MacRobertson Shield players leave for Los Angeles
Today the eight-person team representing Australia in the MacRobertson Shield are on their way to Los Angeles. Included in the team are Victoria's Stephen Forster (Belmont) and Robert and Malcolm Fletcher (Lismore).
They arrive on Thursday morning US time and are to go to Palm Desert where they will play against teams from England, New Zealand and the US in three five day tests.
Monash beats the weather
The Monash Open singles was held on Friday 7 April followed by the doubles on Saturday 8 April.
Beautiful sunshine – until the final game on Saturday - competitive play and a friendly atmosphere along with two fantastic lunches all contributed to a very successful tournament enjoyed by the participants from Corowa Civic, Ballarat Western, Sale, Ivanhoe Park, Sandringham, MCC, Brunswick, Ringwood along with a few from Monash.
News Date: 2017-04-17
Posted by: David Johnston
Posted on: 2017-04-16
News Type: Association
Victorian Country Regional AC Championships 2017
This year Ballarat District Croquet Association hosted this prestigious annual competition between the 9 country regional associations from 10 - 12 April.
As well as being a very competitive event showcasing high quality croquet, it has a strong social context with a welcoming BBQ and a formal dinner to mark the occasion.
This year we were well supported by the City of Ballarat with the Mayor, Samantha McIntosh, as guest of honour to the dinner. We were also supported by the attendance of the President VCA, Jim Clement; the State Coordinator of Referees, Brian Foley; and Councillor Daniel Moloney.
Each region is represented by four players, one in each of four sections (-3 to 4.5; 5 to 9; 10 to 14; 16 to 20). The championships are played in a round robin over three days with the winning team having the highest aggregate of hoops. The individual winners of sections are determined in the usual manner of games, and where necessary, net hoops.
Despite the onset of winter weather over the first two days, the tournament was very successful. Players indicated their appreciation of the opportunity for the competitive experience and the wonderful spirit in which the games were played. They also expressed their appreciation of the hospitality and organisation of the championships.
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2017 Regional Champions, Northern District (pictured), with an aggregate of 509 hoops. They were followed by Goulburn Valley with 483. Third place went to North East with 477.
The winning NDCA team.
From left: Tricia Devlin, Chris Eiffert, John Brennan and Ian Smith.
Individual winners and runners up, respectively, were:
Section 1 Kenn Boal (Goulburn Valley); Ken Bald (Wimmera)
Section 2 Anne Kenny (Murray Valley); Kevin Bluff (Geelong)
Section 3 Kevin Maloney (North East); John Brennan (Northern)
Section 4 Eileen Gough (Geelong); Ian Smith (Northern)
A special award is presented to the Section 4 player judged to be showing the most promise. The 2017 winner was Eileen Gough.
The full results are available on croquetscores.com.au
A very special THANK YOU to the many who made this event so successful:
- all the players, referees and supporters who came from places far and wide,
- our volunteer caterers who worked so hard to keep us all ‘food happy’,
- our venue managers who made sure everything ran smoothly, and
- our major sponsors, the City of Ballarat and Dr. Virginia Williams Dental Practice
At the end of the presentation ceremony, Brian Reither, the tournament manager, announced that he is retiring from that role which he has conducted so effectively and diligently over many years. Brian, your efforts have been greatly appreciated by all of us who have benefited from the countless hours you have so generously put into supporting croquet.
Finally, we now look forward to the 2018 regionals to be hosted by North East District Croquet Association at Yarrawonga, where we all meet again.
Successful GC coaching sessions at Cairnlea
This year has seen a trial of open access coaching clinics for GC players at Cairnlea.
So far one weekend has been run for higher handicap players (9 to 12 - the Early Development Squad), and two for lower handicap players (0 to 6 - the State Development Squad). A second weekend for Early Development players will take place on 1/2 July.
Participants have been very positive about both programs.
Early win for Australia in Test One of the MacRobertson Shield
The Australian team reached a winning total on Day Four of the first test in the MacRobertson Shield, leading England 11:7 with one day's play to come, and finishing up with a win 12 matches to 9.
This is Australia's first Mac win against the Croquet Association side since they defeated Great Britain in 1986.