Two-hour plus video of the 2016 Minnesota Open Association Croquet Final final between Billy Bob Breeden and George Saad. Event was held at the Centennial Lakes Park facility in Edina, a suburb of Minneapolis, on Sunday, August 21,2016. Mike Weimerskirch is TD. Video by Russell Dilley.
The U.S.Open, the longest running association rules tournament in the United States, celebrates it's 29th continuous year this December. The tournament will run Tuesday, Dec. 6 through Saturday Dec. 10 at the Mission Hills Club in Palm Springs, CA. The TD will be Rory Kelley assisted by Doug Grimsley. There will be two flights with three games guaranteed each day through Friday leading to a BO3 Championship final and court side luncheon on Saturday. For information contact Rory Kelley -- firstname.lastname@example.org or Doug Grimsley -- email@example.com
Please note that the post title had a typo -- the dates should be December 6-10, 2016. The post has been corrected but the enewsletter cannot be un-sent.
Video by Russell Dilley on Day One block play from the 2016 AC Worlds at the National Croquet Center in Wets Palm Beach, Florida. This double banked session features Jenny Clarke (NZ) vs Robert Hurst (USA) in Game One and Matthew Essick (USA) vs Andre Savinovs (Latvia) in Game Two.
First person view on how to complete a triple peel from a missed lift. Filmed using a Xiaomi Yi action camera by Paddy Chapman.
Game Five of the 2016 British Opens Singles final between Samir Patel and Ben Rothman.
It’s Rothman! Ben Rothman is the 2016 British Open Singles Champion. In the final he beat Samir Patel (England) -26tp, +19, -20tp, +25tp, +26tp. Rothman (USA) is the first North American player to win a British Open championship title.
The singles semifinals were all-day affairs, averaging around two hours per game (including lunch and tea breaks). Between the two matches there were nine games played, each with a successful peeling turn (eight triples and one quad).
The main event of the day was the singles quarterfinals, played as best-of-fives. Paddy Chapman showed impressive focus and control and was nearly error-free in dispatching the ever-entertaining James Death 3-1. Samir Patel was nearly as impressive in a 3-1 win over top seed Reg Bamford.
In the much-anticipated Bamford vs. Essick match, Essick hit only one of five long shots, and Bamford won with two sextuple peels. All eight seeds advanced to the quarterfinals, some needing to play two matches to get there. While the conditions are fairly easy, it is nonetheless impressive that 28 of 34 games today included a successful peeling turn of three or more peels, including three sextuples and three quads.
Fifteen players qualified today for the main singles knockout, joining the seven who had qualified yesterday. Tomorrow’s knockout pairings have been posted on the CA Site. One of the more interesting match-ups is Reg Bamford (South Africa, resident in England) vs. Matthew Essick (USA).
The British Opens Singles qualifying is in the Burridge Swiss format; players need five wins out of ten games to reach the knockout. The first six rounds are pre-drawn to ensure a balanced draw. The final four rounds match players by record. Paddy Chapman (NZ, resident in England) and Ben Rothman (USA) lead the pack at 6/6.
On the Fourth of July, Ben Rothman (USA) donned the stars and stripes, and went four for four to start the singles qualifying round.
Doubles was again the main order of business for the day. In the one remaining match from the round of 16, Death and Patel (England) advanced over Essick and Hurst (USA), Patel tripling in game 1 and finishing off the contact after an Essick TPO in game 2.
Day One of the British Opens at the Cheltenham Croquet Club was a short day with a single round of the main doubles knockout. Most of the top-ranked teams had fairly easy matches, but a couple of matches were especially competitive. Jeff Dawson (England) and David Walters (Wales) bested Ben Rothman (USA) and Gavin Carter (Jersey) with two triples by Dawson.