Talented players at Goulburn Valley Championships
The Goulburn Valley Croquet Association Championships were held at Rich River on 4 April and the member clubs’ Champions competed across three divisions for the Champion of Champions title and the opportunity to represent the GVCA at the Regional Championships at Cairnlea.
The 17 entrants kept the crowd of spectators entertained with some talented croquet.
Back-to-back titles for Kew at Victorian Gateball Championships
A windswept but undaunted Victorian Gateball Championships were held over 29-31 March at the Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea.
For the second consecutive year Kew prevailed as the Teams Champion, though the final standings were very close this year. Kew won four games of six, as did Canberra. However Kew prevailed with a much higher net hoops score of +32 compared to the second-placed Canberra who had +10.
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2019-04-08
News Type: Golf
GC Selectors’ Invitation, 6-7 April
This event is a highlight of the VCA Calendar each year. Held concurrently with the Bronze Medal, it is an event used by state selectors to evaluate the performances of State Team Squad members and monitor the improvement of players from around the state who show commitment and development in their game.
The event was divided into three sections and pitted players against each other according to their current ranking. It was unfortunate that the Section 3 events had only 6 players competing. However the results indicate the closeness of each event. All sections were played as a round robin, best of 19 hoop format.
Lorraine Gutcher was unfortunately not able to manage the event. Her husband, Evan, was undergoing surgery on the Friday. The good news – Lorraine reports the surgery was successful and Evan is making good progress.
The winner of Section 3 was Jo Bury (Bendigo). Jo won four of her five games to nudge ahead of Russell Kelly (Belmont), Julie Beasley (Warragul) and Chris Eiffert (Quarry Hill) who each won three games. Russell had the best net hoops result to be declared runner-up in his first event representing Belmont.
Section 2 was even closer. Garry Shandley (Leongatha) and Ruth Duffy (Corowa Civic) both won four games and had two losses. Garry had 9 net hoops to ease past Ruth with 1 net hoop. This event was really even with three players with 3 wins and two with 2 wins.
Congratulations to Garry on his most prestigious win thus far in his croquet career.
This section saw Elaine Coverdale (Essendon) dominate. Elaine (fresh from being a member of the winning AC Eire Cup team in Perth) won all her 7 games. Given that the most hoops Elaine conceded to her opponent was 8 one might say she was the star of the show! A mighty fine performance. The other seven players were closely matched with all winning two or more games. Runner up was Andre Daniel Dreyfus (Williamstown) with 5 wins. Jack Williams (Belmont) was third with four wins.
As usual, full scores are posted on Croquetscores.
My thanks to Lillian Jurey and Ruth Duffy who assisted in managing the event over the weekend. It made it easier to go out and play!!
My thanks also to all the players in this event and the Bronze Medal for their co-operation. Clearing the courts can be an onerous task if left to a few but when everyone hops in to do their share it is amazing how quickly and efficiently the centre can be cleared.
A great weekend for golf croquet in Victoria.
ACA Golf Croquet Bronze Medal - Victoria
A most enthralling event was held at Cairnlea on the weekend of 5 - 7 April.
The eight most highly ranked available players were selected to compete for the honour of representing Victoria in the ACA GC Gold Medal. This will be played at Cairnlea in September as part of the Interstate Shield programme.
Wimmera AC Singles played in all divisions
The WCA Association Singles Championships were held on Wednesday 10 April 2019.
Following a chilly start (before 8 am for some sections) the day warmed up as play went on.