1997 AC World Championship – Winner: Robert Fulford (ENG)

The 7th WCF Association Croquet World Championship
Sponsor: Westralian Sands
Dates: 9-17 November 1997
Venue: Bunbury

Champion: Robert Fulford (England)

Finalist: Stephen Mulliner (England)

Full results can be found on the Croquet Records Website: 1997 AC World Championship

Main Event Results

BLOCK A:

Stark beat A McInerney +19 Openshaw beat Payne +17 Stark beat Jackson +6 A McInerney beat Payne +12 Openshaw beat Jackson +16tp Openshaw beat Stark +4 Stark beat Payne +11 Jackson beat A McInerney +26qp Openshaw beat A McInerney +20 Jackson beat Payne +22

BLOCK B:

Baker beat Lualdi +23 Hope beat Maugham +15 Read beat Lualdi +10 Baker beat Hope +6 Maugham beat Read +17 Maugham beat Lualdi +24tp Baker beat Read +7 Lualdi beat Hope +9 Read beat Hope +11 Maugham beat Baker +17 Play Off Hope beat Lualdi +7

BLOCK C:

Carr beat Louw +9 Mulliner beat Archer +14 Louw beat Bond +4 Mulliner beat Carr +17 Bond beat Archer +23 Louw beat Archer +23tp Mulliner beat Bond +6tpo Bond beat Carr +26 Mulliner beat Louw +26 Carr beat Archer +14

BLOCK D:

Williams beat Skinley +7 Thurston beat Cordingley +15 Skinley beat de Ansorena +14 Cordingley beat Williams +16 Thurston beat Ansorena +26 Skinley beat Thurston +17tp Cordingley beat de Ansorena +9 Williams beat de Ansorena +24 Cordingley beat Skinley +18 Thurston beat Williams +11

BLOCK E:

Faulkner beat Carter +10 Dumergue beat Wahban +13 Faulkner beat Bamford +16 Dumergue beat Carter +12 Bamford beat Wahban +17 Bamford beat Dumergue +16 Bamford beat Carter +25tp Faulkner beat Wahban +14 Faulkner beat Dumergue +26 Carter beat Wahban +15

BLOCK F:

Jones beat R McInerney +8 J Fournier beat Bury +13 Jones beat Weston +25tp Bury beat R McInerney +13 J Fournier beat Weston +19 Bury beat Weston +19 R McInerney beat Weston +25 Jones beat J Fournier +11 Bury beat Jones +13 J Fournier beat R McInerney +5

BLOCK G:

D Fournier beat Pickering +22 McIntyre beat Lamb +7 Fulford beat Pickering +10tpo D Fournier beat Lamb +15 Fulford beat McIntyre +16 Fulford beat Lamb +25 Pickering beat McIntyre + +25 Pickering beat Lamb +19 Fulford beat D Fournier +3 D Fournier beat McIntyre +4tp

BLOCK H:

Sullivan beat Yamada +16 S Davis beat Mehas +12tp Fleming beat Sullivan +26 S Davis beat Yamada +15 Mehas beat Fleming +15 Fleming beat Davis +2 Mehas beat Sullivan +5 S Davis beat Sullivan +26tp Fleming beat Yamada +26tp Mehas beat Yamada +21tp

Round 1

Robert Fulford beat Andrew Hope +19, +25tp

David Openshaw beat Ronan McInerney -12, +3, +4

Jacques Fournier beat Paul Skinley +2, +18tp

Richard Baker beat Don Fournier Jnr +16tp, +14

David Maugham beat Shaun Carter +21, +23

Helene Thurston beat Ian Dumergue +15, +26

Greg Bury beat Jerry Stark +8, +12

Reg Bamford beat Jane McIntyre +20, +16

Stephen Mulliner beat Alan McInerney +4, +26

Wynand Louw beat Ashley Faulkner -4, +22, +16

Phil Cordingley beat Aggie Read +26, +25

Steve Jones beat Shirley Carr +15tp, +12

Chris Williams beat Bruce Fleming +7, -26tp, +7

Shane Davis beat Ian Bond +5, -2, +25

Mik Mehas beat Colin Pickering +13, +26

Bob Jackson beat Lester Sullivan +22, +16

Round 2

Fulford beat Openshaw +20tp, +8tp

Baker beat J Fournier +4, +17tp

Maugham beat Thurston +12, +7tp

Bamford beat Bury -7, +26, +4

Mulliner beat Louw +17tp, +15tp

Jones beat Cordingley +3, -10, +18

Davis beat Williams +11, +25

Jackson beat Mehas -3, +26tp, +8tp

Quarter-Finals

Fulford beat Baker +24tp, -17tp, +15tp

Maugham beat Bamford +26tp, +3

Mulliner beat Jones -14, +22, +13

Davis beat Jackson -3, +26, +26tp

Semi Finals

Fulford beat Maugham -1tpo, +15tp, +17tp, -4tp, +11tp

Mulliner beat Davis +10, +26tp, +17

Final

Fulford beat Mulliner +17, -3tpo, +9otp, +11otp

 

1995 AC World Championship – Winner: Chris Clarke (ENG)

The 6th WCF Association Croquet World Championship
Venue: Fontenay-le-Comte, France
Dates: 10-18 June 1995

Champion: Chris Clarke (England)

Finalist: Robert Fulford (England)

Full results can be found on the Croquet Records Website: 1995 AC World Championship

Main Event Results

Block A

R Carter beat Archer +17 S Williams beat R Carter +16 S Williams beat Archer +25 A Taves beat Archer +25 C Clarke beat Archer +12 C Clarke beat Taves +17 Clarke beat S Williams +26sxp Carter beat Taves +9 Clarke beat Carter +17 S Williams beat Taves +25 1 Clarke 4 2 S Williams 3 3 R Carter 2 4 A Taves 1 5 Archer 0

Block B

Bamford beat Pickering +26tp Pickering beat Liddiard +16tp Bamford beat Liddiard +26tp Bamford beat Cornelius +26tp Le Moignan beat Bamford +20 Cornelius beat Le Moignan +10 Pickering beat Le Moignan +26tp Liddiard beat Cornelius +25 Liddiard beat Le Moignan +16 Cornelius beat Pickering +17tp 1 Bamford 3 2 Cornelius 2 3 Pickering 2 4 Liddiard 2 5 Le Moignan 1

Block C

Irwin beat C Barlow +23 Irwin beat Kelley +26tp Kelley beat C Barlow +2 M Taylor beat C Barlow +17tp Barlow beat Payne +21 Taylor beat Payne +26tp Taylor beat Kelley +7 Irwin beat Payne +20tp Irwin beat Taylor +2 Kelley beat Payne +17 1 Irwin 4 2 M Taylor 3 3 Kelley 2 4 C Barlow 1 5 Payne 0

Block D

J Taves beat Belz +21 Belz beat Grochain +18 Grochain beat Taves +4 Mulliner beat Taves +5 Burridge beat Grochain walk over Taves beat Burridge +18tp Mulliner beat Grochain +19 Mulliner beat Belz +26tp Mulliner beat Burridge +3 Burridge beat Belz +26tp Play Off Belz beat Grochain +17 1 Mulliner 4 2 J Taves 2 3 Burridge 2 4 Belz 1 5 Grochain 1

Block E

Fleming beat Guermont +15 Jones beat Guermont +24tp Jones beat Fleming +26tp Fleming beat Comish +11 Fleming beat C Williams +13tp Comish beat C Williams +3 Comish beat Guermont +26tp Williams beat Jones +9 Comish beat Jones +17tp Williams beat Guermont +16 1 Fleming 3 2 Comish 3 3 C Williams 2 4 S Jones 2 5 Guermont 0

Block F

J Dawson beat Appleton +26tp Appleton beat Nagashima +12 Dawson beat Nagashima +20 Dawson beat Westerby +23tp Dawson beat Y Ravez +25 Westerby beat Ravez +15 Westerby beat Nagashima +25tp Ravez beat Appleton +19 Westerby beat Appleton +26tp Ravez beat Nagashima +26tp 1 J Dawson 4 2 Westerby 3 3 Y Ravez 2 4 Appleton 1 5 Nagashima 0

Block G

Stark beat Lualdi +26tp Skinley beat Lualdi +7 Stark beat Skinley +26tp Stark beat McInerney +26tp Fulford beat Skinley +12tpo Fulford beat Stark +15tp McInerney beat Skinley +26 McInerney beat Lualdi +3 Fulford beat McInerney +26sxp Fulford beat Lualdi +26sxp 1 Fulford 4 2 Stark 3 3 McInerney 2 4 Skinley 1 5 Lualdi 0

Block H

Maugham beat Paterson +25tp Paterson beat O Ravez +18 Maugham beat Ravez +26tp Stephens beat Maugham +25tp Maugham beat Shorten +21stp Stephens beat Shorten +26tp Stephens beat Ravez +4 Paterson beat Shorten +18 Stephens beat Paterson +26tp Ravez beat Shorten +15 1 Stephens 4 2 Maugham 3 3 Paterson 2 4 O Ravez 1 5 Shorten 0

Round 1

Chris Clarke beat Charles Barlow +22sxp, +3

Colin Pickering beat John Taves +25tp, +8tp

David Maugham beat Yoann Ravez +25tp, +26

Paul Skinley beat Bruce Fleming +25, -25tp, +10

Stephen Mulliner beat Strat Liddiard +26tp, -26tp, +26tp

Simon Williams beat Rory Kelley +26tp, +22tp

Tony Stephens beat David Appleton -20tp, +12, +21

Ronan McInerney beat Steve Comish +16tp, -15tp, +6

Robert Fulford beat Othello Ravez +25sxp, +9tp

Aaron Westerby beat Chris Williams +24, +17

Debbie Cornelius beat Rohan Carter -26tp, +26, +24tp

Colin Irwin beat Betty Belz +13, +3tp

Ian Burridge beat Michael Taylor +24tp, +12tpo

Reg Bamford beat Anne Taves +16tp, +26tp

Steve Jones beat Jeff Dawson -26, +26tp, +24

Jerry Stark beat Dean Paterson +26tp, +26tp

Round 2

Clarke beat Pickering +26tp, +9tpo

Maugham beat Skinley +26tp, +26tp

Mulliner beat S Williams +11tpo, +3tpo

Stephens beat McInerney +8tp, +26tp

Fulford beat Westerby +13tpo, +26sxp

Cornelius beat Irwin +4tp, +5tp

Burridge beat Bamford +14otp, -26tp, +26

Jones beat Stark +4tp, +26tp

Quarter Final

Clarke beat Maugham +24otp, +26tp

Mulliner beat Stephens -2, +8, +10tp

Chris Clarke with Trophy at Fontenay, with the geese behind

Chris Clarke in play at Fontenay le Comte

Chris Clarke in play at Fontenay le Comte

The famous geese at Fontenay le Comte

The final score board at Fontenay le Comte

1994 AC World Championship – Winner: Robert Fulford (ENG)

The 5th WCF Association Croquet World Championship
Venue: Carden Park, Chesire, England
Dates: 10-17 August 1994

Champion: Robert Fulford (England)

Finalist: Chris Clarke (England)

Full results can be found on the Croquet Records Website: 1994 AC World Championship

Main Event Results

Round 1

RL Bamford beat P Fellows +16, +26tp

B Northey beat PE Day -17, +4, +3

RI Fulford beat RV Jackson +26tp, +20

P Cordingley beat R Carter +15, +7

DB Maugham beat R Thomas +25tp, +25

M Taylor beat ID Bond +16, +17

DA Cornelius beat CN Williams +26tp, +26

AJ Westerby beat PJ Skinley +, +

S Williams beat AS Le Moignan +24tp, opp scr

S Comish beat DK Openshaw +15, +17tp

DJ Goacher beat JS Dyer +4, +1

M Kobelt beat IJ Burridge +20, -17, +2

CJ Irwin beat R Rebuschatis +26, +23

J Stark beat SG Jones +4tp, +8tp

CD Clarke beat G Garlick +26, +26tp

SN Mulliner beat D Grimsley +26tp, +17tp

Round 2

Bamford beat Northey +26tp, +13tpo

Fulford beat Cordingley +26tp, +26tp

Taylor beat Maugham +26, +7tp

Westerby beat Cornelius -24, +17tp, +25tp

Comish beat S Williams +26stp, +9

Kobelt beat Goacher +4, +17

Irwin beat Stark +26tp, +9tpo

Clarke beat Mulliner +17, -25tp, +26tp

Round 3

Fulford beat Bamford -25tp, +26tp, +5tp

Westerby beat Taylor +25tp, +7otp

Comish beat Kobelt -26tp, +26tp, +17

Clarke beat Irwin -25tp, +26tp, +11tpo

Semi Finals

Fulford beat Westerby +17tp, -17tp, +26tp, +20qp

Clarke beat Comish -26tp, +8tpo, +26, -25tp, +13tpo

Final

Fulford beat Clarke -12tpo, +12tp, +18tp, +13

 

 

The Score Board at Carden Park

Robert Fulford with trophy

1992 AC World Championship – Winner: Robert Fulford (ENG)

The 4th WCF Association Croquet World Championship
Venue: Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Dates: 24-31 May 1992

Champion: Robert Fulford (England)

Finalist: John Walters (England)

Full results can be found on the Croquet Records Website: 1992 AC World Championship

Knock-out Results
Round 1

RI Fulford beat CN Williams +8, +25tp

AJ Westerby beat CD Clarke +26, -14, +17

RV Jackson beat G Bury +9, +9

SN Mulliner beat RL Bamford +25tp, +4

DK Openshaw beat D Bidencope +26, +4

C Pickering beat ST Arkley -20, +26tp, +2

B Northey beat G Bryant +2, +13

JO Walters beat B Chambers -8, +26, +25

Quarter Finals

RI Fulford beat AJ Westerby +20, +3

RV Jackson beat SN Mulliner +26, +5

DK Openshaw beat C Pickering -6, +16, +12

JO Walters beat B Northey +15, +14

Semi Finals

RI Fulford beat RV Jackson +26tp, +7

JO Walters beat DK Openshaw +17, +17

Final

RI Fulford beat JO Walters -5tp, +4tp, +12tp

 

2016 AC World Championship – Winner: Stephen Mulliner

The 2016 Association Croquet World Championship
The National Croquet Center, West Palm Beach, Florida Saturday, 16 April to Sunday, 24 April 2016.

Winner: Stephen Mulliner (England)

Finalist: David Maloof (USA)

Stephen Mulliner in play

The new champion is Stephen Mulliner (England) who defeated David Maloof (USA) in the final -4, -17, +5, +7, +26tp.

Full results are available at https://croquetscores.com/2016/ac/wcf-world-championship

Commentary

Stephen Mulliner (ENG) and David Maloof (USA) contested an 11.5 hour five game final in the Association Croquet World Championship at the National Croquet Center, West Palm Beach.  For the first time, live video streaming was available as well as a court-side commentary on CroquetScores.

Mulliner and Maloof ensured that there would be a new name on the Wimbledon Cup and, as both are 62, that the new World Champion would be the oldest ever winner, let alone for the first time.  Maloof is a professional tennis coach who has made rapid progress in US and world croquet in the last few years.  He has one of the best swings in the game and is renowned for his calmness and infrequency of error.  He had accounted for Paddy Chapman (NZE), the 2013 runner-up, and David Maugham (ENG), a stalwart of the England team, in the quarter and semi-final rounds, two major scalps.  He was a deserved winner of the first two games of the final and was tantalisingly close to winning 3-0 after over 7 hours' play in the bright Florida sunshine on a tricky court.

Mulliner discovered croquet at Cambridge University in 1975 and soon rose to the top of the Engish game, winning the President's Cup in 1981, a feat he repeated on four further occasions.  He has also won the British Open Championship three times, the last in 2000 when his opponent was none other than Reg Bamford.  Mulliner had survived close encounters with Stephen Forster (AUS) and Danny Huneycutt (USA) in the last 16 and quarter-final rounds and could easily have lost to either player.  Both matches went to a fifth game and he made it through to meet Reg Bamford (SAF), a four-time AC World Champion, and the firm favourite to make it a fifth in 2016.

Bamford soon established a 2-0 lead including an extraordinary sextuple peel in game 1 in which he overcame several probems and brought the break to a thrilling and successful conclusion.  He offered Mulliner a glimpse of hope in game 2 when a second sextuple was apparently heading for a smooth and much more routine conclusion when he failed to run a short penultimate hoop.  However, Mulliner had his own problem at the same hoop and Bamford soon made the score 2-0 in his favour.  Mulliner responded by hitting a long roquet in turn 3 of game 3 and reaching 4-back with a good leave.  However, Bamford had been in remorseless hitting form and made no mistake with the 19 yard shot down the East boundary. Shortly afterwards, he had laid up for a third sextuple and given Mulliner a 35 yard shot to stay in the match.  Lady Luck now intervened and Mulliner's shot clipped the ball he could barely see behind a hoop.  He seized his chance and completed a triple peel to win +20tp and extend the match.  In game 4, Mulliner hit in turn 4 and decided to lay for his own sextuple so that Bamford would face a 30 yard shot.  Bamford missed and Mulliner brought home a sextuple with almost as many adventures as Bamford's effort in game 1.

The fifth game was short and simple.  Mulliner hit in turn 3 and went to 4-back.  Bamford this time just missed the 19 yard shot down the East boundary and Mulliner made no mistake with a delayed triple peel to take the match and claim his place in the final for the third time in his 40 year playing career, the others being in 1997 (when he lost 3-1 to Robert Fulford (ENG) in Bunbury, Western Australia) and in 2008 (when he also lost 3-1 to Chris Clarke (ENG) in Christchurch, New Zealand).

Against Maloof in game 3, Mulliner was pegged out when for 4-back with his remaining ball.  He had to hit a 26 yard shot across court to get a chance of finishing and made two hoops before failing to approach rover.  Maloof missed a 13 yard roquet and Mulliner took this unexpected second chance by running rover and hitting a 13 yard roquet to gain an easy peg-out and stay alive in the match.  Maloof gained an early advantage in game 4 but missed a return roquet after 1-back and Mulliner was able to reach peg and penultimate against 2-back and 4-back before Maloof regained the innings with an 18 yard roquet.  Both players then hit long shots alternately but Mulliner had the last and was able to finish and level the match 2-2.  

By now it was after 7 p.m. and the light was going to become an issue.  The players agreed to move to a floodlit court and have an extended warm-up on the new surface. After two early errors on which Maloof was unable to capitalise, Mulliner reached 4-back with a good leave.  Maloof missed his 18 yards roquet attempt and Mulliner calmly conducted a delayed triple peel to a successful conclusion to take the game, the match and the title.  He had been obliged to play twenty games of high-intensity croquet in four consecutive days to achieve victory and his reputation for determination, focus and the will to win could not have been more searchingly tested.

The prize-giving was conducted by David Openshaw on behalf of the World Croquet Federation, and Johnny Mitchell, the President of the United States Croquet Association.  The efforts of the officials and the large number of volunteers were publicly recognised and received great appreciation from the players and the audience.  A warm tribute was also paid to the recently late Bernard Neal who had done much to help the development of croquet in both the UK and the United States in the 1970s and 1980s.  As a committee member of the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, it was he who arranged for the donation of the magnificent Wimbledon Cup by the AELT&CC to be the trophy for this championship.

The other medallists and prize winners were:

Semi-finalists: Reg Bamford (South Africa) and David Maugham (England)

Championship Shield: Stephen Forster (Australia)

Championship Bowl: James Death (England)

Championship Plate: Ian Lines (England)

Wimbledon Bowl

The Wimbledon Bowl

The Wimbledon Bowl was presented by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club to the Croquet Association (of England) to commemorate the hosting of the first WCF World Association Croquet Championship in 1989.

In turn, the Croquet Association generously made indefinite loan of the trophy to the WCF for continued presentation to the winner of successive championships.

Description:-

Hallmarked silver bowl of foot, height 11.5 inches, diameter 13 inches, weight 90 troy ounces, (all approximate).

Acanthus leaf embossed pattern on foot and on underside of bowl, Greek key pattern border round top edge, handles square section with acanthus leaf mounts. Engraved "WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ASSOCIATION CROQUET - Presented by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club 1989" . Inside of bowl gilt, hallmarked silver London 1890, sponsor's mark worn and unreadable. Black wood plinth with silver band hallmarked London 1990, sponsor "MJS" and engraved with winners names from 1989 to 2005, complete in fitted baize lined case with carrying handle, hasp fasten and lockable with padlock.