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.
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.
Posted by: Trudy Serafini
Posted on: 2019-12-05
News Type: Golf
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.
The students were very excited to get the games started and for some teams to have only just learnt the game called ‘Golf Croquet’, (christened by students last year as the "Rock and Roll" game of the discipline!), we witnessed some outstanding play and close games.
We were again grateful that the local Goulburn Murray Credit Union (GMCU), sponsored the day and the students were fortunate to graze on delicious home made Egg and Bacon Pies and Sausage Rolls with fruit platters all day.
Two games were played in the morning and each game went for at least 1 hour to 1 hour and half, meaning that every hoop was strongly fought for. We were extremely impressed how strategic the students were protecting their partners ball ready to hoop or hitting the opposition's ball away from the hoop so they could get the hoop. There was a lot of cat and mouse play going on and it was exciting to watch. Then followed a BBQ lunch with hungry students lining up to warm up with food from the cold.
Two more games were played and the final winners had to be decided whilst a delicious Afternoon Tea of slices and cakes was served.
Dallas Moore, Finance Manager from the GMCU, was there to witness some of the fabulous play by students and did the presentations of the winners and runners up.
The school having to leave early before the winners were announced, due to students having to catch a bus home e.g. to Nagambie, had to be dragged back in when Euroa Secondary College were announced as the winners, as of course we wanted photos to be taken.
The Euroa Secondary College team comprising of Areaka Bamblett, Alexis Zentilis, Robert Lawrence and Caden Robinson won 6 out of 8 games for the day coming up winners for the day. They all received a Medallion and a flag to display at school.
Runners Up, Goulburn Valley Grammar School Team 2, comprising of Ella Rohde, Clara Lukies, Ella Burns and Stevie Rae, won 4 out of 8 games played for the day.
Shepparton High School came a close third, having the same number of games won (4) but losing to Goulburn Valley Grammar due to getting less hoops for the day.
I would like to congratulate all teams involved, they all played fair and square and had fun at the same time.
Looking at the photos of play, you can see some intense concentration or joy on their faces when getting a hoop. Well done to all concerned in coaching these teams.
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.
Wimmera Region celebrates Christmas in style
The Wimmera Croquet Christmas Social function was held on Wednesday 11 December at Horsham Croquet Club.
Thirty-six players enjoyed four hi/lo games with different partners each game.