CA B-Level GC Tournament at Moira


B-Level Golf Croquet one-day tournament at Moira.
  Open to GC handicaps 3+. This is a CA fixture, part of the national B-Level GC series held at clubs around the country. The winner of each event is eligible to compete in a national final held towards the end of the season.

Previous winners:
2014 Chris Jackson (Long Eaton)
2015 David Widdison (Bishops Monkton)
2016 Roger I’Anson (Ripon Spa)
2017 Stuart Smith (Northampton)
2018 David Ball (Leighton Linslade)
2019 Jane Tewson (Ashby and Long Eaton)
2020 David Cornes (Crake Valley)
2021 Glynis Davies (Northampton)
2022 Simon Draper (Norwich)
2023 Jon Carrington (Broadwas)


Sat 12th August, Moira Manager: Martin

Two late dropouts left us with a field of 10, divided into two blocks of 5, with each player playing all the players from the other block, giving the benefit of no sit-outs.

The Block A winner was Colin Spencer (Downham) on 4 wins out of 5, with runner-up Jon Carrington (Broadwas) on 3 wins, +7 hoop difference, finishing just ahead of Edwin Bone (Eynsham, 3 wins, +4).

Andy Sherwood (Ashby) was the runaway winner of Block B on 5 wins out of 5. Next came three players on 2 wins: David Brammer (Branston, +3) qualifying for the semi-final ahead of Richard Sanville (Ashby, hoop diff 0) and defending champion Simon Draper (Norwich, hoop diff -3).

In the semi-finals, Jon won 7-4 against Colin, and Andy won 7-3 against David.

Jon saved his best shots for the final, with an impressive 7-2 win against in-form Andy, overturning the result of their game at the block stage (7-6 to Andy).

Edwin won one of Martin’s mystery prizes for a consolation game win against Simon. Edwin also won the prize for the most games going to the 13th hoop (4 out of 5 at the block stage).

Winner: Jon Carrington (Broadwas)
Runner-up: Andy Sherwood (Ashby)


Sat 13th August, Moira

Our annual GC B-Level and C-Level tournaments took place right in the middle of a four-day August heatwave, and consequently all of the lawns were really fast.

The B-Level (GC handicaps 3+) featured a full field of 12 players. Simon Draper (Norwich) was the overall winner, winning 7-5 against Stephanie White (Long Eaton) in the final. Judith Rowe and Richard Sanville from Ashby also competed, Judith beating Pauline Donner in a consolation game to win a new Moira cricket-ball trophy.

B-Level results (CroquetScores)

B-Level presentation


Sat 14th August, Moira

After a couple of late withdrawals, including one early on the day of the competition, the B-Level on the Saturday was reduced to just five players, so Martin had to re-jig the format so everyone now played two games against each of the other players. In the end it worked

Glynis receives the Ashby B-Level trophy (photo by Jane T)


Sat 15th August, Moira

After a quiet start in terms of interest, we suddenly had a flood of last-minute entries for our B-Level competition, resulting in a full field of 12 players from as far afield as Cumbria and London. Ray, Judith and Richard were the Ashby representatives.

After six rounds of matches, David Cornes of Crake Valley CC was the clear winner with 6 wins. Five players finished on 4 wins; in order of hoop difference, these were Glynis Davies (Northampton) +10, Gill Hindshaw (Beckford) +9, Charles Sale (Ealing) +8, Richard Sanville (Ashby) +6, Mark Buckley (Leicester) +4.

Many thanks to Martin for managing the tournament, assisted by Janet H.


Sat 17th August, Moira

Twelve players from as far north as Edinburgh, and as far south as Leighton Buzzard, competed at Moira for our annual B-Level GC tournament on a fine dry Saturday following a very wet Friday. We had seven rounds of play, after which the clear winner was local player Jane Tewson with an impressive 7 wins out of 7. Jane has had a very successful year, also winning the Leighton Linslade GC B-Level event in June, and we wish her well in the national final in September.

Top placings
1st: Jane Tewson (Ashby and Long Eaton clubs) 7 wins
2nd: Pauline Donner (Woodhall Spa) 6 wins
3rd: David Cornes (Crake Valley, Cumbria) 5 wins, +13
4th: Roger I’Anson (Ripon Spa) 5 wins, +11
5th: Mick Haytack (Ashby) 5 wins, +6

Many thanks to Martin for organising beforehand, and to Mike for stepping in to manage on the day.


Sat 18th August, Moira

David Ball of Leighton Linslade (Bedfordshire) was the winner of our GC B-Level tournament which was contested by eight players.  In the all-play-all competition run by Martin, David was the only player to win 5 of his 7 games.  Four people finished on 4 wins, top of these being Ashby’s Jane Tewson with a hoop difference of +11.


Sat 19th Aug
Manager and reporter: Martin

A good day’s croquet with the ideal 12 contestants for three lawns. We had three visitors from Long Eaton, two from both Northampton and Ripon, one from Richmond Park, the rest being Ashby members.

At lunch, there were 2 players tied on 3 games each, but, probably fuelled by Jenny’s sausage casserole, by tea time Stuart Smith was the clear winner, having won all six of his games.


1st Stuart Smith (h’cap 3), Northampton, 6 wins, +22

2nd Paul Durkin (4), Long Eaton, 5 wins, +13

3rd Mike Bilton (3), Richmond Park, 4 wins, +15
4th Eileen Buxton (6), Ashby, 4 wins, +4

5th Louise Smith (8), Northampton, 3 wins, 0
Also on 3 wins: Martin Wroughton (3) and Roger I’Anson (3)

2 wins: Sue I’Anson (8), Richard Sanville (7) and Jane Tewson (6)

1 win: Julie Boulton (8) and Joan Skuse (7)

Game scores:

Jane 7-6 Mike; Julie 2-7 Stuart; Richard 7-2 Sue; Roger 7-4 Louise; Joan 6-7 Eileen; Paul 7-2 Martin

Jane 3-7 Sue; Julie 3-7 Martin; Richard 5-7 Stuart; Roger 2-7 Mike; Joan 6-7 Louise; Paul 7-2 Eileen

Jane 5-7 Roger; Julie 7-4 Joan; Richard 7-6 Eileen; Paul 7-4 Sue; Mike 7-6 Louise; Stuart 7-1 Martin

Jane 3-7 Joan; Julie 6-7 Paul; Richard 2-7 Mike; Roger 3-7 Stuart; Sue 4-7 Martin; Louise 6-7 Eileen

Jane 1-7 Martin; Julie 5-7 Eileen; Richard 5-7 Louise; Roger 4-7 Sue; Joan 4-7 Stuart; Paul 7-6 Mike

Jane 7-6 Richard; Julie 4-7 Roger; Joan 1-7 Mike; Paul 5-7 Stuart; Sue 1-7 Eileen; Louise 7-5 Martin

Thanks to all who took part, especially as not one referees decision was needed.


Sat 20th Aug  Manager: Martin

Roger I’Anson of Ripon Spa won Ashby’s GC B-Level tournament at Moira.  Runner-up was Steve Marsh of Bakewell and Ashby.


Sat 22nd Aug, Moira

Twelve players in the handicap range 3 to 8 contested our second annual B-Level GC competition at Moira.  As well as four Ashby players we had entrants from a wide area ranging from Yorkshire to the Thames valley.  The winner of this one-day competition was David Widdison of Bishop Monkton (Yorks).  Runner-up was Mike Bilton of Richmond Park (Lincs) and in third place was Ashby player Mick Haytack.  The winner qualifies for the national B-Level final.  Thanks are due to Jenny for catering and Martin for organising the event and managing to bring the tournament to a conclusion just before the heaviest of the showers arrived.


Sat 23rd Aug  Report by Martin

For the first time Ashby hosted a ‘B’ Level Golf Croquet tournament open to Croquet Association members from around the country in the GC handicap range 3 to 8. This is part of a national series of ‘B’ Level tournaments held over the course of the season, and the winner of each tournament progresses to a national final in October.

Here are the results of our B level tournament: 1st Chris Jackson (Long Eaton and Nottingham); 2nd Mick Haytack (Ashby); 3rd Kath Wright (Long Eaton and Nottingham); 4th Les Heard (Northampton).

We had a pleasant day with the ideal number of 12 competitors, travelling from as far as Fylde and High Wycombe.  All games were fairly equal and competitive.  The consolation doubles match (for wine) was fiercely contested and was won by Jean Ball (Leighton-Linslade) and John Hansen (Sapcote).

The winner of the B level received a framed print of a croquet scene from Hurlingham which turned out to be a very acceptable prize.