January 2022

Welcome to the New Year.

Albury and Crathes are closed for the Winter. Re-opening will depend on the weather over the next couple of months.

The Club AGM was held at the Cults Hotel on Friday 19th November. Bill Strachan was re-elected as Captain. The rest of the Office Bearers and committee were also re-elected.

Sports Aberdeen have done work on the lawn at Albury

2021 was a  difficult year with the pandemic affecting all aspects of the Club activities. However, we hope  that 2022 will see croquet growing again when we resume play next March / April.

The Club held The  Annual Aberdeen Association Croquet Tournament at Albury, on the weekend 11/12 September 2021.  For the first time, the tournament was won by a local player.  John Owen, who continued his recent good form by winning 5 of his 6 matches. Overall the weekend was enjoyed by all the competitors and it is hoped that next year we will welcome back many more friends who were prevented from taking part by Covid 19.

As always, New Members will be welcome, whether they are beginners or players with experience  See below for contact information.

COMPETITION NEWS

Yet more success for the Club on the 21st/22nd August 2021 when Bill Strachan and John Owen won the Spalding Trophy. This is an Association Croquet Alternate strokes Doubles Tournament played to Advanced rules at Kingswood Glasgow. Bill  has been a winner of this trophy on two previous occasions with John Surgenor.

On 1st August 2021 The Club took part in the Wilkinson Sword inter-club Association Croquet Doubles Competition held at Kingswood, Glasgow John Owen and Bill Strachan represented the club and came a close second. Balgreen were the winners.

Congratulations to John Owen for winning  The Middle Bisquers Association Croquet Tournament held at Balgreen Edinburgh 0n 12-13th June 2021.   A&CCC were also represented by Bill Strachan.   John was the only player to win all 6 games.

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. Thanks to both for their continuing support in 2021.

Club membership stands at 32 men and women of all ages. Our Club Coach, Bill Strachan assisted by John Owen, can offer a coaching programme to cater for both the competitive and social player.

ACCC is strongly committed to the development of both Association and Golf Croquet in the North East of Scotland.

New Members are always welcome. Croquet offers an interesting and fun outdoor activity from March to October. It is a game of skill and strategy, angles, tactics and guile. The handicap system allows people to play successfully at all levels. Want to have  a taster session? Contact Bill at bill.strachan46@gmail.com, 01224 572365 or 07986 527715

Croquet is played in 28 countries around the world. The Association Croquet World Championship was held in Victoria, Australia in February.  The current Champion is Reg Bamford from South Africa. This is his 5th world title, having first won in 2001.

The 2019 Golf Croquet World Champion is Ben Rothman from the USA