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.
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.
News Date: 2017-12-02
Posted by: Lorraine Gutcher
Posted on: 2017-12-03
News Type: Golf
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.
The weather cleared up enough for a final to be played between Jim and Val Saunders and Brian Rowe and Owen Dickinson.
As expected a tight game was played by these four players and the result was a win to Jim and Val Saunders from Belmont, from Brian Rowe and Owen Dickinson from Essendon.
We welcomed three members from Orbost who played in their first Tournament at Cairnlea.
Full results are on Croquetscores.
VCA HANDICAP SINGLES, Saturday 2 December 2017
Gippsland triumphed in the Handicap Singles.
Julie Drummond (Orbost) was playing in her first tournament at Cairnlea. She was the victor over Wilma Freeman (Sale) 7/6 in a final played in abysmal weather conditions to say the least.
Severely testing the fortitude of players and officials, grateful thanks to them all, including everyone who assisted to pack up at the end.
Semi Finals were exciting games with Owen Dickinson (Essendon) playing Julie Drummond with Julie being the winner 7/6.
The other semi final was a contest between Sale members Deirdre Lebbon and Wilma Freeman, 7/4 to Wilma.
Full results are on Croquetscores.
Although the entry was disappointing it was a good tournament, special thanks to everyone for pushing through to get it done in one day. Nobody wanted to come back to get wet another day.
Best Wishes to all the Croquet Folk for Christmas and the New Year and I hope to see you all in 2018.
Close struggle in Northern District GC Pennant finals
The Northern District Croquet Association 2017 Pennant Finals were held on Thursday November 23.
The finals provided a fitting end to the pennant season. Although it doesn't show in the final game scores, each hoop was closely contested. The audience were entertained with some excellent matches.
The weather was challenging for the players with heat in the morning and a storm brewing in the afternoon.
Deni teams fight out close final
Two teams from Deniliquin contested the Grand Final of the 2017 Goulburn Valley GC Pennant Season, which was played at Shepparton on Thursday 7th December in near perfect conditions.
The Deniliquin Diamonds had been Ladder leaders all season in the 9 team handicap play, Double Round Robin Competition.
Their opponents in the Final were the Deniliquin Gems, who had beaten the Diamonds in both home-and-away rounds this season and also in the first Semi Final.