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Evan Newell wins the SLOC!!!

There were emotional scenes on the lawns of Newcastle as Evan Newell, on long odds, won the South Leinster Open Championship, tied on 5 wins with Danny Johnston but with superior hoop points (65 to 63!).

Appleton Trophy Report

This year's match between CAI and SCA for the Appleton Trophy (easily the  most handsome trophy on the croquet circuit) was played at the Meadows CC in Edinburgh last weekend. Ireland was the holder but was quickly under pressure as the Scots won all three doubles games on Saturday morning and kept up the pressure during the afternoon, so that at the end of play SCA had a 13 -5 lead. The only  Irish player with something to celebrate was Jane Morrison, who beat her husband, Campbell, in their singles game.

How the Irish invented..

We have been given a little history piece written by Dr. Christine Kinealy. She is a professor at Quinnipiac University in New York. Her field of study is the Irish Famine. She was so taken by our costumed games during the Irish Famine Summer School that she researched the history of croquet. The article is complimentary to the History item by Clive Martin & Simon Williams under the History Tab. Two pictures of her time in Strokestown are included. Christine is in the beige outfit, trying her strike. Read it here.

Croquet Association or Ireland AGM July 18th 2016

Members of the CAI are invited to attend the Annual General meeting which will take place on Monday July 18th at 7.30 pm in Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis club. Light refreshments will be served.

Members will receive a formal notice via their club secretaries in the coming days. If you do not receive notification, copies of the material sent with the notice (including the 2015 accounts and a data protection notice) can be obtained by e-mailing Daniel Johnston, the secretary of the CAI, at

2016 Home Internationals Report

The 2016 Home Internationals were contested by England, Ireland Scotland and Wales in Compton, Sussex on the 18 and 19th of June. Teams of 5 compete against every other nation over two days in an all singles format.

New CAI Website Design

This is the new CAI website.

The main objectives of this upgrade are to:
1. Upgrade from out of date software
2. Provide a more mobile-friendly service
3. Modernise the design
4. Provide a better access to the site data
5. Incorporate a new CAI logo

Comments and suggestions are welcome at webcai at the website, See contact us page for web admin

GC World Team Championships Report

Report by Jack Clingan.
The 2016 Golf Croquet World Team Championships were hosted in May by CA with the Irish team competing in the Tier 1 competition at Surbiton. Jack Clingan (c), Charlie von Schmieder, Evan Newell, Simon Williams, and Patsy Fitzgerald had been in preparation for the event from the end of 2015, ably co-ordinated by team manager Danny Johnston. Several sessions focussed on lawn practice, tactical discussion and psychological preparation (with the assistance of Neil O’Brien) had the team in a confident mood heading into their opening group game against the holders, Egypt.

CAI Team for Appelton Trophy

The team to represent the CAI in its annual match for the Appleton on 9/10 July in Edinburgh is
Nathaniel Healy (C)
Jane Morrison
Evan Newell
Sandy Greig
Alan Looney
Daniel Bennett

Championship of Co Dublin 2016 Winners

Dublin & South-Eastern Railway Cup: Danny Johnston (Dublin University)

Duff Mathews Cup (division 2): Stephen Custance Baker (Taunton)
Runner-up: John F. Martin

New Mirabeau Trophy (division 3): Tony Carey (Carrickmines)
Runner-up: Paddy Furey

Phantom Trophy (division 4): Hugh Brennan (Carrickmines)
Runner-up: James Carroll

Boxwell Cup (handicap singles): John F. Martin (Dublin University)
Runner-up: Danny Johnston

Ireland through to Semi Finals

Ireland have made it to the semi-finals of the World Team Championships in London in the second playing of the event. After their initial loss to Egypt, the team went on to draw with the USA before beating Sweden in a convincing display. This earned them a playoff with the USA to decide who would progress from the block, and Ireland duly did the business to earn a semi final with New Zealand. The event continues on Wednesday, follow their progress on croquet scores and messages of support are welcome!
Danny Johnston