Belsay Hall Croquet Club

 

 2013 ONE BALL TOURNAMENT

     Sunday 1st September saw the first of what is hoped will become an annual occasion with the Club's first One Ball Tournament.

     Ten members put themselves forward and special mention must be made of the six members who bravely volunteered to play without having played this form of the game before, Jacquie Errington, Brenda Johnson, Robert Nixon, Hedley Parker, Liz Parker and Jean Thompson.  They joined the four "old hands" Phil Errington, Derek Johnson, David Millener and David Turner.

     The day started in high winds with a quick coaching session on tactics and taking croquet with further in-game coaching and advice freely given as required.  The format of the tournament was a single block all-play-all and despite only completing three rounds before lunch, all nine matches for each entrant were duly completed.  

     After losing her first two matches of the day, Liz Parker embarked upon an unbeaten sequence to finish with seven wins , one clear of Hedley.  Derek Johnson, David Millener and Robert Nixon all had five wins, Jacquie Errington and Brenda Johnson  each had four wins and Phil Errington, Jean Thompson and David Turner  had three apiece.

     Whilst not quite up there with Foinavon winning the National I think it's fair to say that Liz's triumph was not expected (even more so after the first two matches!) and was the product of good use of bisques and good hoop running.  

     As Manager I would like to thank the plucky six who "had a go" and ventured into unknown territory.  It wouldn't  have been much of a tournament without you!

Derek Johnson

----- BJ JE JT HP LP DM PE RN DJ DT Wins Net Hoops Position
Brenda Johnson (24) X 13-10 13-7 10-13 9-13 13-6 13-11 7-13 12-13 8-13 4 -1 6th
Jacquie Errington (24) 10-13 X 12-13 11-13 6-13 13-11 13-9 13-11 9-13 13-10 4 -6 7th
Jean Thompson (24) 7-13 13-12 X 7-13 8-13 13-11 12-13 5-13 7-13 13-9 3 -25 10th
Hedley Parker(24) 13-10 13-11 13-7 X 11-13 11-13 6-13 13-10 13-7 13-10 6 +12 2nd
Liz Parker (24) 13-9 13-6 13-8 13-11 X 11-13 13-11 6-13 13-10 13-6 7 +21 1st
David Millener (7) 6-13 11-13 11-13 13-11 13-11 X 13-7 13-10 11-13 13-12 5 +1 4th
Phil Errington (2) 11-13 9-13 13-12 13-6 11-13 7-13 X 10-13 7-13 13-9 3 -11 9th
Robert Nixon (24) 13-7 11-13 13-5 10-13 13-6 10-13 13-10 X 13-9 5-13 5 +12 3rd
Derek Johnson (12) 13-12 13-9 13-7 7-13 10-13 13-11 13-7 9-13 X 7-13 5 0 5th
David Turner (7) 13-8 10-13 9-13 10-13 6-13 12-13 9-13 13-5 13-7 X 3 -3 8th