|The Bowdon Blog 2014 - Part
(January - June)
part 2 (July - December) will appear in February
The annual Bowdon Blog contains a precis of what happened at the club during 2014.
Carol Steinberg and Chris Evans started off their croquet year in style with a trip to play in South Africa with Carol runner-up in the handicap singles.
Andrew Winn and Richard Smith were both invited to join the International Player Development squad.
Two heats of the Charity One-ball Handicap and the final were held in March at Bowdon with Graham Good winning the final in April.
Heat 1 Heat 2 Final
The Lawns were opened for the summer season on 30th March and the traditional Saturday teas got underway in early April
Rupert Webb dressed up especially for his Saturday tea.
Two taster days were held and attracted a good number of participants.
Taster day 1
Brian Storey became the winner of Week 1 of the Steve Lewis Trophy (the Wednesday Comp) and the first three months of the seson saw another 14 different winners.
(click here for Wednesday Winners photo gallery).
Graham Good won the May Weekend Handicap.
The league season kicked off with two local derbies. Firs beat St. Mary's 5-2 in the NW Federation Handicap league and Griffins beat Earls 4-3 in the Midweek league.
It was to be a disappointing year for the club's league teams. The two Advanced league team finished 2nd, St,Mary's 5th, Firs 7th, the Griffins 5th, Earls 8th, the Short team 7th and the Golf team finished 5th.
(....click here for all results).
The Bowdon Advanced Weekend was won by Paddy Chapman for the fourth year running.
The Home Internationals took place in mid-June with David Maughm in the winning England team and David Walters playing for Wales.
The Hot Pot Supper and BBQ were, as always, sell-outs.
Hot Pot photos.... BBQ photos.......
The Inter-club Golf team got as far as the semi-finals but lost to Watford and the Inter-club AC team got through the first round by beating Woking 6-1.
The Longman Cup team started well with a 5-2 first round win over Bury.
Club secretary John Saxby celebrated Manchester City's double.
Barry Keen won the Advanced Weekend at Pendle.
Brian Storey retained the Cumbrian Cup at Crake Valley.
Colin Irwin won the Neil Williams Millennium at Heaton Park.
Ten members took part in the Inter-Counties with David Walters and Richard Smith playing for the winners Glamorgan.
At the end of June Bowdon won the Festival of Croquet at Southport.