Wimmera Croquet Association 2021 GC Doubles
Wimmera Croquet Association played their Annual Doubles Championships on Wednesday 17 March at Horsham Croquet Club. Lyn Creasey welcomed 24 players from three clubs in the Association, Dimboola, Kalimna and Horsham.
Lyn encouraged all to enjoy their matches and fellowship together and a complimentary afternoon tea was plated and available after play. Judy Baker from Dimboola and Marj Ward from Kalimna won the lucky prizes.
Rae Hill (Tournament Manager) read out the first game and all proceeded to their court. There were 4 entries in each of the 3 divisions.
Horsham Croquet Club: Doubles Championships 2021
On 4 March Horsham Croquet Club played their Annual Golf Croquet Doubles Championships.
Unfortunately, only 9 pairs entered the 3 Divisions playing 13 hoop games (first to 7). All those who attended still enjoyed themselves, matches were closely contested on a lovely Autumn Day.
Thanks to our Match Committee and Captain Marj for organising the day, Handicapper Rosemary and Referee Lyn.
Posted by: Kevin Beard
Posted on: 2021-03-24
News Type: Association
“Not the Eire Cup” - an event at Cairnlea with Alternate Stroke Doubles
A new event called “Not the Eire Cup” was held at the Victorian Croquet Centre 12-14 March 2021. The idea for the event arose because the real Eire Cup to be held in Sydney at this time was cancelled due to the risk of border closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Not the Eire Cup” was contested between teams of 2 players with a state team/squad player paired with a player with a handicap up to 10. Matches consisted of a Doubles game and Singles games between the low handicap players and between the high handicap players.
The Doubles were allowed to be played in the normal manner (with each player having their own ball throughout the game) or Alternate Stroke. Alternate Stroke is sometimes called shot-for-shot with players jointly making breaks with each ball throughout a game. In the new 7th Edition of the Laws of Croquet our understanding is that this is now a legal form of the game. It has been legal in the UK for some years and played at the highest level (for example, the British Open). Most teams tried Alternate Stroke. Some gave it up after giving it a try, but others persisted and preferred it.
The Alternate Stroke approach provided a lot of interaction between the high and low handicap players. A lot was learned about break play and how to recover from errors in play.
From left: Kevin and Kevin; Chas; Cherry
Ken Bald (Kalimna Park) and Bruce McComb (MCC) were the runaway winners with 4 wins out of their 5 matches and 11 wins out of their 15 games.
From left: Andrew; Paul; Bruce
Runners up were Chris Grant (Ringwood) and Andrew Wootton (Brunswick) with 3 wins from 3 matches and 7 wins from their 10 games. In third place on a countback were Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga) and Kevin Bluff (Belmont) with 3 wins from 5 matches and 7 games from 15.
Results can be found https://croquetscores.com/2021/ac/not-the-eire-cup Note that four players were only able to play 2 of the 3 days and hence scheduling of matches was not straightforward. Also, Croquetscores records the results as individual games rather than matches.
Thanks to all players for making the effort at short notice to play in this tournament. It was a highly fought out competition and a successful learning experience for all. We are hopeful of running a similar event next year if we can.
Thanks also to Brian Reither for managing the event and filling in for a couple of games on the last day.
Stephen Forster and Kevin Beard
Victorian State Gateball Championships
The Victorian state gateball championships were a great tournament this year despite not being able to hold the tournament the year prior due to the pandemic.
Teams contesting for the title of Vic state champions were Essendon, Kew, Hazelbrook/Strathfield and Albury/Yarrawonga.
Updated Return to Croquet Guidelines
This update was circulated to clubs on 30 March and is now available for download.
The main new requirement is that clubs ask everyone attending to register their attendance via the State Government QR app, or an app which is compatible with it.