The 2009 High Bisque tournament run by the Croquet Academy at Southwick in June was blessed with fine, sunny weather. The lawns were fast and true and there was some interesting croquet. Sadly, there were only 12 entrants with handicaps ranging from 14 to 24. The games were full bisque to a base of 10, adapted for 18 point games.
The event was won by Douglas Cossey from Ramsgate who won all his 6 games, most of them emphatically.
His roqueting and hooping were of a high standard but he still needs to acquire more tactical acumen. I am sure he will continue to improve. His handicap went down from 18 to 16 as a result of his winning the salver.
There were 3 players on 4 wins - Wendy Spencer-Smith,who was runner up and had her handicap go down to 14, Ron Farr, and Brian Barnard who also had a handicap reduction from 24 to 22.
I hope everyone enjoyed the event and learned something from it! Next year, we plan to reduce it to 2 days, midweek, with 5 games needing to be played. Please pass the word around that it is an enjoyable and relaxing introduction to, or continuation of, tournament play.
Many thanks to the Southwick Club for hosting the event and for the catering and bar service.
The High Bisque tournament was the 21st one attended by Miriam Reader from Tunbridge Wells. What a stalwart she has been! She is as sprightly and canny as ever and, of course, a really dapper and lovely lady. Gene Mears presented her with a momento of this occasion - good luck for the next 21 years Miriam!
Frances Low - Manager.
Norwegian Team visits The Croquet Academy
For the first time a Norwegian Team from The Croquet Association of Norway has been coached at The Croquet Academy. This happened 19th - 21st September. The Team wishes to thank Sussex County Croquet Club for the use of their courts, and esp. wants to thank their coaches Daphne Gaitley, Alan Theobald, Don Mears and Paul Castell for excellent coaching.
The team was lucky with the weather, bright sunshine all three days, they learned a lot and has got lots of motivation to bring back to
Tore GulbrandsenLeader of The National Croquet Team of
The launch of the Academy has been a great success. Every course run so far has been a complete sell out. The initial Golf Croquet weekend was totally oversubscribed and a second course was created at very short notice to dovetail in with the Association Summer School.
Three courses at different levels took place: Improvers, Bronze level and Silver/Gilt level.
Some 50 particpants and 10 volunteer coaches took part, making the event the largest coaching weekend to have been organised at this venue.
Cold and wet weather on the Saturday did not greatly dampen the enthusiasm of the players (helped by delicious hot soup as part of the lunch menu available) and they were rewarded with pleasant weather on the Sunday.
Stephen Mulliner, one the World's leading Golf & Association players, has agreed to run The Academy's first Masterclass. Details of this one day event will be published shortly and will be an absolute must for aspiring Golf Croquet players wishing to play top level Golf Croquet.
The aims of the Academy is to provide:
1) First class coaching covering both Association and Golf Croquet from beginner to advanced level.
2) Specialist coaching for Coaches, Referees and Managers.
3) Specialist one to one coaching which can be considered on request.
Most courses will be open to players throughout the world with London's major airports and the Channel tunnel being within easy reach. There are also good rail links from London to Southwick, Shoreham or Hove stations.