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.
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.
| News Date: 2018-02-06 |
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2018-02-06
News Type: Association
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.
Topping their blocks on the way to the knockout were Reg Bamford (South Africa), Paddy Chapman (NZ), Samir Patel (England), Pete Trimmer (Eng), Ian Burridge (Wales), Toby Garrison (NZ), and Josh Freeth (NZ). Others to make the cut included Felix Webby (NZ), and Jenny Clarke (NZ) - the only woman left standing.
Stephen Mulliner, the reigning champion, had a scare - he was beaten by qualifier Vincent Commarieu (NZ) in the block rounds, lost two other early games, and had to win a playoff against Commarieu to get through to the knockout.
Commentary on the games in progress is being uploaded to Croquetscores, which also has the full results to date.
Sherif Abdelwahab is streaming some games live on his Facebook page.
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!
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.