James Pitt wins the YCF AC Full Lawn Tournament 5-6 Sep

AC players from a range of clubs in the Yorkshire Croquet Federation met on the York lawns for a weekend of 18-point full lawn croquet. We welcomed new players to the competition, and renewed acquaintances with familiar faces. Six rounds over two days were played in a spirit of friendship and warmth, with coffee and cake a much appreciated part of the daily schedule (thanks Fiona!)

Day 1 ended with three players on three wins with 7 points, each having pegged out for a bonus point in one of their three games. Would Sue Longcroft of York, Helen Griffiths of Beverley & East Riding or David Wilson of Ryedale maintain their winning form into day 2?

The rain kept away and the lawns continued to play fast. David Wilson was replaced as planned by Anna Giraud of Huddersfield, while Fiona Crompton (tournament manager, with a recovering knee) stepped in unexpectedly to cover for an incapacitated (also with a knee problem) day 1 York player. A neat symmetry of sorts!

The York and Sheffield 2-win winners from day 1 stepped up another gear. All was to play for in the final round. Would it be James Pitt, Maggie Crossland, Helen Griffiths or Dave Hudson to lift the trophy? By the end of play Maggie Crossland from Sheffield had secured runner-up spot, with 5 wins from 6 games and 92 hoops, earning herself a handicap reduction in the process.

James Pitt of York emerged as the eventual winner of the tournament, with 5 wins from 6
games, 93 hoops and 13 points from 3 games taken to peg. He earned not only the trophy but also a handicap reduction. Congratulations to both James and Maggie.

Special mention also of Helen (BERCC) and Dave (York), just pipping Helen to 3rd place
overall, scoring 75 to Helen’s 85 hoops, but earning more peg-out points from four out of six wins. Well played both.

And finally to the winner of the coveted Terry’s chocolate orange, a fine York tradition.
Denise Foster of York, universally acknowledged as the cheeriest and smiliest player of the
weekend, took home the bounty. A very popular winner.

Thanks to Fiona for organising, James for assisting, everyone for the games and for helping in all the ways, and to York CC for hosting. Looking forward to next year’s competition already!

James Pitt receives the trophy from Fiona
Group photo of all participants