The Administrative body of Croquet in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire & Isle of Wight
9 January - 2015 season tournament dates assembled and league entries roll in
Its is good to see that tournament dates for the 2015 regular season have been finalised for both SCF and club run events, and all the details are displayed in calendar order on the front page of this website.
Of particular note, is a reminder that all four of the SCF run tournaments (marked in the red squares) are for 'club entries', so please contact your club if you would like to represent them. Details of how to enter these will follow in due course.
All of the other listed tournaments are run by member clubs for players to enter as individuals and early booking via the host club is recommended.
Entries to our GC and AC leagues are being finalised and mangers Frances Colman and Martin Brandt respectively, will announce the final line-ups shortly.
17 January - Barry Dench joins SCF committee as Development Officer
The SCF committee is please to announce that Barry Dench of Bransgore CC has been co-opted to take on the role of Development Officer with immediate effect.
Barry will attend his first CA Development Meeting in London meeting Saturday 28 February.
All SCF clubs are encouraged to contact Barry for advice on the help that is available from both the CA and the SCF, in the form of grants and loans, for development projects.
Barry's details, along with those of all the SCF committee are to be found on the 'contact us' page.
21 January - GC Handicap Coaching Day - 21 April at Blewbury
SCF Coaching Officer Richard Keighley has organised a coaching day to introduce handicap singles to players from SCF member clubs who only currently participate in our 'Doubles Only Level Play League.
This will be at Blewbury CC on Tuesday 21 April and keen players from these clubs are encouraged to get in touch with Richard on 01296 681235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well as the specific coaching being available, the handicapping of players will be offered.
6 June - Nunn and da Costa win the SCF Armada >>>
The SCF Armada (AC Doubles) tournament was won by Winchester pair Ivor Nunn and Artur da Costa on the fast and challenging Hamptworth courts.
90 years young Ivor and his 'junior' partner Artur (who has only been playing for a couple of years) were most popular winners.
They won all four of their 14-point games to be undisputed winners of the lovely Armada trophy for the first time.
<<< 7 June - Harris & O'Keefe win 'All Ryde' Solstice Final
Richard Harris and Jim O'Keefe beat clubmates Joan Grove and Robin Thornton
to win back the SCF Solstice (GC Doubles) title for Ryde.
The eventual champions dropped their first game of the day but rallied well
enough to be undefeated thereafter.
Grove and Thornton had 100% record by the time they got to the final, but
Harris and O'Keefe built a good lead they maintained for a 7-3 victory.
<<< 14 October
Williams wins the SCF AC Handicap Champions of Champions title
Hamptworth's David Williams was undefeated in winning the SCF Handicap Champion of Champions title for 2015
He won all four of his 18 point Swiss games by convincing margins to become a very worthy winner
Four other players ended two victories adrift
It was heartening to see an increase on entries this season with eight clubs sending chapions (or representatives) to take part; this was three more than 2014.
Hamptworth Croquet Cub were again hosts and although the light closed in very quickly at the end of the day, at least there was no repeat of last season's downpour.
Norris wins the SCF GC Handicap Champions of Champions title >>>
Phyllis Court's Ian Norrris coceded a mountain of extra turns to win the SCF HAndicap Champion of Champions title for 2015.
Giving the lie to low handicapped players being over penalised by the handicapping system, Norris, playing off 1 (meaning an 'effective' -2) saw them all off to win for the firts time.
Richard Jenkins managed the procedings at Hamptworth, whio again hosted this end of season gatherring of SCF member club's Champs.
Norris is pictured here with Hamptworth Chairman Janet Trueman, who presented the trophy.
2015 League Winners
AC A-Level League - Blewbury
AC B-Level League - Aldermaston
AC Handicap League - Oxford University
AC Handicap League North - Oxford University
AC Handicap League South - Ryde
GC Level Play League - Phyllis Court 'A'
GC Handicap League - Bransgore
GC Handicap League South - Bransgore
GC Handicap League North - Phyllis Court 'C'
GC Doubles Only League - Ryde
Veiw the final leauge tables via the
AC & GC Leagues buttons on the left
Mid October - League Winners list finally completed
Oxford University defeated Ryde in the delayed AC Handicap League play-off final and so completed the list of winners of our league comptitions for 2015.
Congratulations to all!
12 December 2015 - Annual General Meeting
Rather later in the year than usual (due to committee members CA responsibilities) the 2015 SCF AGM took place a Winchester.
Perhaps because of this late staging, attendance was not great but nevertheless a good number of our member clubs were represented by either a mumber from the committee or the floor.
The minutes will be published and circulated in due course, after which this web page will be updated.
7 March 2016 - 2015 AGM Minutes circulated to clubs - read here: