VCA AC Men’s and Women’s Championships
These two Tournaments were run alongside each other at Cairnlea last weekend and what a lovely thing it is to look out those enormous viewing windows and see competition in full swing. As always, kudos and many thanks to Lester, Kevin, Owen, Chas and all the team who keep the courts in such great condition and have it ready with hoops set and lawns looking great.
4 women fought for the Title of the Women’s Champion, by playing a double round robin over the 2 days. These were hard fought battles – only one game finished with a peg-out, the other 11 games went the full 2½ hours and all of the women had a win over the course of the Tournament.
Multi Mallet cross training is the way to go
A recent analysis of data from Queensland revealed that 80% of that state's Gateballers also play another code. The South Australian Coordinator believes that in his state that figure is 100% and it is surmised that this is the case in all the states where Gateball numbers are smaller. So what is it that makes so many of us multi mallet enthusiasts?
Some examples of well and lesser known players have agreed to have their mallet sports stories published. They illustrate the pleasure and benefits gained from playing a range of mallet sports. We can even extol the virtue of playing several games as cross training - a proven approach to improving performance in someone's main game!
In 2017, Julia Tai did not play mallets sports. Her family from Taiwan were planning to visit Australia and told her they wanted to play Gateball. As a result, Julia joined Southport Croquet Club. Since then, Gateball has become a family affair and Julia, her father and son Ethan all played together in the 2019 Australian Gateball Championships in Melbourne. The family featured in a radio interview for the ABC's 'Sporty' program along with other Gateball families.
Posted on: 2022-09-09
News Type: General
2022 Brian Reither Association Croquet Challenge CupThis event will be livestreamed from the Victorian Croquet Centre, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2022.
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The Brian Reither Cup
10 competitors battled the elements - and each other - on Saturday and Sunday for the honour and prestige of this year’s Brian Reither Cup.
The block play rounds were, on the whole, pretty even affairs and produced some wonderful croquet. We saw five triple peels in total, with three in the block rounds, one in the semi finals and one in the Final, surpassed only by Robert’s sextuple in the first game of that same Final, making for some high level play ahead of the ACA Tournaments coming up very soon and the MacRobertson Shield in November. It’s certainly an exciting time for Association croquet at the moment and we are very lucky to have the opportunity to watch the levels of play that all of the competitors showed over the weekend.
Two blocks of five playing a single round robin of their block in 2¼ hour games, whittled the contestants down to four. Those progressing to the 2½ hour single game semi finals were Robert Fletcher (Ballarat Alexandra) and Claire Bassett (Rich River) from Block A and Trevor Bassett (Cooks River, NSW) and Lachlan Berryman (MCC) from Block B. Robert and Trevor prevailed and then battled each other in a best of 3, 2½ hour games, match.
Brighton Croquet Club Annual Tournament 2022
Brighton Croquet Club were thrilled to be able to hold their annual tournament once again, after a two year hiatus.
Held on the first two weekends in September, the first weekend is for Division 1 and 2. Unfortunately this year it clashed with another comp for players of the same calibre. We could not hold a Div 1 event due to insufficient numbers, but Div 2 went ahead – Trevor Taylor (MCC) won Andrew Moulton (Brunswick) was runner up. (as pictured L-R)