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.
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?
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2019-01-25
News Type: Golf
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.
In Section 1 there was a field of six players. Paul Andrews (Wonthaggi) won all his five games and played some excellent golf croquet. Chas Quinn (Yarrawonga) and Mark Wilson (Brunswick) both won three games with Chas having a superior net hoops total.
Robert Jurey (Brimbank) won two games with Owen Dickinson (Essendon) and Patricia Watts (Kew) both with one win.
Section 2 was disrupted with two players not turning up. The four players left decided to play a double round robin. However time got the better of us and it was decided to stop after four rounds. At that point John Thompson (Lilydale) and John Oudyn (Monash) had both won three games. They had played each other twice with each winning one game 7-5. John Thomson had a 2 hoop buffer and was declared the winner with John Oudyn the runner up. So close in all ways.
Section 3 was also planned as a double round robin but later curtailed due to the time. Dianne Wilson (Belmont) and David Hinds (Brimbank) both had four wins and one loss with Dianne winning on net hoops also.
Placegetters from left: John Thomson, Paul Andrews, Dianne Wilson, David Hinds, Chas Quinn, John Oudyn.
The spirit of co-operation was great. My thanks to all the players who attended and understood the problems we had. It was very much appreciated.
My thanks to Eric O’Donnell for his efforts in refereeing alone all day. This was a major contribution. Thank you Eric.
Thanks also to John Grieve, who took on the role of Tournament Manager at very short notice, due to unforeseen circumstances.
Government House: Croquet is fun!
Australia Day was a mild, sunny summer's day in Melbourne. Over a hundred visitors to the Government House Open Day on Australia Day took up the opportunity to try croquet.
Almost all of them left a comment in our feedback book. Lots of thank yous, but the most common word was FUN! Thirty left their contact details for follow up, so we are hopeful that they may visit their local club for another try.
Women prevail in Victorian GC titles
The 2017 Croquet Victoria Open GC doubles championship was played over two days, Friday 25 January and Saturday 26 January.
The Friday turned out to be ridiculously hot and only three rounds were played. The adverse playing conditions policy was applied and players went home to keep cool.