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.
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.
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2020-02-24
News Type: Association
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.
Bamford came out the winner by 3 games to 1. Essick won the second game, but lost the next two. In the final game, Bamford looked unbeatable: careful, measured, precise, he won 26TP:0. A masterly performance.
From the quarter finals onwards, play was live streamed on My Sport Live (still available), and there were running commentaries on Croquetscores. Full scores also on Croquetscores. Photographs from the block play phase of the event through to the final are available on Facebook.
Thanks to all the photographers and commentators, and the camera operators in the live streaming.
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).
WCF 2020 Association Croquet World Championship
A personal account from Pete Landrebe:
Wow ! what an event to be part of as a player and a spectator.
The Australian players were all able to enter this event with good confidence and expectation of result. We knew the lawn conditions and knew how to handle what only western Melbourne could offer in weather - weather that can be quite different each day.