Top conditions for Compton Club’s summer tournament

Tournament manager Hilary Smith and Roger Wood presenting the Horsbough Croquet Cup to Mary Knapp.
Tournament manager Hilary Smith and Roger Wood presenting the Horsbough Croquet Cup to Mary Knapp.
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With all five lawns in excellent condition, home and visiting players at Compton Croquet Club at The Saffrons enjoyed a lively Association Croquet competition of singles and doubles over the five days (June 26-30).

In the main doubles locals Hilary Smith (who also ably managed the event) and Graham Pegley were beaten into second place by Margaret Hampson and Janet Overell from Purley Bury, while the consolation doubles was won by Compton president Graham Thompson and John Williams (also Compton).

Mary Knapp, from Surbiton, proved supreme in the singles event, losing only one of her nine games to win the Compton Club’s oldest trophy The Horsburgh Cup, first presented in 1903.

The cup was won by Rev CW Horsburgh for three years in succession and he got to keep it before, in 1932, re-presenting it as a challenge cup.

Third and forth spots were occupied by local players Roger Wood and Graham Pegley.

Croquet can be played equally by men and women, and the club is keen to promote a junior/youth section. Skill rather than strength is the key.

If anyone would like to know more about croquet, which has been likened to a cross between snooker and chess on a lawn, they should check out the Compton Croquet Club at http://www.croquet.org.uk/club/compton