2019 Club Tournaments
The club runs four tournaments open to all members with handicaps of 20 or less, all played on handicap.
The Verulam Cup, 26 point, played on the full lawn with a three hour time limit.
The Kitson Cup, 18 point, played on the full lawn with a two hour time limit.
The Mahoney Shield, 14 point, played on a half lawn.
Speed Croquet, a one day doubles tournament played on half lawns with 30 minute time limits for each side.
Roger Bowman organised two speed croquet tournaments on Saturday May 25th 2019 and Saturday August 31st 2019. The tournament is place as progressive doubles (ie. a different partner in each game), handicap, 14 point half lawn games. Each pair has a limited time to play all their shots, in a similar way to speed chess.
Jon Palin writes:
The Croquet Association holds an annual one-ball croquet tournament each year to raise funds for charity, with heats at member clubs before a national final. We held a St Albans heat for the first time on 28th April 2019 with Barbara, Geoff, Heather, Jon, Leo and Roger taking part.
The one-ball format leads to much shorter games and with three games on the lawn at one time we managed to complete five rounds (all play all) in just over three hours.
Roger and Geoff were both unbeaten after the first four rounds before meeting in the final round. They had a close fought match, level at hoop 6; then Roger built a lead before Geoff pulled back after repeatedly hitting in from distance. In the end, Roger's long peg-out gave him victory by the smallest possible margin, +1
Heather finished third and will represent St Albans in the National final as neither Roger or Geoff can attend.
Thanks to the players who collectively donated £80 to Alzheimer's Society.
Roger pegging out