Vale Jim Lynch
Jim Lynch passed away on Thursday 3 January 2019 following a battle with illness which has been severe over the last year or so.
Jim was a long time member of Eastern Park Croquet Club where he held several office bearer positions, at the time of his passing he was club president.
Victorian Open AC Singles
This year's AC Open Singles attracted quality players from across Australia, and every state was represented in the finals.
Entry numbers were limited to 20 and most play was double banked, as we had access to only five courts - the other seven courts at the VCC are being refurbished.
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2019-01-13
News Type: Association
Association Silver and Bronze Medals
The VCA AC Silver and Bronze Medal events were held at Cairnlea over the weekend.
The weather was great, the courts in excellent condition and the events were very competitive. What more can you ask?
We limited the entries due to the court availability.
The Silver Medal attracted an entry of eight players. Unfortunately Graham Fahey (MCC) was forced to retire after the first day with a severe back injury.
The Bronze Medal was down to five after Marie Calthorpe (Williamstown) was forced to withdraw due to a very unforeseen event.
The Bronze Medal was won by Bruce McComb (MCC) who won three of his four games. Malcolm Biddle (Geelong Eastern Park), John Grieve (Williamstown) and Chris Eiffert (Golden Square) each won two games with Malcolm ending up being runner up on net hoops. Bruce was an appropriate winner as last year he lost the event on net hoops! Some tidy breaks by Chris and Mignon Johnston (Ballarat Alexandra) were seen during the weekend.
The Silver Medal lived up to expectations with the two top seeds - David Johnston (Ballarat Alexandra) and Kevin Maloney (Bright) - playing the last round undefeated. The winner of the game is the winner of the Silver Medal! David stamped his authority over the game for much of the time until he ran 2-back and missed the return croquet by a whisker. Kevin got into play off this mistake and played a very tight and accurate last break to get up and win by one hoop. A fitting end to a most entertaining battle. Third place getter was Lachlan Berryman (Ringwood). Lachlan has recently returned to croquet after many years away. It was great to see him getting back into the swing of things.
All results are on Croquetscores.
Our thanks to Mike Cohn, Brian Foley and Chris Grant for their services as referees during the weekend. These events are not possible without the services of referees and it was pleasing to see all the selectors in attendance over the event. We look forward now to the Gold Cup, Silver and Bronze Shields to be held in middle February.
Students shine at inter-school comp
Goulburn Valley CA recently held an Inter-school Golf Croquet Tournament sponsored by the Goulburn Murray Credit Union.
This inaugural event was so well received by the students participating that they christened Golf Croquet the “ROCK AND ROLL” of the discipline! There was cheering and hugging after good shots and even though a number of the school teams had only been able to practise for a couple of weeks, it was amazing to see some of the shots they performed!
It all started when John James and Ian Tainsh from the Deniliquin Croquet Club commenced teaching Golf Croquet to quite a few classes from Deniliquin High School, organized by teacher Peter Rae. They really became quite skilled at the game and began looking for some competition to play against.
Australia Day celebration competition
The Australia Day GC Tournament at VCC was affected by the shortage of courts. It was advertised as limited entry and the result was slightly fewer entries than in recent years. With the return of all twelve courts soon next year should see the event blossom again.
The players who entered had a great day. The weather was almost perfect for playing sport...light breezes and sunshine. The courts were playing well. Cairnlea at its very best.