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.
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.
Posted by: Kaye Molyneux
Posted on: 2019-06-10
News Type: Golf
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!
This fun One Day Challenge was started by Dot Dickson some years ago so any players from clubs around Victoria could get together to play croquet while enjoying the facilities at Cairnlea. For some, their first visit to VCC and maybe the first time they have played outside their own clubs. Great to see ten courts played on all day, all double banked. A great tribute to Dot Dickson who passed away twelve months ago from MND.
A full house!
The games were played in the spirit Dot intended. Dot’s message on this day was always for players to mix between clubs and to have FUN. There was a great deal of chatter and laughter from the start as people quickly caught up with those met before and got to know new members over a quick coffee before play started. We took the traditional ‘DOT’ shaped photo between the first two games. Once again it took a while for everyone to get organised. I think we had a crescent shape for a while but eventually made it a reasonable DOT.
This year's DOT
Players came from far and wide – including Belmont, Castlemaine, Drysdale, Eastern Park, Macedon Ranges, Mornington, as well as players from ten clubs in the metropolitan area. We even had one visitor from Tasmania.
Games were keenly contested in three sections. Each game players had a different partner so they were able to meet and play with a number of people from various clubs during the day. The winners in each section all won their 4 games. The hoop counts were close with only one net hoop difference in two of the sections. Everyone helped to pack up before afternoon tea was enjoyed by all.
Cat enjoying a rest on the tournament manager's jacket
A special thanks to Brian Rowe and members from Ringwood who had most of the setting up done before people arrived. Thanks to Brimbank and Monash members who helped out throughout the day. Thanks also to the Monash members who donated prizes for a raffle we held on the day to raise money for MND. In total from sale of tickets plus donations from players we raised $877.50 for MND Victoria. A great effort on the day.
Peter Dickson, Dot’s husband came to present the winners with their certificates.
Section 1 – Robert Jurey, Brimbank
Section 2 – Charles Bonnici, Essendon
Section 3 – Heather Dawn, Macedon Ranges
Peter Dickson presenting certificates to Robert Jurey (in left photo with Kaye Molyneux) and Charles Bonnici
The next Dot Dickson Challenge will be held next year, probably in June. Flyers will be sent to clubs. Make sure you get your entries in early as the event fills quickly.
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AGM 2019: it's steady as she goes
At Croquet Victoria's 2019 Annual General Meeting, on 17 June, Jim Clement was re-elected President for a further two years. Jim's service to Croquet Victoria as Secretary and President now stretches back nine years.
Jim Saunders was re-elected as Treasurer unopposed, and Lynne Roberts and Lorraine Gutcher were re-elected as ordinary members of the Committee of Management.
Terrific junior GC coaching session at Ballarat
It’s always a joy to write something positive about junior croquet. In fact, it’s hard to find something ever that is negative to say about junior croquet.
Following on from the club’s successful event earlier in the year when five of our junior players attended the Under 21 Golf Croquet Nationals in Adelaide, the Australian Croquet Association was able to organise for the ACA Under 21 Development Coach, Terry Ericson, to travel to Ballarat to hold a junior coaching clinic.