All hail the champion!
For the past seven years, Robert Fletcher (Lismore) has dominated the Australian AC Singles Championship.
Since 2011, he has won the title every year but 2015 - when he lost to brother Greg in the quarter finals, and Greg went on to win.
In 2017 Robert is again the champion, beating Greg (Hyde Park) in three straight games in the final.
Close fought final in Horsham GC Pennant
Eight teams play in the Wimmera Golf Croquet Pennant competition, with three singles and two doubles handicap sessions per match.
The Pennant final was played on Monday 13 November, a very warm day which was survived by all.
Posted by: Philip Brown
Posted on: 2017-11-20
News Type: Gateball
Vic gateballers win in NSW
The NSW Gateball Championships were held in Young, NSW, over the weekend of 17-19 November.
Victoria was represented by five players from Kew and one from Essendon. The team was Philip Brown (capt), Maxine Maclachlan, Trish Watts, Gilon Smith, Kerry Seipolt and Elaine Coverdale.
Young had generously stepped into the breach to host the tournament on short notice and provided an excellent venue for the event. High-quality gateball was on display for the entire weekend.
The Pairs competition was held on the Friday, with 14 pairs competing. Philip Brown and Kerry Seipolt went through the rounds undefeated, topping their block and winning a semi-final over Kerrie Sutherland and Judie Squelch.
Peter Freer and Hilary White topped the second block, but lost to Elaine Coverdale and Trish Watts in the semi-final.
That left four Victorians playing the Pairs final. Nerves got the better of both pairs early in the final, before giving way to a free-flowing and hard-fought game. Elaine made a magnificent touch-and-gate, but tactical positioning of sequential balls saw Philip and Kerry win back control and go on to take the final 12 points to 9.
The Teams event saw six NSW teams, Kew and Canberra compete over two days. It was an exercise in contrasts with torrential rain on the Saturday dampening the courts, but not the spirits of the competitors. The rain had cleared by the Sunday and the tournament finished in blazing sunshine.
The hosts, Young, made their debut and impressed everyone with their sharp improvement over the tournament and won the prize for the best new team in the process. The final match of the round-robin saw eventual semi-finalists the Newcastle Sabres scrape home 14-12 over the home team in front of a cheering crowd.
Kew and Jamberoo dominated the round-robin stage, both taking six wins from the seven games. Kew’s sole loss was to Jamberoo, while Jamberoo were bested by perennial strong performer Canberra. It seemed fitting that the team final saw Kew and Jamberoo take each other on for the second time.
Jamberoo made the early running, but an excellent long-range touch from Elaine turned the tables. Kew dominated the middle third of the game, scoring heavily and scattering the opponents’ balls. While Jamberoo came back in the later stages of the match, Kew held on to win by 13 points to 10.
From left: Philip Brown (capt.), Maxine Maclachlan, Elaine Coverdale, Kerry Seipolt, Gilon Smith, Trish Watts.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone involved in making a wonderful tournament happen.
Philip Brown, Gilon Smith and Elaine Coverdale will be competing in the World Gateball Championships in Brazil in September 2018.
Full results are on gateballscores.com.
Handicap players defy elements
Players in the Victorian Golf Croquet Handicap championships over the weekend persisted in the face of challenging weather.
VCA HANDICAP DOUBLES, Friday 1 December
Many thanks to the players who braved the weather. Play started a little late owing to the expected heavy rain. We had a couple of showers in the morning and one very heavy downpour in the afternoon.
Play was stopped after everyone had completed four games, because all players and referees were like drowned rats.
Close struggle in Northern District GC Pennant finals
The Northern District Croquet Association 2017 Pennant Finals were held on Thursday November 23.
The finals provided a fitting end to the pennant season. Although it doesn't show in the final game scores, each hoop was closely contested. The audience were entertained with some excellent matches.
The weather was challenging for the players with heat in the morning and a storm brewing in the afternoon.