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The Rowley Manor driveway bathed in late-afternoon
September sunshine after the Club Doubles Tournament


Welcome to Beverley and East Riding Croquet Club's website and to the 2019 season at Rowley, one of the most beautiful locations of any club.

Good weather for croquet - at last! The season is now well underway, with more group stage matches in the handicap singles competition being played this week. Steve has remarked on the busy lawns and wonders if we have started extra club afternoons!!

National Croquet Day

An enjoyable National Croquet Day was enjoyed by a few members and two guests at Rowley on Sunday 12 May. Reports say the guests were 'promising and competitive'. Let's hope we see them again.

Thank you to those who helped on the day.

Club Doubles Tournament

Photo by Eddie

Better weather at Surbiton

And here are Maggie and Debbie at Surbiton (see One Ball comp below).

Club Doubles Tournament

Debbie writes:

"We enjoyed playing in the sunny south on the manicured lawns. We competed in the Best of The Rest section after the morning rounds and had some wins (Maggie more than I) and some close games."

Just look at those lawns! "Seven full lawns, stretching to infinity", according to Debbie.

Freezing One-Ball Competition at York

Club Doubles Tournament

A contingent of 6 players from club competed in the annual 1-ball charity tournament at York in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. Plunging temperatures did not deter us from 6 rounds of 13 point full lawn games over the day. Derek wore shorts! Good hoop scoring and tactical play ensured wins for all. Congratulations to our developing players, Annie, Graham and Eddie, on your first tournament experience. Maggie Crossland of Sheffield Croquet Club emerged eventual winner with 6 wins and a maximum 78 points; runner-up Debbie with 5 wins and 77 points. Both players are now eligible to represent the Yorkshire Federation in the finals at Surbiton in May.

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Memories of last year last year

Club Handicap Singles Tournament

Andy and Debbie contested the club Handicap Final for 2018 on Wednesday 24 September. Congratulations to Debbie for running out the winner, 26-18. And thanks to Andy (Debbie says) for being such a good sport in contesting the match against a high handicapper.

Club Doubles Tournament

Club Doubles Tournament

The sun shone all day for the annual club doubles competition at Rowley on September 12th as twelve pairs battled it out over five rounds of matches on the full lawns.

There was much good play and quite a few peels. The final result was close. Robin, playing alternately with a split partnership of Pat and Keith, won 4 matches, as did Jim and Debbie. The latter, scoring 45 hoops to their rivals' 41, were declared winners on hoop difference, though Tom and Chris were top hoop scorers on the day with 48.

Club Doubles Tournament

Thank you to everyone who participated and made the occasion so enjoyable. It was especially good to have new players experiencing the full lawn and doing so well. And thanks to Keith once more for his work on the draw and the planning of the rounds.

Short Cup and Bowl

Short Cup and Bowl 2018

Thank you to all players who contested the Short Lawn Cup and Bowl on 15 August. I think we can all agree that Alan ran a splendid day as tournament manager, with his characteristically impeccable organisation of the event. I know how much we all enjoyed the day of competition and good-spirited rivalry, and the weather was great too.

There can only be one winner of each competition. Special congratulations to Stanley, the winner of the 2018 Short Bowl, with 4 wins from 4 games and a magnificent 53 hoop points. Honour and glory to Eddie too with 3 wins and 51 points. Well played, newbies!

The Short Cup for 2018 was won by Robin (again!) He won 3 out of 4 games, scoring 41 hoops, closely challenged by Terry, also with 3 wins and 40 points. Well played, veterans! Thanks to all players in this section for some really interesting and enjoyable matches.

Someone even bought Tom a pint for winning a magnificent match by a considerable margin! Roll on next year's Short Lawn Day.

For photos of the day, go to the gallery here.

The Croquet Lunch

The Croquet Lunch took place as planned on 15th July when over twenty members and friends ignored the rival attractions of Wimbledon and World Cup finals to gather at Rowley for a delightful lunch in the manor followed by quizzes and games on the lawns.

Radio Humberside interview

Follow this link to see photos of the event.

Mallets for sale

Colin Fletcher has donated five mallets to the club. They are for sale at £100 each. The proceeds will go into club funds. They will be stored in the clubhouse for you to try before you buy.

U3A members enjoy a game of golf croquet

A summer Sunday at Rowley and a glimpse of the Croquet Summer Lunch party, who have emerged from the dining room to enjoy a croquet quiz on the top lawn.

Our website

This is the Club section of the site and is the area that will probably be of most interest to club members. In fact members may wish to bookmark this page -
- so that they can go straight to it.

Never has the yellow received
such pointed attention!