Unusual Records on the Courts

Biggest come-from-behind victory?

Leo McBride over David Lewis in the Quebec Open '95 winning 26-24 after being down 2 - 24.
Tied by Louis Nel, who came from a deficit of 3 - 25 against Brian Cumming in Aboyne, September Open 1998 to win 26 - 25.

Derrick Robinson beat Rick Sheely at the 1996 Nationals 26-25, after a long break, stake out of opponent and second break, which if it wasn't 24-2, was close, and probably greatest number of points scored without the opponent shooting.

Greatest Number of double-peel peg out victories in a tournament?

2 - by Leo McBride, achieved against Ben Houston and Mike Westfall in the 1997 West Coast Classic

Greatest margin of victory?

The 26-0 win by Robert Fulford over Ken McReynolds - Croq-Can '93.

The Shortest match?

The 18 1/2 minute match between Robert Fulford and Ken McReynolds at CroqCan final. Archie Burchfield also had an 18 minute victory somewhere.

Highest elevation of a ball in tournament play

48 inches by Steve Dimond Seattle Open, 97

Biggest come-from-behind victory?

Leo McBride over David Lewis in the Quebec Open '95 winning 26-24 after being down 2 - 24.

Derrick Robinson beat Rick Sheely at the 1996 Nationals 26-25, after a long break, stake out of opponent and seocnd break, which if it wasn't 24-2, was close, and probably greatest number of points scored without the opponent shooting.


Greatest number of peels of partner ball in a match?

8, by Steve Dimond in the West Coast Classic '96

John Solomon won Championships with a missing partner, thus 12 peels, in Association Rules

Youngest prize winner?

Robert Fulford (see above)

Jacques Fournier has won prizes, at what level I'm not sure

Oldest prize winner?

John Young - Croq-Can '96

Oldest USCA National Champ?

Jim Hughes 67 years old in 1996

First Canadian to win the Croq-Can Singles Championship?

Leo McBride - Croq-Can'96

First Canadian Croq-Can Doubles Champions?

David Lewis and Leo McBride - Croq-Can '96

Longest intentional wicket shot?

103 feet, by Ben Houson West Coast Classic '98 - Victoria BC

Longest intentional roquet of a boundary ball?

107 feet by Mike Westfall - West Coast Classic '97

In the early 90's in the Midwest Regional, a player hit corner to corner, I can't remember who it was.

Longest intentional through-a-wicket roquet shot?

86 feet, by Bill Losier - Quebec Open '96

Longest intentional peel-and -run?

35 feet, by Tim Hill - Aboyne Invitational, May 1997

Greatest number of last rotations?

7 - by Shirley Coombs. It happened in the West Coast Classic while defeating Arthur Park.

Shortest distance for a failed peg-out of partner ball?

12 inches, by Leo McBride. It happened in the Aboyne July 1997 Invitational against Brian Cumming. Leo hit the ground. His forward ball had almost enough energy to reach the peg - but not quite enough!

Shortest distance failed peg out of one ball

9 inches Jeff Maxwell vs.Rick Sheely, though the miss was intentional, so Maxwell could use his last bisque.

Victory in the smallest number of turns?

4 turns, by Brian Cumming, defeating Debbie Prentis in the Aboyne July 1997 Invitational.

Does this mean each ball shot just once? Or that Brian played 4 turns. I complete a game in seven turns playing blue/black vs. Judy Patch in league play at Madden's Resort. Yellow's lone turn was to make #1, accidently roquet partner, take-off to #2, get clean, accidently roquet partner again, take off to attack out of bounds. Blue and black then ran back to back breaks.

Longest pegout of partner ball?

38 feet - by Leo McBride, in Aboyne Association Rules Championship, August 1997

Quickest Association Rules Victory?

27 minutes and 53 seconds, by David Lewis against Bob Willie in Aboyne Association Rules Champsionship, August, 1997

Most triple peel pegout wins in an Association Rules tournament?

3, by Leo McBride against Chris Loat, Jim Nicklasson and Brian Cumming in Aboyne Association Rules Championship, August, 1997
source : David Barr at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

In 1978 Peter Olsen organised the longest game record -
100 hours, entered in the 1979 Guinness Book of Records.

100 Non-stop hours. Commenced 10am Sunday 14th May 1978, ended 2pm Thursday 18th May, at Manly club in Sydney. Four players; Peter Olsen, Don Noack, Julio Aznarez and Hazel Kelly (a 60-year old!) Peter Olsen was 20 at the time. A very sober affair. Raised several thousand dollars for the Paraplegic Sports Club. (Peter Olsen had several paraplegics trying out the game at the time.)
source : Peter Olsen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Mike Weimerskirch and Bert Myer recently played a game in the San Francisco Open that lasted at least 31 last turns. Starting last turns, Weimerskirch's red had been staked out long ago, yellow for 1-back, Myer's blue for 2-back, black for the stake, blue partner dead, and black last dead partner, forgeting that fact and retreating to a boundary. Last turns begin, yellows rests between 2-back and stake, blue guards 1-back from the boundary, black shoots hard at the stake, yellow sets up, blue hits yellow, sends yellow to black, black roquets yellow, fails to 2-putt to the stake, leaves 30 footer, yellow misses roquet on black, this happens twice more, black fails stake out (for 5th time), yellow sets up, black stakes out, yellow clears 1-back, score tied again. Yellow and blue play game of cat and mouse, blue takes 3 shots at 2-back from 20 feet, misses all, yellow takes 1 hoop shot from 15 feet - air ball - yellow tries 4 20 foot roquets, o-for-4, blue misses roquet, yellow sets up close, blue tries roquet through the hoop and hits hoop, yellow goes through, 37 minutes into last turns (and dinner)

Ian Burridge notes, "My favourite personal record is :"
"Most hoops hit with a single ball in one stroke". In the 1990 (I think) Wales v Scotland match, playing Ian Bond, I achieved 3, when shooting at a ball near hoop 4 from corner 4 I glanced hoop 4, hit hoop 5 before ending up in the jaws of hoop 2.

I have definitely completed several tournament games in around 25 minutes although I do not have an official time for any of them.

I also won what I reckon is the fastest ever best of three to go to three games when I beat Simon Williams (Wales v Ireland, Home Internationals 1991 (Ithink) +26 -26 +26 (cant remember if there were any TP's). Again an accurate time was not taken but it was about 95 mins.

All the above Association Rules.
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Croquet Joke:

Croquet player to a golfer:
" Have you ever considered giving up golf and playing croquet instead?
Golfer:
"Yes, as a matter of fact I have. But I've decided to wait until I am too old to walk! And what about you - have you considered playing golf instead of croquet?
Croquet player:
" Yes I have. But I've decided to wait until I am too old to think!"

Actually a true story, unless it was a joke before John Cagle responded to a golfer at the Minikahda Club in 1994.