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24 Teams play in October GC One-day Doubles Competition - by Webmaster 17/10/2021 10:51 

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> 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

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SCCC GC Open Championship - by Webmaster 17/10/2021 10:42 

SCCC GC Open Championship

The Championship was won by the Manager, Tudor Jenkins who beat 7-3, 6-7, 7-6 in the final.

Full results

Block Stage

Block A JB CR MC DB RS CM RC Wins Position
Jamie Burch 6 7 7 7 7 7 5 1
Christopher Roberts 7 7 2 7 7 7 5 2
Morgan Case 2 6 7 7 7 7 4 4
David Bell 1 7 3 7 7 7 4 3
Roger Sutton 3 5 2 5 6 7 1 5
Christine Merrington 4 5 3 0 7 4 1 7
Ron Carter 1 2 6 1 4 7 1 6

Block B PD TB RB LF AD JI HJ Wins Position
Peter Dowd 5 7 3 5 3 7 3 5
Tony Butcher 7 6 5 7 7 7 4 2
Richard Brooks 4 7 7 7 7 7 5 1
Liz Farrow 7 7 6 7 3 7 4 3
Andrew Dymond 4 5 6 4 7 7 2 6
Johnathan Isaacs 7 4 4 7 4 7 3 4
Helena Jansson 3 2 3 5 5 3 0 7

Block C ER TJ IB CB DT JH MF Wins Position
Eleanor Ross 7 7 5 7 7 7 5 1
Tudor Jenkins 2 6 7 7 7 7 4 3
Ivor Brand 2 7 1 7 7 7 4 4
Colin Britt 7 4 7 7 7 6 4 2
David Thirtle-Watts 2 6 6 2 5 7 1 6
Jane Humphreys 6 3 6 4 7 7 2 5
Mike Fensome 5 6 6 7 3 4 1 7

Block D TR KP RB NH PD CH RM Wins Position
Tim Russell 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 1
Keith Pound 5 7 7 7 6 7 4 2
Richard Brand 6 5 6 6 7 7 2 5
Neil Humphreys 4 6 7 7 7 5 3 3
Paul Durkin 2 2 7 5 5 7 2 6
Chris Heath 3 7 4 6 7 7 3 4
Ray Mounfield 6 1 4 7 5 4 1 7

Championship Knockout

First Round Second Round Semi Final Final Winner
Tudor Jenkins Tudor Jenkins 10-9 Tudor Jenkins 10-9 Tudor Jenkins 7-6, 6-7, 7-2 Tudor Jenkins 7-3, 6-7, 7-6
Timothy Russell
Ivor Brand Ivor Brand
Colin Britt
Jamie Burch Jamie Burch 10-6 Jamie Burch 10-2
Christopher Heath
Anthony Butcher Anthony Butcher 10-6
Neil Humphreys
David Bell David Bell 10-6 David Bell 10-7 David Bell 7-5, 7-3
Keith Pound
Richard Brooks Richard Brooks 10-2
Morgan Case
Eleanor Ross Eleanor Ross 10-7 Eleanor Ross 10-9
Jonathan Isaacs
Liz Farrow Liz Farrow 10-9
Christopher Roberts

Other Results

 Cross-block matches

Winner Loser Score
David Bell Elizabeth Farrow 7-6
Colin Britt Neil Humphreys 7-4
Christine Merrington Jonathan Isaacs 7-1
Christopher Heath Jane Humphreys 7-3
Anthony Butcher Christopher Roberts 7-3
Tudor Jenkins Keith Pound 7-5
Roger Sutton Andrew Dymond 7-5
Paul Durkin David Thirtle-Watts 7-6
Morgan Case Richard Brooks 7-3
Jamie Burch Peter Dowd 7-6
Timothy Russell Eleanor Ross 7-5
Helena Jansson Ronald Carter 7-2
Raymond Mounfield Michael Fensome 7-6

For those competitors who did not make the cut there was a consolation event with plate and bowl awards.

The plate was won by Paul Durkin who beat Andrew Dymond 7-3. The bowl was won by Keith Pound.

Full Consolation Results

Winner Loser Score
Anthony Butcher Ivor Brand 7-3
Richard Brooks Anthony Butcher 7-2
Colin Britt Timothy Russell 10-7
Christopher Heath Neil Humphreys 10-9
Jonathan Isaacs Christopher Roberts 10-8
Christopher Heath Colin Britt 10-7
Keith Pound Jonathan Isaacs 10-6
Keith Pound Christopher Heath 10-5
Neil Humphreys Timothy Russell 10-5
Christopher Roberts Neil Humphreys 10-6
Jane Humphreys Richard Brand 7-5
Paul Durkin Christine Merrington 7-5
Richard Brand Roger Sutton 7-1
Jane Humphreys Christine Merrington 7-2
Peter Dowd Paul Durkin 7-5
Christine Merrington Richard Brand 7-5
Peter Dowd Jane Humphreys 7-2
Paul Durkin Roger Sutton 7-3
Roger Sutton Peter Dowd 7-4
Roger Sutton Christine Merrington 7-6
Peter Dowd Richard Brand 7-6
Paul Durkin Jane Humphreys 7-3
Christine Merrington Peter Dowd 7-5
Jane Humphreys Roger Sutton 7-6
Richard Brand Paul Durkin 7-6
Andrew Dymond Ronald Carter 7-5
David Thirtle-Watts Raymond Mounfield 7-5
Ronald Carter Raymond Mounfield 7-3
David Thirtle-Watts Andrew Dymond 7-5
Helena Jansson Michael Fensome 7-6
Ronald Carter David Thirtle-Watts 7-5
Ronald Carter Michael Fensome 7-4
David Thirtle-Watts Helena Jansson 7-3
Andrew Dymond Helena Jansson 7-1
Michael Fensome Andrew Dymond 7-6
Andrew Dymond Raymond Mounfield 7-1
Helena Jansson Ronald Carter 7-4
Helena Jansson Raymond Mounfield 7-4
Michael Fensome David Thirtle-Watts 7-4
Paul Durkin Andrew Dymond 7-3

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(17/10/2021 10:42)

Winter Doubles Draw - by Webmaster 14/10/2021 11:10 

SCCC Winter Doubles Draw now available

Games are one 13 point game American block format. Games are Level Play.

Division 1: One single block of 7 all play all.

Please complete your games by the 30th March 2022

Division 2: One block of 8 and one block of 7 all play all. Please complete your games by 30th March.

There will be a final for Division 2 on a date to be arranged for the winners of each block.

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(14/10/2021 11:10)

Finals Week Programme - by Webmaster 28/09/2021 17:35 

Finals Week Programme

Monday 27th
Time Lawn Format Players
10am 4 Chairmans Cup Best of 3 13point games Martyn Cooperman V Chris Rolph
Tuesday 28th
10am 1 D'Esteere Bowl AC Handicap 26point game David Marcus V John Low
Time Limit3.5 Hours
10am 4 Franc cup AC Ladies 26 point game Rosemary Faulkner V Robyn Clark
for handicaps 16 and over
Wednesday 29th
11am 1 Handicap Singles final Angela Avis v Christine Ardley
Best of 3 13 point games
2pm 4 The Committee Cup Simon Ancell V Nira Scutt
best of 3 13 point games
Thursday 30th September
2pm 1 Diane Brothers Drawn Pairs Roger Sutton & Pam Gooders V
best of 3x 13point games Pat Harden & Chris Bailey
2pm 4 Improvers Cup Richard Ellis v Simon Ancell
Best of 3x 13 point games
2pm 2 Level Play doubles Division 1 Fiona Phillips & Tony Jolly v
Best of 3x 13 point games Jonathan Isaacs & Morgan Case
Friday 1st October
Time Lawn Format Players
10am 4 Daldy Cup Thomas Cullis v Chrissie Merrington
26point game for players with handicaps 9-16
10am 2 Fryer Cup Mens 26point game Bruce Carr V Richard Ellis
for handicaps 16 and over
2pm 4 Level Play Doubles Div 2 Reg & Julie Soffe v Pam & Gerald Gooders
Best of 3 x 13 point games
2pm 2 New Challenge Cup Anne Bolland V Thomas Cullis
Handicap 26point game advanced rules
Saturday 2nd October
9.3 4 Quaich Dom Nunns v Tudor jenkins
Best of 3x 13 point games
10am 1 Presidents Cup Morgan Case v
One 19 point game
1.00pm 4 Millennium Shield Clive Hayton v Tudor Jenkins
Best of 3 x 14 point games
1.30pm 2 Bush Cup AC Pam Gooders V Richard Ellis
18point game for handicaps 18
and over games played to base 8
Sunday 10th October
10am 4 Freddy Reynolds Cup Clive Grimley V Paul Castell
Best of 3 One Ball

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(28/09/2021 17:35)

Sussex pipped by Phyllis Court in Federation Shield - by Webmaster 21/09/2021 10:35 

SCCC lose 3-4 in a tense Final of the CA GC Federation Shield

In a very tense, close finish, SCCC were pipped to the post by Phyllis Court 3-4, in the Final of the CA GC Federation Shield at Henley-on-Thames on Thursday 16 September.
Facing a strong home team who lined up with three players on minus 2 handicap (Chris Roberts, Roger Goldring – who had won the CA GC National Handicap Championship just 5 days earlier - & Ian Norris) and Raghu Iyer (3), SCCC expected a tough day. SCCC brought in Roger Sutton (-1), in place of Simon Ancell who was away, to join Tony Jolly (2), David King (3) & Linda Gavigan (7). How would the handicap differences and the extra turns pan out?
After an early departure, heavy traffic and blocked lanes had hindered both SCCC cars on the journey, meaning a delayed start. In the morning doubles, Tony Jolly & David King held off the challenge from Roger Goldring & Raghu Iyer to win 7-4, 7-4. In the singles Linda Gavigan , with 9 extra turns, faced the vastly experienced Chris Roberts. Chris used his experience to win the first game by 7-5, but Linda battled back hard with great determination to take the second 7-4. In the other singles Ian Norris had taken the advantage in the first game 7-5, before Roger S fought back to take the second by 7-5. With these two matches in the balance, the pre-booked lunch break was taken with the matches to be completed if necessary.
Play restarted with the afternoon singles matches, with the sound of James Blunt rehearsing for the Henley Festival reverberating across the river. First result decided was Tony pulling off a fine 2-0 win (7-6, 7-4) against Roger G. Next was David winning a 3 game battle after narrowly losing the first at the golden hoop (6-7, 7-4, 7-3) against Ian, to give SCCC a 3-0 lead in completed matches. At that stage the other two matches were still in their second game, Roger a game down to Chris (5-7), and Linda a game up with Raghu (7-5). In those second games, Chris beat Roger 7-6 to win their match 2-0, while Raghu had fought back to win 7-6 against Linda, so levelling their match at 1-1. An hour or so later, unfortunately that game had also gone in favour of Phyllis Court, with the 3rd game won by Raghu (7-3) leaving the overall match score at 3-2 to SCCC. So it was back to the outstanding decider games in both unfinished matches.
A hardy bunch of home supporters had been watching the match with growing interest, and despite the time passing 5.30 and the temperature beginning to drop, showed no sign of leaving. Roger fought hard against Ian, but despite a very tough fight and some good clearances, went down 3-7. This left a weary Linda fighting for her life against Chris, who was really relying on his experience to keep in the game. Even when some very good play eased him into a lead, Linda took advantage of her extra turns to pull herself back to 5-6 before a very relieved Chris took the 12th hoop to win 7-5 and seal the match for Phyllis Court.
The hosts lifted the trophy after this very tough encounter, but the spectators were clearly equally appreciative of the competitive and good play of both teams. A disappointed SCCC team headed for the journey home and the end of what was a very long day.
Report by David King

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(21/09/2021 10:35)

SCCC results in Federation GC handicap League - by Webmaster 21/09/2021 10:32 

South East Croquet Federation - GC Handicap League (West)

The Club participated in the GC Handicap League (West)
 run by the SECF. The draw included matches against  Compton, Guildford & Godalming B, Hassocks (withdrew) and West Worthing. Each team comprised 4 players with 3 rounds played - Round 1 (2 Doubles), Round 2 (4 Singles) and Round 3 (1 Doubles and 2 Singles).
 Games were best of 13 points with extra turns allocated against player handicaps. The matches were played between July and September.

The Club performed reasonably well with very narrow
 4 - 5 losses against West Worthing and Guildford & Godalming B. Our best was saved for the last match when we beat Compton 7 - 2. 

Thanks to Sandra Towner (+9), Francis Ainley (+8), Mike
 Akester (+6), Nigel Barton (+6) and Phil Harrison (+5) who represented The Club during the campaign.

Phil Harrison

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(21/09/2021 10:32)

GC competition on 24th September postponed - by Webmaster 18/09/2021 17:37 

As a mark of respect at the news on Jane Rimmington's death we are postponing this tournament.

Further news in due course.

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(18/09/2021 17:37)

SCCC beat Reigate Priory 7-0 in the SECF "R" League. - by Webmaster 10/09/2021 22:52 

SCCC beat Reigate Priory 7-0 in the SECF "R" League.


SCCC followed up their two previous 6-1 victories with a convincing 7-0 win against Reigate Priory at Southwick (Fri 9 Sept). The SCCC team was Tony Jolly (2), Andrew Fall (3), Phil Harrison (5) and Graham Tucker (6)

In the morning doubles, Tony & Andrew took on John Bristow (2) and Phil Davies (3). Tony & Andrew won the first game 7-5, and went 5-1 up in the second, but John & Phil D made a great comeback to take the game 5-7 and level the match. SCCC got ahead in the third and at 6-3 up Andrew took a hard hit shot from 17 yards that struck the upright very hard, spun into the jaws and trickled through the hoop to clinch the match. Both singles also went SCCC's way, with Phil H beating Lorna Jenkins (9) 2-0, and Graham beating Freda Knight (7) by the same score.

After the lunch break, SCCC continued as before with 2-0 wins for Andrew against Phil Davies, Phil H against Freda, and Graham, in his first competitive match since returning from NZ, against Lorna. Andrew was pleased to avenge previous defeats to Phil D this season. Meanwhile Tony and John were still battling away in their match, for their second decider of the day, after Tony took the first game 7-4 and John the second 5-7. This final game went to the wire, with Tony managing to squeeze through by 7-6, to give SCCC a clean sweep.

One match remains for SCCC in this League, a difficult away match at Ealing.

Report by David King

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(10/09/2021 22:52)

SCCC reach Final of CA GC Federations Shield - by Webmaster 02/09/2021 21:51 


SCCC reach Final of CA GC Federations Shield

SCCC followed up their win against Broadwas, with another good win in a close handicap match (2 Sept) against Crake Valley (Lake District) by 3-2 in the Semi-Final of the CA GC Federations Shield, where they will now travel to play Phylis Court in the Final.

In order to schedule the game, despite the distance between the teams, the clubs had agreed to play the match with 3 players a side, rather than the usual 4. Crake Valleys's captain, David Cornes, was already coming to Sussex to play in the B Level Final at Eastbourne on 4th & 5th Sept supported by 2 team mates, so agreed to play here while in Sussex.

In the morning games, Linda Gavigan (7) fought hard to beat Frank Sharps (5) 7-6, 7-6, while Tony Jolly (2) and Simon Ancell (6) lost a close encounter to David Cornes (1) & Sandra Cornes (6) 7-3, 5-7, 6-7, .to break off with a 1 - 1 scoreline.

After a pleasant, light lunch and a friendly chat, play resumed with the remaining 3 singles matches. Tony Jolly gained some revenge for his doubles loss, by holding on to beat David Cornes, 7-4 7-5 , while Linda Gavigan lost out to Sandra Cornes 3-7, 5-7. As these two games ended, with the match result delicately poised at 2-2, Simon was still battling with Frank - Simon had won the first game 7-5, but Frank was fighting back in the second and at 6-6 the possibility of a final deciding game loomed, but Simon held his nerve on the golden hoop to win 7-6.

Congratulations to the team for another good performance.

Report by David King

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(02/09/2021 21:51)

Another win for our Federation GC R League team - by Webmaster 28/08/2021 16:14 

Another win for our Federation GC R League team


Our SCCC Team followed up their first GC Level Play Restricted League win. with another good 6-1 home win over Littlehampton (Friday 20 Aug).

The team - Tony Jolly (2), David King (3), Frances Low (5) & Phil Harrison (6) - led 3-0 at the lunch break, with Frances and Phil each winning their best of three singles matches,, while Tony & David gained a very hard fought 7-6, 7-6 win over Cathy Kirkby (2) & Robyn Clark (3) . After lunch three more singles wins, secured a good victory.

Well done to Phil, winning both his matches 2-0, bringing his handicap down as a result.

David King

(With apologies from the Webmaster for the late publication of his report)

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(28/08/2021 16:14)

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