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The East Anglian Golf Croquet league is divided into four areas, the Northern, Eastern, Central and Western areas, and the clubs in each area played in an all-play-all block over the course of the season. The results of the matches in each block can be found by following the corresponding links. The four area winners then proceed to a knock-out stage for the semi-finals and finals to determine the overall winner, to be played respectively on Friday 3rd September and Saturday 11th September at Bury St. Edmunds.

   
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GC League play-off results
by year:
2010 Area Winners:
Semi-finalists
2010
Finalists
2010
Winners

The EACF Golf Croquet
League Trophy
Hunstanton 'Blue' Enfield (E)
12-6
Stony Stratford
11-7
Enfield (E)
Newport 'Oaks' Stony Stratford
12-6
Stony Stratford

The four successful area winners met at the Bury St Edmunds Club to challenge for a place in the finals. Matches were continuous, Newport Oaks and Stony Stratford having an early morning start, Enfield East and Hunstanton Blue following on in the afternoon. Stony Stratford made a promising start against Newport ending 5 to 3 games ahead at the short break. They maintained their lead when play continued and as a result of accurate hoop running, good ball positioning and skilful use of extra turns they won the singles by 12 games to 4. However they were unable to maintain their domination in the doubles, both games being taken by Newport. Result was 12-6 to Stony Stratford. In the afternoon semi-final Hunstanton, unaccustomed to undulating lawns took a while to establish any consistency to their play and were well beaten by Enfield in the singles, the doubles being halved. The result was 12-6 to Enfield. Tony Elliott, an Enfield rookie with potential, was unbeaten in both his singles and doubles games.

The winning team from Stony Stratford
Stony Stratford team
L-R: Alfred Sawbridge, Marian Holland,
Rex Hale, Roy Healey

The finals, a repeat of the 2009 event, were a week later allowing teams to hone their skills and prepare their strategies!! Stony Stratford made a determined start being 8 to 1 in front after 9 games. Post lunch Enfield's play took on greater concentration and focus rewarding them with 5 out of 6 games, but still needing to win the doubles to draw and play the golden hoop. However Stony Stratford maintained a steely hold on their lead, taking the two doubles games and the trophy 11-7. Despite the intense competition a friendly atmosphere prevailed throughout. All teams demonstrating quality play. Highlights, in particular, were Ken Pickett's hitting in and Rex Hale's jump shots.

Chris Howell


See also:

GC League play-off results by year:
Previous GC league winners - summary

 

The fee for taking part in the League this year is £10 per club. Cheques (made payable to the EACF) should be sent to Chris Howell by 14th May.

Chris Howelll

 

GOLF CROQUET LEAGUE RULES – 2010

  1. Each team shall consist of FOUR players, not necessarily the same players each match.
  2. Once a match has started no team player may be substituted.
  3. No player may play for more than one club in a season.
  4. 13 point games will be played with a 40 min. timed limit. If the game is drawn when time is called play one more hoop to determine game winner. Bisques may not be used for this extra hoop.
  5. The day shall consist of 16 single games and 2 double games. Each team member will play 4 single games and 1 double game. Tournament total 18 points.
  6. If a match is drawn at the end of all games, an extra hoop will be played to determine the overall winner. Captains will decide who plays (singles or doubles pairings). Once selected the players toss to decide who goes first. Start play from corner 1 and play to and through hoop 3.
  7. Each player should have a handicap within the range of 1 to 10. The total aggregate of the team handicap must not be lower than 24. (Note: New Golf Croquet handicaps in the range 0 to 12 were adopted by the CA for all UK players and implemented with effect from March 2008 in order to align UK handicaps with world standards. New handicaps for all UK players were obtained by adding 4 to the old handicaps. This Rule refers to the new handicaps.)
  8. Handicap cards should be submitted and filled in by the host club.
  9. Bisques will be used. No bisques used after time.
  10. If a team cancels unilaterally less than 3 clear days before a scheduled match that team forfeits its points and the other team will be awarded the match and half the possible games.
  11. Any number or size of lawn may be used; adjust the format accordingly. Spread the play if the quality of lawn varies.
  12. Results are to be notified by each team manager to the League Manager as soon as possible after the match.
  13. In the event of a dispute the League Manager's decision shall be final.

Chris Howell
League Manager
tel: 01284 787728