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.
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).
Posted by: John Park
Posted on: 2019-12-05
News Type: Gateball
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.
Both finalists, Kew and Shen Yang, had emerged from Block B. Kew had won all their games in the pool and were clear winners. Shen Yang’s run to the semis was much tighter. Along with Woodville’s International Friends and the Hunter Allsorts they had won 4 out of 7 games with losses to Kew, Multimacs and Woodville International Friends. They just made it to the semis by one point over Woodville.
In Block A, Join Korea registered 7 wins but with one loss to Southport White. Three other teams, Canberra, Southport White and Hu Nan, all achieved 6 wins. Hu Nan had a clear advantage of 30 points and so progressed to the semis.
The semis saw improved performances from both Chinese teams. Shen Yang defeated the Korean team, Join, by a sizeable margin while previously dominant Kew relied on a count back to win against Hu Nan. A very heavy shower during the semis on a cold Melbourne day may have dampened the momentum of the two block winners.
As a result the final took place between the winner and runner up from Block B. Kew battled valiantly to become the third Australian team to win an Australian Gateball Championship but lost control of the game which saw Shen Yang win through.
All results are reported on Gateballscores.
The competition was held in great spirit, with many competitors remarking on the friendly nature of the event. Saturday evening’s BBQ was well attended and overseas players were all given small gifts as a token of appreciation for their having made the effort to come to the 10th Australian Championship. Quiz sheets kept players racking their brains while they awaited their turn to line up for their meals.
At the close of the event, Croquet Australia Deputy Chair Jim Nicholls presented trophies and thanked players and organisers. The event program reminded participants that Gateball Australia’s first State Championships would be held in Victoria on the weekend of 27 to 29 March.
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.
Glorious competition at Vic Handicap titles
The Victorian Golf Croquet Handicap Doubles and Singles ran at Cairnlea from Friday 6 December to Sunday 8 December.
The Doubles saw two days of fierce competition between 10 teams with handicaps ranging from -2 right through to 11. All teams took home several wins and even the weather got warmer as the competition heated up. We welcomed an interstate competitor in Georgie Carnegie. It was a pleasure to have her and we hope to see Georgie making the trip south again soon.