for next season.
We have emailed / posted the following documents to each member for information and action and return with payments as appropriate:
- Annual Newsletter
- 2019 Calendar
- Membership Renewal form
- Gift Aid Declaration form for donations (if applicable) &
- Hundred Club Application form.
It is appreciated that a few of you have already visited the club’s website and returned completed forms with your payments – Thank you.
The Croquet Association’s data sharing agreement for club membership data wef 12/11/2018
In brief, as a member of this club, you are entitled to Standard membership of the Croquet Association (CA), if you do not currently subscribe individually to it (as a Premium member). Standard membership will give you access to the Croquet Gazette, entitle you to play in calendar tournaments and influence the running of the sport.
To take advantage of this your consent is required, to enable the club to share your contact details and other croquet related data (such as handicaps) with the CA, and for you to appear in the directory in the members only section of its website. We do NOT share any financial related information we may hold, such as bank or credit card details.
For information about the data to be shared and how it will be used, please see
We have revised out 2019 Membership Renewal Forms to reflect the changes. Your consent to data sharing with the CA will be recorded on the reverse of these forms and the CA directory updated on receipt of your completed forms for 2019. These can be downloaded from the foot of our Home page.
If your contact details change during the year please inform the Club Secretary and Club Treasurer. You should also update your personal details including handicap changes on the CA’s Members Directory accessible using the following link:
Login using your email address and your current CA password, then your personal details tabs as appropriate.
Two coffee mornings have been arranged at Norfolk Lavender from 10:30-12:30 on Tuesday 27 November 2018 and again at the same time on Tuesday 12 February 2019.
Treasurer on behalf of Pat Dawson
This page was last reviewed on 30/11/2018 in preparation for the 2019 Season and updated on 21/05/2019.