David Maugham

Hall of Fame
David Maugham

Born: 1969
Inducted: 2014

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David learnt the game as a teenager from his father, Ian, and made his tournament debut in 1987.  He improved steadily over the next two years and then kickstarted his playing career by winning the 1989 Chairman’s Salver and the 1990 President’s Cup, giving an early indication of his prowess in the double round robin format and gaining a place in the top ranks of English croquet that he has held ever since.

David was a founder member of the GB Under-21 squad which also included Robert Fulford and Chris Clarke.  These three went on to form the foundation of successful GB MacRobertson Shield teams for over 20 years.  A particular highlight of David’s MacRobertson career was his defeat of Toby Garrison in the decisive 21st match in the 11-10 victory over New Zealand in 2000.

He has since gone on to win the President’s Cup a further four times, most recently in 2016, the Men’s Championship four times, including three victories from 2015 to 2017, and the Open Championship in 2005 and 2018.  Internationally, he achieved three victories in the Sonoma-Cutrer World Championship.  However, his most impressive individual tally is in the four English Regional Championships.  His record of twelve Eastern, ten Northern, six Western and four Southern Championships since 1992 seems unlikely to be rivalled.

Administratively David is perhaps most visible as a regular manager of the Open Championship but also served for many years as the Chairman of the CA Association Croquet Selection Committee and more recently the on the CA Tournament Committee.

However, it is as a national team representative that David is peerless.  With 23 appearances, many as captain, he has played in more than twice as many Home Internationals matches for England than anyone else.  David also has nine Solomon Trophy appearances for GB to add to his record twelve appearances in the Maugham Salver.  In 2014, he made his seventh appearance in the MacRobertson Shield in which he played his 100th match, 71 of them victorious.  He made his eighth appearance in 2017 which is the second-highest ever achieved (shared with Robert Fulford and Stephen Mulliner and only behind John Prince with nine).  He is second on the all-time victory list only to Robert Fulford.  It is this dedication to team events which has underpinned British and English success for more than twenty years that deserves particular recognition.

Updated August 2017

Stephen Mulliner is re-appointed as Secretary-General

The post of Secretary-General is appointed by the WCF Management Committee to serve for a term of four years.  The current term of office expires on 31 August 2017. 

The President of the World Croquet Federation has announced today, 1 August 2017, that the WCF Management Committee has unanimously agreed to re-appoint Stephen Mulliner as Secretary-General for a second term of four years to 31 August 2021.

 

 

 

Record entry for AC World Championship

On the Response Date for the 2018 ACWC, 30 July 2017, 13 countries had requested a total of 27 Membership Places and 111 players had applied for Ranking Places.

If two Wild Card Places and four Qualifier Places are taken into account, there will be 47 Ranking Places to be announced no later than Sunday 27 August 2017 to fill the Event Capacity of 80 places.  The names of the recipients of Wild Card Places will be announced at the same time.

These will be awarded to the players with the highest 12 month Maximum Grades according to the Ranking List published at midnight on Sunday 13 August 2017.  A player’s 12 month Maximum Grade is the highest grade they have achieved in the 12 months from 14 August 2016 to 13 August 2017 inclusive.

Countries which have requested Membership Places are required to provide the names of the players who will take up those places by the Closing Date which is midnight on Sunday, 24 September 2017.

Canada and Sweden share AC World Team Tier 2.2 title

Tiers 2.2 and 3 of the 2017 Association Croquet World Team Championship were played in two stages over six days from Monday, 17 to Saturday, 22 July at Sussex County Croquet Club.  Tier 2.2 consisted of Canada, South Africa and Sweden and Tier 3 of the Czech Republic and Germany.

Stage 1 was played over four days and involved all five teams playing each other in a "Jamboree" format.  At the end of this stage, Canada and Sweden took first and second places and qualified to contest the Tier 2.2 final in a two-day Test Match on Friday and Saturday.

The Friday doubles were shared but none of the four second day singles had been completed before the weather took a hand with a torrrential downpour in the middle of Saturday that rendered the courts unplayable.  The Playing Regulations stipulate that, in such circumstances, the Test Match is a draw unless at least four of the six matches have been completed.

The Tier 2.2 salver was therefore presented jointly to both teams and all eight players will receive winner's medals.

 

2017 AC World Team Tier 2.1 title – Wales regain title

Wales completed a clean sweep of victories in Tier 2.1 of the 2017 Association Croquet World Team Championship, defeating Ireland (the holders) and Spain by 5-1 and Scotland by 4-2.  Wales had won the inaugural Tier 2.1 in 2010.

Scotland were runners-up with a 6-0 whitewash of Ireland in their opening Test Match and an official draw with Spain after torrential rain on the final afternoon brought proceedings to an early close.  The Playing Regulations require four matches to be completed before a result can be declared and, when play was abandoned, Scotland had won three matches and led 1-0 in two other matches.

Ireland defeated Spain 3-2 in a match that had to be reduced to three players per side because of the unavailability of a Spanish player on days 3 and 4.

Results
Results can be found on the Croquet Records Website - WorldTeams2.1:2017

Or on Croquet Scores

Champion: Wales (Ian Burridge, Garry McElwain, Cliff Jones, Chris Williams)

Second:  Scotland (David Magee, Campbell Morrison, Martin Murray, Duncan Reeve, John Surgenor)

3rd: Ireland (Jack Clingan, Peter Moore, Nathaniel Healy, Evan Newell, Ian Vincent, Simon Williams)

4th: Spain (Fernando Alvarez-Sala, Lucas Azcona, Juan Bravo-Ferrer, Juan Ojeda, Jose Riva)

 

 

 

May 2017 Newsletter

WCF May 2017 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee has been doing recently and what is on the agenda in the near future.  Comments are always very welcome.  It is also made available to all on the WCF web-site and via the Nottingham list and other croquet bulletin boards.

Council debates and decisions

There have been none so far this year although a Members’ consultation has just been launched seeking views on the future arrangements for the Under 21 GC World Championship.

What has happened since February?

The WCF Golf Croquet Rules Committee (“GCRC”) has been working since January on a draft 5th Edition of the GC Rules.  The new WCF Association Croquet Laws Committee met in person during the MacRobertson Shield and discussed plans for a new edition of the AC Laws and areas where common wording with the GC Rules should be sought.  Brian Boutel. Jeff Hill and Stephen Mulliner also attended on behalf of the GCRC.

The the MacRobertson Shield was held from 18 April to 3 May at Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage in the Californian desert.  This was the 22nd holding in its 92 year history and Australia finally ended its own 82 year drought by recording a convincing and well-deserved victory, defeating England 12-9, New Zealand 14-7 and USA 14-7.

Although Australia came close to victory in 1982, they had to look back to 1935 for their last success in Association Croquet’s premier contest.  Their success was due to a well-balanced team effort and included three Fletcher brothers, the first time half of a MacRobertson side has been provided by one family.  Australia will also be the next hosts in 2021.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2017 Association Croquet World Team Championship

Tiers 2.1, Tiers 2.2 and 3 will be held at Sussex County Croquet Club in England from Monday, 17 to Saturday, 22 July 2017.  Tier 2.1 will be contested by teams representing Ireland (holders), Scotland, Spain and Wales.  Tier 2.2 and 3 will be played as a merged event between teams representing Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, South Africa and Sweden.

2018 Association Croquet World Championship

This will be held in Wellington, New Zealand from Saturday, 3 to Sunday, 11 February 2018.  The formal invitations to participate have been issued and the Response Date is Sunday, 30 July 2017.  Players who wish to be considered for Ranking Places should inform their WCF Member of their availability.

2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

Egypt has been confirmed as the Event Host for October 2018.

2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

New Zealand has been confirmed as the Event Host for January/February 2019.

Membership enquiries

Expressions of interest have been received from Greece, Iran and Pakistan.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 318:          2017 GCWC and Under 21 GCWC

MC 359:          UK Corporation Tax

MC 360:          AC Laws Committee and GC Rules Committee

MC Topics currently open

MC 324:          2017 AC World Team Championship

MC 352:          10-year World Championship schedule

MC 362:          2019 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC Topics currently under administration or pending

MC 353:          Golf Croquet Ranking Review Working Group

MC 354:          2018 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 361:          Development

MC 364:          U21 GCWC future arrangements consultation

MC 365:          Hall of Fame nominations

MC 366:          Banking arrangements

Outlook for June and beyond

The MC will focus on the completion of the 10-year World Championship schedule and processing arrangements for the 2018 ACWC in Wellington, the 2018 Over-50 GCWC in Egypt and the 2019 Women’s GCWC in New Zealand.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

20 June 2017

MacRobertson Shield – Australia wins for first time since 1935

In the opening Tests of the 2017 MacRobertson Shield contest at Mission Hills Country Club, California, Australia beat England 12-9 and New Zealand inched past USA by 11-10.

Australia led England by 2-1, 5-4 and 7-5 after each of the first three days but, by mid-afternoon on Friday, the scoreline was 8-7 to them but England led in two of the remaining three singles and were 1-1 in the third.  However, the Australians came through all three as winners and recorded their first full victory over England in 82 years – since 1935!

USA made an excellent start against New Zealand but were gradually pegged back so that, on Friday evening, New Zealand led 8-7.  However, with four of the last six singles played, USA had won three and taken a 10-9 lead in temperatures of 100 degrees F.  Fortunes swayed one way and then the other in both of the remaining matches but, eventually, New Zealand clinched both to record a very tense victory.

The second Tests pitched Australia against New Zealand and England against USA.  Australia and England both recorded 14-7 wins.  USA led England 7-6 early on day 9 but then conceded five singles and three doubles matches.

The final Tests saw Australia facing USA and England against the current holders, New Zealand.  England enjoyed a decisive 15-4 victory with two matches on day 15 abandoned because of the heat which had reached over 40 degrees C (104 degrees F) on occasion during the final week.  This gave England a mathematical hope of victory based on the possibility of USA overturning the form book and defeating Australia.  In fact, Australia led 2-1, 6-3 and 8-4 after day 13 and the honour fell to 24-year old Malcolm Fletcher, the youngest member of the Australian team, to score the decisive eleventh point on day 14 and hence ensure that the MacRobertson Shield trophy would return after a gap of 82 years to the homeland of its original donor.

 

 

2017 Under 21 GC World Championship – Winner: Felix Webby (NZL)

The 4th WCF Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship
Venue: Victorian Croquet Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 18 to 22 February 2017

Champion: Felix Webby

Finalist: George Coulter (New Zealand)

Felix Webby, winner U21 2017

In an all-New Zealand final, Felix Webby, 16, defeated George Coulter 7-3, 7-6, 7-5 at the Victorian Croquet Centre, Melbourne on 22 February 2017.

In the semi-finals, Webby defeated Edward Wilson (AUS) 7-5, 7-5, 7-4 and Coulter beat the defending champion, Joshua Freeth (NZL), by 7-4, 7-5, 4-7, 7-6.

Full results are available at https://croquetscores.com/2017/gc/wcf-gcwc-u21s

 

2017 Golf Croquet World Championship – Winner Reg Bamford (ZAF)

The 12th WCF Golf Croquet World Championship
Venue: Victorian Croquet Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 25 February to 5 March 2017

Champion: Reg Bamford (South Africa)

Finalist: Ahmed Nasr (Egypt)

Full results are available at https://croquetscores.com/2017/gc/wcf-gcwc-main-event

Reg Bamford wins 2017 GCWC

Reg Bamford (ZAF) defeated Ahmed Nasr, Egypt's strongest player and a former GC World Champion in 2004 and 2008, in the 2017 Golf Croquet World Championship final at the Victorian Croquet Centre, Melbourne on 5 March.  Bamford won 7-6, 5-7, 7-4, 3-7, 7-4 in a gripping final to regain the title he won in Cairo in 2013, also against Nasr who had beaten him in the 2008 final in Cape Town.

In the semi-finals, Bamford defeated Hamy Erian (EGY), the 2015 runner-up, by 7-4, 5-7, 7-6, 7-6 and Nasr defeated Felix Webby, NZL, the recently-crowned Under 21 GC World Champion, by 5-7, 7-2, 7-4, 6-7, 7-4.

February 2017 Newsletter

WCF February 2017 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee has been doing recently and what is on the agenda in the near future.  Comments are always very welcome.  It is also made available to all on the WCF web-site and via the Nottingham list and other croquet bulletin boards.

Council debates and decisions

There were the usual end of year reporting topics and two decisions on the WCF Statutes and the Finance Regulations.  Version 12.0 of the WCF Statutes was approved by Members by Topic 57 on 25 December 2016.  Christian Carter was elected at Independent Examiner for 2017 by Topic 58, also on 25 December 2016.  The 2017 Budget and Business Plan were approved by Topics 59 and 60 on 1 January 2017.  Version 1.3 of the Finance Regulations was approved by Topic 61, also on 1 January 2017.

What happened since November?

As referred to above, the formal reporting to Members was completed and updates to the Finance Regulations and the WCF Statutes were approved by Members.

One of the important elements in the Statutes was the formation of a new WCF Association Croquet Laws Committee which has taken over the functions of the International Laws Committee.  The first voting members of the ACLC are those of the former ILC, namely Elizabeth Fleming (AUS), Graeme Roberts (NZL), Martyn Selman (USA) and Ian Vincent (ENG, chairman).  The GC Rules Committee now contained seven members, namely Brian Boutel (NZL, chairman), Georg Dej (CAN), Luis de Gortazar (ESP), Jeffrey Hill (USA), Gordon Matthews (AUS), Stephen Mulliner (ENG) and Amir Ramsis (EGY).

The 2017 Under 21 GCWC and the main GCWC were held at the Victorian Croquet Centre in Melbourne in February and March.  The standard of play in the Under 21 event reached new heights and Felix Webby, 16, from New Zealand became the new world champion, defeating compatriot George Coulter in the final by 7-3, 7-6, 7-5.

The GCWC entry of 80 contained 19 players aged below 30, of whom 14 qualified for the knock-out stage.  Three of these, Hamy Erian (EGY), Mohammed Karem (EGY) and Felix Webby (NZL), reached the quarter-finals and Erian and Webby went on to the semi-finals.  However, former World Champions Reg Bamford (ZAF, 2013) and Ahmed Nasr (EGY, 2004 and 2008) squared off in the final for a third such meeting, the predecessors being 2008 in Cape Town and 2013 in Cairo.  Perhaps inevitably the match went to the fifth game and Reg Bamford emerged the winner 7-6, 5-7, 7-4, 3-7, 7-4 to regain the title.

The match contained several extraordinary shots but the two that stand out belong to Bamford.  Having been behind for all of game 1, he squared the game at 6-6 but seemed to have blown any chance of saving it when an attempted cut rush to hoop 13 went awry.  However, he hit twice from near 12 and then ran the hoop from near corner 3.  Game 4, although taken decisively by Nasr, contained Bamford’s extraordinary feat of scoring hoop 2 by jumping hoop 1 on the full from the south boundary!

Forthcoming WCF championships

2017 Association Croquet World Team Championship

Tier 1, the MacRobertson Shield, will be held at Mission Hills Country Club, Palm Springs, California from Monday, 17 April 2017 to Friday, 4 May 2017.

Tiers 2.1, Tiers 2.2 and 3 will be held at Sussex County Croquet Club in England from Monday, 17 to Saturday, 22 July 2017.  Tier 2.1 will be contested by teams representing Ireland (holders), Scotland, Spain and Wales.  Tier 2.2 and 3 will be played as a merged event between teams representing Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, South Africa and Sweden.

2018 Association Croquet World Championship

This will be held in Wellington, New Zealand from Saturday, 3 to Sunday, 11 February 2018.

Membership enquiries

None other than the proposed Greek Croquet Association.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 331:          International Laws Committee

MC 346:          WCF Statutes revision project

MC 348:          WCF trophies – repairs and flight box

MC 355:          New signatories for WCF accounts

MC 356:          Finance Regulation amendments

MC 357:          Election of Treasurer

MC 358:          Formal Q4 business.

MC Topics open, pending or under administration on 28 February 2017

MC 318:          2017 GCWC and Under 21 GCWC

MC 324:          2017 AC World Team Championship

MC 352:          10-year World Championship schedule

MC 353:          Golf Croquet Ranking Review Working Group

MC 354:          2018 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 359:          UK Corporation Tax

MC 360:          AC Laws Committee and GC Rules Committee

Outlook for March and April

The ACLC and GCRC have begun working towards new editions of the AC Laws and GC Rules and the ACLC intends to meet in person during the MacRobertson Shield event in April.  The MC will focus on the completion of the 10-year World Championship schedule and the finalisation of arrangements for the 2017 AC World Team Championship in England in July.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

9 March 2017