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Earlier news

2017-12-31

Vic AC Singles Day Three - Moving Day

Today was moving day - from the round robin to the knockout stage, the Y competition, and the start of the Plate event.

The four quarter finals were best of three, but they were all decided after two games.

Malcolm Fletcher beat Callum Hyland, Kevin Beard won over Dwayne McCormick, Robert Fletcher beat his brother Greg and Simon Hockey beat Edward Wilson.

These results set up intriguing semi-finals, with Robert playing Simon and Malcolm matched against Kevin.

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2017-12-30

Vic AC Singles Day Two - great croquet, surprise results

The Victorian Open Singles Championships continued at VCC today.

We were able to complete most of the games in the Round Robin and decide the finalists.

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Current news

News Date: 2018-01-01
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2018-01-03
News Type: Association

Vic AC Singles Day Four - Fletcher vs Fletcher

The play in the final between Robert and Malcolm Fletcher highlighted the demands on players at this level. A critical miss can easily see a game slip away from a player.

The final was played as a best of 5.

Robert took the first game with Malcolm hitting back hard in the second. The small band of spectators were thrilled to see such long and accurate hitting. The ball placement of both players was superb. The result really got down to which brother could hit more long lift shots.

And in the end it was Robert who prevailed with a 3-1 win over Malcolm.

First and second place: Robert and Malcolm.
Pic: John Grieve

It was the eighth occasion Robert has won the title. Equal third were Simon Hockey and Kevin Beard. The winner of the Y event (effectively 5th placing) was Edward Wilson, defeating fellow South Australian Dwayne McCormick with two triple peels. Greg Fletcher finished in 7th place, beating Callum Hyland.

The Plate was well supported by the players who did not qualify for the final eight. The winner was Fleur Brockway (East Fremantle) who won all her four games.

Full results are on Croquetscores.

A great six days of excellent croquet. In the singles alone there were forty-nine triple peels and eight sextuples. Well done to all the contestants.

The support of so many many people should be noted. Kevin Beard, Chris Grant, Callum Hyland, and Greg Fletcher were most helpful in setting the hoops and stayed back on Friday night to help re-set the lawns after they had been mown.

Brian Foley and Mike Cohn gave great support to the players as referees. Both are there each day well before the start of play to check the hoops and courts and both are among the last to leave each night after ensuring everything is in order. Their commitment is much appreciated by all the players and officials. Ian McKee, Gwen Hamilton, Eric O’Donnell, John van der Touw, Marie Calthorpe and Kate Patrick also gave valuable assistance during the event.

It was a most enjoyable event with terrific camaraderie among the players and officials. And long may that continue.

Robert pegging out.
Pic: John Grieve

Congratulations Robert. You are indeed a true champion in our sport.

John Grieve
Manager

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Later news

2018-01-26

Australia Day GC singles 2018

Players from a variety of clubs as far afield as Orbost, Numurkah, Deniliquin and various other clubs played in sultry conditions.

Games were played in three handicap sections, each with two blocks, and were keenly contested throughout the day.

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2018-01-27

Class doubles competition

A class field of players took to courts to decide the Victorian Golf Croquet Open Doubles title on Saturday 27 January.

The original plan to play in two blocks was changed to three blocks, to reduce the number of rounds to be played in view of the extreme weather conditions which were expected. It did turn out to be extremely hot...

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