Presentation Evening

Maldon Croquet Club have hung up their mallets for the end of the playing season.

To celebrate another successful year, a Presentation Evening and meal were held at Forrester Park Golf Club.

Members and guests witnessed the trophies being given out to club winners, after the meal. Chairperson Gill Stone and Captain Chris Joslin announced the winners of the Georgie Clark Competition, Jean Healey; Forrester Plate, Chris Joslin with Paul South; and the Legerton Handicap competition, Pete Howe. Tribute was paid to Vaun and Eunice Legerton who were founder members and inaugurated the Legerton Competition. They now live in Bucks, but Vaun is not well and they were unable to attend.

The recently retired secretary, Jean Healey, was presented with an engraved vase in appreciation of her magnificent contribution to the Club.

Maldon East Anglian Champions

The Pavilion Team of Maldon Croquet Club played the final of the East Anglian Croquet Federation Handicap competition at Newport , West Essex against Enfield CC. Playing in mixed weather, the day ended with both teams having won 9 games each. After a tense huddle by the scorers, Maldon were declared winners by virtue of scoring more hoops than Enfield.

As Regional winners, Maldon will be playing in a National final next year against the rest of the U.K.

After the hard fought match, Club Captain Chris Joslin, who led the team of Jean Healey, Neil Grandy and Neil Clark, expressed his views on the day and season in general.

This had been the culmination of the competitive side of the Club’s activities this year. Maldon had never progressed so far in the competition before. He thanked the Pavilion squad of 9 players who had contributed to produce this great result.

The Club also has a further squad, of 8 players, the Lakeside team. They also had a successful season in the Area handicap competition, and will be vying to eclipse the Pavilion squad next year

Maldon win through

On Sunday 8 September , the Pavilion team of Maldon Croquet Club, Al Brown, Neil Grandy, John Hustwick and Neil Clark, travelled to a neutral venue at Ipswich. They met up with a team from Hunstanton to play for a place in the final of the East Anglian League. The match was made up of a series of 18 games played over the whole day. The games were played in a competitive, but friendly spirit, with Maldon finishing the day by winning 12 games to 6.

This is the first time in Maldon’s history that they have progressed this far in the competition. The play off against Enfield will take place at Newport, Essex on 22 September, when hopes are high that the trophy will come to Maldon as outright winners.

Rotary Club Visit

On Tuesday the 27th August, Maldon Croquet Club welcomed the Rotary Club for an evening of Croquet. A brilliant evening was had by all!

Rotary Club members enjoy play!
An enjoyable evening for all!
Croquet and Rotary Club members altogether

Croquet Club Day 2019

The Club Day was a great success and took place on Tuesday 13th August. Below is a selection of photos to enjoy that were taken on the day.

Club members together in the 2019 Club Day. Over 40 members were able to participate on the day!
And they’re off!
Play is underway!
Croquet rounds in play
Running the hoop!
Gill and Jo meticulously planned the club day and kept track of the scores
Georgie Clark Finalists 2019
Spectators enjoy watching the Georgie Clark final
Jean is congratulated by Peter as her skillful play wins the Georgie Clark Competition for 2019.

Annual Club Day 13.08.2019

Outline of the day

The competition takes the form of a round-robin with each person playing five games of 25 minutes each.  At least seven rounds are needed to fit in everyone, so everyone sits out two rounds which gives time for a chat – bring your own chair. 

The winner is the player with the most hoops, so – unlike normal matches – you need to play briskly and not spend too much time on defence.  It’s better to lose 7-5 than to win 4-2.  Compare the pace to 20/20 cricket v a 5-day test.

You draw a number on arrival, and this determines your partners and opponents for the day.  A schedule is drawn up based on the number of players, and the aim is to have a different partner and different opponents each game, i.e 5 partners and 10 opponents during the day.

No-one is asked to play more than 3 games without a break.

Before 27th July (Entries now closed)

Entry is free (but pay for your lunch).

To enter, sign your name on the entry list.  If you are unable to take part please cross out your name.  That way we know for sure you have seen the notice.

Even if you do not wish to play you are still welcome to spend all or part of the day there, and also come to the lunch (which Mary Burd is organising).

Between 27th July and 13th August

If after entering you have to withdraw for any reason, please tell Gill S or Jo M who are organising  the competition this year.  During this time Gill and Jo will produce the fairly complicated schedule, and numbers are vital.

On the day

You need to arrive at the Clubhouse by 9.30 am at the latest to draw your number (and so we know everyone is there).  This will give time for the lists of names/numbers and numbers/names to be prepared and for you to find out what’s what and who’s who for the first game.  This cannot be done until after the draw is completed.

We will go over to the lawns about 9.50 am to “strike off” at 10 am.

We hope to play 4 rounds from 10:00 to 12:00, then play the Georgie Clark Final.

This will be followed by lunch at approx.13:00.

Play for 3 more rounds will start at 14:00, followed by a play-off if needed.

We will then we retire to the Clubhouse for the presentations and a cup of tea.

We should finish about 16:30.

Any queries:  contact Gill Stone 01621 853948

                      email: gillstoneuk@yahoo.co.uk