On 18th August 2022, 20 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 5 by random draw. Each team would play all 5 teams in the ‘other block’ with the winners of each block competing in the final.

In the ‘Black block’ John Guy and Gill Richardson proved too strong for all their opponents and managed to win all their 5 games, despite giving away 4 or 5 extra turns in each game. Jon Carrington and Chris Croft won 3 games and drew another giving them second position.

The ‘Red block’ was very keenly contested. 3 teams (Jim Dryden/Chloe Ballard; Peter Hill/Philip Apperley and Jeff Faulkner/Nick Reed) managed to win 2 games out of 5. After much calculation the Dryden/Ballard combination were awarded top spot on net hoop difference with the Faulkner/Reed combination in second spot just 2 hoops behind.

So the final was John and Gill v Jim and Chloe. John and Gill had won a close game between the teams by 7 -6 in the group, but, as is often the case, the roles were reversed in the final when Chloe ran the 13th hoop to clinch the title by 7 – 6.

The third place play off was a similar story in that Jeff and Nick won the ‘bronze medal’ by beating Jon and Chris 7 – 3 despite having lost to them in the blocks matches.

Janet Barber presented the trophy to the winning pair.

Huge congratulations to Jim and Chloe but also well done to John and Gill in silver medal position and to Jeff and Nick in third.

A good day was had by all present. Chloe earned an extra reward as her handicap was cut from 12 to 10!!!!

John Guy 19/8/22