Short croquet at Nailsea

CROQUET - NAILSEA and District Croquet Club held their short croquet competition on Saturday in glorious sunshine.

NAILSEA and District Croquet Club held their short croquet competition on Saturday in glorious sunshine.

The conditions were difficult with fast lawns and challenging hoop approach areas. There were eight entrants, divided into two blocks of four. The closest match was between Kathy Wallace and Brigit Clayton. This was level when time was called and was decided by a golden hoop, handsomely won by Brigit.

Newcomer Alan Longdon gave a good account of himself with a narrow defeat and a win. Rob Royffe and Carl Jones won all their matches and were outright winners of their blocks. The other players all won one match each so the second positions had to be decided on nett points. On this basis, Chris Jackson and Kathy Wallace claimed the remaining semi-finals places.

There are still places available on the beginners' courses which will be commencing shortly. For more information, contact Jim Gregory on 01275 854925

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On Sunday, in their first Federation League match of the season, the Nailsea (North) team won an away match, beating the Bear of Rodborough by three games to two.

Results - doubles: David Hunt & Kathy Wallace won +20. Singles:Geoff Hughes lost -24 & won +13; David Hunt lost -1T (16-17); Kathy Wallace won +26.

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Meanwhile, in the Intermediate League, Nailsea (SE) lost at home to Abbey Croquet Club (Glastonbury) by four games to one.

Results - doubles: Mary Barnes & Brigit Clayton lost -5T (5-10). Singles: Rob Royffe won +8T (17-9) & lost -14; Linda Shaw lost -1T (15-16); Brigit Clayton lost -14T (9-23).

Over the weekend, three players took part in an open golf croquet tournament at Sidmouth. Marcus Evans and Ryan Cabble won their respective blocks on Saturday and both Nailsea players reached the final of the knockout on Sunday, which Marcus won by two games to one.

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