Australia Day competition for the intrepid
We had a wet and wild start to our Australia Day competition this year, held on Thursday 23 January - but the field of 18 intrepid players prevailed and we even managed to begin on time!
The day cleared and the battle for the titles in each of three sections was fought hard, in wonderful Aussie spirit.
High standard AC competition
The Gold Cup and Silver Shield Association Croquet tournament was held at Cairnlea over the weekend of 18-19 January.
Posted by: Katrina Petersen
Posted on: 2020-01-30
News Type: Golf
Strenuous competition for Victorian GC Doubles title
Ten teams came to Cairnlea determined to make their mark and take home the hardware for this year’s Croquet Victoria Open Doubles.
Over the two days, nine rounds and a best of 3 play off for positions were played in beautiful mid-temperature weather. The competition was a pleasure to watch.
Some of the competing teams were either made up of, or included players who were experiencing their first tournament at our wonderful Cairnlea venue and it was a total pleasure to have them all. All teams took home a win and it was nice to see everybody be rewarded for their hard work.
Following the round robin, all teams played a best of 3 for their position, with the 1-2 battle being contested hard between Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga) and Helen Gammon (Yarrawonga/Ivanhoe Park) vs John van der Touw and John Grieve (Monash / Williamstown). Kevin and Helen came out victors on the day and we congratulate them, as well as John and John for a magnificent display of some stellar croquet.
Full results are on Croquetscores.
Our valuable referees for this Tournament were Nancy Hatherell (Tournament Referee), Jean Deacon, Maurice Cevaal-Hewitt, Andre Daniel-Dreyfus and Chas Quinn. Thank you very much for your time, your effort and your expertise.
We hope that everybody enjoyed the tournament and thank all concerned for making the event such a wonderful two days.
Katrina and Ian Petersen
Battle for Victorian GC Singles Championship
The VCA Open Singles Championship for 2020 was held over 26 and 27 January and saw twenty-eight fierce competitors don their croquet armour and storm the battlefield that is the gentle green courts of the Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea.
Some of our players had braved both the Australia Day Tournament and the Doubles in the days previous, so it was really great to see so many people enjoying their croquet for such an extended period. It was lovely to see so many people enjoying the friendship and camaraderie that is forged through meeting each other on the lawns.
Players the winners in GC Presidents Eights
The Melbourne weather proved the real hit! And a hit it was - Friday is over-bearing heat, Saturday is pouring rain and Sunday is resplendent Melbourne Summer.
We had it all and we still managed to finish by mid Sunday afternoon.