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.
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).
| News Date: 2019-02-14 |
Posted by: Di Smyth
Posted on: 2019-02-21
News Type: Golf
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.
In Division 1 each entrant played 8 games. The winner was John James of Deniliquin who had an impressive 7 wins with a nett +17 hoops. Runner up was Russ Smyth of Rich River with 6 wins and a nett +16 hoops.
From left: Sue Agosta (GVCA Vice President), John James, Russ Smyth, Bev Floyd (GVCA Tournament Coordinator)
Centre: Lois Breadon, Rod Bensley.
Pic: Rita Jenkins
Seven games were played in Division 2. The winner was John Young of Shepparton, again impressing with 6 wins and a nett +15 hoops. Second place was a very close contest between Anne Dodd of Rich River and Bruce McGregor of Brunswick, both with 5 wins and a nett +7 hoops. Anne was declared runner up on a countback, having defeated Bruce 7 hoops to 6 in their game.
Centre: Anne Dodd, John Young
Pic: Rita Jenkins
Division 3 was divided into two Blocks due to the high number of entries. Division 3 Block 1 winner was Rod Bensley of Howlong with a remarkable 6 wins out of 6 games and a massive +28 hoops. Block 2 winner was Lois Breadon of Quarry Hill with 5 wins out of 6 and a nett +12 hoops. The overall winner was Rod who beat Lois into runner up position in the playoff, 7 hoops to 6.
Centre: Lois Breadon, Rod Bensley
Pic: Rita Jenkins
The GVCA appreciates the efforts of all who contributed to the tournament, particularly GVCA Tournament Coordinator Bev Floyd for a very well organised event, the Shepparton Croquet Club for their hospitality and immaculate courts, and the referees for a great job on the first tournament under the new rules.
Many thanks also to Rita Jenkins of Shepparton for the photographs included in this report.
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.
Clubs lead the way in promoting junior croquet
A number of clubs around Croquet Victoria have been having success in working to encourage juniors to play croquet.
Casterton CC are in the lead, with 13 junior members, many of them now having played every Saturday morning in an established and sponsored GC competition. Five Casterton juniors played in the Under 21 GC Nationals earlier this year - they were very satisfied with their showing.