Trevor Bassett and Jenny Clarke win Australian AC Open Doubles Championship
A field of nine pairs contested the Australian Open Doubles Championship.
The event was held over three days at the Victorian Croquet Centre with five rounds of a Modified Block followed by the top eight pairs going through into a Best-of-3 Knockout.
Brunswick hosts Invitation GC tournament
It was a great day on 17 November 2018 at Brunswick Mallet Sports Club when the club hosted its inaugural Invitation Golf Croquet Tournament.
Ten players with handicaps of 3 or less participated under the level play format in two round robin blocks, with the top two players from each block progressing to the semi-finals, and establishing the finalists.
Posted by: Kevin Beard
Posted on: 2018-11-27
News Type: Association
Jenny Clarke triumphs in all-women Final of the Australian AC Open Singles Championship
Jenny Clarke, a top New Zealand player, has often played in the AC Australian Open Singles and has now won it for the second time.
Jenny beat Alison Sharpe from NSW in the first all-women final since 1958. Congratulations to Jenny and Alison on this historic achievement.
The event began with 23 entries in a “Burridge Swiss” format to determine the 16 players to qualify for the Finals Knockout. Players had 10 rounds in which to win 5 games and qualify for the knockout or lose 6 games to be eliminated and be eligible for the Plate event. As soon as a player qualified or was eliminated, they ceased playing in the Swiss.
The knockout was best-of-3 for the round of 16, the quarter finals and the semi-finals. It was a best-of-5 for the final.
There were no surprises in the round of 16 players, but Jenny Clarke (the top seed) was the only one of the top four seeds to reach the semi-finals.
In the first semi-final, Jenny beat Nick Chapman (SA) quite quickly 26-10, 26-3. In the other semi, Alison Sharpe (NSW) and Alan Sands (WA) played their hearts out over almost a full day with both players having chances to secure a win in the match. Ultimately it was Alison who won 21-15, 23-24, 26-20 and reserved a place in the final.
The best-of-5 final was very exciting. Alison Sharpe won the first game against Jenny Clarke in a very close encounter 26-22. This was the first time that Alison had ever beaten Jenny. There were some tough battles after this but Jenny proved too strong as the match went on to win the next three games 26-14, 26-0, 26-20.
Alan Sands won the playoff for 3rd place beating Nick Chapman 6-26, 26-12, 26-4.
The Z event (5th place) was won by Jeff Newcombe (WA) over Trevor Bassett (NSW) 26-9, 26-10.
The Y event (9th place) was won by Chris Grant (Victoria) over Murray Baum (SA) 24-20, 25-9.
The W event (13th place) was won by David Johnston (Victoria) over Kerri-Ann Organ (Victoria) 22-8, 21-13.
The Plate was won by John Arney (SA) with 5 wins from John Piggott (NSW) with 3 wins in the 6-player round robin.
The AB Morrison Trophy for a player on a high handicap who won the most games over the whole event was won by John Piggott (NSW).
Placegetters, from left: David Johnston (Vic), Jeff Newcombe (WA), John Arney (SA), Trevor Bassett (NSW), Jenny Clarke (NZ), Alison Sharpe (NSW), Chris Grant (Vic), Kerri-Ann Organ (Vic), Alan Sands (WA).
A very big thank you to the sponsors Parbery Consulting, for providing prize money, arranging and cooking a BBQ during the Singles, and giving a commemorative shirt to each player.
The complete set of results for all games can be found on Croquetscores at https://croquetscores.com/2018/ac/aust-singles. There are also commentaries on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th games of the final at that web site.
Very many thanks to Brian Reither for managing the event. And thanks to Mike Cohn and his team of referees for their very professional contribution to the tournament – particularly on the two or three very wet and cold days. It was recognized and much appreciated by the players.
Also, thanks to the players for clearing the courts for mowing, and moving and setting hoops for the knockout play. It was great to see everyone chipping in.
VCA Bronze Medal (AC) at Shepparton
For the second year in a row the VCA Bronze Medal was held at Shepparton. The courts there are in excellent condition and the members of the club made us all most welcome.
The large spectator group was treated to some excellent croquet. Robert Fletcher was in fine form on Saturday and executed three triple peels and one sextuple peel in his four games. Some tactical games between the other players held the attention of the onlookers. The weather was hot, the courts were great and the players thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to show their skills.
Strong demand for croquet in Whittlesea
Whittlesea's Positive Ageing Team received over 100 enquiries and 90 bookings for a "Let's Play Croquet" morning at Mernda Retirement Village recently.
This was an initiative by the Positive Ageing Team and the Manager of the Stockland, Mernda Retirement Village, who approached Peter Forster, Barbara Vaughan and Heather Hyatt about having a “Let’s Play Croquet” morning to coincide with Seniors Month – October.