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.
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.
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2021-02-17
News Type: Association
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.
The tournament was arranged in two four-day blocks from Thursday through Sunday, with Sections 3 and 4 playing from 28 to 31 January and Sections 1 and 2 playing from 4 to 8 February. Play was day/night, generally beginning at 3 pm and finishing at 10.30 pm.
Unluckily play on the first Friday was washed out - there was torrential rain which made the courts too squashy for play. Thanks to the competitors for their flexibility in the rearranged draw.
In Section 4, the washout limited the five players to a single round robin without the planned extended play-offs. Sarah Lewis (MCC), whose first tournament was this event in 2020, won all her games and dropped her handicap. Stephen Willliams (Brunswick) was in his first competition this year, and played very promisingly.
Winner: Sarah Lewis (MCC)
There were eight players in Section 3, playing a full round robin. Winner was Mark Wilson (Brunswick) who played an eccentric but effective mixture of GC and AC and won all his games. Trevor Taylor (MCC), last year's Section 4 winner, lost only to Mark and came second. Almost level third were Willliam Youl (Brunswick) and Andrew Moulton (Kew) who both won 4 games - Bill got up on hoops.
Winner: Mark Wilson (Brunswick)
There was a full double robin among the five players in Section 2, until the last game, when Paul Lund (Williamstown) had to pull out for family reasons. The dominant player was last year's winner Paul Ryan (MCC), who was unbeaten, but all the players had at least one win. Runner up was Michael Edwards (Portland), who is returning to croquet after a long break and was playing at Brunswick for the first time. Congratulations, Michael!
Winner: Paul Ryan (MCC)
There was another full house of eight players (four from Brunswick) in Section 1, with handicaps from -1.5 to +2: very distinguished! They played a full round robin. Final placings were not clear until the last round, with four players in contention.
Winner: Chris Grant (Ringwood)
Full results are on Croquetscores.
The program included BBQs and gourmet salads on both Saturdays: on the first weekend we were treated to smoked beef brisket and smoked leg of pork, and on the second weekend a range of delicious sausages and honey soy chicken. Thanks to Nino and Joe's Butchers, who donated half the meat.
As with any tournament, we relied on many helpers.
Grounds and hoop setting: Mark Wilson, Andrew Wootton, Roger Turney, Bill Hadden.
Thanks to everyone who was involved.
This was a tournament which showed that Association Croquet is still live, competitive, interesting and enjoyable.
NO PLAY UNDER STAGE 4 LOCKDOWN
From midnight tonight, for five days, Victoria goes into Stage 4 lockdown.
Only four reasons to leave the house. Masks whenever you go out.
Community sport facilities are closed. No play. This includes croquet.
Watch this space for updates affecting croquet.
The Return to Croquet guidelines will be updated as we emerge from Stage 4.
Following the end of the five day circuit breaker lockdown, Victoria has returned to its COVID-safe summer. Masks indoors and on public transport; social distancing; continuance of hygiene requirements and COVID-safe plans. Subject to density limits, community sport can resume and clubhouses can re-open.
Some changes to the COVID-safe summer have been introduced, but they do not affect croquet.
It has been clarified that the limit of 20 people attending public gatherings does not apply to gatherings of sports club members for the purposes of their sport. As before, sports meetings indoors are limited by the space available; sports meetings outdoors are limited to 100.
Croquet Victoria has updated its Return to Croquet guidelines to include this point.