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...
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.
News Date: 2018-01-29
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2018-01-29
News Type: Golf
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.
The event had been affected by the heat - a number of withdrawals caused a few re-writes of the schedule. Ultimately 22 players played the block rounds on Sunday with Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga), Darren McLoughlin (Deniliquin), Judy Wembridge (Bairnsdale), Chas Quinn (Yarrawonga), Patricia Watts (Kew), John Grieve (Williamstown), Owen Dickinson (Essendon) and Michael McKenzie (Belmont) playing in the quarter-finals.
The quarter finals and semi-finals were played as 19-point games with the final being a best of three 13 point games. This was decided as the fairest way to give all players a chance at qualifying but not extending the play too long in the extreme conditions.
The quarter-final winners were Kevin, Darren, Owen and Chas. Kevin beat Chas while Darren had a real battle to get to the final. Owen was playing in his first major event and really took the battle right up to Darren. A fine game with Darren getting up 10-8.
After a break for lunch the battle between Kevin and Darren was played on Court 9. The courts were a little spongy and it seemed the players were having a bit of trouble getting their jump shots air-born! And both these players are excellent jumpers. Darren got away to a clear lead in the first game and hung on to win 7-4. Darren came out with all guns firing in the second game but Kevin steadied and after a great battle came away to win the final two games 7-5, 7-5. A game played in great spirit with some long clearing shots and long hoop running. For the small crowd of spectators it made for riveting sport - after the excitement of the tennis finals this was another gripping finish.
Kevin Beard and Darren McLachlan.
Pic: John Grieve
Congratulations to Kevin… going for a three-peat next year! (Last year Kevin won the final against Chas Quinn.)
All results are available on Croquetscores.
Many thanks to Lorraine Gutcher and Jim Clement for their attention to the detail needed to make these events a success. The many referees who attended were very much appreciated by the players.
It is a pity that more golf croquet players from our clubs don’t take the challenge to compete in these events. It is a great learning curve and the top players are always willing to help and offer assistance to you. If you can’t play - how about coming along to the event and seeing what the top players can do?
A challenge for the Golf Croquet community - come and try… or come and see. Nothing to lose and a lot to be gained.
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.
WCF AC Worlds in Wellington: end of the blocks
The AC Worlds started in Wellington on 3 February, with 80 players (19 Australians) contesting in 8 blocks.
Block play is now all but finished and most of the 32 places in the knockout phase have been decided.
Five Aussies were clearly through: Simon Hockey (South Australia), who topped his block, Jim Nicholls (NSW), Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga), Greg Fletcher (SA) and Jeff Newcombe (WA). Stephen Richards (Canberra) and Edward Wilson (SA) were successful in the play-offs, but Dwayne McCormick (SA) was knocked out by Nelson Morrow (NZ) 24:26.