Winners at Hurlingham
Gordon Mills won the Veterans Advanced Handicap at Hurlingham which took place on 5th to 7th September 2023 and John Reddish was the runner up.
Gt Dunham 2nd in GC League 2023
Thanks to a great win at Pinchbeck (9-1) Great Dunham came 2nd in the EACF Northern League. We were level with Downham but beat them on net hoops won. So, congratulations to our team Andy, Jim and Lyndon as well as Peter Ross who played for us at Bury St Edmunds.
Two wins for Gt Dunham members 2023
After two mediocre years, Duncan is on the up again winning the handicap event with five wins at the National Veterans Championships held at Budleigh Salterton in June 2023. This was followed by John Reddish winning the C Class Level Advanced.
Gabrielle Higgins wins the GC Women's Open Championship
The championship was held at Surbiton croquet club in mid June. Gabrielle is a very experienced Association Croquet player with many UK titles to her name. Her parents live in Great Dunham and Gabrielle is a member of our club. Last year she apologised for the fact that she had started playing Golf Croquet but has quickly become phenominally successful, winning the Women's Open Championship at her first attempt.
East Anglian AC Handicap League July 22nd 2022
Great Dunham beat Downham 3-1.
In the morning Terrey played Ian and had a comfortable lead. After pegging out one ball he couldn't peg the second ball out. Despite several attempts Ian gradually caught up and eventually rover and pegged out, thus winning the game. Duncan and Roland played Jonathan and Brian in the doubles which went to time and, after extra turns was still a draw so became "sudden death". Duncan had an easy shot at penult but managed to stick in the hoop with Jonathan's ball a few feet away and thought he had thrown the game. But Jonathan's shot clanged off the wire giving Duncan an easy hoop to win. At lunch the score drawn at 1 - 1 but Great Dunham prevailed in the afternoon to seal a 3 - 1 victory.
Colin Spencer wins at York
Report by John Harris at York
Colin Spencer of Great Dunham Croquet Club (and Downham CC) stormed to victory in the Heart of Yorkshire Tournament on 11-12 June by winning all six of his games. The York lawns were nicely fast, the fine weather held, no fewer than five players gained Merit Awards, and home-made cake rounded off a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. Runner-up was nineteen-year-old Wendy Robertson of York CC, another up-and-coming player to watch.
Soham Indoor Speed Croquet (AC)
Sunday 16th January 2022
Report from Duncan Hector
Speed croquet is a doubles event played using large chess clocks. Each side starts with 25 minutes on the clock and each player has to run 6 hoops and peg out. Time is crucial because when your time runs out you only get single ball shots, no croquet shots.
Peter Ross and I represented Gt Dunham again. Five teams competed and after some hard fought matches, we were fortunate enough to win 4 - 0.
Photo L to R. Paul Hetherington Tournament Manager, Peter Ross, Duncan Hector
Great Dunham win the Soham Trophy
Sunday 17th December 2023
The new partnership of Duncan Hector and Colin Spencer retained the Soham Trophy won last year by Duncan and Peter Ross. To clinch the trophy, we beat Alison and David Maugham 14-0 which was very satisfying as they have won every Soham event in the last 12 months.
Soham Indoor Speed Croquet (AC)
Sunday 19th December 2022
Four teams took part in the Soham Speed Doubles. Great Dunham were represented by myself and Peter Ross. Fortunately, we were very much on form, winning all our games and conceding only one hoop all day.
The Norwich Canary Annual Charity (AC) One Ball Tournament
Sunday 20th September 2022
Report from the Manager - Terrey Sparks
Twelve pairs from the six clubs who participate in the E.A.C.F. northern section of the (A.C.) league congregated at the Norwich Club on Sunday to contest in a charity event for the 'The Norwich Canary Trophy', in which the winners would be entitled to nominate a local registered charity to where the total entry fees collected would be donated.
The Great Dunham pairing of Duncan Hector & Charles Ostler Ran out the winners with 14 wins out of 19 games. As winners, the Great Dunham team nominated 'The Swaffham & Litcham Home Hospice Support Charity' to receive the £87.50 raised.
Gt Dunham - Win the EACF Association Croquet Northern League 2022
Gt Dunham v Pinchbeck 4-0
Gt Dunham v Peterborough 2-0
Gt Dunham v Downham 3-1
Gt Dunham v Norwich Cathedral 3 - 1
Gt Dunham v Norwich Castle 4 - 0
Great Dunham Croquet Club is a private club but membership is available for beginners and experienced players.
The club primarily plays Garden Croquet and Association Croquet.
If you are interested, please contact us.