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.
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.
John GrievePosted on:
2020-02-03News Type: Golf
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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.
And for this I must thank the players.
With all players agreeing to start play at 7 am it made it possible to progress the event. We played two rounds of matches on Friday and while many were feeling the heat and humidity we managed to get most games completed before it became too oppressive to continue to play.
Another early start at 7 am on Saturday enabled us to get through three matches and the unfinished games from Friday. The players were amazing in their co-operation and willingness to get through the day’s play - even with driving rain and going from hot conditions in the morning to rather cold ones in the afternoon.
Players were rewarded for their support on Friday and Saturday with a sleep-in on Sunday - with play to start at 8am. The conditions on Sunday were ideal for playing croquet.
Let’s not forget the referees in this matter. John van der Touw was TR and had a great band of referees on hand to assist the players. We had referees volunteering from Queensland and Tasmania and others travelling large distances around Melbourne to support the players. A wonderful commitment and effort.
The staff at VCC - Sandra in the office, James Hood our Greenkeeper and Mimi in the kitchen provide wonderful support to the players and officials. We really appreciate the support you provide to us all.
The lawns played extremely well. The courts are being primed for the AC World Championships in the next few weeks and with that in mind the courts had very faint lines for the borders and hoops had not been moved as is usual for this event. The players were most understanding and accepted the condition with good grace. Thank you all.
Yes - there was a croquet event going on as well! The President’s 8s is one of the more prestigious events on the GC Calendar. Players are invited to submit an expression of interest to play. The ACA Selection Committee selects the top 24 players and then the next 8 women entrants to compete in a round robin of 8 players in each of four groups. Players play 7 best of three games in three days - an arduous commitment without the tests of weather.
In the First 8 three players finished with 5 match wins - Lester Hughes (Williamstown), Owen Dickinson (Essendon) and Torben Bak (Forrest Park WA). All three also had 4 net games (the second determinant for the result) while Lester had 16 net hoops, ahead of both Owen and Torben. An extremely close result and some exciting croquet and wonderful shot making.
The Second 8 was also very close. Peter Freer (Canberra) and Barry Jennings (Hyde Park, SA) both had 5 matches with Peter winning by a margin of one net game. It is amazing that after 3 days of tough croquet the two events are so close.
The Third 8 was a little more clear cut with Michael McKenzie (Belmont) winning 5 matches ahead of Gerda Lambeck (Canberra) with 4 matches. In this place was Bernie Pfitzner (Victor Harbor SA) with 4 matches.
The Women’s 8 was a dogged affair. The eventual winner was Mary McMahon (Southport Qld) sealing her win with 5 successful matches ahead of both Pauline Markwell (Royal Sydney NSW) and Norma Greig (North Adelaide, SA) with 4 matches won. Pauline was runner up with a three net game buffer on Norma.
Full results are on Croquetscores.
We look forward to next year as this event will be a premier lead up in to the GC World Championships in New Zealand. With this in mind it is recommended we move the President’s 8s to mid January. This is yet to be confirmed but is most likely to be ratified.
Another wonderful event to be a part of. The players, family, referees and spectators make it most friendly and competitive.
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.
Strong field at Shepparton for GVCA tournament
Shepparton Croquet Club hosted the Goulburn Valley Croquet Association Annual Golf Croquet Open Singles Tournament on 12 and 13 February.
The weather wasn’t kind. The temperature was in the mid 30s on both days, and the humidity was high.
Thirty-two players from fourteen clubs around Victoria, NSW and ACT competed.