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Irish team for Appleton Trophy

The CAI  Selectors have announced the team to play against the Scottish Croquet Association for the Appleton trophy, which happens in Edinburgh this year. It is Nathaniel Healy (C), Jane Shorten, Sandy Grieg, Daniel Bennett, Alan Looney and Gerard Osborne Burke

Interesting Innovation in Croquet

Report and videos from the Croquet Innovation Tournament, West Palm Beach, Florida USA in which Danny Johnston competed.
The tournament embraced some proposed variations proposed by Howard Sosin who competed in the Green Cup in the Irish Open in 2017. He did explain some of his proposals to us during the event. Click the head line to read Danny's report and get links to videos of the variations in action. Very interesting.

The Gymnastic Cup Open Tournament

Croquet at Carrickmines: The Gymnastic Cup.  
Date:  6th and 7th May 2018

The first Open Croquet Tournament at Carrickmines in 2018 will be the long-standing Gymnastic Cup. To be held over 2 days, 6 and 7 May.
This is an Association Croquet Handicap event, 26-point games. Handicaps as listed on the CAI website will apply.
Players must commit to playing on both days, start time 10am.
Tournament Manager Gerard Osborne Burke.  The exact format of the Tournament will depend on the number of entries.

Maymes Ansell

20th February 2018:   Maymes Ansell has died following a long illness. She was a former member of Herbert Park and Carrickmines, and will be remembered in croquet especially for her valuable work and support for the 2007 World Women's GC Championship.

The Council of the C.A.I. offers its sympathy and condolences to her family and friends. Maymes decided that her body should go to medical research, and details of services will be circulated privately.

2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

This will be held at the Egyptian Croquet Federation in Cairo, Egypt from Saturday, 6 October to Saturday, 13 October 2018. The maximum Event Capacity will be 48.

All wishing to be nominated for a place or wild card in this event, please respond to before April, with the word "selectors" or "selection" in the subject.

Coaching Course March 2018

Cliff Jones, Director of the C.A Coaching Academy, has accepted an invitation to travel to Ireland to give AC coaching to members of the C.A.I in March 2018 at Carrickmines.

Wednesday Thursday & Friday 14 March  to 16 March 2018

LEAD COACH :  Cliff Jones
SECRETARY    :  Martin Gilmartin Email:

Handicaps categorised under 3 Groupings:
GROUP A  -  Restricted to handicaps 20 to 15
GROUP B  -  Restricted to handicaps 14 to 06
GROUP C  -  Restricted to handicaps 5.5 > lower

Croquet in TCD 1960s

James Wyse recalls his introduction to croquet in Trinity College Dublin in the late 60s and his return to the sport 36 years later. Read here.

See recent photo of the relocated Magnetic Observatory at UCD here.