On 19th August 2021 24 members gathered to contest the annual doubles competition at Broadwas, competing for the John Barber Trophy. The trophy is named in honour of John Barber who was a founder member of the croquet club and did huge amounts of work over the following 20 years helping to lift the club from a small village gathering to a club that won national trophies.

The entrants had been drawn into pairs a month before the event, but now were divided into 2 blocks of 6 by random draw. Each block would be ‘all play all’ with the winners of each block competing in the final.

In the ‘Red block’ two teams (Thelma Hyland/Jackie Guy and John Guy/Chris Croft) both managed to win 4 games out of 5. Thelma and Jackie came out on top as they had beaten John and Chris 7 – 6 in their ‘head to head’ due to some good play and excellent use of their extra turns (and a promise of no marital discord).

The ‘Black block’ was very keenly contested. 4 teams (Barry Kirby/John Lane; Peter Hill/Nick Reed; Fran Wall/Chloe Ballard and Janet Bedford/Gill Richardson) all won 3 games out of 5. After much calculation the Kirby/Lane combination were awarded top spot on net hoop difference.

So the final was Thelma and Jackie v Barry and John. The ladies stormed into a 5 – 0 lead but the boys hit back to score several hoops but, at hoop 10, Thelma scored with her blue ball to give the ladies the trophy by 7 – 3.

The winning shot
Janet Barber presented the trophy to the winning pair.

Huge congratulations to Thelma and Jackie but also well done to Barry and John Lane in silver medal position.

A good day was had by all present and several of the entrants had competed in their first ever event. May they, and everyone else present, play in many more.

John Guy 21/8/21