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 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.
Posted by: Sarina Cevaal-Hewitt
Posted on: 2019-10-05
News Type: Golf
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.
DOUBLES - Monday 30 September and Tuesday 1 October 2019
Six pairs entered the Doubles, two from South Australia (both Hyde Park) , one from NSW (Canberra), one from Victoria (Geelong), one local pair (Benalla) and a composite pair of Jacky McDonald (Maitland - ACA Representative) and Dawn McQuilton (Wodonga).
Jacky McDonald opened the event on Tuesday morning with play commencing in glorious September spring weather which continued throughout the entire week.
The format was a double round robin prior to the final on Tuesday afternoon. Being such a small playing list and despite three courts on offer there was still considerable time between games as pairs waited for their next opponent to complete matches. The decision was made to play the final as a 19 point game rather than the Bo3 (as advertised) to ensure the event was completed on the day.
The final between Barry Jennings and Stephen Condous, both from Hyde Park Croquet Club, and Peter Freer and Kate McLoughlin, both from Canberra Croquet Club was played on Tuesday afternoon with Barry Jennings and Stephen Condous the winners, 10-6.
Jacky McDonald with Doubles runners up Peter Freer and Kate McLoughlin
The Plate was a single 13 point game on Tuesday afternoon between Bruce and Christine Blay (Benalla) and Jacky McDonald (Maitland) and Dawn McQuilton (Wodonga). Bruce and Christine, pictured left with Jacky McDonald, were the winners 7-4.
SINGLES - Wednesday 2 October to Friday 4 October 2019
The Singles event commenced on Wednesday morning with two blocks of eight.
Five rounds were played on Wednesday and the remaining two rounds on Thursday morning.
Drafting the Knockout Draw was delayed whilst there was a four way play-off for the 4th position in Block B, this added two rounds to the day's play. This made for a long day with some playing seven untimed games on Thursday.
The Singles Knockout (top four from each Block) and Plate commenced midday on Thursday. The Singles Y event was played on Friday morning along with the Semi-finals.
The final commenced approximately 12.30 pm on Friday afternoon with the winner of the Australian 2019 Golf Croquet Handicap Singles Championships being Kate McLoughlin (Canberra) with John Young (Shepparton) runner-up.
Kate McLoughlin, Singles winner
The winner of Y (Bo3) was Peter Freer (Canberra) with Maria Harvey (Beechworth) runner-up. The Singles Plate (19 point) was won by Rod Bensley (Howlong) from Bernie McAlary (Wollongong).
All results from both Doubles and Singles are on Croquetscores.
No formal end of event function was held, partially due to the majority of local players who were happy for an afternoon tea before heading home rather than needing to return that evening.
Twin City was grateful for the support of other clubs in their region and the dedicated efforts of their own club members. Besides the majority of the singles playing list being members of local clubs, these clubs provided referees and catering support.
Croquet Australia support from Peter Freer (backup for a newbie Tournament Manager, and event Handicapper), Jim Clement as Tournament Referee and Jacky McDonald as Croquet Australia Representative was appreciated.
We look forward to 2020.
Excellent play in ACA President’s Eights – Association Croquet
This very prestigious event was held at Cairnlea from Friday 11 to Monday 14 October.
In the original format there were three blocks of the top ranked players in Australia. The players were arranged into three levels based on their world-wide grading. Later a separate Women’s Eight was introduced to encourage women to enter ACA elite events.
Victorian Divisional AC Championships
The Divisional AC Championships were held at Cairnlea amid the opening ceremony of the new Buddhist Temple. The celebrations, singing and fireworks provided a different background to our usual peace and quiet. (I can highly recommend a visit to the temple – it is a great addition to the area!)
The numbers for this event have, in recent years, been low. And this year proved no different. Originally the numbers were okay but illness and a sudden trip interstate for a funeral took the edge off the sections.