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Earlier news

2019-12-01

The GC Selection Committee is pleased to announce the State Squad for 2020.

Women: Elaine Coverdale (Essendon), Gail Hopkins (Essendon), Ruth Duffy (Corowa Civic), Helen Gammon (Ivanhoe Park), Chris Eiffert (Quarry Hill), Kaye Molyneux (Monash), Julie Beasley (Warragul), Joyce Woods (Brimbank), Jo Bury (Bendigo), Claire Keating (Williamstown).

Men: Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga), Terry Hopkins (Essendon), Owen Dickinson (Essendon), Brian Rowe (Essendon), Darren McLoughlin (Deniliquin), Richard Parks (Monash), John Grieve (Williamstown), Lester Hughes (Williamstown), Jack Williams (Belmont), Chas Quinn (Yarrawonga).

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2019-11-25

Horsham Croquet Club to stay in place

Horsham Croquet Club is to stay on at the Botanic Gardens in Horsham, along with the neighbouring tennis club whose courts they use for regional croquet tournaments.

A major win for the croquet community!

Earlier this year a consultants' report proposed relocating both tennis and croquet to a new site where the tennis courts would be surfaced with artificial grass and not available for croquet. This was part of a proposed new masterplan for sports facilities in Horsham.

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Current news

News Date: 2019-12-02
Posted by: John Grieve
Posted on: 2019-12-03
News Type: Association

Victorian AC Bronze Medal down to the wire

The weekend of 30 November saw eight of the state’s top ranked AC players at Shepparton Croquet Club, vying for the Victorian Bronze Medal and the right to represent Victoria in the Gold Medal next March in Brisbane.

At the start of the final round of two days' round robin play, Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga) and Stephen Forster (Belmont) were both undefeated.  

Both players were in fine form and the game would hinge on which player was better able to take advantage of their opportunities.  

Kevin looked to be headed for a win after completing the three peels to set up a peg out.  However he missed with his front ball.  Kevin pegged off his other ball and left Stephen an opportunity to play a two-on-one game.  The spectators were enthralled and the tactics kept all guessing. Kevin took his chance to shoot at the peg from the border between hoop one and hoop two.  A miss could prove fatal with Stephen’s balls lying in wait across the court.  Kevin’s shot hit the middle of the peg and for the second time in three seasons Kevin wins the Victorian Bronze Medal.

Kevin will now represent Victoria in the ACA Gold Medal where he will compete against the winners from the other five states.

Kenn Boal from Rich River finished third.

All results are on Croquetscores.

Our most sincere thanks to the Shepparton Croquet Club who once again proved excellent hosts. Great lawns, pleasant conditions, great food and wonderful hospitality. What more can you ask for? The support and help we all received was much appreciated.  We are extremely appreciative of the warm welcome we receive from Shepparton.

Many thanks to Brian Foley who acted as Tournament Referee and to Mignon Johnston who provided Brian with relief for his lunch breaks.  

John Grieve

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Later news

2019-12-01

Intense play at Australian Gateball Championship

The Shen Yang team from China won the 2019 Australian Gateball Championship after two days of intense play. 

Shen Yang, from the mountains of northern China, was recognised at the opening ceremony as the team which had travelled furthest to reach the competition, held at the Victorian Croquet Centre on the weekend of 29 November / 1 December.

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2019-12-02

Outstanding play in interschool GC competition

School teams from Wanganui Park Secondary College, Shepparton High School, GV Grammar School and Euroa Secondary College entered teams to play in the Goulburn Murray Credit Union / Goulburn Valley Croquet Association tournament on Monday 2 December. 

As we can't plan for the weather we were worried when storms, wind, rain and hail was forecast. We did have four seasons in one day on Monday! The students were very resilient when a shower was a bit heavier for a few minutes, as only a couple of teams sheltered out of the rain, then play continued. 

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