MIDDLESBROUGH AC HANDICAP

Derek Johnson (Tyneside) won the 2-day AC Handicap Competiton at Albert Park over the weekend of 1-2 May 2021

It was a pleasure meeting up with fellow croquet players from around the North, after so many months in Covid isolation without much competitive activity on the lawns. We were also lucky that the bank‑holiday weekend weather was relatively fine, although on the cold side. Resulting from existing restrictions, we had only eight competitors (two from the home club).

John & Fiona Crompton (York CC)
Anthony Miller (Peterlee)
Derek Johnson (Tyneside CC)
Steve Skelton (Keswick CC)
Jim Gillespie (Beverley CC)
Roger Staples & Julian Gibson (Middlesbrough CC)

The format was two blocks of four each day, playing three 18-point games.

On the Sunday the top block comprised those players who had come 1st or 2nd in each block on Saturday, the remainder being placed in the other block. Hoop points were also used to determine rank. Click here for the block scores.

Derek came out top, with Roger in second place.

Handicap reductions – Derek Johnson 10 to 8, Anthony Miller 3 to 2.5, 

Bronze Award – Jim Gillespie

Charles Waterfield (manager/referee)

Annual Middlesbrough One-Day B Level Tournament

The Annual Middlesbrough Croquet Club One Day B Level Tournament 2021 took place on 17 April and was won by Derek Knight.

The weather was good for Middlesbrough Croquet Clubs first Tournament of the season. The field comprised 6 players from Croquet North Federation area plus two regular visitors from Yorkshire and Cumbria.

For the majority of players this was the first competitive outing of the season and this together with time limit of 2 hour 15 minutes resulted in a majority of games going to time.

After a wobble in his first game Derek Knight then got into his stride running out a worthy winner.

Full results……………….

KNOCKOUT

Roger Staples beat Phil Errington +2 (t)
Dennis Scarr beat Steve Skelton +5 (t)
Derek Watts beat Charles Waterfield +6 (t)
Derek Knight beat Terry Vernazza +9 (t)
Dennis Scarr beat Roger Staples +4 (t)
Derek Knight beat Derek Watts +19 
Derek Knight beat Dennis Scarr +15

CONSOLATION

Terry Vernazza beat Charles Waterfield +5 (t)
Phil Errington beat Steve Skelton +1 (t)
Derek Watts beat Terry Vernazza +9 
Phil Errington beat Charles Waterfield +4 (t)
Steve Skelton beat Roger Staples +25

Good to be playing croquet again and in the current Covid restricted environment another success for the increasingly popular one day tournament format.

Dennis Scarr – Manager

2021 – The Season Ahead

Following a well-attended AGM on 13 March (21 attendees by Zoom), Croquet North is looking forward to the resumption of near normal play in 2021, although the pace of this will necessarily depend on how the relaxation of government covid rules progresses.

A number of events are now in the Calendar and are expected to take place. We hope that the list to expand as we get later into the year.

The main constraints, are of course those government rules together with the fact that a number of clubs use greens hired from third parties (e.g. local councils) who are controlling the speed of opening up.

One consequence is that there might not be enough time for League competitions to get back to normal in 2021. The situation will be clarified as soon as possible.

2021 Annual General Meeting of Croquet North

The 2021 AGM of Croquet North will take place online via Zoom on Saturday 13 March 2021 at 10 am and is open to all CN club members

Those wishing to ‘attend’ must register their intention to do so by 9 March. The AGM Agenda and AGM registration process may be found in the Members’ Area of this web site. (Members who have not accessed this section before will need to register to do so).

Covid-19 update

The CA have again updated their website (see this link). Please continue to refer to the CA guidelines if advice is needed.

Currently only Alnmouth and Bamburgh clubs are known to have started croquet play. The Tyneside club is preparing to open soon, but other CN clubs are having difficulty accessing their playing areas.

Individual clubs will be able to provide more detail about their circumstances.

Covid-19: CA advice to clubs

Following the relaxation of the pandemic regulations in England by the Government, the Croquet Association has issued new guidelines to allow clubs to restart limited playing under strict conditions.

At the moment Croquet North is consulting clubs on their intentions, and the advice for anyone who wants more information is either to look at the club web sites or contact them directly.

We will issue more information when the situation is clearer.

Covid-19 – CN Leagues in 2020 are cancelled

Following consultation with the clubs, the Croquet North Committee has concluded that there is no realistic prospect of completing any of the league programmes (AC, GC and EPL) for 2020, and has therefore cancelled them as of today, 23 April 2020.

While there is an outside possibility of play resuming later in the season, the feeling is that clubs may well want try to arrange ad hoc friendly matches if and when that arises. The Committee will also then look at what other competitions might be organised to maintain competitive play across the Federation.

We are in unknown territory, and the health and well-being of our members and the wider public must be our first priority.

The Croquet North Committee wishes everyone well in these difficult times.