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.
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.
Posted by: Katrina Petersen
Posted on: 2020-01-30
News Type: Golf
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.
Block play saw 4 blocks each with 7 competitors fight for the top 2 positions to move on to the Round of 8. Many of the players who didn’t progress to the Quarter Finals came back on the second day to participate in the Plate competition and all of the Sections were hotly contested with a lot of games going longer than usual and/or having very close results.
The Quarters and Semi Finals were single 19 point games and saw our final eight of Owen Dickinson (Essendon), Brian Rowe (Essendon), Helen Gammon (Ivanhoe Park), John van der Touw (Monash), Julie Beasley (Warragul), Chris Eiffert (Quarry Hill), Lester Hughes (Williamstown) and Darren McLoughlin (Deniliquin) eventually whittled down to a Best of 3 final between Brian Rowe and Lester Hughes. Congratulations to Lester who triumphed over a valiant effort from Brian. Congratulations also to Helen Gammon who won her 3-4 play off with Chris Eiffert to take 3rd place. Our thanks to you all for a magnificent display of both the skills and sportsmanship of some very high-class croquet.
Our Plate resulted in a showdown between Ruth Duffy and Elaine Coverdale, with Elaine eventually taking the prize, despite all of Ruth’s hard work and some glorious shots from both players.
All results are on Croquetscores.
As always, we were very lucky to have the services of Referees who volunteer their time and energy and we are very grateful to Tournament Referee Eric O’Donnell and his team of Bruce Blay, Shirley Hallinan, Lynette Loutit, Robert Loutit, Ian Matthews, Jim Saunders, Jean Deacon, William Manwaring and Kate Patrick.
Ian and Katrina Petersen
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.
Bryan Dawson admitted to Croquet Hall of Fame
The 2020 inductee to the World Croquet Federation Hall of Fame is Australian Bryan Dawson.
During the Opening Ceremony of the WCF Association Croquet World Championship, on 14 February, WCF President Ian Burridge of Wales presented Bryan with a certificate commemorating his induction.