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Monday
Aug292016

Video: 2016 Minnesota Open Final

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.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

29th Annual US Open: December 6-10, 2016

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 -- rory.kelley43@gmail.com or Doug Grimsley -- dgrimsley37@aol.com

Monday
Aug222016

Video: 2016 AC Worlds-Two Block Games

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.

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Wednesday
Aug172016

Video: Triple Peel - First Person View

First person view on how to complete a triple peel from a missed lift. Filmed using a Xiaomi Yi action camera by Paddy Chapman.

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Friday
Jul152016

2016 USCA Western Regionals: August 4-7

The USCA Western Regional Association Laws Croquet Tournament will be held at Puget Sound Croquet Club in Kirkland, Washington. Practice will be from 1-5pm on Wednesday August 3, 2016. Play starts Friday 8:00 a.m., August 4-7, 2016.
Spector’s and guests are welcome. For more information, please contact Western Regional Vice President Jim Hanks: jamesjhanks@gmail.com or call 707-573-0956.
Monday
Jul112016

Video: 2016 British Open Game 5 - Patel vs Rothman

Game Five of the 2016 British Opens Singles final between Samir Patel and Ben Rothman.

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Sunday
Jul102016

2016 British Opens: Rothman Takes A Piece of History 

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.

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Sunday
Jul102016

2016 British Opens: Day Eight

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).

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Friday
Jul082016

2016 British Opens: Day Seven

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.

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Friday
Jul082016

2016 British Opens: Day Six

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.

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Wednesday
Jul062016

2016 British Opens: Day Five (Singles Draw)

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).

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Tuesday
Jul052016

2016 British Opens: Day Four

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.

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Monday
Jul042016

2016 British Opens: Day Three

On the Fourth of July, Ben Rothman (USA) donned the stars and stripes, and went four for four to start the singles qualifying round.

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Monday
Jul042016

2016 British Opens: Day Two

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.

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Sunday
Jul032016

2016 British Opens: Day One

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.

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