Results, Events and News page for 2024 Season

Up coming Events – Green Shutters Singles 27 June; Over 60s final rounds 2 July; GC A level series 0+ 13/14 July; Green Shutters doubles (top and tailed) 18th July; Invitation Weekend 27/28 July.

Hoop setting after club afternoon Wednesday 26th – please stay to help. Also some weeding needs doing round the clubhouse and back of lawns 2 and 3. 

National (GC) B – Level (3+) Series Tournament   –   22nd June

At Last the sun shone over the weekend and Sunny Hunny lived up to its name as 16 participants – a full entry – with all the handicaps falling between 3 and 6 gathered at the club for the annual tournament. With the handicaps all being so close, it came as no surprise that play was very competitive and that 14 of the 47 games played went to the 13th hoop to finish, which only shows how keen play was overall.

The Semi – Finals saw club members Colin Spencer see off Michael Tideswell of Bedford 7 -2 and Roger Platt win against Susan I’Anson from Ripon 7 – 6  to meet in club final.  Colin ran out a worthy winner 7 – 2. Michael Franklin also of Ripon carried off the Plate.

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  National (GC)   C – Level (7+) Series Tournament – 23rd June

The following day the sun shone even  brighter as a reduced number of 10 gathered at the club for this National Tournament designed for those recent participants to the game. However, play was still keen and competitive and very close. Split into two blocks the semi-final Block A between Robert Mumford (Ripon) and Ken Knock (Sutton Bridge) went to a 7-4 win to Robert, In Block B Home club member Gary Lewis managed to overcome Judy Crowe of Lincoln also by 7 – 4.

In the resulting final which went a very exciting finish Robert just managed at the last stroke in time to overcome home club member Gary 5 – 4. Hunstanton member Lucy Closs ran out the plate winner.

A special mention is also made in respect of local member Mary Core who entered this event her first national tournament as a late stand in at handicap 14 and whose standard of play so impressed the Tournament Handicapper and other players that she incurred an immediate and worthy well done reduction to 12.

Terrey Sparks

Club GC Singles Thursday13th June

12 Club members participated in a super competition, expertly managed by Gary Lewis. The competitors were divided into two seeded blocks giving 5 games and a final. Despite some close games, the finalists were, as expected, defending holder Colin and David Boxell – both having won all their games. In a final in which both players demonstrated superb clearance shots, Colin eventually successfully defended his title, taking the salver home again. Congratulations too, to the new members who will have gained valuable experience to take forward to other tournaments.

Thank you Ellie for provinding the catering as well as playing and Gary for playing and organising such a successful day.

Postponed Hoop-setting 20th June

New date yet to be arranged. Trainee hoop-setters needed!

+AC One Day Handicap Tournament 8th June

(The Butlin Trophy)

Following the cancellation of the Annual Three Day Association Tournament ‘The Jane Neville-Rolfe Trophy due to insufficient entries it was decided to stage a one-day handicap event which would appeal  to local AC croquet residents which attracted 8 players of various abilities.

It was decided by the Tournament Manager Terrey Sparks to loosely stage a variable swiss style event in which winners played winners and losers played the same. All games to be single banked of two hours duration in length or 18 points which ever came first.

As seems to be the pattern this summer, the weather when the day’s play started was warm and sunny however, by mid-morning the rain clouds appeared and the day was marred by in persistent heavy showers. However, the players persisted and gallantly played through this reoccurring nuisance, until the sun re-appeared although this time accompanied by a slightly chilly wind.

Never-the-less because play was handicapped the games were competitive with most of the higher handicaps performing well against their senior opposition, in fact what turned out to be the final match between Jeff Race v. David Boxell was the highest at18 and lowest at -1/2 handicaps there which Jeff only scraped home to win +5 because of the strong opposition put up by David.

A very enjoyable day that hopefully should become an annual event.  Many thanks to the ladies for providing a very enjoyable tea at the end of the days play.

Terrey Sparks

Red Hat Ladies 5th June

We were pleased to welcome a group of Red Hat Ladies to brighten up our lawns. Glad you enjoyed your session and hope to see you again!

Coaching by Simon Carter Wednesday 5th June

The coaching sessions will take place on Wednesday morning for the advanced group and in the afternoon for the beginners’ group. Eight people per group. Only one lawn will be used so club sessions will continue as usual. Final details will be confirmed by email. If you are unable to attend, please let us know so that someone else can have your place. As always, we are very grateful to our President for so generously donating his time and expertise.

Some of the lucky recipients of the coaching sessions. Thanks to Simon and David for giving up their time to help our members to improve their skills.

Rotary Visit 24th May

For once the weather was kind to us as we welcomed 22 Members of King’s Lynn Priory Rotary Club for an afternoon of croquet. They were a fabulous bunch of people and much merriment ensued. Many thanks to the committee and members who helped to run the afternoon and make it so enjoyable.

GC Open A level Hampson Memorial Salver 18/19 May

The sun may have shone most of the week-end but the biting north-east wind was an ever present reminder that you were at the north- west coast of Norfolk in Hunstanton feeling the full force of it. However, despite the limited entry of only eight participants following several late withdrawals due to unfortunate various personal reasons, the lawns were in excellent conditions following a winter of extreme surgery which more than compensated for the low numbers.

To take account of the low entry the Tournament Manager, Terrey Sparks, slightly modified the playing format which meant on the first day and the first games of the second day to be a block of eight of 19 point games which were all play all. This then split into A & B blocks to a best of three knock-outs.

Playing for the Salver in block ‘A’  resulted in the final round comprising of Andrew Hobbs (Dulwich) against Clair Whyms (Eire) in which Andrew ran out the winner after two games 7-4, 7-4.

In Block ‘B’ for the Subsidiary Plate local member David Boxell (Hunstanton) met against Michelle Leonard (East Dorset). David overcame Michelle 7-3, 7-5 in an exciting finish.

Although the tournament only comprised of eight entrants it still turned out to be played, in a good spirit and the participants were fully occupied on the lawns. Everybody departed in a good mood after a week-end of good croquet.

Terrey Sparks

Tournament Manager

Lovely to meet you all and hope that you will visit us again. Our thanks to Terrey and all the behind the scenes helpers. HCC 

Grass Roots Thursday 16th May

Well we could hardly have had worse weather to introduce our new players to their first (apart from Mary) tournament! It was cold and wet and did I mention it was wet? Very wet. And cold!

However, showing their true grit as croquet players, they battled on. Gary arranged an all play all format of 40 minute games. Everyone scored hoops in every game with some close scores. By the time the final game was due to be played, Mary had won all her games and Roddy all his. Bev just beat Steve 6-5 in their final game to take third place and Roddy beat Mary to come first and second respectively.

Despite the appalling weather, all players gained a lot from the day (including remembering to bring gloves!) Progress from the first to last game was clearly evident.

Thank you, Gary for managing and Ellie for the coffee and cakes.

PLEASE NOTE – THE COACHING SESSIONS WITH SIMON CARTER HAVE MOVED TO WEDNESDAY 5TH JUNE.

Robert Prichard AC 4-6th May

Congratulations to winner Jonathan Kirby. Tournament report to follow.

GRASS ROOTS Thursday 16th May

Please put your name down on the notice in the clubhouse by the end of play Wednesday 8th May

Level play – open to new players who joined 2022 or since. (Including our brand new ‘graduates’!)

Entries now closed

Graduation Day 30th April

After the coldest start to a season that I can remember, it was such a relief that our students finally were able to experience croquet in the sun! We had a lovely morning and I’m very happy to share lots of pics of our class of 2024. Not everyone was able to attend today, but without exception, everyone who came to the sessions was a pleasure to teach. All battled through wind, rain and cold with a smile. We hope to see you on the lawns again.

Come and Try 17th April

Well, the forecast was dreadful but we had 26! Yes, 26 lovely people who turned up to the ‘ Come and Try’ session this afternoon. We needed every single one of the members who turned out to help and they did a fabulous job taking small groups onto the lawns and giving them a great experience. We nearly ran out of mallets and every lawn was used with both primary and secondary colours. I won’t name every individual in case I miss someone and cause offence, but a special mention to Pat Burville who kept everyone going with hot drinks on a cold afternoon. The sun came out for the final 30 minutes!

 

 

 

Information

Please note that many important documents and useful information are posted on the club notice boards. When you are in the club, please take a few minutes to read them. Some have also been added to the ‘Constitution’ page of the website, so please take a look there to ensure that you are au fait with our rules and guidance.

Hoop Setting and Club Opening (16th March)

Fourteen members helped set out the lawns yesterday (14th). We had good weather and all went smoothly thanks to some very efficient prep work and organisation. I was amazed that all was completed in one morning, so we shall not need to use our reserve date next week. However, we still have the club room and tubing to get ready for opening so please come along to help on Saturday morning (16th).

HOOP SETTING THURSDAY 14th MARCH – IMPORTANT!!!

Please help if you are able. A number of our regular helpers are unavailable due to injuries or being out of the country. Without holes and hoops, none of us can play. Help may involve spraying markers at the side of the lawns, holding the end of strings across the lawns, making holes for the hoops and hammering them in. The first two are easy – anyone can do it, making hoop holes is hard work and requires a degree of physical strength aswell as accuracy. The helpers also need to be fuelled with coffee/tea and biscuits so jobs in the kitchen too!

Club prep – the rest of the jobs to be ready for opening will be Saturday 16th March with Sunday 17th as a reserve date.

Facebook Page

If you (or a younger member of your family) have a facebook page, please look in, follow and like posts on our HCC page. It is much quicker and easier for me to post quick pics and messages directly from my phone and you also have the opportunity to comment. Also, where appropriate, share posts to your own page so that we reach a wider audience. NB This is in addition to the website, emails and phone calls – it does not replace our traditional means of communication. PS Happy Birthday DT-W! 🎈🎉🍾🔵🔴⚫🟡

Wednesday Warriors

A big thank you to David, Charlie and John who spent last Wednesday morning working on the area behind the clubhouse. It looks much better! Weather permitting more will be done on 14th – what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! If you can’t be there, hope to see you the next morning at Norfolk Lavender.

 

Storm Isha

A huge thank you to Charlie, Gary and John who answered the call to arms after storm Isha blew over the shelter by lawn 5. They have righted it and secured it, so hopefully it will survive another season.

Happy New Year!

Date for your diary – Coffee morning at Norfolk Lavender, Thursday 15th February ☕🍰10-12. 

Hope to see lots of you there. Gwenda and Janet will be able to take in Membership and 100 Club forms if you have not yet posted them.