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.
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.
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2019-04-08
News Type: Golf
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.
The contest was excitingly close. Going into the last round, any of John van der Touw (MCC), Darren McLoughlin (Deniliquin) or Judy Wembridge (Bairnsdale) could win the event. Darren beat Judy to make them equal on matches won. Judy had a one-game advantage over Darren in net games with them both having equal net hoops! Close.
If John were to lose it would have seen the three players with equal matches and Judy being the winner. But John solved all those calculations with a come from behind win over Wendy Dickson. Wendy won their first game (7-6) but John proved decisive in the final two games to win (7-5, 7-3) and hence win the event.
The standard of play was high and many of the games provided great highlights for the other players. The top players in Victoria are very close in standard and this leads to close and hard-fought tournaments.
A special mention to Richard Parks (Monash) for stepping in to play at the last moment. Richard was rather wary of the competition he faced. But he showed that he is a player to be wary of!! Richard won three of his matches and will be itching to get back among the top players in the future.
As usual full scores are available on Croquetscores.
Many thanks to Chas Quinn, Mike Cohn and Kevin Beard for their immense contribution in setting up the courts for the weekend’s play. This involved the re-establishing of the four centre courts from scratch. An excellent contribution.
To the referees – Lynne Roberts, Brian Rowe and Ian Matthews – my thanks for your help. It is an onerous task to manage 11 courts on your own! And that is what they all did at various times over the weekend.
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.
NEDCA win the Lefel Shield!
The Golf Croquet Regional competition for the Lefel Shield was held at Cairnlea over the weekend 13-14 March. Twelve regions entered teams of three players across three handicap divisions.
At the end of this competition, the winning region is the one that amasses the most hoops. This year, for the first time in the history of the Lefel Shield, victory went to the North East District Croquet Association.