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