Carol Hayward Competition

The Carol Hayward Competition

The Carol Hayward is an association croquet handicap singles competition for players aged 60 and over. It is played on six Tuesday mornings from January to March. It is a relaxed event with play stopping for a well-catered morning tea. It is also popular with typically 40 or more players at United and Elmwood clubs.

Carol Hayward

The competition is in memory of Carol Hayward QSM of Elmwood Croquet Club. Carol was very active in Canterbury croquet including running winter indoor croquet. Carol died October 2009 and the Carol Hayward Competition started early 2010.

The competition is run as a flexible Swiss competition so players do not have to play every week. The player with the largest percentage of wins who has played at least five games is the winner. There is no minimum number of games.


Players born before 28 January 1961 are eligible.

Play is on Tuesdays at 9.30 am at United Croquet Club.
2 February
9 February
16 February
23 February
9 March
16 March
23 March
Two and a half hour 18-point handicap games with a break in the middle for eating, drinking and socialising.


Previous winners

Year Winner Runner-up
2023 Sue Scott Tim Slack
2019 Owen Evans (Cashmere) Graham Button (St James Park)
2018 Pam Hurst (United) Sally Jeffcott (United)
2017 Max Joines (St Martins) Pam Hurst (United)
2016 Graham Button (St James Park) Rosalind Thomson (United)

Earlier results not available.