KENILWORTH Croquet Club – part of the tennis, squash and croquet club at Crackley Lane – has just had a very busy finals day on which five tournaments were completed, and no fewer than four of the trophies were won by the Haslam family.
Firstly, Tina won the Golf Croquet Ladies’ Trophy, followed by her daughter Amanda winning the Pindi Cup, beating Mervyn Harvey in the final.
Not to be outdone, her husband Nigel, playing Association Croquet, took the Doug Taylor Cup and the Bill Browne Trophy, beating Alan Richardson in the final.
The fifth final saw Cliff Daniel beating Adrian Morris to win the Secunderabad Trophy.
The other end of season event which has now become an annual favourite was the croquet match between the squash players and the tennis players from the club. After four rounds of games, the match was tied at six wins each with four drawn games.
A tie-break was agreed as a doubles game between Peter Whiting/Jenny Wright from squash and Tom Holmes/Stan Barker from tennis. A tight match played with added pressure from their respective supporters saw tennis win the trophy for the first time following a trio of wins by squash.
Golf Croquet can be described as roughly like matchplay in golf, while Association Croquet is more like Medal play. Both forms can be absolutely engrossing.