One ball is played to Association Croquet rules with each player having (clearly) one ball each. This greatly simplifies the tactics of the game and enables new players to quickly pick up the game and do well. Handicaps were used, though how they are calculated goes well beyond this piece!
Four blocks of four were duly drawn up by random draw. Three rounds of 30 minutes were then executed in an "all play all" system. The block leaders then played semi-finals followed by a final. Finals results are presented below.
Sixteen players on two lawns presented quite a challenge for the manager (and players!). It was decided to run four separate matches on each lawn at the same time - starting on different hoops!! In the event, thanks to the patience and fine etiquette of the participants, the matches ran very smoothly. Refreshments in the form of mulled wine and homemade mince pies may well have contributed to the convivial atmosphere.
Everyone appeared to have enjoyed themselves (see pictures below) and the event made £170 towards the Downs Syndrome Association.