Ealing Croquet Club

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

Competitive Croquet

Whether you’re playing for fun or more seriously, croquet is a competitive game. There are a number of competitions you can enter.

Internal competitions
The club runs several internal competitions for members, covering all levels of experience and ability.

Inter-club competitions and leagues
The club enters a number of these, and members of all abilities are always welcome to play. They’re a great way to get your first taste of competitive croquet. Whether officially designated as friendlies or not, all croquet matches, whilst hard-fought, are played in a spirit of conviviality and sportsmanship. Tea and cake feature prominently.

There is a flourishing tournament schedule from March to October at clubs across the country (and overseas), run by the Croquet Association. Many players get bitten by the bug and become regulars on the circuit!


Competition success

David Graham won the AC Longworth Cup, held at the Hurlingham Club, for the third year running, but their rules do not allow him to take the trophy home.

Simon Turner won the GC “C” Level Series Tournament at Southwick in May, and the Roehampton GC “C” Level Tournament in June. He went on to succeed as the Ealing qualifier for the Charity one-ball tournament. The Club’s Chairman Simon Tuke presented him with a prized vintage mallet at Ealing’s AGM for winning the AC All-England heat (played between 14 Ealing Croquet Club members).

Sean Doherty won the GC “C” Level-Series Tournament at Ealing in June.

Charlie Sale was the winner at Pendle to qualify for the GC “A” Level National Finals in September.

Ealing won the SECF GC League for Restricted, i.e. Level, play. It was the first year that Christine Mason had organized the GC League fixtures, and she is extremely proud of the Ealing team!

As for the SECF GC League East, Handicap play, Ealing came second, still a very good result as 17 teams took part. And in the AC “U” League, in which 13 teams played, Ealing came second.

News for 2023

The club was selected as a satellite venue for the 2023 Association Croquet World Championships, which were held from July 15-23. There were 80 competitors, divided initially into 8 blocks of 10 players. Over the first three days players played the other 9 players in their block, with three games a day. Ealing was a venue for these blocks. Four players qualified from each group and went through to a knockout.

Non-qualifiers were eligible for the Plate competition. The first two days of this decided the 8 players who went through to a knockout, and again Ealing was a venue – on the Wednesday and Thursday.

This was a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase the club, and to witness some top-class croquet on our lawns. The event was a great success, thanks in no small measure to the efforts of the many club members who volunteered to help out – and who generously gave up use of the lawns for more than a week. You can find more details about the Championships here.