Convincing victory for James

PUBLISHED: 12:55 04 September 2018

Nailsea Croquet Club’s James Galpin was the convincing winner at the A-class tournament held at the club.

Nailsea’s James Galpin was the convincing winner of last weekend’s A-class tournament at Nailsea & District Croquet Club.

Undaunted by the much greater experience of all his opponents, he narrowly defeated former winners Marcus Evans and Kristian Chambers in his first two games, before overcoming Great Britain international and world number 27 Mark Suter in the final.

James played with great skill and composure throughout despite this being only his fourth ever event played under Advanced rules.

It is his fourth tournament win of the season and by far the most impressive so far. At the end of the month he is set to travel to Watford to defend his National Junior Championship title, where he will be the strong favourite.

Former Nailsea member Mark won the peeling prize in addition to the runner-up spot by virtue of his excellent sextuple peel in his first game, the first to be completed at Nailsea since the lawns were levelled and relaid at the start of this season.

The lawn maintenance team led by the tireless John Wallace worked very hard to prepare the playing surface to a high standard which will only continue to improve going into next season, cementing Nailsea’s place as one of the best venues in the country for croquet.

Not least thanks to the fantastic catering provided by Linda Shaw, Libby Howard-Blood, and Joan and Mike Timmins.

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