Croquet in the rain

This last weekend, rain had, at last, restored the croquet lawns to something like easy playing conditions; just in time for the 18 point Handicap tournament - croquet's equivalent of nine-hole golf but unique in that one of each of the pairs of opposing balls is moved up the course, as it were, without the inconvenience of having to run  the first 8 hoops to get there. Our picture shows the eventual winner, Julian Remfry, trotting towards hoop 6 to place a clip on top of the hoop, indicating that his turn had ended at that point.

The ladies sheltering behind the monstrous brolly (Tournament Manager Barbara Edwards on the left) appear to be grinning with delight, so I presume that Julian's turn has ended in hilarious calamity. Nothing unusual about that; croquet lends itself to humiliating disaster and spectators are no different from football supporters in their enjoyment of a players discomfiture. 

As the umbrella shows, much of the final match was played in the rain, for, unlike those feeble creatures who play tennis or cricket, croquet players do not leave the lawn in wet conditions until standing water prevents the balls from rolling. So wet gear forms an important part of a players equipment.  If you'd like to know more, phone Graham Colclough on 01939 233 196.


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