Competition manager John Guy is pictured with, from left, Derry Bankroft, Billy Nicholson, Howard Freeman, Billy Cooke and Malcolm Armstrong.

Report on the first ever All England Golf Croquet competition held under advantage rules, by tournament manager, John Guy.

The Broadwas qualifying round of the All England Golf Croquet competition was held on Thursday 6th June. This is a handicap competition played under Advantage rules.

Six entrants played on a very pleasant day which got gradually warmer as the day went on. The format was all play all and it was nice to see a wide range of handicaps represented including some of our newer members.

Derry Bankroft in action during his match against one handicap Billy Nicholson.

It was also encouraging that every entrant had at least one win under their belt by the end of the day, which finished at about 3:30pm.

Billy Cooke sends his red flying in a jump attempt, watched by Malcolm Armstrong.

Going into the last round, Billy Cooke was leading with four wins closely followed by Howard Freeman who had a three wins tally.  To increase the jeopardy even more, they were both playing each other in the final round.

Malcolm Armstrong hoops his black during his clash with Billy Cooke.

The advantage handicapping system meant that Howard started with a one point lead which he managed to maintain all the way through to ultimately win 7 – 6.

Although they had four wins each, Howard took top spot as he had beaten Billy in the head to head.

Billy Nicholson hoops his blue during his game with Derry Bankroft.

Howard will now progress to an area final, probably to be held at Bath.

Also, congratulations to Malcolm Armstrong who finished third and Billy Nicholson, Paul Felton and Derry Bancroft who all got some wins on their cards.

John Guy