James captures national junior croquet championship title

PUBLISHED: 17:31 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:31 03 October 2017

James Galpin.

James Galpin.

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Nailsea resident James Galpin returned from the National Junior Croquet Championships as champion.

The National Junior Croquet Championships were held at Watford Croquet Club and Nailsea resident James Galpin returned as singles champion.

James, who attends Mark College, teamed up with a player from Farlingaye High School near Ipswich for the doubles competition, in which they were beaten in the final by another pair from Farlingaye, by the narrowest possible margin.

In the singles competition, James fell behind in his first game but capitalised on a mistake by his opponent and quickly converted this into winning the game.

In his second game, he played better still, ‘peeling’ his ball through the final hoop while taking the other ball round all six hoops as well, to win the game by the maximum of 14 points to 0.

James had another convincing win in his third game, meaning he only needed to score 10 points in his last game to guarantee the title. However, his opponent (last year’s champion who beat James in the final on that occasion), got well before he made a slight mistake that gave James half a chance.

James grasped this with both hands and soon secured the 10 points needed to become the national junior champion at the third time of asking, having been runner-up in both 2015 and 2016.

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