Exciting finish to Mortimer Trophy
Drysdale has just finished playing for the Mortimer Trophy 2017/18.
This is a GC doubles match over two Thursdays, 23 and 30 March.
The match ended in a tie followed by a playoff.
Begonia time in Ballarat
March is Begonia time in Ballarat. To celebrate, this is when the Ballarat and District Croquet Association hold their annual Association Croquet tournament.
News Date: 2017-04-02
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2017-04-03
News Type: Golf
GC Bronze Medal and Selectors' Invitational
The prestigious Bronze Medal was played at Cairnlea from Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April.
The winner of this event represents Victoria in the Gold Medal, which is played as part of the Interstate Carnival to be held in Queensland in September this year.
Alongside the Bronze Medal, 30 GC players were contending in a two-day Selectors' Invitational event.
The Bronze Medal
The eight top available golf croquet players played a best-of-three round robin. There were two matches on Friday, three on Saturday and the remaining two were played on Sunday. The players were Kevin Beard (Essendon), Judy Wembridge (Bairnsdale), Darren McLoughlin (Deniliquin), Terry Hopkins (Essendon), Gail Hopkins (Essendon), Chas Quinn (Yarrawonga), Jim Saunders (Belmont) and Ian Peterson (Belmont). They turned on some great golf croquet.
Going into the last round Terry and Kevin had both won 5 of their 6 matches. The winner of this match would will the Bronze Medal. Kevin played very steadily and won in two games. This will be the third time Kevin has won the ACA (Victoria) Bronze Medal and will be a strong candidate to win the Gold Medal. The runner-up in the event was Darren McLoughlin from Deniliquin. Darren won 5 games and was beaten only by Kevin and Terry. Should Kevin be unable to play in Queensland Darren will be the Victorian representative. Terry finished third.
This annual event is an opportunity for the Golf Croquet selectors to invite and assess a large number of players from across the state. A total of 30 players took place and they were divided into four blocks (originally to be 32 players but two players withdrew late in the week).
Each block played a round robin. The top two players in each block then played off in the knockout final series - a standard best of 13 hoop game in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the final a 19 point game.
A large number of players who did not make the finals entered a Swiss Plate event. Many of the games were close fought. We had determined a minimum of three games to be played for a winner to emerge. After many games had been played Peter Foster (Kew) emerged as the winner with three wins from his three games. In her usual style Lorraine found a large supply of chocolates for the winner. A fine end to the event.
In the quarter-finals, Trish Devlin (Castlemaine), defeated Paul Lund (Williamstown), Patricia Watts (Kew) defeated Jack Williams (Traralgon), Elaine Coverdale (Essendon) defeated Anna Miller (Belmont), and John Murfett (Portland) defeated Richard Parks (Monash).
In the semi-finals, Trish Devlin played Patricia Watts while Elaine and John played in the semi finals. Trish Watts won 7-5 and John shaded Elaine 7-4 to set up the final. John played extremely well all weekend and was the dominant force in the final His 10-6 victory was decisive. Trish played some top croquet to get to the final and had to come from behind to head her block. Two players who gave it their all.
Playing out of Portland, John does not get the opportunity to play a lot in Melbourne. His performance was an indication of good things to come for him - and also the strength of the event. It gives the selectors an opportunity to keep an eye on players for the future, to encourage player development. It also provides a wide range of players the chance to play among their peers in a major event.
Both events rely heavily on a number of people to make a successful weekend. Managers, referees, hoop setters, caterers, cleaners and curators among them. We have an excellent team who work hard to provide tournaments for players and their dedication was on display again. Lorraine Gutcher as TM, Alan Jenkins and Kate Patrick as TRs - we thank you greatly for your work. We are also grateful to the team of referees who attended over the three days to keep control of the games! The courts are still in very good condition given their heavy work load over recent months and for that we must thank our groundsman, James Hood.
Unfortunately we have lost the services of Jane our long-time caterer (due to ill-health) We are very thankful that Lubi has been able to step in and provide a service for us.
The attention of the croquet world now centres on Regional Championships in both Golf Croquet and Association. Keep an eye out for results. The Victorian Gateball Championships will be held at Cairnlea next weekend.
Full results for the Bronze Medal and the Selectors' Invitational are available on croquetscores.com.
Grace Edwards included in new Shepparton Sporting Hall of Fame
The outstanding achievements of Shepparton croquet player Grace Edwards OAM have been recognised by Greater Shepparton City Council.
Grace was among 27 local sports people endorsed by the Council for inclusion in the new Shepparton Sporting Hall of Fame.
Golf Croquet Handicaps have changed
Australia adopted a new system for Golf Croquet handicapping on 3 April 2017.
Every Victorian player has been given a new GC handicap and index. They can be seen on the website in membership listings and player profiles.
Clubs have been issued with handicap cards showing the new trigger points. You can pick up a new card from your Club Handicapper showing your updated handicap and index.