2022 GC WC – Qualifiers

The qualification event was held between 25-28 July at the Compton Croquet Club in Eastbourne, England.

30 competitors competed in 3 blocks of 10. The top 4 from each block went through to a Qualification Block to determine the qualifiers.

The seven qualifiers were:

Simon Carter (England)
Mostafa Eissa (Egypt)
Tim Jolliff (England)
Ben Rothman (USA)
Dominic Nunns (England)
Ian Lines (England)
Joel Taylor (England)

The remaining five players from the qualifying block of 12 now become reserves should there be any further drop-outs. They were, in qualification order:

Lionel Tibble (England)
Richard Brooks (England)
Carlos Munoz (Spain)
Morgan Case (England)
Begona Elzaburu (Spain)

The consolation event was won by Debbie Lines (England), who beat Ignacio Arturo Gross Alesanco (Spain) in the final.

The WCF would like to thank the Compton Club for hosting this event. The lawns were well prepared and the catering was amazing. Thank you also to Andrew Fall and Hilary Smith for managing the tournament and to the referees, Stephen Custance-Baker and Martin Peacock.

 

Congratulations to Mexico – Winners of the Tier 3 Golf Croquet World Championship.

This delayed 2020 event took place at the Guildford & Godalming Croquet Club between 20th to 23rd July 2022. Mexico, Portugal and Czech Republic played together with an Iran + team.

The Guildford & Godalming club looked after the players well with fast lawns, firm hoops and good food. The WCF would like to thank the club and all the volunteers who helped to make this event run so smoothly.

Mexico won with 2 wins against Portugal and the Czech Republic, and drew against the Iran team made up of Omied Hallam and some hastily convened club players who stepped into the breach when the Iranian VISAs failed to arrive in time.

Portugal came second and the Czech Republic third.

Full results can be found on Croquet Scores: 2020 GC WTC T3

For player information, please go to the Guildford & Godalming Croquet club page for this event:  click here

2022 AC World Teams Championship – Budleigh Salterton, Devon 9-14 August (updated)

Budleigh Salterton Club, venue for the AC World Teams Tiers 2.1, 2.2 and 3.

*Post updated 20th June*

There are 9 teams who have confirmed they wish to compete and who have paid their entry fees. These are Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden and Wales. With 9 teams entering we will have three tiers: 2.1, 2.2 and 3.

Tier 2.1
Wales, Scotland and Ireland will be joined by a fourth team, decided by a play-off on Monday 8th August between Sweden and Canada. When this event was last played in 2017 their match to decide the winner of Tier 2.2 was left unfinished, so this play-off is to establish which of the two teams will be promoted into Tier 2.1. Thank you to both teams for agreeing to play this extra day.

Tiers 2.2 and 3
The remaining five teams will initially be grouped together and then split into tiers 2.2 and 3 halfway through, based on performance.

Full details regarding the format of the event will be included in the Event Regulations which will be published later this year.

At this time there is no expectation that the event will be disrupted due to Covid.

Planning for this event is on-going with the Budleigh Salterton Club and English Croquet Association.

2022 GC WC Member Places Announced

The closing date for Members to nominate players for their Membership places was 8th May. All Members have nominated valid players for their Membership places.

The file below shows these 38 players and also the previously awarded Ranking and Wild Card Places. The player lists are displayed in various orders for ease of use. It also includes the 70 players currently on the Replacement Ranking List.

2022 GC WC Places 8.5.22

There are four places remaining which will be awarded to the qualifiers from the Qualification Event. The closing date for entries to the qualifier, (enter online via the English Croquet Association website), is 25th May 2022.

Player Information

The following information is requested from all the above competing players by 8th June 2022 (or sooner if available).

    • A recent photograph (ideally headshot)
    • One or two paragraphs of biographical details
    • Any food allergies (so we can notify the club catering team)
    • Contact email and mobile phone numbers for during the event (for use by the Tournament Manager

Please note, the photo and bio may be published on the event website and on the WCF website. Some live filming by the Croquet Association may take place during the event, and press may be present taking photographs. Players should note that their results will be published on Croquet Scores. The contact details will be held by the WCF Secretary-General and Tournament Manager only and deleted after the event in line with data protection and privacy best practice.

Entry Fees

These are due by 10th June at the latest. Please pay by bank transfer if  possible, this will avoid costly PayPal charges. Players should be notified how to pay in this way by their Member.

Withdrawals

If for any reason a player cannot now take up their place, please notify me as soon as possible so that a replacement can be found. Per the Sports Regulations, the following process is followed in the event of a withdrawal:

Players who have received a Membership Place: when a player withdraws, the Member has 14 days to nominate a replacement; if no player is nominated a Replacement Ranking Place is awarded. If the 14 days expires before the Qualifier closing date of 10/07/2022 the place becomes an extra qualifier from the Qualification tournament.

Withdrawal by a player who received a Ranking or Wild Card place: when a player withdraws, if this is before the cut-off date of 13.6.22, then the next most highly ranked player on the Replacement Ranking list on that date will be offered the place. After the cut-off date, the places becomes an extra qualifier from the Qualification tournament.

After the Qualifier Closing date, all withdrawals from the main event become extra qualifiers from the Qualification tournament.

Further details regarding the venue and programme, will be published on the WCF website and on the Championship website over the coming weeks.

2022 Golf Croquet World Championship – Entry Fees

Players who have been notified that they have received a place in the upcoming World Championship need to pay their entry fees of £108 by 10th June 2022 at the latest.

Per WCF Sports Regulations Appendix 2, clause 6, players who fail to pay by the due date will lose their place. The relevant sections of the regulation are below for your information:

6.1 Subject to paragraph 6.2, failure to pay the entry fee by the due date will lead to automatic disqualification and the place will be filled in accordance with paragraph 7.

6.2 Before disqualifying a player for failing to pay their entry fee on time, at least two reminders must have been sent to the Member which nominated the player and all reasonable efforts must have been made to contact the player directly.

Successful players from the Qualifier, must pay as soon as possible after qualifying.

All players who can pay by Bank to Bank transfer are encouraged to do so. Instructions are included in each players announcement notification email. This avoids the WCF incurring costly PayPal fees.

If necessary, please pay by PayPal using the button below:

 

 

Exciting Opportunity

Invitation to send a player to join a "Select Team" at the AC World Teams 9-14 August 2022, Devon England

The Association Croquet World Team Championships Tiers 2.1, 2.2 and 3 is due to take place later this year between 9-14 August at the Budleigh Salterton Club in Devon, England.

We have had a team drop out, and to keep the total team numbers to 12 (a nice number for the format) we have decided to put in place a “World Select Team” (WST). This team will be ideally made up of players from countries not sending a full team. This will allow more countries to be represented and provides an opportunity for AC players from other countries to compete internationally this summer.

The cost per player selected will be £72 each. All other costs such as travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the selected player.

This Select team will play if no other teams drop out, or if the numbers of teams left in the event again requires an extra team to help the format, or in any case if it has not been stood down before 30th June. This would allow any players intending to play approx. 5 weeks notice to book travel and accommodation.

The Select team will compete in Tiers 2.2 or 3, which will start by being played jointly and then mid-way through be split into the two tiers. Teams of four are required but we may select a squad of up to six players, including the Captain. Peter Payne from Switzerland has agreed to Captain this team. Peter has many years experience at Association Croquet and has experience playing in this type of event. We are very pleased that he has agreed to guide and lead this team.

The key decision dates are:
- Nomination of players: by Tuesday 31st May 2022
- Selection date: Thursday 9th June 2022 (Members will be notified if any of their nominees have been selected within 1-2 days of this date)
- Cut-off to play date: this is the date by which this team will definitely play (even if other teams subsequently withdraw) – Thursday 30th June 2022

Assuming we have more applications than needed, the WCF Tournament Committee will select from those who have made themselves available.

Players who wish to join this team are invited to apply through their Member Governing Body who will need to submit names to Debbie Lines by midnight (UK time) Tuesday 31st May 2022.

Credit: Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club

2022 AC World Team Championship 2.1, 2.2 and 3 – Entry Fees

The entry fee of £288 per team for this event is now requested and should be paid by the Team Announcement date of 9th June 2022 at the latest.

As emailed, we would prefer you pay us via bank transfer, this avoids costly PayPal fees. However, should you need to pay by PayPal, please use the button below.

Please ensure you insert your Country in the reference field for your payment.

2022 GC WC Ranking Places and Wild Cards announced

The Announcement Date for the GC World Championship, to be held 30th July to 7th August 2022 at the Sussex County Croquet Club, Sussex, England is 31st March 2022.

The Management Committee have agreed the following allocation of places for this 64 person event.

Capacity = 64

  Member Places

33

  RCO Places

5

  Wild Cards

2

  Qualifier

4

  Ranking Places

20

Wild Cards

The Management Committee are pleased to offer Blake Fields (USA) and Jack Good (England) the two available wild cards. All the criteria were considered, but the main basis of selection was per Sports Regulations Appendix 3, clause 2.1.1, 'the encouragement of young players or players showing exceptional promise of future development'.

Ranking Places

The 20 Ranking Places have been awarded to the following players, based on the Initial Ranking List dated 17th March 2022. This is based on their Max DG ranking over 24 months as per Sports Regulations Appendix 2, clause 2.3 (and the Temporary Amendment extending the time frame from 12 to 24 months).

Country

Ranking Places Awarded

Max Dgrade

Games Played

South Africa

Reg Bamford

2684.9

42

Egypt

Mohamed Nasr

2626.8

113

Egypt

Ahmed Nasr

2620.5

36

Egypt

Mohamed Karem

2610.5

68

Egypt

Yasser Sayed

2600.8

136

Egypt

Ahmed El Mahdy

2592.2

79

England

John-Paul Moberly

2579.8

125

Egypt

Amr AlEbiary

2579.5

79

Egypt

Mostafa Nezar

2567.6

101

England

Stephen Mulliner

2556.6

162

England

Tobi Savage

2522.8

37

England

Rachel Gee

2515.8

210

England

Robert Fulford

2493.1

13

Egypt

Omar Fahmy

2489.5

61

Egypt

Maram Nabil

2482.9

108

England

Jonathan Powe

2470.7

108

Wales

Ian Burridge

2468.8

270

Egypt

Karim Ghamry

2445.3

42

Spain

Jose RIVA

2442.6

35

Egypt

Naguib Hossam

2435.9

55

Entry Fees

Players are advised that entry fees become due on 10th June 2022. Details of how and when to pay will be emailed out to players after the Closing date 8th May.

Member Places

Members should send the Secretary-General the names of players to be nominated for their Member Places by 8th May 2022. Some Members have already notified the names of their nominees - please note that these can be changed up to the above deadline.

Replacement Ranking List 

If any players drop out of the event between now and 13th June 2022 their space will be taken by players on the Replacement Ranking List. After this date, any places returned will result in additional places awarded through the Qualifying Event.

The Replacement Ranking List will be generated fresh on the relevant day  (the date a space becomes available) using the same Max DG over 24 months basis. Given that games are being played every day this list may change. However, for information only, the list below shows the current Top 10 players as at 17.3.22. These players are NOT in the event.

Country

Order of Replacement Ranking Places as at 17.3.22

USA

Danny Huneycutt

England

Jamie Burch

England

Euan Burridge

England

William Gee

England

Richard Bilton

Egypt

Mohamed Walid

Spain

Andres Alvarez-Sala

Belgium

Pierre Beaudry

USA

Sherif Abdelwahab

England

Stuart M Smith