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!
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.
News Date: 2018-02-11
Posted by: Reen Hancorne
Posted on: 2018-02-14
News Type: Association
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.
Thankfully, the weather was kind for mid-February and daylight saving afforded the late finishes and early starts required.
A well-placed gazebo, pictured, produced a festive atmosphere as well as shelter.
Div 3 and 4 players under the gazebo
Pic: Selwyn Tucker
The court surface cover of Santa Ana is now as good as any, and players commented on its improvement, but agreed there was still a challenge. Some good scores were achieved, notably 2 pegouts in Division 2: one by Roger Lee (Brighton) and the other by Paul Lund (Williamstown).
The clubroom buzzed with friendly chatter during lunch breaks. These provided a welcome interlude in which to socialise and enjoy the club's excellent catering . A new addition to the format, a "Pizza and Pavlova evening" on the patio, was well received by players of the day and some members.
These days, Tournament Managers are well aware of the high demand for, but short supply of referees. This occasion was no exception. The Club is fortunate to have had again, the assistance of Liz Duff and Jan Watts, both from the M.C.C., and is forever indebted and thankful for their ongoing, staunch support.
Many thanks to players for their participation in keeping Association Competition alive at Club level and for the cameraderie shown in willingness to assist members with court management. Hope to see you all next year.
Thanks also to Club members for maintaining Monash's reputation as fine hosts and caterers.
There were close contenders in all divisions as shown on Croquetscores.
Winner Paul Lund (Williamstown)
Runner up Wayne Lewis (M.C.C.)
Grins all round
Paul Lund (left) with Wayne Lewis and Kaye Molyneux (president Monash CC).
Pic: Selwyn Tucker
Winner Wilma Freeman (Sale)
Runner up Mark Wilson (Brunswick)
A family celebration.
Kate Patrick (winner Div 4) and Mark Wilson (runner up Div 3), both Brunswick.
Pic: Selwyn Tucker
Winner Kate Patrick (Brunswick)
Runner up Betty Moran (Ringwood)
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.
Close results in Goulburn Valley GC Singles
The annual GVCA open GC singles tournament was hosted by the Rich River Croquet Club on 14 and 15 February.
Twenty-nine players from eleven clubs competed on Day One in very trying, windy conditions.
Day Two weather was almost perfect.
Overall we saw some great croquet in all divisions, with some very close results.