The greens at Chester-le-Street will close after September for the annual winter maintenance, so the last Club playing day there will be on Saturday 30 September.
We have, however, again come to an arrangement with the Auckland Club to continue playing at Chilton on Tuesdays (not Mondays), Thursdays and Saturdays as long as weather allows after that.
Auckland will also welcome any player who wishes to visit them on their normal playing days: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
A few diary changes for the second half of August:
Friday 18 August is an additional Club day.
Saturday 19 August – home league match against Middlesbrough, so no club play.
Monday 21 August – should be a normal club day unless the groundsmen are preparing things for –
Wednesday 23 August – Major bowls tournament using both lawns.
Thereafter normal arrangements apply.
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.
The start of autumn saw the end of a busy week with home and away games against Belsay in the second division and our home game against Auckland.
All three games were won beating Auckland by 11½ – 6½, and Belsay 14 – 4 (away) and 10 – 8 (home).
This completed our programme for the second division where Alnmouth will be the winners with Durham second and Belsay third.
In the first division, Durham has won all of its games so far, with the one postponed game away to Bamburgh still outstanding. So, a win against them, or even a narrow defeat will mean that we will be the 2016 winners.
More congratulations to our protege, John-Paul Moberly, who has risen up up the ranking lists to number 3 in England and number 12 in the world following his latest win in The Musk’s Cup at Nottingham over 27-29 August 2016.
J-P was in a select group of 8 who contested an initial all-play-all block with the top four entering the knock-out competition for the title.
J-P won 6 out of his 7 matches to head the block, winning 5 of them in straight games.
Having beaten England number 2, Stephen Milliner, by 2 games to 1 in the block, J-P met him again in the final and in spite of losing the first game 5-7 won the last two by the same 7-4 scoreline.
Well-done J-P. Onward and upward!
The 2016 John Cotes Trophy competition took place on Wednesday 24 August in warm and glorious sunshine. Fourteen members joined in a knock-out handicap singles competition with 40 minute timed games.
The final was between Anne Barnfather and Malcolm Hobbs in a closely contested game that Malcolm eventually won 4-2.
The plate competition for first round losers ended up with a final between Madeleine and Roger Carpenter with Roger eventually prevailing.
Members were delighted to see John and Sarah Cotes towards the end of the afternoon , when John presented trophies to the winner and runner-up.
Wednesday 24 August sees that annual competition for the John Cotes Trophy.
This is a handicap singles knock-out GC competition with entry available to paid-up club members only. for those knocked out in the first round there is a separate Plate competition.
Play starts as soon as possible after 1 pm. The weather looks set fair.