This page last amended 3 June 2016

Friday June 3rd NEWPORT OAKS 8-10 ENFIELD EAST report to follow

How many members does it take to measure a lawn prior to lawn work? And how much more difficult is it to supervise?

WATFORD 6-0 ENFIELD - Beds & Herts AC League match report here


ENFIELD EAST 10-8 ENFIELD WEST - EACF GC Handicap League match report here

ENFIELD 5 - 1 LETCHWORTH - Beds & Herts League Association Croquet 4th April 2016 report to follow - but I know that Brian Havill, David Frost, Tony Elliott and John Street all won their singles, I also know they got wet.

Despite the somewhat moderate weather our 2016 Training Course was a great success and has resulted in a number of new members joining the Club

Photos from the 2015 Training Courses shown here

Photos taken on Wednesday 8th April 2015


The photos shown above were of just some of those who took part in our Introductory Croquet Course throughout April 2015. Looking again at the pictures I can spot about 9 of those features who have since become members. More photos can of previous courses can be found further down the page.


Tony, Marian C, Valerie Z, Brian D, David N F, David G F, Ken, Peter B, Sheila R

as elected at our November 2015 AGM

Enfield’s AC Knockout Level Play Competition 2015
WINNER Brian Havill
who beat David Frost 23T-12T in the Final

Enfield’s AC Knockout Handicap Competition 2015

To be completed

Enfield Ladies GC Handicap Competition 2015
WINNER Frances Broadway
who beat Valerie Zaater 7-2 in the Final

Enfield’s GC Handicap Knockout Competition 2015
WINNER David Minihane
who beat David Fenner 7-5 in the Final

Enfield’s GC Level Play Knockout Competition 2015
WINNER David Frost
who beat Tony Elliott 7–4 in the Final

Enfield’s GC Ladder Leagues 2015 OVERALL WINNER David Minihane

Would you believe the photograph below is of Billy the Kid playing croquet in 1878?

Have to say I'm absolutely gutted to see Billy wearing a cardigan.
Obviously the guy on the right is claiming a double hit and Billy looks more than a bit peeved.

As seen in 'The Times' and circulated by Graham:

An amateur Californian historian claims to have revealed an unknown side of America’s most notorious gunslinger — a photograph of Billy the Kid (in the cardigan) enjoying a game of croquet.

Randy Guijarro bought the 4in by 5in image for $2, along with two other photos at a junk shop in the city of Fresno in 2010. If genuine, the tintype picture would be only the second
known photograph of the Kid, a character who has been immortalised in 66 feature films.

It is now for sale having been valued at $5 million (£3.3 million). Facial recognition has been used to check its authenticity, its sellers say.

The photograph is said to have been taken in Lincoln County, New Mexico, in 1878. The Kid would have been about 19 years old; months earlier he had been swept into the so-called Lincoln County War, a deadly local feud between his employer, the English rancher John Tunstall, and a local racketeer by the name of Lawrence Murphy.

Have to say I'm absolutely gutted to see Billy wearing a cardigan.
Obviously the guy on the right is claiming a double hit and Billy looks more than a bit peeved.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will take place Church Hall, Armfield Road, Enfield, EN2 ODH 14th November - 9.45 am for a 10.00 am start

Northampton 13-5 ENFIELD - EACF Level Play League 24 September

Report here       

Amazing how many famous croquet players you can find on the internet:

          Phil, Liz, Ann and Charles Windsor                         George & John                       Bobby Kennedy

And there's at least two current club members to be found in this photo... can you name them?

Enfield East beat Southchurch Park - EACF GC Handicap Semi-Final 13th September - score 9-9 - Enfield won the play-off game                report here

Enfield 4-2 Melgrave - Beds & Herts AC League 11th September         report here

Our team against Melgrave complete with the League Shield

Michael models next seasons team uniforms

Michael Broadway modelling next season's team uniforms for Enfield Pirates and Enfield Bandits...
and if I'm not mistaken look really close and you'll see the white bow tie. Wonderful.

Newport Oaks 7-11 ENFIELD WEST - EACF GC Handicap - 21 August Report here

ENFIELD 5-1 Wrest Park – Beds & Herts AC League 7 August
Report here

14-4 Leighton Linslade - EACF GC Level Play 5 August
Report here

Golf Croquet All England Handicap 2015 - 4 August

The area finals were held on the lovely but exceedingly fast lawns at Surbiton on Tuesday 4th August where we had two representatives. Des Taylor was one and the other was David Frost, who came in as reserve for the holidaying David Minihane.

There were 7 qualification places for the final at Colchester in September up for grabs, and we are very pleased to announce that Des Taylor managed to secure th

e seventh spot and so earned a place at the Final. David did even better by winning all his matches and secured his place in the finals by securing first place in the area finals.

David Frost had to play his games off his National Handicap of 2 effective 0 which made life somewhat more difficult for David but he managed to win all his matches and so he qualified for the final in first place. Quite a remarkable achievement.

The good news / bad news for David – depending how you look at it is that when  playing at GC Level play matches his handicap has gone down to 0 which means his National handicap is now 1 effective -2.  This effectively means he now gives away a further 2 extra turns. This may possibly reduce his chances in the finals but at the end of the day it will all be about how David and Des cope on the day.

Good luck to them both.

ENFIELD 7-11 Watford - EACF GC Level Play 3 August
Report here

ENFIELD 3-15 Letchworth - EACF GC Level Play 31 July
Report here

CONGRATULATIONS TO ENFIELD EAST who beat Newport Oaks 11-7 to win the Central Division of the EACF GC Handicap League - 29th July Report here

ENFIELD WEST 15-3 Newport Elms
- EACF GC Handicap 24 July

Report here

Letchworth Blues 11-7 ENFIELD WEST - EACF GC Handicap 21 July
Report here

St Albans 2-2 ENFIELD - Beds & Herts AC League 18 July 2015
Report here

Chelmsford 3-15 ENFIELD - EACF GC Level Play 17 July 2015
Report here

Letchworth Reds 9-9 ENFIELD EAST - EACF GC Handicap 13 July 2015 Report here

ENFIELD WEST 14-4 Letchworth Reds - EACF GC Handicap 3 July 2015
Report here

Newport Elms 5-13 ENFIELD EAST - EACF GC Handicap 26 June 2015
Report here

ENFIELD EAST 10-8 Letchworth Blue - EACF GC Handicap 19 June 2015 Report here

ENFIELD 4-2 Watford - Beds & Herts AC League 17 June 2015
Report here

Hurlingham 5-2 ENFIELD - Longman Cup AC 13 June 2015 Report here

ENFIELD 4.5-2.5 Hunstanton - GC Murphy Inter-Club Shield
Report here

Tony Elliott wins the Thorpe Cup at Roehampton
31st May 2015

The Thorpe Cup was a “C-Level” association croquet tournament, played for over three days on the superb lawns at the Roehampton Club by a select group of six competitors, of whom five had handicaps in the small range of 8 to 11.  After an “all play all” block of matches, the clear leader was Jordan Waters (8) of Oxford University ( a rapidly improving protégé of Ian Plummer – see next entry!) with a perfect record of wins.  However, he still had to face a “final”, which Tony reached by virtue of being, under some mathematical wizardry, the “best of the rest” on 3 wins out of 5. 
The final turned out to be an excellent match, with both players making good breaks and not too many mistakes, and an exciting finish when Jordan had a chance to run his final hoop from about 5 feet at a slight angle to draw level.  However, his ball finished in the jaws of the ho
op, giving Tony a victory 23-22 on time.  Both Jordan and Tony achieved reductions of their handicaps to 7.


Doubles win for John and David G F at Surbiton

For the second year running, John Street and David Frost entered the Association Croquet Speed Doubles competition at Surbiton and were hoping to improve on the one out of five wins last year. Having learned from last year, they won 3 full 26 point games before lunch, beating Clare Benson (10) and Nelson Morrow (-0.5), George Noble (-1) and Alice Williams (3.5), Christine Ormond (5) and Ian Plummer (-0.5).

There was then a break for a big lunch which definitely was not conducive for the running around needed in the 40 minutes allowed per team. John and David ran out of time when they lost after lunch to Andy Dibben (2) and Mike Lambert (9), but recovered to beat Frances Coleman (6) and Chris Roberts (1.5). Having won 4 out of 5 matches they won the competition, as even though Ian Plummer and his partner also won 4/5, having beaten them earlier, John and David secured the trophy. A long drive home and the need to lay down after 5 full games and way too much running around!

Will they recover in time for next year? Probably!

I have it on very good authority that John and David will shortly be serving champagne on the lawns to celebrate this fine victory but they are currently keeping rather quiet as to when this will be - Ed.

ENFIELD WEST 6 - 12 ENFIELD EAST in the EACF GC Handicap League played 29 April in the pouring rain for much of the match. Report will appear on our Inter-Club GC page

at Northampton in the Herts & Beds League 0n 23 April. Report will appear in our  Inter-Club AC page

LETCHWORTH 1-5 ENFIELD at Northampton in the Herts & Beds League on 6 May. Report will appear in our Inter-Club AC Page

Photos below are all taken on sunnier days from previous INTRODUCTORY CROQUET SESSIONS in previous years.


Where Enfield Croquet Club members held a demonstration of croquet which entertained numerous children and quite a few adults for a very hectic couple of hours.

I'm advised that our Club's efforts were very much appreciated.

Enfield's Association croquet match reports can be found here


This Peacock butterfly (Nymphalis io) was spotted on the lawns by our resident lepidopterist Tony and photographed by Brian D whilst we were waiting to play in the Association Doubles on a Monday. Tony advises that he's seen Peacocks on the lawns previously and in exactly the same place.

And they're much bigger than the illustration seen above. Go to our Diary and Information page and scroll down for details

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