Deniliquin hosts GC handicap championships
The ACA national Handicap Championships in Golf Croquet were held at Deniliquin from 6 to 10 November.
This was the first national handicap tournament since the change to the new handicap system in April, and games took a little longer with more extra turns.
Pat Hopkins: 50 years a croquet player
Croquet Victoria and Morwell Croquet Club today congratulated Pat Hopkins on achieving fifty years as a croquet player in Victoria.
Pat joined Moe Croquet Club on 30 October 1967, and became a member of Morwell Croquet Club in 1973, when the Moe club closed.
News Date: 2017-11-13
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2017-11-13
News Type: Association
National AC doubles championships go to the wire
An absorbing three days of Association Croquet doubles concluded at Cairnlea on 13 November.
Eighteen pairs contested the event, including participants from all over Australia, two from New Zealand and one from the UK. They provided a great spectacle.
The eight pairs who progressed to the final stage were closely matched. Six of the eight finals games went to the third game in Bo3 competition. The quarter final between Trevor Bassett/Jenny Clarke and Callum Hyland and Fleur Brockway went the absolute full distance of time (3 games with a total of 7.5 hours allocated) and finished at 10.35 pm - to the rousing cheers of the spectators who stayed the distance. Callum and Fleur eventually won 21:26 26:22 26:16.
The final between Robert and Malcolm Fletcher and their brother Greg who teamed with Edward Wilson was an absorbing contest. The match went to the third game and after much exciting interchange Malcolm had a chance to peg out both their balls but missed with the shot and decided not to peg his ball off. Greg hit - and as they say - all over red rover! Took his ball to the peg and finished a great game 26:24.
Winners Greg Fletcher and Edward Wilson
We had been entertained by some marvellous croquet and some challenging tactics in many of the games and those who stayed to spectate after their day’s play were well rewarded.
The plate was hotly contested by nine pairs. This contest was played in great spirit in fairly challenging conditions with the temperature on Monday getting into the low 30s for the first time for many months.
Kevin Beard and Terry Hopkins won all their plate games to win with a 100% success rate. Gareth Denyer and Rob Elliott also won 4 games but unfortunately were the unlucky runners-up.
A great contribution from Brian Foley (TR) and his assistant Mike Cohn, many thanks for their time and expertise. Thanks also to Doron Gunsberg who was able to attend and referee on Sunday. It is great to see Doron looking so well and back being involved in the sport he loves so much.
To Kevin Beard and Ian Bassett - my thanks for your great support in preparing the courts on Friday. The support of players to help in these ways is very important and much appreciated.
We are now looking forward to the Singles.
Close fought final in Horsham GC Pennant
Eight teams play in the Wimmera Golf Croquet Pennant competition, with three singles and two doubles handicap sessions per match.
The Pennant final was played on Monday 13 November, a very warm day which was survived by all.
All hail the champion!
For the past seven years, Robert Fletcher (Lismore) has dominated the Australian AC Singles Championship.
Since 2011, he has won the title every year but 2015 - when he lost to brother Greg in the quarter finals, and Greg went on to win.
In 2017 Robert is again the champion, beating Greg (Hyde Park) in three straight games in the final.