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Entries in British Opens (26)

Friday
Dec302016

2016 Best of Croquet Network

As 2016 winds down, it's always a great time to look at the most popular articles and pages on the Croquet Network site. The trends always present an interesting look back at the year in our wonderful sport and the popularity of specific pages or articles makes me appreciate the loyal audience that has been cultivated over a near-decade of work. The past year was particularly enjoyable because, we kicked off a small but targeted effort to invest in and produce more original content. It's nice to see some of those pieces in the top 10 for 2016. 

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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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