Horsham Golf Croquet Tournament
The Rich River Golf Croquet Open Singles Tournament was run on Saturday 12 October to Monday 14 October, with players from around NSW and Victoria competing in divisions based on handicaps.
On Saturday competitors in the -2 to 4 handicap range competed in a closely fought battle in which the top three places depended on the last game.
Owen Dickinson of Essendon and Richard Parks of Monash were tied on wins and hoops as they went into the final game.
Owen won the game and the tournament, showing the form which earned him the Australian GC Champion title earlier this month.
Runner up was Rich River’s Russ Smyth who nudged Richard into third place with a nett hoop score of +10 to Richard’s +5.
On Sunday players with the handicap range 5 to 8 completed in friendly but highly competitive play.
Played in 2 blocks, block winners Rhonda Smith of Lakes Entrance and Bev Floyd of Rich River played off in the final.
Winning the toss and getting a perfect shot down to hoop 1 got Bev off to a good start.
But Rhonda played a great game with accurate roquets and hoop shots and it was anyone's game to the end when Bev won 7-5.
On Monday the competition was for players with the 9 to 12 handicaps.
Again played in 2 blocks, block winners Peter Whittakers from Deniliquin and Sandra Retallick of Rich River played off in the final.
The win went to Peter who beat Sandra 7-4 in a well played final.
The club appreciated the support of its sponsors Carpet Court Echuca, Mawsons Concrete & Quarries, and S & J Furniture & Bedding who provided the prize money which helped to make the tournament a popular one.
for the Tournament Manager
Town Criers from the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand and all over Australia and were in Echuca Moama for a week of competition for the 30th Anniversary Championship and World Invitational Town Crier Tournament.
On 17 October Rich River Croquet Club hosted the Town Criers for an afternoon of croquet.
Highly competitive, within minutes of picking up the mallets they were sledging, laughing, cursing and providing great entertainment for club members.
Croquet players from clubs across Gippsland travelled to Morwell Croquet Club to take part in their annual Melbourne Cup Day fundraiser. It was especially great to welcome Jan and Mavis who had made the long drive down from Orbost.
Fun, food and croquet was the order of the day.