The Green Gables Round Robin held August 21st - 23rd was blessed by good weather, keen competition and an atmosphere of conviviality and graciousness.
Second Flight Doubles
The second flight doubles featured a variety of players, including Jim Daniels, Eric Daniels and Jon Bonny, who had never played in a tournament before.
All reported a new understanding of the rules, and the challenges of cooperation.
Several matches came down to multiple last turns and all teams won at least one game.
Jim and Eric came out on the top of the block, followed by the Grete Scott Entourage.
Participating teams were:
Jim & Eric Daniels
Chuck Reynolds & Jon Bonny
Pat Richmond & Nancy Paris
Grete Scott & Diane Fitzsimons (& Jo-Anne Nappi & Geri Venino)
First Flight Singles
First Flight Singles was a showdown of familiar friends and foes.
Sam Collins appeared to be unstoppable, with his bold and daring play and giant swing, until he ran into the Green Gables Giant Killer, Karen Leoncavallo, who posted the only victory against Sam.
Players experienced both jubilation and heartbreak.
Jubilation as a ball mercifully runs a hoop.
Heartbreak as a ball clears the wicket and then rolls back into the wicket, not clearing it.
Disbelief as a carefully set up break opportunity is destroyed by a cross-court roquet.
Although it may be hard for non-croquet players to believe, but these 75 minute games were filled with laser focus, tension and excitement, for players and spectators.
Sam Collins did come out on top of the block, followed by Scott Kennedy & Dennis Leddy.
Special thanks for our generous board-keepers, especially Jo-Anne Nappi and Ann Leddy,
Special thanks to our organizers and referees Loretta and Tom Cooper, Karen Leoncavallo and others.
Ann Leddy Controlling the Board
Pat Richmond & Nancy Paris. The Croquet Shot from Black for the Setup