After an enforced one year delay, the SCF Armada Trophy tournament took place at Winchester CC on 15 June. Previously an AC doubles event, the Armada has been re-cast as an AC “one-ball” tournament with the aim of attracting more players.
Sixteen players from nine clubs participated, ranging from experienced players to “first-timers” at this variant of AC. In a busy day of five rounds of handicap one-ball in “Swiss” format one player won all his matches – five out of five and so became the first winner of the re-born Armada: Chris Pegrum (h’cap 12) from Caversham CC is a recent graduate of Lincoln College, Oxford but has learned his croquet under College auspices rather than as a member of OUACC. He will be changing jobs shortly and moving to Amersham, so will come within the orbit of High Wycombe CC – a talent to be watched!
The runner-up with 4/5 wins was Ian Harrison (-2) of Basingstoke and Winchester who was pipped at the peg by a stunning 12 yard peg shot by Glynis Hassell (15) of Dogmersfield and Winchester. Just to prove that it was not a fluke, Glynis repeated the feat in her following game against Artur Da Costa (10) on the other court!
The weather was glorious and the day was greatly enjoyed by all the participants, including those for whom it was a fairly steep learning curve. Hopefully, Armada one-ball is here to stay.
This event was held on the 13th April at Hamptworh in fine, sunny but chilly weather.
It was organised as two blocks of seven competing for the annual GC Champion of Champions Trophy on the 14th April at Hamptworth playing seven point handicap games.. These were winners or representatives of their club handicap GC competitions.
The final had two players from Hamptworth both of whom had 5 wins. Tim O’Donnell beat Dudley Blundell at the golden hoop.
Twelve players competed for the annual Champion of Champions Tropy on the 14th April at Hamptworth. These were winners or representatives of their club handicap AC competitions. They played four rounds of 14-point games on an unusually cold day. Ten clubs were represented with handicaps ranging from one to fourteen .
Congratulations to Blewbury for providing the winner in Peter Allan. Peter also won the last time, in 2019 though on that occasion as the Harwell champion. Roger Barnacle was the runner up.
The Handicap league North vs South final was played on Sunday 18th October at Hamptworth between Hamptworth and Phyllis Court.
This turned out to be an incredibly exciting match.
In game one, Richard Peperell (PC) played Chris Weedon (H). Their game went to +1 on time with Richard edging it on a golden hoop. Meanwhile in game two between Raghu Iyer (PC) and Nick Beard (H) a similar battle ended +1 to Nick on golden hoop.
Hamptworth 1 – Phyllis Court 1
In the deciding game, Chris Roberts (PC) and Tim O’Donnell (H) slugged it out. It could have gone either way but eventually Tim and Hamptworth prevailed.
Winner: Hamptworth was declared the overall winner of the SCF 2020 Handicap League.
With the continued easing of government guidelines relating to Covid-19, the SCF committee have decided to re-start the AC leagues. There are currently no restrictions that would disallow singles matches in each league taking place, providing guidelines covering social distancing while playing and travelling are met.
A number of clubs have chosen not to participate due to logistical challenges and constraints at home facilities.
Whether there is enough time to fully complete all the matches is a moot point. By restarting now however, at least some competitive matches may be salvaged. Participating clubs should to follow a “best effort” approach to schedule and play their matches. Trophies will be awarded where a league is completed.
The One Court Clubs Handicap League leads the way with a local Basingstoke derby. All six teams have a full programme of matches and hope to complete by the end of August. With the exception of the Handicap League, which continues to be affected by Covid restrictions, clubs in the remaining leagues are arranging competitive matches as and when they are able.
Sad news has been received from Thames Valley CC who report the death of their stalwart member Jim Pertwee on Friday 8 May at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Due to the current restrictions there will be a private ceremony. A memorial celebration will take place when more normal times resume. Jim will be fondly remembered, not only by his own club mates and members of opposition teams, but also for his time as SCF Secretary from 2011 to 2014.
Further announcement(s) to extend this suspension period are likely to be necessary in the weeks ahead.
If you have agreed matches within this timeframe, please postpone.
If postponed fixtures can be re-arranged for a later date between the two clubs, all well and good.
All fixtures that are played, will continue to be regarded as fully competitive and the results will be recorded as such (including the submission of game results to the Rankings Officers where appropriate).
If, at the end of the season, a league programme is incomplete, a decision on awarding of cups will be made by the leagues managers.
It might well be that some/all will not be awarded for the 2020 season.
We don’t know how much of the 2020 season we are going to be able to salvage, but with the belief that ‘normal times’ will resume sooner or later, by preserving the already made fixtures, at least we will have a structure to the croquet season to return to when that time comes.
Keep well and best wishes to member clubs in these challenging times,