Challenging GC Open Singles
The Victorian GC Open Singles was played at Cairnlea over the Australia Day weekend - searing heat, strong winds, heavy lawns - all contributed to making the event a real challenge for all the competitors.
The event was played in four blocks with the two leading players in each block to progress to a final series. The results provided a couple of surprises with some new players coming through and playing well to advance to the final stages.
Class doubles competition
A class field of players took to courts to decide the Victorian Golf Croquet Open Doubles title on Saturday 27 January.
The original plan to play in two blocks was changed to three blocks, to reduce the number of rounds to be played in view of the extreme weather conditions which were expected. It did turn out to be extremely hot...
| News Date: 2018-02-01 |
Posted by: Kaye Molyneux
Posted on: 2018-02-06
News Type: Golf
Dot Dickson Challenge
Cairnlea was the place to be on Thursday 1 February for the Dot Dickson Challenge. 96 Golf Croquet players, some spectators and helpers enjoyed near perfect conditions for croquet. It was wonderful to see the twelve courts full all day.
The 96 Dot Dickson Challenge 2018 participants
Pic: Sandra Kastenaras
It was a great tribute to Dot Dickson who started the One Day Challenge Golf Croquet doubles some years ago so people from different clubs could get together and enjoy a day of croquet together. This year we decided to rename the event in honour of Dot.
Players came from far and wide – 18 clubs were represented including eight country clubs and ten from the metropolitan area. Those travelling the furthest were from Boort. We had an enquiry from Walla Walla but the event was already full so they missed out this time.
Many players who enter have never played in a tournament before. Some said they had never played away from their own club and for many, it was their first visit to VCA headquarters. There was a great deal of chatter and laughter with the main instruction for the day being to mix and have fun.
After each round, players were heard to say that they may not have been the first to seven but they were winning the ‘fun’ part of the competition! Spot prizes were awarded at lunchtime for those seen to be mixing well, being the only person from their club at a table.
The games were keenly contested in four sections. Players had a different partner for each game, so they were able to meet and play with a number of people from various clubs during the day.
Everyone helped to set up the courts prior to play and rallied to pack up before afternoon tea was enjoyed by all. A special thanks to people from Essendon, Brimbank, Brunswick and Monash who helped with organisation on the day.
Section A - John de Trafford (Eastern Park)
Section B – Denie Etherton (Ballarat Western)
Section C – Dianne Wilson (Belmont) and Kaye Sawford (Sandringham) were joint winners
Section D – Alby Willaton (Essendon)
A side benefit from the day was that through the generosity of those in attendance we managed to raise $446.10 in donations to give to Motor Neuron Disease (MND) Victoria.
The next Dot Dickson Challenge will be held on 19 July. Make sure you get your entries in early as the event filled quickly and a number of people missed out.
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WCF AC Worlds in Wellington: end of the blocks
The AC Worlds started in Wellington on 3 February, with 80 players (19 Australians) contesting in 8 blocks.
Block play is now all but finished and most of the 32 places in the knockout phase have been decided.
Five Aussies were clearly through: Simon Hockey (South Australia), who topped his block, Jim Nicholls (NSW), Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga), Greg Fletcher (SA) and Jeff Newcombe (WA). Stephen Richards (Canberra) and Edward Wilson (SA) were successful in the play-offs, but Dwayne McCormick (SA) was knocked out by Nelson Morrow (NZ) 24:26.
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!