Spring One Day Tournaments at Pendle 24/25 April 2021
Spring AC Day Tournament – 24th April
Another Covid Milestone passed this week – we’re now allowed to cater again, well outside dinning only, but small steps are returning life back to normal (ish).
The new flagged area was thus utilized as our ‘Beer Garden’ for both lunch & tea service for the lucky few who had pre-booked meals…- also back by popular demand was the pre-play Bacon Buttie service so well received in the Heaton Park days!
Association Croquet – ‘the game in decline’ – was fully booked, with entries from Fylde, Bury, Keswick, Southport and Pendle. The event was split into a Handicap Knock-Out and a ‘free-for-all’ Egyptian, playing a mixture of Handicap and Advanced formats.
The day progressed as expected with both divisions being won by competitors from a single club – Fylde Croquet Club – by players Lee Hartley and Phil Snowden. (Sure it’s just coincidence that Riggey had held his first coaching clinic at Flyde this Thursday).
Spring GC Day Tournament – 25th April
Having swapped the days about from their Easter running order, it was the turn of Golf Croquet to use the Pendle Courts. The Manager was really disappointed with the number of entries – only two were non Pendle members, he thought Golf was popular, the weather was perfect so he was at a loss to understand so few entering.
Again the easiest play format to fill the day with play for the competitors was an all play all ’round robin’. The players chose to use the WCF Trial Handicapping method instead of ‘CA Extra Turns’. As Games were not being ‘carded’, play tended to be more adventurous – hoop 10 being scored from just north of C4 for example. Good to see.
Everyone managed at least two wins but two players dominated, winning six of their seven games each. It required Net Hoops to separate them, our own Karen Bamforth from Pendle took home the winners wine.