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.
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.
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2018-12-06
News Type: Association
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.
Unfortunately Robert was forced to withdraw after his first game on Sunday, which left the result a contest between Simon Watkins and Stephen Forster.
Simon was in peerless form against Stephen in their game early on Sunday. He hit everything he aimed at and ended up winning that game 26-0. Simon and Stephen were now level on games won and lost, with Simon having been beaten by Elaine Coverdale on the first day.
An extremely tight finish – going into the last round Stephen had a bye and Simon was playing Chris Grant, with Simon guaranteed a win as long as he won by 13 hoops or better! He beat Chris 26-6 and thus wins his first Bronze Medal and the right to represent Victoria in the ACA Gold Medal in Perth next March. Congratulations to Simon and to all the players who put on some excellent croquet.
Simon Watkins (left), Stephen Forster (right).
The social side of the event was also a success. Most of the players and officials went to dinner together on the Saturday night. The constant supply of food by the Shepparton members was much appreciated as was the afternoon tea on the final day.
Our thanks to Kevin Beard. Kevin was forced to withdraw from the event due to an injury he sustained in the Australian Open the week before. But true to his dedication to our game he offered to be Tournament Referee for the two days. And they were long days and he was basically refereeing all four courts all day. A fantastic commitment.
It was also great to see both Kevin’s mum and Kenn Boal’s mum as spectators on the Sunday. Both ladies have been long time supporters of their sons and croquet in general. Along with Kevin’s two sisters and Margaret Gunn – former Chairperson of the VCA AC Selection Committee – a nice family feel about the event.
A great weekend enhanced by some excellent croquet.
As usual, full results are available on Croquetscores.
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.
Wimmera GC Pennant final
The grand final of the Wimmera GC Pennant was played on 26 November at Kalimna Park Croquet Club, between Horsham Banksia and Dimboola Green.
Horsham Banksia 10 games 87 hoops defeated Dimboola Green 4 games 72 hoops.