I had a fantastic time enjoying the craic at the Irish Open at Carrickmines Croquet Club, Dublin.
The Irish Open caters for all players, from experienced through to beginners. One player had only started playing three weeks earlier. Events included advanced singles and doubles, handicap doubles, 14 point games and after a hard day’s play some Irish Speed Croquet.
Ed Cunningham did a marvelous job as tournament manager – have never been involved in a tournament where there is so many events happening.
Only at the Irish Open
Of course there has to be something unusual happen. With so may events there was the possibility of Australian Alan Walsh winning some silverware. Having been knocked out of the advanced singles Alan played a number of games in the consolation event – advanced plate. In order to qualify to win the event players have to play a minimum of 4 games.
At the end of day 1 Alan had played and lost 3 games, with no one else playing any more than 2 games. Having looked closely at the results and the permutations Alan discovered that if he played 1 more game and lost AND no one else played 4 games he could win the event without winning a game.
On hearing this several of the Irish said “let’s organise it”.
Unfortunately the manager didn’t allow this to eventuate.
Of course it isn’t all about the croquet. One hasn’t been to Ireland unless you experience the craic. And there was plenty. My hosts Joe & Anne-Marie spoilt me rotten with food aplenty and 3 replays of Mayo winning the quarter final. Am looking forward to hearing Joe shout from the rooftops when Mayo win the championship later in September.
Evening included wine tastings, barbecues and Irish stew at Johnny Foxes.
And to top it all off a visit to the Guinness factory to sample Ireland’s finest.
Results of the Irish Open
For all the details of results go to croquetscores