Semi Finals 21st 22nd September

Well what a day to start the semis – it sorts of fits the pattern for the year.
It was sunny but wet and windy as John, David, Tony H and Tony D cut the lawns, set the hoops and drew the white lines.
Looking out for rainbows into the grey from the relative comfort of the clubhouse, but not seeing any, the first pioneering alternate strokes players took to the lawn – there were even a couple of spectators, one of whom was Pat, laden with cakes to see us through the next few days.
As the Enginuity and Handicap Advanced started the sun came out to cheer us all up and the LAGS put the finishing touches to Lawn 2.
The alternate strokes was the first to finish – 6:4 to Brigit and Martin: not the highest score ever but a close game and everyone came off in a good frame of mind to a welcome cup of tea and a slice of cake – with Doreen H behind the kettle dispensing warmth and good cheer.
Rather a let-down when his opponent failed to turn up for the One Ball handicap game, so Rob goes straight through to the final.
Meanwhile Martin and Pete Longden were fighting it out in the 18 point against a background of increasingly grey and blustery skies.
The two Brians were battling things out slowly on Lawn 1 in the Enginuity while on the same lawn Erica waited patiently for Libby to work through her bisques in the Handicap Advanced.
The end of the day saw Brian Mc and Erica winners of their respective games.
Day two lunchtime saw a subdued and sodden group of people stoically playing. Earlier they had called upon John W to declare whether or not the lawns were playable. They were and James had beaten Tony H +20 while Robert had beaten Rob +21.
Brian R and Martin were slogging their way through the Open Handicap while Doreen, Sandra, Brenda and Polly found they had to play a tie breaker third game in the GC doubles – but not before they’d warmed up with a hot drink and a bite to eat. Victory to Doreen and Sandra with a third closely fought game. Martin beat Brian Roynon +15t dropping to 14 handicap in the process.
Robert and Terry decided to postpone their game until Monday morning – and who can blame them.
With hoop 1 on lawn 1 unplayable, Jim and James took residence on lawn two for the Advanced 1 Ball, and the Buchanan Cup contestants agreed to postpone their games for a couple of days.
A first game win to James, leisurely tea and cake for Jim and onto game two. Jim won
this +1 so another warming cup of tea before the deciding game which saw James win
with a convincing +2.
Meanwhile on lawn 4 … Martin and Peter L were slogging it out with fortitude in a 3 ½
hour marathon for remaining Over 50’s place. Each carried out some amazingly strong
croquet strokes particularly given the state of the lawns – every ball surrounded by a
flume of spray as it sped across the lawn. In the end – a cold wet end by the sound of it –
Martin won +3t.
We may be singing in the rain but we certainly weren’t playing croquet on Sunday
morning. The lawns were unplayable so we chatted, watched the rain, watched the rain
stop, watched it start again.
Some games were re-scheduled and the first game began at 12.30 on lawn 2 – the first to
clear, with James and Brian Mc and the Advanced 1 Ball which James won in two games.
The second heat of the alternate strokes saw Brian R and Sandra defeat Doreen and
Sandra – so let’s see what happens in the third heat – hopefully we’ll have a winner.
The GC doubles gave victory in two games to Peter D and Mike P over David Hogg and
Linda but it’s a tough world and as Mike is on holiday over Finals weekend it will be David
and Linda against Doreen and Sandra.
Another couple of quick wins with Peter beating Brian Mc in 2 games with the 1 Ball
Advanced and James beat Brenda in 2 games in the Sergeant Cup.
So that was the end of the weekend – quite a few games left to play thanks to the
Geoff and Peter Dyke had an eventful short croquet game which Geoff started well but
had problems finishing his second peel. This left Peter free to take his first ball to peg.
Geoff continued to have peeling problems and Peter eventually got going with his second
ball but, with time running out, broke down after running hoop five. Geoff pegged out
Peter’s forward ball but ran hoop 6 not having done his second peel.and in his next turn
the timer went before he ran 4 and 5 with his pink ball. He then ran hoop 6 without
having done his second peel which isn’t valid, so Peter had his final turn when he pegged
out his second ball.
The full results are as follows:
Game                                             Player                           Player                                   Finalist
Short 1                                           Peter Dyke                  Geoff Hughes                      Peter +3
Short 2                                           Brian Roynon             Brigit Clayton                       Brigit
1 ball handicap 1                         Terry                            Mike T                                    Mike 2:1
1 Ball handicap 2                         Jim                                Rob                                        Rob Royffe
1 ball advanced 1                        James                            Jim                                         James
1 ball advanced 2                        Peter D                         Brian Mc                               Peter Dyke
GC Singles handicap 1                James                           Brian Mc                                James
GC Doubles Handicap 1             Brenda / Polly             Doreen /Sandra                   Doreen & Sandra
GC Doubles handicap 2              Peter / Mike                Linda / David                         Peter & Mike
Buchanan Cup 1                          Brenda / Brian            Graham / Pat                         Pat & Graham
Buchanan Cup 2                          Linda / David               Alan / Lynda                          Linda & David
Sergeant Cup 1                            James                            Brenda                                   James
Sergeant Cup 2                           Andrew Wimshurst      Mike Powell                          Andrew
Alternate strokes 1                     Rob / Doreen                Brian R / Sandra                  Brian & Sandra
Alternate strokes 2                     Brigit / Martin               Rob / Doreen                       Brigit & Martin
Alternate strokes 3                     Brigit / Martin               Brian R / Sandra                  Brian & Sandra
18 point     1                                 Peter Longden             Martin Kerly                          Martin
18 point 2                                     Mike Tracy                    Rob Royffe                            Rob
Handicap Advanced 1                EricaMalaiperuman     Libby Howard-Blood          Erica
Handicap Advanced 2               Terry Young                   Robert Upton                      Terry Young
B Class Advanced                       Straight to final
Over 50s AC 1                             Robert Upton                Rob Royffe                            Robert
Over 50s AC 2                             Peter Longden              Martin Kerly                          Martin
AC open handicap singles 1     Martin Kerly                  Brian Roynon                        Martin
AC open handicap singles 2     James Galpin                 Tony Hinchliffe                     James
Enginuity 1                                  Brian McCausland        Brian Roynon                       Brian Mc
Enginuity 2                                  Robert Upton                Andrew Wimshurst             Andrew
Open Advanced AC                   Straight to finals