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.
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.
Posted by: Lorraine Gutcher
Posted on: 2019-02-02
News Type: Golf
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.
That meant that on Saturday 6 rounds had to be finished. The winners were not decided until the last round of the day with Judy Wembridge (Bairnsdale) and Tricia Devlin (Castlemaine) to play Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga) and David Hanbidge (NSW). The ladies got off to a great start and defeated the boys 7/4.
Final results were
Winners Judy Wembridge and Tricia Devlin 6 games +16 hoops
From left: Tricia Devlin, Judy Wembridge
Thank you to the referees and all the players for their perseverance and good humour - all ended well.
The Croquet Victoria Open GC Singles followed on the Sunday and Monday.
On Sunday the weather gods were kind and play commenced promptly at 8 am. Six rounds needed to be completed so it was a long and busy day, with all lawns double banked.
Monday three rounds before the semi finals and we were kept in suspense until the last game of the blocks.
The top two in each block progressed to the semi finals.
1st Semi: David Hanbidge played Judy Wembridge, won by Judy Wembridge.
Final: Gail Hopkins and Judy Wembridge, this was a hard fought very close game, with the lead changing a few times during the game. Winner Gail Hopkins 10, Judy Wembridge 9.
Congratulations to both ladies. Spectators were treated to a thrilling game of croquet.
Many thanks to everyone for helping to clear everything away at the end.
High level competition at VCC
The AC Gold Cup, Silver and Bronze Shields are ranked events. The best players are invited to take part and those accepting are placed into the appropriate section.
This year the Gold Cup had six members of the State Team (Stephen Forster, Belmont; Kevin Beard, Yarrawonga; Chris Grant, Ringwood; Elaine Coverdale, Essendon; Lewis Mercer, Traralgon; and David Johnston, Ballarat Alexandra) plus the ACA Gold Medal contender (Simon Watkins, Brighton) and a former State Team Member (Kenn Boal, Rich River).
Close finishes in GC President's Eights
One of the most important events on the ACA Calendar – the Golf Croquet President’s Eights – was held at Cairnlea from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 February. Players from all states and territories where croquet is played gathered to compete.
The first three eights are arranged by the players’ grade. There is also a separate eight for women. The format for play is a round robin event with players playing a best of three match. As we had only eight lawns available all matches were double banked.