Aberdeen & Crathes Croquet Club (ACCC)

2019 is our 8th Season offering Croquet to the North East of Scotland

New members – beginners and experienced players – are always welcome

The Annual ACCC Association Croquet Tournament was held  on 7th/8th September at Albury and Northfield. The winner was Hamish Duguid from Edinburgh who beat our own Bill Strachan in the Final. George Plant, also from Edinburgh, won the Wine Final with victory over Robert Bell. Once again the Club thanks Bill & Meg Strachan and David & Lizetta Garwood for all their hard work which made the Tournament such a success.

The Association Croquet League for 2019 is  now  complete. Congratulations to the Winners:          Division A  –  Bill Strachan                Division B  –  David Garwood

Congratulations to John Owen for winning the Summer Weekend at Balgreen on 6th, 7th July. The Club, represented by Bill and John, were runners up in the Wilkinson Sword A/C Doubles Competition losing by one hoop!

On Sunday 21s July  the Club held its Annual Alternate Stroke Doubles Competition. After a competitive days croquet in glorious sunshine the worthy winners were Gordon Hendry and David Garwood.

The Annual Inter Clan Golf Croquet Competition was again run by A&CCC at Crathes Castle on 1st August. Bill and Nick supervised the event which was enjoyed by all.The winners were the Baird Clan.

At the second Golf Festival on Sunday 11th August, Stefan Colling was the overall winner. A strong entry had an enjoyable days croquet at Albury.

Aberdeen and Crathes Croquet Club, originally called Crathes Croquet Club when it joined the Scottish Croquet Association (SCA) in 2014, is dedicated to promoting BOTH Association and Golf Croquet. We play on the picturesque lawn at Crathes Castle, Banchory, courtesy of the National Trust for Scotland, and at the Albury Outdoor Sports Centre, Ferryhill, Aberdeen, courtesy of Sport Aberdeen and Albury Outdoor Sports Centre.

Club membership has risen over the past 7 years to 40 men and women of all ages. Every year more members participate in SCA and Club Tournaments helping to improve the playing standard and reduction in members’ handicaps. Our Club Coach, Bill Strachan assisted by John Owen, offer a coaching programme to cater for both the competitive and social player.

ACCC is strongly committed to the development of croquet in the North East of Scotland.

2016 was the club’s most successful season so far. We retained The Piersland Rosebowl (an East, West and North competition of AC/GC matches): Brian Clark and Bill Strachan won The Wilkinson Sword Trophy (Interclub AC doubles): Bill Strachan partnered by John Surgenor won The Spalding Trophy, AC, advanced rules, alternate stroke doubles:  We failed by only 3 hoops to qualify for the final of the SCA Interclub AC event and in the final event of the season Bill Strachan won the Balgreen Single Ball handicap event being the only undefeated player on the day.