The 4 last news

Weather dampens spirits on half day's play

A late withdrawal meant the cancellation of Block A but the other five block faced indifferent weather for their three games.

Block B winner Nira Scutt
Block C winner Les Ardley
Block D winner Richard Stewart
Block E winner Pat Mechen
Block F winner Susan Gale

Congratulations to them all and thanks to Roger for managing the event.

Full results

B GG CA JM NS Wins Position
Gerald Gooders 7 6 5 1 3
Chris Ardley 4 3 5 0 4
Jim Manders 7 7 5 2 2
Nira Scutt 7 7 7 3 1
C DR PG LA MS Wins Position
Diane Rolf 7 3 7 2 2
Pam Gooders 5 6 7 1 3
Les Ardley 7 7 7 3 1
Michael Stanton 4 4 5 0 4
D PG SC KM RS Wins Position
Paul Griffith 3 7 4 1 4
Susan Caufield 7 7 3 2 2
Kathy McColgan 6 5 7 1 3
Richard Stewart 7 7 5 2 1
E DL MA PM LD Wins Position
David Larkin 7 4 7 2 3
Martin Avis 6 5 5 0 4
Patricia Mechen 7 7 6 2 1
Linda Davis 5 7 7 2 2
F PG PH AA SG Wins Position
Peter Goldsmith 7 2 7 2 2
Pat Harden 5 7 4 1 4
Angela Avis 7 6 3 1 3
Susan Gale 3 7 7 2 1

Richard wins Montevideo Cup for fourth time

Two Southwick players, Richard Brooks and Morgan Case, went to play at the Montevideo Cup tournament in Tonbridge Wells on Saturday 11th May. The trophy was won last year by another Southwick player – Steve Chapman.

There were 10 players, ranging in handicap from -1 to 5. Play was in two blocks of 5 players with some cross-block games, followed by a semi-final and final, all smoothly managed by tournament manager Mike Gentry.

We were blessed with some wonderful sunny weather and no rain. The three lawns were all in beautiful condition and running very true, if somewhat slower than the lawns at Southwick. This presented a bit of a challenge for the two Southwick players to start with, although a look at Croquet Scores will show that one player handled the challenge far better than the other!

After complimentary tea and cakes, play proceeded to the semi-final and final – for Richard, at any rate. Morgan just sat and continued to eat cake while waiting for his ride home!

Richard emerged as the clear winner in his block, winning all his games. He beat Mark Buckley 7-5 in the semi-final. He went on to defeat Jon Diamond 7-6 in a close final match, lifting the trophy for a very impressive fourth time.



Sussex County encourages AC with short croquet competition

The first Short Croquet Jamboree was held at Southwick on 20th May. Wonderful sunshine greeted the 6 clubs who took part. They were Sussex County (2 teams), Rother Valley, Hove Beach, Rottingdean and Littlehampton.

There were 4 rounds - one of singles, one of doubles, one a mixture of both singles and doubles, and finally 1 ball. A busy day but hopefully enjoyed by all. Some excellent croquet and good performances by the 'newbies'!

It was a joy to see some pleasing croquet from Gabrielle, Liz and Alan C. They play with fluency and accuracy. An encouragment to beginners. Thanks to them for their support and encouragement. Sadly, Rother Valley had 2 players unwell so I am grateful to Alan Cottle for substituting at the last minute for them, and to Ray for playing doubles for Hove Beach as one of their team had sunstroke!! Also others who made up the numbers where necessary.

Points were awarded for wins, peg outs, draws and for the 1-ball.

The winners were Sussex County 1 with Liz, David D and Pat M. Runners up Littlehampton with Robyn and Bob C, and 'stand in' Andrew B.

Thanks of course to Ben and Steve for marking out and setting up the short courts. Above all, many thanks for all the players for making it an enjoyable and friendly day.

Next Jamboree is on 17th July. So far 6 clubs have entered so it should be another interesting and fun  croquet day.

Frances Low (Manager)

It's ¡Viva Espana! - but not completely

32 players from 13 European countries took part in this 4 day competition under the auspices of the World Croquet Federation.

Two and a half days of  block play were followed by a knockout championship and secondary competitions.

There has been an explosion of croquet in Spain in recent years so it was no surprise that all five Spanish players took part in the knockout stage and two reached the semi-finals (playing each other). The final was between England player Richard Bilton and Spanish player Jose Alvares-Sala, won by the latter 6-7, 7-3, 7-5.

Spanish player Andres Alvarez-Sala won the Shield beating Stuart M Smith 7-6, 7-6.

But Spain did not have it all its own way as Chris Roberts (Wales) won the Bowl, beating Manual Alvarez-Sala 7-1, 6-7, 7-5.

The Plate was won by WolfGang Usbeck (Germany) beating Bjorn Kamne (Norway).



Shield winner Andres Alvarez-Sala with WCF Representative Peter Payne


Bowl winner Chris Roberts


Bronze medalist Jose Riva


Silver medalist Richard Bilton


European GC Champion 2024 Jose Alvarez-Sala