Bury Croquet Club - 2010 Season.
The Tale of the Turf over Winter '09/10.
Mat Holmes wins the Club's First Honour on only the Second Day of the New Season!
Pendle's John Beech Easter Handicap Tournament began lunch time on Good Friday, April 2nd, and on Easter Saturday, Mat was awarded the CA's Silver Merit Badge, in only his second season.His 'victim' at the time, Liz Wilson, (Fylde) is no slouch around the court either, because in the very next game she picked up the fastest game trophy for a win in 48mins.
Mat went on to win the overall Tournament without dropping a single game!
To complete his personal tripple, and promising year start, he had a handicap reduction into single figures (9), other members will be struggling to catch up!
Heaton Park 10/11th April, 10th Lancashire International Open Golf Championship
In warm sunshine, last year's winner was beaten into the runner up slot by his fellow club mate, Ian Lines in a Bo3 Final.
Hosted by Bury CC
Mangaged by Bury member Geoff Young.
In block A Ian lines was the apparent main contender until an unexpected defeat by James Hopgood, who made a clean sweep of the block, and another to Robbie Dodds who narrowly missed being one of the four qualifiers for the knockout phase, the others being Freda Vitty and Paul Rigge.
In block B holder David Walters was narrowly edged into second place by a defeat by Tim King, Alan Mayne and Ray Mounfield also qualifying.
Rigge then produced a turnup by beating King in the quarter-final before narrowly losing to Walters in the semi.
In the other half Lines defeated Mayne and Hopgood to produce a three-game final, winning it in a match tighter than the scores appear.
In the consolation doubles David Barrett and Derek Buxton defeated all five opponents in a convincing series.Full Results
|2||Vitty||D Buxton||Ian Lines||A Connop||Ahmed||Dodds||Rigge||Hopgood||King||Pringle||E Buxton||Duke-Cox||M Holmes||B Connop||Mounfield||Mayne|
|3||Rigge||Dodds||Weston||Lines||Hopgood||A Connop||Ahmed||D Buxton||Mounfield||B Connop||Holmes||E Buxton||Walters||Duke-Cox||Barrett||Pringle|
|4||Ahmad||A Connop||Vitty||Weston||D Buxton||Lines||Hopgood||Dodds||Barrett||Duke-Cox||Walters||Holmes||King||E Buxton||Mayne||B Connop|
|5||Hopgood||Lines||Rigge||Vitty||Dodds||Weston||D Buxton||A Connop||Mayne||E Buxton||King||Walters||Mounfield||Holmes||Pringle||Duke-Cox|
|6||D Buxton||Weston||Ahmad||Rigge||A Connop||Vitty||Dodds||Lines||Pringle||Holmes||Mounfield||King||Barrett||Walters||B Connop||E Buxton|
|7||Dodds||Vitty||Hopgood||Ahmad||Lines||Rigge||A Connop||Weston||B Connop||Walters||Barrett||Mounfield||Mayne||King||Holmes||Duke-Cox|
|8||A Connop||Rigge||D Buxton||Hopgood||Weston||Ahmad||Lines||Vitty||Duke-Cox||King||Mayne||Barrett||Pringle||Mounfield||E Buxton||Walters|
|9||Lines||Ahmad||Dodds||D Buxton||Vitty||Hopgood||Weston||Rigge||E Buxton||Mounfield||Pringle||Mayne||B Connop||Barrett||Holmes||King|
|Lines||1-7 7-3 7-3|
The NW Federation Advanced Tournament
Hosted by Bury CC
Mangaged by Bury's Geoff Young.
Two sections played.
For the Neil Willams Trophy (A class), a field of 10 played a Flexible Swiss,
Retained by Ian Lines (Bowdon), who lost only one game.
David Walters (Bowdon) also won 5/7, handicap reduction to -1, and was defeated by Ian in a decider.
In the B section a field of seven competed for the Woodlands Trohpy, Mark LLoyd (Chester) had a clean sweep of five out of five in a round robin.
The greens were playing as well as most people remembered, and gave pace that caused one or two 'moments'.
In the A event after a random draw Ian Lines began with a +26TP against Ray Lowe while Bob Burnett and David Walters also achieved triples. Ian then got his second TP against Bob and continued in the same vein. to win with 6/6 while Bob was the runner-up on 5/6.
In the B event the sitouts made life slow for most. Mark Lloyd, who sat out first, proceeded to win all four of his games to take home the metalware.
Bob Burnett bt Andrew Winn +6TP
David Barrett bt Dave Nick +9
Alan Mayne bt Alan Pidcock +15
David Walters by Paul Rigge +11
Ian Lines bt Ray Lowe +25TP
Lines bt Burnett +10TP
Winn bt Lowe +5
Walters bt Mayne +3
Pidcock bt Barrett +6
Nick bt Rigge +16TP
Lines bt Nick +18TP
Burnett bt Rigge +12
Winn bt Walters +17TP
Mayne bt Barrett +1
Pidcock bt Lowe +14
Burnett bt Nick +7
Lines bt Rigge +26TP
Lines bt Walters +26STP
Burnett bt Pidcock +5
Winn bt Mayne +9TP
Barrett bt Rigge +1
Nick bt Walters +5TP
Lines bt Winn +3TPO
Mayne bt Lowe +20
Burnett bt Barrett +3
Pidcock bt Rigge +1
Mayne bt Nick +15
Walters bt Lowe +20
Pidcock, Winn 3/5
Lowe, Rigge 0/6
Roger Schofield bt Barbara Young +21
John Wilkinson bt Liz Wilson +6
Dennis Graham bt Peter Wilson +5
Mark Lloyd bt Young +3
P Wilson bt Schofield +1
Wilkinson bt Graham +17
Lloyd bt L Wilson +4
Schofield bt Graham +4
P Wilson bt Wilkinson +10
L Wilson bt Graham +19
Lloyd bt P Wilson +13
Wilkinson bt Young +10
Lloyd by Wilkinson +20
Young bt Graham +1
L Wislon bt Schofield +8
Schofield, P Wilson, L Wilson 2/4
Graham, Wilkinson 2/5
Counties Success for Bury Member Paul Rigge Over May Bank Holiday
Paul, an established Lancashire player, was given the 'new boy' Lee Hartley from Fylde as a partner in this season's campaign. This new pairing, as an unknown relationship, turned into the Lancs success story over the space of the 4 day tounament.
The lads won 9 out of 10 matches and Paul was the only Lancashire player to produce a peeling turn game ending!
Lancashire were the only club to beat the winners, Somerset, and finished in 3rd place, well ahead of our neighbours, Cheshire.
The Game of the Championship should be the one between Lancs Vs Cheshire,(Bob Burnett/Ailsa Lines Vs David Maugham/Andrew Winn)
Time had been called durings Bob's turn as he took his ball round to peg, AND pegged out.
Andrews(yellow) and Ailsa's (black) balls were both for 4 back.
Davids ball(red) was for Hoop 1, giving Lancs a 13 point lead at full time.
Yellow left in Corner 2, Black on East boundary just south of peg. red - just NE of 6 by 3'. What would/could you do???
DM shot & Hit into C2. Thin take off to black. Little tap roquet. Huge split croquet to hoop 1 ending 9' infront and black between h1 & h2 peg high. Ran H1 hard to North boundary, caught little wire so ended up on B baulk. Shot & hit again into C2. Split roll to load h3 and get rush onto black to h2! The four best shots I've ever seen! the rest was just a boring 3ball break to peg to level the game and move onto 'golden hoop' - DM left Andrew's ball infront of 4back of course (Ailsa's in C1 - she shot but just missed). so match to Cheshire 2-1 to reverse last years result and give them the 'bragging' rights in 2010.
|Division 1 Final places
19th June, Longman Cup 1st round - the defence of 'our' Trophy begins....
Bury played host to Shewsbury - back on our own 'surface' at Coronation Park at last
The CA Advanced Tournament
Hosted by Bury CC
Mangaged by Bury's Geoff Young.
Dave Nick beat Matt Holmes +22
Paul Rigge bt Peter Wilson +1T
Ray Lowe bt Ken Jones +21
Tom Griffith bt Liz Wilson +15
David Walters bt David Barrett +17
Alan Mayne bt Robbie Dodds +17
Andrew Winn bt Lee Hartley +22
Mayne bt Nick +17
L Wilson bt Holmes +12
Griffith bt Dodds +20
Walters bt Winn +13
Hartley bt Lowe +4
Jones bt Barrett +1T
Nick bt P Wilson +19
Winn bt Rigge +5
Walters bt Griffith +5
Hartley bt Nick +17
Winn bt L Wilson +22
Dodds bt P Wilson +1T
Holmes bt Lowe +22
Nick bt Barrett +4
Mayne bt Hartley +4
Rigge bt Jones +23
Walters bt Rigge +3TP
L Wilson bt Jones +18
Winn bt Griffith +11TP
P Wilson bt Lowe +8
Dodds bt Hartley +16
Nick bt Griffith +26
Rigge bt Lowe +10
Walters bt Mayne +6
Winn bt Nick +5TP
Rigge bt Dodds +25
L Wilson bt Hartley +17
Griffith bt Holmes +26
P Wilson bt Jones +10
Lowe bt Barrett +18
Dodds bt L Wilson +12
Rigge bt Hartley +11 TP
Griffith bt Lowe +24
Holmes bt Barrett +3
Mayne bt Winn +25
Nick bt Walters +3
Dodds bt Jones +11
Lowe bt L Wilson +22
Rigge bt Griffith +13
Winn bt P Wilson +18
Holmes bt Jones +4
Walters bt L Wilson +18
Nick bt Rigge +22
Rigge bt P Wilson +4
A Mayne 65 (6 games)
D Nick 64 (9)
D Walters 64 (7)
A Winn 60 (7)
P Rigge 61 (10)
Pendle Midweek Tournament 6th-9th July
Reopening of Coronation Park
David Barrett (President) welcomed everyone especially representatives from the CA,
other organisations which awarded funding, Bury Metro, the contractors and visitors from other clubs.
He explained the project to level the crown green and all the problems the
weather over the winter had caused.
21st July, Longman Cup 2nd round - Still on track in the defence of 'our' Trophy....
Bury travelled to Southport and played amid the heavy showers.
MacRobertson Shield 2010 at Heaton Park
The MacRobertson Shield is the top tier of the World Team Championship for Association Croquet,
competed for every 3-4 years by teams of six.
The Croquet Association, in collaboration with Bury CC and Manchester Council hosted the
first test in Manchester for 85 years.
Machester's reputation as a wet and windy city, lived up to it's billing with rain on each day
of the test, however play continued uninterupted on superbly prepared courts.
NZ lead straight from the off, winning the first day 2-1, then
8th Sept, Longman Cup Qtr final
Bury travelled to Pendle and Craven to contest the penult stage to try to book our place in Final's weekend again....
The Heaton Park CA Hcp Tournament
2nd October, Longman Cup Semi Final - Surbiton....
Bury played their best against Wrest Park's Picket Fence but dispite some very good play in the fine dry conditions, could not prevail.
3rd October, Longman Cup 3rd/4th Playoff - Surbiton....
Bury, having lost their grip on retaining the trophy, got played into fouth spot against Parsons Green.