Bairnsdale and Leongatha vie for Gippsland Pennant
Well, the 2017/18 pennant season is over for another year.
First I would like to thank the Traralgon Croquet Club for allowing us to use their facilities to hold the final. The greens looked lovely and the ladies working in the kitchen were great.
Also a big big thank you to Lorraine who acted as referee this year.
Spirited selectors' invitational
Each year the VCA conducts a Selectors’ Invitation event.
The purpose of the event is to reward players who have performed consistently during the year and pit them against players of more experience. It is an opportunity for the selectors to encourage new players to challenge themselves and for the selectors to assess the players for future events.
| News Date: 2017-12-17 |
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2017-12-18
News Type: Association
Kevin Beard wins Bronze in great AC weekend at Shepparton
A most successful weekend of Association Croquet at Shepparton was capped off by a fine win in the ACA Bronze Medal to Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga).
Kevin and Stephen Forster (Belmont) went into their last round game against each other - both players undefeated. Kevin will now represent Victoria in the ACA AC Gold Medal in Adelaide in March.
The top-ranked players in Victoria are offered the chance to enter this event. Invitations are issued based on current world ranking. A number of players were unable to accept their invite, but the talent on display was an indication of the strength of Victorian Association Croquet at the top level.
Back: Kevin Beard, Kenn Boal, John Grieve (Tournament Manager)
Seated: Elaine Coverdale, Stephen Forster, Gail Hopkins, Terry Hopkins, Lewis Mercer
Front: Chris Grant
Pic: Jenny Kneebone
Seven of these eight players have represented Victoria in the past and the other player is a member of the State Squad. Some excellent croquet was played on very true lawns.
It was great to have Lewis Mercer (Traralgon) back playing at this level. Lewis was very unlucky not to have won more games than the three he finished with. Gail Hopkins (Essendon) won four games to finish in third place.
All results are on Croquetscores.
The weekend was planned to be held at Shepparton as a way to promote Association Croquet in the region and surrounding areas. Several of the players in the event arrived on Friday and made themselves available to coach and offer advice.
Coaching on Friday
Pics: John Grieve
A wide range of attendees participated. Many of them had only recently decided to take up Association Croquet and greatly appreciated the efforts of the players.
The Shepparton Croquet Club is to be commended for the excellent support they showed to us all. The courts are in great shape, the club made us all most welcome and catered for our every need. I would like to acknowledge the support of Noel Dealy who worked tirelessly to make the weekend such a success.
The decision to visit Shepparton was totally vindicated. The players and officials had a great social time as well as enjoying first class croquet at a first class facility.
To everyone involved with the coaching, the playing, the management, catering - my very sincere thanks. We will be back at some time in the future.
Four musketeers battle it out again
After the Christmas cheer faded a committed group of 12 pairs of doubles contested the Victorian Open Doubles at Cairnlea.
The event was played in two blocks, with the leading pair in each block qualifying for the best of three games final.
Vic AC Singles - Day One
A great start to the Victorian Open Singles Championship at Cairnlea. Seven Victorians are competing along with eleven of the best players from the other states - WA, SA, Queensland, NSW and Tasmania.
The first four rounds of the two blocks were played today. We were treated to four sextuple peels, two each by Malcolm and Robert Fletcher (Lismore). In addition to these there were 16 triple peels.