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.
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.
News Date: 2017-05-14
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2017-05-14
News Type: Golf
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.
Play started with a round robin in two blocks of 15. At the end of the round robin Lester headed Block A and David Wise Block B.
Lester dominated throughout the event - he lost only two games in the round robin and went through the knockout rounds without dropping a game. The final with Geoff Hull was a very well contested match. Geoff played some wonderful shots and it was a very tactical match.
Lester’s shot to win the second game was a highlight of the event. He jumped Geoff’s ball in the 11th hoop from near the border to win the game. A pity it was not captured on video.
Geoff is to be congratulated on the way he played throughout the tournament. His improvement has been steady and he will be a threat in the years ahead.
The players who did not make the knockout round entered the plate event. The contest was close and went right to the last game. Patricia Watts played John Arney with both on 8 wins from their 10 games played. Trish won 7/3 to win the event.
From left: Kevin Beard (Y Event Winner) Geoff Hull (runner Up) Lester Hughes (Champion) Peter Freer (W Event winner) Ron McBride (Z Event winner) and Trish Watts (Plate winner)
A full list of winners and block results can be viewed on croquetscores.com.
I am so grateful to everyone involved for making my task so much easier. A special mention to Lorraine Gutcher who acted as Deputy Tournament Manager and Jim Clement as tournament Referee - great commitment over the entire nine days of both events. Players, referees, VCA staff, and spectators. It was a great event with a wonderful spirit. Our referees worked hard with the assistance of players in setting hoops, helping with management of the event, checking the scores and draws - everyone played a part in making the event so successful.