Tuesday 24th August saw Maldon Lakeside’s final EACF tournament match of the season against Southchurch. The players travelling to Southchurch were Peter, Graham, Shirley and Tony.
The day started with two doubles games in which Maldon did not have the best start, both games being lost 7-5. Following on from this, the singles games began; at this point Maldon started to make a comeback taking all 4 matches! This winning streak continued in the second round of games with another clean sweep by Maldon. At the break for lunch, the score stood at 8-2 to Maldon. With 8 more games to play, Maldon only needed 2 more wins to secure victory.
After a series of hard-fought games, Maldon came out victorious with a final score of 12-6 with hoops scored 115 for Maldon and 90 for Southchurch, proving how close the matches had been.
The Maldon team would like to say thank you to the host club for being excellent welcoming hosts and a thank you to the timekeepers and scorers for the day who did an amazing job of keeping things running smoothly efficiently!
Maldon Lakeside, represented by Karen Davies, Sue Jackman, Graham Parker and Tony White, travelled to Writtle on 20 August to play Chelmsford in the East Anglian Handicap league.
Lakeside leapt into an immediate lead when Chelmsford had to forfeit a doubles match because one of their players got his dates mixed up and was very late in arriving. But Chelmsford won the other doubles and 5 of the 8 singles games in the first two rounds to lead 6 – 4 at the lunch break. The gap widened after lunch with Lakeside only winning 1 of the first 4 games. Lakeside could still have drawn the match by winning all 4 games in the final round, but in the event only won 1, leaving the final match score at Chelmsford 12, Lakeside 6.
The hoop score was 103 to 91 to Chelmsford, reflecting some very close games. Three went to the golden hoop and 2 were timed out with Chelmsford winning 6 – 5 in both. Lakeside certainly had their moments, but overall were clearly not as good as the home team on lawns that were rather more finely manicured than the ones Lakeside were accustomed to.
June 26th saw seven Maldon Croquet Club members enter a level-play tournament for handicaps of 7 and above.
The day started with block play which helped decided pairings for the afternoon’s knockout rounds. After a day of play, it was a great outcome for Maldon players. Chris Adams came out victorious in the doubles tournament. Tony White took victory in the singles tournament and Chris Joslin achieved 4th.
Today saw the first league match of the 2021 season. The two Maldon teams (Pavilion and Lakeside) went head-to-head. Though the weather threatened rain, conditions held out. After a series of close-fought games, Pavilion came out victorious. A huge well done to both teams and we wish them the best of luck for the rest of this year’s season.
With Covid restrictions in place, our club Presentation Evening was unable to take place at the end of the season. At the beginning of April, an open-air, distanced presentation was able to take place. This year also sees the introduction of a new tournament – The Covid Handicap. This trophy will remind us of a year like no other and was constructed by the skilful hand of one of our members! The Covid Handicap was won by Graham Parker; the Georgie Clark Vase was presented to Tony White as winner of the singles level-play tournament; and the Forrester Plate presented to Martin Hardy-King and Ken Hazell as winners of the doubles – level play tournament.
The presentation was made by our retiring Chair, Gill Stone. The event saw Gill thanked for her hard work on the committee as Neil Clark takes on the role.
Well done to everyone who participated this year and I am sure everyone looks forward to taking part as the 2021 season now begins!