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It may only be January but you can start thinking about the coming croquet season and make you entries to our program of club competitions in GC, AC and, for the first time this season, Short Croquet (SC).

GC Competitions

All the favourite competitions are there with a couple of changes. Some of the competition formats have been changed between blocks and knockouts to take account of changing popularity of the different events.  There are also two NEW competitions: the Southwick Cup, a knockout event for GC players of C level (handicap 7 or over); and a GC Super Vets Cup, for which you must be 80 years young.

AC Competitions

Roger Sutton, Graham Tucker (our new Club Competitions Secretary) and the Committee have made a number of changes to the AC competition list to address the sadly reduced entry levels for some of our cups. The Fryer and Franc Cup competitions, which were gendered competitions for similar skill ranges, have been combined into a new Franc Cup for all players with AC handicaps of 16 or below  (handicap play). The Hazel Parker Cup has been dropped.

Short Croquet

For the first time the Club is offering a Short Croquet competition using the now redundant Hazel Parker Trophy. For those who don't know, SC is a form of AC played on a half lawn to slightly different rules. There is a fuller explanation of SC on this website here. Frances Low and her team of coaches have been running coaching sessions in SC over the winter season and there are more to follow. These are primarily aimed at GC players who would like to try a different form of the game. 

Read the Rules!

Before entering the competitions, Graham would appreciate it if you headed over to the two rules pages on this site: rules for GC competitions are here; and you can find the AC and SC ones on this page. The can be found in the menu under Croquet - Club & Team Competitions - GC (or AC) Summer Season Competitions. It is important to read these before entering as the handicap ranges for a number of competitions have been altered from last season.

There is also an important change for those occasions when you can't play a match.  If you cannot play an opponent YOU MUST  NOT OFFER THEM A WALKOVER, instead please contact Graham Tucker who will arrange a replacement player or other solution.

Graham Tucker will be running explanatory sessions in February and March to help members choose which competitions to enter, to outline the other competitive opportunities  (team play in friendly matches, leagues, open competitions) and how to make entries on the online entry system.

Entry Form

The entry form can be found in the menu system under Croquet - Club & Team Competitions - Enter summer club competitions

Enjoy the summer season of competitive club croquet at Southwick!


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Winter Drawn Pairs Competition Finals

Congratulations to Bob and Susan for winning the final stage of the competition in which the four finalists played in a single block.

Congratulations also to the other finalists who went forward to the final stage of the competition: Graham Tucker & Jerry Key; Liz Farrow & Angela Avis; Robyn Clark & Richard Pointon. 

Full results

Block A 1 2 3 4 Wins Points Position
1.Bob Clark & Susan Caulfield 7 7 7 3 21 1
2.Simon Ancell & Simon Fenn-Tye 5 7 7 2 19 2
3.Frances Low & Susan Gale 6 5 3 0 14 4
4.Philip Harrison & Elizabeth Bell 3 5 7 1 15 3

Block B 1 2 3 4 Wins Points Position
1.Morgan Case & Pat Harden 2 7 6 1 15 3
2.Roger Sutton & Jenny Sutton 7 2 5 1 14 4
3.Graham Tucker & Jerry Key 4 7 7 2 18 1
4.Fiona Phillips & Amy Tucker 7 7 2 2 16 2

Block C 1 2 3 4 Wins Points Position
1.Liz Farrow & Angela Avis 7 7 7 3 21 1
2.Gerald Gooders & Rachel Pointon 6 6 7 1 19 2
3.Rosemary Faulkner & Martin Avis 4 7 5 1 16 4
4.Ian Johnson & Stephen Westwood 4 5 7 1 16 3

Block D 1 2 3 4 Wins Points Position
1.Pam Gooders & David Comber 5 7 7 2 19 2
2.Robyn Clark & Richard Pointon 7 6 7 2 20 1
3.Richard Ellis & Trish Ellis 5 7 6 1 18 3
4.Linda Gavigan & Denise Johnson 4 1 7 1 12 4

Finals Block

1 2 3 4 Wins Points Position
1.Bob Clark & Susan Caulfield 7 7 7 3 21 1
2.Liz Farrow & Angela Avis 3 7 7 2 17 2
3.Graham Tucker & Jerry Key 3 5 6 0 14 4
4.Robyn Clark & Richard Pointon 6 3 7 1 16 3


Due to an error this event was not in the list on the entry form. This has been corrected.


Entries for this have now closed.

The competition is being run by Graham Tucker so if you have any questions or changes, please contact him by email: graham@sussexcountycroquetclub.org.uk


Soup warms the players in November's GC Singles One-day Competition - and only a little rain!

Four blocks of players competed today in this GC competition. Each block represented a handicap range.

The winners were (in reverse order handicap group): Francis Ainley, who won all his games; Richard Ellis with 4/5 wins; Tony Jolly with 4/5 wins; and Richard Brooks who won all his games.  Congratulations to all and very many thanks to Jonathan for managing the day so well.

Full results

Block A IC RS RB NH LF CH BA JH Wins Position
Ian Cobbold 5 4 4 5 3 7 1 8
Roger Sutton 7 5 7 7 7 5 4 3
Richard Brooks 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 1
Neil Humphreys 7 2 7 5 2 6 2 5
Liz Farrow 7 5 3 4 5 6 1 7
Chris Heath 5 4 7 7 4 4 2 6
Brian Aikens 7 7 6 7 7 7 5 2
Jane Humphreys 5 6 7 7 7 6 3 4

Block B RW TJ DK AS RC JL Wins Position
Robin Wootton 5 6 5 7 2 1 5
Tony Jolly 7 7 7 7 7 5 1
David King 7 5 7 5 5 2 3
Andrew Stewart 7 5 3 7 6 2 4
Richard Carline 2 6 7 6 3 1 6
John Low 7 6 7 7 7 4 2

BLOCK C FL GT AG RE BC GT Wins Position
Frances Low 7 7 4 7 7 4 2
Graham Tucker 6 7 7 6 2 2 4
Alan Grundy 4 6 5 3 7 1 5
Richard Ellis 7 6 7 7 7 4 1
Bruce Carr 4 7 7 6 7 3 3
Gavin Taylor 6 7 3 2 3 1 6

Block D PM CC FA VL AP LG Wins Position
Pat Mechen 7 6 7 7 3 3 2
Carol Collins 5 3 6 6 7 1 5
Frances Ainley 7 7 7 7 7 5 1
Vincent L'Estrange 3 7 4 7 6 2 4
Alan Price 4 7 3 5 6 1 6
Linda Gavigan 7 5 6 7 7 3 3


CROQUET_ACADEMY_LOGO.jpgShort Croquet Course completed at Club

The Croquet Academy has just finished a 4 module introduction to AC Short Croquet. It was the first time we have tried this type of course and it seems to have been well received. The shorter days – 10.15-3.15 – made it easier to absorb and still gave time to practise and exchange ideas and opinions. 4 modules gave us time to present the Short Croquet with the learning of the strokes and some strategies, and to put the ideas into practice. Of course, a short court made everything less overwhelming!

There were 12 participants which was ideal. 3 coaches could be used on a 1 to 4 ratio and so a lot of information could be given and hopefully absorbed!

This course was part of a special winter one and there was a generous discount for SCCC members. There will be follow up sessions for the players on this course in 2022.

If any other SCCC members would like to learn Short Croquet please get in touch with me and we will see what Beginner’s courses we can offer next year. The Academy will offer some courses for Short croquet so please look them up.

Thanks to the coaches – Daphne, Clive, Jonathan, John, Chrissie - for their support, and valuable input.

Frances Low (Lead Coach)


GC Doubles one-day competition 5th November

No fireworks but an enjoyable day of Golf Croquet today for 22 doubles teams in three blocks graded by ability.

The top block played 7 games and was won by Brian Aikens & Paul Hilton who won 6/7 games. The middle block played six games (an incomplete block) and was won by Di Langridge & Sue Rice with 5/6 wins. The third block played 5 games and was won by Frances Low & Richard Ellis with 4/5 wins.

Thanks to Frances for managing the event.

Full results

A RBF BA&PH CH&LG RS&CM CK&AS T&SN RW< GT&RC Wins Position
R.Brooks&E.Farrow 7 7 2 5 7 6 7 4 4
B.Aikens & P.Hilton 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 1
C.Heath & L.Gavigan 6 6 5 7 6 2 2 1 8
R.Sutton & C.Merrington 7 6 7 7 4 7 6 4 3
C.Kirkby & A.Stewart 7 6 6 3 6 7 5 2 6
T. & S. Nicholas 3 6 7 7 7 7 3 4 5
R.Wootton & L.Taylor 7 4 7 5 5 5 3 2 7
G.Taylor & R.Carline 6 5 7 7 7 7 7 5 2

B JI R&JS PA&HB B&KH DL&SR PH&MA TJ&ED GT&FB Wins Position
J&C Isaacs 6 3 4 7 7 7 3 5
R & J. Soffe 6 7 3 2 4 3 1 8
P.Adams & H.Bird 7 7 3 7 7 5 4 3
B & K. Hughes 7 4 7 4 6 6 2 6
D. Langridge & S.Rice 7 7 6 7 7 7 5 1
P.Harrison & M.Akester 6 7 6 7 6 1 2 7
T.James & E.Drury 5 7 7 6 7 6 3 4
G.Tucker & F.Box 6 7 7 5 7 7 4 2

C RE&FL L&CA VL&SF PM&SC DC&PH M&AA Wins Position
R.Ellis & F.Low 7 7 6 7 7 4 1
L & C.Ardley 6 7 4 7 5 2 3
V.LEstrange & S.Fenn-Tye 1 2 7 5 7 2 6
P.Mechen & S.Caulfield 7 7 6 5 7 3 2
D.Comber & P.Harden 4 5 7 7 4 2 4
M & A.Avis 3 7 5 3 7 2 5


GC Singles One-day Competition 29th October 2021

We are very lucky that the weather was rather better than it could have been. Whilst torrential rain fell not far away, Southwick got away with only a couple of short periods when we had to dash for cover.

30 players were divided into 5 discrete blocks of 6 and played 5 games in the event and an extra cross-block friendly for those who were interested as we finished in good time and the sun was out (well, almost).

The five block winners were: Chrissie Merrington, John Low, Beryl Hughes, Graham Tucker and Ken Hughes; congratulations to them.

Linda provided soup and roll for lunch with help from Rachel; there was also tea and cakes (the most delicious fruit cake, as the writer can testify!). Thanks to them for their time and expertise.

Full results

Block A RB RS LF NH CM JH Wins Position
Richard Brookes 4 3 7 7 7 3 4
Roger Sutton 7 5 7 6 7 3 2
Liz Farrow 7 7 2 6 7 3 3
Neil Humphreys 6 3 7 6 5 1 5
Chrissie Merrington 5 7 7 7 7 4 1
Jane Humphreys 6 3 5 7 3 1 6

Block B TJ TN AS JL BA RW Wins Position
Tony Jolly 7 7 6 3 7 3 3
Tony Nicholas 1 6 5 7 5 1 5
Andrew Stewart 5 7 4 3 6 1 6
John Low 7 7 7 4 7 4 1
Brian Aikens 7 4 7 7 5 3 2
Robin Wootton 5 7 7 6 7 3 4

Block C SN BH FL SP AF RC Wins Position
Sue Nicholas 4 7 7 5 7 3 2
Beryl Hughes 7 7 7 7 3 4 1
Frances Low 5 5 3 7 7 2 4
Sarah Patton 1 1 7 2 2 1 6
Andrew Fall 7 6 2 7 7 3 3
Robyn Clark 3 7 4 7 4 2 5

Block D RE PM CC VL GT AG Wins Position
Richard Ellis 7 7 7 4 7 4 2
Pat Mechen 6 7 3 7 6 2 5
Carol Collins 3 2 4 4 2 0 6
Vincent L'Estrange 5 7 7 6 5 2 4
Graham Tucker 7 5 7 7 7 4 1
Alan Grundy 5 7 7 7 6 3 3

Block E PB PH MA AA KH FA Wins Position
Paul Brown 5 7 6 6 7 2 4
Pat Harden 7 5 5 7 5 2 5
Martin Avis 3 7 7 3 7 3 3
Angela Avis 7 7 5 7 4 3 2
Ken Hughes 7 5 7 3 7 3 1
Francis Ainley 6 7 6 7 0 2 6


October GC One-day Doubles Competition

This one-day event was played in three block of eight teams, divided according to ability.

Block 1 was won by Richard Brooks and David King who beat Brian Aikens and Ivan Segal with both on equal wins and points.

Block 2 was won by Sue and Tony Nicholas with five clear wins.

Block 3 ended with both Elizabeth Drury & Tony James and Linda Gavigan & Fran Box on 5 wins each and the game between them ending in a tie. Linda and Fran won on points.

Full results

Block 1 CH&SA BA&IS TJ&FP RB&DK B&RC N&JH RW&CH RS&CM Wins Position
Clive Hayton & Simon Ancell 4 7 2 4 4 7 2 6
Brian Aikins & Ivan Segal 7 7 6 7 7 7 5 2
Tony Jolly & Fiona Phillips 6 6 5 7 7 5 2 4
Richard Brooks & David King 7 7 7 7 7 6 5 1
Bob & Robyn Clark 0 -
Neil & Jane Humphreys 7 5 6 2 7 3 2 5
Robyn Wootton & Chris Heath 7 1 5 6 3 5 1 7
Roger Sutton & Chrissie Merrington 2 5 7 7 7 7 4 3

Block 2 S&TN A&FF J&CI MJ&BH MH&JF SR&DL AS&CK RH&GT Wins Position
Sue & Tony Nicholas 7 7 5 7 7 7 5 1
Andrew & Fiona Fall 2 7 7 7 1 5 3 5
Jonathan & Chrissie Isaacs 3 5 7 7 3 7 3 4
Mike Jay & Brenda Hawkins 7 6 5 7 3 3 2 7
Mark Hamilton & Jane Fry 3 2 4 6 7 7 2 8
Sue Rice & Di Langridge 6 4 7 7 6 7 3 3
Andrew Stewart & Cathy Kirkby 5 7 7 5 7 7 4 2
Ray Hall & Graham Tucker 7 6 7 6 6 2 2 6

Block 3 EB&SG ED&TJ R&TE PM&SC LG&FB MA&FA M&AS MB&LD Wins Position
Elizabeth Bell & Susan Gale 3 6 7 1 2 5 1 7
Elizabeth Drury & Tony James 7 7 7 tie 7 7 5.5 2
Richard & Trish Ellis 7 3 4 2 7 4 2 6
Pat Mechen & Sue Caulfield 3 6 7 3 7 2 2 5
Linda Gavigan & Fran Box 7 tie 7 7 7 7 5.5 1
Mike Akester & Francis Ainley 7 6 7 5 7 7 4 3
Mike & Anne Stanton 7 1 4 4 1 6 1 8
Malcolm Beacham & Linda Davies 4 7 7 5 5 7 3 4