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.
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.
News Date: 2017-11-19
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2017-11-19
News Type: Association
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.
The event was extremely competitive, with Robert being taken to five games in his semi-final match against Jenny Clarke (NZ), one of the highest ranked women in the world. The match was highlighted by some brilliant shots by both players with Jenny pushing Robert right to the end.
Robert remains Number One player in the world rankings. In the course of the tournament he reached a Dynamic Grade in the world rankings which is the highest of all time, surpassing England’s champion player Robert Fulford.
Robert and Greg are now the top ranked players in Australia. Greg’s semi-final against Simon Hockey (Crystal Brook) saw Greg win in three games straight.
Interestingly Robert, Greg and Simon - along with brother Malcolm Fletcher (Lismore) - were four of the six members of the successful 2017 Australian MacRobertson Shield team.
The four men, and Jenny, provided some great spectator highlights. We also had Michael Wright (NZ) and James Death (Nottingham UK) in the field to add an extra dimension to the play.
From left: James Death (UK), Jenny Clarke (NZ), Michael Wright (NZ).
The spectators were really blessed with some great roquets, challenging tactics and amazing croquet strokes.
The Plate was won by Mike Hughes (Cammeray, NSW) from Ron McBride (Hyde Park, SA). The A B Morrison Encouragement Award went to Bob Beattie from the Kingston CC in Tasmania.
From left: Robert Fletcher, Greg Fletcher, Simon Hockey, Mike Hughes, Bob Beattie, Jenny Clarke.
Full results are on Croquetscores.
All players appreciated the work of our Tournament Referee, Brian Foley and his deputy Mike Cohn. They were in attendance from 7 am till the end of play. This is a huge commitment and a great test of concentration. Their dedication to our sport is much appreciated. Other referees who assisted - Graham Fahey, Gwen Hamilton, Ian McKee, Kate Patrick, Marie Calthorpe and Doron Gunzburg - provided wonderful back up to the chief referees.
I thank the players for their support in hoop setting (especially Kevin Beard and Ian Bassett), re-setting the courts after mowing, and clearing up at the end of play. All much appreciated as it becomes a simple task with many helpers.
The social life off the court and in the evenings was memorable. It was a fun event and all involved had a great time. We encourage all players who would like to take on the challenge of playing to consider entering next year’s event.
We look forward to another inspiring event in 12 months time.
Vic gateballers win in NSW
The NSW Gateball Championships were held in Young, NSW, over the weekend of 17-19 November.
Victoria was represented by five players from Kew and one from Essendon. The team was Philip Brown (capt), Maxine Maclachlan, Trish Watts, Gilon Smith, Kerry Seipolt and Elaine Coverdale.
Handicap players defy elements
Players in the Victorian Golf Croquet Handicap championships over the weekend persisted in the face of challenging weather.
VCA HANDICAP DOUBLES, Friday 1 December
Many thanks to the players who braved the weather. Play started a little late owing to the expected heavy rain. We had a couple of showers in the morning and one very heavy downpour in the afternoon.
Play was stopped after everyone had completed four games, because all players and referees were like drowned rats.