Ryan selected for England

PUBLISHED: 14:31 13 April 2011

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NAILSEA Croquet Club held its first Wild Wednesday of the season.

NAILSEA Croquet Club held its first Wild Wednesday of the season.

Geoff Hughes won the competition with 80 points, Pat Long (75) came second, followed by Rob Royffe (71), Ian Telfer and Richard Delmas (70).

Over the weekend, Ryan Cabble won the Sidmouth Open Golf Croquet tournament after being runner-up for the past two years. On Saturday he won his block with six wins out of seven and on Sunday he won his quarter-final 7-2, 7-6, his 
semi-final 7-3, 4-7, 7-4 and the final 6-7, 7-2, 7-4.

Another Nailsea junior, Harry Dodge, who joined the club last year, entered the event. He won one game in his block and had several close games, a good result in his first tournament outside the club against more experienced players.

Ryan has been selected to represent England in this year’s World Golf Croquet Championships in London and both Ryan and Harry have both been selected to play in the Under-21s World Golf Croquet Championships at Hunstanton, both events take place in July.

It was Short Croquet time on Sunday at Nailsea. This is a form of Association 
Croquet played on a small lawn, where only 14 points are played instead of the usual 26.

Brian Roynon and Peter Dyke both won all their three games to lead their blocks. Rob Royffe and Kathy Wallace won their blocks by winning two games each. Rob was the outright winner of his block, whereas Kathy, Mary Barnes and Brian McCausland all had two wins, but Kathy edged the other two out on a net point count.

Violet and Richard Delmas both played well and also had two wins each. 
Newcomer Erica Malaiperuman enjoyed some close finishes and is showing great promise.

The club is open to visitors this 
coming weekend, so come and find out more about this fascinating sport. All the equipment is provided, but please wear flat soled shoes. Arrive any time between 11am and 5pm and you will be given a warm welcome.

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