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Club Short Croquet results

The club Short Croquet competition was held on Sunday 30th May – here are the results:

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This Bank Holiday weekend competition saw a great entry of 16 players with a range of handicaps, demonstrating what a great competition this is for testing out our skills and tactics.

The weather was reasonable (for a Bank Holiday) and the tiny spots of rain weren’t enough to deter us stalwarts – and certainly not the semi-finalists who played their games at the end of the day leaving us to look forward for a finals game between Erica and Terry.

Many thanks to David and Jim for setting the lawns the previous night, to everyone who helped get everything running and organized on the day, to Peter for his refereeing and handicapping, and to Doreen who took loads of photos and will be writing the press release.


Block A AC SC GH BM TY SM Wins Pos’n
Geoff Hughes 1.5 0 +11 -14 +11 2 2
Brian McCausland 11 1 -11 -4t =3t 1 3
Terry Young 14 6 +14 +4t -4 2 1
Sandra Morgan 24 10 -11 -3t +4 1 4


Block B AC SC EM LS TH SD Wins Pos’n
Erica Malaiperuman 4.5 3 +4t +4 +4t 3 1
Linda Shaw 11 3 -4t +3t +7 2 2
Tony Hinchliffe 14 4 -4 -3t +4 1 3
Steve Durston 18 7 -4t -7 -4 0 4


Block C AC SC BR JG PD BC Wins Pos’n
Brian Roynon 4.5 3.5 +6t +5 +1t 3 1
Jim Gregory 6 2 -6t +1t -1t 1 3
Peter Dyke 7 1 -5 -1t -13 0 4
Brigit Clayton 14 5 -1t +1t +13 2 2


Block D AC SC DH KW RR DW Wins Pos’n
David Hunt 5 1.5 -6 +2 +9 2 2
Kathy Wallace 6 2 +6 +9 +1t 3 1
Rob Royffe 14 4 -2 -9 +1t 1 3
Doreen Wallace 18 7 -9 -1t -1t 0 4


Semi Finals

Winner of Block A Terry Young v Winner of Block C Brian Roynon
Winner of Block B Erica Malaiperuman v Winner of Block D Kathy Wallace


Player 1 Points Player 2 Points Winner Result
Terry Young 14 Brian Roynon 0 Terry +14
Erica 14 Kathy Wallace 7 Erica +7



Erica Malaiperuman v Terry Young

First 100 club draw of the season

The first draw of the 100 club for this season was done on club opening day, 1st April.  Congratulations to the prize winners, who were –
1st – Lisa Galpin, £35
2nd – Violet Delmas, £25
3rd – Andrew Wimshurst, £15

Christmas Lunch 2016

The Lunch took place at the Masonic Hall in Nailsea and was enjoyed by 52 members and friends. Many thanks to Coral for her organisation, to Brian for the raffle and to Linda for the literary quiz with a croquet theme.

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Diploma for Mike

We are delighted to announce that the CA has awarded a Diploma to Mike Tracy. This is in recognition of all the contributions he has made and continues to make to Nailsea & District Croquet Club. The full citation will be made available in due course but he has worked tirelessly in many areas – team co-ordination, hoop setting, Club Chairman, Club Treasurer, referee, coach, quiz master, barbecue chef and host, tournament manager, bridge tutor, LAG member as well as support in many other fields.

Congratulations to Mike on a well-deserved award and also thanks to Liz for her generous support in so many of these activities


100 Club draw 19th July 2016


The mid summer draw of the 100 club was performed on 19th July.  The prize winners were:

1st prize – £35 to Fran Appleby
2nd prize – £20 to Barrie Haley
3rd prize – £15 to Brian McCausland

B Class Advanced Tournament

Geoff Hughes won the B Class Advanced Tournament 9/10 July. Click here for report.Geoff cropped with shield 2016

Award for Peter

Peter Dyke was successfully nominated for the CA Lifetime Coaching Award.  He was presented with the award on Sunday at teatime during the SWF Short Croquet Teams Competition. Club President Pat Long presented the certificate and spoke about Peter’s long service to croquet and to the Nailsea Club which he had formed in 1981. From then onwards, Peter taught many people to play croquet but his work with Juniors was legendary. Several of his pupils  reached International level.  Brian Shorney represented the CA in emphasising the prestigiousness of this award and he spoke about the high regard with which Peter was held in national circles.


Peter with Kris Chambers shortly after the presentation of the award.  Kris joined the club as an 11 year old in 1993 and, under the tutelage of Peter, quickly reached A Class standard.


Charity one-ball competition

17 players contested the Nailsea heat of the National Charity ‘One Ball’ Championship, which this year is raising money for Myeloma UK. Their colour theme is orange which resulted in some rather unusual and creative clothing being worn on the lawns. Despite having only returned from holiday late the night before, new but fast-improving player Peter Longden went unbeaten for 5 games and was only stopped by a late appearance from Jim Gregory. However, Peter was still the clear winner and will go on to the final on Sunday 8 May. Second place was taken by Erica Malaiperuman with Pat Long in third. More importantly, over £100 was raised for this excellent cause.


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100 Club

On the opening day of the season the 100 Club reached record membership with 45 units sold.

The first draw of the season produced these prizewinners

1st prize – Libby Howard-Blood £35
2nd prize – Fran Appleby £20
3rd prize – Pat Long £10

The opening day saw a pavilion full of members old and new eager to meet again and play some croquet.  Despite indifferent weather many of us enjoyed getting hold of a mallet and enjoyed friendly but moist competition.

NDCC Sentinels

SAMSUNGNailsea’s new leather jacket eradication team size up the job – hoping there will be some good matches to watch very shortly. Photograph by Brian Roynon


Why 96? – the solution

The competition is now closed. There were about 12 entries but none completely correct. Geoff and Mike gave the best answers and will receive a “specially commended” prize. All other entrants will receive a consolation prize.  Click here to see the full correct explanation.

Win a prize

Models David and John show off the latest addition to the Nailsea kit. It’s a drill stand designed and constructed by David to keep the drill vertical when creating the hoop holes. They made 96 holes on Tuesday. There is a prize for the first person to explain correctly why it was 96. Answer by e-mail to Kathy

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Photo by Tony Griggs who spent the day filling in holes

Pre-season update. March 2016

Click here to read the pre-season news update, March 2016



No more Effective Handicaps in Golf Croquet

The Croquet Association has introduced a new handicapping system for Golf Croquet.  The new system was trialled in East Anglia last year and spells the end of the Effective Handicaps introduced two years ago.  A brief explanation of the new system and a synopsis of the changes can be found in these pages under the ‘About Croquet’ tab.  Full details are of course available on the CA website.

Committee meeting postponed

The Committee Meeting that was scheduled for 9 February has been postponed until 16 February

Wild Wednesday dates for 2016 announced

Wild Wednesdays will take place on:

6 April, 4 May, 1 June, 6 July, 3 August, 31 August and 21 September

Christmas 100 Club prizes

The last 100 Club draw of the year was done at the Christmas lunch.  The winners were:

Tony Griggs – £30
Andrew Buchanan – £25
Brian McCausland – £10

You can join the 100 Club for the 2016 draws by downloading the application form from here  and following the instructions.  Forms are also available from the pavilion.

South-West Academy announces courses for 2016

The South West Croquet Academy (SWCA) is now accepting priority bookings from members of SWF clubs for their 2016 range of courses.
“We have a fantastic range of AC, GC and Sports Psychology courses which will be presented by some of the best coaches in the country and details of these can be seen on our brand new website.”

See for details of all the courses, the tutors and accommodation.

Hoopmaker comes to Nailsea

Peter Coles, the Australian designer and producer of the machined metal PFC mallets, together with his wife Elaine, visited Nailsea Croquet Club on Thursday 12th November to meet up with two of his UK customers and a small group of GC players. This was their first day after the long flight and so some fairly social games were organised, with occasional tea breaks for some chat. It turned out that Robin Hendry and Peter went to the same school in Australia so they enjoyed some memories of this whilst Elaine (handicap 4) played doubles with Pam Hendry, Doreen Wallace and Valerie Jackson. The other doubles involved Peter Coles (handicap 2) playing with Robin against Harry Wallace, all using PFC Hoopmaker mallets and Chris Jackson. During one tea-break Peter provided a lot of information on the development of these very unusual mallets which was stimulated when he and his wife took up croquet and he decided to use his engineering background to challenge the conventional thinking on mallet design. For more details click on: