Archive for previous Years
4 October 2014 Laying Up Do
The end of an excellent season's play celebrated with a knock in the morning, dodging an errant shower, followed by the customary lively chat over a very tasty buffet lunch. Roll on 2015!
Judy is presented with the Hipgrave Shield - a worthy winner after several years' pause.
Steve holds the Stow Pan as Colin and Scarlett look on
14 September 2014 Egyptian
A well fought match between Steve (who had brought appropriate headgear) and Jonathan (who had not) with the latter winning by a narrow margin.
30 August Hipgrave Shield
The first time this Association tournament for beginners had been played for several years. Colin and Judy had a hard fought battle with Judy the eventual winner by a few points. Well played both!
16 August Champagne
A very well contested tournament with three out of the four entrants finishing level on two wins. Nan and Judy made an excellent start with their first tournament and added to the enjoyment of the afternoon by bringing along champagne to be consumed whilst playing. Definitely a concept to be continued. The final winner, by a slim margin, was Jonathan with Steve and Nan close runners up.
13 August Watlington Wednesday Club
The Wednesday Club came for their annual visit and had a good time as ever. Apart from a brief shower all was well with the weather. These visits have been happening for the past eight years or so. An addition this year was the inauguration of a special trophy - presented to Enid and her partner (or Jack and Jill as the team was known).
26 July Barbecue
Greeted by Pimms on arrival we had an enjoyable morning's knock, with refreshment breaks in Steve's very decorative (and welcome) gazebo followed by a very tasty barbecue. Must do this more often...
21 July Downham Lions
A smaller group than usual spent a pleasant summer's evening knocking balls around. All good fun.
5 July Barrett Pot
This was a very close doubles match twixt Cliff and Jan v Don and Jonathan which the latter pair won 7-6. A well fought contest that could have gone either way.
Sat 21 June Friendly v Histon (away)
Steve, Angus and Jonathan had a very enjoyable day hosted by the Histon club. Lunch at the pub and a very tasty tea in the sunshine. Definitely to be repeated!
Peggy's Plant 7 June 2014
Five intrepid souls - Kathleen, Don, Cliff, Jan and Jonathan - played the first round in increasingly wet weather. We gave up as the heavens looked permanently open for business with sheets of rain and thunder and lightning. Then...a perfect afternoon.. so play resumed at 4-30pm and a very close contest saw three level on wins - Cliff, Don and Jonathan - with Jonathan the winner on the quality of wins.
The Stow Pan was played on 17 May and won convincingly by Steve Lewis.
Saturday 5 April 2014 arrives with a sunny smile (and slightly cool breeze) but we had a very pleasant knock in the morning followed by the usual celebratory drink to greet the new season. (Cliff, Jan and Kathleen pictured in action below, joined by Jonathan immediately below with Don as photographer).
A new season beckons!
We begin proceedings on Sat 5 April with the customary knock around in the morning followed by a bring your own buffet food and drink outside the clubhouse (or inside if wet) at lunchtime. A similar scene, no doubt, to the one below...
5 October Laying Up Do
The close of the season. A knock around for an hour or so with our first try out of the Aussie game "Ricochet" - a sort of bridge between Golf and Association (though not sure whether we followed the approved rules) then a splendid glass or two with food in front of the clubhouse in the sunshine. (On reflection...should have left gear out for Apple Day on 6 October as there were lots of visitors).
Cliff and Jan toast a lovely summer's croquet
21 September Egyptian
A tussle between Steve and Jonathan with the latter the winner.
A knock in the morning followed by a lovely barbecue celebration of 25 years of Downham Croquet Club in the sunny afternoon.
10 August Champagne
Ian and Jonathan played an Advanced game with Jonathan the winner
3 August Histon
Our first friendly for some time - with players from Histon and Impington CC. We mixed and matched doubles and had a bash at alternate shot play (adding to the general confusion)
22 July Downham Lions
Another very enjoyable evening with the Lions' annual visit - hotly contested
6 July Barrett Pot
A tight contest between the pairs of Cliff and Jan v Don and Jonathan with the latter pair eventual victors
15 June A wedding party hired the lawns and gear and were ably supervised by Steve
12 June Watlington Weds Club
The WWC came on a lovely day for their annual battle, won by the incorrectly named Useless Duo. Lots of fun followed by delicious tea and cake at Church Farm
8 June Peggy's Plant
A quick win for Cliff against Jonathan by 5 points.
25 - 28 May Inter-Counties
Jonathan and Steve joined fellow members of the Norfolk team for the wonderful jamboree of the Counties in Brighton and Eastbourne. We won a few, lost a lot, had some fine meals and a great time.
Saturday 11 May
Our first tournament of the new season - the Stow Pan. Playing for the giant eponymous cooking utensil. Steve, Alex, Ian and Jonathan had an interesting day's play. Steve beat Al (playing for the first time since last year's tournament - which he won) but lost to Ian. Jonathan had three straight wins so was the new holder of the Pan.
The new season opens at Stow on Sat 6 April with the customary knockaround and buffet lunch. This will be our 25th year so we'll be having a bit of a do sometime in the summer.
CLUB NEWS 2012
Watlington Wednesday Club Annual Visit, July 2012.
Our opening tournament was a close fought tussle between Jonathan and Al Napp with Al the eventual winner, +1 on time. Not bad after returning to croquet following a five year gap!
We look forward to another splendid season - beginning with the opening buffet lunch and knock on Saturday 7 April.
A hard fought battle, played on a beautiful, sunny day,between Jonathan and Don with the latter dominating the opening half of the match but with Jonathan the eventual winner.
World Under 21 Golf at Hunstanton
Don't miss the World Under 21 Golf at Hunstanton, 12 - 15 July. Support young Tim Race!
In the event, Tim reached the quarter finals - not bad against a strong international field. Will Gee from Nottingham made it to the semis but the final was contested between two very accurate young Eqyptians. They hit the balls very straight and very hard!
Barrett Pot 9 July 2011
A well fought contest involving the pairs of Charlie and Ruby, Don and Kathleen and Martyn with his daughter Rosie just down from Glasgow and playing in her first competition. Some close games with Mr and Mrs Butters emerging as clear winners of this year's Pot.
Peggy's Plant 11 June 2011
On a lovely, sunny day there was a good turnout with ten members competing in this Singles Golf tournament named in memory of Jonathan's Mum. (She was a great gardener so the winner receives a plant).
There were lots of close tussles with young Angus doing well in his first foray since returning from university in Edinburgh. He managed to win one more game than his Dad, Martyn....nothing like a bit of friendly, familial rivalry.
The clear winner though, with 4/4 wins, was Charlie Blyth, who gets his name on the pot again.
Coaching sessions will run from mid May onwards on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. This series has now run its course but please contact Jonathan if you would like some coaching on a one off basis.
Stow Pan 21 May 2011
The mower is fixed and the grass is short and brown after a dry start to the summer so the balls fairly fly about.
The opening (Association) tournament of the season saw some competitive play between Martyn, Ian and Jonathan. We settled on a restricted time of 1 1/2 hours per match with roughly half the bisque allowance. Jonathan beat Ian in the first game. Ian beat Martyn. And Jonathan narrowly beat Martyn by 1 on time to clinch the first of our club tussles.
INDOORS GOLF CROQUET @ SOHAM - 12TH/13TH MARCH 2011
Why not kickstart your outdoor season with some friendly yet competitive enjoyable Golf Croquet on the carpet at Soham?
There are vacant slots for the level play on Saturday and a limited amount of space for the handicap on the Sunday.
(Handicap play could be arranged on Saturday if there is sufficient demand).
To enter please contact Chris Howell on E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01284 0787728
It is important that these events are actively supported otherwise their future could be in doubt.
USE IT OR LOSE IT
Sunday 22nd August
Golf League versus Hunstanton
This game was played at Hunstanton for convenience. With two wins under their belt the table indicated Hunstanton had won this area ,however if Downham beat them, there could be several possibilities. We started as the underdogs and by the lunch break we trailed 8 - 4, with one singles round to play and the two doubles. The final round of singles Downham won three thus closing the gap to two. If the doubles was to go favourably for Downham, having lost all previous doubles, the golden hoop would be played. Playing what seemed to be our best performance both doubles recorded victories taking us into the golden hoop. Downham won the toss and decided to play doubles . It was agreed for Chris and David to play. A close tussle for a considerable time finally saw Hunstanton Blue victors and now move on to the semi finals against Enfield E. Semi finals to be played at Bury St Edmunds.
Saturday 21 August
Much to the relief of the Club Secretary, four players arrived to compete for the Hipgrave Shield this year. (The last time was 2005). One of the competitors, Dave Randall, had only just joined the club and had experienced his preliminary introduction to the game only three days previously. Dave had been expecting to watch and learn but in the event was persuaded to participate. Kathleen Butters, Martyn Browne and his son Angus and Dave fought out some pretty good matches though Martyn had a couple of big wins and as a result had his handicap lowered. He was the eventual victor but congratulations to all who took part. It's good to see the Hipgrave (named in memory of a late member and aimed purely at beginners) featuring on the Honours Board again
Saturday 14th August
Golf League away to Hunstanton
David, Heather, Chris and Carole journeyed to Sunny Hunny (where it was raining) for the second game in the league calendar. With four courts being used it was constant play until the break before the doubles. During the last singles game a mad dash was needed to don our waterproofs. This only lasted for a short while . At the break honours were shared so once again it was going to be decided on the doubles games. With full bellies we ventured out after the heavy shower during lunch to continue the ‘battle’ unfortunately it was a repeat of the Norwich encounter and both doubles went to the Hunstanton side, thus we lost 8 - 10.
Thanks were given to Hunstanton for their hospitality and friendly demeanour.