Victorians elected to Croquet Australia board
Congratulations to Sarina Cevaal-Hewitt and Claire Keating, who were elected to the Croquet Australia Board at the 2023 Annual General Meeting.
Claire, who is Croquet Victoria's Treasurer, has been elected as Treasurer of the Board, with Jim Nicholls (NSW) continuing as Chair.
Secretary Jim Clement has indicated that he is resigning - a successor has yet to be appointed.
Other members of the Board are Pat Habner (Queensland), Max Kewish (WA), Barbara Northcott (Queensland), and Nick Chapman (NSW).
NSW retains the Eire Cup
In a thrilling finish on the final day of competition, NSW won two matches by a golden hoop and defeated Victoria to retain the Eire Cup. Match wins at the end of the day were level, with NSW and Victoria winning 10 matches each, but NSW was well ahead on net games and net hoops and came out the overall winners.
The Eire Cup is the annual Association Croquet team competition between teams from all six State Associations. Each state is represented by a team of four men and four women players, and each Test in the competition involves four mixed doubles matches and sixteen singles matches.
On the final day of the competition both Victoria and NSW had played against and beaten all the other states. Match scores were level throughout the day. In the final match, NSW's Peter Landrebe had a captain's knock against Gold Cup winner Greg Hill from Victoria - Greg was leading but Pete came past him to win and give the victory to NSW.
Congratulations to NSW, and to Victoria, who played well throughout the tournament and came a very worthy second.
All results are on croquetscores.
Posted on: 2023-03-29
News Type: General
The Jean Rentoul Memorial
The Jean Rentoul Memorial is an AC Tournament open to women with an Association Handicap of between 10 and 20 and this year’s event was held at The Victorian Croquet Centre on Tuesday the 21st and Wednesday the 22nd of March.
Jean was a long-time member of Queenscliff Croquet Club who passed away at 105 years of age, still enamored with our sport and keen to see Association croquet live on. Jean left a bequest to establish a Tournament that encourages women who may not otherwise engage with competition croquet or may feel like they don’t play at a level where they can compete on a level footing. Jean’s aim was to encourage high handicap women to “get involved” and to experience Tournament play - and this year’s competitors certainly embraced the fun, the camaraderie and the contest that Tournament play provides. Jean’s very generous gift means that every year, there is a sizeable prize up for grabs, something that is rarely offered, even to the elite players. This year five women fought for the prize pool of $500 and we recognize and thank Jean for the opportunity she has provided and the legacy for the endurance of Association croquet that she has left.
Competitors Jean Rentoul Memorial
Kate Patrick, Katrina Petersen, Dianna Evans
Winner Naomi Patullo, Katrina Petersen, Sue Chandler
Over two days Jan Beattie (MCC), Sue Chandler (Ballarat-Alexandra), Kate Patrick (Brunswick), Naomi Patullo (Charlton) and Diana Evans (MCC) played a hard-fought round robin. At the end of it all, Naomi was the winner with 3 wins and +15 hoops with Sue being the runner-up by just two hoops, finishing with 3 wins and +13 hoops. There is also a prize for the highest hoop break – this year it needed to be a break of 3 or more. Both Kate Patrick and Naomi Patullo made breaks of 4, with Naomi achieving the feat 3 times in her four games.
Congratulations to all of you and thank you for playing the game with such a spirit of adventure, fun and for challenging yourselves to play out of your Clubs and for many of you, outside of your comfort zones. You were all a credit to yourselves and a credit to the memory of Jean.
This Tournament will run again in March of next year, but will be scheduled for a Saturday and Sunday to hopefully avoid clashing with pennant and other weekday commitments. We hope to see many of you there and look forward to new and exciting rivalries emerging.
HORSHAM CROQUET CLUB PRESIDENT'S DAY
Thanks to the HORSHAM CROQUET CLUB for having their ANNUAL PRESIDENT'S DAY for me. Donations on that day will go directly to OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH (an event has been made that you can donate to, AWARENESS of mutation cancer genes may include EVERY ONE is the AIM. PLEASE SHARE
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As you can already see on the event link $50 has already been donated, social media is a great way informing people, but awareness how these genes may affect us all.
VCA Golf Croquet Selections Invitation and ACA Golf Croquet Bronze Medal
Once again Cairnlea provided a great weekend ( 15th and 16th April ) for competition with the VCA Golf Croquet Selectors Invitation and the ACA Golf Croquet Bronze Medal ( Vic Division) being played simultaneously. Competition was high quality with everyone winning games for the weekend.
Weather as usual was unpredictable for this time of year with Saturday commencing cool but pleasant, however the cool Cairnlea wind blew up later in the day along with very overcast skies and some light showers. Overnight heavy rain cleared to a fine but cool overcast Sunday with minimal wind. Luckily weather didn’t dampen enthusiasm and quality of play.
Both events were a Round Robin event played over 2 days- with no finals required
In the Selectors Invitation – 11 players battled for position .
It was wonderful to see players from throughout the state showing what their potential and skills could offer- many players would not have met or competed against each other prior to this competition. All players had great talent and again friendship and support on offer was wonderful to see. Anyone having the chance to participate in this event should be proud of the level to which they have achieved and be aware of the potential that others obviously see within them. Sometimes as players we can be overly critical of ourselves and hesitant to put our ability on show with the fear we will embarrass ourselves. The selectors were smart in selection of players and have shown clearly Victoria has a growing future potential of talent if players are willing to take that risk and play tournaments. All selected players should be very proud of their achievements and performance.
A special mention must be made to James Turton from Drysdale played extremely well and will be a force to be watched over the coming years if he continues to persue his career in croquet. This was James’s first tournament at Cairnlea.