Ryan unbeaten in five games

CROQUET - NAILSEA Croquet Club held the annual Golf Croquet competition on Saturday.

NAILSEA Croquet Club held the annual Golf Croquet competition on Saturday. In the morning, it was the level play version with no extra turns for high handicap players.

In Block A, Ryan Cabble won all his five games, followed by Brian McCausland with four wins and Carl Jones with three wins. In the other block, Peter Dyke had five wins, Jim Gregory four and Mary Barnes three.

In the afternoon, handicaps were taken into account. In the first three blocks, the clear winners were Ryan Cabble, Brenda Roynon and Carl Jones who won all their games.

The final block was much tighter with Jim Gregory, Mike Tracy and Sheila Ware all on two wins. Nett points and the who beat whom rule both had to be used to declare Mike Tracy the block winner


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The area finals of the Golf Croquet All England Handicap Championships were held at Nailsea.

There were five qualifiers, three from Nailsea and two from Lansdown. All the competitors played each other in a single round robin, the first two qualifying for the final at Ramsgate in September.

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After three rounds Brian Wilson (handicap 10, Lansdown) was undefeated with three wins and Brian McCausland (4, Nailsea), Polly Reynolds (8, Nailsea) and Ian Morrison (2, Lansdown) each had one win, while Peter Dyke (3, Nailsea) had no wins.

After lunch Brian McCausland beat Polly Reynolds 7-5, and Peter Dyke had a surprise 7-6 win over the previously undefeated Brian Wilson, scoring the last hoop with a two-yard jump shot. Brian Wilson had completed all his games and had secured his place in the final.

In the last round Peter beat Brian McCausland 7-1, and Ian beat Polly 7-3, so there was a three-way tie for second place between Brian McCausland, Ian Morrison and Peter Dyke.The result could not be resolved by "who beat whom" so nett points are used to determine the winner and Peter's 7-1 win over Brian was crucial in securing him the other semi-final place against all the odds.

The Nailsea Central team had their last Federation League match of the season, a local derby at Bristol.

Bristol got off to a good start, winning the doubles and both singles games in the morning giving them a 3-nil lead at lunch. In the afternoon 16-year old Ryan Cabble won his singles 26-0, but Nailsea lost the other three singles to give Bristol a 6-1 win.

Doubles: Kriss Chambers and Ryan Cabble lost -18. Singles: Kathy Wallace lost -10 and -18; Mary Barnes lost -5T (12-17) and -10; Kriss Chambers lost -26; Ryan Cabble won +26.

The winner of Nailsea's August Wild Wednesday competition was Rob Royffe with 91 points, Jim Gregory came second with 87, Geoff Hughes was third with 65 and Brian McCausland took fourth place with 64.

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