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CAI Selections for International Events 2024

The CAI Selectors are delighted to announce the following selections for International Events this summer.

AC Home Internationals, Southport, 8/9 June.
Simon Williams (Captain), Fiachra Carroll, Sandy Greig, Jane Morrison and Ian Vincent.

Women’s International v the SCA, Edinburgh, 29/30 June.
Jane Morrison (Captain), Karen Davidson Perrins, Yvonne Marrinan, Patricia Mulcahy, Celine O’Reilly, Hillary Whitty, Patricia Whitty and Clair Whyms.

Women’s European GC Open, Eastbourne, 1-4 August.
Karen Davidson Perrins, Yvonne Marrinan, Hillary Whitty, Patricia Whitty and Clair Whyms.

European AC Open, Carrickmines, 15-18 August.
Andrew Johnston (Ranking place), Nathaniel Healy and Simon Williams.

Selections for International Matches.

The CAI Selection Committee are pleased to announce the following selections for international matches between now and the end of May.

CAI Silver Medal, 27/28 April at Carrickmines.

Fiachra Carroll, Danny Johnston, Sandy Greig, Russell Harris, Nathaniel Healy, Alan Looney, Dave McGrath and Simon Williams.

Appleton Trophy, SCA v CAI, 11/12 May, Edinburgh.

Nathaniel Healy (Captain), Fiachra Carroll, Russell Harris, Jane Morrison, Fred Rogerson and Duncan Styles.

European Golf Croquet Open, 16-19 May, Southport.

Alan Looney, Rob O’Donoghue and Mark Stephens.

Carter Cup Postponed

The match between Ireland and the USA, which was to have been played next July, has been postponed until the same time in 2025.

Thanks to all those who put their names forward for selection and we hope that you will do so again next year.

Spain-Ireland GC Match 2023

The 3rd match between the Spanish and Irish women’s GC teams took place in the magnificent grounds of the Real Club Pineda in Seville.
The Spanish team, led by Captain Elena Adarve, was not as strong as in previous years, but with some excellent long hoop running and clearances, were still too strong for the Irish team, made up of players from Rushbrooke, Newbridge House, Carrickmines and Herbert Park as well as a handful of UK based players.

Irish Open 2023 Results

The results of the Irish Open Championships in Carrickmines on 5th -12th August 2023 are as follows:

Singles Championship of Ireland.
Winner: Danny Johnston.
Runner up: Simon Williams

Doubles Championship of Ireland:
Winners: Andy Johnston and Danny Johnston,
Runners up: Sandy Greig and Nathaniel Healy.

Handicap Singles:
Winner: Fiachra Carroll,
Runner up:  Gerard Osborne Burke.

Irish Open 2023 Review by Dave McGrath

Dave McGrath has written his usual entertaining and witty summary of the first 7 days of the tournament and sets the scene in advance of the finals on Saturday 12th August.
Click the title to read the review.

Croquet World Championships

Three Irish-based players will be representing Ireland in the World Association Croquet Championships which are being held in London from 15 to 23 July. Sandy Greig and Simon Williams are members at Carrickmines and Andrew Johnston plays at Newcastle (Co. Wicklow).

The photo shows Sandy, Simon and Andrew in their Irish kit. We wish them all the best in the Championships.

South Leinster Open Championship

The SLOC is usually held in late July, designed to be a warm-up event for the Irish Championships. This year, however, because the World AC Championship will be held in England in mid-July, it was decided to move the event forward.
This year’s visitors included Dave Maugham (-2.5) and his wife, Alison (-0.5), as well as Sandy Greig from Carrickmines. The average handicap of the 8 entrants was -0.8, which was expected to lead to fast games. This expectation was fulfilled, as not even the heavy rain on Saturday morning could reduce the quality of play.