Alternate strokes competition held at Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 15:08 01 August 2017

Alternate strokes event at Nailsea Croquet Club.

Alternate strokes event at Nailsea Croquet Club.

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Nailsea and District Croquet Club held its annual alternate strokes event, with holders Brian Roynon and Sandra Morgan retaining their title.

This annual alternate strokes competition at Nailsea and District Croquet Club, saw entrants competing in an 18-point doubles game under association croquet rules (AC) played on half-size lawns, where each pair takes their next shot alternately.

There were only three pairs entered in this year’s competition, each having one player with sub-16 handicap paired with another over-16 handicap player. Bisques (extra turns which can be taken any time) are given to all players.

First off were James Galpin (handicap 10) paired with David Hogg (24) playing against Rob Royffe (12) and Rosemary Burgon (22). Both pairs found it hard to play with any fluency, but James and David ran two hoops before breaking down, but they recovered from this to take a four point lead.

Rob and Rosemary finally got underway, catching up to take the lead by one point. They managed to hold on to this slim lead, winning the game 5-4 on time.

The second game pitched last year’s champions Brian Roynon (11) and Sandra Morgan (24) against Rob and Rosemary. In true champion’s style, Brian and Sandra made a good start and after an hour on the lawn were well in the lead by 11 hoops.

A mistake at penult (the last hoop but one before the peg) allowed Rosemary and Rob to take to the lawn, making a six-hoop break. They collected another hoop in their final turn, but the opposition sneaked the winning hoop through a magnificent peel all the way from the boundary (using his own ball to knock his partner’s ball through the penult hoop) to win 13-10 on time.

In the final game of the set, James and David made a good start gaining four hoops using only three balls, but Brian and Sandra fought back to take the lead after one and a half hours, holding on to this to win, ensuring they retained the alternate strokes championship for another year.

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