at our Free Croquet Training Course for 2016
Once again Enfield Croquet Club will be running their Annual FREE Croquet Training Course this coming Spring. This will comprise a series of free coaching sessions conducted by our most experiences players and designed to introduce our delightful game to those who’ve never played it, or it will act as a refresher course for those who already know what fun this sport can be. All the required equipment will be provided. You only need to bring along comfortable clothing suitable for whatever weather we enjoy on the day and a pair of comfortable flat shoes, such as trainers. Our Introductory Course is designed to be friendly, informal and fun.
The courses will run on Wednesdays 6th April, 13th April and 20th April and for those who cannot make Wednesdays we’ll also be running it on Saturdays 9th, 16th and 23rd April. It will take place in all but extreme weather. Simply put, the more sessions you’re able to attend the more we’ll be able to progress your skills and tactical understanding of croquet.
Also on offer is the possibility of Club Membership for a number of those attending the course. It should be noted however that for the past four seasons we’ve had more individuals wanting to join us than we’ve had membership places available, so regrettably there can be no guarantees.
Anyone interested will need to book their place on the course because numbers will be limited both by lawn space and the number of mallets we have available. So register an interest now to avoid disappointment. Phone Marian on 07982 259789 or Brian on 020 8366 6005 - email: Gooner48@Blueyonder.co.uk
All sessions meet at 9.45 a.m. for a 10.00 a.m. start and will end somewhere around midday on the Saturday and Wednesday mornings shown above. Anyone who can walk around a lawn and has half-decent hand-eye coordination can partake and we’ll have you all playing a game by the end of your first session, or my name’s not Reg Bamford.
If you already play Association or Golf Croquet and are interested in joining Enfield Croquet Club please contact Brian Dawes on 020 8366 6005 or email Gooner48@Blueyonder.co.uk for details.
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
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?
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
Phil, Liz, Ann and Charles Windsor George & John Bobby Kennedy
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 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
ENFIELD 14-4 Leighton Linslade - EACF GC Level Play 5 August
DAVID FROST & DES TAYLOR in ALL ENGLAND GC HANDICAP FINALS
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
ENFIELD 3-15 Letchworth - EACF GC Level Play 31 July
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 JulyLetchworth Blues 11-7 ENFIELD WEST - EACF GC Handicap 21 July
St Albans 2-2 ENFIELD - Beds & Herts AC League 18 July 2015
Chelmsford 3-15 ENFIELD - EACF GC Level Play 17 July 2015
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
ENFIELD 4-2 Watford - Beds & Herts AC League 17 June 2015
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
31st May 2015
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 hoop, giving Tony a victory 23-22 on time. Both Jordan and Tony achieved reductions of their handicaps to 7.
NELSON MORROW TRAY
Doubles win for John and David G F at SurbitonFor 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).
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
NORTHAMPTON 2-4 ENFIELD 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
SAT. 5th JULY 2014 - ALICE IN WONDERLAND DAY at FORTY HALL
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
SPOTTED ON THE LAWNS
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.
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