A select group of 5, including one non-club member, contested this on Friday, with Jon winning all his games, albeit with small margins.
It was good to see Chris Barham back on the lawns after a 2 year absence. I’m sure he’ll learn not to try an 8 yard peg-out in future with his opponent’s balls joined up (as he lost that game)! If he’d won then he’d have won the tournament…
Four teams travelled to Canterbury to play in the inaugural SECF One Ball Teams event, so with the two local teams made a full six teams on their three lawns.
Their lawns are still settling in, since they were moved to their current location a couple of years ago to make way for housing, with newly relaid lawns. The clubhouse is quite large and still being fitted out, but sadly too far from the main sports club facilities to have electrical power.
Our team of Jon Diamond, John Greenwood and Kate Sander under-performed (Jon and Kate had 2 wins, but John none from the 5 games). So we ended up with the wooden spoon with no wins. However we did have chances in our last game to win, with John missing his peg-out, and so he lost by one point and the match by one point also against the winners, Surbiton.
It’s hoped that, with their new mower, partly supported by the CA and the SECF, their lawns will be a bit finer and faster next year! Nevertheless, a fine event and much good food and drink and fun – very suitable for higher handicap players next year (please).
Tom Carpenter from Tunbridge Wells won our annual Open Golf Croquet level play tournament (Montevideo Cup) on Saturday 2nd June, beating the previous winner, Liz Farrow from Sussex County, in the 19 point final 10-7.
It’s fairly clear from the results that Tom’s handicap of 3 was incorrect, as he won all his games, so a reduction to 1 was made by our club handicapper. It seems likely that a further reduction is to be expected…
A full house of 12 players enjoyed very pleasant weather, good lawns (not very fast though) and nice catering!
June started with another rather ignominious defeat, unhappily, 6-1 this time at home, some players feeling somewhat under-bisqued!! At least, the threatened thunderstorms failed to appear.
Results: Alex Jardine (2.5) and Jeff Chapman (12) lost to Tony Mockett (4.5) and Joyce Slawson (16) by -15 John Hobbs (4) lost to Trevor Longman (1.5) by -13 Richard Mann (8) lost to Charlie Martin (3) by -5 Alex beat Trevor +12 John lost to Charlie -11 Richard lost to Tony -6 Jeff lost to Joyce -11
“Day time use of Crescent Road Car Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells is being restricted to permit holders only from Tuesday 29 May.
“The restriction which applies Monday to Friday, 8 am until 6pm, until further notice, will allow larger areas of the car park to be closed off for the refurbishment work that is taking place.
“Councillor Alan McDermott planning & transportation portfolio holder said: ‘We apologise for any inconvenience this causes car park users. The work that’s being done will improve the car park and make it a better experience for visitors.’
“During the restricted hours of Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, non-permit holders are asked to use other town centre car parks including Royal Victoria Place and Meadow Road. A member of staff will be at the car park to assist motorists and redirect them to other facilities. Outside the restricted times parking is for all vehicles as normal.”
Tunbridge Wells provided four players for the Kent team this year (Jon Diamond, Jolyon Creasey, John Greenwood and Alex Jardine) for the annual CA Association Croquet Inter-Counties event. This Doubles competition was held over the last four days at Southwick and Compton, so provided as usual a variety of experiences, many missed short roquets and blobbed hoops, amusing(?) antics, potential angst, and much friendly rivalry (sometimes wanting not to be promoted to Division 1).
We improved our position over the last few years, winning three matches out of 10 in Division 2 and therefore ending up 9/11. Notable was our win over Oxfordshire, who fielded one of our local members, Martin Lester, and came second in the Division. Promotion is beckoning in 5 or 6 years time if we continue improving at this rate…
A great success for our new captain, Robert Alexander of Medway.