Long wait is over for croquet club

History has been made in Darley Dale with the town’s croquet club, now well into its fourth season, finally drawing blood in the Federation of East Midlands Croquet Clubs.

For the past three seasons, Darley Dale Croquet Club has come frustratingly close to winning games against other local teams in the East Midlands Federation, only to have victory denied them in the final stages of the game.

This usual pattern was seen when Bakewell Croquet Club beat Darley Dale by nine hoops to three. Louis McMeeken, together with Mike and Diane Frosdick, put up a valiant effort but were beaten on the day.

Recent games have, however, ended differently.

The match against North Hykeham played on July 27 saw Messrs McMeeken, Sullivan and Cook all on sparkling form. In a closely-fought match, they held their collective nerve to claim the game by seven hoops to five.

The old adage goes that you wait ages for a bus to arrive and then two, or more, come along together. So it was for Darley Dale and their fixtures in their federation matches. Messrs McMeeken, Sullivan and Cook, having equipped themselves well, went on to beat Nottingham B by eight hoops to four on July 29.

Further success followed on July 31 when Louis McMeeken, together with Mike and Diane Frosdick, beat Long Eaton’s team by nine hoops to three. July has never been so glorious in Darley Dale!

A spokesman for the club said that all members were delighted at the success that the club had recently enjoyed. While the club placed great emphasis upon the social aspect of the game the recent run of success against other clubs provided a boost to all members and would help to raise the club’s profile locally.

Anyone who would like to know more about the game and how it is played should ring Ed Runham (01629 732898) or David Gregory (01629 732455) for details.

The club provides all of the equipment needed – mallets, hoops and balls – together with coaching in the basic rules and techniques of the game. Free taster sessions are also available for those wanting to try the game.