Enfield Croquet Club - 1993 to 2023 Celebrating 30 Glorious Years
Enfield Croquet Club - 1993 to 2023Celebrating 30 Glorious Years

News 2022 

Federation Shield Outcome

Following the postponement of the Final between Enfield and Dowlish Wake eventually took place on Friday 30th September at Swindon Croquet Club.  Although the afternoon saw a heavy band of  rain over Swindon, the morning session was completed in the dry but cold and windy conditions. Dowlish Wake won all three morning matches (one doubles and two singles). In the afternoon, Dowlish Wake won another match to take an unassailable lead although Enfield pulled one game back. With the weather conditions closing in and worsening, the players in both the remaining matches agreed to ended with the scores at 1 - 1.    


We're proud to have reached the Finals and thank the team of David Frost, Kim Taylor, Frances Broadway and Nigel Owen for taking on the challenge .... and as we always saying, 'it's not about the winning, it's about the participation'.    Here's to 2023!

2nd Place for Enfield in Beds and Herts AC League

Yesterday Enfield's AC team fought back superbly to win in the Beds and Herts League against Northampton. With Northampton bringing three low handicap players, every match followed the pattern of the Enfield player building up a league, before trying to finish off as the Northampton player steadily caught up.

In the morning, David Frost (4.5) and John Street (8) got stuck with a few hoops to go, and were eventually caught by Lionel Tibble (-1) and Mike Hills (2), losing 20-26. Thomas Halliday (8) was outplayed by Nick Evans (1.5), who pegged Thomas's ball out to take full control and win 26-23.

Knowing that we needed to win all three singles games in the afternoon to avoid last place in the league, we buckled down. Thomas finished quickly against a misfiring Mike Hills, winning +19. On lawn 2, John's lead was being progressively whittled down, until he pegged out one of Nick's balls and one of his own to leave a cat and mouse game of one-ball with John on peg and Nick on rover. Nick ran the final hoop and shot for the peg, but missed, allowing John to hit for a +1 victory. With three balls on the final hoop, Lionel set up a perfect leave for a four ball break, but jarred his ball in the first hoop to give back control to David. After a bit of a tussle, David ended up winning +9 to seal the comeback win.

Enfield finish 2nd in the Beds and Herts League behind unbeaten Wrest Park (with whom we drew). It's the second year in a row we've been the runners-up, so all eyes are looking for a win in 2023!

Enfield Wins EACF B Level

Congratulations to the Enfield West B Level squad who won the EACF B Level Tournament against Chelmsford on Sunday, 11th September 2020.


The team of four - pictured on the left (Ian Moore, Nicola Hyde, Peter Brock and Dave Hill) - had a successful start winning the doubles round.   The beginning of the singles was perhaps less inspiring but with a team talk from Peter , the spirit came back and the momentum grew with the final score being 12-6.

Other players were involved in enabling Enfield to reach the final so the credit must be shared with David Barnicoat, Kim Taylor, Brian Dawes (who played in the first three matches and scored more hoops than anyone else) and Michael Broadway plus new B Level team members Graham Curtis, Alan Bateman, Frances Broadway and Mary Grove.   Hopefully the editor hasn't missed anyone!    Well done all

Cara Cup Win For Thomas Halliday 

Two days of hard fought games over the 2nd and 3rd September saw Thomas Halliday win 10 of his 11 matches to secure the Cara Cup and qualify for the A Level Final.


Day 1 started with terrible traffic, and he arrived while players were warming up for their first matches. Perhaps it was the adrenaline from nearly being late, but his first match was over in 20 minutes, beating John Gosden 7-3.


He beat Bridget Goodman 7-0 in the middle of a streak of 12 consecutive hoops - a game that will live long in the memory.


When he later lost to Phillip Davies (conceding the 9th hoop by firing blue into red, with red cannoning yellow at a 60 degree angle, sending it through the hoop), he found that John Gosden had not yet lost since the opener. By the final round, they were both on 9 wins and a hoop difference of +27.

Thomas edged Chris Jackson 7-6 in his final game, and settled down to watch John play Finland's Helena Jansson. If he won 7-5 or better, he'd win the trophy, but he didn't know. Thomas watched as they exchanged hoops. At 4-3 down, John made a mistake, and Helena edged ahead 5-3. It took her two more hoops, but she finally scored the critical 6th hoop to give Thomas the win, and followed it up with a 7th to win herself.


A very tense finish to a great weekend, when as a bonus, his handicap went down to 1.


The A Level final is on the 24th/25th of September at Wrest Park. 

The Chairman's Cup attracted a full entry of 16 players, twice that of last year, and including all three of the previous winners and two players - Suzanne and Chris Twomey - playing in their first tournament.
Divided by drawing cards into four all-play-all groups, the top two would progress to the quarterfinals. In the Spades, two of the year's biggest improvers in Nigel Owen and Frank Palmer saw off Kim Taylor and (as he reminded everyone) defending champion Ian Moore, with Frank managing a 7-0 win over Kim.
The Hearts went down to tiebreaks. Three players ended on two wins, with Nicola Hyde topping the group on points difference, and Jane French qualifying by virtue of having beaten Marian Cuckson in their head to head.
Diamonds was extremely closely contested. Nobody won all their games, and nobody lost them all either. In the end, Mary Grove and Frances Broadway had two wins, while David Frost and Brian Dawes were eliminated with one apiece.
In the clubs, Michael Broadway swept all aside, and Chris Twomey showed no signs of inexperience, using his extra turns to great effect to qualify in second ahead of Thomas Halliday and Andrew Yianni.
The quarterfinals saw Nigel beat Chris 7-4 in a measured, tactical game, and Michael beat Frank 7-4. The other quarterfinals were much more one-sided on paper, but took much longer to play as so many hoops were well contested. Nicola beat Mary 7-1 and Frances saw off Jane 7-2.
In the semifinals, the Broadway Derby was very closely fought, with Frances winning 7-5. Even closer was Nicola vs Nigel, with Nicola winning thanks to a perfect first approach to the golden hoop.
Elsewhere, only four consolation matches were played. Andrew beat Kim, Jane beat Frank, Thomas beat Ian, and Brian beat Marian. All then decided they'd rather watch the final than continue to play for the lesser places.
In the final, Frances would later swear that the balls just ran her way. But after losing the first hoop, for the balls to run your way for six hoops in a row requires a bit more than luck. Frances was on wonderful form, and surprised those in the crowd predicting a golden hoop by winning 7-2, leaving an extra turn in her pocket "for the 13th hoop, just in case".
Congratulations to Frances, who not only wins but earns a handicap reduction to 6, and also to Nigel, who would have been automatically reduced to 9, but whose recent record of 25 wins in the last 30 earned him a cut from 10 to 7.

SECF Hurlingham Doubles

29th August 2022 - Kim Taylor and Nicola Hyde played at their inaugural South East Croquet Federation GC Doubles Tournament at the Hurlingham Club.   The six immaculate lawns saw 24 pairs playing their very best to win through to the afternoons finals.    Kim and Nicola came 6th and the winners were Jason Carley (Watford) and Louise Taylor (Merton)

A Mixed Monday

Last Monday (22nd August) saw mixed results for Enfield's EACF GC teams.   Away in Watford, Enfield West was unable to conquor and subsequently lost the opportunity to win the League.   That said, a worthy fight was made by Alan Bateman, David Frost, Graham Curtis and Nicola Hyde but they just could not overcome having lost the initial round of doubles and the final score was 10-8.


On home turf, it was quite the opposite.  Enfield East took on Letchworth and won convincingly with an 11-7 scoreline.   

Rain Stops Play In Open League 
After being rescheduled for excessive heat, the Open League match against Watford ended in excessive rain today (17th August), abandoned at 9-9, with lawns unplayable.
Both sides knew what they needed coming into the game. Watford would win the league with a draw or better. Enfield needed to win by at least four clear games to keep any hopes alive. With Watford featuring two -3 players in Jason Carley and Nick Archer, this was going to be a tough ask.
In the doubles, David Frost and Peter Brock lost to Jason Carley and Stephen Webb, while Kim Taylor and Thomas Halliday managed to take a win from Nick Archer and Simon Hathrell.
Conditions were described by the opponents as 'bobbly', with several clearances from both sides jumping over their intended targets at the last minute, thanks to the dry ground.
Through every round, we could not be separated. 1-1 after the doubles, it was 3-3 after the first singles round, then 5-5, and 7-7.
Halfway through the last singles round, the heavens opened. Peter Brock was dispatched by Nick Archer in enough time to get to shelter. Jason and Thomas played on through the start of the rain while everyone else fetched waterproofs, with Jason's quality showing through in a 7-5 win.
Kim battled home against Simon to make it only 9-8 to Watford, before the downpour drove David and Stephen in to shelter. With David leading Stephen 6-5 and the lawns rapidly becoming unplayable, Stephen conceded his match and the captains shook hands on a 9-9 draw. Watford would win the division, and Enfield now only need to beat Northampton to take second place, rather than worrying about points difference. With hoop 3 of lawn 1 under two inches of water, everyone left the lawns happy with the decision not to play the deciding doubles.

Federation Shield Semi Final

We are in final!   A long day last Monday (15th August) as David Frost, Kim Taylor, Frances Broadway and Nicola Hyde travelled down to Guildford and Godalming Croquet Club to meet the Ryde team.   The lawns were like ice and games slow as we waited for balls to stop – a light tap and they were in danger of going off.   However we rose to the occasion and won 6-3.

The Sheila Rudling Cup

Marian Cuckson won the inaugural Sheila Rudling Cup, donated by the family, at the Club's monthly tournament on Thursday, 4th August.   This is the second time Marian has succeeded in winning inaugural events - the last being the Chairman's Cup when it was introduced in 2017.


A hot day with the occasional cool breeze saw 15 members with handicaps of 8+ battle it out on the three lawns.   Matches were hard fought although all played in good spirit and the final eventually took place at 5 pm.    Marian's opponent was Frank Palmer who was a very worthy runner-up.   In third place was Nigel Owen followed by Philip Hawes. 


A good day was had by all and thanks are extended to Frances Broadway, Alan Bateman and Jenny Ruddle who managed and oversaw the event and to Thomas Halliday who, although away, was instrumental in arranging the format.


The Cup was introduced this year in memory of our Life President, Sheila Rudling who passed away in 2021; we know she would have enjoyed the event!

Croquet Fun Day 

The weather held fine on Saturday, 30th July for the Club's annual celebration of croquet!  With a series of croquet inspired games such as Crazy Croquet, Croquet Archery, Speedy Hoops and Hit The Peg, members, families and friends united to spend a few hours on the lawns having fun!    Refreshments, home bakes, a tombola and Hit The Rat completed the picture and just over £200 was raised.

Enfield Conquers Against Leighton Linslade 

Enfield took on Leighton Linslade at home on Thursday, 14th July in the GC 3+ B Level and won through with a 11-9 scoreline.   The day started well with Enfield winning the first round of doubles and then had a poor first round of singles leading to 3-3 each. Leighton then took three of the four games in the second round of the singles and it wasn't until the afternoon session - post lunch, that Enfield came into their own.   With the score at 10-8 to Enfield, the second doubles round was played with each side winning one game.    A most enjoyable day and plans are now afoot for a friendly!

Enfield Travels To Win Against Durham
In the morning, the doubles fixture pitted Kim and Andrew Y against Andrew C and Nigel. On the other lawn, the singles matches saw David play Roger and Thomas play Tony.  First to finish was Thomas, beating Tony 7-4 7-3 to get Enfield on the board. David beat Roger 7-4 in the first, but the next game was much closer, and Roger just managed to sneak a 7-6 win. On to a decider.
By this time, Kim and Andrew had lost their first game and were on to a second, but as doubles is often slower to play, it was agreed that to keep things moving, if a decider was needed, it would be postponed to the end of the day.
In the deciding game between David and Roger, David again ran hoop 12 to force a golden hoop, and this time Roger missed, and David scored. Enfield were 2-0 ahead.
In the doubles, after trailing 4-5, Kim and Andrew fought back, with Andrew running hoop 11 to take a 6-5 lead and using his last extra turn to jaws the ball in hoop 12. The match wasn't over.
In the afternoon, the unerring Andrew Carpenter beat Thomas 7-5 7-6 to get a point back for Durham, but David beat Tony 7-2 7-5 and Kim beat Nigel 7-5 7-5 to guarantee an Enfield win.
Andrew's match with Roger finished with a golden hoop so it - and the final score of Enfield 4 Durham 2 could not really have been closer.    We wait to see if we're playing Broadwas or Ryde for a place in the final!
Below are the shots of David setting up his match-winning jaws shot, some double-banked action, and Andrew setting a perfect, but sadly countered, block.

Enfield West In Tight Battle With Meldreth

Enfield West put have a tough fight against Meldreth in the EACF GC League on Thursday 30th June with the scoreline not really reflecting the closeness of the games.    After losing the round of doubles with 7-6 scores, the majority of the four single games followed suit - ultimately, Meldreth winning 11-7.    

Watford Push Enfield To The Limit 

GC 3+ B Level tournament on 24th June with Enfield hosting Watford and beating them 12-8 in the deciding doubles.


It was a good too for the high handicap players again. Two wins for Brian Dawes, two for Ian Moore, two for Thomas Halliday and three for Graham Curtis. Graham and Thomas also won both their doubles games while Brian and Ian won one and lost one.


Watford had staged an excellent comeback by winning all four of the final singles to force the final doubles round.


Also notable was Brian Dawes' win over Rob Hibbs.

Winning Return To Letchworth

The Club returned to Letchworth on Tuesday, 14th June for the EACF B Level competition

We shared the initial doubles after Frances Broadway hit an extraordinary jaws shot to save hoop 12, taking us to a golden hoop, and eventual win. Indeed Frances was the hero of the day, winning three out of four singles (and a loss on the golden hoop), winning both doubles, and hitting some of the best single shots of the day - including at least three hoops scored from the initial approach shot.
After the four singles rounds had been completed, the match score was 9 games apiece. The deciding doubles round had both matches fall Enfield's way, leaving us 11-9 winners.    The full team comprised Captain Thomas Halliday, Frances, Brian Dawes and Nicola Hyde.

Kim Taylor Wins B-Level Tournament


The 8th B-Level tournament featuring twelve players attracted eight from outside clubs and four of our players - ranging from Enfield, High Wycombe, Hunstanton, Moreton, Stony Stratford - and Leighton Linslade. 


The twelve competitors were in two blocks of six. At the end of the block play, the first block had one player with four wins - Chris Webbley of High Wycombe, and three players with three wins each, with Bill Ironside of Leighton-Linslade beating Gill Hindshaw of Moreton and Judith Pengelly of Leighton with better hoop difference. Block two had a perfect result of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and zero for the six players - with the winner being Kim Taylor from Enfield followed by Sharon Clark from High Wycombe.


The play offs for the first four places produced two hard fought games from the block winners - with Kim Taylor beating Chris Webbley 7-2. The third and fourth play off was a win for Sharon Clark over Bill Ironside by 7-3.

Winning at Letchworth

Enfield West had a very convincing win over Letchworth in the EACF GC Handicap league on Monday, 4th June 2022 with a final score of 12 games to 4.   


Congratulations to David Frost, Alan Bateman, Mary Grove and Nicola Hyde.  

Longman Cup AC Knockout
It was a close-run thing in the first round of the Longman Cup, the Croquet Association's knockout competition for handicap AC. Watford visited us on 27th May in the heat of the sun.
The day began with a round of doubles and two singles games. The singles were shared between the clubs; Michael Broadway (11) beat Andre Machell (6) 26-13, and John Street (8) lost to John Smallbone (3.5) 16-26.
Over in the doubles, it was much closer. In his first club match, Watford's David Robinson (18) made use of his bisques and the expertise of his partner Arthur Reed (3.5) to make a good break, and after that, nobody really took control. Thomas Halliday (7) took his ball to peg, and with the last turn of the game, David Frost (4.5) levelled the score. After a little back and forth, David eventually scored the golden hoop to win 16-15 on time.
In the afternoon, John Smallbone made short work of Thomas 26-6, while John Street showed great resilience to eventually beat Andre 26-24. Michael lost 6-23 to David Robinson on time after a very cagy and conservative game. Finally, Arthur narrowly managed to beat David Frost 19-15 on time, to confirm Watford as the winners by 4 games to 3.
It was a valiant effort guys and you did the Club proud!

A Right Royal Time Was Had

Regal bunting decorated the lawns for our Platinum Jubilee GC Advantage tournament on Thursday, 2nd June - an occasion to celebrate the Queen's 70th year on the throne and a chance to trial the new scoring system for GC.


With glorious sunshine, some selective royal attire and freshly home-made cakes and brownies it was a lovely opportunity to play some great games, enjoy some light banter and generally have fun!    The winner went home with a bottle of fizz!

Away Win For B Level GC Team

Report by Brian Dawes.   The wind increased in strength the longer we played but the threatening rain held off for an enjoyable day out for all. Our team of Kim Taylor, Peter Brock, Brian Dawes and B Level debutant Mary Grove found the Wrest Park lawns to be fast and unpredictably wavy on occasion. Which perhaps explains the rather erratic nature of the day play-wise with eleven of the eighteen games finishing 7-4 and no player on either side going unbeaten in the singles. Brian and Peter won their doubles, Mary won a critical singles, while both Kim and Peter each won three of their singles and Brian chipped in with  two singles victories. All of which resulted with a close run win for Enfield’s B team by 10-8.


Picture shows L-R Brian, Mary and Kim - with Mary's cat standing in for Peter!

The EACF GC Enfield Derby 

Monday saw the first match of the season for Enfield West and Enfield East as battle commenced in the EACF GC League.    It was a glorious sunny start for Enfield East in terms of weather and the doubles games with wins in all four matches.   However, Enfield West came back with a vengeance in the singles matches and the final score was 13-4 to the West.  Unfortunately one match had to be abandoned due to injury (nothing serious we're pleased to report).

National Finals Charity One Ball

The weekend of 7th and 8th May saw the Association Croquet Charity One Ball Final at Surbiton.   Members may recall that we held an internal competition in April to identify those who would be taking part.    Ultimately this was Michael and Frances Broadway along with David Frost – all of whom played valiantly with David beating three players with handicaps of -5!    The winner was Nailsea Club’s James Galpin and as importantly, around £8,000 was raised for MIND.  

John Street Wins Club's May One Ball Tournament

Report by Thomas Halliday.    

Eight competitors gathered for the second of our monthly club competitions, a handicap One Ball tournament. The players drew their places in two groups of four, and played all others within their group. The top two in each group would contest the top four spots, and the bottom two play for 5th to 8th.

John Street was the first to gain a place in the semifinals, beating Nigel Owen 13-9 and Michael Broadway 13-11. Meanwhile, both Nigel and Michael beat David Barnicoat, making John and David's match inconsequential to the rankings. In the deciding game between Nigel and Michael to determine the other semifinalist from their group, Nigel established an early lead, but it was whittled away bit by bit, and in the end, Michael prevailed 13-10.

As the final ball was struck in Group A, Group B was still midway through their second set of matches - not playing slowly, but simply not matching the high-octane play from the other group. Frances Broadway, winner of last week's Charity One Ball heat, had beaten Kim Taylor 13-11 and was leading David Frost, eventually winning 13-8. David's first match had been an 8-13 loss to Graham Curtis, and he and Kim were neck and neck. Eventually, Frances and Graham both won their second games 13-8, leaving them to play for positions.

Setting up their chairs to watch the final round of games, John, David, Michael, and Nigel sat back and passed judgement and analysis, shot by shot. Graham and Frances contested a very even game, with Graham winning 13-9, while Kim's accuracy deserted him against David, who ran away with a 13-4 victory.

In the semifinals, Kim beat David Barnicoat, and David Frost beat Nigel to set up a rematch in the 5th-6th playoff. Graham was uncatchable despite Michael's best efforts, and went into the final the only unbeaten player at that stage. Frances and John's semifinal was thrilling - Frances was first through rover, but her shots at the peg kept missing and, in the end, with both players taking pot shots at the peg from distance, John's was the first to hit.

In the final, John's experience showed, and Graham finally lost, 13-9, although he finished with the best net hoops of the day. Michael edged Frances to take 3rd place 13-11, while David Barnicoat beat Nigel 13-11 to avenge his previous defeat. For a long time, it seemed like Kim was doing the same, racing into an 8-3 lead over David Frost. Both players kept shooting at one another and missing, to much discussion on the sidelines. Eventually, the game settled into a straightforward chase, and David's scratch GC handicap showed. The final score was 13-11 to David.

Congratulations to John Street for winning the event, and thanks to everyone who took part. I'm always happy to see a tournament where everybody wins at least once, and everybody loses at least once. Next month, we will have a handicap GC tournament, trialling the new Advantage GC rules.

Final positions
1. John Street (4 wins, +7 net hoops)
2. Graham Curtis (4 wins, +13 net hoops)
3. Michael Broadway (3 wins, +6 net hoops)
4. Frances Broadway (2 wins, 0 net hoops)
5. David Frost (3 wins, +6 net hoops)
6. Kim Taylor (1 win, -15 net hoops)
7. David Barnicoat (2 wins, -6 net hoops)
8. Nigel Owen (1 win, -10 net hoops)

AC 3-3 Draw Against Wrest Park

The wind made it exceptionally cold all day, which seemed to affect everybody's accuracy, making every game very interactive. 


In the morning doubles, both games went to time. John Bevington (1.5) and Richard Keighley (12) established a small lead over John Street (8) and Michael Broadway (11) early on and maintained it throughout the match, finishing +4 on time. In the other match, David Frost (4.5) and Thomas Halliday (7) finished strongly, but had left too much to do to win, losing to Bryan Harral (-0.5) and Peter Aspinall (10).


Into the singles, with Enfield needing to win all four to win overall. John Street made quick work of beating Peter +13 to give Enfield some hope, but Bryan quickly followed with a +13 win over David.


Over on lawn 2, things were tighter. As time ran out, John Bevington was 22-25 behind, but failed his approach and conceded the game by retreating into the corner. Thomas had a turn left, and made a single shot at the peg from near hoop 4 to finish +4. A few minutes later, time also ran out on Michael and Richard, with Michael running out the winner, and sealing a comeback draw for Enfield.


Next up for the AC team is a visit from Watford in the national Longman Cup, and our next league fixture is a trip to Letchworth, who currently top the table.

Charity One Ball

Today - 28th April - was the Club competition to find who would be playing in the annual Croquet Association Charity One-Ball Competition. In the 15 years that this national event has been running, it has raised over £50,000 for charity. This year, the competition is in aid of MIND, the mental health charity.


A good number of members entered the competition and a great day was had by all with £175 raised for MIND.   The two finalists who will be taking part at the national finals on Sunday, 8th May at Surbiton are Frances Broadway and Brian Dawes.


Many thanks to Michael for arranging the day and he will of course be participating too in the finals having won Champion of Champions earlier in the month.

The national finals are on Sunday 8th May at Surbiton.  

Competition Update - 27th April 2022
In the A-Level series competition at Wrest Park this weekend, David Frost narrowly missed out on a place in the knockout only after net hoops were taken into account, and finished in the middle of the plate competition. Ross Bagni of Leighton-Linslade was the overall winner.
On Wednesday, Kim Taylor and Thomas Halliday travelled to the Roehampton Club for the first of the year's B-Level tournaments. 
In the morning, Kim won two out of three games on the golden hoop - against Jane Powell of Ealing and Raghu Iyer of Phyllis Court - but unluckily missed out on the knockout stage on net hoops due to a 4-7 loss to Cheam's Robert Cook.
Thomas fared better in the morning session, and was the only player to be unbeaten by lunch, winning three of three against Sue Nicholas (Cheam), Graham McCausland (Nailsea), and John Reddish (Dulwich). Fortune was reversed in the afternoon, however, and after a tight quarterfinal loss to Nicholas Halton (Roehampton), the eventual overall winner, Thomas lost twice more to finish the day in 8th place.
Meanwhile, Kim was working his way in the other direction in the plate. First up was Compton's Andrew Fall, late of this parish, who was summarily beaten 7-3. After also beating Sue Nicholas and Peter Adams (Guildford), Kim had won a joint best 5 of 6 games, and ended the day in 9th place overall. As winner of the plate competition, Kim was awarded an engraved whisky tumbler - well done Kim!

The Federation Cup

Enfield East (left) who won the EACF GC Tournament last year will be representing the Club in The Federation Cup with their first game against Nottingham on 23rd May.   This will be played at Peterborough - details to follow.

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