2014 GC SEASON
22 August, Leighton Linslade 10-8 Enfield GC Level Play
A windy day, as it often is at Leighton Linslade accompanied by just the occasional background serenade of the steam loco to accompany proceedings. Not to mention all the delightful tea and cakes, interesting lawns and good company. What follows shows Leighton's team and scores first: John Thorp (3), David Ball (2), John Cundell (4) and Richard Keigthley were up against David Frost (3), Brian Dawes (3), Tony Elliott (4) and John Street (5)
Round 1: John T 7-4 David F, David B 4-7 Brian, John C 4-7 Tony and Richard 5-7 John S
Round 2: John T 7-2 John S, Richard 7-4 Tony, John T 7-5 Brian and David B 4-7 David F
Round 3: John T 7-5 Tony. David B 5-7 John S, Richard 1-7 Brian and John C 6-7 David F
Round 4: Richard 1-7 David F, John C 7-4 Brian, John T 7-4 John S and David B 7-6 Tony.
8-8 after the singles then but Leighton won both the doubles games. John T & John C beat David F & John S 7-6 while David B & Richard beat Brian & Tony 7-4.
21 August, Thursday Newport Elms 5-13 Enfield West GC Handicap
Some lovely people at Newport: David, Tim, Helen & John together with the North London Mafia (Enfield Branch)
The sun came out for a while and the rain held off until our journey home so what more could we want other than the usual fine hospitality which is always to be found at Newport. Peter’s hand and wrist played up all day which made life more than a bit difficult for him, but other than that a delightful day was had by all.
Home team players and scores shown first: Tim Ham (5), David Manley (6), John Deakin (10) and Helen Manley Jr. (10) and for Enfield West Brian Dawes (3), John Street (5), Peter Brock 7 and Andy Davis (8).
Round 1: Tim 7-3 Brian, Helen 2-7 Andy, David 6-7 John S and John D-6-7 Peter
Round 2: John D 2-7 Andy, Helen 5-4 Peter, Tim 3-7 John S and David 3-7 Brian
Round 3: John D 1-7 Brian, David 3-7 Andy, Tim 7-4 Peter and Helen 4-7 John S which gave Enfield an 8-4 lead.
Round 4: Saw a clean sweep for Enfield - David 5-7 Peter, Tim 5-7 Andy, John D 6-7 John S and Helen 2-6 Brian. And so with the doubles ending one apiece a final score of 5-13 to Enfield.
18 August, Monday - Enfield 11-7 Chelmsford & Bentley GC Level play
The Enfield team of David Frost (3), Brian Dawes (3), Tony Elliott (4) and John Street (5) took on Chelmsford & Bentley’s Paul Bridgeman (3), John Skuse (4), Judith Hand (5) and Bob Jones (6) .
Round 1, with Enfield scores show first, went David 3-7 Paul, Brian 7-3 John Sk, Tony 7-6 Judith and John St 4-7 Bob, so all level after the first round
Round 2: Tony 7-1 Bob, John St 7-5 Judith, David 5-7 John Sk and Brian 6-7 Paul, so still all level after 8 games.
Round 3 was a big round for Enfield: David 7-5 Judith, Brian 7-4 Bob, John 7-5 John Sk and Tony 7-4 Paul, so this proved to be the decisive round having given Enfield a very strong 8-4 lead.
Round 4: John St 7-6 Paul, Tony 6-7 John Sk, David 7-6 Bob and Brian 5-7 Judith – so all level in this round but enough for an unassailable 10-6 lead for Enfield.
Doubles: David & John 5-7 Paul & John while the other match ended Brian & Tony 7-6 Judith & Bob. Final result 11-7 Enfield following a pleasant days play amongst good company.
15 August, Friday - Enfield 13 v 3 Leighton Linslade Doubles Friendly
An enjoyable days play was had by all on a very pleasant day - the pairings for Enfield were David Frost (3) & Valerie Zaater (11), Brian Dawes (3) & Graham Curtis (11), Peter Brock (7) & Henry Hobbs (9) together with Andy Davis (8) & Michael Broadway (10). For Leighton Linslade the teams were John Thorp (3) & Caroline Stroud (10), Roger Stroud (3) & Peggy Kenny (8), Diane Phelps (10) & Val Jeffers (8) together with Roy Kemp (11) & Sally Clay (9)
14 August, Thursday - Watford 11-7 Enfield GC Level Play
Watford fielded a strong team which comprised Nick Archer (0), Jason Carley (1), Ian Parkinson (2) and John Walker (2) who were up against David Frost (3), Brian Dawes (3), Tony Elliott (4) and John Street (5). Somehow Enfield managed to win the first round 3-1 but were down 3-5 after the second and couldn't make further inroads during the remainder of the match.
Results went as follows with the home team shown first: Nick 5-7 David, Jason 3-7 Brian, Ian 6-7 Tony & John W 7-3 John S. Round 2: Jason 7-2 John S, Nick 7-1 Tony, John W 7-3 Brian & Ian 7-3 David. Round 3: John W 6-7 Tony, Ian 7-1 John S, Jason 5-7 David & Nick 7-2 Brian. Round 4 Ian 7-3 Brian, John W 1-7 David, Nick 7-2 John S & Jason 7-5 Tony. In the doubles the results were: Nick and Jason 5-7 David & John. John & Ian 7-2 Brian & Tony.
11 August, Monday Enfield West 7-11 Letchworth Blues GC Handicap
This was an important match given that it was pretty well assured that the winner would the league and at the end of the day Letchworth Blues were the stronger team. Tony Elliott (4), John Street (5), Peter Brock (7) and Andy Davis (8) were up against John Slingsley (3), Colin Gregory (8), Hugo Jeune (6) and Sue Bathmaker (10).
Round 1: Tony 4-7 John Sk, John S 5-7 Colin, Peter 6-7 Peter & Andy 7-3 Sue.
Round 2: Andy 3-7 Hugo, Peter 3-5 Sue, John St 5-7 John Sk and Tony 7-6 Colin.
Round 3: John St 7-5 Sue, Tony 5-7 Hugo, Andy 3-7 Colin & Peter 6-7 John Sk.
Round 4: Peter 7-6 Colin, Andy 6-7 John Sk, Tony 7-3 Sue & John St 7-4 Hugo.
Doubles: Tony & Peter 4-7 John Sk & Sue together with John St & Andy 7-6 Colin & Hugo.
1 August, Friday Enfield 14-2 Watford GC Doubles Friendly
The concept of a doubles games only match in this instance was designed to introduce a number of players, who would not normally get the chance, to Inter Club competitive play. And so it was that the two Clubs lined up as follows:
Enfield: David Frost (3) & Alan Foott (11), Tony Elliott (4) & Simon Tendeter (11), Peter Brock (7) & Graham Curtis, David Fenner (8) & Michael Broadway (10).
Watford: Steve Dennis (2) & Anne Dennis (8), Geoff Johnson (3) & Phyllidia Johnson (11), John Smallbone (3) & Veronica Fitzgerald (12), Robert Archer (9) & Maureen Croft (9).
On the day there were three wins each for the doubles pairing of Peter & Graham plus David N F & Michael. But the pairings of David G F & Alan plus Tony and Simon both managed a clean sweep of wins. That said despite the emphatic overall score line half of all the sixteen games played were close enough at 7-6 or 7-5 to have gone either way. In fact Tony and Simon’s games went 7-5, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 so the smallest of margins can make a big difference overall and they did on this particular days play.
29 July, Tuesday Newport Oaks 14-4 Enfield East GC Handicap
Teams: Adrian Seabrook (3), Dennis Saville (6), Cilive Cassidy (6) and Ernie Turkington (10) for Newport and for Enfield: David Frost (3), David Minihane (4), DavidFenner (8) and Brian Sturt (8).
Essentially Newport took 10 of the first 12 single matches to romp home as clear winners in the singles. Only David Minihane showed any real resistance by winning two of his four games. Clive won three , Dennis won all four and Ernie, the best 10 handicapper we've seen all season also won all four of his games by quite a margin. The doubles stood at one game apiece but the match was over well before them. So congratulations Newport Oaks on a fine performance on the day.
21 July, Monday Letchworth Blues 10-8 Enfield East GC Handicap
Teams: David Frost (3), David Minihane (4), David Fenner (8), Brian Sturt (8) for Enfield and John Skingsley (3), Hugo Jeune (6), Colin Gregory (8) and Andrea Carr (9) for Letchworth Blues. Round one saw Letchworth take a 3-1 lead when John (home team shown first) beat David Frost 7-4, Hugo beat David M 6-5, Colin beat David Fenner 7-4 and Andrea was beaten by Brian 4-7.
Round two saw Hugo beat Brian 7-3, John beat David Fenner 7-5 Andrea beaten by David Minihane 3-7 and Colin beat David Frost 7-3 to increase Letchworth's lead to 6-2. Round three saw Andrea lost to David Fenner 2-7, Colin beat Brian 7-3, Hugo beat David Frost 7-3 and John lost to David Minihane 6-7. The fourth round saw Enfield win there games to take the match to 9-7 when Colin beat David Minihane 7-1, but Andrea lost to David Frost 3-7, John lost to Brian 4-7 and Hugo lost to David Fenner 5-7.
Letchworth needed to win just one of the doubles to take the match and did so when Hugo & Colin beat Davids Minihane and Fenner 7-5. David Frost and Brian beat John and Andrea on the golden hoop but Letchworth had already taken the match.
18 July, Friday - Enfield 3-15 Northampton GC Level Play
David Frost (3), Brian Dawes (3), John Street (5), Tony Elliott (5) were well beaten by Lionel Tibble (-1), Mike Mills (10, Peter Stansfield (2) and Norman Hicks (4). Although it felt as if the game was played in the Sahara and it really was enjoyable to delight in Lionel's skills this was a very emphatic thrashing which included one or two rather long matches. So much so that lunch was abandoned in favour of grabbing a bite when you could. That said cold drinks were very much the order of the day. Tony had the best day for Enfield with two wins but our guys were beaten by the much better team.
11 July, Friday - Hurlingham 6-1 Enfield GC Level Play Murphy Shield
Delightful as it was to play on Hurlingham's very beautiful lawns the sheer speed of them took some of us a couple of games in which to adjust. By which time David & Brian had been hammered 7-2, 7-3 in the doubles by Richard Hoskyns (2) & Alan Chance (3). Our one win came through Tony who beat John Lindsey (5) 4-7, 7-4, 7-4 on a day which started wet but improved as time went on. Brian had a close run loss to Alan Chance 7-6, 5-7, 6-7 but close doesn't cut the mustard. Hurlingham's delightful hospitality made the day a pleasurable one other than the early morning commuting. Team: David Frost(3), Brian Dawes (3), Tony Elliott (4) and David Minihane (5).
28 June, Saturday - Letchworth 10-8 Enfield GC Level Play
The Letchworth team of Duncan Hector (1), Ian Mantle (3), Jeremey Scott (3) and Peter Whiting (6) drew the singles 8-8 with the Enfield side of David Frost (3), Brian Dawes (3), John Street (5) and Tony Elliott (5) but won both their doubles games to claim the match for the home team. Only Tony of Enfield could claimed to have had a good day having won 3 of his 4 singles.
20 June, Saturday - Enfield East 12-6 Newport Elms GC Handicap
Teams: David Frost (3), David Minihane (4), David Fenner 8, Brian Sturt (9) played Francis Lambert (4), David Manley (5), John Sibson (6) and Helen Manley (9)
An opening round which went 4-0 to Enfield set the tone for this match and and was followed by a second round which saw Enfield take the score to 7-1. The third round of singles followed suit taking Enfield into an unbeatable 10-2 lead. Congratulations to Brian Sturt for winning all four of his singles matches
13 June, Friday - Letchworth 7-11 Enfield West Red GC Handicap
Enfield West (Tony Elliott (5), John Street (6), Andy Davis (8) and Peter Brock (8) ) chose the hottest day of the year so far to travel to Letchworth’s excellent lawns and take on fellow title contenders Letchworth Red (John Noble (4), Robert Staddon (7), Tracy Martin (8) and Vernon McClure (10) ).
Enfield made a slowish start, and the first round of matches resulted in a 3-1 lead for Letchworth, perhaps because they were more accustomed to the speed of their lawns. (Tony 4-7 John N, John S 6-7 Robert, Andy 4-7 Tracy and Peter 7-2 Vernon.) John Noble’s skill in producing longish angled jump shots was only equalled by his culinary skill in producing the delicious chocolate brownies we were offered for tea later in the day!
However, the situation was reversed in the second round of matches, which went 3-1 to Enfield, leaving the score tied at 4-4. Even after an hour’s play, the closeness of the matches meant that three of them were “timed out” while hoop 11 or 12 was being played; Peter 6-5T Robert, Andy 6-5T John N, John S 7-4 Vernon and Tony 5-6T Tracy.
Enfield pulled ahead after the third round, with the match between Peter and Tracy (5-4T to Peter) producing the full quota of “interesting” incidents for which Peter’s matches are famed. The other games went Andy 7-6 Vernon, Tony 5-7 Robert, and John S 7-3 John N.
After lunch, and an opportunity to enjoy a spot of shade, Enfield once again won the final set of singles matches 3-1, to take an unassailable 10-6 overall lead. The results were John S 7-4 Tracy, Tony 7-5 Vernon, Peter 4-7 John N and Andy 7-5 Robert. The concluding doubles matches were shared, with John S and Andy beating Robert and Tracy 7-4, and Tony and Peter losing to John N and Vernon by the same margin.
So a final score of 11-7 left Enfield West still topping the table with two matches to play. John, Andy and Peter all played well to win three of their four singles matches, while stand-in captain Tony found the competition rather more difficult after the recent reduction in his handicap. All in all, a most enjoyable day in hot sunshine on good lawns, and with delightful company from all the Letchworth contingent.
23 May, Friday - Enfield 11-7 Newport Oaks - EACF Central Division Golf Croquet Handicap League
Rain threatened throughout the day but thankfully never delivered, although the wind increased a fair bit, gusting quite strongly late in the day and the lawns speeded up throughout.
Enfield Team: Brian Dawes (3), Tony Elliott (6), Peter Brock (8) & Andy Davis (8)
Newport: Clive Cassidy (6), Dennis Saville (6), Tony Marks (6) & Roy Darling (8)
First round results were Brian 5-7 Clive, Tony E 7-4 Dennis, Andy 7-6 Tony M and Peter 1-7 Roy. So all level after the opening matches
Enfield won there of the second round games to take a 5-3 lead with the results as follows peter 7-4 Tony M, Andy 7-4 Roy, Tony E 7-5 Clive and Brian 3-7 Saville.
Enfield’s lead was extended to 8-4 after the third round when the games went Tony E 7-5 Roy, Brian 7-3 Tony M, Peter 6-5T Dennis and Andy 3-4T Clive.
Following lunch and with Newport requiring a big win in the fourth round Enfield held them to two games apiece to ensure victory. Andy 6-7 Dennis, Peter 5-3T Clive, Brian 7-4 Roy and Tony E 4-7 Tony M being the score lines. Which meant that in the singles there were 2 wins apiece for Brian and also for Andy in his first competitive Inter-Club match. While Peter despite a rather disastrous start and Tony both gained three victories each.
The doubles were all square with Brian and Peter beating Clive and Roy 7-3. While Andy and Tony E were beaten by Dennis and Tony M 6-7 which left the final tally as 11-7 to Enfield.
21 May, Wednesday - Enfield 5 v 2 Watford - Murphy Inter-Club Shield
David Frost (3), Brian Dawes (3), David Minihane (5) and Tony Elliott (6) of Enfield took on Steve Dennis (2), Geoff Johnson (3), John Bee (4) and Anne Dennis (7) of Watford.
The weather was better than the forecast predicted on what turned out to be a mainly shirt-sleeved day at Bush Hill Park. The Murphy Inter-Club Shield is rather a different format to what I consider the norm in that all the matches are all played to the best of three. This means six games throughout the day if everything goes to the wire and the majority of games played on the day were very close ones with 13 of 18 results going to 7-5 or 7-6.
In the mornings matches Brian and David Frost lost to Steve and Geoff 7-5, 6-7 and 5-7. While David Minihane beat Anne 3-7, 7-2, 7-5 and Tony lost to John 5-7, 6-7. So Watford were ahead by two games to one at lunchtime.
The afternoon was however a different story when Enfield won all four matches, albeit with some difficulty in what proved to be a some very competitive tussles. David Frost beat Steve 7-5, 4-7, 7-3. Brian beat Geoff 7-5, 6-7, 7-4. David Minihane beat John 7-5, 7-5 and Tony beat Anne 7-6, 7-5.
7 May, Wednesday - Enfield East 8 v 10 Enfield West EACF Central Division Golf Croquet Handicap League
Teams: Enfield East - David Frost 3 (2), David Minihane 5, David Fenner 8, Brian Sturt 10.
Enfield West -Brian Dawes 3 (2), John Street 6, Tony Elliott 6, Peter Brock 8.
A match played in blustery showers, a noticeably strong wind plus the odd downpour or two between our two Handicap Golf Croquet teams, who this season have to play in the same division. All Clubs entering two teams in the leagues, which also include two teams each from Letchworth, Newport, Northampton and Maldon, have to play their matches in the first round. So hence our early season meeting.
After round one the teams were level at 2-2, Enfield East went ahead in the second round to lead 5-3 but were pegged back in the third when Enfield West pulled it back to 6-6. It stayed level after the fourth round with the scores at 8-8 going into the two doubles games.
West’s captain Brian Dawes failed to cope with either the conditions or an effective handicap of two and lost all his singles matches. David Frost, East’s captain, also found it hard going against the high bisquers and won two games. While David Fenner and John Street also won half their singles matches. David Minihane also seemingly struggled with the conditions winning one. Brian Sturt however played well and won three of his singles, as did Tony Elliott whose results included a massive 7-0 win. Peter Brock also did especially well to come back after a confused opening match to win all his remaining games.
With everything depending on the doubles John & Tony for Enfield West were the first to finish their game against Davids Minihane & Fenner and nicked it in a close encounter by 7-5. Meanwhile David Frost & Brian Sturt had pulled their game back to 6-6 after being 4-1 down against Brian & Peter, but it was Peter’s opening shot played almost perfectly to the golden hoop which proved to be the most important strike of the game. It wasn’t cleared and Peter duly clinched the match with East’s second doubles win of the day.
Not the most enjoyable of days weather wise, but good to get rid of some competitive cobwebs.
2013 GC SEASON
Enfield East 9-9 v Ipswich in the EACF Handicap Final - Ipswich won 2-1 in the three hoop play off
Ipswich: Martin French (Captain) (0), Jill Waters (4), Celia Pearce (7) and Pam Plumbly (10)
Round 1 D Frost v Martin 4-7, David M v Jill 5-7, D Fenner v Celia 7-1 and Brian v Pam 7-4 (2-2 overall)
Round 2 D Fenner v Pam 2-7, Brian v Celia 7-3, D Frost v Jill 7-6, David M v Martin 5-7 (4-4 after Round 2)
Round 3 D Frost v Celia 7-5, David M v Pam 5-7, D Fenner v Martin 3-7, Brian v Jill 6-7 (5-7 all 4 matches are close. Advantage to Ipswich.)
Round 4 D Fenner v Jill 6-7, Brian v Martin 7-4, D Frost v Pam 7-3, David M v Celia 7-4 (8-8 Enfield fight back - Martin French is beaten for the first and only time in the tournament this season by Brian Sturt 7-4.
On to the Doubles:
Martin & Pam lead 4-1 against David Frost & Brian, whilst Davids Minihane & Fenner lead 5-0 against Jill & Celia. David Frost & Brian come back strongly to lead Martin & Pam 6-4, whilst Jill & Celia are now 5-3 down. Is the game up for Ipswich? Martin & Pam hold their nerve winning 7-6, whilst Davids Minihane & Fenner finish off Jill & Celia 7-3.
It’s now 9-9 so they go into a 3 hoop play-off.
Play-off: David Frost & David Minihane vs. Martin French & Jill Waters.
David Frost wins the toss, so plays from corner one up to hoop 3.
Hoop 3: After 5 minutes of play David Frost runs the hoop with a good shot to give Enfield a 1-0 lead.
Hoop 4: Immediately Martin is blocked behind hoop 3 but plays a well weighted shot, finishing 8 feet to the right side and level with hoop 4. Then David Minihane’s ball is aimed 2 feet to the left of the hoop and finishes some 10’ short. Jill hits her ball hard and true from behind hoop 3 and it goes straight through hoop 4 without touching the sides, off the lawn and into the park to tie the score at 1-1. Game on!
Hoop 5: After several minutes of play with Enfield having a couple of missed shots at the hoop, David Frost tries to knock his blue ball back through the hoop, but it gets stuck half way in the jaws. With Martin's red ball off the lawn and David Minihane's black ball ready in front of the hoop Jill decides to attack the hoop, knocking the blue ball back through the hoop and hers with it. Ipswich win!
The League Manager's "Star Player" award went to Jill Waters of Ipswich, with runner-up Brian Sturt of Enfield.
Congratulations Ipswich on their victory but commiserations to Enfield East on their performance in a match which clearly could not have been any closer.
Watford 4-8 Enfield - Doubles friendly Friday 12th September
Our delightful hosts at Watford were Jason and Margaret, Geoff and Phyllida, Anne & Maureen, Rob and Ron plus their substitute and reserve Veronica. Watford’s variable doubles pairings took on four doubles partners from Enfield who on this occasion were: David G Frost & Simon Tendeter, Brian Dawes & Glyn Evans, Tony Elliott and Peter Brock plus John Street and David N Fenner. The purpose of this outing being to provide some useful Inter-Club match experience for some of both Club’s new or less experienced players.
The weather was fine, the company convivial, the cakes enjoyable and we also played four rounds of doubles which at one point were accompanied by some formation flying by a Spitfire and Hurricane.
Results as follows with Enfield’s scores shown first and the four rounds going 4-0, 3-1, 1-3 and 4-0:
David GF & Simon 7-6 Jason & Margaret, Brian & Glyn 7-6 v Geoff & Phyllida, Tony & Peter 7-6 v Anne & Maureen and John & David NF 7-5 Ron & Rob four very close games but all going Enfield’s way.
John & David NF 7-2 Geoff & Veronica, Tony & Peter 7-5 Jason & Margaret, Brian & Glyn 5-7 Ron & Rob and David GF & Simon 7-4 Anne & Maureen.
Tony & Peter 7-5 Ron & Rob, John & David NF 6-7 Anne & Maureen, David GF & Simon 6-7 Geoff & Phyllida and Brian & Glyn 2-7 Jason & Veronica.
Brian & Glyn 7-3 Anne & Veronica, David GF & Simon 7-5 Rob & Ron, John & David NF 7-2 Jason & Margaret and Tony & Peter 7-5 Geoff and Phyllida
Enfield West 7-11 Enfield West - EACF Handicap Semi Final Friday 6th September
This wasn’t the first time two Enfield teams had played each other in an outside competition, but it was certainly the first time two Enfield teams had met in a Semi Final. This one being the East Anglian Croquet Federation Handicap Golf Semi-final which was played in light rain, drizzle, rain and more rain on lawns 2 & 3 at Bush Hill Park. The lawns badly needed the rain but the players involved certainly didn’t need such a dismal day for the match where a rather damp time was had by all.
Enfield West fielded their usual team of Brian Dawes (3), Tony Elliott (6), John Street (7) and Peter Brock (9). As did Enfield East whose regular team comprised: David G Frost (2), David Minihane (5), David N Fenner (8), Brian Sturt (10). There was obviously no home team this time out but West’s scores are shown first throughout.
The first round ended all square Brian D 5-7 David GF, Tony 2-7 David M, John 7-5 David NF and Peter 7-6 Brian S
Round two saw a 3-1 win for West but this was the last time they were to lead the tie all day: Peter 4-7 David N F, John 7-5 Brian S, Tony 7-3 David G F and Brian D 7-3 David M.
The third round was a clean sweep for East with four wins: Tony 2T-5T Brian S, Brian D 2-7 David N F, Peter 6-7 David M and John 5-7 David N F.
And the fourth round consolidated the win for East who on the day had played the better game. John 4-7 David M, Peter 4T-6T, Brian D 6-7 Brian S and Tony 2-7 David N F.
The doubles saw Brian D & Peter loose to David G F and Brian S 3-7, whilst Tony and John beat Davids M & N F by 7-4.
All in all a very good day for Enfield East who we wish well in their quest to retain the trophy on behalf of Enfield.
As a complete aside a runaway gazebo provided some light entertainment at one point in the day’s play so I’m sorry that on this particular occasion I didn’t have my camera with me in order to share this rare delight.
Congratulations to Enfield East on winning the League and also to David Frost and David Fenner on reducing both their handicaps today.
Newport Oaks 8 Enfield West 10 – Handicap League Thurs. 1st August
There were only two timed out game in this close encounter at Newport and it was just as well that Enfield had taken an early three-nil lead because the Oaks team clawed their way back to tie the singles 8-8 leaving everything to be played for in the doubles. There was no double banking on Newport’s three lawns so this close encounter went to six rounds with a pair sitting out each time. On a day where temperatures soared to 33 degrees (that’s 91.4 in old money) a break in the shade of Newport’s fine pavilion was certainly a welcome relief.
Our team of Brian Dawes (3), John Street (7), Tony Elliott (7) and Peter Brock (8) were up against Tim Ham (6), Tony Marks (7), Pat Marks (10) and Helen Manley (10).
The matches, with Enfield players and scores shown first, went as follows:
John 7-4 Pat, Tony 7-5 Helen and Brian 7-3 Tim gave Enfield an early 3-0 lead.
Peter 3-6 Helen, John 5-7 Tony and Tony 7-4 Pat saw Newport pull one back.
Brian 7-6 Tony in one of the three thirteen point games on the day, Peter 6-7 Tim and John 5-7 Helen saw Newport pull back another.
Tony 5-6 Tim was a seriously close match and one of only two that were timed out on the day, Brian 7-5 Pat and Peter 4-7 Tony completed the scores for this round.
John 6-7 Tim, Tony 7-4 Tony and Brian 7-3 Helen
Peter 3-7 Pat in a somewhat confused match levelled the day’s singles results at 8-8. The day had gone well for Tony with three singles wins plus a very close encounter of the twelfth hoop kind and also went well for Brian who bagged four singles wins despite conceding 21 bisques in total.
And so on to the doubles with everything to play for and possible outcomes of a win, draw or defeat for either team. Fortunately for Enfield Tony and John played very well to defeat Pat and Tony 7-2 and to secure at least a draw on finishing their match before the other. The match on lawn one was all ebb and flow but Peter and Brian dug deep to secure a 7-5 win against Helen and Tim which ended a tough but thrilling encounter.
So a fine day’s play with a number of very close and well contested matches were completed enjoyably, despite the somewhat oppressive temperatures offset by just an occasional light breeze which was best enjoyed in the pavilion.
Enfield West 10 Letchworth 8 - Handicap League Monday 26th July
Played on a fairly sultry day at Bush Hill Park this match provided more timed out matches than I’ve ever previously experienced. Surprisingly so given that games are played to 45 minutes in this league competition.
Enfield West’s team comprised Brian Dawes (3), John Street (7), Tony Elliott (7) and Peter brock (8) and they were up against John Skingsley (2), Robert Staddon (7), Colin Gregory (9) and David Russell (9) of Letchworth.
Enfield lost the opening round of single 1-3 with scores of (Enfield players and scores shown first): Brian 5-6 Colin, John 6-7 John, Tony 7-6 Robert and Peter 1-2 David.
The second round saw a reversal with Enfield winning 3-1 and levelling the match at 4-4: Peter 3-6 Robert, Tony 5-1 David, John 7-4 Colin and Brian 7-6 John
Round three saw Enfield move into the overall lead with another 3 wins: John 7-2 David, Brian 6-4 Robert, Peter 6-5 John and Tony 3-6 Colin.
The final singles round was all square at 2-2 with results going as follows: Tony 4-7 John, Peter 3-5 Colin, Brian 6-2 David and John 6-5 Robert. So a 9-7 lead for Enfield after the singles meant Letchworth required both the doubles to tie the match.
As it happens the doubles finished 1-1: Brian and Peter 2-4 Colin and David while Tony and John ran out 7-4 winners against John & Robert to clinch the match. Final score 10-8 to Enfield West.
Enfield 11 Leighton Linslade 7 - GC Level Play League Monday 15th July
This Level Play League match started early thanks to the prompt arrival of Leighton Linslade, which was just as well given the uncomfortable heat on the day. In this match Enfield kept the same side that had beaten Chelmsford three days earlier. Ken Pickett (0), David Frost (3), Brian Dawes (3) and John Street (7) for Enfield took on opponents John Thorpe (3) John Cundell (4) David Ball (4) and Roger Stroud (4)
The early honours went to the visitors who opened a 1-3 lead in the opening round of games: Ken 4-7 John T, David 3-7 John C, Brian 7-4 David Ball, John 6-7 Roger. 1-3 to Leighton (Enfield’s scores shown first).
Round two saw an improved performance from Enfield who managed to square this round 2-2: John 6-7 David, Brian 7-5 Roger, David 5-7 John T, Ken 7-0 John C. All square at 2-2
Round three saw the following results: David 7-3 Roger, Ken 7-1 David, John 4-7 John C, Brian 7-1 John T. 3-1 to Enfield this time to tie the match at 6-6.
John 7-5 John T, Ken 3-7 Roger, David 7-3 David and a titanic struggle between Brian and John C was eventually timed out at 6-1. 3-1 to Enfield for the round and an unbeatable 9-7 on aggregate. However if Leighton won the doubles the match could still be tied.
Ken & John 7-6 John & Roger – a game that saw lots of missed opportunities caused by the speed of lawns and fatigue of the players in the withering heat. It was also a case of last men standing as David & Brian just about beat David & John C 7-6. Well done to Brian who achieved his first clean sweep in a Level Play match for Enfield.
Chemsford & Bentley 7–11 Enfield - Level Play League Friday 12th July
The Enfield team of Ken Pickett (0), David Frost (3), Brian Dawes (3) and John Street (7) were hosted by John Skuse (4), Judith Hand (4), Paul Bridgeman (4) and Len Purcell (8) in the peace and extreme quiet of Writtle College Sports grounds. The match Golf Croquet Level Play League match was played out on a seriously hot day but the ball ran fairly true on slightly longer lawns than can currently be found on Bush Hill Park.
Enfield’s scores shown first throughout and in the first round the results went: Ken 7-4 John, Brian 6-7 Judith, David 7-6 Paul and John 5-7 Len. So all square after the first round of matches at 2-2
In the second Enfield won 3-1: David 7-4 Len, John 1-7 Paul, Ken 7-5 Judith and Brian 7-6 John. So Enfield now lead by 5-3.
The third round saw Enfield stretch their lead with another 3-1 win: John 4-7 Judith, David 7-4 John, Brian 7-5 Len and Ken 7-5 Paul. The lead was now 8-4 to Enfield.
After lunch the fourth and final round of the singles was drawn 2-2 but this was enough to see Enfield win the match with the scores at 10-6: Brian 4-7 Paul, Ken 7-3 Les, John 1-7 John, David 7-2 Judith
The Doubles were played out with one win for each team: Ken & John winning 7-3 against Les & John, while Brian & David lost 4-7 to Judith & Paul. This made the winning total and final result 11-7 to Enfield thanks in the main to Ken and David winning all of their singles matches, so congratulations to them especially.
Maldon Pavilion 9-9 Enfield East - Wednesday 26th June
Enfield East fielded the same team that won their opening 2 matches, namely: David G Frost (3), David Minihane (5) plus this season's new boys David N Fenner (9) and Brian Sturt (10). Whilst Malden fielded a team comprising Rich Waterman (4), Michael Manning (5), Narian Manning (7) and Neil Grandy (10)
The singles round matches with Enfield'd score first were as below:
David G F 7-4 Rich, David M 5-7 Michael, David N F 7-5 Marian and Brian S 7-4 Neil.
David N F 6-5 Neil, Brian S 5-7 Marian, David G F 7-5 Michael and David M 7-3 Rich. Enfield East lead 5-3.
Brian S 4-7 Michael, David N F 7-6 Rich, David M G 3-7 Neil and David G F 7-4 Marian. Enfield E still lead 7-5.
David M 7-5 Marian, David G F 6-5T, Brian S 2-7 Rich and David N F 2-7. With Enfield East still ahead 9-7.
However in the two doubles games David G F and Brian S lost 5-7 whilst David M and David N F also lost 4-5 meaning that Maldon Pavilion's late comeback tied the match at 9-9. Enfield remain unbeaten withone match to play and can win the league if they are victorious.
Enfield West v Colchester Colchester couldn't find sufficient players to travel and scratched from the League .
Enfield East 18 - 1 Maldon Lakeside - Tuesday 18th June
Enfield East fielded the same team that won their opening match, namely: David G Frost (4), David Minihane (6) plus rookies David N Fenner (9) and Brian Sturt (10). Whilst Malden fielded a team where all their players were on a 10 handicap.
With only one of Enfield East's being lost and just one match that went to the final hoop this was a somewhat comfortable victory. The results were as follows: David G F v Richard Wallis 7-3, David M v Joan Fairclough 7-1, David N F v Diana Pettit 7-5, Brian S v Peter Marven 5-7.
Brian S v Diana 7-2, David N F v Pete 7-3, David M v Richard 7-2, David G F v Joan 7-2.
David M v Peter 6-3T, David G F v Diana 7-3, Brian S v Joan 7-2, David N F v Richard 7-1.
David N F v Joan 7-4, Brian S v Richard 7-2, David G F v Peter 6-5T, David M v Diana 7-5.
The doubles also resulted for wins in Enfield East's favour where David G F and Brian S beat Richard & Peter 7-3, while David M and David N F beat Joan and Diana 7-6. So two matches, two wins for Enfield East.
Southchurch Park 8-10 Enfield East - Tues 18th June
Enfield East's team of David G Frost (4), David Minihane (6) plus rookies David N Fenner (9) and Brian Sturt (10). And it's fair to say that they all found the going tough on a surface which doesn't quite match that of Bush Hill Park.
In the first round of singles David Frost beat Louise Cornelius (6) 7-6, David Minihane lost to Alan Corneilius (9) 4-7, David Fenner overcame Pete Wilkinson (10) 7-6 whilst Brian S lost his match with Tony Butcher (10) by 6-7. So 1-3 down after round one.
The second round went Enfield scores shown first David N G v Tony 4-7, Brian S v Pete 7-6, David G F v Alan 0-7 and David M v Louise 7-6. 2-2 on the round but down by 3-5.
Round 3 went: Brain S v Alan 7-4, David N F v Loise 4-7, David M v Tony 4-7 and David G F v Pete 7-3. So two each again and Enfield still trailed 5-7.
The forth round saw Enfield win three games and claw the match back to 8-8. The matches went as follows: David M v Pete 7-5, David G F v Tony 7-5, Brian S v Louise 3-7 and David N F v Alan 7-6. Which meant an unbeatable 10-6 lead for Enfield.
So finally the doubles where David G F & Brian S lost to Louise & Tony 7-2. While David M and David N F were also defeated 2-7 by Alan & Pete. A close match overall on what for Enfield were not the easiest of lawns.
2012 SEASON - GC
In the 2012 season the East Anglian Croquet Federation ran two Golf Croquet leagues: Below are the Handicap League results - scroll further down for our Level play results
Wednesday September 5th - Enfield v Watford - East Anglian Play-off Final (neutral) won 11-7
John C, David B, David F, John T, Brian D, Richard K, John S & Ken P
The home team of David Ball (3), John Thorp (4), Richard Keighley (4) and John Cundell (5) plus their impressive team of scorers, tea makers, timekeepers and cake makers made the Enfield squad of Ken Pickett (0), John Street (5), Brian Dawes (6) and David Frost (8) very welcome on a very blustery day in Leighton Buzzard. As the scoreline suggests this was a very close fought encounter in a match that started in light rain and ended in sunshine. The one consistent factor of the weather was a fairly persistent and often rather strong wind throughout the day.
The Leighton Linslade lawns are somewhat slower than those we've been use to at Enfield this season so the pace of the greens were somewhat problematical for all the Enfield team except Ken who sailed through his singles matches winning all four games. Brian who endured three 13-hoop games in his singles managed to scrape three wins and David who found the wind rather more troublesome that the lawns won two. John however couldn't quite click into gear and found the speed of the lawns exceedingly difficult to cope with. Despite Enfield holding a 7-9 lead after the singles Leighton & Linslade stormed both the doubles games to level the match 9 all.
An enjoyable days play was had by all and overall a draw was probably a fair reflection of the outcome in an encounter that saw some really cracking matches take place.
Thursday May 24 - Watford v Enfield (Away) lost 7-11
Enfield's line-up of Ken Pickett (0), John Street (5), Brian Dawes (7) and David Frost (8) took on Nick Archer (1), Ian Parkinson (3), Janet lewis (3) and John Walker (3) at Watford on a sweltering hot day where the relentless sunshine was almost as difficult to cope with as our lower handicapped opponents. Ken and David both beat John Walker in their singles matches but were unfortunately beaten in all their other games. John Street beat Ian and John Walker to score two wins from his four in the singles, with Brian also scoring two wins from four by beating Nick and overcoming Ian, Watford's top ranked player. Janet was clearly the player of the match for Watford with four wins in her singles matches. In the doubles, with the match result already determined, it was one apiece thanks to John and Brian overcoming Ian and Janet for an Enfield win. So our first Level Play match was not a resounding success but a big and useful learning curve for those in the team making their first sortie into such an event.
2011 SEASON - GC
ENFIELD EAST SQUAD and match results:
Enfield West v Southchurch - 16-2 played 4th July
There were no American flags on show and no whooping or hollering whatsoever, but plenty to celebrate for Enfield West in what turned out to be an emphatic win played out on a somewhat oppressively hot day. A strong early lead was set by Enfield as Southchurch failed to get to grips with a reasonably fast lawn that got faster as the day heated up. This early lead was extended by Wendy, John, David L and Brian D as they all piled on the pressure and Southchurch seemed to wilt in the sun. Despite some fine play by Wally Barnes Southchurch couldn't turn the tide and Enfield West also went on to win both the closely contested doubles games which were played out, like the rest of the day, in a very friendly atmosphere.
Chelmsford & Bentley v Enfield West - 6-12 played 1st July
Enfield West's injury hit team were most grateful that Wendy was able to turn out for them in what turned out to be a very pleasant days play over at Writton. Despite losing the first round of the singles 3-1 Enfield West came back strongly winning the second, third and fourth round singles 4-0, 3-1 and 3-1. A fairly fast lawn which became faster as the day progressed appeared to suit Enfield West and wins in the singles from Wendy Spencer-Smith (2), John Street (2), David Lygoe (3) and Brian Dawes (4) made the result clear cut before the double round which was shared 1 apiece.
Enfield West v Purleigh- Wednesday 29th June Conceded by Purleigh who could not put out a team for this fixture, was due to be played on Wednesday 29th June
Enfield East v Enfield West - 13-5 played 20th May
Difficult to say whether Enfield East played really well or if Enfield West played poorly, although in all fairness it was probably a bit of both. But Enfield West comprising John, Margaret, David Lygoe and Brian Dawes certainly played as if they'd gone without their early morning cuppa given that they failed to win a single session of the match. That said there were many decent contests to be seen but the more consistent play came from the home team with Brian Havill making his debut for Enfield East in particularly fine form winning all four of his singles matches. While their other debut boy David Frost also played well winning three of his four singles matches.
Enfield West v Chelmsford & Bentley Greens - 12-6 played 13th May
It wasn't an unlucky Friday the 13th for Enfield West who won their opening game of the season 12-6 with a team that comprised John Street (5), Margaret Lygoe (10), David Lygoe (10) & Brian Dawes (10). Our team took an early lead by winning the first round of singles 3-1 and by the lunch break they had amassed an 8-4 lead against a Chelmsford side who'd had to find a late replacement. With Margaret, David and Brian all winning three singles matches each and John winning two of his the match was effectively over prior to the doubles which were tied at one game apiece. Top marks to Margaret who was the only Enfield West player to beat John Skuse who had performed well for Chelmsford throughout the contest.
2010 SEASON - GC
The Enfield East and Enfield West teams in 2010 were as follows:
ENFIELD EAST 2010
|Enfield East||Enfield West||Southch.||Purleigh East||Burnham||Purleigh West||C&B1||C&B2||Match|
|Chelmsford & Bentley 1||3-15||4-14||14-4||6-12||withdrawn||7-11||*||5-13||1||39||6th|
|Chelmsford & Bentley 2||8-10||4-14||11-7||10-8||withdrawn||13-5||13-5||*||4||59||3rd|
BURNHAM have withdrawn from the league
League play-off will be played at BURY-ST.EDMUNDS and will feature ENFIELD EAST
Semi-Finals on Friday 3rd September & Final on Saturday 11th September
2009 SEASON - GC