Cornwall Croquet News
Sun 22 Aug 2004
Cornwall Croquet Club - Porthpean Inaugural Club Day Click here for photo-album of the day
After nine years searching for a site, Cornwall Croquet Club has now been established just off the Pentewan Road at Porthpean where there is a pavilion, one full-size court (35 by 28 yards) in full operation and a second which should be ready by next summer.
Twelve members attended and played a series of games of Association Croquet, time limited to 45 minutes, on two short lawns. The weather, despite the gloomy forecast of heavy showers, held off until about four o'clock when a halt was called as the first drops fell. Amazingly, all save one of the competitors had won one game each, losing games not being counted, save one who had two wins. On this basis, Margaret Read of Readymoney, Fowey, was judged the winner, her prize being presented by the Chairman, Tony Backhouse from Polgooth.
Click here for photo-album of the day
The Club, the first in Cornwall and the only one with a prospect of two courts, is looking to expand its membership.
Anyone interested should contact :-
the Chairman (St Austell 71564) or the Secretary, Nigel Grant (St Austell 66534) or
email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
Croquet is a much maligned and misunderstood sport. It is based on the requirement to take two balls around a course of 12 hoops and a peg before one's opponent with their two balls. It combines equal measures of skill and tactical thinking and can be played between anyone regardless of age, sex or disability as a result of an effective handicap system.
Clubs are relatively cheap to join, coaching courses are freely available to members and equipment is provided.
With more than 100 clubs in Great Britain, the first has at last been established in Cornwall. And about time too!
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