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.
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.
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2019-02-12
News Type: Association
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).
The competition was keen and the result went right down to the last round. Kevin Beard beat Stephen Forster in that round to have lost one game for the weekend. Stephen and Simon were on equal games for second placing, with Stephen the superior net hoops tally.
Congratulations to Kevin on winning his second Gold Cup tournament. He last won in 2010.
The Silver Shield included two members of the State Team in Kerri-Ann Organ (Belmont) and Gail Hopkins (Essendon). State Squad members Kevin Maloney (Bright) and Lois Kirk (Quarry Hill) joined Roger Bird (Quarry Hill) and Bill Humphreys (Golden Square) to round out the event.
Kerri-Ann and Lois both won four of their games with Kerri-Ann having a decisive break on net hoops. Lois was runner up with Kevin on three wins in third place. The team members in both events had some great wins and were challenged by the conditions and opponents to be at the top of their game. The event was a great warm up for the members of the State Team.
The Bronze Medal welcomed back Colin Clark (Williamstown) to Cairnlea, after a prolonged absence due to overseas work commitments.
Colin lost one game to win with four wins from his five games, from Brian Reither (Ballarat Alexandra), John Grieve (Williamstown) and Chas Quinn (Yarrawonga) each on three wins. Brian had the better net hoop score to be runner up.
As usual, all results are on Croquetscores.
A weekend of variable weather, challenging courts and great atmosphere.
Our thanks to Brian Foley, Eric O’Donnell, Mike Cohn and Mignon Johnston who acted as referees for the event.
We now await the State Team to do us proud in WA during March. Their last practice session will be at Cairnlea on 23 and 24 February - Victoria v. Victoria A. Everyone involved in Croquet Victoria wishes the team members all the best for a successful campaign in the west.
To Simon Watkins our best wishes for his tilt at the ACA Gold Medal.
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.
Excellent GC tournament at Shepparton
The sky was blue and the courts were in great condition. The scene was set for two days of action in the GVCA 2019 Golf Croquet Open Tournament at Shepparton Croquet Club.
On February 13th and 14th, 31 players from 15 clubs participated in three Divisions based on handicaps.