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.
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.
News Date: 2019-02-15
Posted by: Bev Floyd
Posted on: 2018-02-21
News Type: Golf
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.
In Block 1 (handicaps -2 to 2) Ron McBride (Victor Harbour) and John James (Deniliquin) both won 6 of 7 games. Ron was declared the winner with 17 nett hoops to John's 11. Ron is the National Croquet Coaching Coordinator for the ACA and entertained us with some excellent croquet.
Ron McBride (left) and John James
Block 2 (handicaps 2 to 5) saw three players win 5 of 7 games. Roger Bird (Quarry Hill) with nett 14 hoops won from Peter Goldstraw (Sale) on 13 with Chris Eiffert (Quarry Hill) on 8 in third place.
Roger Bird (left) and Peter Goldstraw
Block 3 (handicaps 6 to 7) was a particularly close finish. Four players won 5 of 7 games. Nett hoops again decided the places with Wilma Freeman (Sale) and Fay Harrison (Drysdale) tied on 12 nett hoops. Wilma was declared the winner on a count back. Close behind was Anne Dodd (Rich River) with 11 nett hoops and Don Batchelor (Quarry Hill) with 7.
Fay Harrison (left) and Wilma Freeman
Block 4 (handicaps 8 to 10). Several players in this section were playing in their first tournament. All acquitted themselves very well, including the winner, James Gunn (Rich River) who won 6 of 8 games with 14 nett hoops. Runner up was Romana Rawlings (Quarry Hill) with 5 of 8 games and 5 nett hoops.
Romana Rawlings (left) and James Gunn
All results can be found on Croquetscores.
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.
Cairnlea Classic supports Eire Cup players
The weekend of the Vic v Vic A practice match saw a small but committed group of Association Croquet players providing support for the team.
This event has been held for the past two seasons to ensure a number of players are in attendance for the introduction of the Victorian AC Team, who will compete in the Eire Cup in South Australia in March.