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.
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.
News Date: 2018-02-11
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2018-02-12
News Type: Association
Paddy Chapman is AC World Champion!
After a tense five-game final against Reg Bamford (South Africa), Paddy Chapman of NZ is the new AC World Champion.
Only one other New Zealander has won this title, and that was 29 years ago when Joe Hogan won the inaugural event. Well done Paddy!
Paddy Chapman with the Championship Cup.
Pic: Jeff Soo.
On the way to the title, Paddy knocked out compatriot Jeff Freeth, David Maloof (US), Samir Patel (Eng), and reigning champion Stephen Mulliner (Eng). In the block play, he lost only one match.
Eighteen Australians competed in the tournament, and five made it to the knockout: Kevin Beard, Jim Nicholls, Simon Hockey, Greg Fletcher, and Edward Wilson. The last Australian left standing was Edward, who reached the quarter-finals. Greg Fletcher won the Shield and Stephen Forster topped the Z event. Well done to all.
An outstanding feature of the championship was the number of young players, many from New Zealand, but some also from the UK. Hopefully a good sign for Association Croquet!
John-Paul Moberley's Facebook page has live footage of the final.
Croquetscores has the full results and commentaries on selected contests, including the final.
Monash keeps AC flag flying
Although the Monash Croquet Club was founded on Association Croquet 19 years ago, today almost all members play only Golf Croquet - only 4 play Association Croquet.
Despite this, an Annual Association Tournament continues to survive. Held from 8 to 11 February this year, it attracted 18 participants - the highest number of entries ever in Divisions 2, 3 and 4.
Twelve clubs were represented, including three from the country.
Women star in President's Eights
VCC was recently host to the 2018 ACA Golf Croquet President’s Eights. This prestigious event is played in four groups of eight. The first three eights are selected by world rankings. Players make an expression of interest to compete, and the top 24 Australian ranked players fill the top three eights. A fourth eight is the next eight ranked and available women players.
Fleur Brockway (WA) won the First Eight - the first woman to win it since these events have been held - and Judy Wembridge (Vic) won the Second Eight.