Inaugural Rich River Golf Croquet Handicap Doubles
The Rich River croquet courts were busy on 15 and 16 June when the Club hosted 40 players from 11 Victorian and NSW clubs competing in the inaugural Rich River Golf Croquet Handicap Doubles Tournament.
Over the two days 91 games were played in two round robin blocks, with the winners of the blocks meeting in a final.
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Posted by: Sue Elliott
Posted on: 2019-07-11
News Type: Golf
Foggy start for Morwell GC Doubles
The croquet gods finally smiled on Morwell Croquet Club for its annual Golf Croquet Doubles Tournament held over the weekend of 6 and 7 July. Players from clubs across Gippsland as well as some from Drysdale and Melbourne took to the Morwell courts for a big weekend of croquet.
After the wild and wet weather endured by players and referees during last year's tournament, Saturday started with some early morning fog followed by a very pleasant day for croquet. Sunday was slightly chillier, but not a drop of rain in sight. Got to be happy with that.
Early morning play
Max and Hazel Wise (Leongatha)
Players were divided into two sections and games were handicap play. Each pair was required to play seven games over the two days. With a total of 56 games to be completed, both players and referees were certainly kept busy.
Games were fiercely contested and the leader board in both sections changed many times during the competition. Fifteen games went to 7/6. Final results could not be determined until the last games were completed. Some players were enjoying their games so much on Saturday that the last game finished in the dark. This inspired a certain player from Korumburra to arrive on Sunday morning in her dressing gown. Thank you Ruth…..
It was foggy at the start of play for everyone.
L-R: Deirdre Lebbon, Neil Warburton, Rhonda Smith, Nancy Donelly, Julie Beasley, Gerry Kool, Betty Clissold, Wilma Freeman, Sue Cartwright, Shirley Hemperger, Peter Goldstraw.
Back L-R: Max Wise, Peter Boothman, Mary Cornwall, Neil Warburton, Les Matthews, Shirley Hemperger, Kath Willems, John James, Hamish Menzies.
Front L-R: Hazel Wise, Joan Hopkins, Sheila Broady, Sheila Barnsley, Lynne Johnston, Helen Worladge, Wayne Worladge.
Section 1 winners were Julie Beasley & Heather Lees (Warragul) with six wins, one loss and plus eight net hoops while runners-up were Wilma Freeman & Betty Clissold (Sale) with five wins, two losses and plus eight net hoops.
Section 2 saw Shirley Hemperger (Traralgon) & Neil Warburton (Wonthaggi) with five wins, two losses and plus sixteen net hoops narrowly take out the win over Sheila Barnsley & Lynne Johnston (Sale) on five wins, two losses and plus ten net hoops.
Thank you to Rennie Property Sales in Morwell for sponsoring the tournament and to Manny’s Market and Bunnings for donating raffle prizes. A huge thank you to the players, referees, Morwell CC members and of course the croquet gods for making it such a successful weekend.
Thumbnail: Neil Warburton (Wonthaggi).
All pics by Sue Elliott.
Horsham CC needs your support!
Horsham Croquet Club, which has been going since 1924, is facing a challenge to their existence - a consultants' report to their local council has proposed that their club and the adjacent tennis club be demolished, in favour of more gardens and the large lake which is the original Guildfoyle Botanic Gardens Plan. A new indoor sports stadium is proposed to be built nearby.
Details are provided on the Horsham CC web page.
Croquet Victoria has recently identified Horsham CC as a regional centre for croquet, and Horsham is hosting the AC Country Regionals next year, using its own courts and the tennis courts which are also under threat.
If you have played at Horsham CC, or your club has been involved with them, you may wish to email them a message of support. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to Croquet Vic - email@example.com.
Sunny season opening at Cairnlea
Very dapper in his Victorian team blazer, Croquet Victoria's latest Life Member Kenn Boal ran the first hoop at the Victorian Croquet Centre, to open the 2019/20 season.
The weather was kind, the lawns and building were in excellent order, and 70 other members were there to enjoy the day.