These notes describe our Internal Club Competitions. Since these are general notes some of the details may vary from year to year. In the past we charged £2 for entry to most of our internal club competitions, but these are now free of charge. Most of these will finish with some kind of final which are planned to take place on Finals Day, which is usually the second or third Sunday in September. Recommended competitions for beginners are marked with a *.
Spa Salver: not for the faint hearted! Games are played Level and to Advanced rules. Organised as Blocks with a play-off.
Lustau: Advanced “Lustau” rules played as a Handicap event, i.e. with bisques, to enable ‘up-and-comers’ to take on the established players. Usually it’s a variation of the official Advanced Handicap rules with players unable to take a bisque after missing with the first stroke of the turn. Organised as Blocks with a play-off.
The name for the competition and the trophy were given by Fernando de Ansorena from Southern Spain (naturally) when he played in it in 1996.
Calverley Cup: open to all. Standard 26 point Association handicap games. Organised as a Knock-out.
Our very first competition, starting in 1988.
Lewis Shield (All England Handicap): Club Section for the Croquet Association National Handicap Tournament. The winner enters Regional Play-Off. The format is dependent on the number of entrants, but in the last few years this has been an all-play-all on a Saturday in July. The entry fee to the CA is paid by the club.
Known as the Lewis Shield because Barney won this competition for the first three seasons and then donated the Shield to the club!
Miriam Reader Memorial Doubles **: open to all whatever their handicap, handicap play. An excellent coaching tool as partners are allocated on the basis of their handicaps. The higher your handicap, the better your partner! If your handicap is above 20 you will play off 20. Organised as a Knock-out.
Miriam was a stalwart of the club for many years, and a supporter of us and other local clubs. She was a high handicap player, but loved playing the game, and also, as she lived just round the corner, doing the washing up for matches when she wasn’t playing in them! She donated a sum to us in her will, which is why we bought a dish-washer amongst other things.
Howell Cup High Bisquers Handicap *: open to anyone with an Association handicap of 18 or above at the start of the season. The handicap is not the normal AC handicap one, but is to a base of 6, i.e. each player has a number of bisques calculated as AC handicap – 6, so if your handicap is 20 you get 14 bisques. Organised as Blocks with a play-off.
Peter Howell was chairman of the club from 1985 for 16 years and Audrey was also a member of the club.
Association Croquet Ladder *: a year-long handicap Ladder open to all – beginners welcome at any time! Sign up now or add your name to the Ladder in the Club House any time during the season. Detailed rules are on the Notice Board.
New Members AC Competition *: a competition run in late August/early September for all those who’ve joined this year or last year. Exact format determined by the number/strength of entries.
Hunter Plate: open to all. Single 13-point games. Dog eat dog! Played without bisques – or mercy! Organised as Blocks followed by a Knock-out.
Kitching Rose Bowl: open to all, handicap play, best of 3 x 13-point games. Players with a handicap of more than 10 will play off 10. Organised as a Knock-out.
Brian Kitching was a member of the club for many years and donated the trophy.
Golf High Bisquers Handicap *: open to anyone with a Golf handicap of 8 or above at the beginning of the season. For beginners and those trying to improve.
Doubles **: open to all. Handicap play, players with a handicap of more than 10 will play off 10. An excellent coaching tool as partners are allocated on the basis of their handicaps. The higher your handicap, the better your partner!
Golf Croquet Ladder *: like the Association one, but for Golf Croquet.
Golf Teams League (Fraser Tankard) **: Tuesday evenings (probably no more than two evenings monthly for anyone). Please contact Derek Crocombe (via Daniel Crocombe if you want to do this electronically) if you want to play in this.
This has proved very popular and is particularly good for new members as:
a) you meet a lot of fellow members
b) you get experience of playing with bisques (which we typically do not do on club afternoons)
The league is made up of teams of 4 and there are two rounds of two singles and one doubles starting at 6.15pm (so you can park in the main car park for £1.50 after 6pm, even less if you choose to park for one hour between 5pm and 6pm!) and finishes at approximately 8.15pm.
The competition runs from the beginning of the season till mid August and, depending on the number who take part you can expect to play about once every 3 weeks.
New Members GC Competition *: a competition run in late August/early September for all those who’ve joined this year or last year. Exact format determined by the number/strength of entries.