First Hoop Opens Season
Croquet Victoria's newest Life Member, Owen Edwards, opened the 2017/18 season at the Victorian Croquet Centre in traditional manner this week, running the First Hoop in fine style.
Over seventy members joined in play afterwards, with golf croquet and association croquet games played sociably and in great spirit.
Winter doubles at Morwell
Morwell Croquet Club held their Golf Croquet Handicap Doubles Tournament over 15-16 July. What a weekend it was.
Gippsland turned on all types of weather. On Saturday players looked like eskimos, on Sunday they had to find hoops in the fog when they hit off.
By Sunday afternoon the sun had finally broken through, and it turned out to be very pleasant with some players even taking off their jackets.
News Date: 2017-08-13
Posted by: Lorraine Gutcher
Posted on: 2017-08-15
News Type: Golf
Exciting finish to Men's and Women's GC titles
The Victorian Men's and Women's GC Championships were held at Cairnlea over the weekend 12 - 13 August.
The round robin stages of the two events were played on Saturday and a joint plate and the finals were played on Sunday.
The semi-finals and the finals were best of three with both the finals going to the full three games. We have a new Men's Champion!
In the Men's event, the semi-finalists were Brian Rowe (Essendon), Ian Petersen (Belmont), Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga) and André Daniel-Dreyfus (Williamstown). Ian defeated Brian 7:3 7:6, and André defeated Kevin 7:3 7:3.
In the Women's event, the semi-finalists were Gail Hopkins (Essendon), Elaine Coverdale (Essendon), Judy Wembridge (Bairnsdale) and Anna Miller (Belmont). Both semi-finals were very hard fought with excellent play, finishing after midday from an 8.30 am start. Elaine defeated Gail 7:4 7:2 and Judy defeated Anna 5:7 7:6 7:6.
The best of three final for both the Men's and Women's commenced at 1 pm and finished around 4 pm.
Both finals were hard fought with neither player giving anything to their opposition. The people who stayed on to watch were treated to some very top class croquet and all showed their appreciation at the end of play.
In the Men's, Ian defeated André on the final hoop of the third game, winning 7:3 5:7 7:6.
Ian at hoop 9, taking aim, with André and Ruth Duffy (referee) in background.
In the Women's, Elaine defeated Judy 3:7 7:3 7:2.
Elaine and Judy taking their hoop clips prior to play.
The Plate was won by Eric Miller (Belmont).
From left: Judy Wembridge, Elaine Coverdale, Ian Petersen, Eric Miller, André Daniel-Dreyfus.
See Croquetscores for the full results of the Women's, Men's and Plate events.
A big thank you to everyone who helped out during the weekend.
Festival of Croquet at Bendigo: conditions wintry, festival successful
The omens were bad when ducks and water hens took up residence on the opening day of the NDCA annual Festival of Croquet. Tricia Devlin made an inspiring speech to a good number of players who took part in the opening ceremony, before running the first hoop of the new season.
After an hour of social play the heavens opened which forced everyone inside for a very welcome afternoon tea.
Victorians training hard for Interstate GC Shield
The weekend of 26 and 27 August was the last training session for the Victorian Golf Croquet team.
Over the past two months members of the team have been working very hard to prepare for playing the Interstate Shield in Brisbane in early September.