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GC Golf Croquet

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. There are four players per team who play four timed handicap singles against their opposite numbers, plus two handicap doubles – a total of 18 games per match. 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 at Bury St. Edmunds on Sunday 2nd September and Wednesday 5th September respectively.

Chris Howell
   
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GC League play-off results
by year:
Area 2012 Area Winners:
Semi-finalists
2012
Finalists
2012
Winners

The EACF Golf Croquet
League Trophy
Norwich Watford
(14-4)
Enfield
(11-7)
Enfield
Unity (Sudbury) Enfield
(12-6)
Watford

See also:

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


The close of season GC league results gave Enfield, Norwich, Sudbury and Watford the opportunity to represent their areas in the semi-finals of the competition held at the Bury St Edmunds CC, the latter three clubs not having been as successful in recent years. Norwich, as an inexperienced team in competitions, performed well against Watford and gained in confidence throughout the match. The final score of 14-4 did not reflect the close scores of some games. Sudbury competed strongly against Enfield but were unsuccessful losing by 6 games to 12.

So Enfield, the previous winners, challenged Watford in the finals. Both teams, having knowledge of the undulating Bury lawns from the semi-finals, could concentrate on their opponents' play. All was level after the first round of games, but from then on Enfield took the lead. At lunch they were in front by 8 games to 4. Post lunch the results including the doubles were shared, so Enfield retained the trophy by 11 games to 7. Steve Dennis and Robert Archer from Watford played consistently, losing only one game each in their singles. Equally Brian Dawes and David Frost headed up the wins for Enfield.

Chris Howell

 

GOLF CROQUET LEAGUE RULES – 2012

  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 0 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. The handicap card index should start at 100.)
  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