Excellent AC tournament at Leongatha
Leongatha's annual Association Tournament got off to a great start on Monday 11 November.
The competition was very well supported by 18 playing members entering from clubs all around Victoria, including from Ringwood, Brunswick, Warrnambool, Terang, Brighton, Sale, Traralgon, Phillip Island and Leongatha.
Victorian AC Women’s and Men’s Championships
The Women’s and Men’s Championships were held at Cairnlea in unsettled Melbourne Spring weather on the weekend of 26-27 October.
The courts were in good condition and reasonably quick with some Spring growth evident.
Posted by: Brian Rowe
Posted on: 2019-11-26
News Type: Golf
Exciting GC Metro Shield final
The Melbourne Spring weather was mild for the Shield Handicap Final on Thursday 14 November.
A crowd of supporters had a great day watching from the comfort of the Cairnlea building, the cubbies and outdoor seats.
It was another great Shield final, with the early lead taken by Sandringham winning all 3 games in the first session.
However, after the second session Ivanhoe had fought back to be trailing 2 games to 4 games but with hoops dead even at 34-34.
The lunch break was tense as the players on both sides reflected on the afternoon battle ahead.
Unfortunately for Ivanhoe, Kevin Ryan who played so well in session two had to depart for a family commitment interstate.
As the players went back out after lunch it seemed Sandringham would hold their lead, as in session three they had two game wins.
However, Ivanhoe had one good win which meant the games were 6-3 in Sandringham’s favour but the hoops were much closer at 49-47 in Ivanhoe’s favour.
The fourth and final session meant Ivanhoe had to win all three games, to bring the match to even on 6 games all.
Sandringham only had to win one of the three games to be certain of victory based on majority of games.
Everyone was tense in the fourth session; the players and the team supporters – there was great hope on both sides.
Sandringham fought doggedly in all three games, however Ivanhoe were too strong and stormed home to win all three games.
The final result was 6 games all, with Ivanhoe winning on hoops 70 to 57.
The two teams: Ivanhoe Park (red and white) and Sandringham (dark blue)
The Sandringham team came so so close to winning it was disappointing. However this is a new and very strong team, and in 2019 they have earned places in both the Autumn and Spring finals. To their credit, they now have two runners up shields. I look forward to seeing them play again next year.
Victory is sweetest of all, and Ivanhoe were jubilant and gracious. It was a particularly sweet victory, as in the Autumn season they could not field a team in the semi-finals and lost their chance. The whole team, and particularly the captain Helen Gammon were beaming with their achievement in 2019. Well done.
Both teams are to be congratulated for the good grace and spirit in which they played such a tightly contested final, not one ‘touchy’ moment for the entire day.
Finals events need lots of helpers to make the day run smoothly, and we would like to thank the following :
Andre Daniel-Dreyfus for being Tournament Manager of the match.
Brian Rowe for being Tournament Referee of the match.
Lynne Roberts for auditing the handicap cards and results sheets, and refereeing.
David Lunn and Kaye Davis for taking care of hospitality and preparing afternoon tea.
Brian Rowe and helpers from both teams for setting up and packing up the courts.
During the very short lunch break, Lynne Roberts as Results Records Secretary of the Shield Committee, presented the winner and runner’s up shields for the Monday Level Play Division 1. The winner’s shield was presented to Brian Rowe of Essendon Black. Brian mentioned that he had been lucky to have a season playing with Owen Dickinson, who carried the team in the first few rounds of the season. The runner’s up shield was presented to Andre Daniel-Dreyfus of the Williamstown Pelicans. Andre and Mark Wilson of Brunswick had teamed up to form a formidable duo throughout the season. Essendon and Williamstown both had the same number of match wins, however Essendon had more games and hoops. Unfortunately, in all the excitement of the Handicap final we forgot to take photos of the Level Play winners. Next year perhaps!
Well, another exciting year of the shield has been concluded and I am sure that after a long summer’s break we will all be looking forward to the start of the Autumn season.
Wimmera CA golf croquet Pennant final
Our pennant final was played on neutral courts at Kalimna Croquet Club on Monday 25 November between Horsham Banksia and Dimboola Green.
It was a very entertaining, friendly and suspenseful match.
Australian AC Doubles and Singles championships
The Australian Association Croquet Open – Doubles and Singles – was held at Cairnlea over nine days in late November.
This is one of the most prestigious events of the year. In recent years the number entering has dropped but the standard is still extremely high.