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).
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.
Posted by: Pete Landrebe
Posted on: 2020-02-27
News Type: Association
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.
The lawns were a great balance of tricky to near perfection, depending on the time of day; which lawn schedule you had at the Victorian Croquet Centre; and what the wind and sun added to the challenge. I only played at one satellite venue, being Essendon, whose lawns are close to the best I have played on for many a year. Taken with the good feedback I got from players returning from Ballarat Alexandra, Geelong Belmont, and Williamstown, I’d say everyone involved in getting the lawns to those conditions should be very proud. The overseas players at the Worlds will return home feeling envious. They certainly appreciated that the Australians went an extra step to make sure they had a quality lawn to compete on.
Australia was able to enter the 80 player event with 32 participants, from various means of entry. Twelve of the 32 qualified for the knockout stages - a great achievement.
There were a lot of Australian highlights. Some that impressed me the most :
In terms of my personal result, I was happy to qualify from my block unbeaten, but disappointingly I was not able to make any inroads into the knockout. Not the first time I have been in that position. Ahead of the event I'd done a lot of process thinking about what I was trying to achieve, but sadly I bowed out without reaching any major goal.
I now have the debrief period of what went wrong and what I can improve on for the next time I may be fortunate enough to play in another World championship.
There were some areas I was pleased with that will keep me positive in the upcoming season of croquet. I recognised early on the value of some leaves and certain tactics - PoPing the opponent, and possibly TPO. I practised quite a bit to improve my consistency on leaves. This was probably my best event in terms of getting my opposition to be shooting from a high distance, and I think my preparation on leaves was the main reason I closed out a lot of close games in my favour.
What didn’t go so well was my poor roqueting patches, I hit my average in % of opening or crucial lift and mid game opportunities, but was let down by shortish misses or periods when it took me awhile for the roquet to be smoothed out - part of that is fatigue or dealing with curly / windy lawns where power is sometimes important, but increasing power to keep a ball tracking straight can result in my swing getting inconsistent - so it’s back to the practice lawns to try and get it back in order!
As a non-player in the later stages, I joined other spectators in being treated to two mouth watering semi-finals: Reg Bamford V Edward Wilson and Robert Fletcher v Matthew Essick. Both semi’s had quality and excitement, including an upset result with USA’s Matthew Essick managing to come out on top of World number 1, Australia’s Robert Fletcher.
The final was also a quality match with Reg Bamford showing all of his class and big match experience to wrap up another title and bring to an end of one of my favourite World Championships to have been part of.
Well done to all involved, players and officials. Australia and Victoria should be very proud.
Tight competition for Croquet Vic Silver and Bronze Medals
Croquet Victoria turned on a great weekend of excellent courts, fine weather and very, very competitive play for the Victorian AC Silver and Bronze Medals.
Although not at the level of the past few weeks of World Championships nevertheless the results in both events went right to the last few minutes of the last round. Tight indeed.
VICTORIAN CROQUET RESPONDS TO CORONA VIRUS
At the meeting of the Croquet Victoria Committee of Management on 17 March, it was agreed that in the interests of members' health and to support "smoothing the curve" in the spread of the Corona virus:
Following more stringent isolation advice from the Government, clubs generally have now cancelled tournaments and competitions and closed their premises completely. Croquet Victoria supports this approach.