James wins national croquet title

PUBLISHED: 17:10 02 October 2018

Nailsea & District Croquet Club member James Galpine, aged 17, won the National Junior Association Croquet Championship.

Seventeen-year-old Nailsea & District Croquet Club member James Galpin won the National Junior Association Croquet Championship, held at Watford Croquet Club.

Overcoming the disappointment of a narrow defeat in the final of the Schools’ Championship that morning, in which his ball had been pegged out of the game by the opposition, on Sunday afternoon James played flawlessly to beat his opponent Albie Willetts from Ipswich, in just six turns, by a score of 26 points to four.

his followed convincing victories in earlier rounds over pupils from Farlingaye and Abingdon schools.

The tournament took place over two days for the first time in many years, reflecting both increasing popularity, and higher skill levels of the participants.

This allowed the final rounds to be played on a full-size court, superbly prepared by Simon Hathrell of the Watford club, who also made all the catering arrangements.

Croquet Association president Quiller Barrett was on hand to present the trophies and he commented on the high standard of play and sportsmanship shown by all the competitors.

James is eligible to make one more defence of his title next season, but already has his sights firmly set on top senior level tournaments, having already been selected for next year’s Somerset county teams in both association and golf croquet.

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