Felix Webby the new Under 21s GC World Champion

In a gritty best of five final, Felix Webby (New Zealand) has decisively defeated compatriot George Coulter, 7:3, 7:6, 7:5.

Lester Hughes was watching and describes the games on Croquetscores.

U21 placegetters

The first game went to Felix. George was level at 3 all but unfortunately peeled Felix through hoops 7 and 8. From there Felix went on to win 7:3.

In the second game George went out to lead Felix 4:0, with a seven yard hoop, an in-off, a hoop from a clearance ball and another long hoop. Felix fought back strongly with some great position play and good clearances, and recovered from 5:6 down to win 7:6.

The final game also went to Felix, after a seesawing lead through the first eight hoops. At Hoop 12 it was all down to a clearance by George, playing black, but a miss left black and blue on the boundary and both red and yellow in running positions. Yellow scored and Felix is the new Under 21 World Champion. "Hugs all round on the lawn", says Lester. "Great play by both young men."

Equal third place in the championship went to Edward Wilson (South Australia) and Josh Freeth (New Zealand).

The picture above shows the four placegetters. From left: Edward Wilson, George Coulter, Felix Webby, Josh Freeth.
Pic: Andrea Wilson.

Well done to all the competitors in a great tournament.