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High Bisque Tournament - 31/07/2013 @ 10:02 by Frances_Low

The annual High Bisque tournament was run by the Croquet Academy on 18/19 July. There was the usual good entry of 22 players with handicaps ranging from 14-24. The weather was unusual – sweltering heat and blue skies and unbroken sunshine! The players lasted well and were sustained by gallons of water and by seeking the shade of the trees and huts.

The main event, the High Bisque Salver was closely contested. Block A was won by Vivien Fryer from Rother Valley, and Block B by Pam Gooders from Southwick. Both ladies won all their block games. The final took place at the end of a very hot day and both players were very tired but they rose to the occasion with Pam winning a close contest +1 on time! So our chairman Jonathan Isaacs was delighted to present Pam with the High Bisque Salver – her first win after loyally supporting the event for a number of years. She also had a handicap reduction from 16 to 14.


We ran 2 supervised blocks this year due to the varying nature of handicaps. The main supervised event was a close call with Isobel George from Rottingdean winning in the end. The other supervised group for very high bisquers was managed by Nancy Allen who helped players through their games and explained the 4 ball break thoroughly.

We saw some very interesting and good play but the heat did affect everyone but it was pleasing to see many try to use their bisques affectively and set up and maintain the 4 ball break.

The event would not be possible without the support of our loyal coaches and I thank wholeheartedly Jack Davies, Gene Mears, Nancy Allen, Alan Theobald and Jonathan Isaacs for their help and encouragement. Grateful thanks to Don Mears for his refereeing on both days.

We were well served as ever on the catering front by Southwick, and we remain grateful to all the volunteers who make the tournament possible.

We always take on board suggestions to improve the event, so watch this space for the High Bisque event next year!

Frances Low

Another win - 15/05/2013 @ 11:04 by   John_Low

Caroline Denny reports 

"Delighted to be able to tell you that I won the Latham Cup at Bristol this weekend, winning 5 matches and with 11 bisques in the final full game, beat Bob Scott who plays off 6.

Almost all the games I held on to the last bisque and used it to peg out.



Academy Coaching works! - 22/04/2013 @ 10:32 by John_Low

Caroline Denny who attended the Development Course in Handicap Play on 12th -14th April this year and previous year's course has won the High Bisque Tournament at Budleigh Salterton this last weekend.


Well Done, Caroline!!




Extra Golf Croquet Improvers Course - 17/01/2013 @ 17:53 by John_Low

There has been a high demand for places on the GC Improvers Course this year so we are running an ADDITIONAL course on 

Friday 26th April 2013

All details are the same as the existing course. You can book this course in the usual ways (on-line is preferred).

Stop Press

This course is now also full.

Additional course on Friday 10th May

Courses for 2013 - 17/12/2012 @ 09:02 by   John_Low

The on-line entry channel for the 2013 season of courses is now open on this website. Check here.

Report on the High Bisque Tournament - 08/08/2012 @ 21:28 by   Frances_Low


The annual High Bisque tournament run by the Croquet Academy was held at Southwick on 7/8August. 20 players took part – 12 in the main event and 8 in the supervised event.

In the supervised event, each game is 14 points, and there are full bisques to a base of 6, the players have the advantage of a coach on the lawn to give advise and help with tactics.

The winner of the supervised event was Caroline Denny from Bear of Rodborough. Caroline beat Sheila Cullen of Rottingdean in the final and was a worthy winner as she won all her games and pegged out each time! As a reward she was presented with a bottle of wine by the SCCC Chairman, Alan Rew, and she had a handicap reduction to 20! Well done Caroline. In the same group, Leon Ellis from Parkstone had a handicap reduction to 20.


The main event was closely contested with block winners Clive Hayton from Sussex CCC meeting Phil Dunk from Preston Park. Both players are relatively new to the game and we saw an absorbing final with plenty of good, accurate croquet interspersed with some original and unconventional play. Phil pegged out Clive’s yellow ball then decided to peg his own ball out as well thus making it a one ball ending but Phil always had the upper hand as he was on penult by then and Clive was only on 1 back! An excellent final and Alan Rew presented Phil with the High Bisque Slaver for 2012. Clive was a worthy runner up and I am sure we shall see both these players continue to improve rapidly. Clive and Phil both had a handicap change to 16 which should encourage them to continue their progress. Johannes Hamann from East Dorset had a handicap change from 16 to 14.


(Both photos courtesy of Judith Moore)

My thanks to all the players who took part and I hope they feel their croquet has improved and that they enjoyed the 2 days.


Most importantly, can I thank the coaches who gave of their time and expertise. The coaching and advice were greatly appreciated by the supervised group. Particular thanks to Jack Davies who supported me on both days and who is so good at encouraging and helping people new to the game. Thanks due also to Pat Jackson who coached and refereed both finals, to Bryan Teague who refereed on day 1, and to Jonathan Isaacs and John Taylor who coached on the first day. The enthusiasm and high standard of coaching were greatly valued. Thanks to the Southwick Club for 2 days of delicious lunches and teas, and as ever thanks to hoop setter and grounds organiser John Gosney.


An enjoyable, mostly rain free,  2 days and hopefully a learning experience for all, and for some, a prelude to more croquet tournaments!


Frances Low – Manager.


Coaches Qualification Course - 21/11/2011 @ 17:29 by   Jonathan_Isaacs
An additional course is being provided in 2012 which may not be in the CA Fixtures Book.

1st - 2nd May 2012: a coaches qualification course, to be run at Southwick by Cliff Jones.  See course prospectus for more details.

2012 Coaching Season announced - 02/11/2011 @ 09:56 by   John_Low



Coaching Courses

for players of all abilities

The Croquet Academy is running a comprehensive series of courses at Sussex County Croquet Club, Southwick aimed at Golf and Association Croquet players of all abilities.

Below are brief details of the 2012 courses.

Full details and application forms are available on the Academy Website or in the 2011 CA Fixtures Calendar. Alternatively email the Academy Administrator on




Handicap range

21st & 22nd April

Association Croquet Bronze Course

12 - 18

21st & 22nd April

Association Croquet Silver Course

6 - 11

21st & 22nd April

Association Croquet Triple Peel Course

4 or less

25th & 26th April


A guide to Successful Tournament Management

any, either form of croquet

28th & 29th April

Association Croquet Improvers Course

18 or more

28th & 29th April


Association Croquet Development Course in Advanced Play

6 - 12

28th & 29th April


Introduction to Association Croquet 28th & 29th April


19th & 20th May

Golf Croquet Improvers Course

4 or more

19th & 20th May


Introduction to Association Croquet for Golf Croquet Players

novices to association croquet

7th & 8th August 2012

Association Croquet Supervised High Bisque Tournament

16 or more



Additional Course: Coaches Training - 04/02/2011 @ 21:20 by John_Low
A new course has been added to the programme:

Coaches Training Course

Dates: 6/7 April

Manager: Daphne Gaitley

Secretary: John Low, etc.

Entry Fee: £24 CA £16

Closing date: 1st April


Format: Practical sessions interspersed with lectures and group work. Some work to prepare on the Wednesday night.

The course is for those who have a basic knowledge of the rules of Croquet.

It is for both GC and AC players as the course is about how to teach.


Further details can be obtained from Daphne Gaitley –

Welcome to the new coaching season! - 19/01/2011 @ 10:51 by   Frances_Low
I sent out a flyer with a short email newsletter today. If you couldn't see the flyer for technical reasons, here it is.






Coaching Courses

for players of all abilities

The Croquet Academy is running a comprehensive series of courses at Sussex County Croquet Club, Southwick aimed at Golf and Association Croquet players of all abilities.

Below are brief details of the 2011 courses.

Full details and application forms are available on the Academy Website or in the 2011 CA Fixtures Calendar. Alternatively phone the Academy Administrator – John Low on 01273 388910.




Run by


2-4 April

Triple Peel Course


Below 4

2/3 April

Association Silver Course



2/3 April

Association Bronze Course



9/10 April

Association Gold Course


5 and under

9/10 April

Association Improvers Course


18 & above

20 April

Golf Croquet Laws



14/15 May

Association Beginners Course


20 & above

8 June

Golf Beginners



2/3 July

Golf Improvers



22/25 July

Association Summer School



11/12 August

Association High Bisque Tournament with special supervised group for higher bisquers


14 and above

14 May

Masterclass with Bill Arliss on ‘The tactics of Golf Croquet’