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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.


Current news

News Date: 2019-05-23
Posted by: Brian Rowe
Posted on: 2019-05-24
News Type: Golf

Wow of a Metro Shield GC handicap final

The Melbourne autumn weather was brilliant again today for the Metro Shield Handicap Final.

Well, the weather was fine but there was an 8 car pile-up on the Western Ring Road and the Essendon team we held up for 45 minutes and only just scraped in to start on time. Nerve racking way to start a final.

A crowd of supporters had a great day watching from the comfort of the Cairnlea building, the cubbies and outdoor seats.

Wow, what a final we had between Essendon Red and the Sandringham Dolphins.  It was close all day and we spectators were feeling tense and edgy, imagine what it was like for the players.

After six and half hours play, it was even at six games all and the winner had three more hoops.

Session one went till 12 noon as all three games went to the 13th hoop, with Essendon winning two 7-6 and Sandringham one 7-6.

Session two was almost as long as the games were tightly contested but this time Sandringham triumphed in all three games 7-5, 7-4, 7-6.

At the very late and therefore short lunch break, the players revived and when session three started it was Essendon who came out flying winning the two singles 7-3 and 7-2, however a determined Sandringham doggedly fought the doubles game but Essendon prevailed at the 13th hoop even though it took them sometime, 7-6.

Sandringham had the lead at the lunch break 4-2 games, but after the third session Essendon now had the lead 5-4 games. 

It was very tense at the start of session four, it was anyone’s match.  The supporters were watching intently and it was a nail biter as the Sandringham singles players were doing well and both went on to win 7-3, 7-3 however the final doubles pair from Essendon had got off to a tremendous start and powered on to a 7-1 win and victory for the Essendon team, 69 hoops to 66 hoops.

The Essendon team and supporters were ecstatic, as it had been five years since Essendon last won the Handicap shield.

Essendon Red's Handicap Shield team
From left: Gwenda Jackson, Marg Dowsett, Jean Mulligan, Pat Fitzgerald, Gail Willaton, Shirley Hallinan, Alby Willaton

The Sandringham team put in a marvellous performance and those three hoops were always possible but sometimes it just doesn’t fall your way.  Given the newness of the Sandringham players to the Metro Shield, I am sure we will see them in future finals.

Sandringham Dolphins team
From left: Liz McConnell, Kaye Sawford, Tom Dixon, Joan Ford, Andrew White, Lyn White, Jan Proudley

Both teams are to be congratulated for the good grace and spirit in which they played such a tightly contested final, not one ‘touchy’ moment for the entire day.


Finals events need lots of helpers to make the day run smoothly, and we would like to thank the following :

  • Andre Daniel-Dreyfus for being Tournament Manager of the match.
  • Ian Matthews for being Tournament Referee of the match.
  • Lynne Roberts for auditing the handicap cards and results sheets, and refereeing.
  • Gail Willaton and Nova Ball for taking care of hospitality and preparing afternoon tea.
  • Brian Rowe and the Sandringham team for setting up and packing up the courts.


During the very short lunch break Andre as Chairman of the Shield Committee, presented the winner and runner’s up shields for the Monday Level Play sections.

Ian Cheesman, captain of the Mornington Blue team accepted the Winners shield for Level Play, Division 2.  Ian just keeps popping up in the winner’s circle, this is the fourth team he has captained to Shield victory.  Apologies were received from the runners up, Frankston, who couldn’t attend Cairnlea as they are busy preparing their club for a tournament.

Mornington Captain Ian Cheesman with the Division 2 trophy, presented by Shield President Andre Dreyfus.

In accepting the Winners shield for Level Play, Division 1, Essendon White team captain Brian Rowe thanked all the teams and players for making such a strong Level Play competition possible.  He particularly mentioned the great performance of the Monash Ashers team and that they were runners up by only the smallest of margins.

Essendon Captain Brian Rowe with the Division 1 trophy, presented by Andre Dreyfus


Well, another exciting season of the Metro Shield has been concluded and I am sure that after a short winter’s break we will all be looking forward to the start of the Spring season.

Brian Rowe
Secretary, Metropolitan Shield competition


Later news


Impressive play at Rich River Anzac Classic

Spectators were treated to some excellent association croquet by some very talented players during the annual Rich River Anzac Classic on 4 to 7 May.

Sixteen top players with handicaps from -2 to 2.5 played in Division 1 on the first two days.  They had come from NSW and Victoria, with one player from Ireland.



Enjoyable Dot Dickson GC Challenge

Cairnlea was the place to be on Thursday 6 June. Over seventy Golf Croquet players from seventeen Victorian clubs met the 2019 Dot Dickson Challenge.

The weather was kind. Some sun and very little wind. Just as well we did not play in the wind and rain from the week before!