MacRobertson Shield is GO!
Teams from the world's four top Association Croquet countries have arrived at the Victorian Croquet Centre for the MacRobertson Shield. This is croquet's World Cup, so worth watching! Australia holds the Shield - will we retain it?
The four teams will play each other in a series of five-day tests, with the first tests starting at 9 am on Saturday 12 November.
Spectators are welcome to attend, and there will be opportunities to assist with providing updates on play to the live streaming team.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: The creek crossing at the VCC end of Furlong Road is CLOSED during the day from 14 to 18 November. If you travel that way, consider using Ballarat Rd
Lunch and refreshments will be available to purchase.
Visitors are also welcome to attend
The event will be live streamed - keep an eye on our Facebook page for a link.
Owen Edwards Challenge live streamed
Twelve players are gathering at the Victorian Croquet Centre on 5 and 6 November to compete for the Owen Edwards Golf Croquet Challenge Cup.
Play will be live streamed from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Go to the MySportLive site to see all the action!
Top players in action will include current Australian Golf Croquet champion Gary Phipps, from Western Australia, and leading Victorian players Owen Dickinson and Shane Downie.
Posted on: 2022-11-13
News Type: General
Owen Edwards Golf Challenge
November 5th and 6th saw sunshine, no wind and 2 wonderful days of play at Cairnlea for the Owen Edwards Golf Croquet Cup. The courts looked wonderful thanks to the volunteers mainly Lester, Kevin, Stephen and Owen who have prepared the venue beautifully.
Owen Edwards is the 5th life member of Croquet Victoria.
For those of us new to croquet we may not know Owen Edwards – Those at Cairnlea for this event were privileged to meet this gentleman. Owen and his wife came to watch the final day's play and enjoy the skills and ability shown by all players participating in the event named after him. He then provided us the honour of presenting the Owen Edwards Cup and certificates to the winner and runner up.
Owen has left a legacy that will endure beyond his lifetime with many of our experienced players having been coached and encouraged by this man who took up croquet in 1984 and has won many Victorian and Australian golf croquet titles - captained the interstate golf croquet team and represented Australia 4 times as player in the World GC croquet singles. He was a referee and laws/ rules expert and has trained and examined many referees still on court today.
12 very talented players competed over the weekend all having wins and losses which made the tournament an interesting and closely fought competition. The winner becoming clear only in the final round.
Great sportsmanship and a highly competitive ability was shown by all – the onlookers and those watching the telecast by MySportLive would have seen some amazing and skilful shots throughout the weekend.
We were fortunate to have the company of Gary Phipps from Western Australia who added strength to our field of participants from Victoria.
Gary Phipps went on to win the event by 6 hoops from one of our Victorian up and coming stars- Richard Hingst. Both players were equal on wins and losses. Mention must be made to Glenn Crooks, Julie Beasley and Janine Sisson who all won games from some high class opponents – well done!! These are some of the up and coming Victorian players who are now well on the way as future tournament players and on the radar of many opponents. We were also very pleased to see many of the state team players who continue to provide a highly competitive field along with some players returning post a break in croquet - Richard Parks and Darren McLoughlin.
Thanks must go to all the referees who assisted to make this tournament issue free and so successful for the first time in many weeks referees had 2 days of sunshine and no wind which must make their experience so much more pleasant.
It was a great weekend of enjoyable , competitive croquet played in good spirit and I am hopeful next year we can entice more competitors to consider entering this event.
COME AND WATCH THE BEST!
The MacRobertson Shield - the World Cup of Association Croquet - is on now at the Victorian Croquet Centre.
You can watch selected games on the live stream - or you can come and watch everything from the comfortable balcony at VCC! No need to book, just come along. Play starts at 9 am, finishes at dusk.
Refreshments and lunch are available to buy.
Come and support your team!
High level croquet: it's down to the wire
After ten days play in four tests between the world’s leading croquet nations, the competing teams are still neck and neck.
Australia are the defending champions, having won the MacRobertson Shield in California in 2017.
After a narrow win against New Zealand in the first Test, Australia has beaten the US 13:7 with one match yet to be decided. But we are yet to play England, which came into the competition as the highest ranked team.