Winners of C-Level Series Tournament June 22nd

On Saturday, the Colchester Croquet Club hosted one of the GC Series C-Level Tournaments. C-Level is players with a handicap of 7+ playing level play.

Organised by CCC member Dick Strover, the tournament consisted of 16 players from various clubs of which eight were from Colchester.

The format of the tournament consisted of four blocks of four players. Within each block, every player competed against the other three players. The top player from each block advanced to the quarter-finals and competed against a player who finishes second in a different block. Players who placed third and fourth in their blocks competed in the quarter-finals of the Plate competition.

The outright winner was our very own Marilyn Wood and the winner of the plate was another well known club member – Graham Caughey. Well done both!

Marilyn Wood and Dick Strover
Dick Strover & Marilyn Wood

Winners of the GC B-Level Series Tournament at the club

CCC Member Dick Stover run a Croquet England GC B-Level (3+) tournament on Sunday June 16th. The tournament was attended by 16 croquet players from various clubs, with seven members from Colchester.

The tournament format consisted of four blocks of four players each. Within each block, every player competed against the other three players. The top player from each block advanced to the quarter-finals and competed against a player who finished second in a different block. Players who placed third and fourth in their blocks competed in the quarter-finals of the Plate competition.

The winner of the The Laeticia Atkinson Cup was Marc Trevere from Dulwich.

The winner of the plate was our very own Alex Wood.

This Saturday its the turn of the C-Level (7+) players in a CCC hosted CE tournament.

EACF B-Level League June 7th

On a lovely sunny day in Writtle, the B-Level team, managed by Marian Manning, narrowly missed victory against Chelmsford, losing 7 to 11. Despite the loss, Marian, Michael, Hugh, and Kevin remained in high spirits, enjoying a day filled with a fantastic atmosphere, great company, and superb afternoon tea.

GC Singles Day Thursday June 6th

GC Singles Day had a smaller turnout compared to last week, with nine competitors. The format was an all-play-all, resulting in eight games each.

It was an enjoyable day with some strong performances and a few disappointments.

The outright winner was Alex Wood, who won all eight of his games—well done to Alex!

GC Doubles Day Winners …

We had a successful day for the GC Doubles Day on Thursday 30th May, with 10 players participating and several close games. Congratulations to the winners Hugh Brown and Marion de Landmeter.

GC Singles day next Thursday 6th.

EACF Handicap League May 21st

On Tuesday, May 21st, Colchester faced Chelmsford Blue in their second Handicap League match. Despite the forecast predicting light rain and showers, the weather was just as harsh as during their first match, with rain starting at 11:00 and intensifying throughout the day.

Chelmsford fielded a team of two 4 handicappers, an 11, and a 12, while Colchester’s team comprised two 4s, a 5, and an 8. Under Advantage rules, Colchester began most games on minus hoops.

The match was tightly contested and stood at 3 games each when Chelmsford had a remarkable run, winning the next block of singles 4-0. Colchester mounted a comeback, and with the final game still in play, the score was 9-8 in Chelmsford’s favor.

In the final game, with rain pouring down and the last hoop in contention, Chelmsford clinched the victory. The final score was 10-8, with a hoop score of 104-100 – a truly close and well-matched encounter.

Commiserations to the team (Captain Stephen Scrase, Pat De Burca, Marilyn, and Alex Wood) and congratulations to Chelmsford.

Colchester CC hosting Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament

Club member Dick Strover has arranged a national tournament for high handicappers to be played at the Colchester Croquet Club on June 22nd. The GC C-Level (7+) Series is one of five tiers of Golf Croquet Series in the Croquet England Fixtures Calendar, each a season-long competition that groups together certain tournaments of a similar class. The GC C-Level (7+) Series comprises 27 tournaments leading to a National Final.

The tournament is a whole day with a maximum of 16 players. Six members of CCC have already entered with six spaces still to be filled so it’s an opportunity for our higher handicapped members to play some new people, meet up with other club members, and be part of the national croquet agenda. Lunch is available at £12.00 per person this includes teas/coffees and cakes in the afternoon.

To learn more about entering a tournament click here.

Click on this link to view the tournament or get in touch with Dick at

Internal Club Tournaments have been finalised

The club tournaments are available to view here on the website and in the clubhouse.

  • Any questions email
  • To enter you will need an official handicap obtained by contacting either Ian Cumming, Ann Brookes or Pam Hopper for GC and Nick Steiner or Georgeen Hemming for AC
  • Games are arranged and courts booked for mutually agreed times by participants.
  • GC matches are to be played using the Advantage Play
  • The winner of each match must email the result of an in-house competition game immediately after and update the relevant sheet on the left hand notice boards
  • Each round will have a date that the games must be played by
  • All competitions are to be completed by September 30th
  • The weekend of September 21st/22nd has been reserved for a finals day. It would be nice if we could arrange the finals to fall on these days with, hopefully, an appreciative crowd coming to watch.

Internal Club Competition Entry Forms Due By April 12th

A reminder to those that haven’t put their names forward for our club competitions to let me know by Friday. 

While individuals enjoy winning, the competitions remain friendly and serve as an excellent opportunity to connect with other members and forge new relationships.

Handicap games are well worth entering as they ensure that every player, theoretically, has an equal chance of winning.

If you would rather not use the form then just email a list of the competitions you’d like to enter to

A full description of the competitions can be found here

BBC Radio’s Ben Fryer visit Colchester Croquet Club

On Wednesday 21st February in the pouring rain Alison Maugham (Croquet England’s Communications Support Officer and England Croquet International) hosted Ben Fryer from BBC Radio Essex to understand and promote Croquet as part of his #FitnessWithFryer campaign. On a very rainy afternoon Ben spent a couple of hours at the club talking to members and having a go at knocking some balls around. Alison did a great job promoting the game and the club, as well as suggesting listeners attend the second August Club Barbecue.

The episode was transmitted on Friday 23rd and is available on BBC Sounds here. Its a short sub five minute piece starting at 2:24:18 to 2:32:40.

Ben Fryer talking to England Croquet International David Maugham

Ben talking to our very own Nick Steiner