Congratulations to Reg Bamford, GC World Champion
After nine long days of competition, and a final lasting nearly six hours, Reg Bamford of South Africa is the new Golf Croquet World Champion.
The final was a long see-sawing match with great roquets and positional shots by both Reg and his opponent Ahmed Nasr of Egypt. In the end Reg was victorious 7:6, 5:7, 7:4, 3:7, 7:4.
At the presentation by WCF President Amir Ramsis, bronze medals went to Hami Erian (Egypt) and Felix Webby (NZ). The Shield was won by Duncan Dixon (NZ), beating England's John Paul Moberly, and an all-Australian Bowl final saw Greg Fletcher beat Kevin Beard. Winner of the Plate was George Coulter (NZ) with Geoff Jamieson (Australia) runner up.
See Croquetscores for detailed results of all games, and for commentary on the semi-finals and final by Jenny Clarke and Lester Hughes. The Croquet Victoria Facebook page includes pictures and links to some live-stream video of the final (thanks, Pete Landrebe).
The championship was notable for the number of young players, particularly from New Zealand, several of whom did extremely well.
Congratulations to all the players, and thanks to the officials and volunteers at all the venues, Cairnlea, Williamstown, Essendon, Geelong Belmont, and Ballarat Alexandra. The event was much appreciated by the many members who came to watch throughout the week, and the final held the attention of a big crowd right to the end.
A spirited and positive event!