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.
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!
News Date: 2018-02-18
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2018-02-19
News Type: Golf
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.
The event was played over three days. The format is a best of three games for each match. So the players play 7 matches over the three days. A minimum of 14 games and a maximum of 21 games. A lot of croquet, and as it turned out some very tightly contested results.
The First Eight was not decided until the last round. Fleur Brockway and Kevin Beard (Vic) had both lost one match going into their head to head clash. If Kevin had a decisive win he could have claimed victory. Kevin won the first game and pulled that little bit closer to a win. Fleur steadied to win the last two games and six matches in all, clinching her win. This meant that Peter Freer (NSW) overhauled Kevin by one net game, and finished as runner up. A great ending to a fine series of matches. Congratulations to all concerned. It was a fitting result.
The Second Eight went to the last match. Judy Wembridge (Vic) and Barry Haydon both had a chance to win their event. Judy went into the game undefeated and Barry had lost one match. Barry won the match 7:6 7:5, but this was not enough to make up the net games difference, and Judy won by one net game! Judy is from Bairnsdale and shows tremendous fighting spirit in all the croquet she plays.
The Third Eight was an even tighter affair. Four players won 5 of their 7 matches. Michael Reidy (SA), Chas Quinn (Vic), Andre Daniel-Dreyfus (Vic) and Jannine Hardy (WA). Chas and Michael had 5 net games, Jannine 4 and Andre 6. So the Third Eight was won by Andre from the Williamstown club. Runner up was Michael Ready who had a better net hoops than Chas.
The Women’s Eight was won by Kate Logan (SA), with Shirlene McBride (SA) a close second. Both ladies played some great croquet.
WINNERS and RUNNERS UP
Left to right: Michael Reid, Andre Daniel-Dreyfus, Barry Hayden, Kate Logan, Peter Freer, Fleur Brockway, Judy Wembridge, Shirlene McBride.
Pic: John Grieve.
A wonderful advertisement for Golf Croquet - and some fantastic shots.
A credit to all players.
All the results are on Croquetscores.
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.
Successful GC Croquet Doubles comp at Wimmera
Horsham Croquet Club hosted the annual Wimmera CA Golf Croquet Doubles competition on 21 February 2018.
Horsham, Donald, Warracknabeal and Dimboola were represented among the placegetters.