This Tournament is a national competition organised by the Croquet Association and hosted this year at Watford. Schools or Juniors wishing to participate should contact the CA Office or the manager Dr. Eugene Chang.
|Titles:||AC National Schools Championship
AC National Juniors Championship
GC National Juniors Championship
|Date:||Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 October 2021|
|Manager:||Dr. Eugene Chang (Sheffield club)|
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Address: The Croquet Association, Old Bath Road, Cheltenham GL53 7DF
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|Full details:||See the Croquet Association Fixtures list|
The 2021 CA Schools and Juniors Championships were contested at Watford Croquet Club over 9/10 October in glorious sunshine, a far cry from the cold wet conditions of 12 months previously:
Covid decimated the entry for the team event at <24 hours notice, which reduced the AC Schools Championship to a default winner - Winchester College, who have been regular contestants for a few years and are steadily improving. Their 4 competitors were both delighted and slightly bemused to win the two beautiful trophies without a ball being struck.
This left all 7 contestants free to compete in the two singles events: the AC Juniors Championship and the GC Juniors Championship.
With Saturday ably managed by Alison Maugham (Surbiton), contestants played 14 point games on half lawns in an all-play-all block. After the day's play, there were three players tied on 5 wins, one on 3 and three on 1 win. This led to a semi-final on Sunday morning and final on Sunday afternoon (the latter played as an 18 point game), which was won by Sam Cuthbert.
For the GC Juniors Championship, another all-play-all block of single best-of-13 games saw some upsets, as the Winchester students quickly warmed to golf croquet (after some rapid-fire coaching by Deborah Albertsen, Cheltenham). Nonetheless after 6 rounds, only two players were in contention Albie Willett (Norwich) and Harvey Smith (Cheltenham and The Bears) and were due to play each other in the final round. Thus they played a best-of-3 final directly in round 7, which was won by Albie in straight games, despite stiff competition from Harvey. Albie was delighted to have completed the clean sweep of Schools and Junior trophies in his final eligible year, having played in this event since 2014.
The CA President Quiller Barrett was on hand to present the trophies and thanked Watford (and Simon Hathrell in particular) for all their hard work in hosting the event, including prepping new hoop holes, organising catering, and preparing winners plaques.
There was considerable appetite for a GC Schools Championship next year, and it would be fantastic to see the CA begin to offer more competitive GC opportunities for junior players to play with and against each other.Report by Eugene Chang
Winchester won by default when other schools cancelled because of Covid cases.
|Sam Cuthbert||Sam Cuthbert
|Roger Holwerda||Albie Willett
14pt games played level on half-size courts (final: 18pt, full-size court).
All games 13pt played level.