“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.
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.
Posted by: Anthony Dask
Posted on: 2021-04-03
News Type: Gateball
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.
The weather was on our side after a little drizzle during the first game of the round robin. In true Melbourne fashion though we went from wet weather clothing to shorts and polo shirts within 20 min as the sun came out. The games were all played to an extremely high standard and were wonderful to spectate. A huge thanks to all those who assisted as referees during the event.
The teams event came down to an all-Victorian final of Kew vs Essendon. Kew managed to come out on top after a hard fought final and retain their state title for another year, making this the third year in a row that they have won the championship.
The pairs event was similarly an exciting affair to spectate with all pairs competing to an extremely high standard. The final came down to Philip and Clare from Vic and Penny and John from NSW who had a very exciting match indeed. The match was action packed until the end and is available to watch at your leisure here.
All results are available on gateballscores.com.
The event was a huge success with the championship being held in a local Melbourne club for the first time in some years. Many thanks to the Elsternwick Croquet Club for hosting the event and for arranging lunch for the competitors on both days.
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.
Croquet goes live stream on Kayo Freebies
Croquet Victoria has today announced a new partnership with Australia’s leading sports streaming service, Kayo Sports, to stream major events in 2021 live and free.
The five biggest events of the year, starting with these weekend’s Croquet Australia Bronze Medal (Victoria), will be streamed live on Kayo Freebies. The winner of this weekend’s Bronze Medal will be Victoria’s representative in the Croquet Australia Gold Cup competition later in the year.