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).
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.
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2019-02-19
News Type: Golf
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.
We were blessed with fantastic weather over the three days and the co-operation of the players enabled us to finish each day in reasonable time.
The First Eight was a very tight affair. Peter Landrebe (NSW) and Brett McHardy (WA) both won 5 of their 7 matches. Peter ended with 6 net games while Brett had 5 net games. Under the regulations for the event Peter was the winner. John van der Touw (Victoria) was third with 4 matches and 2 net games – just ahead of Jamie Gumbrell (Canberra), with 4 matches and 1 net games, and Rachel Gee (Victoria) with 4 matches and 0 net games. There were some excellent games and fantastic shots in this event. A lot of entertainment for those watching!
The Second Eight was another close encounter. This event was not decided until the very last game was finished. Kevin Beard (Victoria) and Lawrie Simpson (Queensland) both finished with 6 matches. Kevin had a 3 game buffer in net games, while Geoff Jamieson (Queensland) was third with 5 matches and Gail Hopkins (Victoria) fourth with 4 matches.
The Third Eight was won by Peter Freer (ACT) from Janine McHardy (WA). This event was really hard fought and produced many long and challenging matches. Janine would have won had she beaten Ralph Richardson in the final game to be decided.
The Women’s Eight – or Six as it turned out – was won by Geraldine Trivett (Queensland) who won all 5 of her matches. Rosemary Newsham (Queensland) was runner up with 3 matches and a one net game buffer from Julianne Jago (SA).
Place getters from left: Lawrie Simpson, Kevin Beard, Peter Landrebe, Brett McHardy, Janine McHardy, Peter Freer, Geraldine Trivett, Rosemary Newsham and Julianne Jago
Full results are on Croquetscores.
There were a number of withdrawals for a variety of reasons. As late as the day before the event we had a couple of new gaps to fill! I am very grateful to John Arney and Deirdre Giles who accepted a very late invitation to play. Their entry enabled us to avoid byes in all events.
As always with these major events there are a small band of people who really step up and do the work to make them successful. We had to set up three courts from scratch after renovation – and to Mike Cohn and Chas Quinn I am extremely grateful for their support and knowledge. Kevin Beard did a great job setting the hoops on all 8 courts on the day before the event… he then went and practised and played for three days.
The Tournament Referee was Jim Clement. He and his small band of referees were amazing. The new rules for Golf Croquet came into effect in Australia in the new year. This was the first major event here to see them in action. The referees were called upon a number of times to officiate under the new rules. As there were no referrals to the TR I can only presume all matters were dealt with appropriately. Well done referees!
I am so thankful for the support of these men. Without efforts from players and officials these events would never get underway.
Let’s hope the next major ACA Golf Croquet event - the Australian Open Doubles and Singles – is as well supported and produces close finishes like we had over the weekend.
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.
Young gun a winner in croquet
Jamie Gumbrell, aged 18, is an up and coming croquet player. He has just come third in the prestigious President’s Eights, competing in the top Eight for the best available Golf Croquet players in Australia.
Now he has won $1000 for a video entitled Croquet: For the young at heart! See https://youtu.be/x6WxAkLr1Qk.