This Tournament is a one-day Association Croquet singles competition held at Watford and open to members of the national Croquet Association. It is also listed in the CA fixtures calendar.
|Title:||Watford One-Day AC Tournament||Watford AC Open Tournament
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|Date:||Saturday 16 June 2012|
|Number of places:||12|
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|Entries:||Allocation: 16 April. Closing: 9 June.
Entries should be submitted using the standard CA Tournament entry form.
If you have a preference between Level Advanced and Handicap Advanced, please remember to indicate this with your entry.
|Entry fee:||£8. Cheques payable to "Watford (Cassiobury) Croquet Club".|
|Format:||Two independent blocks:
Block 'A': Level Advanced (8 players, 3-round Swiss with round 1 seeded by handicap)
Block 'B': Handicap Advanced (4 players, all-play-all)
Other conditions set on the day of play:
The club staged its return to the CA tournament circuit for Association Croquet after a gap of 6 years with a change of format to a one-day event, which appeared to work out well. It may not be so much to the taste of hardened tournament-goers who prefer weekend or longer events, but there are not many one-day AC tournaments in the CA calendar, so this one appealed to a number of players who would like to play in the occasional tournament which they can get to and from within a day without the need for overnight accommodation, and find that a whole weekend ties up too much of their time.
A few days before the event the weather forecast had looked pretty terrible, with the prospect of being quite cold with lots of rain and wind - not a very summery prospect at all. But on the day the weather gods relented and diverted the worst of the weather elsewhere, leaving Watford lucky enough to stay almost completely dry all day. There was even some occasional sunshine to brighten things up, so the worst that the players had to contend with in the end was some blustery wind and, since rain had prevented grass-cutting on the preceding days, court conditions that most visitors found slow and rather heavy going compared with what they were used to.
Since there was only enough time for three rounds, which is not enough to resolve a single winner from amongst 12 players, the tournament entry was split into two independent blocks, with the lower handicappers playing Level Advanced in an 8-player Swiss 'A' block and the higher handicappers playing Handicap Advanced in a 4-player all-play-all 'B' block. As an additional incentive for players in the larger block, a consolation prize was also offered for the one (other than the winner) with the largest net handicap index gain in the day.
Handicap change: Jeremy Scott 4 to 3½
In the Level Advanced block Graham Brightwell emerged victorious with 3 wins out of 3 to take the Alfred Purvis Memorial Trophy, and the consolation prize went to an in-form Jeremy Scott, handicap 4, with 2/3 and a net handicap index point gain of +25, most of which came from an against-the-odds win against Nigel Polhill, the highest ranked player in the block.
In the Handicap Advanced block there was a 3-way tie with Geoff Johnson, Rick Weinstein and Robin Barry each on 2 wins out of 3. Each of them had also beaten one of the other two. The winner therefore had to be resolved using the 2-ball-break challenge described above. It was decisively won by Geoff Johnson who made three hoops while Rick Weinstein and Robin Barry could each only manage one.