Enfield beat Melgrave 5-1 Friday May 10th and the match report can be found on our Inter-Club AC page
CLUB EVENINGS ARE GO
2013 Club Evenings are back and will be every Wednesday starting at 6.00 p.m. or earlier if you have keys. Everyone welcome. Both Association and Golf depending who turns up but we suspect the majority choice will be Golf Croquet.
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 Monday the 6th May. Tony advises that he's seen Peacocks on the lawns previously and in exactly the same place. Butterfly watch is go.
TRAINING COURSE APRIL/MAY
Following another successful training course Enfield Croquet Club are delighted to be welcoming 12 new members for the 2013 season.
This season we had 22 new trailists thanks to David Fenner's very effective publicity campaign. Most seemed to enjoy the sport and some want to come back next season when they'll have more time available to take up the game. Look out for new faces on the lawns folks because a number of those on the course have now become members for the 2013 season.
ASSOCIATION MATCH REPORT
Enfield v Wrest Park - Home match WON 5-1 Friday April 26 2013
Enfield’s Association team got off to a good start to the season with a hard fought but emphatic win over Wrest Park. It could have been different however had the two very close timed out games gone Wrest Park’s way.
In the morning doubles matches Brian Havill (9 handicap) and John Street (14) played well to beat David Wooley (7) and David Morris (10) by 26-8 (plus 18). While on the other lawn Ken Pickett (2.5) and Wendy Spencer-Smith (18) took on Peter Aspinall (20) and Bryan Harral (1) who played superbly throughout the day. This was a very narrow victory for Enfield in a timed out match by 15T-14T (pus1T).
In the afternoon games Bryan Harral playing in an imperious mood beat Ken 26-13 (plus 13). Brian (Havill) had a runaway victory against Brian Wooley 26-2 (plus 24). John beat David Morris 26-19 (+7) whilst Wendy had the closest of the singles matches beating Peter Aspinall by squeezing out a close-run win 15T-14T (plus 1T).
Our Association team for the day: Ken, Brian H, John and Wendy
Next Association game v Melgrave see Diary for fixtures
ENFIELD WIN THE CHAIRMAN'S CUP 2012
A full report of this match can now be found on our Inter-Club AC page and hopefully maybe some photos will follow as well, if Brian Havill's camera phone worked sufficiently well.
Enfield's winning Association Croquet squad for 2012 is seen below:
Ken, Wendy, John, Brian H, Alan, Brian D and David
Enfield win East Anglian
Handicap play-offs FinalWednesday September 5th 2012 Enfield v Watford (neutral) won 11-7
A Full report of this East Anglian Handicap Golf fixture is shown on our Inter-Club GC page
Enfield's Brian Havill is now an East Anglian Croquet Federation Champion
2012 Club Champions Day played at Wrest Park on Sunday 22nd April 2012
Twenty-three competitors from eleven clubs took part in the first EACF event for the 2012 outdoor season. This was a unique occasion in that it would be the last year six lawns would be available at Wrest Park, situated in the beautiful gardens of the historic house. Fortunately the sun gods smiled and although the day was sunny with a chill nip in the air, the showers that were promised were noticeable by their absence apart from a short down poor in the afternoon.
The day's event was split into three groups of 7 or 8 players comprising Advanced; ‘B’-level Advanced; and Handicap. Each group played as a straight knock-out.
In the Handicap Group, Enfield Croquet Club was represented by Brian Havill who competed with Steve Lewis (Hunstanton), Francis Lambert (Newport), Georgeen Hemming (Colchester), John Moore (Watford), Peter Whiting (Bygrave), Jonathan Toye (Downham Mkt) and Heather Bennett (St. Albans).
Playing reduced games of 22 points, most players found the lawns tricky to adjust to. After a slow start Brian edged through his first round versus Peter Whiting. In his next match, Brian was up against the best player in the group – Johathan Toye. This match saw the one soaking of the day. While Jonathon decided to dress down to shorts and a T shirt, Brian dressed as Nanook of the North. Fortunately, Nanook won so Brian was in the final. In the final he played Steve Lewis from Hunstanton. After another slow start, Brian was 2 – 8 down, two good breaks saw him take a commanding leading and he won out 22 – 10.
Tournament Winners: Tim Brewer, Duncan Hector and our very own Brian Havill
Very many congratulations to Brian on his outstanding achievement.
Wrest Park seen here in a drier period of Club Champions match day
Friday April 27 Enfield v St. Albans (Home) lost 2-4
Full report with photos of this Beds and Herts Association fixture is shown on our Inter-Club AC page.
EVENING CROQUET will be played on Thursday evenings from 6.00 p.m. this season - we'll start the evening sessions just as soon as it stops raining. Evening croquet will end when the last player leaves the lawns or the park closes.
Basil receives his well deserved 'Diploma for Services to Croquet'
Basil Lawrence our Honorary Life President and ex-Chairman receives the 'Diploma for Services to Croquet' awarded by the Croquet Association. It was presented by Sheila Rudling, our longest serving Club member, at this years AGM. It was also Shelia who did us all such a huge favour when she introduced Basil and Joan to the Club way back in 1993.
A clearly delighted Basil makes a fine speech to the members whilst clutching his Diploma
Photos above kindly provided by Miichael Israel
PICTURE SPECIAL OF THE CHAMPIONS:
FINAL WIN FOR ENFIELD EAST
MATCH REPORT 11th SEPTEMBER 2011
2011 East Anglian Golf Croquet League Play-off FINAL
A disastrous start by Enfield East at Bury St. Edmunds almost suggested that their most important match of the season was almost over before it was half way through. Windy conditions and three lawns that ran away on one side seemed to unduly effect our players in the first couple of rounds. Having lost the first round 1-3 and it went from bad to worse in the second round with a 0-4 loss. This meant they were a massive 1-7 behind with eight singles and two doubles still to play. Leighton Linslade required just three of the remaining ten matches for victory. However Ken, David F, Brian H and Tony, all of of whom won two of their singles matches, clawed their way back to 8-8 at the end of the four singles rounds. With the momentum now in their favour they took both the doubles matches to complete a really impressive comeback and a 10-8 victory. Congratulations to the winning team members and the entire squad who saw them through the earlier stages.
Enfield East and Leighton Linslade at the 2011 Final.
Ken looks happy but Brian quite rightly hides from the cameras.
Final score: Enfield East 10 Leighton Linslade 8
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