On a balmy summer afternoon, a select few enjoyed a lunch with meats and fish of their choice cooked on a large fire-pit which lit quickly and burned well, served with salads and puds and plenty of wines beers and soft drinks.
We all managed to sit down to eat together, using the club gazebo which was erected – a useful trial run before it is put to use at the Croquet demonstration at Penshurst Place on Bank Holiday Monday. Thanks to John Greenwood for help in putting it up.
Garden games were neglected in favour of a lively debate on the use of bisques! The argument in favour of their use to encourage less experienced – and less able players seemed to win the day!
Fixing the date for social events is always a gamble – and this year the date chosen for a BBQ at Hungershall Park was an unfortunate one as so many members were engaged with family activities or other commitments.
Any ideas about the timing of the social events for club members and of the form these events might take would be welcome – please just speak to any Committee member with your thoughts!
A nice day for a trip to the (almost) coast – not too sunny and warm given the rest of our summer!
Surprisingly we found the lawns to be very green and lush, but with some unexpected dry spots – so somewhat bumpier than we initially expected and almost as slow as our own lawns usually are…
So, we should have been at home, but our opponent’s were obviously even more so.
The morning wasn’t too bad with the Singles being shared and the Doubles very close: Jon pegged out Chris’s ball, but unfortunately Alex made a couple of errors right at the end when we had an almost won position. John’s win was even closer, again in a pegged-out ending, so 2-1 down going into lunch.
After an excellent lunch we needed to win 3 of the 4 singles, but were nowhere near being able to do that, with none of the games being close. John had the only win in the afternoon – a good day for him! So an early bath after a season with one win (better than last year at least) and looking forward to an even better next season…
Results: AM: Jon Diamond (0.5) & Alex Jardine (2.5) lost to Chris Coull (0) & Peter Pullen (1.5) -6, John Greenwood (3) beat Liz Farrow (2.5) +2, Mick Belcham (6) lost to Daphne Gaitley (2) -11 PM: Jon lost to Chris -14, Alex lost to Peter -24, John beat Daphne +18, Mick lost to Liz -20
In the Doubles event on 5th August at Southwick our teams came 20th and 21st our of 22 teams (our overall score was 1 win and 7 losses). In the Singles we did a little better coming 13th and 19th (10 wins and 14 losses).
Our inexperienced team did as well as could be expected. Our star performer was Richard Mann, who won all his singles and halved his doubles with Kate Sander.
Well done to first-timer Beverley Brown who took Derek’s place in the first singles and won easily, using her bisques well.
An enjoyable day for all with Jeremy Forty also having his first experience of tournament play.
Could we follow up on our previous success? Well, on a scorchingly hot day (the temperature hit 32 degrees) it turned out not, but it was close.
The morning went pretty well to handicap, albeit with a narrowish loss in the Doubles which might have been a win if Alex had managed to complete a long last turn from an early hoop, including peeling Jon’s ball through Rover. In fact for the first in a very long time we went into lunch early with all games completed, 2-1 to Dulwich.
In two quick games Simon was just too good for John and Mick similarly for Peter, so with the match poised at 3-2 the result would be determined by what was happening on the other lawn.
Both Mark and Jon were making mistakes, but Jon was making less and ran out the winner (an excellent result for him), despite some alarums after running Rover and not being able to hit his reception ball. So it was 3-3 and all depended on Alex.
Well, blow me, but Pierre did the same as Jon and couldn’t hit his partner ball after Rover, so giving Alex a final chance. Sadly Alex wasn’t quite able to capitalise and despite some toing and fringe failed a long roquet attempt which allowed Pierre to finish.
So the margin was as predicted on the basis of handicaps, but not quite achieved in that way!
Detailed results: AM: Jon Diamond (0.5) & Alex Jardine (2.5) lost to Mark Ormerod (-1.5) & Pierre Beaudry (0) -7; John Greenwood (3) beat Peter Haydon (9) +23, Mick Belcham (6) lost to Simon Carter (4) -23 PM: Jon beat Mark +20; Alex lost to Pierre -14; John lost to Simon -22; Mick beat Peter +15