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Sussex County Croquet Club


Tournament cancelled - 17/03/2020 @ 10:01

The AC 14pt doubles tournament on Friday 20th March has been cancelled.

For information about future tournaments please check this website.

Dominic Nunns in Australia for AC World Championship


Dominic Nunns has posted on his Go Fund Me site:

Hey everyone! I expect many of you followed the event elsewhere but just to round this off I got knocked out of the main event at the last 32 stage to eventual finalist Matt Essick of the USA. I then got knocked out of the consolation Bowl but gained a lucky loser spot in the Shield where I got a good win against Ben Rothman 2-1 before losing out in the final against Stephen Mulliner. The whole event was a really memorable experience, and I’m also delighted it led to at least three articles in local papers, including the Argus, featuring positive publicity for SCCC (thanks, Linda for the press releases!). There’s even talk of a short slot on Brighton’s Latest TV so watch this space. Thanks to everyone for the support.

David Collins Remembered - 22/02/2020 @ 10:45

David Collins Remembered

David_Collins_2017.pngClub members who were around in the 90's will remember David Collins who has sadly died at the age of 84. He was not a member and not a frequent player at Southwick - he won two tournaments in 1996 and 1997 but had nonetheless a great influence on a whole generation of AC croquet players through his longterm involvement in the Summer School which ran at Southwick until superceded by the Academy.

Frances and I knew him quite well from his visits to the club; we were opponents in competitions on a few occasions, notably (for me) including one where we ended the game playing in about 4 inches of rainwater.

He had a delicious wry sense of humour and was a thoroughly nice man; but it will be as a coach that he will be best remembered by players of that period.

Long-term coaching colleague Daphne Gaitley said of him: "I was very fond of David and assisted him on the Summer School. When he retired from it in 2001, David (my husband) and I managed it together. I was also on the SECF Committee with him. He was a brilliant coach, a very special person and will be sorely missed by many, many people."

John Low

GC Doubles One-day Competition  21st February 2020

After the rains of previous days and the lawns closed due to waterlogging, one might not have placed a bet on Friday's competition taking place. Hats off then the Ben and the grounds team for making the lawns playable, and 56 players were able to take part in the GC doubles one-day competition at Southwick today, orchestrated by Roger Sutton.

There were four blocks; all the results given below.

A level Block RB&MC FP&RS RC&CS LF&TJ CH&CM N&JH I&JC B&RC Wins Net Hoops Place
Richard Brooks & Morgan Case 7 7 7 7 3 7 5 11 2
Fiona Phillips & Roger Sutton 4 4 5 7 1 7 2 -10 6
Ron Carter & Charlie Sale 4 7 5 6 3 6 1 -8 7
Liz Farrow & Tony Jolly 4 7 7 7 7 7 5 9 3
Chris Heath & Chrissie Merrington 3 4 3 3 6 3 0 -20 8
Neil & Jane Humphreys 7 7 6 7 4 5 3 3 4
Ian & Jean Cobbold 7 7 4 7 7 7 5 14 1
Bob & Robyn Clark 5 6 7 7 7 4 3 1 5

The B level event was divided into two blocks:

B level Block a DL&SR CK&LH AS&JW JP&BG CH&LEvK FL&RC Wins Net Hoops Place
Di Langridge & Sue Rice 7 6 4 7 7 3 5 2
Cathy Kirkby & Lilian Holdsworth 3 6 7 7 2 2 -5 4
Audrey Sherwin & Jocelyn Wootton 7 7 3 4 4 2 -8 5
Jane Powell & Bridget Goodman 7 3 7 7 6 3 4 3
Cliff Hunter & Lavinia Eve von KESMARK 4 6 7 5 3 1 -7 6
Frances Low & Richard Carline 5 7 7 7 7 4 11 1

B level Block b ST&DT FB&EP R&JS SC&TW AS&KW LG&JI Wins Net Hoops Place
Sandra Towner & Desmond Taylor 7 5 3 5 3 1 -9 6
Fran Box & Eileen Prodger 4 6 3 7 6 1 -8 5
Reg & Julie Soffe 7 7 4 4 6 3 -2 3
Steve Chapman & Trevor Wright 7 7 7 7 5 4 14 1
Andrew Stewart & Keith Webb 7 6 7 2 6 2 -2 4
Linda Gavagan & Jon Isaacs 7 7 5 7 7 4 7 2

C level Block PM&SC MF&PH GH&NA JR&AA RB&FA PB&NB Wins Net Hoops Place
Pat Mechen & Sue Caulfield 7 1 7 5 2 -1 4
Maggie Funnell & Pat Harden 6 2 6 7 6 1 -7 5
Gillian Humberstone & Naomi Alvarez 7 7 7 2 5 3 11 2
Jane Rimmington & Angela Avis 1 7 0 2 5 1 -19 6
Roger Buxton & Francis Ainley 7 6 7 7 7 4 15 1
Paul Brown & Nigel Barton 7 7 7 3 3 1 3

Thanks to the catering team for providing a much needed bowl of hot soup at lunchtime and to Roger for managing the mammoth event.


Live streaming starts 21st February!

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There may also be live/recorded cover on Facebook


Fellow SCCC member Dominic Nunns has been selected to take a ranking place (32) in the UK team.

The Knockout stage has started. You can find when Dominic is playing on the official website.

The results can be followed on CroquetScores.

Play more croquet this season!

There's been an explosion of one-day competitions in the South East so there has never been a better time to play competitive croquet locally. Whether you an experienced competitive player or have just started thinking about entering competitions and have a higher handicap you can enter and have the experience of playing a day competitively at a club in easy reach.

Read more here ....

Curry Lunch - 31/01/2020 @ 13:56

 The Club’s Annual Curry Lunch

Sunday 15th March 1pm



Assorted Indian nibbles


Chicken Tikka (Mild)

Pork Madras (Fairly hot)

Mushroom and Pea Curry) (v*)

Sweet Potato, Squash & Red Lentil Dahl (v*)

Lemon, Raisin and Cashew Pilau Rice


Assorted Desserts

To apply: Please either put your names on the club notice board or email Chrissy Isaacs

If anyone coming would like to make a dessert please let Chrissy know on above email address.

Morgan Case - Congratulations - 28/01/2020 @ 18:03

GC International Performance Development Squad


Congralutations Morgan!

Morgan Case has been selected as a member of the GC International Performance Development Squad. A valued Academy Coach, Morgan has shown steady GC improvement over the last two seasons and his selection is well deserved. So Morgan becomes the latest SCCC player to wear an England shirt - well done.

Dominic Nunns - 13/01/2020 @ 09:03

Dominic Nunns in the AC World Championship 2020

We would like to congratulate Dominic Nunns on achieving a ranking place for the  AC World Championships which are being held in Melbourne, Australia from 15th to 23rd  February this year. Dom had a brilliant year in 2019  and is currently ranked number 14 in UK and 29 in the World. 

You may not be aware of that the CA gives no financial support for our players and each must fund themselves which  is expensive.

Dom now has a Go Fund Me page and he would much appreciate any donations.

Dom, we wish you all the  best and many of us will follow the event closely!

Click here to go to his Go Fund Me page.

Please note there are changes from last year!

Time to enter the internal competitions for 2020

This year we have made a few changes and added two new GC competitions

Please note the following changes this year

Shine Salvers – this year this is a straight knockout

Fryer Cup & Franc Cup – this year these competitions are open to all; there are no handicap restrictions.

GC Handicap Doubles – this year this is a straight knockout.

GC Improvers C level Cup – This year this is a straight knockout

New Event – Level play doubles Division 1 Minimum joint handicap of 0 maximum joint handicap of 8

New Event – Level play doubles Division 2 Minimum joint handicap of 9

Handicaps are those you have on April 1st 2020

Please note that you may enter both Division 1 & 2 with the appropriate partner

Entries can either be posted to me; my address is on the entry form

Or Emailed to me at

Or left in the box in the entrance hall

Closing date for entries is Sunday 29th March

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