The Oxford University Association Croquet Club
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The historic University Association Croquet Club exists to promote croquet within the University at all levels. Whether you would like a social pastime or the challenge of competitive croquet - we are here to accommodate you.
Our facilities are top class; our members have access to two full-sized croquet courts in the scenic University Parks (how to find us), which are equipped to championship standard. Members can have their own key to the croquet hut ensuring that they have access to the lawns and equipment. All required equipment is supplied and players only need bring flat-soled shoes.
The Club welcomes players of all standards whether you are an absolute beginner or experienced player. As well as providing the facilities for a gentle game of croquet in the pleasant surroundings of the University Parks, we also offer coaching and arrange fixtures to suit all skill levels. Fixtures are great fun - the Club travels extensively to play other clubs in this country and abroad.
Croquet is a sport where size, sex, age and to some extent ability are no handicap! Games can be played where the weaker player is given extra turns to even the odds of winning. Consequently under handicap play you can be playing against a world-class player and both sides have a good game. The Club has official referees and handicappers who also assist in the coaching. Eight previous members of the Club competed in the last croquet world championships.
Congratulations to Brasenose 11, who have won Croquet Cuppers 2016. With over 2000 participants, it was again the biggest sporting event held in Oxford University (9% of all students!). It was generously sponsored by the Croquet Association. In the thrilling final 7th seed Brasenose 11, captained by James Scoon, triumphed over first seed Oriel 2, captained by Sebastian Vaughan-Burleigh, who are the runners-up for a second year in a row. We hope to see many of you at next year's instalment.
The Varsity Match 2016
Oxford play against a stronger Cambridge team at the Hurlingham Club in London in June and just failed to retain the trophy for the 12th year, losing 4-5. The format of the day is six singles games in the morning, and three doubles games in the afternoon, allowing for 6 or more Varsity Players during the day.
Croquet is designated as a HALF BLUE SPORT, and players with appropriate handicaps at the Varsity Match are recommended for Half Blues - the threshold is 6 or below for both men and women. As in all sports, players of exceptional ability may be recommended for Full Blues. Contact the Captain if you would like to play.
Wednesday evenings in Trinity Term and the summer vacation (5 p.m. onwards) are Club evenings when there is a high likelihood of meeting other players and committee members at the lawns. This continues throughout the summer vacation.
For the first 4 weeks of Trinity term we hold free coaching sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (5 p.m. onwards). Non-members are welcome to attend these and beginners are particularly encouraged to come along. Committee members and more experienced players will be available to coach most standards of player. (This is the only occasion for non-members to try out playing on the lawns. The lawns do, of course, remain open to all members during this time.)
Membership is open to both University and non-University members from £1.00. We have two categories of lawn fees ("term-time" £11.00 and "all summer" £23.00) to allow for the fact that undergraduates are not around over the summer. The deposit for a hut key is currently £5.00. Please click for more information about joining.
The Club's fixtures range from A-class to beginners' fixtures and all members are encouraged to play. If you would like to play in any of these fixtures please let the Captain know and we'll see if we can get you in a team.
Oxford University hosted the 2016 Student Championships
The two-day event consisted of both a singles and doubles knockout tournament played level advanced. With entries from the Oxford University Association Croquet Club, the Cambridge University Association Croquet Club and Trinity College Dublin Croquet Club there were a total of 12 participants, four from each university.
With a bye given to the four returning semi-finalists from 2015, a four-stage knockout tournament for the Student Open Championship saw an Oxford vs Trinity College Dublin final match of Jordan Waters vs John Francis Martin. The Dudley Hamilton-Miller Trophy was awarded to Jordan after a very close final with a result of +1 on time. The Students’ Team championship consisted of a three-stage knockout tournament due to limited time and the Edmund Reeve Trophy was awarded to the Cambridge team consisting of Cesar Miranda-Reyes and Craig Winfield who emerged the winners of their match against the Oxford team consisting of Mark van Loon and Harry Williams.
Despite the consistent rainfall, this was a fantastic event and great to see students travel far from Oxford (Cambridge and Ireland) to make it to the tournament.Jordan Waters
For the fourth year in a row we won the Southern Federation League. This involves local clubs ranging from Oxford down to Ryde on the Isle of White. It was these two teams which met for the final in October at the Winchester Croquet Club.
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