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.
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.
Posted by: Di Smyth
Posted on: 2020-02-15
News Type: Golf
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.
Play was evenly divided into three Sections according to handicap: Section 1 included players with handicaps of -2 to 4, Section 2 covered 5 to 8 and Section 3 covered 9 to 16.
Section 1 was split into two blocks, with the block winners playing off in a final. Block winners were Trevor Peters of Echuca Moama and John Young of Shepparton, both having won 6 out of 7 earlier games. Second placings in the two blocks were Brian Rowe of Essendon with 4 wins and Bill Manwaring of RNB with 5 wins. Spectators were treated to some outstanding croquet from both Trevor and John in the final. John played strongly to defeat Trevor 7-3 and take the Section 1 win.
In Section 2 the winner was Deirdre Lebbon of Sale who had 5 wins out of 7 games and a nett hoop score of +7. Runner up was Dawn McQuilton of Wodonga with 4 wins and a nett +10 hoops.
Winners and runners up
Virginia Rowe of Ballarat Alexandra was the winner of Section 3 with 6 wins out of 7 and a nett hoop score of +21. James Gunn of Rich River was runner up, also with 6 wins and only 2 hoops behind Virginia.
Section 3 winner Virginia Rowe
All results are on Croquetscores.
Shepparton Croquet Club did an excellent job as host club with beautifully prepared courts and excellent facilities and catering. Hard working Tournament Manager Bev Floyd and GVCA’s Trudy Serafini did an outstanding job running the event, as did Tournament Referee June Hoge. Rita Jenkins took some expert photographs which have been published on the GVCA’s Facebook page.
Experience sees off youth at AC Worlds
This looked like the year for the young guns to come through. The WCF World AC singles finals were dominated by young competitors, with three players under 30 making the semi-finals - Edward Wilson and Robert Fletcher (both Australia), and 21 year old Matthew Essick from the USA - along with second seed Reg Bamford.
In the semi-finals, Essick defeated top seed Fletcher, the world number one, by 3 games to 1. Bamford defeated Wilson 3 games to 2, from a 2 games to zero lead - Wilson won the third and fourth games, pushing Bamford to raise his play a notch in the fifth.
The final saw Essick, in his first Worlds final, playing Bamford, who was going for his fifth Worlds AC title.
Close contests in Wimmera CA Doubles
Wimmera golf croquet doubles championship was played at Kalimna on Wednesday 19 February. Thirty players from our four clubs were involved, playing in three closely contested sections.
Each pair played 4 games in a 13 hoop game (first to 7).