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The Worshipful Company of Horners

Inter-Livery Golf Croquet Day 10th June 2024

By July 4, 2024Croquet


The Worshipful Company of Glovers hosted this day.


Thirty six teams from 21 different livery companies all arrived at the Sussex County Croquet club at Southwick at the appointed hour wearing waterproofs and holding umbrellas in good faith that the weather would improve but not quite sure what the day would hold if it didn’t.


The welcome and briefing was held outside under the necessary umbrellas whilst optimistic players were trying to find the weather forecast that would say the skies would clear and the sun come out.


The Horners had entered the maximum number of teams allowed; two in the main event for the Glovers’ Cup (Heather Longson with Denis Cruse and Geoffrey Longson with Alan Price) and one in the occasional players event for the Livery Challenge Cup (Steve and Maggie Bradbury).


The skies cleared and the tournament commenced albeit a little late after an extended coffee and biscuit break.


The standard of play in the main event had certainly improved from previous years with both the Horners A and B teams only managing one win out of five in the main event.  The Leathersellers who have won the trophy for the last two years gave the Glovers A a good game in the final losing 7-5.


Steve and Maggie however showed what the Horners can do in the Livery Challenge Cup by winning four of their 5 initial round matches, only losing against the Butchers. This obviously put them in a good position to be contesting the final but unfortunately they had the same number of points as the Girdlers who had a better net hoops position leaving Steve and Maggie in third place with the Girdlers left to lose the final to the Butchers by one hoop.


The Glovers’ croquet tournament has become a very popular and enjoyable event with a relaxed atmosphere that provides an excellent opportunity to play a good standard of croquet as well as meeting fellow liverymen and freemen and learn about other companies.


Alan Price

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