Fylde Coaster 9 Culcheth 9

Fylde Coasters : Jan Smith 6, Sue Clarke 9, Cyd Harbottle 11 and Andrew Sinclair 12.
Culcheth: Alan Wright 5, Keith Woodward 5, Keith Hardman 10 and Alan Litton 12.

2 Alans and 2 Keiths confusing !

Doubles:
Jan and Cyd played Alan W and Keith H. A close fought game which went to time resulting in Culcheth winning 6/5. Fylde almost pulled it back during last 8 balls with a ball in the hoop to finish.. Sue and Andrew played really well winning 7/5.

Singles:
The first round ended with scores level with Jan and Andrew winning 7-2 and 7-3 respectively. Round 2 saw Fylde edge in front with Jan, Sue and Cyd all winning Round 3 and it was Culcheths turn to pull the scores level with only Andrew winning for Fylde. Final round and it was honours even again with Sue and Cyd both winning.

A lovely day with lots of banter finished off with cake. A big thank you to Sue who stepped in as a last minute reserve after Pip had injured her shoulder and also to Jude who let her !!! and also helped us with the clearing up. Well done to Andrew playing his first home league match and did really well winning his doubles and 2 single matches.

Posted by Jan 21st July 2019

Chester 12 Fylde coasters 6

We left Blackpool at 7.30 in glorious sunshine with both air con and sunglasses on only to arrive a couple of hours later at a very murky looking Chester. They had had downpours but the lawns had dried out very quickly. Chester were also hosting an association match as well so we were sharing lawns.

Chester: Janet Jackson 5, Brian Hayes 9, Edward Baskerville 9, and Liz Baskerville 12.
Fylde: Jan Smith 6, Sue Clarke 9, Jude Acda 11, and Cyd Harbottle 11.

The doubles games did not go well for a Fylde team unaccustomed to Chester's notoriously sloping lawns losing both games 7-5 and 7-4.

Singles
First round the Fylde teams rallied with both Cyd and Sue winning their games.
Round 2 Chester dominated with only Jan winning her game.
Round 3 went to Fylde with Sue, Jan and Jude all winning.
Round 4 was a clean sweep for Chester winning all 4 games.

Posted by Jan 13th July 2019

CRAKE 10 FYLDE falcons 7, 1 draw

falcons

Fylde: Betty Bates (4), Lou Pel (12), Maurice Myers (12), Patricia Myers (12).
Crake: David Lloyd (3), Elaine Newman (6), Peter Uglow (6), Sandra Cornes (9).

Fylde’s pairing of Betty and Lou beat David and Sandra 5-3 (thanks to two gifted hoops from the opponents). Crake were triumphant in their pairing against Maurice and Patricia winning 6 -4.

Supershot of the day was that made by Maurice Myers being under pressure at the golden hoop with the opponent in the jaws, the only thing he could try was a jump shot from the boundary, which he did in spectacular fashion to the cheering crowd. Barnes Wallace had nothing on him! It bounced before the hoop and to the ‘Oos’ of the crowd, bounced again over the jawed ball and through the hoop winning 7 -6. Maurice played well and games were well fought, he drew his first game 6-6, and lost on another golden hoop 6-7 Betty won all her games 7-5, 7-5, 7-2 and 7-3.

Although Fylde’s Patricia only won one, she came very close losing on the golden hoop. She was overjoyed that her first ever competitive jump shot was successful. Patricia was unlucky that her mallet got damaged and had to loan one from another player, that turned out to be a visiting Fylde player showing support, it was with this mallet she secured her win.

Newbie Lou was unsuccessful in securing a win but her opponents praised her play and said how well she did and couldn’t believe she hadn’t won a game.

The Fylde team took the opportunity to sample the local chippy and a very hospitable Crake stayed at the ground so that we were able to eat together, and even supplied a lovely cup of tea. From a wild and windy start, the clouds cleared and the sun graced them during their lovely journey home. A big thank you goes to John Cutler for his support during the day. Also a big thank you too to John for loaning his mallet.

Posted by Betty, 6th July 2019

Fylde coasters 6 bowdon 12

It was a murky morning with rain threatening for our match against Bowdon. However as the day progressed the sun came out in all it's glory giving us a beautiful sunny afternoon.

Fylde Team : Jan Smith 6, Sue Elsmore 11, Cyd Harbottle 11, and Carole Ramsbottom 12.
Bowdon Team: Graham Abraham 5, Liz Webb 7, Leo Fletcher 9, and Margaret Moss 12.

The doubles team of Jan and Sue managed to pull off a win at the golden hoop against Graham and Liz whilst Cyd and Carole, also reached the golden hoop but missed out against Margaret and Leo.

The first round of singles saw Cyd and Carole both winning their games and Jan and Sue narrowly losing out. Round two saw Bowdon winning all the games. In round three only Jan winning for Fylde And finally round four, Bowdon and Fylde won 2 games apiece with Jan and Cyd winning for the home side.

Fylde battled hard against strong opposition and the games were very close. At the end we all chilled out with tea and cakes and enjoyed the glorious sunshine.

Posted by Jan, 3rd July 2019

BURY NORTH 12 – FYLDE FALCONS 6

BURY NORTH: Richard Leach 5, David Leach 9, Gill Freely 9, Sue Hardman 10.
FYLDE FALCONS: Ian Theakestone 4, Betty Bates 4, Jean Audsley 14, Lindsay Campbell 14.

The Fylde team arrived at Whitehead Park early, the traffic was light. Both teams were bright and early; so captains decided there was no point hanging around and started good and early.

After the first set of doubles the match was drawn at one apiece, the pairing of Richard and David and Ian and Jean was a closely fought fight, with Bury as the victors 7 -5. Gill and Sue could not compete with the accuracy of Betty and Lindsay. Lindsay scored almost all but one of the 7 hoops, with Fylde Falcons winning 7-4. At the lunch time recess the score was Bury North 5, Falcons 1.

Bury’s Richard won 3 out of the four singles matches as he continually outplayed Fylde using fabulous clearing and promoting strategies. Also, with 3 wins were David and Sue. The experience of Sue and her generous bisques could not be competed against. During the match she scored 4 hoops from 28 yards! Gill won two of her games. Fylde’s Betty had three wins in the singles, being able to do jump shots repeatedly was the order of the day, as the bisques allowed opponents to jaw and get near placement, Betty took the opponents to golden hoop twice and won both, one won from a shot from the boundary. Ian had a fabulous win over Sue (although he was giving away 6 bisques!) he won 7-4, the other win was Jean as she beat Gill in the last game 7-2. Her other games were tightly fought but not successful. Lindsay battled on, only able to play off maximum 12, if she were allowed her true handicap allowance it may have been a different matter. As usual the games were very tight with 4 golden hoops. The weather remained warm and calm with no sign of rain. All games were played expeditiously and the games were all completed before 2pm. Falcon’s Captain Betty praised her team for their efforts, she was proud of their positivity and motivation.

Fylde Falcons thanked the home team for their hospitality and went on their way, the traffic remained thin and trouble free and all the team arrived home, enjoying what was left of the sunshine; at home by 3.15. A big thank you went out to Ian for being chauffeur for the day.

Posted by Betty, 23rd June 2019

Westmorland 13 Fylde Coasters 5

Given the amount of rain that had fallen the previous days there was some doubts whether the lawns at Levens Hall would be playable for this match. However the sun had put it's hat on and we were treated to perfect croquet weather.
Fylde's team consisted of two players playing their first ever league match.

Westmorland: Mike Hayward 3, Dave Edwards 6, Nancy Gregory 8, Eve Gardner 9.
Fylde: Jan Smith 6, Sue Elsmore 12, Andrew Sinclair 12, Betty Brown 12.

The doubles matches were both close matches with honours even.
Singles 1st round
This round did not go well for Fylde losing all 4 games.
Round 2
We pulled back a little in this round winning 2 out 4 games. Noticeably Andrew beating Dave 7-1, a great win for our novice.
Round 3
Only Sue winning in this round beating Mike 7-5.
Round 4
Again only an on form Sue winning in this round. Jan losing at the golden hoop (again) as Mike pulled off a stunning long range jump shot.

Not a good result for Fylde but a lovely first match for our newbys against a strong Westmorland team in the stunning grounds of Levens Hall in glorious sunshine.

Congratulations to Sue winning 3 of her matches triggering handicap 11.

Posted by Jan, 9th June 2019

Flyde Falcons 7 Bury South 11

Bury: Ken Eccles 3, John Gilmartin 4, Derek Deadman 5 and Roy Spencer 9
Fylde: Betty Bates 4, John Cutler 9, Lou Pel 12 and Geoffrey Lipshaw 12

The day started a little drizzly and after the first round of doubles the games were drawn at one a piece. The pairing of Geoffrey and Betty worked well as they won 7 -5, Lou and John just failing to win their match in a tightly fought game at 5-7
The final score was 11 – 7 which did not truly reflect the valiant efforts of the Fylde Falcon team.

Well done to Lou Pel for her two wins against strong opposition and getting to grips with having lots of bisques and knowing how to use them. There were two wins for Betty and one each for Geoffrey and John C. John C played extremely well ,he was able to take the opposition to the golden hoops on three of his other games. On one occasion John jawed his ball and his opponent hit in from hoop 6 and knocked him out! There were 7 golden hoop matches in total with only one of them won by the home team (Betty).

Captain Betty praised the tenacity of the Falcons’ team against a strong opposition. MVP was awarded to Lou for her jolly persona and her two wins, despite being overwhelmed by the accuracy of her opponents.

At the end of the day consoled by tea and cake..and then the sun came out.

Posted by Betty, 1st June 2019

Fylde Coasters 8 Crake 10

Fylde: Jan Smith 6, Cyd Harbottle 11, Carole Ramsbottom 12 and Pip Keeble 14 (playing off 12)
Crake Valley: David Cornes 5, Frank Sharps 6, Sandra Cornes 10 and Peter Uglow 11.

Our opponents today travelled down from the Lake District on this May Bank Holiday week-end. This was their first ever visit to Fylde for a golf handicap match.

The doubles match pairings of Jan and Pip v David and Peter went to time with Fylde losing 4/6 and Cyd and Carole beating Frank and Sandra 7/5. Fylde won 3 of the first 4 singles matches but Crake pulled back in round 2 also winning 3 out of 4 meaning that at lunch time we were all square.

The visitors were the stronger in round 3 winning all their matches but the home team almost pulled back in the last round winning 3 out of the 4. Novice Pip gained her confidence improving with each match finishing with a much deserved win on the last game. Also congratulations to David Cornes (Crake) who triggering handicap 4. A lovely day, finished off with tea, cake and a helping of banter just as the threatened rain arrived.

Posted by Jan, 25th May 2019

Southport 12 Fylde Falcons 4 (2d)

SOUTHPORT: Tery Dunbar 4, Tina Kelly 9, Mike Armstrong 10, Barbara Hind 12.
FALCONS: John Cutler 9, Lou Pel, 12, Shelagh Fagen 12, Jean Audsley 12.

Playing relaxing piano music on the drive there, to relieve the tension, proved a little too successful as the team arrived in Southport half comatose. This was further emphasised with four opening losses before rousing ourselves for a fightback that got as far as 'fig' before petering out. With the sun melting the last of our resistance and the outstanding play of our opponents, cake was brought out in a vain attempt to console us. We thanked the victors for a great day of croquet and sang our hearts out on the journey home to The Greatest Showman, maybe we should have played that on the way?

Special mention to Lou, our player of the day, well done Lou.

HGL Southort Fylde scoresheet.

Posted by John, 12th May 2019

FYLDE falcons 8 CHESTER 10

FALCONS: Ian Theakstone (4), Maurice Myers (10), Patricia Myers (14 – but played off 12 due to league rules), Lindsey Campbell (12).
CHESTER: Maureen Ivens (5), Janet Jackson (5), Christine Thomas (7), Pat Wheeler (12)

An anxious start to a chilly morning - Rookie Golf Captain Ian took charge of the three nervous rookie league players. Non playing captain Betty came to watch and was impressed by the confidence of the play of the newbies in their first league competition. It was a very entertaining day as the results switched from advantage to home team then to away after each game.

Welcome to Fylde Croquet

The afternoon was spent in glorious sunshine the quintessential croquet vista -interrupted only by the break for a cup of tea and cake (but no cucumber sandwiches). The morning started with the doubles with Ian T completing a successful jump shot during the golden hoop to secure a win for the Coasters. Chester won the other pairings so a draw at the end of the first set. The matches continued to be drawn after each set of games. Ian won all of his games so he won the MVP trophy of a Mars bar!

All the other Fylde players won a game each, notably one of the games featuring rookie Maurice -he secured a golden hoop victory with a magnificent jump shot, proving practice does make perfect. The games could have gone either way with two games going to golden hoop and others resulting in 7-5, some superb clearing shots and excellent strategy play from both sides. Very close games played with respect and humour. Coming up to the end of 16 games the match was tied with 8 games each. The match finished 10 -8 to Chester .

A big thank you to Chester players who were warm and helpful to the Fylde rookies.

Posted by Betty, 5th May 2019

Llanfairfechan 8 Fylde coasters 10

Our league match against LLanfairfechan fell on a not so sunny bank holiday weekend and the team decided that, rather than travel there and back on the same day we would make a 'jolly' of it and travel up the day before.We had a lovely evening the night before in Llandudno trying out the local restaurants/bars. Up bright and early on match day arriving at Llanfairfechan at 9AM!

Llanfairfechan: Anwen Williams 7, Richard Hollis 10, Martyn (Sam) Seal 10 and Rod Bowden 11
Coasters: Jan Smith 6, Sue Clarke 10, Cyd Harbottle 11, and Jude Acda 11

Doubles:
Anwen and Rod v Jan and Cyd.
Richard and Sam v Sue and Jude.

Fylde got off to a poor start losing at the golden hoop on first game and losing 7/5 on the second.

Singles.
Jan won all her games beating Sam 7-5, Rod 7-5, Richard 7-4 and Anwen 7-4 .
Sue beat Rod 7-2 and Anwen 7-3 and lost 4-7 to Sam and 6-7 to Richard.
Cyd beat Anwen 7-3 and Sam 7-6 and lost 2-7 to Richard and 6-7 to Rod
Jude beat Anwen 7-2 and Rod 7-6 and lost 2-6 to Richard and 6-7 to Sam

We had a really lovely day (if a bit chilly) and our hosts were brilliant plying us with chocolates and cake and lots of fun and laughter.

Posted by Jan, 4th May 2019

FYLDE COASTERS 13 FYLDE FALCONS 5

Fylde Coasters: Jan Smith ©, Sue Clark, Cyd Harbottle and Jude Acda
Fylde Falcons: Betty Bates ©, Geoffrey Lipshaw, Barbara Walker and Ted Walker

The day started off very overcast and windy. There was a chill in the air, but not in the atmosphere between the two teams. All the matches were played with good humour and mutual respect. Both teams were very apprehensive about playing as adversaries, rather than friends just having a knock- about. Everyone soon warmed up when the sun came out and spirits were lifted as the threat of rain disappeared.

All matches were close apart from Sue’s who wiped the floor with Betty using her 6 bisques, Sue couldn’t put a foot wrong, an amazing 18 yard hoop taken like a walk in the park - Sue won 7-2. There were four golden hoop games throughout the day which could have gone either way.

All the Coaster players won three games each and the pairing of Jan and Cyd against Betty and Barbara contributed to their doubles win on the golden hoop. The two newcomers Barbara and Ted Walker enjoyed their first experience of competitive play at the club and it is such a shame that their results did not reflect their wonderful efforts with some very close games.

Special thanks to Barbara for providing an afternoon cherry cake and all the spectators who helped to bring in hoops and tidy the kitchen. We very much appreciated their support and it just showed what a fabulous club we have and how everyone helps out regardless of whether they played or not.

Posted by Jan, 7th April 2019