The GC Vic Open Doubles was a wet affair
The Victorian Golf Croquet Open Doubles Championship was held at the Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea on 28 and 29 January. We had 7 pairs competing and played a double round robin with each pair playing 6 games each day.
Joyce Woods and Robert Jurey (Brimbank) excelled on the first day winning all 6 of their games. Brother and sister team, Shane Downie (Wangaratta) and Julie Beasley (Warragul), also raced out of the blocks and won 5 out of 6.
Horsham CC celebrates Australia Day
Thirty-eight members gathered at Horsham Croquet Club on 26 January to celebrate Australia Day.
Proceedings were opened by President Betty Etherton, who said:
"The reason why we celebrate today is because 1949 was the day we all became Australians, not British subjects."
Posted by: Kevin Beard
Posted on: 2021-02-03
News Type: Golf
Lester Hughes goes back-to-back in the GC Vic Open Singles
The Victorian 2021 Golf Croquet Open Singles Championship was held at the Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea on the weekend of 30 January.
There were 21 entries. On Saturday, three blocks of seven played a single round robin. On Sunday, the top 8 played a knockout event for the championship and the remainder went into a Swiss Plate event. The top 8 were the 1st and 2ndplacegetters in each block plus the best two 3rd placegetters on games and net hoops.
Peter Freer (Canberra) won all 6 games in block 1 with Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga) 2nd with 4 wins.
In block 2, Bruce Macgregor (Brunswick) and Shane Downie (Wangaratta) had 5 wins with Bruce winning the block on net hoops. Chas Quinn (Yarrawonga) also qualified for the knockout with 4 wins.
Lester Hughes (Williamstown) won all his games to win block 3. Also qualifying in this block with 4 wins were Elaine Coverdale (Essendon) and Andre Daniel-Dreyfus (Williamstown).
Lester Hughes and Peter Freer continued to dominate the knockout. Lester beat Chas Quinn 10-5 in the quarter final then Kevin Beard 10-8 in the semi. Peter beat Andre Daniel-Dreyfus 10-9 (maybe "dominate" was too strong a word) and then Elaine Coverdale 10-3. Lester completed a perfect tournament by winning the best-of-3 final against Peter 7-4, 7-4. Congratulations to both of them on the lessons they gave to us all.
The winner of the Swiss Plate was Tony Pye (Eastern Park) with 3 wins out of 4. Owen Dickinson was the only other player to get 3 wins, but he didn't play sufficient games to qualify for the certificate. Well done Tony and Owen.
One player that stood out in the event was Shane Downie who started the tournament on a handicap of 6 and came 2nd in his block to qualify for the knockout. He also came 3rd in the GC Vic Open Doubles playing with his sister Julie Beasley just prior to this event. He has a bright future in competition croquet.
Full results at: https://croquetscores.com/2021/gc/victoria-open-singles
Kevin Beard / Brian Reither
STOP PRESS: Masks now mandatory
Under the latest Victorian Stay Safe directions, anyone not exempt from mask wearing must now wear a mask in public indoor spaces.
This includes croquet clubhouses.
You are allowed to remove the mask when you are eating or drinking.
AC shines at Brunswick
Brunswick Mallet Sports Club wound up its eight-day annual AC Electric Light Tournament with some fine play and close games between some of the best players in the state. A fitting end to a successful tournament.
There were four sections, 26 players in all, from clubs as far apart as Ringwood, MCC, Portland, Yarrawonga and Brighton. There was a good showing from Brunswick itself, from novices to veterans - and we discovered that Paul Ryan (now MCC) was Secretary at Brunswick when Kevin Beard (now Yarrawonga) played for the first time.