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.
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.
News Date: 2017-04-22
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2017-04-23
News Type: Association
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.
Stephen pegs out for the team's 11th win
Pic: Pete Landrebe
The team now has a day of rest followed by the second five-day test, against New Zealand.
In the other test, NZ just pipped the US, who were leading throughout the first three days. On Day Four NZ won all three doubles and reached a lead of 8:7, and on the final day they won three of the six singles matches, ending up ahead by just one match (and one hoop).
For readers who would like to keep abreast of what's happening:
- Pete Landrebe is providing live commentary on Australian matches on the commentary section of Croquetscores
- A camera has been set up on Lawn 4 which is live streaming some of the action - see the Nest page.
- Scores are being uploaded to Croquetscores as matches are completed
- Pete has been taking photographs which are being uploaded each day to the team Facebook page.
More great results from the Aussie Mac team
At the end of Day Four of the second test in the MacRobertson Shield, playing New Zealand, the Australian Mac team had again won 11 matches and the test - this time with six singles yet to play.
Honours were evenly divided on the last day of the test, with 3 matches all. The final result was a win to Australia, 14 matches to 7.
Mac update: close close games on Day Three
The Australian team are holding their nerve in the final test of the MacRobertson Shield series.
Day Three was very hot (up to 40° C), and there were some early errors and tense closing stages, but the Aussie team stuck at it to achieve a 2:1 result in the second day of doubles play.
Australia now lead 8:4 in the test, with 9 games to play.