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2017-09-06

ISS Day 1: From Our Reporter on the Spot

John van der Touw writes:

Winning 13 – 1 against Tasmania was a great start, but we can’t get carried away.

Because of winning the Interstate Shield last time, Victoria plays the other teams in reverse finishing order, so today we played Tasmania. Though this year the Tasmanian team is stronger, they were last year's wooden spooners. 

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2017-09-05

Gail Hopkins - 2017 Australian GC Women's Champion

Congratulations to Gail Hopkins (Essendon), who has just won the 2017 Australian Women's Championship in Golf Croquet in Brisbane.

Gail won her way to the final without losing a game, either in the block section or in the best-of-three knockouts that followed. In the final, Judy Wembridge (Bairnsdale) beat her in the first game 7-3, but Gail came back to win the next two games 7-3 7-6. Well done to both Gail and Judy - great for Victoria to have an all-Victorian final!

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Current news

News Date: 2017-09-07
Posted by: John van der Touw
Posted on: 2017-09-07
News Type: Golf

ISS Day 2: From Our Reporter on the Spot

John van der Touw writes:

Today's match, between Victoria and South Australia at Wynnum, was even longer than yesterday's.

We had to get up earlier, because Wynnum is quite far from where we are staying, and the matches went for longer. In fact, it was well and truly dark as the last two games were being played. The flying foxes were circling, the lights were on and Victoria was trying to hold on to a slender lead.

We lost those last two games, so the score at the end of the day was five matches and 20 games each. It came down to net hoops and Victoria won 212 hoops to 208.

Some time was lost as the tournament committee tried to save time by making changes on the fly to the playing conditions. I suspect there will be quite a lot of negative feedback from the players about decisions made by the tournament committee for the singles championships and the ISS.

Below is a photo of the referee trying to decide if the green ball has run hoop 7. Judy has gone for a walk trying to prepare mentally for the jump shot she might have to do. It doesn’t look dark, but that’s because modern cameras are so good at taking pictures in low light conditions. As you can see, the lights are on. The ruling was “not through”, but unfortunately Judy missed the jump shot. However she did win the next hoop, which was crucial to our win on count-back.

Full results are on Croquetscores.

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Later news

2017-09-08

ISS Day 3: From Our Reporter on the Spot

John van der Touw writes:

Today Victoria played Queensland at McIlwraith.

The courts at McIlwraith were slower than the other courts. The photo possibly explains why. Bear in mind that the McIlwraith clubhouse is a two-storey building.

The courts are just around the corner from where the team is staying, which meant we could sleep in until 5:45 am.

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2017-09-09

ISS Day 4: From Our Reporter on the Spot

John van der Touw writes:

Back at McIlwraith today for the test against NSW.

As usual, games were played in very good spirits and, as you can see from the photo, even the team mascots were getting on well.

We got off to a good start with a 2 – 0 lead after the doubles, and managed to increase the lead in each round: 5 – 2 after the first singles and 10 – 4 at the end of the day.

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