Penine Cup (Which is still lost!)

Teams of 6 from Croquet North and The North West Fed met at Pendle for the annual contest. 

North – Andrew Killick (- 1 ½), Terry Vernazza (3),David Millener (6), Julian Gibson (c)(8), Nigel Durie (10) and Derek Johnson (12)

North West – Lee Hartley (-1), John Henderson (5) Chris Alvey (8), Betty Bates (8), Anne Alvey (10 and Libby Dixon (12) (Non-playing Captain Liz Wilson)

The three morning  advanced doubles paired 1 with 6, 2 with 5 and 3 with 4.  John and Anne saw off Terry and Nigel in record time winning 26 – 0 and Chris and Betty did pretty much the same thing against David and Julian 26 – 3.  The other game featuring the minus players was far more tactical with Lee and Libby beating Andrew and Derek 26 – 9.  So 3 nil to the North West at lunch.

In the afternoon the first 4 pairings played level advanced with the final two pairings playing handicap.  First to finish was Lee vs Andrew 26 – 9.  The next to finish was Terry vs John which went to the North East 26 – 9.  Chris Alvey then produced the match deciding win against David Millener  again winning 26 – 9.  The other three games all went to time and were very close and exciting.  Libby beat Derek 26 – 21 in the time turn.  Julian beat Betty 20 – 18 and Anne beat Nigel 18 – 16.  The final score 7 – 2 to The North West but it could easily have been 5 – 4!

Andrew Killick wins Middlesbrough 1-Day AC Advanced Tournament

On Thursday 16th May Middlesbrough hosted a 1 Day AC Advanced Tournament, which, after a couple of rearrangements, had 6 players with handicaps ranging from minus 1.5 to 12.

The competition was arranged in three rounds with a two and a half hour time limit. Great cooperation from the players finishing within the time limit in all but one match meant the three rounds were completed just in time for the sun to come out at about 5pm.

Andrew Killick won all 3 of him matches and was duly confirmed as worthy winner.

ErringtonHallKillickPratt ScarrVernazzaGames Won
Phil Errington8-2626-926-102
Ian Hall8-2626-2014-261
Andrew Killick26-826-826-183
Stephen Pratt9-2620-2610-25(T)0
Dennis Scarr26-1418-2626-162
Terry Vernazza10-2625-10(T)16-261

Andrew Killick wins theMiddlesbrough AC Handicap Singles tournament: 27-28 April

Charles Waterfield presents trophies to the finalists

At a time when some AC Tournaments struggle for numbers 14 players entered the Middlesbrough AC Handicap Singles Weekend, which was very good response for early season when the weather can be iffy; and it was.

Saturday was mostly cold with steady drizzle and very occasional bright spots. But, on Sunday, the weather was quite simply dire. Cold conditions were maintained with the drizzle giving way to rain in bucket loads leading to squelchy lawns and soggy players. The downpour eventually relented – just as everyone was locking up and heading for home!

Handicaps ranged from 20 to minus 1.5. Full of good intensions we began Saturday with 2 Blocks, playing 18-point games with 2-hour time limits, which seemed about right with only a handful of games going to time. The target of 4 rounds on Saturday was comfortably achieved.

As the reality of Sunday weather struck home and with the happy band of 14 players reduced to 9, the Blocks were abandoned to focus on games between those players with 100% records from day 1.

Thankfully 2 rounds on Sunday gave us a winner. In a very tight Final, Andrew Killick (-1.5) beat Mark Simmerson (+3.5) plus 2.

It must be said that the 4 lawns are very much improved. The second year of Duncan Hectors Lawn Maintenance Programme is coming along quite nicely.

Special mentions go to 5 visitors from Nottingham Croquet Club, to Stephen Pratt who decided to return to AC Croquet after a couple of decades away, to Mark Simmerson from Sheffield Croquet Club who is a regular supporter of our Tournaments, and to Croquet North and Middlesbrough Club Members for supporting the Tournament.

2024 Annual General Meeting

The 2024 Annual General Meeting of Coquet North took place on Saturday 16 March at the Tyneside Club in Exhibition Park, Newcastle. 15 members attended.

The minutes of and reports presented at the AGM may be viewed in the section of this web site restricted to registered users. Any member of Croquet North may register as a user by following the instructions under the Members’ Area tab.

AC Doubles Handicap Championship Winners

The final of the Croquet North AC Handicap Doubles Championship took place on 17 October at Albert Park between Nigel Durie & Roger Staples and Eric Nixon & Julian Gibson.

Congratulations to Nigel and Roger who won a close game 21-19 (t) and are the 2023 Champions.

2023 Turner Goblet Competition

This year’s Croquet North GC Open (level play) Singles Tournament for the Turner Goblet was played in warm weather on Saturday 9 September at Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street, the home of Croquet Durham.

There were 10 individual entries from 5 clubs with handicaps ranging from 1 to 7 playing in two all-play-all blocks, followed by a semi-final and final playoff involving the top two players in each block.

In the semi-finals, Peter Tymms beat William Steadman and Phil Errington beat Tony McCann. In the final Phil beat Peter to become the 2023 holder of the Turner Goblet.

2023 AC League Winners

With the completion of the 2023 AC League competition, which proved extremely tight, Middlesbrough tied with York on matches won.

This has meant that the final result was to be decided on nett hoops with Middlesbroug prevailing by +13 hoops.

Many congratulations to Middlesbrough on being the 2023 AC League Champions.