On 30th May Cornwall Croquet Club received an invitation from Ron George, Chairman of St Agnes Croquet Club, to accept a Golf Croquet Challenge from his club which was about to celebrate its first birthday. Ever willing to accept match challenges the invitation was accepted by Cornwall. The date of the match was to be Saturday 20th June and the venue St Agnes Tennis and Croquet club.
Members of both clubs were inspired by the event and 10 players signed up for the St Agnes team with 11 for Cornwall. It was agreed that the match should comprise 24 games which meant that there would be 16 doubles games and 8 singles.
The day dawned and members of the Cornwall CC team set off bright and early leaving a lovely sunny day behind them. They arrived at the club site and were impressed to find over two dozen children joining in coaching for tennis. The clubhouse, which is shared with the Tennis Club, was new and extremely well appointed. They were made very welcome by the St Agnes team, but not, sadly, by the weather which was quite cold and left the lawns shrouded in mist. This continued for the whole day except for a few minutes when the sun did try to make an appearance.
Members of the Cornwall team found the lawns challenging, especially lawn 2 which suffered from what could only be described as undulating ground. The very few slight rises and dips in the Cornwall lawns paled into insignificance in comparison! However, this takes nothing away from the St Agnes players who gave the Cornwall team some really hard games, finally coming out on top at the end of the day with 13 points compared to Cornwall’s 11.
The day finished with a superb tea provided by the St Agnes club and the presentation of a trophy
to the St Agnes team captain. A vote of thanks was given by the Chairman of Cornwall Croquet Club, Des Honey, during which he praised all those concerned with setting up the club on the progress that had been made in converting what was an open field into viable croquet lawns. He finished by extending an invitation to St Agnes club to journey to the Cornwall Croquet Club at Porthpean for a return match.
Final Score: St Agnes 13 Cornwall 11
|A misty day at St Agnes|
|Can I hit it this time Des|
|Gather round and I'll show you how to hit the ball|
|Oh No, another free turn|
Report & Photos by Rhona Foster.