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.
On the sunny weekend of 1-2 September 2018 Oxford hosted the association croquet student championships. Students from Oxford, Bath, Plymouth and Exeter universities sent down their representatives. For the first time in years Cambridge was missing, possibly as they were still licking the wounds of their defeat in the Varsity match. The doubles competition was won by Oxford students Kirandeep Saini and Mark Baker, who beat the Exeter duo Ian Mak and Ross Moore and the Plymouth pair James Woolas and Alfie ball. In the final of the singles competition Oxford's own Mark van Loon was defeated by Dan Gott, former Oxford student turned defector for Bath.
The prizes were presented by former AC world champion and current CA vice-president Stephen Mulliner, who brought his well known wit and charm to the occasion. Hopefully, many of this year's competitors will be back next year to compete again!
Oxford reclaimed its title in the Varsity Match with a 6-3 win against Cambridge. See here for a full match report. 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.
Congratulations to Lincoln College who have won the 2018 Croquet Cuppers tournament. They defeated Brasenose in the Final and won champagne and chocolates. Congratulations also to Angus Baird of Brasenose, who made a wonderful 5-hoop break and won our "man of the match" award, kindly sponsored by The Oxford Artisan Distillery. We are grateful to the Croquet Association for their sponsorship of the tournament, which once again attracted hundreds of teams and was the biggest sporting event held in Oxford University.
The Varsity Match 2017
Oxford lost to a stronger Cambridge team (2-7) at the Hurlingham Club in London in early June. 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.
Student Championships 2017
We welcomed players from Cambridge, Exeter, Oxford, Plymouth and Sheffield.
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.
Membership is open to both University and non-University members from £12.00. Our lawns are open until the end of September. We have two categories of lawn fees ("term-time" £12.00 and "all summer" £24.00) 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.
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