Defeat from the jaws of victory

Our Level Play team took on Taunton Deane today.

It all started so well, beautiful sunshine, bunting up in preparation for our Open Day and a convivial pre-match chat on the veranda with our opponents.

The morning rounds went well, and we led 7-3 at lunchtime. We were cruising! Getting bored with the croquet Andy got out the paint brush. All was right with the world.

After lunch the wheels came off, and we lost 8 of our 10 afternoon games, eventually losing 9-11.

David had a notable success defeating Stephen Custance-Baker and grabbing 17 points in the process. At the other end of the scale, Colin lost all his singles games and Andy didn’t fare much better. Here’s Jonathan from Taunton slotting home the final golden hoop to clinch victory.

Onwards and upwards!

A very local derby!

The first match of the Level Play 5 + League was played on Wednesday 15th May between the club’s A-Team and the club’s B Team. The weather was ideal allowing both teams to enjoy a very close fought match. The A-Team started well and was ahead by 5 games to 3 after the first 2 rounds. But by lunchtime, the B team had pulled back to make it 6 all. After lunch, the teams took it in turns  to win alternate  games resulting in a 10 all draw. The Top players in the A team were  Robin Oldland and Phil Hendy, both losing only one of their games. In the B team Fran Ralli and Jill Shaw shared the honours with 3 wins each.

Here’s a tense moment in the game where Trish can’t bear to watch


BEFORE : Jill takes careful aim to clear red.

AFTER : Oh dear! Red is still there – we all know that feeling.

Steve Pearson wins B-Level

Steve Pearson from Sidmouth won the B-Level tournament held in early May. Here he is receiving his winner’s medal from Croquet England’s very own Brian Wilson while Tournament Manager, Colin Britt looks on.

Home grown talent Des Back won the plate. … and Nigel Wulcko would like to mention that he was the only person to beat the eventual winner!

Des “The Plate” Back

The never-ending job list

On Saturday several dedicated members met at the club to undertake many much needed maintenance jobs. Here we see Simon gracefully wielding a strimmer, Robin studiously ball-cleaning and Ann cleaning windows.

Summer lawns are set

Here’s Colin and Tony in a classic “When I nod my head, you hit it!” pose. Lawns 1, 2 and 3 were re-set this morning. All we need now is some Summer!

New website launched

On 11th March 2024 we launched our new-look website. This site has all our old features plus…

  • 2024 club calendar including all playing sessions , competitions, matches and social events
  • A members’ area for viewing match results, a directory of all registered members, committee minutes, membership rates etc.
  • Improved information for visitors, beginners’ courses, club sessions and open days
  • All our monthly newsletters
  • More content and more pictures

Finals’ Day

The club finals day was held on 30th September, followed by a Barbecue

Finalists and results…

AC Handicap David 18 – 3 Mark

GC Level Singles Colin 7 – 3 Jon

AC Short Croquet Simon 14 – 12 Mo

GC High handicap Singles Julie 7 – 4 Peter

GC Handicap Singles Phil 7 – 5 Mark

GC Level Doubles Mo & Tony 7 – 3 Sandra & Robin

GC Handicap Doubles Colin & Simon 7 – 3 Mo & Jonathon

Andy Loakes wins in Budleigh

On Budleigh’s perfect lawns, and after two hard fought days of competition (with a mere 9 games played on the Sunday), Andy won the Budleigh Open, this time triumphing over Tim Russell to whom he had lost a few weeks before. Here’s Andy receiving the trophy from the tournament manager, Jonathan Powe.