High Bisque Tournament run by The Croquet Academy.
1/2 August 2016 at Southwick
The annual High Bisque tournament attracted 19 entries this year. 3 were in the supervised group and the rest in the main event - The High Bisque Salver.
The supervised group was run by Katharine Minchin assisted by Steve Lewendon. They had coaching and then supervised games on day 1. On day 2, they took part in the main draw playing 14 point, full bisque games.
The main event was run in 4 blocks of 4 with a base of 10, with the top 2 from each group going through to the quarter finals.The rest played a swizz event of 14 point games. The closest quarter final was between Janet Hoptroff (SCCC) and Pam Gooders (SCCC), with Janet winning 11-10. In the semi finals Janet had a comprehensive victory over Charles Corker (Preston)while Simon Dobson (Rottingdean) narrowly beat Anne Bolland (Compton).
The final was a fascinating contest with many swings of fortune. In the end Simon triumphed over Janet by 18-9. So a new name on the Salver. Simon was playing in his 1st AC tournament and had never pegged out in a match before! To do it in the final was a great achievement. Congratulations to Simon and to Janet for playing some open and positive croquet.
We saw some interesting and competitive matches but some of the stroke play lacked accuracy. Some tactics were unusual but...........................!
Well done all of you and thank you for your support.
It was lovely to see Don and Gene Mears at the final which Don kindly refereed. Gene was of course responsible for running the event for many years.
Hope to see you in 2017 and good luck with your croquet!
Frances Low (Manager and Referee of the tournament)