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Blewbury Croquet Club
|12 July 2001||
The CA is looking for new headquarters
12/07/2001 - by Don Gaunt (Chairman)
I regret to have to tell you that after over 40 years, the Hurlingham
club have informed me that they can no longer give a home to the headquarters
of the Croquet Association. This is not because of any disagreement between
us. It is due to the Hurlingham Clubs undertaking extensive re-structuring
which has severely limited their available space. In addition, the extra
administration accommodation that had been planned is not now going to
be built, owing to planning restrictions.
I would like to record here, our gratitude to Hurlingham for the immense amount of support and assistance that they have given to us over the last four decades. This help has been given in time, money and expertise and in large amounts of all of them. Thank you, Hurlingham.
We have been given 12 months, which may seem a long time, but it is not really, when one considers all that is going to have to be done. Furthermore, it will be in our interests not to have to leave things to the last minute as it would mean moving in the middle of the next season. Ideally we need to be in place before the 2002 season starts.
This is going to be a formidable task for us, so besides informing you of the situation, I am also seeking your help. This help can be in any form - ideas, expertise in office relocation, offers of help, offers to serve on the relocation working party we are setting up, suggestions on location (including where you think it should NOT be), even money!
So what needs to be done? There are two offices presently at Hurlingham, the administration office and the commercial office. The administration office presently consists of a Portakabin with just enough room for two or three staff and their associated equipment. We also have a considerable amount of stuff stored in the basement of Hurlingham House. The commercial office is about a third of the size of the administration office, and again is barely large enough to hold the stock needed.
It is probably not essential that the two offices be located at the same place; there are arguments for and against this. It does however need to be borne in mind that the office staff, Nigel & Janet, and the commercial agent, David, all live in various locations within reach of Hurlingham. Any relocation far from there could well mean the loss of one or more of them.
Please direct all offers of help, in whatever form, via the Secretary.
Although this is, undeniably a serious problem, with a bit of luck and a lot of goodwill, we may turn a problem into a success story.
|9th July 2001||
Reg Bamford takes world title
by Charles Randall (Filed: 08/07/2001)
From an article in The Daily Telegraph 9th July 200
REG BAMFORD, a South African, won his first world championship title by defeating Robert Fulford, the holder and the world's highest ranked player, in London yesterday.
By winning the final 3-2 on Hurlingham's easy-paced lawns, the London-based Bamford, deservedly took his fifth British Open title, which was on offer concurrently with the world event sponsored by Lincoln Unit Trust Managers.
Bamford recovered from 2-1 down to overtake his Surbiton club-mate, landing two sextuple peels - cannoning the partner ball through six consecutive hoops in a single break. This tactic had not been achieved before in all seven previous world finals.
Fulford was given a hard semi-final by the New Zealander Dennis Bulloch, a restaurant owner from Nelson. Bamford, by contrast, swept past the American university economics student Jacques Fournier.
The only one of 13 opponents to take even a game off Bamford before the final had been Ray McInerney, one of two Dublin brothers in the championship.
LINCOLN WORLD CH'SHIPS
Semi-finals: R Bamford (S Africa) bt J Fournier
(US) +16tp, +26tp, +25; R Fulford (GB) bt D Bulloch (NZ) +8tpo, -14otp,
3 July 2001
The 5th WCF World Golf Croquet Championships will be held at the new National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, from 10 to 17 February 2002.
The 10-acre center is being built by the Croquet Foundation of America as the home of the Foundation, the United States Croquet Association, and the National Croquet Club.
The World Croquet Federation, the United States Croquet Association and the National Croquet Center staff are cooperating to make this event a fitting world championship debut for the world's largest dedicated croquet facility.
This will be the first world championship event held at the center, due to be opened later this year. There are twelve courts and the championship will have abundant lawn space at one venue for the usual 48 players.
One benefit of having so much lawn space is the ability to offer more value to players from all over the world. For example, the initial block play will be, for the first time, 19-point games; the top four of each of the eight blocks will go directly into a best-of-three elimination ladder, first-round losers will go into a second best-of-three elimination ladder, and players who lose two consecutive matches will go into a single-game elimination ladder. All places in the event will be decided, from first to last.
Besides the National Croquet Center, other local clubs are helping to host the event including the Palm Beach Croquet Club at Palm Beach's famous Breakers Hotel, and the renowned Beach Club. Social events will be held at both these venues.
The 5th WCF World Golf Croquet Championships, together with a Croquet Festival from 17th to 24th February and dedication of the new clubhouse, should be one of the biggest events in the history of the sport, from the standpoint of publicity, spectators and sponsor participation.
Golf Croquet is the foundation of the National Croquet Center's promotional effort for the sport. On the day of the finals (February 17th), there will also be finals of the Golf Croquet Corporate Challenge, to which many local corporations will have donated $1,000 for the USCA's Youth Development Program.
World Croquet Federation President Tony Hall will attend the event as a player and possibly as Chief Referee. Support staff will include Archie Peck, National Center Director of Croquet, Johnny Mitchell, President of the USCA International Committee, Sherif Abdelwahab, Chairman of the USCA Golf Croquet Committee and Bob Alman, National Center Marketing and Community Affairs Director.
At least three courts will be reserved for practice to all players in the championship from February 7th. On the day before the event starts, February 10th, up to ten courts will be available for practice
From among the substantial South Florida croquet population, referees will be recruited and trained in special one-day events associated with the USCA National Championships, Seniors & Masters, and other major USCA events during the fall and early winter.
Recruitment of ball-boys/girls will present a special problem and - it is hoped - a unique opportunity as well. The opportunity to serve in a world championship will be offered to high-school students participating in the Youth Development Program.
Further information: Tony Hall, telephone 61-2-62577161, fax 61-2-62486676, email firstname.lastname@example.org, 5/6 Fawkner St, BRADDON, ACT 2612, AUSTRALIA.
8th June 2001
16th May 2001
22nd April 2001
Lionel Tibble, previous one-ball champion, looked a likely winner of
Saturday's handicap event was won by Robert Pennant-Jones (7/9) and
Watch out for a write-up and pictures in this Thursday's 'Country
Kevin Carter; 22.4.01
Fri 6th April 2001
Helene's grade is now above Debbie Cornelius's current grade of 2481.
Helene's victory is the first by a woman player in one of the major Open
The top 3 Aussies are
For further information see Chris William's website at
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