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.
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.
News Date: 2018-01-27
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2018-01-29
News Type: Golf
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...
The three block winners were Elaine Coverdale (Essendon) and Chas Quinn (Yarrawonga); Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga) and Darren McLoughlin (Deniliquin); and Tricia Devlin (Castlemaine) and Chris Grant (Ringwood). They were joined by Terry and Gail Hopkins (Essendon), the best ranked runners up, to play the semi-finals. In the semi-finals Tricia and Chris beat Elaine and Chas while Terry and Gail won over Kevin and Darren. Both games were extremely close and both were decided at the 13th hoop.
The final was a touch and go affair. The lead see-sawed throughout the contest with some great clearance shots by all players and excellent jumping (as usual) by Terry. Gail and Terry prevailed at the 12th hoop.
Gail and Terry Hopkins with runners up Tricia Devlin and Chris Grant.
Pic: John Grieve
We congratulate Gail and Terry on a great win. We thank all players and officials who worked through some very hot weather to get a result in one day.
All results are on Croquetscores.
Our thanks to Lorraine Gutcher for her management and to Jim Clement and Nancy Hatherell who bore most of the refereeing duties during the day.
Challenging GC Open Singles
The Victorian GC Open Singles was played at Cairnlea over the Australia Day weekend - searing heat, strong winds, heavy lawns - all contributed to making the event a real challenge for all the competitors.
The event was played in four blocks with the two leading players in each block to progress to a final series. The results provided a couple of surprises with some new players coming through and playing well to advance to the final stages.
Dot Dickson Challenge
Cairnlea was the place to be on Thursday 1 February for the Dot Dickson Challenge. 96 Golf Croquet players, some spectators and helpers enjoyed near perfect conditions for croquet. It was wonderful to see the twelve courts full all day.
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