Croquet Communique – Mike Pattison, Croquet Captain
Croquet and Coronavirus Covid 19
No play, no practice and for those ‘shielding’, no exercise other than the stairs or garden, if you have one! Hopefully, most are only self-isolating, so a good daily walk is possible.
Missing though is the chat and laughter, the comical cries of ‘drat’ or ‘prune’, from the lawns on GC Club Mornings, (apologies to Harry), and the optimistic search for a custard cream in the biscuit tin!
It is all the more disappointing, as there have been so many meetings and discussions on how we would drive the section forward, to promote Croquet within the Club and also to improve the playing experience with coaching and competition. The efforts will not be wasted as they will still be used, but in my time as Captain, I haven’t seen such a positive approach to a season with new initiatives, some new Competition Captains and determination to succeed, only to be stopped in our tracks by coronavirus.
Croquet Association Competitions
The CA have announced some revised dates for their competitions:
GC inter-club competitions
Inter-Club – prelim round 5th July; subsequent rounds 26th July, 16th August, 6th September. Final, as scheduled, on 26th September.
Murphy Shield – prelim round 5th July; subsequent rounds 26th July, 16th August, 6th September, Final, as scheduled, by 27th September.
AC inter-club competitions
Inter-club and Longman Cup (Trophies) – 6th July, 10th August, 14th September. Finals, as scheduled, on weekend of 3rd / 4th October
Mary Rose – 6th July, 10th August, 7th September, 28th September. Finals, as scheduled, on 3rd October
However, these appear VERY optimistic and will be subject to review.
South East Croquet Federation Leagues
The SECF have cancelled all leagues for 2020.
They will review at a later date to see if any events or league formats are possible.
Roehampton Club Croquet
We have cancelled our May Summer Week Tournaments. However, the GC Roehampton Club Spoon (internal) may be rescheduled.
Internal Summer Tournaments
We have not yet made a final decision on either the GC or AC events. (The original draws have been completed). There will be no play until the end of May, possibly end of June. However, it is hoped that if the situation changes, we will be able to review and possibly run some events, albeit in a changed format, depending on entry and available time.