Never mind the rain – Croquet continues!

From Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th October, Camerton and Peasedown Croquet Club was the venue for the National Final of the ‘B’ level series – a Croquet Association tournament for up-and-coming players. Players came from all over the UK including Edinburgh, Wales, East Anglia … not forgetting players from local clubs and CPCC’s own home-grown talent.

On Friday, club members made sure that everything was ‘tip-top’ for this prestigious event, but on Saturday, when the 16 players arrived with their supporters they were greeted with rain and cold winds.

Such weather does not put off Croquet players so, once they had put on their ‘wet-weather gear’, play started on all four lawns. Spectators enjoyed the first day’s play (from inside the club house and marquees) and saw many long clearances and hoop scoring when everyone thought it not possible. Games were hard fought so much so that, at the end of the first day, 67% of matches had been won/lost by only two hoops.

Sunday brought better weather – some sunshine, but the wind was cold, so everyone wore layers of clothing. The top eight players from Day 1 started to do battle for the trophy – the other players fought hard for honour and reputation. We enjoyed and were amazed at all these games – impossible shots seemed to become possible. ‘If only I could play like that!!’.

The final, the best of three games, was between James Galpin of Nailsea and Lorna Dewar of Edinburgh. Even though James is only 17 and Lorna has only been playing for 3 years we were entertained by some outstanding play and it was nip and tuck all the way. Game 1 to James 7:6 – Game 2 to Lorna 7:6 – then deciding Game 3 went to James 7:4.

The Tournament Manager, Mo Boys (Chair of CPCC) congratulated all players for giving spectators so much to enjoy over the two days. She thanked the myriad of CPCC members who had set up the lawns and provided the lunches, tea and cakes. Brian Wilson (CA Council Member) presented the Trophy to James Galpin (pictured here), who, in turn thanked everyone at CPCC for their excellent hospitality and the quality of the lawns.

Croquet is a competitive sport – so after the presentations two players were determined to finish their match and continued until the light faded and a result was achieved.