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Southwell 9 v Leicester B 3

A disappoointing loss for Leicester B when they travelled to Southwell.  They expect matches to be more challenging as they gained promotion to the Second Division.  Full match report to follow.


GC Coaching

David Bell has been sorting out the GC Coaching sessions which members signed up for on the club noticeboard.  The dates are below and just email David to confirm attendance so he knows numbers:

  • 27/7/24 - Boot Camp 10:00am to 12:00pm (Saturday)
  • 5/8/24 - Know the rules - 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Monday)
  • 20/8/24 - Clearance Shots 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Tuesday)
  • 8/9/24 - Solomon Grip - 12:00 to 2:00 (Sunday)


Womens Open Nottingham

Alison took part in her first ladies open at Nottingham.  She just made the cut into the knockout rounds with 3 wins on hoop difference but faced Jenny Clarke (-5 handicap) in the first round.  She ended the competition in 8th place having lost 5 games on the tie-break!  She thinks a bit of practive required before August.

The competitin was won by Jenny Clarke in two games against Diana Wilson.


Federation Shield - Advantage Match - Players Wanted

Gillian Bavderstock is looking for a team to represent the Midlands Federation to play in the Federation Shield Competition.

This competition is a knock out style , played to advantage rules (first to 7) and requires a minimum of 4 players. The format is 7 matches - one of which will be a doubles and all others will be singles. The opposition is West Worthing.

The round is to be played at a neutral venue (ease of traveling) so I am exploring whether Watford or Abingdon clubs can host the match. 

If you are interested in playing please reach out to Gillian


Internal Competitions Drawn

The draws for the Level play, Advantage and High Rollers competitions have now been made so checkout the competition below....

Internal Knockout - Level Play.pdf
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Internal Knockout - High Rollers.pdf
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Internal Knockout - Advantage.pdf
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Well... what a wet one it was!

Rain started at 9.45am (arriving with our visitors) and persisted until 3pm – varying from a light drizzle to near monsoonic downpours. Standing water, aquaplaning balls and soggy socks added to the challenging conditions, in addition to tenacious play from the opposition.

Captain, Gillian Baverstock (also top-rated fixtures secretary and lunch supplier) opened the singles competition, providing strong resistance to the Woodhall Skipper. The doubles pairings won 2 matches, with Gillian being the pick of the players. Virginia Hart notched-up her first competition wins on League debut, whilst Andrew York won his three singles games.

**Amendment to score 7:5 to Woodhall Spa ** due to starting positions

Big thanks to Christine Fagan for coming down early in the day to guide us on set-up.


Ashby Open

This one day Natonal Open event included many local players with Ashby, Wrest Park & Northamption taking 8 of the 12 places available.  In additon to the event Ashby had arranged the weather & a Spitfire flypast. It was 2 blocks of 6 players top 2 making the playoffs whilst others competed for the plate.  Mark Buckley made the playoffs but came 4th overall. Alison Murray just missed out on both coming 6th overall.  Peter Tofield (N'pton) beat Tim King (Ashby) to win the event & Les Herd (Wrest Park) picked up the plate. .Full results on Golf Croquet Scores


Level Play - Not At Bakewell

The lawns at Bakewell continue to be as challenging as normal with bumps and humps everywhere.  With a gas leak in the clubhouse the match nearly never took place but with the issue contained and the equipment accessed play commenced on a lovely sunny day. Leicester got off to a good start by winning the 1st round of doubles & singles but Bakewell fought back taking both 2nd round games.  At the lunchbreak it was 4:2 to Leicester so the match was still in the balance as everyone got used to the lawns.  Leicester managed to pick up another 4 games to win the match 8:4.  Good team effort and nice day out.  Thank you Bakewell


Bass - Leicester No fish Out Of Water

Leicester made a great start with all team members winning their first round games. Leicester had mixed results and narrowly missed out on making the final to Long Eaton. Leicester ended 4th which was amazing as the Leicester team had the highest handicap.  Both Mark & Gillian got some excellent wins and picked up 24 & 17 points on their green cards. Alison only dropped one game but was down points on the day.

It was a fantastic day of croquet with great weather & good company.  Well done to Ashby for winning and thank you for hosting the event.

Anyone fancy playing next year?

Great Start To The Season For Leicester B

On what must be the only nice day of the season so far the B Team (Richard, Christine & Gillian) played Woodhall Spa.  The away teams total handicap was 16 so it was never going to be easy for Leicester with handicaps totaling 24! After the first 3 rounds it was 3 all so it was everything to play for in the afternoon. Richard was unbeaten all day,  Christine picked up a good couple of wins (picking up some good points on her green card) and Gillian also bagged a win against a 5 handicap. Well done to them all and it looks good for the season ahead.


European's Womens Championship - Alison Qualifies

Congratulations to Alison for qualifying for the Women's European Championship taking place at Eastbourne at the beginning of August


Volunteers Required To Run Social Sundays

The first Sunday of each month we hold "Social Sundays" which is organised play followed by some food which everyone brings.  We are looking for some volunteers for each month to organise these events.  It is not a difficult task you just need to make sure there is milk and then arrange a schedual of who plays who.  There is even a "Social Sunday Helpers Sheet" to assist.

Dates are on the club events so if you are able to assist with one of these please let Christine Fagan know.  Thanks


Leicester Enter The Bass Shield 11th May

So due to a team cancellation Leicester have now been able to enter a team in the Bass Shield & Coors Cup, a competition run by Ashby Croquet Club.  We require a team of 3 and 2 players have been secured (The Baverstocks) so if you are interested in making up the third person let Alison know.  It is an all day event (roughly 10-4) competing against other clubs in the region with all games being played as singles.  It is a great starting point for people with little or no competitive play as well as those with experiance.  Oh, Leicester have won the Bash Shields a few times in the past!


Club Refurbishment Is Complete

So we are all ready for the new season & the club house is looking very inviting.  There are so many new additions including a new floor provided by the council, a stocked fridge, lockers and cubbyholes for belongings.  We have a library for all of our croquet books plus 3 notice boards and everything labelled so things are easy to find.

Update On Members Early Tournament

Paul Williams picked up this mallet for the first time this year to play in the Budleigh B Level. Due to all the wet weather the competition put a restruction on of "no jump shots" which would help those who can not jump (unlike Paul). Paul put in a great effort with some tight games but only managed to pick up the one win in his block. He progressed well in the plate and ended up coming second with a 7-4 win to Robert Honey.

Mark & Alison took part in the Cheltenham Open up against some very strong competition.  On day one Mark won 4 games but just missed out on making the cut by one hoop.  Alison also failed to make the cut but picked up 3 wins against lower handicaps.  Day 2 was the plate knockout for them both.  Mark was knocked out in the first round but then got 2 wins out of 4 meaning he has dropped to a ZERO handicap.  Alison made it throught the first round beating a -1 and then dropped out but with 5 wins over the 2 days she gained 20 index points and her highest place in the rankings, 182 position.


East Midlands Federation League Matches - Sign Up

The captains are in the process of arranging the matches for this season.  They are always interest in hearing from club members who want to join the various squads.  You don't need to be of any set standard just keen to take part. 

Contact Gillian Baverstock if you want to play in the Advantage League which is an excellent starting point for anyone.  In this "handicap" game you can play "better" players but compete equally due to the Advantage system.

Christine Fagan captains the level play "B Team" so if you have a high handicap and want some level play experiance this is a good place for you.

If you have a handicap of 7 or less consider reaching out to Mark Buckley to join the A team squad for level play in division 1.

Remember no matter which team you play for it is all about competitive FUN!


Early Phyllis Court A Level Tournament - Mark & Alison

Mark & Alison decided to compete in an early tournament down at Phyllis Court Henley having gotten some early practice in at Cheltenham. They both had a good first day with Alison winning the block and Mark coming second. Day 2 was less good as they were both knocked out in the first round. They picked up some games & ended the tournament in 6th (Mark) and 7th (Alison) positions which was a respectable result.


Leicester Croquet Club AGM - Sunday 21st April

Please note the AGM will take place on Sunday 21st April which is the first Sunday of the new season.  We will start at the normal time and the session will consist of the AGM and social play.  Please attend if possible as we will be voting in club officials and agreeing membership rates for 2024.  Reports and Documents relating to the AGM can be found in the secure members section.


GC Coaching Session 27th April

There will be golf croquet coaching session for competitive players running on Saturday 27 April (10.00am to 1.00pm) ahead of league and tournament play later this season.

The session will focus on the tactics associated with the cross court approach shots to the outer hoops (1, 3, 7 and 9). Which are perhaps the most important hoops in the GC game.

The session will look at the best first or second approach shots to make to these four hoops, how to defend them and how to win them. But It'’s not just about the gameplay for these hoops. The tactics to win these hoops start on the hoop before and continue to the hoops that follow.

Coaching will be out on the lawn most of the morning and will wrap up with a classroom session in the clubhouse.

Let David Bell know if you wish to attend and bring a packed lunch to make a morning of it.


Advantage League Confirmed for 2024

East Midlands Fed will be running an Advantage league this year and Leicester have confrimed their entry.  Each team will play home & away and the teams entered long with ourselves are Gainsborough, Bakewell & Woodhall Spa.  Gillian Baverstock has agreed to run the team and is looking for people who want to progess their croquet journey


Face Lift for 2024.


The club house is having a refresh in advance of the new season


Monks Rest Gardens

Vicarage Lane



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