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Entries in Paddy Chapman (34)


AC Worlds-Eight Players Left Standing

Updated on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 09:32AM by Registered CommenterDylan

Updated on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 12:31PM by Registered CommenterDylan

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA -- As 16 players went into battle on Thursday in best of five action, only two players were able to pull off "upsets" in the 2016 WCF AC World Championship. It happened to be the two Americans, David Maloof and Danny Huneycutt that went against the rankings. All of the other matches went according to the proper math, although #10 Samir Patel (ENG) had to go the distance to hold off #42 Jose Riva (ESP) 26otp-13, 22-26, 9-26tp, 26tp-20, 26-5. David Maugham (#7) (ENG) also had to go to five to hold off #26 Chris Williams (WLS) as did #8 Stephen Mulliner (ENG) in his match against #25 Stephen Forster (AUS). 

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Morning Coffee: WCF World AC Block Draw

The WCF has published the Association Croquet World Championship draw with eight blocks set for the field of 80 players. Seven qualifiers are yet to be named. The number ones include Robert Fletcher, Reg Bamford, David Maugham, Paddy Chapman, Stephen Mulliner, Samir Patel, Jeff Dawson and Ian Dumergue. From the US,

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2016 Most Popular Croquet YouTube Channels

Since posting this ranking for 2015, there have been some changes in the landscape. First off, YouTube is allowing channels to hide their total view count and several channels from last year's list have obscured that count. I'm not sure why, but the remedy for 2016 is to rank the channels by subscribers.

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Morning Coffee: Croquet Network vs Croquet Nation

With the summer croquet season winding down here in Kansas City, the Morning Coffee series is back on tap until next summer. Out of the gate for the offseason, we are making some branding adjustments. Several years ago, the forum site became the home of croquetnetwork.com. Over the next few weeks, the forum community will officially transition to the CroquetNation.com name and domain. And, this old magazine site is re-claiming the CroquetNetwork.com domain and branding.

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Fulford's Gets His Eleventh Open Championship

LONDON, ENGLAND -- Robert Fulford claimed his record 11th Croquet Association Open Championship with a 26-6, 26-19 win over Paddy Chapman today at the Surbiton Croquet Club in London. It was his second straight Open title and he previously had a series of three straight wins from 2006-2008. John Solomon won six straight during 1963-1968.

Open Singles Champions
2015 Open Singles Playoff Bracket 


2015 CA Open: Chapman vs Fulford

The 2015 Open Championships being held at the Surbiton Croquet Club in London this week has successfully narrowed down to Paddy Chapman and Robert Fulford for the finals to be held on Sunday, July 15, 2015. Chapman made is way by going through Robert Wilkinson (2-1), Ben Rothman (2-1), David Maugham (2-0) and James Death (2-0). Death was on his own path prior to facing Chapman as he knocked off Luc Berthouse (2-0), Jose Riva (2-0) and Reg Bamford (2-1).

Fulford had a bye in the first round of the knockout then took out Robert Hurst (2-0), Stephen Mulliner (2-0) and Jamie Burch (2-1).

Americans Rothman and Hurst after making the final knockout had the unique distinction of being eliminated by the two finalists.

2015 Open Championship Bracket (Singles)


2015 Most Popular Croquet YouTube Channels

One of the quietly growing segments for the sport of croquet on the internet is YouTube. The traffic is still minor compared to the crazy videos that will notch views in the millions, but the overall segment of YouTube channels that Croquet Network tracks has grown from 12 to 18 since the start of 2014. And the total views for that group has gone from 434,000 to 603,000 during the same timeframe.

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2014 MacRobertson Shield Line-Ups

Now that the ACWC has concluded the croquet world can turn all attention on the upcoming MacRobertson Shield World Team Championship which will roll out the balls in December in New Zealand. Line-ups for the Big 4 have been announced and presented below is a selective breakdown of stats pulled from croquetrecords.com on August 29.

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Lightning Round: With Robert Fletcher

Six Questions: Robert Fletcher

New World Champion Robert Fletcher took some time over the past few days to answer a lightning round of six questions just after his blitz through the ACWC.

#1 - So, you really just rolled through this World Championship (23-0) at a time when it seems like there are a lot of players out there with legitimate title chances. Can you explain how that happened? Is it your that playing has moved to another level or are there other factors?

I think I just played really consistently, I didn't do anything fancy, I just played solid croquet all week.  I had played deep into Worlds before, so I knew what to expect in the later rounds.

#2 - Despite the 3-0 score, the final with Paddy seemed fairly interactive. Can you talk about how that match went and maybe what the key to you gaining control?

It was interactive, mainly due to the hoops being put in new holes that day.  Surbiton has a clay base which makes for very tough hoops, plus the variable pace of the lawn.  We both took some time to adjust to the hoops, but it was probably my shooting throughout the first two games that made the difference. 

#3 - A World Championship is an incredible lifetime achievement and you've done it at the age of 20. It would almost seem to be overwhelming. Can you describe what it was like once you got that final peg out?

I was relieved, that the match was over (as it had been long and tough), and delighted to have come through on top!

#4 - Can you give us any insight on what you think distinguishes a top 10 world player from the rest of the field?

Top 10 players are generally good shots, consistent TPers, good at pegged off tactics and have a better mental approach than other players. 
#5 - And what is your approach to Association Croquet in the actual game -- do you feel like you are playing against your opponent, the court or yourself?


The court when I am playing breaks (i.e. what lines of play I should take or what strokes to play), but I am definitely aware of who I am playing with regard to leave setting and choice of shot.

#6 - What's in your future plans, both near term and long term?

Short term; preparing for the MacRobertson Shield in NZ this December, which will include the Australian President's 8, and the Australian Open singles and doubles Championship.  Long term; continuing to improve my game and working toward retaining my World title. 

Photo provided by Adrian Wadley. See the full gallery here.


New WCF AC World Champion: Robert Fletcher

Robert Fletcher in action during the ACWC Final (Click for Gallery)Australia's Robert Fletcher defeated New Zealand's Paddy Chapman 3-0 (26-22, 26tp-23, 26-0) yesterday to claim the 14th WCF Association Croquet World Championship at the Surbiton Club in England.

Reg Bamford claimed the last two World Championships (2009, 2012) and prior to that Chris Clark, Robert Fulford and Bamford have held exclusive control of the title back to 1991.

Fletcher is the first Australian to win the title and at 20 the youngest player to win the title. Robert Fulford was 21 when he claimed the title in 1990.

In the Bowl (for those knocked out of the first round of the KO), James Hopgood (ENG) beat Nick Parish (ENG) +23tp, +26tp. 

In the Plate (for those who did not qualify for the KO), Jose Riva (ESP) beat Paul Bennett (USA) +11,+12. 

In the Shield (for those out of everything else), Richard Smith (ENG) beat Lionel Tibble (ENG) +13, +5.

Links are rolling in now:

Adrian Wadley Photo Gallery:

CroquetScores.Com Full Bracket

Robert Fletcher Becomes World Champion
(PDF Report

Robert Fletcher Wins AC World Championship!

Fletcher's On Top of the World