12 members competed for the the John Cotes Trophy in glorious sunshine on Monday 17 July. The format was the usual straight knock-out affair, based on 13 hoop handicapped matches .
After a number of closely fought duels, the final was between Malcolm Hobbs and Dave Parsons, with Malcom retaining the Trophy with a narrow win.
Members were pleased that John and Sarah Cotes were also able to attend to present the Trophies.
The plaques on the two benches that the club had installed were also unveiled: one acknowledging John’s vision in setting up the club in 2008., and the other commemorating club member Lynn Jordison who sadly died last year.
The final of the “Plate” competition for those knocked out in the first round was delayed to later in the week, and was won by Roger Carpenter on the “golden hoop”.
Members are reminded that the 2017 John Cotes Trophy competition is taking place on Monday 17 July.
This is a members-only handicap knockout singles competition, with a “plate” event for those eliminated in the first round.
The event is normally accompanied by “cake etc.”
Our young protege. John-Paul Moberly, has continued to distinguish himself immensely in competitions across the world.
In March, J-P won through to the last 16 of the world Golf Croquet (GC) championships in Australia before being knocked out of the main event. In the subsidiary event for the eight players eliminated at that point, he was runner up making him ranked 10th in the competition. Some achievement!
In June J-P won the Ramsgate Open before playing in the British GC Doubles and Singles Championships in the following week.
In both British events, J-P was runner up in each case being beaten by the World Champion Reg Bamford in the final. There is a YouTube video of the final between J-P and Reg that can be viewed at https://youtu.be/EOobaD8GZ-E
John-Paul is now ranked 11 in the world and 3 in the UK!
The Bowls club is holding a major competition on Thursday 20 July requiring both lawns. As a consequence there will be no croquet played at Chester-le-Street on that day nor on the previous day when the groundsmen will be preparing the lawns.