ACA Golf Croquet Singles final to be played on Sunday
The final of the Australian Golf Croquet Championship will be played tomorrow (Sunday) between Alison Sharpe (Killara, NSW) and Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga, Victoria). The match will be a Best of Five games contest and will commence at 8 am.
Alison defeated Gail Hopkins (Essendon, Victoria) in their semi-final while Kevin won over Peter Freer (Canberra, NSW). Unfortunately Gail has had to withdraw from the play-off for 3rd and 4th placing with an injury.
Battle for Round of 16 places in ACA GC Singles
The ACA GC Singles Championship is being played at Cairnlea this week.
The block rounds have now been completed.
In three of the four blocks there were clear cut decisions as to which players move to the finals. In Block 4 there will be a three-way play off to determine the last position in the final 16.
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2019-05-12
News Type: Golf
Hail the Champion - Alison Sharpe
In a most entertaining, close and enthralling contest Alison Sharpe defended her title to win the 2019 Australian Golf Croquet Championship.
Alison beat Kevin Beard in a contest that took over five hours to get a result.
Alison played extremely well in the first two games and jumped to what looked like a clear advantage. But - never under-estimate the determination of Kevin. He played brilliantly in the next two games to send the final to a deciding fifth game.
It was neck and neck with Alison going to the 11th hoop with a 6-4 advantage. The hoop was well fought with many long clearances and blocks. Kevin took his chance to get the game back to 5-6. Alison had the first ball to 12 and got her ball in an excellent position. While there were a few exchanges Alison had control of the hoop and slipped through eventually to win 7-5.
Peter Freer (NSW) and Gail Hopkins (Victoria) were the losing semi-finalists. Gail was unable to play Peter to decide 3rd and 4th due to an injury. Bob Martin (Qld) won the Plate from fellow Queenslander Ross Rillie.
All results are available on Croquetscores, which also includes a commentary on the final match between Alison and Kevin.
This Championship was a terrific event. Forty-six players from all mainland states competed. In all, a total of 388 games were played in the singles. The small number of referees had few difficult decisions to adjudicate and the great sportsmanship and co-operation made the tournament enjoyable for all concerned.
My thanks to Judy Stewart who was Tournament Referee for both the singles and doubles. Judy did an outstanding job and is to be congratulated on her patience and competence. Deirdre Giles made it possible for me to play in the event (didn’t last too long!) when Lorraine Gutcher was unable to help with the management I really appreciate Deirdre's support. We are also grateful for the help of Sue Green (Qld) and Deirdre who offered their services as referees. These two ladies helped the ever-reliable Victorian referees who came along - Eric O’Donnell, Kate Patrick, Nancy Hatherell, Denie Etherson, Ian Matthews, Lyn and Rob Loutit.
This event concludes the season at Cairnlea for major events. Let me not forget to thank the staff at VCA for their support and care. Sandra, James Hood, Lubi and her family - all make a huge effort to present the courts and centre as well as can be hoped. Players were fulsome in their praise as they left on Sunday. Many asked to be remembered to Lubi who had a knee operation during the event.
A great event - we await the return of the inter-staters to VCA in September for the Golf Croquet Interstate Shield.
Horsham CC Closing Day celebrations
Saturday 18 May we had President's Day, closing day and presentation of our Singles and Doubles Champions.
A beautiful sunny day was enjoyed by 31 players,we played three games and enjoyed finger food for lunch and a yummy afternoon tea before the presentations.
2019/2020 fixtures calendar
The tournament listings for the 2019/2020 season are now available. Fixtures calendar leaflets are going to be printed on May 24.
If the details shown for your club or region tournament are incorrect, please let John Grieve know by May 23.
The tournaments will appear on club and region pages next week. Once this happens you will be able to upload tournament notices.