Bury Summer Handicap Tournament, Heaton Park, 9/10 August
Winner – Alison Haywood-Hill.
Run with 13 players as an egyptian. A tournament of two halves, weather wise and play wise (for our eventual winner). Saturday was warm & dry, and play progressed as croquet weekends should – food, chat & play providing some winners & some losers – even Alison dropped her first game. Sunday brought standing water on two courts from ex-hurricane Bertha, throwing the schedule into chaos – even the rain shelter tent got broken and collapsed in the wind (twice), incomplete games being moved onto other lawns to get a result. By round five, four were still in contention. This year’s winner taking the title with (4/5) and helpfully had beaten the only other player on 4/5 along the way.
Final Order: A Haywood Hill; M Eccles; E Rossiter; S Reynolds; K Jones; C Green; E Gallagher; K Anderton; G Saunders; B Keen; M Anderton; R Harvey; G Good. Other Awards: CA Bronze Award to Alison Haywood-Hill; Handicap reductions to Eileen Rossiter(16) & Alison(18).