Victoria wins the GC Interstate Shield
The thirteenth annual contest for the World Croquet Federation Shield, the trophy for the Croquet Australia Golf Croquet Interstate Teams competition, was held at the Victorian Croquet Centre 11 to 15 September 2019, with Victoria retaining its title.
Teams representing all six states contested for the shield over the five days in a format which saw each team meet each other team in a round robin.
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Posted by: Brian Reither
Posted on: 2019-09-21
News Type: Golf
Australian Men’s and Women’s GC Singles Championships
As a lead up to the Interstate Shield, the Victorian Croquet Centre hosted both the Australian Women’s Singles Championships and the Australian Men’s Singles Championships.
The events ran in parallel over four days, from 7 to 10 September.
Thirty five Ladies competed in four blocks on the first two days. This provided some interesting and hard fought games. The top four in each block then went through to the round of sixteen Knockout which was an untimed Best of Three.
The ultimate winner was our Australian Champion, Alison Sharpe who had a tenacious opponent in Virginia Arney from SA who put up a great fight and took the final to three games.
From left: Virginia Arney (SA), 2nd; Alison Sharpe (NSW), 1st
Third place in the main event went to Tricia Devlin. The Z event was won by Gail Hopkins from Joyce Carbone WA, the Y event winner was Jannine McHardy WA from Megan Stuart QLD.
The remaining players competed in the plate event which was won by Karen Magee TAS who defeated Norma Grieg SA in the Final.
Thirty seven Men played the same format as the Women with the top sixteen going through to the Knockout.
Many matches went to three exciting games with the ultimate winner being Owen Dickinson from Essendon. No one was more surprised than Owen himself at his great achievement. Neil McHardy from South Africa was a worthy runner up. Third place went to Kevin Beard.
From left: Owen Dickinson (Essendon), 1st; Neil McHardy (South Africa) 2nd.
Alan Sands WA won the Z event from Ben Brown, also from WA. The Y event was won by 19 year old Jamie Gumbrell from NSW from Graham Keating from TAS runner up.
Fourteen of the remaining players competed in the plate event which was won by Heath Jackson SA who defeated Barry Jennings, also from SA in the Final.
All medals and certificates were presented to the place getters by Board Member Jackie McDonald during the Presentation Dinner prior to the Interstate Shield.
It was a mammoth task to get seventy-seven players through the event in four days. Thanks to Friday's set up crew, to Judy Stewart as TR and her team of referees, to Jim and Val Saunders as recorders. Special thanks to Jill and kitchen staff.
I had better thank the TM who will definitely retire permanently soon.
Hoop made - the opening of the Belvedere Heritage Croquet Club
Mayor of Frankston Cr. Michael O'Reilly officially opened the new venue for the Belvedere Heritage Croquet Club on Friday 27 September.
Moving from The Briars where conditions were too difficult, we were delighted that Belvedere Bowls at Seaford rolled out the red carpet to welcome our croquet club.
Australian 2019 Golf Croquet Handicap Doubles and Singles Championships
This year these Championships were hosted at the Albury Tennis Association tennis courts, 365 Townsend Street, South Albury NSW 2640. Located adjacent to the home of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus these tennis courts are also the home of the Twin City Croquet Club Inc. Ideally located in proximity to motels and eateries and major traffic routes, the venue was able to offer three courts for the Doubles and eight courts for the Singles over the six days from Sunday 29 September to Friday 4 October 2019.
Some of the Doubles entries took advantage of the opportunity to familarise themselves with the venue, register and get in some practice on the Sunday afternoon before a BBQ at 5 pm.