Victorian Gateball on for young and old
The Victorian Gateball Championships were held over the weekend of 29-30 April at the Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea.
The weather co-operated with mainly clear skies and moderate temperatures.
Australia wins the Mac
The Australian team is bringing the MacRobertson Shield back to Australia for the first time since 1935.
It was a comprehensive win, with Australia winning each Test with a day in hand.
News Date: 2017-05-09
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2017-05-14
News Type: Golf
Close fought ACA Open GC Doubles
Cairnlea hosted the 2017 Australian Golf Croquet Championships. There were fourteen pairs contesting the doubles which started on Saturday 6 May.
We had one block for the qualifying rounds which were spread over the weekend and early Monday morning. At the conclusion of the round robin seven pairings went through to the Final Knockout, while another three pairs were required to play a knockout series to determine the final pair to the finals.
The four quarter finals resulted in Brett and Janine Hardy, John van der Touw and David Hanbidge, Ron and Shirlene McBride and David Wise and John Arney getting to the semi-finals.
The semi-finals were played on Tuesday morning in grey and overcast conditions. The courts had slowed considerably and both best of three matches resulted in some excellent shots and tactics. David Wise and John Arney won the Battle of South Australia over Ron and Shirlene in two games. Brett and Janine McHardy won in three long games against John van der Touw and David Hanbidge.
All set for the final with Brett and Janine playing David and John Arney in another best of three match. The weather had improved as the day went along. Brett and Janine jumped out to an early lead in game 1 and at the turn were ahead 5:1. David and John slowly pegged that back to force the game to the 13th hoop which they won after a tactical battle. The second game was a mirror of the first in the early part but this time the McHardys kept the pressure on and forced the match to a decisive third game after winning 7:2. The third game saw some excellent clearing and long hoops – the closeness of the match exemplified by another long tussle at the 13th hoop. David and John prevailed to win a very hard-fought title.
Winners David Wise and John Arney
with ACA Chair Megan Fardon
While the final was being played the losing semi-finalists were engaged in their own battle on the adjacent court. Ron and Shirlene McBride played John van der Touw and David Hanbidge in a single 13-point game. The South Australian pairing of the McBrides won 7:3 to finish a very creditable third in the Championships.
The losing quarter-finalists played in the Y event with Andre Daniel-Dreyfus and Brian Rowe playing Gordon Giles and Geoff Hull for their final. Andre and Brian had beaten Jim Saunders and Ian Petersen, while Gordon and Geoff has succeeded over Anna and Eric Miller. Gordon and Geoff won the single 13 point game.
The Plate Event was contested by 5 pairings. A round robin was played with Helen and Ross Rillie winning all four of their games to claim the event.
Many thanks to Jim Clement (Tournament Referee), Lorraine Gutcher (Deputy Tournament Manager), Ellen Reid, Ian Matthews, Peter Speedie and Colin Martin who volunteered to assist with the smooth conduct of the event. My thanks to Kevin Beard and Peter Freer for their assistance in hoop setting and setting up the courts.
All results are on Croquetscores.
New Australian GC champion
Lester Hughes is the new Australian Golf Croquet champion.
The weather was typically Autumn in Melbourne - still, cold mornings, lovely sunny days.
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