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The Pavilion, Lammas Park, Culmington Road,
Ealing, London W5 5JH

 

About ECC

Croquet has been played in Lammas Park, albeit not continuously, since the early years of the twentieth century. You can read more about the formation of the club in our History of ECC. Below are a selection of the latest tournament results and other club news.

News

29/10/2018
Roger goes for Goldring in Cairo

The WCF Over 50s World Championship (in Cairo, Egypt)

Roger Goldring had a great time playing at this level for the first time. Overall Roger played to his seeding, which was a good effort because he suffered terribly with an upset stomach. He won one of his block (best of three) matches and two other games, and so contested the Plate event thereafter. In the Plate block (19-point single games), Roger won three out of six, so qualified for the main knock-out of that section where he won his quarter-final, so reaching the semi-final, but was there eliminated by Egyptian Samir Khalil.

Roger found the atmosphere unforgettable, with the friendly Egyptians, the sounds of Cairo always present, the regular chanting of the call to prayer in the distance, the playing by floodlight late at night – all so haunting, so memorable.

Roger was with a party of nine from the UK, with a total of 48 players from around the world. Of the nine, top seed Stephen Mulliner got to the semi-final (after a fabulous turn-around victory in his quarter-final), where he just got beaten by the Egyptian lady player Hanan Rashad. The latter then went on to win the tournament. A fabulous day for the ladies in our sport!

History of croquet

Games in which a ball had to be knocked around a course of hoops or obstacles with a mallet were popular in seventeenth and eighteenth-century France. One of them, “Paille Maille”, was introduced to London, where it was played on open ground near St. James’s Palace – later becoming known as Pall Mall. It is to these roots that many croquet historians look when trying to explain the origins of the game.

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History of ECC

Croquet has been played in Lammas Park, albeit not continuously, since the early years of the twentieth century.Since the opening of the park in 1883, Ealing Council has promoted sporting activities. By 1907, in addition to the usual avenues of trees, flower beds and a tea chalet, there were two bowling greens and a cricket pitch with shelters for the players.

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