Mac update: close close games on Day Three
The Australian team are holding their nerve in the final test of the MacRobertson Shield series.
Day Three was very hot (up to 40° C), and there were some early errors and tense closing stages, but the Aussie team stuck at it to achieve a 2:1 result in the second day of doubles play.
Australia now lead 8:4 in the test, with 9 games to play.
More great results from the Aussie Mac team
At the end of Day Four of the second test in the MacRobertson Shield, playing New Zealand, the Australian Mac team had again won 11 matches and the test - this time with six singles yet to play.
Honours were evenly divided on the last day of the test, with 3 matches all. The final result was a win to Australia, 14 matches to 7.
| News Date: 2017-05-04 |
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2017-05-07
News Type: Association
Australia wins the Mac
The Australian team is bringing the MacRobertson Shield back to Australia for the first time since 1935.
It was a comprehensive win, with Australia winning each Test with a day in hand.
At the end of the competition, the Australians had defeated the US 14:7, and were undefeated in the three tests against England, New Zealand and the US.
England were runners up, also having achieved a win on Day Four, for a second test win. They finished with a score against New Zealand of 15:4. It was decided not to play the final two late singles matches in this test - for the third successive day the afternoon temperature was over 40° C .
Full results are on Croquetscores; pictures by team manager Pete Landrebe are on the team Facebook page.
The team of six includes four Victorians - Robert, Greg and Malcolm Fletcher and Stephen Forster - along with South Australian Simon Hockey and West Australian captain Ian Dumergue.
Well done all!
Hundreds of people across Victoria and Australia have been following the contest via Facebook and congratulations are flowing in to the team, who can be contacted via Pete Landrebe - write to firstname.lastname@example.org
The MacRobertson Shield was founded in 1925 by Sir Macpherson Robertson of MacRobertson confectionary, as an international tournament of croquet "Tests" between Australia and England. New Zealand was invited to partipate in 1930 and the USA has been included since 1993.
The competition is currently held every three or four years. It is now held under the aegis of the World Croquet Federation and is their pinnacle team event in Association Croquet.
Victorian Gateball on for young and old
The Victorian Gateball Championships were held over the weekend of 29-30 April at the Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea.
The weather co-operated with mainly clear skies and moderate temperatures.
Close fought ACA Open GC Doubles
Cairnlea hosted the 2017 Australian Golf Croquet Championships. There were fourteen pairs contesting the doubles which started on Saturday 6 May.
We had one block for the qualifying rounds which were spread over the weekend and early Monday morning. At the conclusion of the round robin seven pairings went through to the Final Knockout, while another three pairs were required to play a knockout series to determine the final pair to the finals.